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2014 MN GIS/LIS Consortium Pre-Conference Workshops
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AM Workshops (9:00 AM – 12:15 PM)

WK0001 - Developing a Data Collection Application Using Collector for ArcGISWK0002- Introduction to GIS using ArcGIS 10.2WK0003 - Jumpstart to ArcGIS OnlineWK0004 - Introduction to Python Using ArcMap’s Field Calculator

FULL

WK0005 - Configuring the ArcGIS Platform for Agile and Rapid Deployment of Maps and Apps

WK0006 - Geospatial Big Data Analysis- Spatial Modeler

CANCELED

WK0007 - Leveraging The Cloud – ArcGIS Server & Amazon Web Services

PM Workshops (1:15 PM – 4:30 PM)

WK0008 - Creating Add-ins for ArcGIS 10.1 and Beyond

WK0009 - Understanding Geodatabases

WK0010 - Minnesota Geospatial Commons

WK0011 - Advanced Python

FULL

WK0012 - GIS Integration with Collector, Templates and More

FULL

 

WK0013 - Transportation GIS

Full-Day Workshops (9:00AM-12:15PM and 1:15 PM – 4:30 PM)

WK0014 - GIS for Disaster Operations
WK0015 - Basics of LiDAR

  • All workshops will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Mayo Civic Center Suites.
  • Check-in for workshops begins at 7:30am Wednesday morning in the North Lobby of the Mayo Civic Center. Refreshments will be provided.
  • The morning workshops begin at 9:00am and will conclude by 12:15pm; the afternoon workshops begin at 1:15pm and will conclude by 4:30pm. Workshop registration fee includes lunch.
  • Lunches for all workshop attendees will be provided at the Mayo Civic Center at 12:15pm.
  • All data and materials for the workshops will be provided by the instructors.
  • Hands-On workshops are Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL), unless otherwise noted. Some workshops are Bring Your Own Mobile Device (BYOD). If you would like to attend one of these workshops you will need to have a laptop that you can bring to the class. We will be working closely with the instructors of the hands-on workshops to make the materials for those workshops available before October 1 for installation on attendee’s laptops.

AM Workshops

(9:00 AM – 12:15 PM)

WK0001 - Developing a Data Collection Application Using Collector for ArcGIS – (BYOL, BYOD)

Audience Level: Intermediate
Format: Hands-On
Instructors: Jacqueline Brost, MN.IT @ DNR; Chris Pouliot, MN.IT @ DNR

This course will teach users how to take a paper data entry form and turn it into a user-friendly mobile data collection app using ArcGIS Online, a File Geodatabase, and a smart phone or tablet. We’ll spend time discussing, developing and testing our end product: a Collector for ArcGIS application. Familiarity with geodatabase design and global positioning systems will be beneficial. In addition to the noted hardware requirements for this class, please bring a mobile phone or tablet if possible (cellular connection is not required). Please ensure your mobile device meets the following requirements: Android: Android 4.0 or later, Armv7 processor, OpenGL ES 2.0 support, Precise location (GPS & Network-based support); iOS: iOS 7 or later, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.

WK0002 - Introduction to GIS using ArcGIS 10.2 – (BYOL)

Audience Level: Beginner
Format: Hands-On
Instructor: David Brandt, Washington County

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. Audience: Those with little or no experience with ArcGIS or GIS education. Topics include: What is a GIS? What are the different types of GIS data? What is a coordinate system, and why should I care? How to use ArcGIS to add data, query data and symbolize features based on their attributes. How to perform proximity and spatial analysis to answer questions. How to create a map to show your results. The students will work primarily with parcel-level data.

WK0003 - Jumpstart to ArcGIS Online

Audience Level: Intermediate
Format: Lecture
Instructor: Kyle Heideman, Pro-West & Associates, Inc.

With ArcGIS Online you can design, author, and share maps and applications publically and privately. An overview of ArcGIS Online including: basic configuration, security, and web map development will be provided. Additional demonstrations will include how ArcGIS Online can be used to share content via out-of-the-box web apps, mobile applications (easily distribute data to tablets and smartphones) and desktop clients. This workshop will be valuable if you’ve already started with ArcGIS Online or are new to the platform.

WK0004 - Introduction to Python Using ArcMap’s Field Calculator – (BYOL) FULL

Audience Level: Beginner
Format: Hands-On
Instructor: Terese Rowekamp, Rowekamp Associates, Inc.

Learn the basics of Python programming while also learning the power of ArcMap's Field Calculator. This hands-on workshop will introduce a non-programmer to the Python scripting language. The workshop will start with an introduction to Python programming concepts using ArcMap's Python window and will then move on to creating and executing Python code blocks in the Field Calculator.

