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Annual Conference
October 4-6, 2004

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Past Conferences
2003 St. Paul, MN
2002 Duluth, MN

2001 Duluth, MN


MN GIS/LIS Conference Workshops

Monday Workshops

All workshops will be held on Monday, October 4. All lecture-style workshops will be held at the Saint Cloud Civic Center, while most hands-on workshops will be held in the Spacial Analysis Research Center (SARC) at Saint Cloud State University. Your registration fee includes lunch. Lunches will be provided at respective locations.

Check-in for workshop participants begins at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning at the Saint Cloud Civic Center. If you register for a hands-on workshop, please arrive at the Saint Cloud Civic Center no later than 8:00 a.m. for check-in. Buses for the hands-on workshops will leave at 8:30 for the SARC at Saint Cloud State University.

  • The morning workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude by 12:15 p.m.
  • The afternoon workshops begin at 1:15 p.m. and will conclude by 4:30 p.m.

Full-Day Workshops

1. Overview of ArcGIS 9.0 (Hands-On)
This workshop will demonstrate the newest functionality in ArcGIS 9.0. Topics will include expanded geoprocessing tools, annotation and labeling improvements, Maplex, GPS toolbar, data formats, interoperability toolbar and more shortcut keys. We will also cover some of the tips and tools that will make you a proficient ArcGIS 9.0 user, such as, toolbar customizations, georeferencing images and advanced editing. A manual with step-by-step instruction will be provided. ArcGIS experience is required.
Audience: Intermediate
Instructors: Annette Theroux, Pro-West & Associates, Inc., Kendis Scharenbroich, Pro-West & Associates, Inc., Jennifer Ward, Pro-West & Associates, Inc.

2. Turning Imagery Into Information (Hands-On)
This workshop will give participants an overview of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric techniques using the ERDAS IMAGINE product suite. We will start the workshop by discussing the sources and availability of geographic imagery. Participants 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. This project will allow the student to walk through a 'real world' example of how imagery can be used in the everyday functions of a GIS project. To conclude the workshop, we will visualize the results in a 3-D environment.
Audience: Beginner
Instructor: Amy Zeller, Leica Geosystems GIS and Mapping

3. Project Management for GIS Techies
For those who are not traditionally in project management positions-but need to manage GIS projects-this course offers a humble and practical approach to planning and managing GIS business matters. Discover strategies, philosophy, and organizational techniques that will lead to effective planning for project scope, budget, resources allocation, scheduling, equipment and software needs, and marketing plans specific to GIS. Interactive discussion will include the use of project management software and applied case exercises.
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Ed Krum, Mn/DOT

4. Spatial Databases
This advanced workshop will take a look at the alternatives major database vendors offer for storing spatial data in databases. We will look at relational and object-relational vector and raster data models offered by Oracle Spatial, IBM Spatial Extender, and ESRI's Spatial Database Engine and the alternative spatial index methods offered by each vendor. We will include a discussion of ESRI's Enterprise Geodatabase and its relationship to spatial databases. Finally, we will take a look at the alternative methods for accessing spatial data through the various interfaces. This workshop will consist of presentation, lecture, and demonstrations.
Audience: Advanced
Instructor: Scott McBride, The Sidwell Company

5. Applications of GPS data: Using GPS Data in a GIS (Lecture/Tour)
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, and 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 walking tour to examine common GPS use in the field. The walking tour will be a minimum of 3 miles walking and numerous stairs.
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Thomas P. Martin, Mn/DOT

Morning Workshops

6. Liability Issues in the GIS World
This workshop will detail potential civil and administrative liability in the management of GIS/LIS in the public and private sectors. This workshop will also provide risk management strategies. This will be an interactive workshop with case study exercises.
Audience: Beginner
Instructor: William Holland, GeoAnalytics, Inc.

7. Introduction to Geodatabases (Hands-On)
If you are an ArcGIS user who has heard about geodatabases but don't know what they are, this hands-on workshop is for you. We'll talk about personal and enterprise geodatabases and work with a personal geodatabase. Learn about storing annotation for use across multiple maps, performing data validation using sub-types and domains, defining and using relationship classes and topologies, and more. Since an ArcEditor or ArcInfo license is required for some of the features of a geodatabase, we'll also discuss what you can do if all you have is an ArcView license.
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Terese Rowekamp, Rowekamp Associates, Inc.

8. Beginning Programming in ArcGIS 9.0 (Hands-On)
Visual Basic for Applications has been licensed by many vendors and embedded into their software applications (such as ArcGIS 9.0). Topics covered will include functions, procedures, modules, error handling, debugging, the object browser and several built-in VBA functions. We will create a form with controls and use standard programming concepts to automate simple ArcGIS tasks. We will introduce the ArcMap Object model and the concept of programming with interfaces by using sample code from the online help.

