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All workshops will be held on Wednesday, October 10. All
lecture style workshops will be held at the DECC, while most hands-on workshops
will be held off-site at various computer labs. Transportation to off-site
hands-on workshops will be provided. If you register for a full day workshop or
two half day workshops, your registration fee includes lunch. Lunches will be
provided at the DECC and at off-site workshop locations.
Check-in for workshop participants begins at 7:30 am Wednesday
morning at the DECC. If you register for a hands-on workshop, please arrive at
the DECC no later than 8:00 am for check-in. Buses will depart for off-site
hands-on workshops promptly at 8:30 am from the DECC City Side Convention Center
- The morning workshops begin at 9:00 am and will conclude by
- The afternoon workshops begin at 1:15 pm and will conclude
by 4:30 pm.
1. Introduction to GPS and the
Trimble ProXR (Hands-On)
This workshop will provide a
basic introduction to GPS, the Trimble ProXR receiver and Pathfinder Office
software. This course was designed to prepare students to map point, line and
area features in the field. After a one hour introduction to GPS, the course is
divided into three distinct sections: a) what's required in the office before
moving to the field, b) how to collect data in the field using a data dictionary
and c) what to do in the office after collecting the data. Students
must bring: a) Trimble ProXR system with charged and/or new batteries for the
receiver and data collector (at least one receiver per two students) and b)
Pathfinder Office Software.
Instructor: Pete Knutson, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
2. AutoCAD 2000 for GIS Applications
Topics Covered: AutoCAD MAP 2002 and Database Fundamentals, Applying MAP
2002 to Base Mapping
An intermediate class for AutoCAD technicians in the use of AutoCAD MAP 5 (2002)
for the management of spatial and attribute data using Dataview, the Project
Workspace and MAPs new Thematic Wizard. Learn how to extend AutoCAD drawings
into GIS applications by associating AutoCAD objects to internal and external
data sources. Break source maps into manageable sizes and automate the creation
of reports and thematic maps using Drawing Attachments and Queries. The session
will also use Coordinate Zones and Property Alteration to assemble source data
from several coordinate systems into one consistent base map.
Instructor: Van Maguire, CAD/CAM Engineering
3. Building GIS from Imagery
Imagery, together with the technology available today, allows the average
GIS user to turn imagery into information. The first half of the workshop will
cover the tools used in image processing, sources and availability of imagery,
automatic feature extraction using an expert system and land cover analysis. The
second half of the workshop will cover the generation of orthoaccurate aerial
photographs. This ortho-imagery can then be used to build a highly accurate GIS
database or correct and update an existing GIS.
Instructors: Ben Dorland, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources,
Suzie Noble, ERDAS, Inc.
4. Raster Analysis with Spatial
Analyst (Hands-On) Cancelled
Learn how to apply raster GIS concepts and techniques using ESRI's
ArcView 3.2 and Spatial Analyst. This full day workshop will cover the basics of
GIS data management and analysis techniques for raster based processes. Topics
include coverting vector to raster, reclassification, distance modelling,
density mapping, spatial coincidence and overlay analysis. You must have a
working knowledge of ArcView to attend this workshop.
Instructor: Tim Loesch, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) (Hands-On) FULL
Visual Basic for Applications has been licensed by many vendors and
imbedded into their software applications (such as ArcInfo 8). This workshop
assumes you understand basic programming concepts such as those covered in the
free module 'Getting Started With Visual Basic' on the ESRI Virtual Campus.
Topics covered will include error handling, debugging, string functions,
manipulating COM objects and working with Map Object's sample class modules.
Instructor: Rose Erickson, Pro-West & Associates, Inc.
