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29th Annual Conference and Workshops

October 2-4, 2019 | River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, Minnesota

 

WORKSHOPS-AT-A-GLANCE



FULL DAY WORKSHOP

WK004: GIS in the County Emergency Operations Center

MORNING WORKSHOPS

WK001: Configuring ArcGIS Online Applications for Data Collection, Visualization, and Analysis

WK002: Introduction to Collector for ArcGIS

WK003: Parcel Management in Pro - What's Changing?

WK005: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro for ArcGIS Desktop Users

WK006: Intro to UAS for GIS Professionals

WK007: Intro to ArcGIS Survey123

WK008: Build custom Python modules from your own functions and classes

WK009: Intro to ArcGIS Online and more

WK010: The first and lasting cadastral system in Minnesota; the rectangular land surveys

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

WK011: cARTography 101

WK012: Intermediate Collector

WK013: Editing in ArcGIS Pro - (Non-Parcel Fabric)

WK014: Telling your story with Esri Story Maps

WK015: Advanced UAS for GIS Professionals

WK016: ArcGIS Server: Administration and Advanced Topics

WK017: GIS Programming with R

WK018: Web AppBuilder: Knowing Your Options

WK019: An open-source approach for land cover mapping using object-based image analysis

WK020: Creating Dashboards with Configurable Apps


WORKSHOP INFORMATION


Full Day Workshop:

WK004: GIS in the County Emergency Operations Center

Presenters:  Randy Knippel, Dakota County, Office of GIS
Audience: Beginner
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements: None
Format:  Hands-on / Lecture  Hands-on portions will simulate activities in the Emergency Operation Center
Hardware Required: None
Software Required: None

Description:  Dakota County conducted an Integrated Emergency Management Course at the Minnesota Emergency Management Training Center at Camp Ripley.  This intensive two-day training with 85 participants, involved the simulation of a major catastrophic weather event in Dakota County.  GIS played a key role in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) with maps, applications, and integrated solutions.  The scenario involved a major tornado event in the rural part of the County, affecting farms and several rural cities.  This was accompanied by a significant rain event which created flooding and affected the Byllesby dam.  The exercise was a continuation of a previous exercise six months earlier, which simulated the initial 24 hours.  This exercise simulated the four following days.  This workshop will give an overview of the exercise, the role of GIS in the EOC, the FEMA incident command system, and the specific uses of GIS employed.

 

AM Workshops:

WK001: Configuring ArcGIS Online Applications for Data Collection, Visualization, and Analysis

Presenters: Jesse Adams and Ethan Borgen - North Point Geographic Solutions
Audience: Intermediate
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements:Basic familiarity with ArcGIS Online including creation of web maps and hosted data
Format: Hands-on / Lecture
Hardware Required:  Computer with internet access
Software Required: Access to an internet browser, preferably Google Chrome

Description: Esri offers a variety of configurable apps and tools that require little or no programming. While this provides flexibility and options to the end user, it may be difficult to know which app will work best for your needs or where to begin. In this workshop, students will work through the process of identifying a problem or question that can be addressed visually, to capturing the associated geographic data, to presenting it in an interactive dashboard, and finally using tools to perform analysis on the data as applicable. Workshop lecture and exercises will include looking at the differences between the configurable apps as well as when it is best to use Survey123, Web App Builder, Operations Dashboard, or Story Maps and also how these apps may work together. Students will use guided exercises to develop their own unique workflows and applications.  Students must arrive 15 minutes prior to class for hardware setup.

 

WK002: Introduction to Collector for ArcGIS

Presenters: Chris Pouliot, MN DNR & Mike Tronrud, MN DNR
Audience: Beginner
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements:  None
Format: Hands-on / Lecture
Hardware Required:  Laptop, mobile device
Software Required: A web browser, ArcGIS Collector

Description:  Curious about how to create and configure an ArcGIS Collector app? This course will walk you through the necessary steps, from beginning to end. In 3 hours, you will learn how to take a paper data entry form and turn it into a user-friendly mobile data collection app using ArcGIS Online and a smart phone or tablet. We will spend time discussing, developing and testing our end product: a Collector for ArcGIS application. Familiarity with geodatabase design and global positioning systems would be beneficial but not required. In addition to the noted hardware requirements for this class, please bring a mobile phone or tablet if possible (cellular connectivity is not required).

 

WK003: Parcel Management in Pro - What's Changing?

