2016 Intermountain GIS Conference ~ April 4-7 ~ Great Falls, MT

GIS Expedition to Discovery


Workshops

Monday, April 4
   WORKSHOP TITLE  TIME  COST
 MEMBER / NON-MEMBER
 REGISTRATION
 LIMIT
  1   ArcGIS Open Data:
 Get Started & Use Best Practices
 8 AM - Noon 
           $80 / $160  20
  2
 Cartography Fundamentals
 8 AM - Noon
           $80 / $160  20
  3  Creating Great Web Apps:
 No Coding Required
 1 PM - 5 PM            $80 / $160  FULL - 20
  4  Getting Started with ArcGIS 10.3                   1 PM - 5 PM            $80 / $160  20

Tuesday, April 5

   WORKSHOP TITLE  TIME  COST
 MEMBER / NON-MEMBER
 REGISTRATION
 LIMIT
  5 
 Communicating with Maps:
 Using ArcGIS Online

 8 AM - Noon 
          $80  / $160  20
  6
 Telling Your Story with Esri Storymaps  8 AM - Noon
          $80  / $160  FULL - 20 (10 students)
  7
 Remote Sensing Basics
 8 AM - Noon
          $80  / $160  20
  8  Spatial Analysis with ArcGIS Online  1 PM - 5 PM           $80  / $160  FULL - 20 (10 students)
  9  Collecting High Accuracy GNSS data using
 Esri Collector and Trimble Mapping Products
 1 PM - 5 PM           $80  / $160  FULL - 20

To register for a workshop, go to the Conference Registration page. Full conference registration does not include workshop costs, workshops are extra. 

Note: There is a special student rate of $20 for: Telling Your Story with Esri Storymaps and Spatial Analysis with ArcGIS Online.  There are 10 seats available for each workshop at this special $20 rate until February 29.




Workshop Abstracts

1. ArcGIS Open Data: Get Started & Use Best Practices - Download slides here 
Monday: 8:00 AM – Noon; Cost: $80 (members), $160 (non-members)
Presenter: Scott Moore, ESRI

Government agencies and many organizations increasingly seek to make their information more discoverable and accessible to citizens. Through recent mandates, as well as organizational aspirations, open data is on the verge of broad emergence and adoption. Esri provides trusted tools for hosting and analyzing data, and it is now possible to easily publish this authoritative data to the open community. This session will show you how to easily set up and share open data without changing your existing data management workflows. You will learn about the best practices for sharing data with citizens, businesses, and developers that drives adoption and community around your public services.

Scott Moore is a Solutions Engineer with Esri and currently works in the Olympia regional office. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS.  Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include web mapping, server based GIS, developer technologies, and making spatial technology available to everyone.  He has been with Esri since 2006.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography with a focus on GIS from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1998.  Prior to joining Esri, he was a Senior GIS Analyst and GIS Manager for the City of Chandler, Arizona where he built the City’s Enterprise GIS. 

2. Cartography Fundamentals
Monday: 8:00 AM – Noon; Cost: $80 (members), $160 (non-members)
Presenter: Kris Larson GISP, CDM Smith / Gerry Daumiller, Montana State Library

Cartographers have been making maps for thousands of years now and many people that look at maps respond almost intuitively.  For example, you probably don’t need to look at the map legend to figure out that the blue polygon is water.  At this point in your life, you’ve seen it so many times that you don’t even consciously realize that you process this information.  Yet, in Montana, most rivers and lakes aren’t blue when you’re out in the landscape.  As GIS becomes more readily available, many people are producing maps without a cartographic or geographic educational background, and they’re not always conveying their message as easily as they might.  This team has nearly 50 years of cumulative cartographic experience and we’ll try to share the lessons we’ve learned in an interactive environment.  What other things do map readers respond “intuitively” to?  Most people won’t look at your maps for more than a few minutes, whether it’s a decision-maker trying to quickly understand all the information available or a citizen glancing at a map online.  What could you do to help people walk away with your intended message?  Do you know what projection to use?  Do you understand color theory?  Do you know what layouts are most effective and why?  Whether you answered yes or no to any of these questions, you should come and join the dialogue!

