Blue Marble Geographics

Self-Paced Global Mapper Training


As an alternative to Public Training, this self-guided course offers a series of targeted training labs. This method of training is ideal for individuals with travel restrictions or those just needing to learn at their own pace. The program provides step-by-step instructions following a defined series of workflows and scenarios, each culminating in a freeform exercise.


This program is free, however, users must log in and fill out a registration form. Please note that users will not receive certification for this program.


The first section of the program covers the basic functions of Global Mapper and introduces some of the fundamental concepts in the field of GIS. Each subsequent section focuses on a specific component of the software. Specific topics covered in each section are as follows.

Section 1 - Introduction to the principles of GIS

  • Importing/accessing data
  • Creating and editing vector features
  • Adjusting the appearance of vector features
  • Working with raster layers
  • Querying and filtering data
  • The basics of spatial analysis
  • Methods for sharing data

Section 2 - Generating a terrain surface and creating contours using LiDAR data

  • LiDAR importing
  • LiDAR editing/processing
  • Data visualization
  • Creating a gridded surface model
  • 3D modelling
  • Shader options
  • Contour generation

Section 3 - Creating a thematic map

  • Creating and managing attribute data
  • Joining attributes from an external file
  • Performing a calculation to create new attributes
  • Applying a shading pattern to reflect recurring text values
  • Applying a shading pattern to reflect numeric ranges
  • Designing page layout elements including a legend and map title
  • Printing the map or exporting to a geospatial PDF

Section 4 - Rectifying an image file

  • Importing a base map for rectification
  • Using field-collected ground control for rectification
  • Modifying the projection
  • Choosing a rectification method
  • Adjusting the properties of the rectified map

Section 5 - Extracting vector features from a raster layer

  • Vectorizing a specific color from a topographic map
  • Vectorizing a range of colors to delineate features in from and aerial image
  • Delineating an elevation range from a digital elevation model
  • Outlining areas within a slope angle threshold

Section 6 - Creating a watershed model

  • Creating a drainage network from a digital elevation model
  • Outlining the watershed boundaries for a defined area
  • Adjusting the watershed boundaries based on area and flow variables
  • Creating a water drop analysis model
  • Delineating the catchment area for a defined location

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