Presenters: Lisa Schaefer, Pro-West & Associates, Inc.
Audience: Intermediate
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements: None
Format: Lecture
Hardware Required:  NA
Software Required:  NA

Description:  The introduction of Parcel Fabric in ArcGIS Pro may leave you asking yourself several questions such as, what the differences are between ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap parcel fabrics,  what do I need to know about the new platform, and do I have to make the transition?     Come to this workshop to get those and several other questions answered!  We’ll discuss the differences between the platforms, the options and requirements for each platform, demonstrate some common tasks in each platform, and discuss the migration from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro.  

 

WK005: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro for ArcGIS Desktop Users

Presenters:  Kate Carlson, University of Minnesota
Audience:  Beginner
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements:  Some skills with ArcGIS Desktop
Format:  Hands-on / Lecture
Hardware Required:  Laptop with software installed
Software Required: ArcGIS Pro version 2.3x - The most current installation of ArcGIS Pro

Description:  This hands-on workshop will introduce Esri's newest Desktop application, ArcGIS Pro. Participants will learn about the various changes from ArcMap and gain experience with the new interface through multiple exercises.  Participants will have a new-found comfort level working with ArcGIS Pro projects by the end of the workshop.

 

WK006: Intro to UAS for GIS Professionals

Presenters:  Michelle Carroll, SC Recon
Audience: Beginner
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements:
Format: Hands-on / Lecture
Hardware Required:  None Required: Bring a laptop or tablet to explore drone datasets
Software Required: NA - all web based

Description: Learn the fundamentals of unmanned systems and keys to integration with GIS, CAD and BIM. We'll explore platforms, sensors, software, regulations, workflows, datasets, and geospatial deliverables.  Attendees will leave with  solid knowledge of the components . The concepts in this course are the building blocks for the intermediate UAS for GIS Professionals course offered in the afternoon.  Bring a laptop or tablet to explore drone datasets   

 

WK007: Intro to ArcGIS Survey123

Presenters: Bart Richardson, MN DNR-MNIT
Audience: Intermediate
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements: None
Format:  Hands-on / Lecture
Hardware Required:  A laptop with the required software installed and access to the internet
Software Required:  Survey123 Connect, Survey123 for ArcGIS, Excel, an ArcGIS Online account

Description:  Survey123 is a user-friendly field data entry application.  The class will use Survey123 Connect to create the form and will publish it to AGOL for use on a tablet in the field.  Topics include:
Basics of XLS Forms and Survey123, History and open source roots, Data input, GPS, Photos, Date / time, Audio, Bar codes, Answer questions, Question types, Open text /number, Single choice, Multiple choice, Intelligent forms, Conditional questions and cascading selects, Groups and hidden components, Real time calculations, External csv sources, ArcGIS Online vs. Portal, Direct link to an SDE feature class.

 

WK008: Build custom Python modules from your own functions and classes

Presenters: Jessica Schuler & Zeb Thomas, MNIT @ Department of Natural Resources
Audience:  Intermediate
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements: GIS professionals who already use Python regularly
Format: Intermediate
Hardware Required:  Bring your own Laptop
Software Required: ArcGIS 10+, ArcGIS Pro 2.3 recommended

Description: This workshop is designed for GIS professionals who already use Python regularly, but who want to learn how to better create code that they can easily reuse again and again. Reduce the need to copy and paste blocks of code by building modules out of your own custom functions and classes! This will allow you to build up a library of your most-used functions and import them into any script. Optionally, feel free to bring some of your own scripts that you might like to convert, so you can get feedback while starting your own module. We will cover example modules with functions and classes that use arcpy and GDAL/OGR. We’ll also cover some ways to make your code compatible with both Python 2 and Python 3, allowing you to use the arcpy and GDAL installations that come with ArcGIS Pro 2.3+. 

 

WK009: Intro to ArcGIS Online and more

Presenters: Sharvari Sangle, SRF Consulting Group
Audience: Intermediate
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements: Familiar with ArcGIS online account
Format: Hands-on
Hardware Required:  Laptop
Software Required: ArcGIS online account

Description:  Learn about Basic concept of ArcGIS Online, leveraging the power of templates, best practices and introduction to how to take your online application to next level using web application. 

 

WK010: The first and lasting cadastral system in Minnesota; the rectangular land surveys

Presenters: Rod Squires, University of Minnesota
Audience: Beginner|Intermediate
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements: Interest in the basics of legal descriptions in Minnesota
Format: Lecture
Hardware Required:  None
Software Required:   None

Description:  Any analysis of  land use in Minnesota should rest on an understanding of the way in which the United States divided the land surface,  creating a  "a remarkable geometry  of squares and rectangles," with lasting effect.  The workshop will describe the basics of the rectangular land survey system in Minnesota with emphasis on the actual process and the data sources that can be used to reconstruct that process. The historical and modern context of the survey system will also be described.

