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18th Annual Conference Workshops

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Full-Day Workshops
Blue workshops are Hands-on, Green workshops are Lecture Style.

GeoMOOSE — “The Moose is Loose and Growing”
GeoMOOSE (see www.geomoose.org) is the open-source web based GIS project started by the City of Saint Paul. It is a very extensible client framework for MapServer and adheres strongly to a Service-Orientated Architecture and configurability. GeoMOOSE has a number of strengths making it ideal for use in a number of varying environments. Most notably is it’s capabilities for data organization and administration on the back end as well as how well it integrates with both tabular and spatially based data web services.

This workshop will introduce GeoMoose, the client interface, as well as cover installation, and configuration of the GeoMoose client for services with MapServer. Some advanced topics will be discussed as they come up, but the session is intended to first and foremost convey the ease with which GeoMoose can be installed and configured for the typical user and/or administrator that wants to operate their own mapping service. Advance topics may include interface customization, cartography of map layers, adding data layers, and configuring both GeoMOOSE and external services. The workshop will be presented using exercises to present the individual topics.

BYOPC: For this workshop you may bring your own laptop. The GeoMOOSE session Software can be installed and configured on your own portable computer (with Admin rights) at your discretion. A limited number of laptops will be available for those who do not have access to one (please specify at time of registration). All operating systems are welcome, but the emphasis will be on Windows, Win2k, XP, Vista, newer Linux and MacOS X 10.3+. Note: Some familiarity with MapServer mapfiles and configuration (see http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu/) is helpful, but not required.

Audience: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructors: Bob Basques, City of St. Paul
Brian Fischer, Houston Engineering, Inc.
Jim Klassen, City of St. Paul
Dan Little, Independent Consultant

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Morning Workshops
Blue workshops are Hands-on, Green workshops are Lecture Style.

ArcGIS 9.3 Tips and Tricks
This workshop will demonstrate the most recent functionality in ArcGIS 9.x. Topics will include the basics and functionality of the three components of the ArcGIS interface: ArcCatalog, ArcMap and ArcToolbox, as well as, migrating ArcView 3.X projects. We will also cover some of the tips and tools that will make you a proficient ArcView 9.x user, such as toolbar customizations, cartography tips, working with tables, and expanded geoprocessing tools. Note: ArcGIS ArcView experience is helpful.
Audience: Beginner
Instructors: Jennifer Ward, Pro-West & Associates; Kyle Heideman, Pro-West & Associates

Best Practices for GIS Planning, Strategy, and Implementation
Many organizations are facing challenges implementing GIS technology to support organizational business goals within enterprise systems. This movement to server-based GIS requires a dependency on the IT infrastructure that relies more and more on services-oriented-architectures for the web-delivery of applications while also supporting desktop GIS clients. This means additional considerations for the creation of GIS applications and GIS system sustainability. This workshop will cover three of these considerations in depth: (1) GIS implementation process addressing the organization’s business needs, infrastructure, and readiness; (2) successful project management; and (3) architecture considerations that match the enterprise GIS vision.
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: ESRI

Getting Started with MapServer
The morning session of this workshop is intended for beginners and new MapServer users. Participants will go through the process of setting up a MapServer environment which includes configuring a Web server and creating a MapServer application. The creation of a MapServer application will include step-by-step examples of building a map file, including defining the WEB object, the LAYER objects, and assigning symbology to these objects. Once a map file is created, the participants will then go through the process of creating a web-based interface. Important MapServer and Web mapping concepts will be discussed throughout the workshop. A significant portion of the workshop will involve accessing data from several different data types and incorporating them into a MapServer map file.

BYOPC: For this workshop you may bring your own laptop. A limited number of laptops will be available for those who do not have access to one (please specify at time of registration).
Audience: Beginner/Intermediate
Instructors: Steve Lime, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; David Fawcett, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Perry Nacionales, University of Minnesota

Integrating Google SketchUp into the GIS Workflow - Introductory
Visualizing spatial data in three dimensions is a technique that can make map data more readable and can be a useful tool for understanding the relationship between built objects and environmental considerations. Participants in this workshop will have an opportunity to create 3D buildings and landscapes, utilize GIS data as a model base and explore techniques for integrating 3D objects into GIS and geospatial viewing applications. The beginner session focuses on learning how to build generic 3D models using SketchUp, working with GIS data and sharing the final models using Google Earth. Note: This course requires some basic ArcMap knowledge.
Audience: Beginner/Intermediate
Instructor: Chris Seeger, Iowa State University

Introduction to Model Builder
Learn about creating models in ArcGIS, beginning with a review of ArcToolbox toolsets and tools. Participants will have the opportunity to build a few basic models using standard ArcToolbox tools. Students will also learn how to string tools together in a model (e.g., select some features and then export them to a new feature class within the same model) and how to create model parameters to make models more flexible (e.g., be able to specify an input feature class at the time the model is run). If time allows, users will create documentation associated with the model and for the model user. Note: ArcMap and ArcCatalog experience assumed
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Terese Rowekamp, Rowekamp Associates, Inc.

