October 2-4, 2002
About the Conference
Conference at a Glance
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Annual Conference & Workshops
All workshops will be held on Wednesday, October 2. 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 locations.
Check-in for workshop participants begins at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at the DECC. If
you register for a hands-on workshop, please arrive at the DECC no later than 8:00 a.m. for
check-in. Buses will depart for the off-site hands-on workshops promptly at 8:30
a.m. from the DECC City Side Convention Center entrance.
1. Applying Visual Basic for Applications (Hands-On) FULL
Visual Basic for Applications has been licensed by many vendors and embedded 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 routines,
debugging techniques, data access components and Built-In VBA functions. This workshop will
use Microsoft Access 2000 to introduce students to the VBA development environment by
creating a simple GIS application with Map Objects Light components.
Instructor: Rose Erickson, ProWest & Associates
2. Turning Imagery Into Information (Hands-On)
This workshop will give you an overview of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric techniques
using the ERDAS IMAGINE product suite. We will start by discussing the sources and
availability of geographic imagery. You will then perform automatic feature extraction, vector
editing, and do a simple land cover analysis. The second portion of the workshop will include
a hands-on project, allowing the student to walk through a "real world" example of how
imagery can be used in the everyday functions of a GIS project. Following this, you will see a
demonstration of creating ortho-accurate photos from raw scanned imagery. We will also
perform a stereo feature collection project. And to finish the workshop, we will visualize the
results in a 3D environment.
Intended Audience: Beginner
Instructors: Deborah Stoner and Ben Dorland, ERDAS
3. Applications of GPS Data: Using GPS Data in a GIS
This intermediate level workshop will examine collection issues using GPS equipment with the
end intent of display and analysis within a GIS. All GIS data types will be given consideration
for collection techniques, GIS scripts and extensions for data manipulation will be presented.
Data dictionaries for attribute collection will be developed, in addition to an exposure to a
fully integrated GPS/GIS application. This workshop will have an afternoon session on the St.
Louis River on the LL Smith, Jr.
Instructor: Thomas Martin, Mn/DOT, assisted by Jeanne M. Ullevig
AutoCAD 2000 for GIS Application
An introduction to the use of new features in AutoCAD 2000 for the management of spatial and
attribute data, including an overview of DesignCenter, dbConnect, Dataview, the Properties
manager, and Paperspace Layouts. The workshop concentrates on extending AutoCAD drawings into GIS applications by associating AutoCAD objects to internal and external data
sources. Learn how to break base maps into manageable sizes and automate the creation of
thematic maps and reports using AutoCAD MAP Drawing Attachments and Queries. The
session also introduces the use of Coordinate Zones and Property Alteration to edit drawing
sets and perform coordinate system transformations.
Instructor: Van Maguire, CAD/CAM Engineering
5. Crime Fighters Workshop - Mapping Crime
This workshop is intended for intermediate ArcView users with an interest in a one-day
tutorial using typical raw police department data to begin to track criminal events. Workshop is
intended as starting point for novice crime analysts beginning to use their data
for the first time.
Instructor: Dr. Robert Bixby, Saint Cloud State University
6. Orthophotos Made Easy
This workshop is designed to teach the GIS and Engineering professional how to easily create
and update orthophotos. The workshop will discuss how to use existing maps and/or
orthophotos to create new orthophotos from new or historical aerial imagery. The
use of traditional ground control and as well as creating DEMs from points/breaklines exported from
plotters will be discussed. Quality control tools will be discussed to verify that the new
orthophoto will overlay precisely with existing orthophotos/maps. Tools such as coordinate
transformations (of images, DEMs and Shape files), file type conversion, and mosaicing
options will be extensively discussed. In the afternoon, 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
If you are running Windows NT, 2000 or XP, you must have Administrative Privileges to
install the program.
64 MB RAM minimum - the more the better.
Try to have 300 -> 600 Megs of disk space available - digital images used to create
orthophotos take lots of room.
Instructor: Frank Scarpace, University of Wisconsin - Madison
7. GIS/GPS Field Tour
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, mine shovels, drill rigs and dispatch. Other stops
include 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 U.S. (on private land). Bus returns to the DECC late in the afternoon.
Audience: Beginner through Advanced
Trip Leader: David Dahl, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
8. Project Management for GIS Techies
For those who are not traditionally in project management positions (but need to manage GIS
projects anyway) this course offers a humble yet rewarding approach to planning and managing
your GIS business matters. Discover strategies, philosophy, and organizational techniques that
will lead to effective planning for project scope, budget, resource allocation, scheduling,
equipment and software needs, and marketing plans specific to GIS.
