South Dakota Mines GIS Support


(08/24/2021) All faculty and staff should have ArcGIS Online accounts set up, no request necessary, just log in using your Mines login account.

(08/09/2021) ArcGIS Pro 2.8.2 and ArcMap 10.8.1 are now available, and all licenses are updated for 2021-2022. 

(04/15/2021) ArcGIS Online has a major update today. New features include a new map viewer (the old one is still available).

ArcGIS Online

  • Request a South Dakota Mines ArcGIS account (students)  (Current faculty and staff should have accounts set up already, just log in.)
    This account provides access to ArcGIS Online ( and many applications (Survey123, etc) and ArcGIS Pro (ArcGIS Advanced license, plus extensions).
  • ArcGIS Online / ArcGIS Pro login instructions:
    • ArcGIS Online South Dakota Mines SSO (pdf) (video) <- most people use these instructions
    • ArcGIS free public account, or non-SSO South Dakota Mines account (video)  (South Dakota Mines non-SSO accounts are in this form: H.Darton_sdmines)
    • ArcGIS Online Getting Started

Desktop software (ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap)

  • Off-campus: open the OneDrive share (requires South Dakota Mines login) 
  • On-campus: open F:\install\ArcGIS network folder 
  • ArcMap install scripts auto-license the software, just run them to install/reinstall and license  (ArcGIS Pro is licensed through ArcGIS Online).
  • If you install a new version the old version is removed automatically. However, if downgrading (for example, ArcMap 10.7.1 to 10.4.1) you must remove the newer version first using Add/Remove Programs.
  • ArcGIS Pro | ArcMap keyboard shortcuts 
  • Optimizing South Dakota Mines Tablets for ArcGIS desktop applications 
  • Please avoid using ArcGIS Pro with OneDrive folders. See this warning from Esri Support.
  • ArcMap will be retired in 2026. ArcMap continued support.
  • XTools Pro ( is a useful add-on for ArcMap and Pro. Mines has a global license for this software. See the install folders referenced above.

GIS Training

SD EdGIS Consortium

The South Dakota Educational GIS Consortium maintains an Esri site license that provides unlimited access to GIS software, cloud services, and data to all member South Dakota Regental institutions, South Dakota Technical Institutes, and Tribal colleges. Support for this license is provided by the South Dakota Space Grant, the South Dakota Mines GGE and CEE Departments, the AES program, and the other Consortium members: SDSU, USD, DSU, NSU, BHSU, Lake Area Tech, Mitchell Tech, Southeast Tech, West Dakota Tech, and Oglala Lakota College.


For more information, contact Curtis Price.