6. Orthophotos Made Easy (Hands-On)
This workshop is designed to teach the GIS professional how to easily
create and update orthophotos. The emphasis in the workshop will be on how to
use existing maps and/or orthophotos to create new orthophotos from new or
historical aerial imagery. Quality control tools will be discussed to verify
that the new orthophoto will overlay precisely with existing orthophotos. Tools
such as coordinate transformations (of images, DEMs and Shape files), file type
conversion and mosaicing options will be extensively discussed. The general
schedule for the workshop includes basics of orthophotos, creation of
orthophotos, orthophoto mosaics, utilities necessary for orthophoto production,
hands-on experience in creating orthophotos and hands-on experience in
orthorectifying overlays. In the afternoon, the participants will be using
OrthoMapper to create their own orthophotos.
Logistically, each participant
should bring a laptop (or desktop) computer (two can share). Access key and
computer files needed to use the OrthoMapper program will be loaded onto your
machine at the beginning of the workshop. The following minimum specifications
will optimize the program upload and functions:
- There must be a parallel port on the computer.
- If you are running Windows NT or 2000, you must have
administrative privileges to install the program.
- 64 MB RAM minimum -- the more the better.
- 300–600 MB of disk space suggested
-- digital images used to create orthophotos take a lot of memory.
Instructor: Frank Scarpace, University of Wisconsin–Madison
7. The Basics of "Reading"
Aerial Photographs: Overview of Fundamentals, Classification Systems,
Interpretation and Other Stuff (Lecture)
This is a beginner/novice workshop that will cover the basic principals
of aerial photography. The workshop includes a quick overview in the morning
including a stereo eye test and sample photo feature identification problems
followed by interpretation lab work in the afternoon. The lab work includes
wetland classification systems and practice interpretation; forested landscape
classification system and practice interpretation; and, time permitting,
personal assistance with student provided aerial photographs. Participants may
also wish to bring their own stereoscopes and pocket calculators.
Instructors: John Anderson, EnviroData, Inc., Brian Huberty, USDA
Natural Resource Conservation Service, Howard Post, GeoData Model Solutions
8. Introduction to GIS (Lecture)
This is a workshop designed to introduce basic terminology and concepts
in GIS. It is intended for those individuals who have little or no experience
with GIS. The workshop will cover a variety of broad-ranging, introductory
material designed to give the beginning user an appropriate background,
including maps and spatial analysis, components of GIS, data acquisition, data
structures, hardware and software systems, data analysis and GIS application
Instructor: Ben Richason, St. Cloud State University
Analysis (Lecture) Cancelled
GIS provides access to a wide variety of tools for analyzing spatial
data. Deciding which data model (vector or raster) and which tools to use can be
confusing. This course will consider some common geographic questions that can
be resolved by spatial analysis. Following an introduction to spatial analysis
and data models, each section will focus on selecting the most appropriate
spatial analytical techniques for a category of questions. The final section
will introduce participants to spatial modeling. Both vector and raster analysis
will be covered, with particular attention paid to distinguishing the strengths
and weaknesses of each. Through a combination of lecture and group exercises,
participants will learn to develop a plan for addressing complex spatial
problems. As examples of spatial analysis tools will be drawn from ESRI software
products (ARC/INFO, ArcView and their extensions), participants should be
familiar will one or more of these software packages.
Instructor: Elizabeth Hobbs, Minnesota Department of Transportation
10. GIS/GPS Field Tour (Lecture)
This full day workshop departs from the DECC to examine GIS and GPS use
in northeastern Minnesota's mining industry. Day begins with on-bus briefings by
mining, government and landowner GIS/GPS staff. Field stop highlights include a
visit to the Hibbing Taconite mining operations to see GPS use in 240 ton
trucks, shovel operations, drill rig positioning and mine surveying. Other stops
include the DNR's Lands and Minerals office to see GIS use related to mining,
mineral land leasing and mineral exploration, and a rare opportunity to stand
atop the only triple continental divide in the US (on private land). Bus returns
to the DECC late in the afternoon.
