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20th Annual Conference Workshops

View Full-Day Workshops, Morning Workshops, and Afternoon 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.

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There are two sets of two-part workshops. You may take as 1/2 or full day depending on the level desired and background knowledge.*


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

Using ArcPad 8: Software, Setup, and Data Collection — Brandon Crissinger & Mike Picard, Pro-West & Associates
Audience: Beginner
The workshop will work through the many facets of ArcPad 8; customizing toolbars (without programming), database setup and design, what data to bring into the field (and what is the best way to store and use this data on a mobile device), field data collection, and more.

PDAs, Tablets, and Smart Phones: An Introduction to Field Data Collection — Chris Pouliot & Shelly Sentyrz , Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Audience: Beginner/Intermediate
This workshop will explore the various options that exist for professionals that are considering implementing field data collection in their organization. Attendees will get a chance to try out some of the hardware and software that is available and compare various solutions. Portions of this workshop will be held outside, so please dress appropriately.

Introduction to PostGIS — Paul Ramsey, OpenGeo
Audience: Intermediate
A hands-on exploration of the PostGIS spatial database. How to load data, form spatial queries, and carry out data analysis using the power of a spatial database. Participants should have some experience with the SQL query language to fully understand the examples and exercise.

Introduction to Raster Terrain Analysis** — Steve Kloiber & Sean Vaughn, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Audience: Beginner
This workshop will introduce students to the analysis of raster elevation data. Participants will have a chance to work through hands-on exercises and gain a better understanding of digital elevation models and their use in terrain analysis. Example applications covered in the course include mapping erosion features, wetlands, and streams. Students will use ArcGIS and the Spatial Analyst extension and other software to complete hands-on examples.

From LAS to Contours: Making use of LiDAR Data — Tim Loesch, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Audience: Intermediate
This workshop will introduce students to LiDAR technology, the data that is produced, accuracy and validation and techniques for producing derived products. Students will use ArcGIS and the 3D Analyst and Spatial Analyst extensions to import LiDAR data and produce raster and vector derived products. A working knowledge of ArcGIS is expected. No prior LiDAR experience necessary.

ArcGIS Server 10.0 – Configuring the ArcGIS Viewer for Flex — Nathan Aamot, ESRI
Audience: Intermediate
As the value and capabilities of web based GIS mapping applications continues to increase, GIS professionals and practitioners are increasingly being asked to develop and deploy web based GIS applications. In the past this has been a very involved process, requiring significant skills and investment in web development. However, as web mapping technology has evolved, there have been great enhancements that enable non-developers to produce very pleasing, high performance, custom looking web applications. This workshop will focus on the process of configuring ArcGIS Server web mapping applications using the new ArcGIS Viewer for Flex available at ArcGIS Server 10.0. Previous experience with the basics of ArcGIS Server is recommended but not required for this workshop.

Geodatabases: Domains, Subtypes, Annotation and Topology — Rebecca Cooper, Rowekamp Associates
Audience: Intermediate
Learn about tools available to maintain the integrity of your geodatabase data. The workshop will start with attribute editing using attribute domains and subtypes and carry on with creating and editing annotation. We will then focus on creating a topology (defining spatial relationship rules), validating the topology and fixing indentified errors using the Error Inspector in ArcMap. Basic knowledge of geodatabases and ArcCatalog is required as well as previous experience editing in ArcMap.

What’s New in ArcGIS 10 Desktop — Lisa Schaefer & Chelsea Utzerath, Pro-West & Associates
Audience: Intermediate
This workshop will highlight some of the newest functionality in ArcGIS 10 as well as modifications made to the editing environment. Topics will include the Advanced Search and ArcCatalog tools, changes and latest tool additions to the Editor, Advanced Editor, Annotation and Topology toolbars. Additional content will include creating features with templates, new topology rule options and changes to the snapping environment.

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

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.

Making Better Maps — Heather Bergen, WSB & Associates
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.

Planning and Implementation of an Enterprise GIS — John Mackiewicz, WSB & Associates
Audience: Intermediate
Enterprise GIS provides a framework for the effective distribution of spatial information throughout an organization. This workshop will focus on best practices for designing and implementing an enterprise GIS and cover topics such as analyzing business needs, assessing available infrastructure and resources, evaluating available technologies, and successfully managing the implementation process.

ArcPad 8: Customizations & Forms* — Justin Hansen, WSB & Associates
Audience: Advanced
This workshop will focus on the customization and extensibility of ArcPad 8 to aid in streamlining data collection. Users will learn how to create a custom data collection form, utilize domains and subtypes, and use ArcPad’s scripting environment to improve the data collection process. This workshop is indented for those advanced mobile users who want to customize ArcPad to streamline field data acquisition.

Introduction to the Open Source Geo-Stack — Paul Ramsey, OpenGeo
Audience: Intermediate
Build a complete web mapping application from database to web user interface in one short workshop! Database, application server, desktop editing, and web interfaces are all available in the open source world, and this workshop will explore them all. Technologies covered will be PostGIS, GeoServer, OpenLayers, and QGIS. Some understanding of HTML and JavaScript will help for understanding the web-based portion of the workshop.

Intermediate Raster Terrain Analysis** Sean Vaughn & Steve Kloiber, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Audience: Intermediate – ArcMap and ArcCatalog experience required
Participants will gain a better understanding of LiDAR derived DEMs and their use in hydrologic terrain analysis with an emphasis on “Digital Dams” and drainage enforcement. Example applications covered in the course will include creating hydrologically corrected DEMs and terrain derivatives for the purposes of raster display, hydrography interpretation, watershed delineation, and hydrologic 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.

Silverlight API Web Development — Josh Marsh, Pro-West & Associates
Audience: Beginner
The ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight/WPF enables you to integrate ArcGIS Server and Microsoft Virtual Earth services and capabilities in a Silverlight application, thus leveraging ArcGIS Server maps, address locators, and geoprocessing models and Silverlight components such as, grids, and charts. This workshop will instruct users on the basics for developing powerful and integrated web applications using the Silverlight API.

Advanced Editing in ArcMap Rebecca Cooper, Rowekamp Associates
Audience: Intermediate
Have you noticed some of the “extra” toolbars in ArcMap and wondered what they do and how to use them? This workshop will expose you to a variety of tools which may come in handy if you are creating or editing data with ArcMap. You will edit using a map topology, work with sketch tool variations, try some of the Advanced Editing toolbar options, spatially adjust vector data to fit into existing data and more. Working knowledge of ArcMap and basic editing is required.

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