Norsk versjon - ArcGIS

Software information #

ArcGIS is a geographic information systems (GIS) program that contains functions for creating, analysing, managing, editing and visualizing geographic data.

License information #

Site license: Available to all students and employees.

Used by some faculties at NTNU.

Note that the program can only be used for academic work and not for commercial work.

Download/Install/Run: #

Data Processing Agreement #

ArcGIS requires a data processing agreement.

Status: In process.

About ArcGIS #

ArcGIS can be split up into three main parts; Desktop GIS, Server GIS and Mobile GIS.

The following GIS programs are available:

ArcGIS Pro.  A new program with a new user interface and new technology.

 ArcGIS Online  - "a complete, cloud-based mapping platform" - do GIS-work with  an Internet webbrowser.

Note: ArcGIS Pro is licensed through ArcGIS Online - to access ArcGIS Pro, you must first get an ArcGIS user for NTNU and then get an ArcGIS Pro license. Contact Geodata's ArcGIS ambassadors about  this:

In these programs is a set of functions for visualization, administration, creation, analysis and editing of geographic information.

For more about ArcGIS, see: About ArcGIS  and Esri's webpages  for higher education

What is new, see: What's New in ArcGIS Online and What's new in ArcGIS Pro

For an overview of available products, read the document Overview, installation and licensing of ArcGIS Desktop 10.5 and related sotfware at NTNU

Desktop GIS #

Desktop products include ArcView, ArcEditor and ArcInfo ranging from basic functions to more advanced in the same order. ArcView, ArcEditor and ArcInfo has the same core application with identical user interfaces and developer environment which adds to user comfort. This program also contains additional modules for execution of more specialized tasks like terrain model generation, 3d analysis and visualization and Raster analysis.

Information on additional modules

Server GIS #

Server GIS is comprised of ArcGIS Server which is used to make map-based services on the internet and intranet. ArcGIS Server makes it possible to share geographic information, analyses and work tasks which makes ArcGIS Server useful for making user friendly web applications.

More information on ArcGis Server: English (external page).

Mobile GIS #

Mobile GIS (ArcPAD) gives you the opportunity to take a fully developed Geographical Information System (GIS) from the office out into the field. With Mobile GIS you can collect, update, analyse, quality control and display geographic information. Mobile GIS is available for platforms Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and more.

You can find the download site for ArcPad here.

More information on mobile GIS: English (external page).

CityEngine #

CityEngine is a three-dimensional (3D) modeling software application, and it is specialized in the generation of 3D urban environments. The cities you create using CityEngine can be based on real-world GIS data or showcase a fictional city of the past, present, or future..

You can find the download site for CityEngine here.

More information on CityEngine: English  (external page).

Data and Mapping #

ESRIs global information set #

This agreement includes a series of global information repositories. This data can be downloaded from Progdist in the folder  campus/ArcGis/ESRI_Data

More information on ESRIs information sets: ESRI Data & Maps

Data from Norge Digitalt (Digital Norway) #

Parts of NTNU are members of Norge Digitalt which have a series of data sets available. Through Geo Norway Norge Digitalt will deposit large sets of data including geographic data, digital maps, online mapping services, other geographic services and mapping applications. This is the place where you can find information on available map data and geographic services in Norway. If you would like information from Norge Digitalt you will have to contact an Institution which has bought access to Norge Digitalt. Normally the institute will have a contact person who can help you with accessing information from Norge Digitalt.

More information: Digital Norway

Information for NTNU affiliates #

A large amount of thematic data about Norway has been collected for NTNUs use and is found in the Progdist catalogue campus/DigitaleKartdata. See the lesmeg.txt file, found in the same folder, for information on the content of this folder.

Available modules #

Users have access to several expansion modules, including;

  • 3D Analyst
  • Geostatical Analyst
  • Spatial Analyst
  • Network Analyst
  • Survey Analyst
  • ArcScan

Many of these modules are pre-installed with Desktop GIS. For a complete list over what NTNUs license agreement covers, see campus/ArcGis/Site_License_Deliverables.pdf  from Progdist or Site License Deliverables.

User Support #

NTNU has access to several online courses on how to use ESRI products. To request access, send an email

Your ArcGIS Online user will also give you access  to Esri Training, Esri support  and GeoNet

There is also an email list,, for sharing information, questions and support among users of the GIS software at NTNU. To sign up to this email list send an email to with the following sentence: SUBSCRIBE gis-info

Contact #

The Norwegian distributor of the ArcGIS suite in Norway has a student ambassador program. The ambassador is a contact person and first line support for students and faculty concerning the ESRI GIS suite. The current ambassadors are Beatrice Berg Sæthre og Katrine Nguyen. If you have any questions you can contact them at

Supplier information #

Manufacturer: See more about ArcGIS at Esri

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