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21st Annual Conference Workshops

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

Applications of Python in GIS David Fawcett, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Audience: Intermediate
The Python programming language is rapidly gaining popularity because it is easy to write, easy to read, open source, and platform agnostic. In the GIS world, most of the commercial and open source software packages include Python scripting capability. This course will introduce you to Python (or refresh your Python skills) and get you going writing your own code to automate common GIS tasks. Hands-on exercises will cover solving real-world problems with Python and GIS. Course examples will utilize ESRI’s python modules as well as several OpenSource Geospatial modules.

Raster Terrain Analysis for Hydrology Sean Vaughn & Steve Kloiber, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Audience: Intermediate
This course is designed to further participants understanding of LiDAR derived DEMs and their use in hydrologic terrain analysis. The course will be a combination of lecture and hand-on exercises. Lecture topics and hands-on exercises will include enhancing display of terrain data for hydrologic analysis, hydrologic conditioning, watershed delineation, wetland delineation, stream power analysis, and riparian zone analysis. Students will use the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension and other software to complete hands-on examples related to lecture topics. No prior experience with LiDAR derived DEMs is necessary.

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

Introduction to GIS using ArcGIS 10 — David Brandt, Washington County
Audience: Beginner
This half-day workshop will provide a foundation for understanding what GIS is and what you can do with the technology. After a brief GIS overview, you will learn the basics of navigating and using ArcGIS software to explore geographic data through queries, basic spatial analysis and creation of simple maps. Please Note: Computers in this session will be shared.

CAD and GIS Integration - Making Design Data GIS Ready — Neal Niemiec, Autodesk
Audience: Intermediate
In this workshop attendees will learn how to use geospatial CAD software (AutoCAD Map 3D) to create and utilize legacy .DWG drawings and make them GIS ready. Topics will include georefencing drawing information through the use of existing GIS data, adding intelligent attributes to be recognized in GIS systems, geoprocessing and analysis to be used in enterprise GIS applications, Precision editing of GIS data with AutoCAD, Queries and Filtering of CAD and GIS data and publishing CAD and GIS data to the Web.

Silverlight Development - Leveraging the ESRI Silverlight API — Jeremy Moore, Houston Engineering Inc.
Audience: Intermediate
This topic will introduce the Microsoft development environments (Visual Studio and Expression Blend) and provide information on best practices for design and code development between theses environments. The project will instruct users on the differences between query and find task in ArcGIS Server and how to properly bind sever results to Silverlight controls.

ArcGIS Server 10 & SDE Management — Justin Hansen, WSB & Associates, Inc
Audience: Advanced
This course will cover ArcGIS Server 10 and SDE Management from both the IT and GIS Management perspective. Topics covered will range from installation recommendations, system architecture, security considerations, SDE’s role with ArcGIS Server, database management systems (DBMS), Workgroup vs. Enterprise, and system maintenance. This course is beneficial to both IT professionals and GIS Managers seeking to understand how to best manage their ArcGIS Server 10 deployment. Topics concerning SDE management will be primarily focused on managing SDE with Geodatabases stored in Microsoft’s SQL Server. While this course is targeted at advanced users, it will provide a solid introduction to core ArcGIS Server and SDE concepts.

Taking ArcGIS to the Field — Kyle Heideman, Pro-West & Associates
Audience: Intermediate
This workshop will demonstrate how ArcGIS Desktop users can take advantage of their ArcGIS Mobile license. ArcGIS Mobile will also be compared to ArcPad, including when either software is more appropriate to meet your mobile needs. The complete ArcGIS Mobile project creation process will also be demonstrated, including data considerations (operational and base), use of Project Center, and deployment of the project and data to a mobile device. In addition the session will include an overview of ArcGIS Mobile can be integrated with ArcGIS Server for larger scale deployments. This workshop is intended for ArcGIS users with mobile GIS needs and would like to learn more about available mobile GIS solutions.

Making Models More Useful — Terese Rowekamp, Rowekamp Associates
Audience: Intermediate
If you’ve begun working with models in ArcGIS and would like to learn more, this workshop is for you. Learn how to control model flow using preconditions, run one model from another, use python scripts in a model, run a model from a button in ArcMap. You will use python scripts in this class but not write any python code yourself. Working knowledge of Model Builder and ArcMap is required.
Please Note: Computers in this session will be shared.

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

Google Mashups — Mike Dolbow, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Audience: Intermediate
Your customers are demanding to see their custom information “on a Google Map”, so it’s time to learn how to make a mashup! This workshop will take you through the process of making Google Maps API mashups that add three different types of custom data to Google’s ubiquitous basemap. At the end of the day, you’ll have several options to meet your customer’s demands for fast, easy-to-use web maps. Although some comfort with HTML and Javascript will help with this workshop, the only requirement is a willingness to try writing code. Please Note: Computers in this session will be shared.

Putting the Puzzle Together on Redistricting — Rachel Smith, Hennepin County Elections Division
Audience: Beginner
Redistricting is the foundation of our election system and rarely gets the attention it deserves. The challenge in redistricting is this – it combines a politically challenging environment with the technical aspect of building and layering maps. This presentation will cover material about the historical, political, legal, and technical parts of redistricting and how to fit the pieces of redistricting all together. How has the redistricting process evolved over time? What kinds of information can we obtain from census data? Who are the people involved and what is their role in redistricting? What tools exist to analyze and support the redistricting process? These are just some of the questions we will explore in this session.

Understanding and Using Minnesota LiDAR Data Bundles — Tim Loesch, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Audience: Intermediate
This workshop provides an in-depth review of the contents of the standardized LiDAR data bundles that are being made available as part of the Minnesota Elevation Mapping Project funded by the Clean Water Legacy Fund. These bundles are provided to each of the counties in the collection area and are freely available from the project ftp site. Learn how to effectively use the tools and data provided and get some experience with Raster data in ArcGIS.

Map Automation- Taking Advantage of the new Arcpy Module for Python with ArcGIS 10 Jeremy Moore, Houston Engineering Inc.
Audience: Advanced
The topic will go over the general features including layer manipulation, collar information control, and mxd exporting and saving options. The topic will then delve into ways to take advantage of this by developing tools for template map and mxd creation, mass map generation, and how to utilize this functionality within web applications.

Introduction to Editing in ArcGIS 10 Pro-West & Associates
Audience: Beginner
This workshop will build upon the basic foundation of ArcGIS Desktop 10 and dive into the world of editing. The workshop themes will cover the editing basics from how to start editing, to attribute edits in tabular format, spatial editing and creating new features. Along the way, other topics will be incorporated such as feature templates, snapping options, and tools commonly associated with editing features, as well as various tips and shortcuts. This workshop will be geared toward those beginners who know how to navigate the basics but have little or no experience with editing in the ArcGIS Desktop 10 environment. A step-by-step manual will be provided.
Please Note: Computers in this session will be shared.

Making Better Maps — Heather Bergen, WSB & Associates, Inc
Audience: Intermediate
This course will feature discussion of basic cartographic principles used for designing maps. The focus will be on creating visually appealing maps that effectively communicate spatial data specific to different medias. Using functions of ArcGIS, techniques will be demonstrated that enhance the cartographic integrity of your maps.

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