Prerequisite: Students should view the free workshop ‘Exploring the VBA Environment’ on the ESRI Virtual Campus to become familiar with the ArcGIS VBA Editor.
Audience: Beginner
Instructor: Rose Erickson, Pro-West & Associates, Inc.

9. CAD and GIS Integration in ArcGIS 9.0
Many organizations have business needs that require both CAD and GIS. There are a variety of approaches to solve this dual need. The goal of this workshop is to demonstrate how the data can be shared between both technologies. The workshop will include a discussion and demonstration of direct read and geoprocessing translation capabilities of ArcGIS 9.0 and includes: strategies of handling CAD data such as differences in data models, workflows, editing, etc; CAD data integration (maintaining CAD data in native form); CAD data integration (conversion tools in ArcGIS); and operational issues and considerations of using CAD data.
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Mark Midas, ESRI

10. Utilizing AutoCAD Map 3D 2005 for GIS (Hands-On)
This class will explore many features of AutoCAD Map 3D 2005 as they pertain to setting up a functional GIS. Topics covered will include creating data rich DWF files, setting up projects and project thematic maps, intermediate to advanced labeling methods, using mathematical expressions in queries and reports, converting report queries into Excel pivot tables (i.e. GASB reports), and many more of the new features from the last two releases of Autodesk Map.
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Scott Hameister, Taylor Technologies

Afternoon Workshops

11. Urban & Indoor 3D GIS
Location-based services (LBS) promise to profoundly change the way people interact with information. Above all, LBS dramatically improve user experiences with mobile and wireless computers. Specifically, security and ease of navigation are significantly enhanced. The core of any LBS application is a specialized GIS that can manage users, location and permissions. The keys are "addresses" and "contextual" labels. This workshop explores methods and provides practice for current and future developers of LBS systems for consumer products, facilities management, and emergency response applications.
Audience: Advanced
Instructor: James Beal, DataPlanIt

12. Customizing ArcGIS 9.0 (Hands-On)
The power of ArcGIS 9.0 can be expanded through simple customization. For example, you can create your own toolbar and fill that toolbar 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 9.0 by adding functions freely available on the Internet. Get an introduction to the possibilities by attending this workshop.
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Terese Rowekamp, Rowekamp Associates, Inc.

13. Minnesota Maps Minnesota
Minnesota Maps Minnesota is an effort to accurately locate "Critical Infrastructure" in the state. Built on a collaborative of state, county, local units, and volunteers, the project is supported by various state and local emergency services groups with assistance from the USGS's "National Map" and the USFS's "National Fire Plan." The project is mapping a wide range of key infrastructure ranging from fire stations to schools to water towers to homes. Defined features are being GPS "front door" located and accumulated in a statewide database that is available to Emergency Management staff and planners, Public Safety Officials, and state and local units. This workshop may also demonstrate and use the DNR-Firewise Mobile Computer Lab, which is available to Firewise participating schools starting in September. The protocol and methodology of data contributions will be covered in an interactive style.
Audience: Beginner
Instructor: Dr. Tom Eiber, MN DNR

Canceled 14. GIS for Homeland Security Canceled
In response to the attacks on the United States on 9/11, federal, state, and local government organizations have realized the importance of highly accurate spatial data and its role in the risk assessment and planning, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery of natural and manmade disasters. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are changing how decision makers are planning their Homeland Security requirements. GIS provides organizations a common framework for displaying homeland infrastructure data by allowing the addition/subtraction of specific layers of interest. We will present the very latest information on topics such as integration and interoperability, data models, and advanced data collection tools, resource tracking, wireless applications, and critical infrastructure management.
Audience: Beginner
Instructors: Mark Johnson, GeoSpatial Services, Inc.
, Jay Meehl, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

15. Parcel Management with Geodatabases
The objective of this workshop is to introduce users to the capabilities of ArcGIS 9 and the Geodatabase for Parcel Management. The workshop includes a lecture, demonstrations, and a question and answer session. Topics include loading data, applying domains and topology rules for data integrity and Advanced Editing enhancements such as COGO. Demonstrations will focus on maintaining parcel data. This workshop is intended for anyone interested in the advantages of managing and editing spatial data using enhanced Topology in the Geodatabase. Familiarity with Geodatabase helpful but not required.
Audience: Intermediate
Instructor: Jason Grootens, ESRI

16. Advanced Programming in ArcGIS 9.0 (Hands-On)
Students will learn how to navigate the ArcObjects Object Model Diagram and explore the on-line code samples. The fundamentals of the VBA development environment in ArcGIS 9.0 will be covered as we create a simple automated mapping application. We will programmatically add a map date and attribute data by using a map template. Registrants should be experienced users of ArcMap software in order to understand the Object Models. This course will not cover advanced topics such as creating custom classes or dlls in Visual Basic.
Audience: Advanced
Instructor: Rose Erickson, Pro-West & Associates, Inc.


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