Trip Leader: David Dahl, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
11. Introduction to ArcView GIS 8.1 (Hands-On)
This workshop introduces you to the three applications comprising ArcView
GIS 8.1: ArcCatalog, ArcMap and ArcTools. We will explore the following topics:
- ArcCatalog: managing GIS data,
creating metadata, creating/modifying GIS data
- ArcMap: creating a data frame
containing layers of data, querying data spatially and by attribute,
creating a map layout
- ArcTools: projecting GIS data,
converting GIS data format
- Comparison of ArcView GIS 3.2 to
ArcView GIS 8.1: functionality differences between 3.2 and 8.1, hardware and
software requirements, programming environment of 8.1 and how that affects
your existing Avenue applications, strategies to consider for implementation
of this new software.
Instructor: Terese Rowekamp, Rowekamp Associates, Inc.
12. ArcView 3.2 Report Writer
Extension and Seagate's Crystal Reports 7.0 (Lecture)
This lecture style workshop will include the basics of ArcView 3.2 Report
Writer and Crystal Reports 7.0. Topics covered include using the 8 Report
Experts to create reports, working with fields, sorting, grouping, formulas,
visually appealing reports and creating charts. Participants will receive a
manual with step by step instructions to use with their own data. No experience
Instructor: Annette Theroux, Pro-West & Associates, Inc.
13. Everything You Wanted to Know
about the 2000 Census, but Didn't Know Who to Ask (Lecture)
How does 250 PowerPoint slides, talking in a soft monotone voice and a
dark quiet room sound to you? Not at this workshop. Games, prizes, an atmosphere
of high self-esteem and more data than you can shake a stick at will be the
order of the day at this workshop. The 2000 Census offers a wealth of data, and
with a little work, yields usable information. Census geography, definitions and
changes from 1990 will be covered. If you're new to Census data, or haven't used
it since 1990, all will be revealed. Datamining, GIS and several other buzzwords
will be used throughout the presentation.
Instructor: Kent Treichel, Wilder Research Center
Services Using the Internet (Lecture)
This session will take a basic look at how users can utilize GIS data
through the Internet. The session will include discussion; topics covered
include dispensing data, accessing data, privacy issues, implementing your GIS
online, as well as locating data. This session will also look at how PMC has
used ESRI's ArcIMS (Internet Map Server) technology to enhance GIS throughout
the Midwest. This includes increased citizen access to public data as well as
minimizing traffic in public offices. Featured sites include county systems that
also utilize real estate data for customized reports and comparison. ESRI
software will be heavily referenced.
Instructors: Geoff Wood, Jeff Corns, PMC ProMap Corporation
15. Keeping Pace on a Spinning
Planet: Dealing With Stress and Change (Lecture)
"On your mark … get set … change!" The rapid pace of change
is constantly throwing new challenges in our path. Just as we overcome one
obstacle, a new one is bearing down upon us. How can we possibly keep up? Change
doesn't have to lead to that common sensation of being overwhelmed. We can learn
how to navigate the turbulent waters of change. This session provides insight
and skills that enhance our ability to keep pace in the face of rapid, constant
Instructor: Karl Mulle, Bruce Christopher Seminars
16. Making Better Maps (Lecture)
Making Better Maps is a short course for those without cartographic
training. "Maps are the tools that communicate results of Geographic
Information Systems." What sets them apart from other tools is that you
build them yourself. You can do it well, or poorly. This workshop will help you
to make better maps for your purposes. The fundamentals of good map design will
be covered, including choosing symbols, data classification, map elements and
effective layouts of the map elements. The overall goal of this workshop is to
show how to optimize those map revisions and make more effective maps. If
possible, everyone should bring 15 copies of some of their own maps for a round
of constructive criticism. Most examples will be ArcView products, but the
intent is to be generic.
Instructor: Charlie Parson, Bemidji State University
17. ArcView 3-D Analyst and Sonar (Lecture)
This workshop will examine the techniques for field data collection using
sonar for application within ArcView 3-D Analyst. Detailed descriptions of
creating, editing and analyzing data within ArcView as well as an exposure of
various tools that are available for data manipulation and 3-D view enhancement.
