Training Day

Friday, August 13, 2021

Half- and full-day training sessions will take place on August 13 at an additional cost of $35 for half-day sessions and $65 for full-day sessions. Training sessions are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Full Day Training Sessions
Friday, August 13, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Full-day training sessions are offered at an additional cost of $65 per session.

Instructor: Anthony Dowell and Christopher Pawlowski, AECOM

Asset management is becoming an increasingly important focus for agencies and organizations as they look to optimize their budgets, maintain their existing assets, and invest in new improvements and projects. This session will provide attendees with an introduction to key asset management principles, terminology and best practices, with a focus on the role that GIS data, systems and professionals play within the asset management lifecycle and framework. Esri ArcGIS Desktop and Innovyze InfoAsset Planner software will be utilized for hands-on exercises, with a focus on asset management for water/wastewater utilities.

Software Needs

  • ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap & ArcCatalog) version 10.6.1 or above
  • Innovyze InfoAsset Planner (Installation files & temporary licenses provided by AECOM)

Instructor: Anastassiya Suprunova

In the past year, you have seen many different dashboards, thanks to the pandemic. We live in a world of constant data flow and so little time to transform the data into valuable information. Join this workshop to learn how to create informative and appealing dashboards using free Microsoft Power BI software. Microsoft Power BI is not the only option on the market that can help you visualize and analyze your data. Still, it has significant advantages that we will explore during this workshop.

During this workshop, you will learn through hands-on exercises: the difference in Power BI Desktop and Power BI Service to be able to choose the tool that is right for you; how to connect your data; how to transform your data to meet your needs; how you can visualize that data in a meaningful way by using visuals like column, line, pie chart, treemap, gauges, cards, etc.; how to map your data using different options available in Power BI; how to tell the story with your data by creating informative and interactive dashboards; advanced features like bookmarks and tooltips; how to publish and share your work with others and many more Power BI tips and tricks.

Software Needs

  • Microsoft BI Power Desktop
  • Organizational or student email address required. Gmail, yahoo and other addresses are not allowable. Please reach out with questions.

Instructor: John Buckley, McCormick Taylor

This workshop will introduce participants to several open-source GIS tools with a focus on PostGIS and QGIS. It is designed for users with a basic understanding of GIS who may be interested in learning more about open source alternatives to ArcMap. Users interested in surface water modeling or analyzing large datasets using SQL are also welcome. We will load raster and vector data into a PostGIS-enabled database and visualize it in QGIS. Using freely available elevation data, we will delineate basins, streams, flow accumulation, and flow direction layers for a local watershed using GRASS and QGIS. Finally, we will calculate downstream flowpaths and upstream drainage areas using just SQL, and we will visualize the outputs in QGIS. Throughout the workshop, I hope to share the many tips and tricks I have learned through years of using these great open source packages. Time allowing, we will look at how these same tools and techniques can be used for flood mapping, climate modeling, and analyzing all types of large spatial datasets.

Software Needs

Morning Training Sessions
Friday, August 13, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Half-day training sessions are offered at an additional cost of $35 per session.

Instructors: David Ramos, Professorial Lecturer in Graphic Design, American University, Washington, D.C.

Decisions about color, type, and representational techniques all shape a map’s readability and effect. In this half-day workshop, we’ll learn about principles of color, typography, and graphic representation. We’ll talk about excellent examples of both reference maps and thematic maps from a range of disciplines. You’ll work through type and color exercises, then apply these principles to mapping problems in your usual GIS environment. The hands-on portion of this workshop assumes at least basic proficiency with your choice of visual GIS/mapping software (like ArcGIS, QGIS, Mapbox, or Illustrator).

Software Needs

Instructors: Art Lembo, Salisbury University

Esri software provides many different ways to solve similar problems.  Some approaches are conceptually simple to understand, other approaches might get the job done faster or provide more flexibility. In either case, there are many ways to solve a spatial problem. In this workshop we will explore the different ways to solve problems with Esri software.  In particular, we will solve a classic GIS task using the ArcGIS Pro GUI, Model Builder, and Python and compare the options. For our project example we will analyze the distribution of Maryland COVID-19 vaccination sites and population by census block to identify underserved areas and people groups throughout the state.

Software Needs

  • ArcGIS Pro

Instructor: Pat McLoughlin, JMT

With data expanding at a rapid rate, managing that data and extracting value is critical, but can seem daunting. This half-day workshop aims to provide a high level of introduction of the use of tools and services available to ingest, govern, and analyze your data. This will include setting up data crawlers, setting up pipelines or streams to big data, governing that data, performing analytics with the data, and creating clear and useful visualizations to help bring the data to life. This workshop is designed for anyone who has been looking to dive into the data management and analytics space, but not sure where to start.

Afternoon Training Sessions
Friday, August 13, 1–5 p.m.

Half-day training sessions are offered at an additional cost of $35 per session.

Instructor: Alex Brown and Mary McColley, ESRI

ArcGIS Experience Builder empowers you to quickly transform your data into compelling web apps without writing a single line of code. Build mapcentric or nonmapcentric apps and choose from a variety of widgets to design your own templates in both 2D and 3D.

Software Needs

  • Web browser Chrome (Do not use IE)

Instructor: Art Lembo, Salisbury University

Open source GIS software provides many different ways to solve similar problems. Some approaches are conceptually simple to understand, other approaches might get the job done faster or provide more flexibility. In either case, there are many ways to solve a spatial problem. In this workshop we will explore the different ways to solve problems with open source software. In particular, we will solve a classic GIS task using the QGIS GUI, QGIS model tool, and the QGIS SQL engine and compare the approaches. For our project example we will analyze the distribution of Maryland COVID-19 vaccination sites and population by census block to identify underserved areas and people groups throughout the state.

Software Needs

Instructor: Logan Hall, ESRGC

This half-day, pre-recorded course teaches best practices in working with available topographic LiDAR in the State of Maryland. In this workshop, you will learn how to access the latest topographic LiDAR data in Maryland for preparing, downloading, and processing on their local machine. We’ll start by downloading compressed LAZ format point cloud data, extracting LAS files and organizing the data efficiently for further processing in the ArcGIS suite.

You will explore point cloud data in ArcGIS Pro, generate surface models, create contour workflows, and navigate the various built-in raster functions. You will also build LAS and mosaic datasets, exploring the functionality of each. The last section of this course briefly covers developing custom LiDAR-focused ArcPy script tools and leveraging map algebra for efficient raster processing.

Software Needs

General Requirements

  • Please review all requirements before registering.
  • All attendees, including students, are responsible for their software and technology requirements.
  • All training materials including sample data files that will be used for this course will be provided at a minimum of 5 days prior to the training.
  • All software and data files must be loaded on to your device and tested prior to the training.
  • Instructors will not be able to address software issues during the training.
  • Any problems must be resolved prior to the start of the training.
  • ArcGIS online organizational accounts will be provided for the training if needed.

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