TUgis Conference is committed to supporting GIS professionals through training and professional development opportunities. Training sessions are held at Towson University College of Liberal Arts. Training sessions are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Monday, August 6–Tuesday 7, 2018

Transitioning to ArcGIS Pro–SOLD OUT

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Instructor: Ashley Buzzeo, GISP, TU Center for GIS, Alex Mikulski, TU Center for GIS, Christina Nemphos, TU Center for GIS

This course is intended to help individuals with basic knowledge of ArcGIS Desktop transition into using ArcGIS Pro. Individuals taking this course should already have some knowledge of GIS. This is a 2-day course.

  • Navigate the modern ribbon-based interface
  • Utilize projects to explore, symbolize, and map local data and feature service data
  • Interact with datasets through queries and basic analysis
  • Convert tabular data to spatial data and geocode tables
  • Learn tips and tricks, create dynamic charts and animations, and generate 3-D views of data

Registration Information

Transitioning to ArcGIS Pro: $50 registration fee includes two full days of training and lunch.

Tuesday Sessions: $25 registration fee includes one morning and one afternoon training session and lunch.

NOTE: If you select options for Tuesday Sessions, you may not select Transitioning to ArcGIS Pro.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Thinking Spatially

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Instructor: Ashley Buzzeo, GISP, TU Center for GIS

This course is intended for those individuals with little or no knowledge of GIS, the MD iMAP Program, or ArcGIS Online. Attendees will learn fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including how to:

  • Map tabular data and perform basic analysis with ArcGIS Online
  • Convert tabular data to spatial data
  • Use the MD iMAP Composite Geo-Locator​
  • Search for, create and share content

Esri Story Maps

1:00–5:00 p.m.

Instructors: Anthony Puzzo, Esri and Matt Viverito, Esri

Everyone has a story to tell. Or, more likely, you have many stories to tell! Esri Story Maps are a hugely popular way to put maps, images, videos and other media into an interactive web application that brings attention to a particular topic. Come to this introductory session to:

  • Learn how organizations are using Story Maps
  • Get hands-on experience with some of the most popular templates
  • Hear some best practices for refining your Story Map.

Keeping up with GIS Technology: A Hands-On Experience

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. [SOLD OUT] and 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Instructor: Art Lembo, PhD, Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC)

It seems like every time you turn around, there is some new technology or technique you need to learn. Some of these could be important for running your organization and some are important for your own professional development. Either way, most of us lack the practical experience of using many of these technologies and therefore feel ill-equipped to engage with others regarding their usefulness. In this four hour, hands-on workshop, you will be introduced to four technologies that many people are talking about, but few actually experience using. The technologies include:

  • Open Source GIS: In this module you’ll be introduced to QGIS, the most widely used open source desktop GIS, to see how GIS analysts can perform simple and complex analysis.
  • Spatial SQL: In this module you’ll be introduced to Postgres and PostGIS to see how GIS managers can run their entire GIS enterprise and perform analysis with SQL.
  • Python Scripting: In this module you’ll be introduced to the Python programming language to see how GIS developers can automate many of their GIS tasks.
  • Big Data Analytics: In this module you will be introduced to Manifold GIS and Postgres learn how spatial data scientists perform parallel processing and analytics on gigabytes of data.

The workshop will be hands-on, where your instructor will guide you in working with the software. Also, for this workshop we will work exclusively with Maryland State data, so you’ll see how each of these technologies relate to doing GIS in our state. At the end of this workshop you’ll have an understanding of what these technologies are, how they can be used, and most importantly, you’ll be able to say that you actually worked with the technologies yourself.

GISP Certification Application

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Instructor: Douglas M. Adams, GISP, Baltimore County

This workshop will provide information on the process for becoming a geographic information system certified professional (GISP) focusing on the application requirements and exam content. Recent changes in GISP Certification process by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) will be discussed. GISCI has introduced the GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam so any new applicants will be subject to this exam. The workshop will cover:

  • GISCI Structure
  • Certification history and statistics
  • Portfolio requirements
  • Online application process
  • Exam content

IMPORTANT NOTE: Attendees should register to obtain a username and password to the online application at You must register first and then login. Please confirm your username and password is working before our workshop. Also bring your username and password with you because we will be working in the live system. Attendees are further encouraged to bring one or two books that might be used in the future study for the GISP certification exam.

Preparing for a Geospatial Career

1:00–5:00 p.m.

Instructor: Julie Spangler, GISP, JMT Technology Group

This workshop is designed to help attendees prepare for a career as a GIS professional, whether entering the GIS profession or looking for a refresher when shifting careers. Whether you are about to graduate college, making a change in your career, or looking to apply for a new job, this workshop will benefit you. The workshop will include:

  • A panel discussion covering perspectives from all sectors of the GIS industry
  • Recommendations of how to prepare for submitting an application and interviewing for a job
  • Suggested areas to ensure you are well rounded
  • Questions and answers with industry and subject matter experts
  • Hands-on breakout sessions