Kris Larson graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Geography, Cartographic emphasis. Ms. Larson has been active in the GIS community since 1989 and has served as the President of MAGIP, on the Montana Land Information Act Council (MLIAC), served as Vice Chair of the GIS Certification Institute’s Outreach Committee, and is currently on the Northern Rockies URISA Board. She is part of an international Information Management Solutions group at CDM Smith that works cooperatively to implement GIS and custom software solutions for clients.  Ms. Larson began her career in the Natural Resource Information System (NRIS) at the Montana State Library, one of the first GIS clearinghouses in the nation.  She then owned and operated KAL Consulting before being asked to come back to the State in 2002.  She has been very happily employed at CDM Smith since the Fall of 2006.  In addition to her work at CDM Smith, Ms. Larson is an adjunct professor at Carroll College.  In the last five years, she has become increasingly involved in Community Outreach efforts – something that dovetails perfectly with GIS!  Her interests outside of work include doing ultra-marathons (“running” would be a gross exaggeration), whitewater kayaking, & telemark skiing.

Gerry Daumiller has been a geographic information specialist at the Montana State Library since 1988.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Montana and studied cartography in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for three years.  He has served as a board member and president of the Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals and is a lecturer at Carroll College for their Geographic Information System courses.  He enjoys running, telemark and cross-country skiing, kayaking, travel, and recording all these activities with his GPS.

3. Creating Great Web Apps: No Coding Required  - Download slides here
Monday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Cost: $80 (members), $160 (non-members)
Presenter: Scott Moore, ESRI

Come to this session to learn how you can configure workflow-driven GIS apps that run seamlessly across all devices. Esri's new Web AppBuilder is a HTML5/JavaScript-based application that allows you to create your own intuitive, fast, and beautiful web mapping apps, in 2D or 3D, without writing a single line of code. If you have web applications that are using ArcIMS, Web ADF, Flex, or Silverlight then this workshop will be useful to learn how to build HTML5 and Javascript web applications that will work on all the common browsers and mobile devices. You will also learn how to create custom widgets for the Web AppBuilder.

Scott Moore is a Solutions Engineer with Esri and currently works in the Olympia regional office. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS.  Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include web mapping, server based GIS, developer technologies, and making spatial technology available to everyone.  He has been with Esri since 2006.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography with a focus on GIS from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1998.  Prior to joining Esri, he was a Senior GIS Analyst and GIS Manager for the City of Chandler, Arizona where he built the City’s Enterprise GIS. 

4. Getting Started with ArcGIS 10.3 
Monday: 1:00 – 5:00 PM; Cost: $80 (members), $160 (non-members)
Presenter: Keith Weber GISP, Idaho State University

This workshop covers the basics of ArcGIS including navigating ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox, and ArcMap. In addition, students will learn about many of the new tools and changes that have occurred with the release of ArcGIS 10 and how to leverage these tools to improve their workflow. This is an four hour workshop and includes hands-on exercises. Prerequisites: familiarity with computers and basic concepts of GIS.

Intended audience: Novice GIS users and those who need to learn the ArcGIS environment.

Keith Weber is the GIS Director at Idaho State University (ISU) and has held this position since the inception of the GIS Training and Research Center (GIS TReC) in 1998.  He has been involved in the Geotechnology industry since 1989, is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and recipient of Esri’s Special Achievements in GIS award in 2000 and again in 2013.  He is also a past-President of the Northern Rockies Chapter of URISA, former Vice-President of the Intermountain Chapter of ASPRS, and chairs Idaho’s geodetic control technical working group. Mr. Weber has a MS in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and has authored/coauthored over 40 peer-reviewed journal papers and is the principal investigator on over 20 external grants totaling nearly $8M in awards to the GIS TReC at ISU. Mr. Weber serves on the Geographic Information Science Institute (GISCI) certification committee and chaired its recertification sub-committee. Mr. Weber was instrumental in obtaining Idaho State University's membership into the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and serves as ISU's principal delegate. He is also a standing member of the Idaho Geospatial Council- Executing Committee (IGC-EC).