Introduction to Oracle Spatial: Infrastructure Overview
This workshop will cover the basics of Oracle Spatial, including demonstrating the ease in which spatial data can be loaded into a database. Class participants will also learn how to write simple to complex queries to extract spatial data. Oracle Geocoding capabilities will be covered, as well as how easy one can leverage all features of the Oracle database with location based data (security, versioning, access control).
Audience: Beginner
Instructor: Daniel Seurer, Oracle

Introduction to Programming with ArcObjects in VB.NET
This workshop will cover some of the basic information necessary to successfully migrate from VB6 to the VB.NET environment. It will cover VB.NET building blocks such as debugging techniques, error handling, namespaces, objects, members and garbage collection. Visual Studio Express Edition will be used to explore the samples provided in the .NET Developers Guide. Note: Students should have experience programming Visual Basic ArcObjects applications and should view the free ESRI Virtual Campus training seminar titled ‘Migrating to VB.NET’ in advance.
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Rose Erickson, Pro West & Associates

LIDAR-RADAR-Thermal-Optical Aerial and Satellite Images 101: How to acquire new geospatial data
Too many GIS’ers around the region download and use outdated, decades old maps and imagery for their work. Some GIS’ers take the initiative to acquire or contract some new expensive imagery only to find out they specified the wrong product. This workshop is designed to help guide you through the chaotic world of how to get, steal, borrow, and beg new geospatial imagery in order for you to map and manage your area of interest. This course will highlight the many paths for you to follow through the maze of LIDAR, RADAR- Thermal-Optical Aerial and Satellite Images.
Audience: Beginner
Instructors: Brian Huberty, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Mike Hoppus, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

New CAD Technologies for GIS Integration
This workshop will demonstrate new methods for taking CAD data into the field as well as recovery of the revised field data for use in a GIS environment. Solutions to be demonstrated include; (1) CAD file integration with Trimble Terra-sync application, (2) Carto-Pac field data collection software for handheld data collectors and (3) new paper based electronic data collection methods via Capturx from Adapx.
Audience: Beginner/Intermediate
Instructor: Alex Mahrou, CompassTools, Inc.

Safe Guarding Data Integrity in Geodatabases
Now that your GIS data is stored in an ESRI geodatabase, it’s time to discover the geodatabase functions that preserve data integrity when creating and editing data. In this workshop, you will learn how to create Domains and Subtypes, create Relationship Classes between feature classes and/or tables, and create a Topology that incorporates spatial relationship rules. You will use the built Topology to identify spatial errors and then fix the data in ArcMap.
Note: Basic knowledge of Geodatabases and experience editing in ArcMap is required.

Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Rebecca Cooper, Rowekamp Associates, Inc.

Terrain Analysis and Watershed Delineation with ArcHydro
ArcHydro is a geographic data model and toolset designed to support a variety of hydrologic analyses. It uses a relational database design incorporating raster, vector and tabular data to represent spatial and temporal functions of stream networks and watersheds. This course will provide an overview of ArcHydro followed by a special focus on terrain analysis and watershed delineation. Participants will have a chance to work through hands-on exercises and gain a better understanding of how GIS can help address important water resource issues.
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Steve Kloiber, Metropolitan Council

Which Way Should I Go? Maximizing the Usability of GPS Data
Whether using GPS to collect data or to navigate, options for doing either can be greatly enhanced by the choices made about GPS data back in the office. This course will examine the finer points of GPS data management including feature type selection, attributing, editing, generalizing, hotlinking, data sharing, conversion, and collection parameters.

Participants will explore techniques and practices for maximizing exchanges between their GIS and GPS. Hands-on exercises will feature the DNRGarmin program, which offers a multitude of functions for making GPS data usable. Note: Portions of this class will be held outside. Please dress appropriately.
Audience: Beginner/Intermediate
Instructor: Shelly Sentyrz, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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Afternoon Workshops
Blue workshops are Hands-on, Green workshops are Lecture Style.

Advanced Editing in 9.3
This workshop will concentrate on utilizing the editing tools and functions that are incorporated in the standard ArcGIS ArcEditor software. Several advanced editing exercises will be completed utilizing the advanced editing, COGO, editor, and topology toolbars. Tools such as traverse, construct 2-point line, rotate, extend/trim, proportion, and construct features will be covered. Instruction and exercises in creating, populating and using COGO fields will also be included. Note: ArcGIS ArcView or ArcInfo experience is required.
Audience: Intermediate
Instructors: Jennifer Ward, Pro-West & Associates; Kyle Heideman, Pro-West & Associates

Booze, Bar Fights and GIS: Crime Mapping and Analysis for Problem-Oriented Policing
The presentation will explore Problem-Oriented Policing and methods for analyzing crime data for those new to crime analysis and GIS. The presentation will begin with a discussion of Problem-Oriented Policing and the important role GIS plays in the analytical process. Topics covered include geocoding police data and issues associated with geocoding police data, as well as simple GIS methods for analyzing crime patterns. Students will be able to try their hand at analyzing crime data during the practical exercise, which examines alcohol related disorder. By the end of the exercise students will know how to geocode police data, create frequency pin maps, conduct kernel density estimation analysis and will know where all of the good bars in Madison, Wisconsin are located.
Audience: Beginner
Instructor: Nicole DeMotto, Milwaukee Police Department

Data Collection- "On the Spot”
Field data collection is quickly becoming an integral part of GIS since attributing features while onsite can increase both the efficiency and the accuracy of spatial data. There are many varieties of software and hardware to choose from to accomplish this.

