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2015 MN GIS/LIS Consortium Spring Workshops
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When: Wednesday, May 20
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus
269 19th Ave S
420 Blegen Hall
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55455
United States

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The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium is pleased to present a diverse list of course offerings on
Wednesday, May 20, at the University Minnesota Minneapolis Campus.

Minneapolis location (PDF Registration Form)

Remote Locations

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Selected sessions will be available via broadcast. These sessions will be viewable at select locations in Minnesota. You may register for these sessions and attend the workshop in person, or head to one of the following locations to watch the broadcast. Please see session details to find out if the session is available at these locations.

University of Minnesota-Duluth
Kirby Plaza Rm 173
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth MN 55812

Minnesota State University-Moorhead
Location: LI-109; LO-003
1104 Seventh Avenue South
Moorhead, Minnesota 56563

Minnesota State University-Mankato
Wissink Hall Rm WH117
228 Wiecking Ctr
Mankato, MN 56001

St. Mary's University LOCATION CANCELED
Toner Center Rm 9
700 Terrace Heights
Winona, MN 55987


Click here for a pdf of Frequently Asked Questions about the Spring Workshops.

University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus Map


  • Each half-day workshop: $90
  • Additional Item: Pre-paid parking pass for Minneapolis Location: $12 (optional). DEADLINE FOR ADVANCED PURCHASE: MAY 15, 2015


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Morning Check-in/Registration/Refreshments

9:00 a.m.

Morning Workshops Begin

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Morning Break (15 minutes)


Morning Workshops Adjourn

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch/Afternoon Workshop Check-In (lunch provided if requested)

1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops Begin

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break (15 minutes)

4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops Adjourn

4:30 – 8 p.m.

Town Hall Brewery, 1430 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454


Session Details

Click here for a pdf of the Spring Workshop descriptions.


Full Day Session


Basics of LiDAR – Joel Nelson, University of MN


This workshop will provide a detailed introduction to LiDAR data and its use for the state of MN and beyond. Students will work learn valuable details and best-practices when working with LiDAR data, along with information on its download, usage, and applications.

Audience Level: Beginner
Broadcasted: No
Type: Hands-On


AM Sessions


Understanding Geodatabases – Rebecca Cooper, Rowekamp Associates, Inc (FULL)

This ½ day workshop will introduce the different types of geodatabases and the advantages of using geodatabases over shapefiles. Learn how to create a file geodatabase, import shapefiles to a geodatabase, build attribute domains and subtypes and use a relationship class (ArcGIS for Desktop Standard or Advanced users will also create a relationship class). No prior knowledge of geodatabases required but one should be comfortable working with data in ArcMap and the Catalog window to complete the hands-on exercises.

Audience Level: Beginner
Broadcasted: No
Type: Hands-On

Getting Started with ArcGIS Pro – Kyle Heideman & Brandon Crissinger, Pro-West & Associates Inc.

An introduction to one of the most exciting new tools in geospatial community. This workshop will help you get started using ArcGIS Pro. We'll start with an overview of the user interface followed by a demonstration of common tasks and tools. We’ll also cover how to import your previous ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap) work to ArcGIS Pro. You'll leave ready to being exploring and using the latest desktop GIS application!

Audience Level: Intermediate
Remote Broadcast: UMD, MSU-Mankato, MSU-Moorhead, SMU-Winona

Type: Lecture Style


ArcSDE - The Whole Nine Yards – Jessica Fendos, Ramsey County (FULL)

This workshop will prepare you to successfully deploy an enterprise geodatabase to serve multiple users and secure mission-critical geospatial datasets in your organization. You will learn about SDE’s role in an Enterprise ArcGIS Server system, its installation options, as well as how to manage a geodatabase by setting up user accounts and permissions, enabling versioned editing, and performing database maintenance tasks including the automation of data load, compression, rebuilding indexes and recalculating statistics. Instructor will conclude by providing tips and tricks on creating database views, SQL stored procedures and jobs, and locks handling based on real-life scenarios. Course concepts apply to ArcGIS V.10.X settings.

Audience Level: Intermediate
Broadcasted: No
Type: Lecture with demos

CAD and GIS Integration – Rob Bigelow, KLJ

How to get Civil 3D and ArcMap to hold hands long enough to exchange data between the two.

