Easy Hands On Training

This training is easy to follow 16 hours course designed to introduce the major elements of Global Mapper geospatial software.   This is a virtual hands-on course, so a computer is required to get the most out of this training.

With many software and workflows options in the geospatial market, Global Mapper is easily the “Swiss Army Knife” of the industry with may tools and methods to convert, transform, and link data in between work steps.   Knowledge of it is a must-have for any professional working with digital mapping data.  

This course breaks down the basics of the software and follows preset processes.  Students will be able to follow the instructor step by step through an example workflow.   The download another data set from our data server and go through the same processes again.    

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Course Overview

    • About the Instructor

    • Course Outline

    • Setting Up Global Mapper on your Computer

    • Free License and Activation

    • Sample Data

  • 02

    Global Mapper Layout and Design

    • The Overlay Control Center

    • Configuration and settings

    • Layer Options

    • Menus and Options

    • Toolbars and Configuration

    • The Digitizer

    • Workspace Customization

  • 03

    Access Data

    • Access Data Module Introduction

    • Commonly Used Functions

    • Access to Data – Instructed Exercises

    • Loading files

    • Loading all files in a folder

    • Creating a layer from an ASCII text file

    • Accessing online data

    • Managing projection

    • Creating a Map Catalog

    • Working with spatial databases

  • 04

    Digitizing and Vector Editing

    • Creating features

    • Modifying features

    • Coordinate geometry (COGO) input

    • Adding a template

    • Buffering

    • Creating a customized grid

    • Creating range rings

    • Creating a bounding box or coverage area

    • Creating holes in area features

    • Edge‐matching polygons

    • Combining polygons and lines

    • Creating a Voronoi‐Thiessen diagram

  • 05

    Attribute Management

    • Manually adding or editing attributes

    • Using Feature Types to manage attributes

    • Using a template to manage attributes

    • Joining attributes from an external file

    • Calculating attributes using a formula

    • Applying a URL to an attribute field

    • Adding a count of points contained within area features

    • Adding coordinate attributes to features

    • Copying attributes between features

    • Adding address attributes from a road layer

    • Creating a query

  • 06

    Thematic Mapping

    • Manually changing the appearance of map features

    • Creating a choropleth map to reflect recurring attributes

    • Creating a choropleth map to reflect numeric ranges

    • Creating a density or heat map

    • Creating a graph to visualize attribute data

  • 07

    Image and Raster Data Processing

    • Adjusting the properties of raster data

    • Image rectification

    • Image vectorization

    • Raster calculation

    • Tiling and mosaicking

    • Blending raster layers

  • 08

    Terrain Analysis Options

    • Generating a terrain surface from point data

    • Creating contours

    • Watershed analysis

    • Line‐of‐sight and view shed analysis

    • Volume calculation

    • Cut and fill analysis

    • Fly‐through recording

    • Comparing terrain layers

  • 09

    Working with 3D Data

    • 3D Models

    • Creating 3D Vectors

    • 3D Point Symbols

  • 10

    Workflow Optimization

    • Using the Batch Converter

    • Scripting

  • 11

    Map Design

    • Labeling

    • Adding on‐screen layout elements

    • Creating a page layout

    • Creating a map book

    • Printing the map

    • PDF creation

  • 12

    Data Export

    • Exporting files

    • Reprojection

    • Cropping

    • Tiling

    • Creating web tiles


Ray is been in the geospatial industry at the Defense and National level for over 25 years. He has been a Senior Geospatial Intelligence Instructor at the NGA National Geospatial-Intelligence College teaching remote sensing all over the world. Geospatial Technology Instructor at California State University San Bernardino and an Instructor and Software Consultant for ESRI Inc. He also started as an Emergency Geospatial Operations Analyst for the State of California Office of Emergency Services. When Ray is not teaching is his also a  United States Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer conducting geospatial analysis and briefing senior military leadership in Washington DC.

Ray Jackson

Geo spatial Master Instructor

Lets Get Started

Select the Plan that works best for you

Taught at Leading Universities

Dozens of students have learned from Ray at Universities such as Kansas State Polytechnical, George Mason University, and the NGA Geospatial College.  Find out why so many people request Ray as their instructor. 

What our Student Say About This Course

“I didn't know anything about processing mapping data. This course was systematic and made it easy to learn the basics.”

by Jim

“I have processed data for years, however, I never dealt with raw data directly from the machine. This course taught me the basics to do that. ”

by Markus

Bonus material

  • Free Trial Software

    You get a complete version of Global Mapper to try out during this course.

  • Real Data

    In our exercises, you will be using actual data and the same workflows we use every day.

  • Consult with a Real Expert

    You will get a free 60-minute consultation with our instructors to help you with your projects.


  • Is there a certificate?

    Yes, All attendees who successfully complete the course will be issued a certificate of completion.

  • What is I don’t own global mapper yet?

    A temporary license file will be provided to enable all of the functionality of the software for the duration of the class. All data used during the class will be provided via FTP prior to the class. If the student wants to continue then they may purchase from us for a low price.

  • What are the computer requirements for Global Mapper?

    You will need a windows based laptop compatible with Windows 8/10 (32 and 64-bit versions), and Windows Server 2008RC2/2012/2016/2019. The minimum system requirements are 4 GB of RAM and 500 MB of hard drive space for the installation.

  • Is there practical exercises and sample data?

    Absolutely. This training is based upon real world scenarios, but at the entry level. Unlike other Global Mapper courses, we designed this for students who do not have prior geospatial training. However with the simple step by step workflow even seasoned professionals should find this course helpful. We typically get professional that have been using global mapper for years telling us this was great training and learned techniques that will help them in the office.

Pricing options

We have a plan to make it learning affordable for you.