 

PM Workshops:

WK011: cARTography 101

Presenters: Jacqueline Kovarik, Hennepin County; Rachel Koch, Minnesota Department of Revenue; Anne Morris, State of Minnesota
Audience: Beginner
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements: Basic familiarity with ArcGIS Pro
Format: Hands-on / Lecture
Hardware Required:  Laptop computer with internet access
Software Required: Single use licensing for ArcGIS Pro 2.0 or later (users must have a single use license configured), a modern internet browser

Description:  Tired of computer screens, coding and databases? This workshop will tap into your creativity through various forms of cartographic mediums and map-based art. Touching on topics ranging from historic map making techniques to bold and unique style files in ArcGIS Pro, we’ll discuss ways to implement excitement and beauty in your web-based and printed maps. Students will then put their skills to work creating a map masterpiece in two mediums: digitally with ArcGIS Pro, and manually using historic cartographic techniques without the aid of a computer. 

 

WK012: Intermediate Collector

Presenters: Chris Pouliot, MN DNR & Mike Tronrud, MN DNR
Audience: Intermediate
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements:  Familiarity with ArcGIS Desktop and Collector
Format: Hands-on / Lecture
Hardware Required:  Laptop, please bring a mobile phone or tablet if possible (cellular connectivity is not required)
Software Required: A web browser, ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Desktop

Description:  Building on foundational Collector for ArcGIS concepts, this course will teach students custom configuration techniques such as Collector database best practices, ArcGIS Online tips and tricks, and service, app, and custom basemap optimization techniques. Familiarity with subjects covered in Introduction to Collector for ArcGIS course or equivalent knowledge is suggested. In addition to the noted hardware requirements for this class, please bring a mobile phone or tablet if possible (cellular connectivity is not required).

 

WK013: Editing in ArcGIS Pro - (Non-Parcel Fabric)

Presenters: Frank Conkling, Panda Consulting
Audience: Beginner
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements:  None
Format: Hands-on / Lecture
Hardware Required:  Attendees own Laptop if Hands-on
Software Required: ArcGIS Pro 2.4

Description:  Non-Parcel Fabric Editing in ArcGIS Pro - This half day hands on workshop does not specifically discuss the solutions focused on mapping parcels but focuses on traditional editing functions in ArcGIS Pro and compares ArcMap editing functions and where they can be found in ArcGIS Pro, including enhancements that are available in the latest release. With the release of ArcGIS Pro, ESRI took the opportunity to rethink how its users edited and has enhanced, renamed, and recreated most of the editing functionality. This workshop will review as many of these changes as possible and is a good introduction to the changes that that editors will encounter when moving to ArcGIS Pro. This workshop does not cover visualization, 3D, nor analysis of GIS data in ArcGIS Pro.

 

WK014: Telling your story with Esri Story Maps

Presenters: Joseph Kerski, Esri
Audience: Beginner
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements: None
Format: Hands-on / Lecture
Hardware Required:  Laptop
Software Required:  Web Connection and browser - No software  installs needed.   Excel would be nice if possible.

Description:  Communicating with dynamic, interactive maps can be enhanced through the use of Esri Story Maps.  These web mapping applications incorporate audio, video, photographs, narrative, and can be embedded in web pages and other digital media.  Bring your laptop or tablet and join Joseph Kerski as you build your skills in using and creating story maps in this hands-on workshop.  

 

WK015: Advanced UAS for GIS Professionals

Presenters: Michelle Carroll, SC Recon
Audience: Intermediate/Advanced
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements: None
Format: Hands-on / Lecture
Hardware Required:  Bring a laptop or tablet to explore drone datasets
Software Required: NA - all web based

Description:  Unmanned systems have landed at the intersection of emerging technology and mainstream tool. This workshop touches on all the components of UAS that GIS professionals need to know: Platforms, software, mission planning, data processing, and data management. Attendees will explore real-world examples of UAS missions and leave equipped with considerations for both in-house programs and contracted flights.

 

WK016: ArcGIS Server: Administration and Advanced Topics

Presenters: Justin Hansen, WSB
Audience: Advanced
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements: Basic experience with ArcGIS Server
Format: Lecture
Hardware Required:  No hardware needed
Software Required: No software needed

Description:  This workshop serves as an advanced look into ArcGIS Server from both the IT and GIS management perspective. Existing users of ArcGIS Server will find the most benefit from this course as topics will range from installation recommendations, system architecture guidelines, security best practices, load testing and more. In addition, we will discuss how ArcGIS Server fits within Esri’s evolving Enterprise GIS platform and how you can best integrate it with your GIS portal: ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS. We will also discuss what’s new at ArcGIS Server 10.7 and its impact on your organization. This course will benefit both IT professionals and GIS Managers seeking to understand how to best manage their ArcGIS Server deployment and related resources. While this workshop is target at advanced users with ArcGIS Server experience, it will provide a solid introduction to core ArcGIS Server concepts.

