Module Review

This module introduced you to FME and investigated the basics of FME data translations.

What You Should Have Learned from this Module

The following are key points to be learned from this session:


  • FME is a tool to translate and transform spatial data. Quick Translation is the technique of carrying out a translation with minimum user intervention. The semantic nature of FME is the means by which this is permitted.
  • FME Workbench is an application to graphically define a translation and the flow of data within it. This definition is known as a workspace and can be saved to a file for later use.
  • The Generate Workspace dialog is the main method by which a Quick Translation can be set up in FME Workbench.
  • Data Inspection is a technique for checking and verifying data before, during, and after a translation. The FME Data Inspector is a tool for inspecting data. Multiple datasets – including data from different formats – can be opened within the same view window.

FME Skills

  • The ability to start FME Workbench, set up a Quick Translation, and run it
  • The ability to start the FME Data Inspector, open a dataset in a new view, and add a dataset to an existing view
  • The ability to navigate a dataset and to query features within it
  • The ability to control minor FME Data Inspector functionality for debugging data and translations
  • The ability to inspect data by redirecting it from FME Workbench to the FME Data Inspector

Further Reading

For further reading why not browse articles tagged with Data Inspector on our blog?

Or if you are an experienced FME user taking training to get up to speed with FME 2016, check out Seven Things to Get Excited About for FME2016 and Seven More Things to Get Excited About for FME2016!

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