Instructor: Ed Krum, Mn/DOT
9. Introduction to ArcView GIS 3.2 (Hands-On) FULL
This hands-on workshop introduces the functionality of ESRI's ArcView. Subjects covered
include views, tables, charts and layouts. In addition, you will learn how to manipulate spatial
data to meet your needs. This workshop provides a great opportunity for those just getting
started to learn the basics to get you up and running. Please bring your questions for our open
Instructor: Becky Blue, SEH
10. A Quick Overview of ArcMap and ArcCatalog in ArcGIS 8.2 (Hands-On)
The ArcCatalog application within ArcGIS is a GIS data manager, allowing you to preview
geographic data and data tables, document your data and more. ArcMap is used to create maps
with multiple layers of geographic data that can be queried, analyzed, symbolized, printed, and
more. Hands-on exercises will familiarize you with some basic concepts and uses of the two
applications. Because of the power and complexity of ArcGIS, more training than can be
provided in this workshop is required to become a fully proficient user.
Instructor: Catherine Hansen, Rowekamp Associates
11. Applying Network Analyst in ArcView 3.2
Network Analyst is an extension for ArcView 3.2 that allows you to solve common network
problems. Network Analyst is simple to use and an excellent tool when used alone. When used
in conjunction with other GIS data, it can become very powerful. Topic to be covered include:
setting up a basic/advanced network, using the Network Analyst GUI, real world applications
and customizing/automating with Avenue. The student should leave the class with enough
knowledge to set up their own network, using the GUI and simple automation of procedures.
Instructor: Blaine Hackett, Plansight
12. Expanding ArcGIS with Geodatabases
If you've been hearing about geodatabases in ArcGIS, but aren't quite sure what a geodatabase
is or why you might want to use one, this workshop is for you. We'll define geodatabase and
discuss the kinds of GIS data that it can store. We'll move on to an overview of implementing
data subtypes and behavior rules and how doing so can improve the integrity of your GIS data.
We'll finish with a review of geometric networks and analysis tasks like trace upstream, trace
downsteam and find path.
Instructor: Terese Rowekamp, Rowekamp Associates
13. Avenue to Visual Basic for ArcGIS 8.x
The objective of this workshop is to assist the Avenue programmer in transitioning to the
ArcGIS development environment. The workshop includes a lecture, a demonstration, and a
question-and-answer session. Topics include understanding the ArcObjects Object Model,
using VBA for creating custom controls, and a review of the VB utilities that ship with the
ArcGIS developer samples. This workshop is intended for existing ArcView/Avenue programmers. Familiarity with Visual Basic, ArcMap, and ArcCatalog
Instructor: Mark Midas, ESRI
14. Customizing the ArcIMS HTML Viewer
This class is designed for GIS professionals who've hit the wall in customizing the
out-of-the-box HTML viewer provided by ArcIMS. Topics to be covered include: HTML and
the Server Request/Response Cycle; Customizing MapServices; Customizing the HTML
Viewer; Hints on Website Design and Navigation. Several examples will be done in-class,
based on a Parcel View/Query Application.
Instructor: Suzanne Fliege, Plansight
15. Land Record Management
This seminar will address how ArcGIS is used to create and maintain a parcel-based land
records geographic information system (GIS) using Parcel Editor 8 Version 4.0 and Land
Development Office 8 (LDO). Organizational and technical issues encountered when
establishing a land records GIS will be covered, as well as the various levels of GIS
integration possible with ArcGIS. This workshop will include both lecture and a workshop so
users appreciate the streamlined workflow processes that are incorporated in the Novalis suite
of products. The importance of integrating your growth management tools with a GIS is
Instructor: Laurie Morrison, Novalis
16. Data Conversion Techniques and Coordinate Systems
Attendees will learn about data conversion techniques including COGO, digitizing and field
data collection. The conversion techniques will be applied to parcel, street centerline and
natural resource mapping. An overview of datums and map projections will aid attendees in
understanding the coordinates used on mapping projects. In addition to a comparison of
projections and transformations, discussion will include: Datums, NAD27, NAD83/86 and
NAD83/96; Map projection: transverse mercator and lambert conformal; Coordinate systems:
UTM, Stateplane, and County. Note: Some trigonometry will be covered.
Instructor: Jay Wittstock, Wright County
17. Introduction to Cartography
Cartography is the art and science of making maps. We will learn fundamental concepts and
apply them through exercises with numerous examples of good and less-than-good attempts at
presenting GIS findings in map form. Without basics of cartography you are unlikely to succeed
in making optimal maps from your GIS. Non-geographers are the target group for this
workshop. Please bring 12 copies of examples of your work for constructive group discussion.
Instructor: Charlie Parson, Bemidji State University
18. Report Creation within ArcView 3.x and ArcView 8.x
By way of the tools provided within both ArcView 3.3 and ArcView 8.2, this workshop
explores the ways in which professionally formatted reports can be created using the ESRI
desktop GIS products. Covered topics include creating basic reports using the internal
reporting modules of 3.3 and 8.2, as well as the option of advanced reporting utilizing the
relationship between ArcView and Crystal Decision's Crystal Reports (CR) application.
Examples of automated CR reports will also be provided.
