GIS in the Rockies is pleased to offer pre-conference workshops related to important topics in the GIS industry on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. There are a limited number of openings for each workshop, so please sign up for a workshop during the registration process. If you have already registered for the conference, you can modify your existing registration to add a workshop.

Using ArcGIS Online and Esri Collector to Capture GIS Data

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Mel Philbrook (Frontier Precision)
Cost: Free

This intro to ArcGIS Online and Esri Collector workshop will show the basics of how ArcGIS Online works, what its capabilities are and how to publish a map service and share it with your group. A field exercise using the Esri Collector app will also be included. We encourage you to bring your own smart device with the Esri Collector app installed. We will have some Trimble GNSS receivers available for those who want to experience higher-accuracy data capture with their own devices. Please bring appropriate clothing for the weather conditions as we will be going outside. Whether you are considering implementing ArcGIS Online for your organization or are actively using this tool already, you will find this workshop valuable to your organization and application.

Intended Audience: People interested in mobile GIS field data collection within government, academic, or private commercial organizations. All levels of users welcome, but emphasis will be on beginner to intermediate level ArcGIS Online users.
Tech requirements: Participants must provide their own laptops (Windows, Mac, or Linux) with Java 8 installed.

UAS and GIS: Enabling Drone Technology for the Geospatial Professional

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Chase Fly (Frontier Precision)
Cost: Free

The emerging technology of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) is enabling GIS professionals to acquire high quality aerial data of project sites in a timely fashion. The availability of lower cost drones, high-quality lightweight cameras, specialized sensors, and more user-friendly software is making it easier to deploy the technology and take advantage of the benefits. Attend this workshop and learn more about the UAS industry, using different types of drones for work, corresponding FAA regulations, and software such as Esri Drone2Map and Pix4D Mapper for creating 2D and 3D data in a GIS environment. See firsthand what the data deliverables may consist of and how the data are used in mapping applications.

Intended Audience: People interested in professional use of drones for remote sensing and geospatial applications within government, academic, or private commercial organizations. All levels of users welcome, though this will appeal most to beginner to intermediate UAS users
Tech requirements: none

Spatial SQL with QGIS Visualization

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m
Instructors: Dave Murray (City of Westminster) and Matthew Baker (Denver Public Schools)
Fee: $125

With the power of spatial database SQL queries married to the open source QGIS program you can become the true spatial wizard that you’ve always wanted to be. The class will start out with some basic data conversions between shapefiles and Spatialite databases. A discussion of open source GDAL and ORG tools will be presented. Then the students will jump into mapping with the desktop GIS program, QGIS. Students will become familiar with loading and symbolizing data with this full-featured open source GIS program. Then the power of spatial databases will be explored with the desktop open source program, Spatialite gui. Not only the ability to query the data using SQL but also the ability to create GIS layers using spatial queries will demonstrated. Results from these SQL processes will be displayed and visualized in QGIS. Students will become much more familiar with the concepts and practices of using spatial databases to conduct GIS analysis. Each student will be required to bring their own laptops. Both Spatialite and QGIS run on Windows, Mac and Linux computers. The students will be required to download and install these programs before the class. An FTP link will be given to each student before the class to access the data and class materials.

Intended Audience: Beginners
Tech requirements: Each student will be required to bring his or her own laptop. Both Spatialite and QGIS run on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers.

Advanced OpenStreetMap

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
Instructor: Mike Thompson (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team)
Cost: Free

This is an enhanced and updated version of the workshop of the same title from the 2016 GISITR. OpenStreetMap (OSM) is the collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. Among many other uses, OSM is being used to support humanitarian missions around the World. Many GIS professionals, academics and students have been introduced to OSM through humanitarian mapathons where an easy to use, in-browser editor called iD is usually used. During this workshop participants will discover through hands on exercises how to access the power of the more advanced JOSM (Java OpenStreetMap) editor. Participants will explore JOSM’s building tool, extrude mode, way accuracy mode, support for topology, validation function, search function, filtering, and support for OSM “relations.” Participants will first gain an understanding of the unique and flexible OSM data structure that has allowed the project to evolve over its 13-year existence to cover not only its namesake streets, but points of interest, buildings, land cover, land use, trails, aeronautical features, maritime features and 100’s of other types of map features. Understanding of the OSM data structure will enable the participant to quickly grasp the concepts of JOSM. The knowledge attained will enable more efficient contributions to OSM and enable them to make more effective use of OSM data in their professional / academic careers.

Intended Audience: GIS professionals, academics and students who wish to learn more about OpenStreetMap
Tech requirements: Participants must provide their own laptops (Windows, Mac, or Linux) with Java 8 installed.

Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Elthron Anderson (Southgate Water and Sanitation District)
Fee: $100

Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demand, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets. Many of these agencies are turning to Asset Management to cope with these challenges and improve business performance and effectiveness.

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for utility, transportation, engineering, planning, and environmental managers and analysts of the public and private sectors.
Tech requirements: None