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2019 Pre-Symposium Workshops

October 28, 2019

Introduction to ArcGIS Desktop 10.X

Monday 1 - 5 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab

Instructor: Brian Culpepper – Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST)

Abstract:  This workshop provides an overview of GIS concepts and terminology while providing hands-on experience with the latest version of ArcGIS desktop.  Course lecture will be  comprised of hands-on exercises and instructor-led examples that will build a solid foundation for new ArcGIS users.  You will learn how to leverage the ArcGIS desktop software to author, share, and use geographic information for everyday tasks. 

Bio: Brian is a Certified ESRI ArcGIS Desktop professional with over 20 years of research experience in geospatial technologies.  An Arkansas native with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and masters degree (Geography) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  He has been a geodata analyst or project team lead at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) since 1992.  Brian and his family consider downtown Fayetteville their home.

$65

October 28, 2019

Collecting & Processing Orthoimagery with Drones

Monday 1 - 5 PM | Lecture

Instructor: Malcolm Williamson

Abstract:  In this half-day workshop we will demonstrate and discuss the complete workflow for producing your own GIS-ready RGB orthoimagery using a consumer UAS (drone). We will address georeferencing options, including ground targets, RTK/PPK, and onboard geo-tagging. We will demonstrate and compare a couple different desktop-based photogrammetry apps for processing the data, and also compare these to cloud-based options. Other topics will include:

  • Flight planning

  • FAA flight/pilot considerations

  • Pros/cons of different aerial platforms and cameras

  • Reduction of vertical error in photogrammetry

  • Specifications and QA/QC considerations when contracting

 

Course materials will be provided to enable you to focus on interaction rather than note-taking.

 

Bio: Malcolm Williamson is a senior researcher at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST). He leads research and provides project management over a wide range of geospatial and visualization subjects, including wetlands mapping and analysis, visual and environmental impact analysis of on-shore and off-shore energy facilities, 3d recordation of heritage sites, and pedagogical approaches for K-12 geospatial education. As an FAA-licensed Remote Pilot, he manages a collection of unmanned aerial systems and sensors including thermal, hyperspectral,

and LiDAR capabilities.

$50

October 28, 2019

Image Processing with ArcGIS and Google Earth Engine (Intermediate)

Monday 1 - 5 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab

Instructor: Adam Barnes & Nathan Sorey - CAST

Abstract: This four hour workshop will an introduction to new online, cloud computing capabilities offered within the Google Earth Engine plus review some common data sources

and ArcGIS desktop Image Processing capabilities that are most common for our Arkansas GIS Users.  This workshop will give you insight on how to leverage "big data" image processing for little to no-cost and also provide valuable tips and tricks as to what you can accomplish with ArcGIS desktop applications with freely available imagery sources.

 

Bio: Adam is a native northwest Arkansas and graduate from the University of Arkansas holding a MA in Geography and has worked for the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) since 2005. As a research assistant at CAST, he has been involved in a variety of projects focused on GIS based analysis and model/tool development, aerial and close-range photogrammetry, and 3D scanning. He has also worked with the Center's EAST Initiative support crew since 2006, providing support and training to 2-12 grade students in the use of GIS, GPS, and 3D visualization software and techniques.

Nathan lives in Northwest Arkansas and is a Graduate Student at the University of Arkansas' Geosciences department. He believes spatial data science and new cloud computing tools for conservation and natural resource management need to be shared. The Arkansas GIS Users Forum is just the place to share what he has learned.

 

From urban forests and swamps in Arkansas to Cross Timbers in Texas and mountains in Wyoming, Nathan enjoys field work, trail running, mountaineering pursuits, and returning home to his family of five.

$65

October 28, 2019

2020 Census Redistricting – I’ve Got My Data, How Do I Use It?

Monday 1 - 5 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab

Instructor:  Inderpreet Singh Farmahan (Sunny) – ArDOT & Shelby Johnson - AGISO

Abstract: The redistricting process involves adjusting political subdivision boundaries by population so that each district is roughly equal in population, thus ensuring citizens equal representation by their elected officials.  Redistricting typically occurs once each decade and the long periods in between may cause even the most seasoned professional to forget critical details.  Additionally, new staff may require an overview of the process.  GIS is tailor-made for redistricting, and it is inconceivable anyone would attempt redistricting without GIS.  County commissioners, school boards, city councils, state house, state senate, and so on will look to their GIS staff for advice and answers.  The purpose of this workshop is to outline key issues, methodologies, and tools.  Now is a great time to get to know the redistricting process, the associated data and relevant techniques before these questions come your way.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE

This workshop is designed for GIS professionals, County Clerks, election commissioners, legislative research staff, other staff involved in election administration or government personnel who are involved in the procurement of redistricting consultant services.