WK0005 - Configuring the ArcGIS Platform for Agile and Rapid Deployment of Maps and Apps

Audience Level: Intermediate
Format: Lecture
Instructors: Phil Holleran, ESRI; Sarah Schrader, ESRI

In today’s professional environment, the demand for geographic information and location analytics is continuously growing. As a result, today’s GIS professionals are challenged with meeting the increasing demand for maps and applications being placed on them from both internal and external sources. To do this, GIS professionals need a means to quickly produce information products that are focused and that provide very useful and relevant information for their intended audience.

The ArcGIS Platform is continuing to evolve, now it allows GIS staff the ability to quickly and easily configure and deploy maps and applications right out of the box. This workshop will begin with a short focus on the best practices for configuration of the ArcGIS Platform (including ArcGIS Online) to support a modern web GIS. The rest of the workshop will highlight the various approaches for map and application deployment that are possible via the ArcGIS Platform; including the new ArcGIS WebApp Builder.

WK0006 - Geospatial Big Data Analysis- Spatial Modeler – (BYOL)CANCELED

Audience Level: Intermediate
Format: Hands-On
Instructor: Frank Obusek, Hexagon Geospatial

ERDAS IMAGINE offers a robust modeling environment that enables you to create your own custom workflows for exactly the analysis you desire. Hexagon Geospatial has enhanced the IMAGINE Spatial Modeler by adding even more powerful point cloud workflows and advanced operators like classification and de-hazing and ER Mapper Geophysical models. Take your data analyst capabilities to a new level and learn how, in a modeling context, to apply robust operators for image segmentation, spatially-adaptive local brightness and contrast correction and unsupervised classification.Participants will be provided with a Trial IMAGINE license to use during the workshop. The IMAGINE program works on a standard Windows PC.

WK0007 - Leveraging The Cloud – ArcGIS Server & Amazon Web Services

Audience Level: Advanced
Format: Lecture
Instructor: Justin Hansen, WSB & Associates, Inc.

Demand for geographic information is continually growing both inside and outside of your organization. To meet this demand, a growing number of organizations are leveraging cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms to meet the demands for GIS resources when traditional IT services lag behind.
As Esri’s platform continues to evolve, your ability to rapidly deploy, manage and scale your GIS applications has never been easier. This workshop will focus on utilizing Amazon’s Web Services to host your ArcGIS Server infrastructure with the goal to become more agile and scalable with your GIS services and applications. Amazon’s Elactic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) will be introduced as well as key concepts of EC2: Instances, Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto Scaling. Throughout the workshop we will tie together the components of Amazon’s Web Services with Esri’s ArcGIS Server. This will involve reviewing Esri’s out-of-the-box Amazon Cloud application, ArcGIS Server Cloud Builder as well as deploying ArcGIS Server on Amazon from scratch. In addition, we will discuss how to estimate the costs of hosting your ArcGIS Server infrastructure on Amazon’s Cloud and conclude with a discussion of the pros and cons of hosting your GIS infrastructure in the Cloud.

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PM Workshops

(1:15 PM – 4:30 PM)

WK0008 - Creating Add-ins for ArcGIS 10.1 and Beyond – (BYOL)

Audience Level: Intermediate
Format: Hands-On
Instructors: Jacqueline Brost, MN.IT @ DNR; Chris Pouliot, MN.IT @ DNR

Starting with ArcGIS 10.0, add-ins have provided developers a convenient way of creating and sharing customizations (toolbars, buttons, tools) for ArcMap using .NET and ArcObjects. ArcGIS 10.1 now allows developers to create add-ins using Python. This hands-on class will cover strategies for creating and deploying effective add-ins. Questions we’ll tackle include: What is an add-in? Should I use Python or .NET (or both)? How do I create one using Python? Using .NET? How do I deploy/share an add-in? You do not need to be a programming wizard to take this class but background knowledge of Python or a .NET language (VB.NET, C#.NET) is recommended.

WK0009 - Understanding Geodatabases – (BYOL)

Audience Level: Beginner
Format: Hands-On
Instructor: Rebecca Cooper, Rowekamp Associates, Inc.

This half-day workshop will introduce the different types of geodatabases and how editing geodatabase feature classes differ from editing shapefiles. Learn how to migrate from shapefiles to personal geodatabases to file geodatabases and create a new geodatabase feature class with different field data types. The workshop will cover editing attributes using geodatabase domains and subtypes. This workshop is for a beginner with some prior experience using the ArcGIS and the Catalog window.

WK0010 - Minnesota Geospatial Commons – (BYOL)

Audience Level: Beginner
Format: Hands-On
Instructor: Hal Watson, MN.IT @ DNR

The Geospatial Commons is a data discovery and distribution platform for Minnesota's GIS community. As the site moves past initial release we want to engage new organizations as contributors and collaborators in the project. This half day session will introduce you to all of the basics of the front and back-end Geospatial Commons as well as examine data publishing workflows, standards and tools to help you publish and validate your data. The platform developers are teaching the class, so you can get your technical questions answered and begin to bring your organization on board. We are also interested in your perspectives on how to make the platform more useful and powerful.

