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Digital Soil Survey Data Editing & Management: Part 1 - Editing


This course will provide training in the use of ArcGIS software for on-screen soil survey drafting and editing to produce quality consistent spatial data for ultimate certification and delivery to the Soil Data Warehouse. Training will focus on equipping MLRA Soil Survey Offices to efficiently produce quality products that will meet Soil Survey Geographic Databases (SSURGO) standards. Training will cover advanced features of the most current version of ESRI ArcGIS 10.1 or higher.


Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to use ArcGIS 10.1 or higher to:

  1. Setup geo-databases with topology, import or create data layers, and set up the map environment in preparation for creating new soil surveys or editing existing digital soils data. 
  2. Draft and revise soil mapping on-screen in combination with appropriate data sets to meet national standards. 
  3. Import, create and display geo-referenced information (field notes, transects, etc.) used to validate soil map accuracy. 


  •  Learning ArcGIS 10.1 or higher (ESRI Virtual Campus, online), Introduction to ArcGIS I (NCGC instructor-led) or equivalent experience. 
  •  Access to ArcGIS 10.1 or higher, ArcInfo Workstation and Desktop at duty station.  


Pre-course: about 1-2 hours

Course: about 15 hours of contact time over 3 days.

Post course: about 4 hours.


  •  The course will be presented via DL (Distance Learning) using Adobe Connect Pro.  Audio will be by teleconference.  Connection information will be provided to participants.  No travel involved.
  •  Course must be "attended" on an individual basis, one computer-one person.
  •  Pre and post course testing for measurement of learning will be done through AgLearn or other web-based means.  Instructions will be provided to participants.

Target Audience

Soil Scientists at GS-5 level and higher actively involved in soil survey development or update and staff providing soil survey GIS support.

NEDC Contact

Lisa Visokey

Technical Specialists

Shawn McVey


Go to AgLearn to request enrollment in Digital Soil Survey Data Editing & Management: Part 1 - Editing (NRCS-NEDC-000250).  Sessions are scheduled by time zone (east, pacific, central, mountain) so you must be aware of the start and end times for each in relation to where you are located before enrolling.  Start times are 9:00 AM and the daily sessions run until approximately 2:30-4:00 PM (varies day to day) in the designated time zone for that session.  For example, a start and end time of 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM pacific is 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM for those attending the pacific session from the east.

Enrollment is limited to 15 within each session.