Workshop attendees will get a hands-on chance to pilot some of the hardware and software currently available, and will contrast and compare various handheld solutions including cost and capabilities. Note: Portions of this workshop will be held outside. Please dress appropriately.
Audience: Beginner/Intermediate
Instructor: Chris Pouliot, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Expanding Model Functionality
If you’ve begun working with models in ArcGIS and would like to learn more, this workshop is for you. Come and learn about controlling model flow using preconditions. Explore modular model building and running one model from another. Expand model capabilities using scripts and learn how you can export a model to a script and run it as a scheduled task. You will explore Python scripts in this class but not write any Python code.
Note: Basic knowledge of Model Builder is required
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Terese Rowekamp, Rowekamp Associates, Inc.

Integrating Google SketchUp into the GIS Workflow - Intermediate
Visualizing spatial data in three dimensions is a technique that can make map data more readable and can be a useful tool for understanding the relationship between built objects and environmental considerations. Participants in this workshop will have an opportunity to create 3D buildings and landscapes, utilize gis data as a model base and explore techniques for integrating 3D objects into GIS and Geospatial viewing applications.

The intermediate workshop builds on the morning SketchUp training by adding photos to the models, exporting 3D models back into ArcMap 3D Analyst and an by giving an overview of working with terrain models. Software covered in this workshop includes ESRI’s ArcMap and 3D Analyst Extension, SketchUp and Google Earth. Note: This course requires basic ArcMap knowledge, basic SketchUp modeling and 3D Analyst experience.
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Chris Seeger, Iowa State University

Introduction to Programming with ArcObjects in VB.NET
This workshop will cover some of the basic information necessary to successfully migrate from VB6 to the VB.NET environment. It will cover VB.NET building blocks such as debugging techniques, error handling, namespaces, objects, members and garbage collection. Visual Studio Express Edition will be used to explore the samples provided in the .NET Developers Guide. Note: Students should have experience programming Visual Basic ArcObjects applications and should view the free ESRI Virtual Campus training seminar titled ‘Migrating to VB.NET’ in advance.
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Rose Erickson, Pro West & Associates

Introduction to Spatial Database Management Systems (SDBMS)
This workshop will explain basic concepts of SDBMSs (e.g. ESRI SDE, Oracle SDO, DB2 SDC) to GIS professionals and researchers interested in modeling, querying, and analyzing large spatial datasets. SDBMS will be reviewed on three levels; (1) conceptual (e.g. Pictogram enhanced Entity Relationship Diagrams), (2) logical (SQL3/OGIS query language) and (3) physical (e.g. spatial data mining).
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Shashi Shekhar, University of Minnesota

LiDAR 101
This lecture style session will cover both the basics and details of LiDAR. Topics covered include project planning, collection practices, processing and delivery formats. Typical LiDAR deliverables as well as software and hardware guidelines will also be discussed. A demonstration of QCoherent (integrated Lidar tools) will also be part of this workshop. Finally, accuracy of LiDAR data and new developments in the industry will also be touched on.
Audience: Beginner
Instructor: Josh Nimetz, Sanborn Map Company

More About Mapserver
The afternoon MapServer session builds on the morning session and will be dedicated to more advanced MapServer topics.

BYOPC: For this workshop you may bring your own laptop. A limited number of laptops will be available for those who do not have access to one (please specify at time of registration).
Audience: Intermediate
Instructors: Steve Lime, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; David Fawcett, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Perry Nacionales, University of Minnesota

Trimble GPS for Field and Office Users
This session is designed for Trimble GPS users that need a brush up on field and office procedures. Terra Sync field software tips as well as Pathfinder Office software tips will be discussed. Questions answered in this session include; how to make sure you are using the correct DGPS source, how do Minnesota County Coordinates differ from GPS coordinates, and how do I set-up to process my data to a MN DOT CORS station. This will be an informational training session will be helpful to both field and office staff.
Audience: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Steve Richter, Frontier Precision, Inc.

Web 2.0 Map Rendering with Oracle MapViewer
This workshop will showcase how to build a basic custom Google-style application based on data managed in Oracle Spatial as well through external sources.
Audience: Beginner/Intermediate
Instructor: David Lapp, Oracle

Working with LiDAR Data - From LAS to Contours
This workshop focuses on the use of LiDAR derived elevation data. The workshop includes an introduction to LiDAR technology and will allow participants to use desktop GIS software to display and process the information.
Audience: Beginner
Instructor: Tim Loesch, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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