28th Annual NWGIS Conference

Conference Workshops

2 Day Pre-Conference Workshops

October 13 & 14th 8:30 – 5:00 

Working with Geodatabases & Linear Referencing

Description: This course introduces users to the Geodatabase, a data format that provides enhanced tools for data creation, data modeling, and data validation. Participants will learn how to design, create and manage Geodatabases. At the end of the course, students will have an in-depth understanding of the Geodatabase structure and Geodatabase tools for creating and editing data while maintaining data integrity. These tools include subtypes, domains, and Geodatabase Topology. Since one of the strengths of a Geodatabase is to validate and correct data, there will be many examples of editing, particularly with specialized Geodatabase editing tools and other advanced editing methods. In the last section students will learn how to create routes and use linear referencing for analysis using fish and stream data from the USFWS.

Topics include: Geodatabase concepts & basics; Converting data to the Geodatabase format; Working with Images in the Geodatabase; Understanding Spatial Reference for the Geodatabase; Validating Attributes with Domains & Subtypes; Validating features with Geodatabase Topology; Editing with the Geodatabase; Working with Routes; Linking to External Databases.

Presenter: Juniper GIS

Instructor: John Schaeffer is the lead instructor for Juniper GIS Services and has over 21 years’ experience working with and teaching GIS to a wide variety of audiences. In 1994 he started one of the first 2-year GIS programs in the United States at Central Oregon Community College. John has taught extensively in the US, and also in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Fiji, Russia and Mexico to a wide variety of state, local and federal agencies and many conservation groups, including the Jane Goodall Institute and the Society for Conservation GIS. John has also been the lead instructor for the Society for Conservation GIS Scholars program for the past several years.

Class size: Limited to 12 students

Presenter contact information:

John Schaeffer, GISP
Juniper GIS Services, Inc
61677 Thunder Road
Bend, Oregon, 97702
Ph: 541-389-6225 Cell: 541-390-4996
john@junipergis.com

Fundamentals of ArcGIS

Description: ArcGIS is a powerful and complex tool for viewing and analyzing data. With so much functionality available in the software, it can be difficult to get started. This 2-day class teaches essential skills for being efficient with ArcGIS. Explore GIS data through ArcMap and create maps to illustrate relationships in the data. Learn methods of displaying data with symbols and text. See how to ask questions of the data and get answers.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to GIS (What is GIS?; What is ArcGIS?) 
  • Starting ArcMap (GIS Data; Working with ArcMap) 
  • Layer Symbology (Changing Symbology; Display Properties) 
  • Layer Properties (Table of Contents; Labels; Layer Files & Packages)
  • Selections and Queries (Selecting Features; Interactive Selection; Select by Attributes; Select by Location; Using the Selection) 
  • Layouts (Data View and Layout View; Creating a Map; Map Elements; Map Output) 
  • GIS Data Types (GIS Data; Catalog; Item Description; Finding Data; Spatial Reference) 
  • Tables and Geoprocessing (Plotting Coordinates; Basic Geoprocessing Tools) 

Presenter: King County GIS Center

Class Size: Limited to 15 students

Programming ArcGIS with Python

Description:  ESRI has adopted Python as its primary scripting language for the ArcGIS platform. Python can now be used to create labeling expressions, in the Field Calculator, administer SDE, create custom add-ins, and more. This is making it more and more critical for ArcGIS users to learn Python.

This two day class will introduce students to the fundamentals of the Python scripting language, how to access basic ArcGIS geoprocessing functions using a python script and how to create simple python scripts using IDLE.

Topics include: Fundamentals of the Python Language for ArcGIS; Writing Basic Geoprocessing Scripts with ArcPy; Managing Map Documents and Layers; Finding and Fixing Broken Data Links; Automating Map Production and Printing; Executing Geoprocessing Tools from Scripts; Creating Custom Geoprocessing Tools; Querying and Selecting Data; Using the Arcpy Data Access Module to Select, Insert, and Update Geographic Data and Tables; Listing and Describing GIS Data; Customizing the ArcGIS Interface with Add-Ins; Error Handling and Troubleshooting; Automating Python Scripts; 5 Things Every GIS Programmer Should Know How to Do with Python.

Presenter: Geospatial Training Services

Instructor: Eric Pimpler is the founder and owner of GeoSpatial Training Services (geospatialtraining.com) and has over 20 years of experience implementing and teaching GIS solutions using ESRI, Google Earth/Maps, Open Source technology.  Currently Eric focuses on ArcGIS scripting with Python, and the development of custom ArcGIS Server web and mobile applications using JavaScript. 

Class size: Limited to 20 students

Presenter contact information:

Eric Pimpler, M.A.G., GISP
GeoSpatial Training Services
215 W Bandera, #114-104
Boerne, TX 78006
Ph: 210-260-4992 Fax: 210-247-9461
eric@geospatialtraining.com

Interoperable Web GIS Solutions with Free & Open Source Geospatial Software

Description:  Interoperable Web GIS Solutions built on Free and Open Source Geospatial software (FOSS4G) offer very effective means of delivering reliable, modern, standard compliant and flexible solutions. They can be used as stand-alone applications or in conjunction with proprietary systems. Especially over the last years FOSS4G have become a viable alternative to proprietary software, and implementing GIS with FOSS helps to meet budget challenges.