 

Bio: Shelby directs the Arkansas GIS Office, which plays an active role in the U.S. Census Bureau’s geography programs.  This work feeds local GIS data into the TIGER BLOCK file that is used for redistricting.  This includes municipal boundaries through the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS), the School District Data Review Program, and the Voting Tabulation District (VTD) programs.  Over his career, Shelby has been directly involved with redistricting in Arkansas in the two previous decades.  He has served in a technical advisory role to the Arkansas Board of Apportionment on Legislative Redistricting, the Arkansas Legislature on Congressional Redistricting, as well as numerous cities, counties, and school districts on their redistricting plans.  In 2021, it is likely that Shelby will play an advisory role in Arkansas on his third cycle of redistricting.  He’s been in an active role in the GIS Users Forum for over 25 years.

 

Sunny (update pending)

$65

October 28, 2019

Open Source GIS: A hands on look at QGIS and PostgreSQL PostGIS

Monday 1 - 5 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab

Instructor: Hayley Rebecca Hames - CAST 

 

Abstract: Who doesn’t love free stuff??? Nobody, that’s who. This workshop will be a hands-on overview of the QGIS software and the PostGIS extension of PostgreSQL with intermittent instructor led examples. You will learn how use both tools and leverage them in tandem for a geospatial project.  Participants are expected to have some previous experience with GIS concepts.

Bio: Ms. Hames has been a GIS professional for over a decade, frequently scripting custom data management solutions, administering databases, and implementing/administering GIS systems in various business settings. Having a Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Ms. Hames has shared her knowledge of GIS systems and spatial analysis by teaching GIS workshops in schools throughout the state of Arkansas. In recent years, her interests have leaned towards custom solutions development and database administration.

$65

October 29, 2019

Python for Beginners

Tuesday 8 AM - 12 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab

Instructor:  Hayley Hames - CAST

Abstract: Everyone is talking about it. What is it, and how can I leverage it with ArcGIS? This workshop is designed for regular users of ArcGIS with little to no experience with programming. We will discover the fundamentals of python, and use it to perform some basic automation tasks.

 

Bio: Ms. Hames has been a GIS professional for over a decade, frequently scripting custom data management solutions, administering databases, and implementing/administering GIS systems in various business settings. Having a Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Ms. Hames has shared her knowledge of GIS systems and spatial analysis by teaching GIS workshops in schools throughout the state of Arkansas. In recent years, her interests have leaned towards custom solutions development and database administration.

$65

October 29, 2019

Getting Started with ModelBuilder

Tuesday 8 AM - 12 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab

Instructor:  Ken Wilkerson, GISEDGE Inc.

Abstract: Esri ModelBuilder (MB) provides a visual programming environment for combining data and tools to automate tasks and create custom tools. This course will introduce MB processing with hands-on exercises demonstrating the creation of models ranging from simple to complex. You will learn how to quickly and effectively develop models that help you become more productive ArcGIS users.

 

Bio: Ken Wilkerson, President of GISEDGE, Inc., has over twenty five years of experience involving project and resource management, planning and scheduling in a progressive GIS environment. Mr. Wilkerson spent six years as technical project manager and instructor for Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) before launching GISEDGE, Inc. He has conducted GIS training classes and technical presentations throughout the United States and internationally. International training courses include China, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Bahrain, Nigeria, and Angola Africa. Ken has also been invited to speak at many professional organization conferences including the ESRI International Users Conference, Conference of Economic Developers, and the first annual China GIS users conference in Beijing.

$65

October 29, 2019

ARCGIS Online Field Automation

Tuesday 8 AM - 12 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab

Instructor: Chase Fisher - ESRI

Abstract: Field mobility is becoming increasingly important in modern organizations. People need information to be exchanged between mobile workers and the office in a fast, accurate process. The ArcGIS platform provides powerful tools for collecting, publishing, sharing, and using data to support a mobile workforce, within the structure of a modern web GIS. In this hands-on session, we’ll review how the ArcGIS Apps for  Field support the entire field operations workflow and discover how Operations Dashboard can be configured to support location-aware data visualization and analytics for a real-time operational view of people, services, assets, and events. Specific apps covered in this introductory session include: Workforce for ArcGIS, Navigator for ArcGIS, Survey123 for ArcGIS, Collector for ArcGIS, and Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS.

 

Bio: Chase Fisher is a Solution Engineer for Esri in the St Charles, Missouri regional office. He is originally from the Southwest Missouri, where he spent 14 years in city and county government GIS coordination. Prior to coming to Esri Chase became a FAA certified Remote Pilot and started his own UAV and GIS consultancy company. Now as a Solution Engineer Chase currently supports the local government team, with a focus on ArcGIS Online, Mobile Applications and Workflows, & Drone2Map. In his spare time, he likes to spend time and travel with his Wife Maria, and Stepdaughter Anya.

