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July 2010

Converting an ArcGIS 10 GDB to ArcGIS 9.3 or earlier

I was just asked by a client how to convert a newly created GDB in ArcGIS 10 to one that could be read by ArcGIS 9.3. Before 10, I would normally do this by moving everything to a personal GDB and editing the GDB_ReleaseInfo table to have the values the older versions expected to see. This always worked great as long as your GDB was fairly simple without a lot of higher end features such as geometric networks or parcel fabrics.

ArcGIS 10 however has completely revamped the personal Geodatabase schema so the GDB_ReleaseInfo table does not exist and I have not been able to find a table that contains similar information. So this method will no longer work for converting back to older versions. ESRI recommends if you want to convert to an older version, you should create a new GDB using an older version of the software. Then copy and paste the data from the ArcGIS 10 GDB to the newly created older version GDB from an ArcGIS 10 install. This is great if you have a computer installed with the older version but what do you do if you don’t.

One option I found is to create layer packages. When creating a layer package it has the option to create one that is compatible with older versions of ArcGIS. Here is a link to the online help with more information. If anyone else has ideas or methods they use I would be interested in hearing them.

Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP
Vice President, GIS/IT
ESRI Authorized Instructor
CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer
Keck & Wood, Inc.
(678) 417-4013
(678) 417-4055 fax

ArcGIS 9.3.1 SP2 released

ESRI has released ArcGIS 9.3.1 Service Pack 2 (SP2). This service pack contains several performance improvements and maintenance fixes. Some of the fixes for ArcGIS Desktop included with this service pack  are:

  • FIND dialog can be very slow to open when map server layer contains many sub-layers
  • Selecting cartographic representation with the cartographic representation select tool is significantly slower than selecting with the editor tool and the selection tool
  • If you have an exception that has a dirty area crossing it and validate the topology the exception becomes an error
  • Stopping the trace tool at the beginning of a true curve adds a circle to the sketch
  • In some cases select by attributes from joined field selects many incorrect records
  • ArcMap crashes when reconciling and memory increases to almost 2GB (virtual bytes).
  • Security vulnerabilities reported for Microsoft Visual Basic 6 files that get installed with ArcGIS Desktop.
  • Using spatial join GP tool with feature classes having Z-values enabled, results in an empty output feature class in SDE
  • Spatial join in SDE geodatabase does not return any rows
  • SQL Server Express geodatabase locks are not consistently dropped preventing Detach
  • Importing symbology using the .lyr file with broken data source results in error, “The import geometry type does not match destination geometry type”, although the geometry type is appropriate
  • PDF export of representation markers may result in distorted marker symbols
  • If a field is indexed, the join seems to be incomplete; but if the index was not present, then the join is complete
  • Update ArcPress driver auto-selection to recognize new 2010 HP Designjet printers
  • Include ArcPress support for the HP Designjet 111, T770 24″, Z5200 series printers
  • Security vulnerabilities reported for Microsoft Visual Basic 6 files that get installed with ArcGIS Desktop
  • More.. Click here for a complete list of issues addressed with this service pack

ESRI recommends that customers using ArcGIS 9.3.1 download and install this service pack at their earliest convenience. This includes users of:

However newly released service packs have been known to cause additional problems. Keck & Wood recommends our clients review the issues addressed with the service pack. If none of these appear to apply to you and you are not experiencing any issues with you daily activities, then we would recommend not installing the Service Pack right away. Let others install it and see if it causes in any problems. If the service pack does fix some issues you have experienced trying to perform your normal duties, then definitely install the services pack as soon as possible.  You can visit the ESRI Support Center to download this service pack.

Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP
Vice President GIS/IT
Keck & Wood, Inc.

GISCI Considers Updates to GIS Professional Certification – Could include a test

Looks like we are already seeing the impact of the new core compentency model. The GISCI is looking to use it as a possible basis to help tighten the requirements for the GISP certification. One can most likely assume this would be a test. Below is the official press release from the GISCI.

From the GISCI:

The GIS Certification Institute’s Board of Directors today charged a committee of certified GIS Professionals (GISPs) to propose revisions to GISP certification requirements. Observing that “the geospatial industry, and the GIS profession within it, has matured considerably” since GISCI was founded in 2004, Board members unanimously endorsed a GISP Certification Update Initiative.

According to GISCI President David DiBiase, “the purpose of GISP certification is to advance the GIS profession by promoting competent and ethical professional practice. Portfolio-based certification made sense in 2004, when no authoritative specification of geospatial competencies yet existed. The Department of Labor’s recently issued Geospatial Technology Competency Model helps fill that gap, and sets the stage for serious consideration of competency-based GISP certification.”

In addition to a “new competency-based examination requirement for some or all applicants,” the Board also asked GISCI’s Certification Committee to consider other changes that “increase rigor, streamline, eliminate ambiguities, or otherwise update and improve existing certification criteria and procedures.”