Topics include: The class will introduce three open source software components as the building blocks that make up a powerful OS web GIS: MapServer (Map rendering engine), PostGIS (spatial data base) and OpenLayers (Java Script based map viewer). The main focus of the class will be hands on exercises with the goal that every participant will have become familiar with the basics of MapServer, PostGIS and OpenLayers. During the class there will be a lot of opportunity for discussions and question and answer sessions. The final goal is for each participant to having set-up(with the instructors guidance) and customized a basic but functioning Web GIS system running on their own laptop (which participants need to bring and use in class). 

Presenter: Terra GIS LTD

Instructor : Karsten Vennemann is a GIS professional with a background in Geography and Soil Science. His work mostly focuses on GIS in the context of natural resources, sustainable development and social justice. In 2007 he started his own company, Terra GIS based in Seattle. He teaches classes in Open Source GIS and a good portion of this consulting work involves creating and supporting Open Source based Web GIS solutions. Karsten has been a frequent speaker at GIS conferences and is currently writing a workbook about Open Source Web GIS.

Class size: Limited to 10 students

Presenter contact information:
Karsten Vennemann
Terra GIS LTD
2119 Boyer Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
Ph: 206-905-1711
karsten@terragis.net

www.terragis.net

workshop website: http://www.terragis.net/gis_classes/os-web-gis/

1/2 Day Pre-Conference Workshops

 October 14th 8:30 – 12:00 - FREE 

Preparing Your Data for Community Maps

Description:  Through Community Maps, Esri partners with the global GIS community to help build a living atlas of the world with local authoritative data. This hands-on workshop provides an overview of Esri Community Maps and the process of preparing basemap layers for submission to the program. Participants will learn what types of map layers they can contribute and how to take advantage of special tools and workflows developed by the Esri Community Maps team to simplify the contribution process.

Presenter: ESRI

Instructor:  Seth Sarakaitis joined Esri’s Redlands, California, headquarters as a project manager in Esri’s Professional Services division in 2007. His responsibilities included project management and consulting support for new and ongoing projects. He began his work at Esri on the Utility Team in which he was involved with the management of several database migration projects for electric and gas utility companies in the United States.

In 2010 Mr. Sarakaitis began working on Esri’s Community Maps Program as a project manager, consultant and workshop instructor. Now in the Software Development division of Esri, Mr. Sarakaitis leads a team of project managers, geospatial analysts and cartographers’ supporting the Community Maps Program is such areas as Basemap Production, Database Management, Quality Control, Training & Support, along with enhancing the program with Process Improvement.

Class size: Limited to 20 students

Presenter contact information:

Seth Sarakaitis
ESRI
Ph: 909-793-2853 ext. 2513
ssarakaitis@esri.com

 October 14th 1:30 – 5:00 - FREE 

Data Capture for Asset Management Using Smart Phones and Tablets.

Description: In asset management, it has been traditionally recommended to collect the information with high-accuracy GNSS to properly locate the features which adds the necessary spatial intelligence required in contemporary GeoDatabases. But what if the project doesn’t require high accuracy? We can now use data collection software that will work in any device which brings the BYOD concept into practical use.

Topics include: This workshop will introduce TerraFlex; a software program that will work in high-accuracy GNSS receivers in addition to any smart phone or tablet. This has the distinct advantage of providing a standard interface, allowing users to learn the workflow only once regardless of which device is being used.

We will demonstrate the creation of data collection forms in the Cloud, the process of publishing those forms to the device, the simple data collection process that incorporates the built-in camera as an important sensor to enhance any list of attributes, and finally the exporting from the Cloud to ArcGIS. It is no longer necessary to purchase a particular GNSS receiver to collect data easily and quickly as the proliferation of intelligent devices provides the user with a variety of data capture tools.

Windows Mobile, Android and iOS are all supported. Learn how you can inexpensively execute your data collection project with the device you already have in your hand

Presenter: Electronic Data Solutions

Instructor:  Jim Lahm

Presenter contact information:

Jim Lahm
9220 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 119-343
Portland, OR 97219-5428
Ph: 503-624-6133 Cell: 503-706-4272
Jim@elecdata.com

Pre-Conference Evening Workshop

 October 14th 6:00 – 7:30 - FREE 

Creating Map Books with Data Driven Pages

Description:  Data Driven pages is ESRI’s tool for creating map books. With Data Driven pages, the user can create a series of map pages based on data within the map; usually a polygon grid or a set of polygons along a linear feature. This presentation will explain the commands and settings needed to create map books and will demonstrate how to create map books with different examples. The presentation will also show how to use dynamic text for page numbering and if time permits, some ArcPy mapping commands.

Presenter: Juniper GIS

Instructor: John Schaeffer is the lead instructor for Juniper GIS Services and has over 21 years experience working with and teaching GIS to a wide variety of audiences. In 1994 he started one of the first 2-year GIS programs in the United States at Central Oregon Community College. John has taught extensively in the US, and also in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Fiji, Russia and Mexico to a wide variety of state, local and federal agencies and many conservation groups, including the Jane Goodall Institute and the Society for Conservation GIS. John has also been the lead instructor for the Society for Conservation GIS Scholars program for the past several years.

Class size: No Limit

Presenter contact information:

John Schaeffer, GISP
Juniper GIS Services, Inc
61677 Thunder Road
Bend, Oregon, 97702
Ph: 541-389-6225 Cell: 541-390-4996
john@junipergis.com

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