$65

October 29, 2019

Business Analyst Desktop/Online/InfoGraphics

Tuesday 8 AM - 12 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab

Instructor:  Sunny Farmahan - ArDOT and Brian Culpepper - CAST

Abstract:  This workshop will be an introduction to the Business Analyst / Community Analyst online software and data for new users.  The new capabilities of these ArcGIS products will be demonstrated through hands-on exercises and instructor-led exercises.  You’ll find out why 80% of the Fortune 1000 companies are leveraging these capabilities of the ArcGIS platform. 

 

Bio:  Sunny (update pending)

 

Brian is a Certified ESRI ArcGIS Desktop professional with over 20 years of research experience in geospatial technologies.  An Arkansas native with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and masters degree (Geography) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  He has been a geodata analyst or project team lead at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) since 1992.  Brian and his family consider downtown Fayetteville their hometown.

$65

October 29, 2019

Using R as an Open Source Geographic Information System

Tuesday 8 AM - 12 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab

Instructor:  Aaron Shew - ASU;  Dr. Aniruddha Ghosh - UC Davis; Dr. Jackson Cothren - CAST; Hanna Ford - CAST

Abstract:  This workshop will introduce participants to familiar GIS concepts and basic geospatial analysis using R Statistical Software. R is a free and open source programming platform that has been widely used and adopted for statistical and geospatial analytics. Participants should have a beginner’s knowledge of geospatial concepts and come prepared to work through hands-on exercises in R with guidance from Ghosh, Shew, Cothren, and Ford. The exercises will use examples from agriculture and environmental science. Material will cover spatial data and remote sensing analysis with specific examples of crop mapping in R. Participants will be encouraged to work in pairs if space is limited.

 

Bio: Aaron M. Shew is the inaugural REL Wilson Chair of Agricultural Economics at Arkansas State University. He completed Masters degrees in Geography and Agricultural Economics at the University of Arkansas and a doctorate in Environmental Dynamics. Shew uses tools from quantitative geography and agricultural economics to improve agricultural production, reduce environmental impacts, and manage risk.

 

Aniruddha Ghosh is a research scientist at the University of California-Davis in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. Ghosh has extensive experience with remote sensing and GIS applications in agriculture and forestry. Ghosh uses spatial analysis and quantitative tools to understand agriculture and forestry around the world and focuses substantial aspects of his research on discovering food security solutions for developing countries.

 

Jackson D. Cothren is the Director of the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies. Cothren’s research interests include various aspects of digital photogrammetry including sensor modeling, DEM extraction, feature extraction and matching for orientation, integration of LIDAR point-clouds, reliability analysis of adjustment models and integration with enterprise-scale Geospatial Information Systems.

 

Hanna L. Ford is a full-time Research Assistant with the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, specializing in spatial analysis, multi-criteria spatial decision support, and landscape-level planning. Many of her projects include extensive research on computational efficient and transformable methods for integrating policy and geospatial data for more informed decision making and planning.

$65

October 29, 2019

Land Surveying Concepts for the GIS Specialist

Tuesday 8 AM - 12 PM | Lecture

Instructor: Daniel Phillips, PS, CFM – Arkansas GIS Office

 

Abstract: Daniel will cover things a GIS professional should know about land surveying. These items include; the basics and history of the PLSS, survey instruments, surveying procedure, surveyor’s duties, riparian boundaries, junior/senior boundary rights, legal descriptions principals, survey plat elements, ground evidence, and the State Surveyor’s duties.

Bio: Daniel was born and lives in central Arkansas. He started work in local government in 2001. He has worked in Land Surveying, GIS, and Civil Engineering, since 2006 and has been with the Arkansas GIS Office Division of Land Surveys since 2018. Daniel became licensed as a Professional Surveyor in 2016.

As a Professional Surveyor, Daniel has been involved in floodplain and boundary surveys as well as topographic mapping, geodetic control, construction layout, and Public Land Survey System (PLSS) restoration. Daniel works closely with the state’s public and private land surveyors coordinating the state’s PLSS restoration efforts. He also works closely with GIS analyst’s within the Arkansas GIS Office assisting with database management, coordinate control, and deed description interpretation.

 

Daniel can be reached at 501-682-4436 or by e-mail at daniel.l.phillips@arkansas.gov.