 

WK017: GIS Programming with R

Presenters: Matthew Haffner, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Audience: Beginner|Intermediate
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements:  Basic understanding of GIS
Format:  Hands-on / Lecture
Hardware Required:  Laptop
Software Required: Laptop with a web browser

Description:  This workshop will introduce the R Project for Statistical Computing and RStudio  with a focus on spatial statistics, visualization, web mapping, geoprocessing operations, and automating tasks. Rather than a deep dive into a specific library or toolset, this workshop will provide a broad overview of R's superb spatial data capabilities with the goal of demonstrating how it can improve your GIS workflow. Attendees need only a laptop with a web browser and will work in RStudio alongside the instructor using provided templates and scripts. No prior experience with R or RStudio are required, though those with some experience will likely still benefit from this workshop.

 

WK018: Web AppBuilder: Knowing Your Options

Presenters: Chad Nunemacher, Houston Engineering & Paul Hedlund, Houston Engineering
Audience: Intermediate
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements: Familiar with ArcGIS Online.  Basic understanding of HTML/Javascript is a plus but not required.
Format: Hands-on / Lecture
Hardware Required:  Windows Laptop w/ admin privileges to connect with Azure Server
Software Required: Bring your own computer/laptop. You will be required to set up and deploy the virtual environment on your computer prior to the date of the workshop. The instructors will contact you with more information and installation instructions at least 2 weeks before the workshops date

Description: In this session you will become familiar with the components that make up the Web AppBuilder (WAB) framework. Brief overview of app creation using the integrated ArcGIS Online version of the WebAppBuilder as well as the installation, configuration, and deployment of the developer’s version will be explained and demonstrated. We will quickly cover how to incorporate shared widgets into the Web AppBuilder development software. We will also provide some insight into Esri's next generation Web Appbuilder - Experience Builder. Last but not least, we will provide instruction and guidance in creating a couple custom widgets for use in the WAB development software. 

 

WK019: An open-source approach for land cover mapping using object-based image analysis

Presenters: Keith Pelletier, University of Minnesota & Joseph Knight, University of Minnesota
Audience: Beginner
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements: Attendees should be familiar with geospatial data
Format: Hands-on / Lecture
Hardware Required:  Laptop computer with >10GB of storage space
Software Required: Quantum GIS (QGIS) with Orfeo Toolbox (OTB) plugin. Software and plugin installation information will be provided prior to the workshop. Attendees will need administrative privileges for software installation.

Description:  Airborne and space-based sensors are acquiring high-resolution remote-sensed data at increasing temporal scales that can be used for extracting detailed, accurate information over large spatial extents. These (often) freely-available geospatial data resources have made it possible to map, monitor, and assess the natural and anthropogenic environment at varying spatial and temporal scales by accurately classifying urban infrastructure, vegetation, hydrography, and other land covers. Traditional, pixel-based classifications using high resolution data are often inaccurate while manual approaches are costly and labor intensive. An object-based image analysis (OBIA) approach leverages these datasets in a semi-automated workflow that creates image objects or homogenous groups of pixels that best approximate real-world features and classifies these features using attributes such as color, geometry, and spatial context. The resulting classifications provide detailed, accurate, and meaningful information for decision support. In this half-day workshop, attendees will be introduced to OBIA concepts and apply these concepts using freely-available, open-source tools. Hands-on exercises using Quantum GIS (QGIS) and Orfeo Toolbox (OTB) will integrate high-resolution imagery and lidar-derived datasets to classify land cover features such as water, impervious surfaces, tree canopy, and other veget

WK020: Creating Dashboards with Configurable Apps

Presenter: Gustavo Castro
Audience: Beginner
Prerequisite Skills and Requirements: Basic understanding of ArcGIS Online
Format: Hands-on / Lecture
Hardware Required: PC
Software Required: ArcGIS Online

Description: Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS is a configurable web apps that provides location-aware data visualization and analytics for a real-time operational view of people, services, assets, and events. In this session we will introduce the key features of dashboards, walk through examples of the many different types of dashboards and finally demonstrate the configuration and deployment of an Operations Dashboard.

 


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