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Soil Technology: Application of Soil Data Viewer and ArcGIS in Technical Soil


This course provides an introduction into using the capabilities of ArcGIS 9.2 and SDV 5.2 for delivery of Technical Soil Services. Participation in the course includes:

  • Lectures;
  • Discussions;
  • Demos;
  • Problem solving using provided typical business scenarios; and
  • Session take home project.


At the end of the session participants will be able to:

  1. Use ArcGIS to prepare spatial data for SDV;
  2. Use MS Access to prepare tabular data for SDV;
  3. Utilize Soil Data Viewer Techniques for:
    • Resource assessment
    • Conservation planning
    • Marketing and educational activities
  4. SDV output into further analysis of resource concerns.



  • The course will be presented via DL (distance learning) using Adobe Connect Pro. Audio will be through the computer or 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


Prerequisites and Recommendation

Must have completed the ESRI Introduction to ArcGIS I course online or at NCGC, or be a confident ArcGIS user. User must have access to ArcGIS 9.2 and SDV 5.2.


5 days (25 hours of contact time)

Target Audience

Soil Resource Specialists, State Office Soils Staff, GIS Specialists, others who will be SDV users in delivery of Technical Soil Services. .

Self Paced Option

The course handbook and data files will be made available about 5 weeks prior to the scheduled course session. Participants have the option of completing the course on their own prior to the scheduled dates. An instructor/mentor is assigned to each participant in this course will review all completed exercises and case studies. If unable to complete any part of the course self-paced, then the participant must “attend” the full course session.

NEDC Contact

Lisa Visokey

Technical Coordinator

Shawn McVey


Go to AgLearn to request enrollment in Soil Technology – Application of Soil Data Viewer and ArcGIS in Technical Soil Services(NRCS-NSSC-000001).