MapInfo Training

This MapInfo training course will teach you the fundamentals of using MapInfo and the principles of GIS (Geographical Information Systems). This course has been designed to include a maximum amount of hands on, problem solving work. You will use MapInfo to build maps and visualise data on them and  course is instructor led. It involves working on a number of practical, hands on examples and exercises in a workshop environment.

Led by highly experienced MapInfo trainers with many years of experience our hands-on courses mean that you will leave with lots of practical MapInfo experience as well as useful tips and tricks.

Where we can we will incorporate your data into the training course to make it as relevant as possible.

By the end of this course you will be a capable MapInfo user able to work on your own to use MapInfo to analyse your own data.

During this course you will work on a number of practical exercises which will consolidate your knowledge and build your confidence in working with MapInfo.

The course is designed for new users of MapInfo. It assumes that you will have a working knowledge of using other Windows based packages.

Our courses run from 9.30 am to approximately 4.3opm.
We do not have a dress code. Please come in whatever you are most comfortable wearing.
While you are with us we are focused on offering you a relaxed and productive learning environment. You do not need to bring anything with you. When you book a course with us the following are included:
  • A full colour MapInfo training manual.
  • The exercises that you have worked on during your course to allow you to practice afterwards.
  • USB stick to take the exercises away (where relevant).
  • Freshly prepared lunch in our onsite cafeteria.
  • Refreshments though out the day.
  • Training in fully air conditioned facilities from an experienced MapInfo instructor.
  • Free parking at our centre in Guildford

The introductory section of this course aims to get your comfortable with the basics and hands one with data as quickly as possible. We show you the basics of how to navigate and user MapInfo. We also look at how to view data on a map and working with a subset of your data.

The key topics trained include:

  • Basic concepts to using MapInfo
  • Opening MapInfo tables
  • Viewing data in a Map, Browser Graph windows
  • Working with subset of a table

MapInfo presents data from different tables in different layers. Layers are one of the most frequently used functions in MapInfo as they allow you to combine different sets of data. This often allows new spatial relationships between data to be discovered.

The key concepts trained include:

  • Using MapInfo Layer Control features
  • Setting and changing the colours and styles of your map
  • Adding, removing

MapInfo allows you to select a subset of your data after it has been visualised on a map. This section shows you how to do this and how to then analyse the selection that you have made.

The key topics trained include:

  • Using the select tools to makes selections
  • Selecting objects within a radius, rectangle, region or custom polygon
  • Viewing the selected data in a Browser window
  • Using the statistics window to analyse the selection
  • Reversing or inverting a selection

The data that you will want to work with in MapInfo is often held in other software programs. This section covers the various methods for importing data that is held in other software programs. It also looks a units and discusses longditue and latitude as well as British Grid co-ordinates.

The key concepts covered include:

  • How to open common data file formats including:
    • MS Access tables
    • Spreadsheet files
    • DBF files
    • Delimited ASCII files
  • Using MapInfo Create Points command to get your data on to a map
  • Understanding and using British National Grid coordinates
  • Understanding Longditude / Latitude co-ordinates

MapInfo offers users the ability to query their data using a SELECT command. Being a confident user of this tool allows you to easily review subsets of your data very easily and so is a key skill.

The key concept trained is:

  • Using the Query > Select command to filter your tables for data that meets a certain condition

In order to visualise your data on a map it will need to be geocoded. Geocoding is the process of attaching spatial data to your existing data so that it can be easily grouped and manipulated according to the area that it relates to. This section of the course looks at using post codes to allow you to do this and also methods for geocoding your data.

The key topics trained include:

  • Using Postcodes to plot your data on a map
  • Automatic and Interactive Geocoding
  • Colouring maps according to associated data
  • Ranged maps
  • Individual value maps
  • Graduated symbol maps
  • Explore various options for each of the types of thematic map created
  • Joining tables
  • Customise legends of thematic maps
  • Save thematic templates to produce different maps using the same settings
  • Manually creating and editing labels using the label tool
  • Automatically labelling an entire layer
  • Controlling label options for an entire layer
  • Changing the data column used for labels
  • Adding annotations on to a map
  • Using the layout window to create hardcopy output
  • Placing multiple maps, browsers, legend windows or other windows on a page in preparation of printing
  • Work with Frame Objects
  • Add your own logos and graphics to your Layout window
  • Place maps from MapInfo into other software
  • Save a window as a bitmap to be used in another software package
  • Redistricting tool
  • SQL Queries
  • Combining data
  • FIND command
  • Database and file management