5. Communicating with Maps: ArcGIS Online
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – Noon; Cost: $80 (members), $160 (non-members)
Presenter: Brian Andersen, Montana Department of Transportation

This workshop is designed for people who want an introduction to the basic concepts of ArcGIS Online. The workshop provides an overview of what users can do in ArcGIS Online such as quickly turning data into valuable information by creating intelligent interactive web maps and sharing them privately or publicly. ArcGIS Online provides a platform that enables users to make spatial data available through an interactive web map, a web app, story map and a mobile app without the need for programming.  This means it is accessible to users any time on any operating system.

You will learn some of the uses of ArcGIS Online including: using an interactive map, creating an interactive map, adding your own data, configuring the map display and creating an app. By the end of this workshop you will be able to create your own interactive map and app and share it with others.

Brian Andersen has been a GIS Professional at the Montana Department of Transportation since 2000. While at MDT he has served as the GIS Lead and Project Manager. He is currently the Supervisor of the Road Inventory and Mapping section where he has a team of 10 employees that work with GIS and Databases. He is an active member and current vice president of the Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals. He enjoys Snowboarding/Skiing, Rafting, Mountain Biking, Camping, and Traveling.

6. Telling Your Story with Esri Storymaps - Link to slides here
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – Noon; Cost: $80 (members), $160 (non-members), $20 (students)
Presenter: Joseph Kerski, Ph.D., GISP, ESRI and the University of Denver

Join Geographer and Education Manager Joseph Kerski as we examine the benefits for using Esri Story Maps web mapping applications to communicate the results of your own GIS project to a broad range of constituents.  Story maps are a powerful multimedia web mapping set of tools and data that can serve as a means of rich communication but also are easy to create and modify.

Joseph Kerski serves as Education Manager for Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri).  He served for 21 years as Geographer at the USGS and at the US Census Bureau.  He teaches GIS at the University of Denver, other universities, in K-12 schools, and in online courses, including MOOCs.  Joseph holds three degrees in Geography.  Passionate about spatial learning, Joseph fosters educational partnerships, promotes GIS in education and society through service and scholarship, and conducts courses on geotechnology in education internationally.  He creates GIS-based curricula and conducts research in the effectiveness and implementation of GIS in education.

7. Remote Sensing Basics
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – Noon; Cost: $80 (members), $160 (non-members)
Presenter: Catherine Maynard, Ph.D., Natural Resource Conservation Service

This training session will utilize ArcGIS software and is designed to give an introduction and overview of remote sensing which will include:

  • An overview of remote sensing, satellite data sensors, satellite data sources.
  • Aerial photography platforms and data uses.
  • How multispectral data is collected, what it means on the ground.
  • Satellite image data acquisition and pre-processing-
    • Basic principles of image classification and interpretation
    • Vegetation indices and how they are they used
    • Supervised and unsupervised classifications
  • Using raw and classified satellite image data in ArcGIS
  • Organizing and managing satellite image data

Catherine Maynard NRCS State Geospatial Analyst. Ph.D. in Land Resources and Environmental Science, Montana State University, 2003. M.S. in Soils and Forest Ecology, University of Montana, 1988. B.S. in Plant Ecology and Environmental Science, Utah State University, 1977. 

Catherine has worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana since 1996 and specializes in using remote sensing for environmental analysis. Using satellite imagery and other geospatial data to model and evaluate the extent and distribution of natural resource conditions she provides support to statewide and local projects such as vegetation inventories and assessments, watershed planning, wetlands conservation, precision agriculture, land cover mapping and characterizing ecological systems. 

Catherine has worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana since 1996 and specializes in using remote sensing for environmental analysis. Using satellite imagery and other geospatial data to model and evaluate the extent and distribution of natural resource conditions she provides support to statewide and local projects such as vegetation inventories and assessments, watershed planning, wetlands conservation, precision agriculture, land cover mapping and characterizing ecological systems. 