Instructor: Ron Bruder, Applied Data Consulting
19. Writing for GIS Professionals
Writing well is the best offense. Clear, concise writing prevents confusion, saves time, and
pleases the reader. Our training as GIS professionals emphasizes presenting information
clearly in maps, but not in words. This workshop tackles the basics of good writing.
Its goal is to help participants learn to write concise, unambiguous documents. We will address both the
writing process and the mechanics of writing clearly through lectures as well as group and
Instructor: Elizabeth Hobbs, Mn/DOT
20. Census 2000: The Good Stuff
Mystery, mayhem, statistics... and more data than you can shake a stick at. This workshop will
include an introduction on the history of the decennial Census and some of the issues
surrounding sampling. The main emphasis will focus on how to use the recently released
Summary File 3. This file, derived from the Long Form, includes data on income, employment,
poverty, disabilities, veteran status, language spoken, migration, travel time to work, education
level, ancestry and much, much more.
Instructor: Kent Treichel, Wilder Foundation
21. Raster Analysis with Spatial Analyst (Hands-On)
This workshop will introduce students to basic raster analysis in ArcView's Spatial Analyst
Extension. Workshop attendees will learn about raster processing concepts in general and get a
chance to try some of the basic Spatial Analysis commands related to data preparation,
reclassification, data exploration and overlay analysis.
Instructor: Tim Loesch, Minnesota DNR
22. Customizing ArcGIS FULL
The power of ArcGIS can be expanded through simple customization. For example, you can
create your own toolbar, filling it with the particular buttons you use all the time that are
currently found on a variety of separate toolbars. And if you've been frustrated
because the Clear Selected Features option is only available through the Selection menu, add Clear
Selected Features as a button on your custom toolbar. You can also expand the capabilities of
ArcGIS by adding functions freely available on the Internet. Get an introduction to the
possibilities by attending this workshop.
Instructor: Terese Rowekamp, Rowekamp Associates
23. Introduction to ArcIMS 4.0 FULL
Get to know ArcIMS and its potential! This class is designed to get those interested in ArcIMS,
or those just getting started, familiar with its design and functionality. Topics to be covered
include a Brief Overview of ArcIMS Architecture, the different "Viewers" available and their
benefits, an Overview of ArcXML and MapServices, and how to use the Manager Components
(Author, Designer, Administrator).
Instructor: Suzanne Fliege, Plansight
24. Advanced ArcView 3.2 Tips and Tricks
This workshop will demonstrate the tips and tools that will make you a proficient ArcView
user. Instruction will be in the use of various downloadable tools and methods that help
streamline your work. ArcView experience is required.
Monica Gerberding, Widseth, Smith, Nolting & Associates
25. Exploring ArcView 8.x
This workshop will explore the latest version of ESRI's desktop GIS offering, ArcView 8.2. 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
26. GIS for Public Works
Learn the advantages of using GIS as an asset management tool for public works including
sewer, water, storm, signs, pavement maps and data. "So where's the manhole?" How can GIS
help meet the requirements for GASB34, Cmom and Npdes permitting? We will discuss
options for getting started, data accuracy issues, new technologies, hardware and software
requirements, and successful tips. We will tour a couple of different software options - from
the robust to the simple application.
Instructor: Becky Blue, SEH
27. GIS in Public Health
The use of GIS technology for Public Health is relatively new, when compared to other GIS
applications. Since September 11, interest has heightened and funding has increased. This
lecture-style workshop will review how GIS has been used, post 9/11, current regional Public
Health GIS activities, potential applications and funding sources.
Instructor: Wayne Becker, SEH
28. GIS on the Internet
This session takes a basic look at utilizing GIS data through the Internet. The session will
include discussion; topics covered include dispensing data, accessing data, privacy issues,
implementing a GIS online, as well as locating data. This session will also look at
how PMC has used ESRI's(r) ArcIMS(tm) (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.
Instructor: Matt Boeck, PMC Promap Corporation
29. GIS in Emergency/Disaster Management
This lecture will focus on what GIS has done to assist in emergency and natural disaster
situations. The instructor will draw on personal experiences to show examples of GIS
supporting emergency response efforts, including forest fires in Minnesota, Montana and
Utah; severe weather incidents; and search and rescue efforts in New York City last September.
Topics will include: getting pre-pared, typical GIS products requested by emergency
responders, data management and using GPS for data collection.
Instructor: Paul Olson, Minnesota DNR
30. GIS Implementation Planning - Case Studies in Minnesota
This is a follow-up from the Spring in the Cities workshops with some specific examples of
local GIS implementations. The workshop's purpose is to help GIS Managers and other
decision-makers plan to implement GIS technology within their organizations. The workshop
will combine of Case Study lectures with interactive discussion. Topics covered include:
what's the difference between a Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan; what does a
typical Implementation Model look like; how to translate business needs to measurable
objectives and much more.
Instructor: Walter Potts, ESRI
31. Advanced Cartography
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 visualization.
Instructor: Robert McMaster, University of Minnesota