Training

MSGIC is a TUgis Conference partner along with Towson University and the MD Department of Information Technology (DoIT). We are committed to supporting GIS professionals through on-going training and professional development opportunities. Training opportunities will be offered throughout the year and in various locations throughout the state to meet the needs of the Maryland GIS community.

The following is a list of training opportunities that are being offered in conjunction with TUgis – Maryland’s Geospatial Conference.
When: All training scheduled for Monday, March 20, 2017. Morning and afternoon session are available.
Where: Towson University, College of Liberal Arts Building
Cost: $25
Registration: REGISTRATION FOR TUGIS TRAINING
Additional information available on the TUgis Conference Website.

Training Name: ArcGIS Mobile Solution Workflows
Description: The ArcGIS Platform provides powerful tools for defining, publishing, sharing, and using data to support a mobile workforce, within the structure of a modern WebGIS. In this workshop, you will use ArcGIS Desktop to create an ArcGIS Online feature service, and publish it on ArcGIS Online. You will then learn how to leverage ArcGIS Online and optimize your field operations using ArcGIS Mobile solutions. The student will use Collector for ArcGIS to capture locations, information, and photos of assets inside and around the conference facility. You will then manage your field workers and create assignments using Workforce for ArcGIS. Finally, you will create an Operations Dashboard to engage your constituents with the data you have collected. An ArcGIS Online Organization has been provisioned for use with the workshop, and your instructor will give you an identity to use for the workshop. This account will remain active for 5 days after the conference, then will be deleted.

IMPORTANT NOTE: While computers will be provided with ArcGIS Desktop installed, and a browser with internet access, the mobile aspect of the workshop is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and will require the student to have a smartphone or tablet, with internet access. Please go to the App Store or Google Play Store, and load Collector for ArcGIS on your device. Your instructor will provide a series of demonstrations as to how to accomplish the above tasks. A guide will be provided to help students with the exercises. Students can split into teams, share a device, or go solo.

Instructor: Matt Viverito, Esri
Matt Viverito has over 16 years of GIS experience working with federal, state, and local government agencies. In August 2016, Matt joined Esri as a Solution Engineer to support State government customers. Prior to Esri, Matt worked as a GIS consultant for Dewberry, an engineering and architectural firm located in Fairfax, Virginia, and then as the GIS Program Manager for the City of Falls Church, Virginia. Matt graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science in Geography.
Training Name: ArcGIS Pro: An Introduction
Description: Whether you have many years’ experience working with desktop GIS or you are just starting out, chances are ArcGIS Pro is new to you. ArcGIS Pro is an essential application for creating and working with spatial data. With a completely redesigned interface and project-centric approach, ArcGIS Pro provides the capabilities you need from a desktop GIS but in a more modern application. In this workshop, you’ll gain hands-on experience working with ArcGIS Pro by exploring a project that will guide you through authoring a map, symbolizing data, working in both 2D and 3D, common editing workflows, and analysis tasks.

Instructor: Alexander Brown, Esri
Alexander Brown works as a Solution Engineer at Esri, supporting customers with their technical needs. He holds a Master of Geographic Information Systems from Penn State University and has over 10 years of GIS experience. Prior to Esri, he worked for the City of Philadelphia as a Geospatial Systems Engineer, providing technical and system architecture guidance for the Office of Technology and various city departments. In addition to his work with the city, Alex has held various positions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility as the facilities’ GIS Administrator/Developer. His current expertise includes system architecture and design and server-based web GIS solutions.
Training Name: Spatial SQL: A Language for Geographers – SOLD OUT
Description: Are you stuck in a rut of only knowing how to use a GIS GUI? Do you want to learn how to automate tasks, but are afraid of computer programming. If so, SQL is the most powerful tool you can learn to help you perform complex GIS tasks. This hands-on course is designed to teach you how SQL can replicate many database and GIS tasks. We will start at a very basic overview and then proceed to more advanced topics related to GIS.

Topics to include:
Spatial is NOT Special
SQL Data Types
Traditional SQL
Spatial SQL for Vector and Raster Analysis
Spatial SQL for Classic Geographic Analysis

Instructor: Dr. Art Lembo, Salisbury University
Dr. Lembo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geosciences at Salisbury University, where he is also the Technical Director of the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative. Dr. Lembo has published numerous academic papers on GIS, authored a leading textbook on Statistical Problem Solving in Geography, and conducted sponsored research for organizations like the National Science Foundation, NASA, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Kellogg Foundation. He maintains a blog of his technical GIS musings at www.artlembo.com.
Training Name: Python for Geospatial – SOLD OUT
Description: If you are in the field of GIS, you’ve probably heard everyone talking about Python, whether it’s Arcpy in ArcGIS or special Python packages for doing things in open source. In this hands-on workshop you will learn how Python is used to perform GIS analysis. The workshop will be an introduction to Python, with emphasis on integrating multiple Python plug-ins with ArcGIS and open source GIS.

Topics to include:
An overview of Python (variables, statements, I/O, writing code)
Python plug-ins for Geospatial (numpy, geocoder, pygal, Postgres)
A Taste of Arcpy
A Data Analytics Project with Python (for this, we will geocode addresses using Python, perform analysis with open source GIS, take the results into Arcpy to do more GIS analysis, compute statistical results with Python calling Excel, and then create charts and graphs of the results for use on the Internet—without ever opening up a single GIS product.)

Instructor: Dr. Art Lembo, Salisbury University
Dr. Lembo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geosciences at Salisbury University, where he is also the Technical Director of the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative. Dr. Lembo has published numerous academic papers on GIS, authored a leading textbook on Statistical Problem Solving in Geography, and conducted sponsored research for organizations like the National Science Foundation, NASA, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Kellogg Foundation. He maintains a blog of his technical GIS musings at www.artlembo.com.
Training Name: GISP Certification
Description: 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 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 the structure of GISCI, certification history and statistics; portfolio requirements, the online application process and the exam content.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Attendees should register to obtain a username and password to the online application at http://www.gisci.org/Home.aspx. 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.

Instructor: Douglas M. Adams, Baltimore County Department of Public Works
Douglas M. Adams, GISP, is the Engineering GIS Program Manager for Baltimore County, Maryland’s Department of Public Works. He has over 30 years of experience in geospatial industry. Doug has been a GISP since 2009 and successfully renewed his certification in 2014. Doug is an adjunct professor at Towson University where he teaches GIS Database Design. He is also an instructor at the University of Minnesota Morris Wind STEP program, a two-week study in alternative energy, where he teaches GIS and mentors students in the development of a wind farm siting project for a reservation. Doug holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in geography and environmental planning from Towson University.

More training opportunities, free to MSGIC members, are coming in 2017. Check back soon for details.