She has worked cooperatively with the Rocky Mountain Region of the USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs to conduct extensive natural resource inventories on the Fort Belknap, Crow, Northern Cheyenne, Rocky Boy’s and Blackfeet reservations in Montana. In collaboration with the BIA she has also developed remote sensing and geospatial analysis training materials and provided in-depth training sessions to tribal members in several Western states. 

Her research in developing new applications for remote sensing has been published in U.S. and international journals. From 1987 to 1996 Catherine worked for Region One of the USDA Forest Service as a soil scientist and ecologist where she mapped soils and vegetation and developed landscape level analysis models and methods for mapping and classifying ecosystems. 

Dr. Maynard lives with her husband and dogs in the historic mining community of Rimini Montana where they are preserving and restoring cabins and other relic structures from Montana’s glorious past. In her spare time she enjoys jazz guitar, lawn mowing, and restoring her 1964 Triumph Spitfire.

8. Spatial Analysis with ArcGIS Online - Link to slides here
Tuesday: 1:00 - 5:00 PM; Cost: $80 (members), $160 (non-members), $20 (students)
Presenter: Joseph Kerski, Ph.D., GISP, ESRI and the University of Denver

You may use ArcGIS Online for its rich array of basemaps and thematic layers for your GIS projects, but did you also know that it contains a growing and powerful set of spatial analysis tools?  Join Geographer and Education Manager Joseph Kerski as we explore how to analyze data spatially efficiently and quickly in ArcGIS Online for natural resource management, human health, planning, law enforcement, and other fields, using map overlay, routing, proximity, spatial statistics, and other tools.

Joseph Kerski serves as Education Manager for Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri).  He served for 21 years as Geographer at the USGS and at the US Census Bureau.  He teaches GIS at the University of Denver, other universities, in K-12 schools, and in online courses, including MOOCs.  Joseph holds three degrees in Geography.  Passionate about spatial learning, Joseph fosters educational partnerships, promotes GIS in education and society through service and scholarship, and conducts courses on geotechnology in education internationally.  He creates GIS-based curricula and conducts research in the effectiveness and implementation of GIS in education.

9. Collecting High Accuracy GNSS data using Esri Collector and Trimble Mapping Products
Tuesday: 1:00 – 5:00 PM; Cost: $80 (members), $160 (non-members)
Presenter: Michael Clancy, Electronic Data Solutions

This workshop will be focused on integrating Android/IOS devices and cloud based solutions into your GIS and high accuracy GPS operations. In the class we will examine using two different solutions for this task, Trimble TerraFlex and ESRI Collector. We will work through the entire process of deploying a standardized geodatabase for field collection and then synchronizing field data back into our geodatabase. We will concentrate on the following workflows:

  • Configure a local project.
  • Publishing this project to the respective cloud services.
  • Configure the project for field collection.
  • Configuration routines to prepare the cloud based data for field collection.
  • Field collection - we will be using smart devices combined with high accuracy Bluetooth GPS devices in a disconnected environment.
  • Synchronize to the cloud services and examine field data.
  • Integrate this field data back into our local geodatabase.
At the end of this workshop attendees can expect to be comfortable with the entire office to field workflow using Trimble TerraFlex and ESRI Collector. Attendees are welcome to bring their own smart device for use in the workshop. However, before the workshop please ensure the latest version of Esri Collector and Trimble TerraFlex are downloaded and installed on your device. Electronic Data Solutions will be providing temporary logins to both services for use in this workshop.

Michael Clancy is a sales and business development specialist with Electronic Data Solutions where he has worked for the last 3 Years. Michael received his BS in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho and his GIS certification in 2008. Michael has been working in the GIS industry for the past ten years in industries ranging from local government to oil and gas operations. His current focus is on implementing innovative geospatial solutions, leveraging COTS products, for a wide array of customers in different industries. Michael resides in Kimberly, Idaho with his wife and newborn son.

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