The intermediate user will gain an exposure to data preparation, scene creation
and the ancillary data needed to get the most out of 3-D Analyst. The examples
used for this workshop are river bottom modeling for MN/DOT river crossing
Instructor: Thomas Martin, Minnesota Department of Transportation
18. GIS for Public Works (Lecture)
This presentation will discuss the advantages of using GIS as an asset
and maintenance management tool for public works. CityWorks, which is an
extension to ArcView and/or ArcInfo will be demonstrated as one option for
management. CityWorks is a very robust product which will create and manage work
orders, inspections and tests, and maintain a detailed inventory of
infrastructure. CityWorks provides management tools for sewer, water, storm,
parking, pavement, signs and signals. We will also take a look at a very simple
GIS application built using ESRI's "MapObjects". This application can
be used by anyone to access information about parcel ownership, sewer, water, or
storm information, view your scanned as-builts, create very simple mailings --
with a simple click of the mouse.
Instructor: Rebecca Blue, SEH, Inc.
19. Map Objects Lite 2 -- Using
Visual Basic (Lecture)
This workshop will highlight how to get started using Map Objects Lite
with Visual Basic. This will include the basics of displaying data (Arc/Info
coverages, Shape Files and Images), pan, zoom, length, area, transparency
issues, text and labeling maps, working with tables, displaying DOQs from USGS
and printing. Some Visual Basic experience would be helpful. While Map Objects
will be the primary focus, some Visual Basic concepts will be covered, but at a
very fast pace.
Instructor: Craig Perreault, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
20. Using the
Geodatabase in ArcInfo 8 (Lecture)
This workshop demonstrates how to create a geodatabase in ArcInfo 8.
Discussion of the following topics will include a lecture, a demonstration and a
question/answer session: 1) Overview of the geodatabase, 2) How to manage the
geodatabase with ArcCatalog, 3) How to implement subtypes and domains, 4) How to
establish relationships between feature classes and tables, 5) Use of custom
feature types. This workshop is designed for existing ArcInfo 8 users. Some
familiarity with ArcMap and ArcCatalog will be advantageous. This workshop is
intended to explain the geodatabase data model and the new functionality it
Instructor: Mark Midas, ESRI
21. Introduction to ArcView 3.2 (Hands-On)
This half day workshop will provide a hands-on approach to understanding
the major functionality of ESRI's ArcView GIS, version 3.2. Topics covered
include: Getting around in the ArcView documents (Views, Tables, Charts,
Layouts) and trying different queries and geographic analysis functions. A
question and answer period provides opportunity to discuss functionality and
implementation issues. The workshop is appropriate to those with no prior
Instructor: Catherine Hansen, Rowekamp Associates, Inc.
22. Using a Garmin Handheld GPS with
ArcView (Hands-On) FULL
Learn how to transfer data to and from ArcView 3.x and the Garmin GPS
handheld receivers. After a brief introduction to the Garmin 12/12XL handheld
GPS receiver, we will collect data and convert it to a shapefile using
WaypointPlus and the DNR Garmin ArcView extension. We will also create a point
shapefile and a polygon shapefile in ArcView and load them into the Garmin GPS
receiver. We will conclude with tips and tricks for using the GPS with ArcView
in work, hobby and recreational settings. Some experience with creating and
editing shapefiles using ArcView is helpful but not required.
Instructor: Paul Olson, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Datums, Projections and
Coordinate Systems: An Understanding for GPS Applications and Mapping (Lecture)
This workshop is designed for those just beginning in the mapping fields
such as GPS Surveying, Photogrammetry, GIS and map making. You will learn about
the origins of datums, projections and coordinate systems, and why they are
necessary for GPS and mapping applications. It will give you an understanding of
their use and relationship and how they are applied to GPS and mapping. You will
learn how to create a datum, projection and coordinate system; the difference
between different datums; the difference between Geoid Separation, Ellipsoid
Height, Orthometric Height and Mean Sea Level; and how to convert from one to
another and back using transformations and other algorithms. Participants will
receive a disk with the tools necessary to accomplish these tasks as well as a
bibliography for future research.