$50

October 29, 2019

Data Processing with Python

Tuesday 1 - 5 PM | Hands-On Computer Lab

Instructor:  Hayley Hames - CAST

Abstract: This course assumes previous knowledge of python, or attendance of the beginner python course. We’ll deal with using python to perform some common geo processing tasks, look at few python spatial libraries, and learn how to work with table data.

 

Bio: Ms. Hames has been a GIS professional for over a decade, frequently scripting custom data management solutions, administering databases, and implementing/administering GIS systems in various business settings. Having a Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Ms. Hames has shared her knowledge of GIS systems and spatial analysis by teaching GIS workshops in schools throughout the state of Arkansas. In recent years, her interests have leaned towards custom solutions development and database administration.

$65

October 29, 2019

Migrating to ArcGIS Pro

Tuesday 1 - 5 PM | Hands-On Computer Lab

Instructor: Ken Wilkerson, GISEDGE Inc.

Abstract: This workshop will help you get ready for your conversion from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro. Using terminology that you are familiar with, the instructor will introduce you to the new Pro interface. You will get an understanding of the new ribbon/tool interface, get familiar with the new ArcCatalog pane in Pro, and learn how to do  basic things  done every day in ArcMap (working with symbology, layer properties, queries, etc.). This course is not an introduction to GIS concepts. It is a migration course, for those who are already comfortable with ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap).

Topics covered include:

  • Importing ArcMap .mxd files into ArcGIS Pro (what comes over, what doesn’t, and what to watch out for)

  • Getting familiar with the new ribbons and tools in ArcGIS Pro

  • The new ArcGIS Pro Catalog Pane

  • Working with symbology and layer properties

  • Building queries

  • Running geoprocessing tools

  • Making a layout

 

To be successful in this course, attendees should be comfortable with ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap).

 

 

Bio: Ken Wilkerson, President of GISEDGE, Inc., has over twenty five years of experience involving project and resource management, planning and scheduling in a progressive GIS environment. Mr. Wilkerson spent six years as technical project manager and instructor for Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) before launching GISEDGE, Inc. He has conducted GIS training classes and technical presentations throughout the United States and internationally. International training courses include China, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Bahrain, Nigeria, and Angola Africa. Ken has also been invited to speak at many professional organization conferences including the ESRI International Users Conference, Conference of Economic Developers, and the first annual China GIS users conference in Beijing.

$65

October 29, 2019

Advanced Survey123 for ArcGIS

Tuesday 1 - 5 PM | Hands-On Computer Lab

Instructor: Brian Culpepper – CAST

Abstract:  Survey123 for ArcGIS is quickly becoming the go-to data creation/collection application for ArcGIS mobile users and this workshop will introduce users to some of the advanced capabilities of the platform.  Instructor designed exercises and demonstrations of the advanced data capture techniques, customized reporting and even workflow automation through third-party applications will be covered. Demonstrations of how to edit existing data, build customized reports and enhance end-user feedback within your next mobile data collection project will be shared. 

 

Bio: Brian is a Certified ESRI ArcGIS Desktop professional with over 20 years of research experience in geospatial technologies.  An Arkansas native with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and masters degree (Geography) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  He has been a geodata analyst or project team lead at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) since 1992.  Brian and his family consider downtown Fayetteville their hometown.

$65

October 29, 2019

3D Mapping with LiDAR Point Cloud (ESRI)

Tuesday 1 - 5 PM | Hands-On Computer Lab

Instructor: Arthur Crawford, Esri Product Engineer, Esri Content Team – Community Maps Program

 

Abstract: This workshop will review the basics of utilizing LiDAR with ArcGIS Pro through a series of workflows and tools for generating the following features:

  • Extracting Building Footprints from Classified Lidar

  • Extracting Building Footprints from Unclassified Lidar

  • Extracting Roof Forms and Segmenting Roofs to create 3D cities

  • Classifying and Creating 3D Trees

 

The presenter (and creator of a few of the demonstrated tools/workflows) will discuss recent enhancements and demonstrate potential information products such as this link to an example of 3D St. Louis.   In addition, the workshop will address colorizing lidar and publishing Scene Layer Packages.

Bio: Originally from Los Angeles, Arthur came to Esri in 2000 after spending time in the Army in Geospatial Intelligence. He works in the St. Louis Regional Office where he originally focused on supporting the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency until joining the Community Maps team as one of its early members. Arthur provides a variety of support to Community Maps, including writing tools, developing and delivering training material, working on production of content and personally assisting contributors with their questions. His main focus is topography, lidar, automatic extraction of trees and buildings, raster data, elevation data, vegetation and developing data content for ArcGIS Online. Some of Arthur's hobbies include illustrating (6 books so far), visiting his niece in Little Rock and travelling (40 countries so far and lived overseas several times).

$65

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