Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
 

MAC URISA 2018 Conference
MAC URISA 2018 Workshops

Pre-conference Workshops

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Our schedule of expertly instructed workshops will provide classroom learning opportunities for all skill levels. Two half day workshops or one full day workshop are included with the full three-day conference registration.

Workshop certificates (useful when applying for or renewing GIS certifications) will be emailed to attendees after the conference.


Title Speaker Organization Time
De-Mystifying GPS/GNSS in a Bring-Your-Own-Device World Jonathan Cobb Waypoint Technology Group Half day PM
A Conversation Between a Surveyor and a GIS Manager about Parcels Peirce Eichelberger & Peter Borbas geographic Data Base Management Systems, Inc. Full day
Hands-on Workshop: Data Documentation for ArcGIS Online, using ArcCatalog Metadata Editor Edith Konopka NJ Office of Information Technology, Office of Geographic Information Systems Full day
When to Use Ground, Aircraft and/or UAS Mapping Techniques Justin Lahman Axis Geospatial LLC Half day AM
The EOC, E Team, and GIS Tom Rafferty NJ Office of Emergency Management Half day PM
Introduction to Spatial SQL John Reiser Rowan University Half day AM
Advanced Spatial SQL John Reiser Rowan University Half day PM
ArcGIS Pro: An Introduction Rachel Weeden Esri Half day PM
Field Data Collection using ArcGIS Adam Ziegler Esri Half day AM


De-Mystifying GPS/GNSS in a Bring-Your-Own-Device World
Jonathan Cobb, Waypoint Technology Group

This half-day workshop is intended to provide an overview of the range of available positioning technologies for supporting professional GIS applications. It is widely acknowledged that we are in an era of rapid technological change both at home and in the workplace, and that is especially true in the geospatial sector. With the growing trend toward deployment of cloud-based field data collection solutions, it is increasingly important that GIS professionals have a clear understanding of the limitations of utilizing consumer-grade positioning sources. High-accuracy GPS/GNSS sensors can be integrated with personal electronic devices for the purpose of delivering the positional quality that is called for in many professional applications, but there are trade-offs in doing so. This session will address this topic in general, and will also feature an overview of hardware, software, and third-party service options that should be considered when designing a solution and workflow for a specific application. Demonstration of various hardware/software configurations will be incorporated into this workshop.


A Conversation Between a Surveyor and a GIS Manager about Parcels
Peirce Eichelberger, geographic Data Base Management Systems, Inc.
Peter Borbas, Borbas Surveying & Mapping

This Full Day Workshop will be presented with two instructors, one a GIS staffer (F. Peirce Eichelberger) and one a surveyor (Peter Borbas) using with many graphics, illustrations and photographs. The point/counterpoint format encourages attendee interest and engagement. The format allows for the development of two perspectives on many key issues that need to be discussed and better understood by all involved. Interactive sections in the workshop are planned.

This workshop will benefit the larger GIS, survey and related communities, ex. title communities, assessment and Clerks and Recorders. GIS interests will get a new appreciation for the role of surveyors in GIS including, geodetic control, base map accuracy, precision, as-builts and other GIS theme/layer involvement. Surveyors will gain a new appreciation of what is GIS and better understand their important role with all things pertaining to legal descriptions.

A goal of the workshop is for both the GIS and survey communities to better understand each other’s perspectives and what each brings to the table.

  • What Really is GIS?—What exactly is a GIS map?
  • Role of the GIS base map.
  • All layers are not created equal!
  • Parcel role/Subparcels
  • 3-D Discussion
  • Where does GIS data comes from?
  • Imagery’s Role Photogrammetrists and (versus) the Surveyor
  • Geodetic Control—the real framework, yet still poorly understood. The Ideal vs. the Practical.
  • State Plane Coordinates joint perspectives for parcel mapping
  • Parcels/lots survey/GIS perspective
  • Get ready for a new datum in 2020.
  • How the map is built/maintained/improved?
  • IT Keys and Things that tie it all together. Addresses, names, contact information. Data standards.
  • Surveyors/Developers/Engineers and the Title Community—How GIS can help?
  • Why GIS Needs Surveyors? Read Legal Descriptions.
  • Subdivision ordinances, SPS, monuments and workflow.
  • Why the Title Community Needs Surveyors?
  • Uniform Parcel Identifier (UPI) program in Pennsylvania
  • The PRIA (Property Records Industry Association) Land Records/GIS Integration Initiative.
  • GPS/GIS/CORS—the Europeans are coming, so are the Chinese!
  • Monuments from A-Z
  • PLSS Versus the Original 13 Colonies
  • Staffing/Certification
  • URISA’s (Urban and Regional Information System Association) G-LIS’ Role
  • Varying State Roles and Responsibilities

Hands-on Workshop: Data Documentation for ArcGIS Online, using ArcCatalog Metadata Editor
Edith Konopka, NJ Office of Information Technology, Office of Geographic Information Systems

This all-day workshop will cover hands-on use of Esri’s ArcCatalog 10.3.1 (or later) ArcGIS metadata editor, as well as a brief overview of why writing metadata is important, what standard(s) are applicable, and a mention of alternate tools for non-Esri users.