WK0011 - Advanced Python – (BYOL) FULL

Format: Hands-On
Audience Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Caleb Mackey, Bolton & Menk, Inc.

Python has become a very desirable and powerful skill for the modern day GIS Professional. Esri’s arcpy API is a very powerful ally, but knowing Python beyond arcpy and exploring other modules and built-in functionality is the real key to success. In this advanced Python workshop, we will explore some advanced techniques for building custom modules, script tools with validation and Python Add-Ins. Other topics will include cursors, dictionaries, and adding help documentation to custom modules. Those who attend this workshop should have prior experience with arcpy and some of the Standard Python Libraries. Attendees should also have a solid understanding of Python data types and common Geoprocessing tools.

WK0012 - GIS Integration with Collector, Templates and More – (BYOL)(BYOD)FULL

Audience Level: Intermediate
Format: Hands-On
Instructor: Chad Nunemacher, Houston Engineering, Inc.;

Kiah Sagami, Houston Engineering, Inc

In this interactive course participants will learn how to set up and use an out-of-box ESRI template application in the ArcGIS for Server and ArcGIS Online environment. This template will be integrated with Collector to add a point and photo collection capabilities . After performing a few exercises with the implemented template, participants will be shown how to make simple customizations to add value to the template from which your organization might benefit – no programming experience required. In addition to acquiring knowledge in ESRI template work, ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS Online, and Collector, the session will conclude with some useful tips and tricks. An ArcGIS Online Organizational account will be set up specifically for this workshop and each participant will be included as a member. ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS for Server will be installed on a Cloud Server prior to the workshop and accessed via RDP (Remote desktop) during the workshop. Please ensure your mobile device meets the following requirements: Android: Android 4.0 or later, Armv7 processor, OpenGL ES 2.0 support, Precise location (GPS & Network-based support); iOS: iOS 7 or later, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.

WK0013 - Transportation GIS

Audience Level: Intermediate
Format: Lecture
Instructor: Jeff Tomlinson, Hexagon Geospatial

Join us for a workshop exploring the field of Transportation GIS, focusing on roads and highways applications. This course will cover data collection through linear referencing, and also data sources such as GPS surveys, LiDAR data, and historical maps. Then we will focus on how you use the data through various disciplines of linear analysis, as well as specific applications such as fleet tracking, reporting, and cartographic output. We will also discuss uniting of linear and spatial analysis and the future of linear geospatial technologies in Transportation. This comprehensive class will be of benefit for linear GIS users, but it is also very relevant for users in any discipline of GIS. Trial licenses of GeoMedia will be supplied if attendees would like try some exercises after class, although the format will primarily be lecture.

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Full-Day Workshops

(9:00AM-12:15PM and 1:15 PM – 4:30 PM)

WK0014 - GIS for Disaster Operations – (BYOL)

Audience Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Format: Lecture and Hands-On
Instructor: Kevin Mickey, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

This workshop will address the ways that GIS can support disaster operations. Participants that complete this workshop will be able to describe the roles and responsibilities of disaster management team members; list issues and strategies related to identifying, obtaining and organizing GIS data that supports disaster operations; and identify ways to effectively community with disaster officials about GIS generated products. Specific examples of the application of GIS in areas such as debris management, infrastructure damage assessment, and shelter needs identification will be used to explain the concepts covered in the course. Examples of GIS tools that support disaster operations, such as FEMA’s Hazus-MH product, will also be demonstrated and/or discussed. At various points in the workshop there will be opportunities for hands-on exploration of GIS maps and data. To complete these activities participants are asked to bring their own laptop to the workshop. The laptop must be pre-installed with ArcGIS or a similar application that can access GIS data in common formats such as shapefiles, JPG, etc. Questions about appropriate software for the workshop, if ArcGIS is unavailable, can be directed to the workshop instructor at kmickey@iupui.edu. Previous GIS experience is recommended, but not mandatory.

WK0015 - Basics of LiDAR – (BYOL)

Audience Level: Beginner
Format: Hands-On
Instructor: Joel Nelson, University of Minnesota

Consider "Basics of LiDAR” to be LiDAR 101 for users in our state. We’ll address important information specific to the state of Minnesota LiDAR dataset, and everything from its various associated data to downloading and using this information-rich database. We’ll also focus on best-use practices for these data, along with tips and tricks on how to get the most in the least amount of time in working with it. This workshop is designed for existing GIS-users who address natural resource issues. Soil and Water Conservation Districts, counties, cities, not-for-profit organizations, private firms, and state and federal agencies are the target audience.

Before attending any of the workshops, participants are expected to have at least basic skill levels with ArcGIS applications, including and not limited to importing and managing files and layers, processing geographic data, and a general understanding of raster data processing and management.

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