 GISCI’s Certification Committee will deliver to the Board a proposed GISP Certification Update plan before the end of the 2010 calendar year. Following a month-long public comment period in early 2011, the Board will decide whether to adopt, revise, or table the plan. If approved by the GISCI Board, any new certification requirements are expected to take effect three years from the date of approval.

 “GISCI has certified over 4,500 GISPs,” says Executive Director Sheila Wilson. “Successful applicants submit portfolios that document substantial achievements in education, professional experience, and contributions to the profession. Many GISPs believe that an even more rigorous certification process will further enhance their standing in the geospatial field. ”

 For more information about GISCI and GISP certification, visit

US Department of Labor announces release of Geospatial Technology Competency Model

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today announced the release of an industry competency model for geospatial technology. There are now 16 models available on the Competency Model Clearinghouse available through the department’s One-Stop Career Centers website. The Geospatial Technology Competency Model has been developed by researching and analyzing publicly available resources, existing skill standards, competency-based curricula and certifications to provide an employer-driven framework of the skills needed for success in geospatial technology.

“Competency models offer workers an opportunity to learn what it takes to enter a particular field,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The geospatial model serves as a guide for those who want to both find a good job and map out a long-term career pathway in any of several geospatial technology fields including surveying and mapping, computer science and information science.”

The model will serve as a resource for career guidance, curriculum development and evaluation, career pathway development, recruitment and hiring, continuing professional development, certification and assessment development, apprenticeship program development and outreach efforts to promote geospatial technology careers.

ETA worked with employer and education partners for two years to develop and validate a model that represents the broad range of services, technical and manufacturing professions, and products within the fields of geography, surveying and mapping, computer science, information science and other specialized areas of application that comprise geospatial technology. The GeoTech Center, a government, academia and industry partnership funded, in part, by a grant from the National Science Foundation and based at Del Mar College, led the validation process.

The model builds on previous efforts to describe geospatial industry skill needs, including the Geospatial Technology Competency Model developed at the University of Southern Mississippi. The new model groups competencies into foundational competencies, core geospatial competencies and competencies for three geospatial sectors: positioning and data acquisition, analysis and modeling, and software and application development.

To access the new competency model, visit the Competency Model Clearinghouse at

For more information on the range of Department of Labor employment and training programs visit

ArcGIS to Adobe Illustrator

Occasionally you might get a request to supply someone with a map that they can use in a Adobe Illustrator. ArcGIS gives you the tools you need to do this, but to avoid trial and error here’s a quick tip for outputting your map to an Adobe Illustrator compatible format.

Design your map in ArcGIS and once finished:

  1. Click File-Export Map
  2. In the Save as Type drop down, select EPS (*.eps)
  3. In the Options section, click the Format tab.
  4. Set your options as shown below.

By setting your output as shown the recipient will be able to work with your annotations and read them since using embedded fonts may cause issues in Illustrator.

2010 Geospatial Conference in Athens, GA- Call for Abstracts

Geospatial Conference in Athens, Georgia
Hosted by: Georgia URISA, Survey & Mapping Society of GA, Mid-South ASPRS, and GITA Southeast
October 20-21, 2010

The 2010 Geospatial Conference Committee seeks abstracts for presentations highlighting your recent work in the fields of GIS, Surveying, Photogrammetry, and Geospatial Information Technology. The conference will be held at the University of Georgia, and will serve as a unique forum for geospatial practitioners from all backgrounds to showcase your work, exchange information, develop skills and foster collaboration and coordination.

Deadline: August 31, 2010

 All speakers earn Professional Contribution points towards getting or maintaining the GISP certification. Learn more about the GISp certification by visiting the GIS Certification Institute’s website at
To submit your abstract online:
Visit the conference website to register and find more information about pre-conference workshops, keynote speakers, social event, etc.

Conference sponsored by:

Tripp Corbin, CFM, GISP
Vice President, GIS/IT
Keck & Wood, Inc.

Happy 4th of July!

Hope you have a safe and enjoyable 4th!

Installing ArcGIS 9.3 on Win 7 computers

Forwarded from a member:

After installing ArcGIS 9.3 on several Win 7 computers I noticed that Windows Update was not working. It would go to the Update site and sit on downloading updates forever and never make any progress. Further investigation in the Event Viewer and Services Management showed an error Error 1450: Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service. I was able to find two posts on the web addressing this issue and suggesting a fix. The basic fix is to do the following:

1) Run Regedit as an Administrator and set the Registry Size Limit to “unlimited”:
Key: RegistrySizeLimit
Value: 0xffffff (4294967295) – You need to set the value to decimal and copy and paste the number value here into the registry value

2) Reboot

3) As a Administrator open a Command Prompt and run “SFC /SCANNOW”. The command should complete successfully and if any errors were found, they should be corrected.

This has fixed the problem on all our machines so far. Do be very careful when editing your registry. You can really muck things up beyond repair if you do not know what you are doing. Here are links to the Articles I found with the solution from above.

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