Audience Level: Intermediate
Broadcasted: No
Type: Hands-On

Parcel Fabric Migration is Done - Now What? – Lisa Schaefer, Pro-West & Associates Inc.


This 1/2 day workshop will focus on what to do after a migration to the LGIM and Parcel Fabric. The lecture and demonstrations will focus on enhancing the geodatabase with some tuning tips and publishing work, utilizing extensions that most organizations don't even realize they have, and looking to the future possibilities for workflow management. These topics will be focused around the business needs, data needs and service needs of local government organizations.

Audience Level: Intermediate
Remote Broadcast: UMD, MSU-Mankato, MSU-Moorhead, SMU-Winona 
Type: Lecture with demos


Python – Zeb Thomas, MN.IT Services @ Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Python programming knowledge is increasingly a vital skill for the GIS professional. As an open source language with broad adoption, python provides access to a wealth of libraries that make it uniquely positioned to bridge proprietary and open data formats. This workshop will introduce some of the more object-oriented approaches available in Esri’s arcpy module. This will include Cursors, FieldMapping, Describe, and creating python Toolbox Tools and customizing them using the ToolValidator Class. Along the way we will also cover some other useful (and free) python modules. Participants are expected to have some experience using the arcpy module.

Audience Level: Intermediate
Broadcasted: No
Type: Hands-On

PM Sessions


Data Driven Pages – John Wirries, KLJ

We will start with the basics of creating data driven pages and work up to dynamic text, and other key features.

Audience Level: Beginner
Broadcasted: No
Type: Hands-On

Geocoding – Victor Barnett, Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center

This ½ day workshop will introduce the basics of Geocoding. The focus will be on building Address Locators of various types. The workshop will be hands on, with participants building their own locators and composite locators. Then exploring results, reconciling Unmatched and Tied Addresses. We will also explore the configuration options of address locators, and how these change results.

Audience Level: Beginner
Remote Broadcast: UMD, MSU-Mankato, MSU-Moorhead, SMU-Winona 
Type: Hands-On

​​BYOL ​(bring your own laptop)

Mobile and Operations Dashboard – Kyle Heideman, Pro-West & Associates Inc. (FULL)

Just in time for Spring! We'll explore the field collection capabilities of ArcGIS Online including Collector for ArcGIS. We'll show how to plan for and improve your field collection workflows. We'll also demonstrate how you can monitor the field collection activities with the Operations Dashboard.

Audience Level: Intermediate
Broadcasted: No
Type: Lecture with demos

ArcGIS Server 10.1 & Beyond – Justin Hansen, WSB (FULL)

This workshop will serve as an advanced look into ArcGIS Server 10.3 from both the IT and GIS management perspective. Existing users of ArcGIS Server will find the most benefit from this workshop as topics will range from installation recommendations, system architecture guidelines, security best practices, load testing and more. In addition, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of running ArcGIS Server in Amazon’s Cloud. Also, we’ll look at where Esri’s is going with the ArcGIS Platform and how ArcGIS Server fits within Esri’s ever changing ecosystem including ArcGIS Online. This workshop will benefit both IT professionals and GIS Managers seeking to understand how to best manage their ArcGIS Server 10.3 deployment or existing infrastructure. While this workshop is target at advanced users with ArcGIS Server experience, it will provide a solid introduction to core ArcGIS Server concepts.

Audience Level: Advanced
Remote Broadcast: UMD, MSU-Mankato, MSU-Moorhead, SMU-Winona 
Type: Lecture with demos

Advanced Python – Caleb Mackey, Bolton & Menk, Inc.

This workshop will cover some advanced techniques practical for any GIS Professional. In this session we will take an in depth look at object-oriented programming concepts. We will learn how to work with arcpy geometries to read and write new features and perform powerful spatial queries. We will also learn how to create our own objects by utilizing classes. Other topics will include working with the ArcGIS REST API to query feature layers, working with JSON data, and authoring Python Add-Ins. Participants should have prior experience with Python or attend the Intermediate Python workshop.

Audience Level: Advanced
Broadcasted: No
Type: Hands-On



Full refunds (less $25 administrative charge) will be issued with a written cancellation notice received by May 6, 2015. To send a cancellation notification via fax to the MN GIS/LIS Consortium, please use 651-290-2266. Notifications received after May 6, 2015 will NOT receive a refund, nor will no-shows at the event. 


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