Instructor: Ken Whitehorn, Leica Geosystems, Inc.
24. Exploring ArcView 8.1
This workshop will explore the latest version of ESRI's desktop GIS
offering, ArcView 8.1. Its place within the ArcGIS suite of products, including
a comparison of applications versus functional product levels, will be
discussed. The technical portion of the workshop will focus on the basics of
using ArcView for data display, query and simple analysis in ArcMap, and on
using ArcCatalog and ArcToolbox for data management and processing. Migration
issues from ArcView 3.x will also be covered.
Instructor: Ron Bruder, Applied Data Consultants, Inc.
Personalities in the Workplace (Lecture)
An introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator through the lens of
work relationships. Ever wonder why
co-workers do the things they do? Curious about how your natural approach to a
project or challenge is so different or similar to that of your colleagues?
Personality doesn't explain everything, but some insight into its role can help
you to appreciate the complimentary gifts of others and learn to better develop
your own. This session is designed for people unfamiliar with the Myers-Briggs
Type Indicator and explains the origin of the MBTI personality theory, basics of
the testing instrument, ethical use and purpose of the MBTI, activities to
illustrate type in action and a take-home "inventory" for those
interested in learning about one's own type.
Instructor: Jenaya Van Horn, Minnesota Department of Employee
26. Redistricting: Law and
In 2002, election districts will be redrawn throughout the nation to
account for population changes reflected in the 2000 census. The art of
redistricting is a balance between legal requirements, technical capabilities
and politics. This session will provide a glimpse into the milieu in which
technical staff will be working when assisting with redistricting.
Instructor: Randall Cutting, Minnesota Department of State
27. Principles of Graphic Design,
Advanced Cartography and Visualization (Lecture)
This workshop is designed for practitioners who want a better
understanding of the potential for GIS-based maps. Topics will include basic
principles of cartographic symbolization, classification and generalization.
There will be an emphasis on principles of design and the graphic hierarchy.
Also covered will be multivariate symbolization and advanced techniques of data
Instructor: Robert McMaster, University of Minnesota
28. Introduction to Customizing the
ArcIMS HTML Viewer (Lecture)
This workshop is intended for GIS professionals who are familliar with
ArcIMS but have been struggling with customizing the HTML Viewer interface and
functionality. Topics to be covered will include: a basic primer on HTML,
the HTML Viewer is coded and constructed, so the user better understands how to
customize it; how to customize the HTML Viewer design; how to add custom
functionality to the HTML Viewer. Sample scripts and documentation will be
provided. Attendees should have a basic understanding of and preferably some
experience with ArcIMS.
Instructor: Suzanne Fliege, Plansight, LLC
29. Advanced ArcView 3.2 Tips and
This workshop will demonstrate the tips and tools that make you a
proficient ArcView user. Instruction will be in the use of various downloadable
tools, easy to use query builder commands, error control, importing parts of a
project into a separate project, converting your DOQs to JPEG format and
portable projects. Participants will receive a manual with step by step
instructions to use with their own data. ArcView experience is required.
Instructor: Annette Theroux, Pro-West & Associates, Inc.
30. Avenue to Visual Basic for
ArcGIS 8.1 (Lecture)
This workshop demonstrates how to leverage your existing Avenue skills
using VBA in the ArcGIS Environment. The workshop will include a lecture, a
demonstration and a question/answer session. This workshop is designed for
existing ArcView/Avenue programmers. Familiarity with Visual Basic, ArcMap and
ArcCatalog will be advantageous. This workshop is intended to assist the Avenue
Programmer in transitioning from the Avenue programming environment to using VBA
Instructor: Mark Midas, ESRI