October 4-6, 2004
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MN GIS/LIS Conference 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.
1. Overview of ArcGIS 9.0
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.
Instructors: Annette Theroux, Pro-West & Associates, Inc., Kendis
Scharenbroich, Pro-West & Associates, Inc., Jennifer Ward, Pro-West
& Associates, Inc.
2. Turning Imagery Into
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.
Instructor: Amy Zeller, Leica
Geosystems GIS and Mapping
3. Project Management for GIS
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.
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
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
Instructor: Thomas P. Martin,
6. Liability Issues in the GIS
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.
Instructor: William Holland,
7. Introduction to
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.
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.
Instructor: Rose Erickson,
Pro-West & Associates, Inc.
9. CAD and GIS Integration in
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.
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.
Instructor: Scott Hameister,
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.
Instructor: James Beal,
12. Customizing ArcGIS 9.0
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.
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.
Instructor: Dr. Tom Eiber, MN DNR
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
Instructors: Mark Johnson, GeoSpatial Services, Inc., Jay
Meehl, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
15. Parcel Management with
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.
Instructor: Jason Grootens, ESRI
16. Advanced Programming in
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.
Instructor: Rose Erickson, Pro-West & Associates, Inc.