hands-on lab

Structure and Analyze Data with Google BigQuery

Up to 45m
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Google BigQuery is a serverless, highly scalable and fully managed database service that allows you to handle and query a big amount of data in a very short time. BigQuery is designed to make data analysts more productive with unmatched price-performance. Because there is no infrastructure to manage, you can focus on uncovering meaningful insights using familiar SQL without the need for a database administrator. BigQuery is compatible with a lot of GCP's services, such as Cloud Datalab, that allow the user to represents data in an innovative way. This lab will show you the basic concepts of BigQuery and will allow you to handle data and query them in a real GCP environment.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lab you will be able to:

  • Understand the key concepts of Google BigQuery
  • Explain what Datasets and Tables represent
  • Perform queries on data inside Google BigQuery

Intended Audience

This lab is intended for:

  • Google Cloud Associate Cloud Engineer (ACE) certification candidates
  • Individuals that are familiar with SQL and databases who want to deep know big data solutions
  • Solutions architects who want to build smart, efficient and responsive data infrastructures


Basic knowledge of SQL and structured queries is a plus but it is not required. 


October 18th, 2022 - Updated screenshots and instructions due syntax error and updated UI

May 06, 2022 - Updated instructions and screenshots for accuracy

March 14th, 2022 - Updated lab screenshots to match the current environment

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About the author

Learning paths

Stefano studies Computer Science and is passionate about technology. He loves working with Cloud services and learning all the best practices for them. Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services are the cloud providers he prefers. He is a Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer. Node.js is the programming language he always uses to code. When he's not involved in studying or working, Stefano loves riding his motorbike and exploring new places.

Covered topics

Lab steps

Signing In to the Google Cloud Console
Google BigQuery Core Concepts Overview
Creating a BigQuery Dataset
Importing a BigQuery Table
Composing a BigQuery Query