The goals of the course are:

  1. To prepare Geographic Information System users to create metadata that properly documents their geospatial data.
  2. To encourage and facilitate geospatial data documentation efforts on ArcGIS Online/Open Data and the revamped New Jersey Geographic Information Network (NJGIN 3.)

Participants will need to bring a laptop with ArcGIS Desktop 10.3.1 or later installed and licensed. We will provide some guidance on licensing options.

Participants who are trying to transition from other geospatial metadata editors (such as the old ArcCatalog FGDC editor) are welcome. They may bring an existing record to transition and work on, instead of working with provided sample data and metadata.

Participants should have some experience using ArcCatalog, but need not be experts. They should also have basic PC skills and working knowledge of text editing.

The following topics will be covered:

  • ArcCatalog Quick Review Intro
  • What are Metadata?
  • Information Content (Major Topics) of Geospatial Metadata
  • XML Basics and Geospatial Metadata XML
  • Metadata Standards and Styles
  • Template Creation
  • Metadata Writing for Cataloging
  • Metadata Writing for Documentation
  • Preparing Metadata for Publication
  • Metadata and ArcGIS Online / Open Data
  • Tools for Standard – Compliant Metadata

When to Use Ground, Aircraft and/or UAS Mapping Techniques
Justin Lahman, Axis Geospatial LLC

This session will cover today’s decision-making process for employing three automated surveying technologies when approaching a mapping project. The session will present considerations for using land surveying, aircraft, UAS and/or a combination of the 3 techniques for a particular mapping project. Consideration of scope, accuracy, precision, site location, site conditions, site access, FAA airspace limitations, deliverables, budget and schedule are all factors to be evaluated in order to be competitive, meet client requirements and expectations, and be in compliance with applicable state and federal law.


The EOC, E Team, and GIS
Tom Rafferty, NJ Office of Emergency Management

The goal of this half day workshop is to strengthen the relationship between GIS and Emergency Management communities. The first topic to be covered will teach the GIS user how an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is organized and where they fit into the overall response to the disaster. You will learn about the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and study the relationship between the EOC and the on-scene Incident Command System (ICS) used by first responders. Next you will learn how to create and view reports within E Team, the State of New Jersey’s situational awareness platform. The workshop will conclude by teaching how to spatially enable the real time data so that they can be migrated into your agency’s native GIS environment.

Requirement for registration: This workshop is intended for those who will staff or directly assist an EOC during a disaster. Since you will be receiving the same training and have the same access to E Team as all emergency managers you will need to receive permission from your local, county, or state Office of Emergency Management (OEM) prior to the workshop. When you submit your registration for the workshop you will be given instructions on how to contact your appropriate OEM for approval. Certain exemptions can be made for private sector employees, please contact Tom Rafferty at NJOEM for details. Walk in registrations will not be accepted. Participants will need to bring their own laptops.


Introduction to Spatial SQL
John Reiser, Rowan University

This half-day workshop will provide you with an introduction to SQL and relational database management systems (RDBMS) with a special focus on using databases to maintain, query, and modify spatial data. Using the open-source DBMS PostgreSQL and its spatial extension PostGIS, we will explore using SQL to perform tasks you may have previously performed using a desktop GIS. ETL processes, data analytics, and modeling can all be extended and enhanced through the use of SQL in a spatially-enabled database.

Outline

  • Introduction to SQL and the database
  • Bringing GIS into the database using PostGIS and open source tools
  • Querying your data
Intended Audience: Beginner to Intermediate
Attendees must be familiar with desktop GIS software. Experience with QGIS is a plus. Attendees must bring their own laptop with wifi/wireless capabilities. Prior to the workshop, attendees must install the PostgreSQL software and workshop data on their laptop. Attendees are also encouraged to install the open source QGIS desktop GIS software if the laptop does not have an existing desktop GIS installed.

Advanced Spatial SQL
John Reiser, Rowan University

This half-day workshop will provide you with a deeper understanding of analyzing, processing, and managing spatial data using SQL. Using the open-source DBMS PostgreSQL and its spatial extension PostGIS, we will explore using SQL to perform tasks you may have previously performed using a desktop GIS. ETL processes, data analytics, and modeling can all be extended and enhanced through the use of SQL in a spatially-enabled database.

Outline

  • Advanced SQL Queries
  • Creating New Data
  • Developing ETL Processes
Intended Audience: Intermediate to Advanced
Attendees must be familiar with desktop GIS software. Experience with QGIS is a plus. Attendees must bring their own laptop with wifi/wireless capabilities. Prior to the workshop, attendees must install the PostgreSQL software and workshop data on their laptop. Attendees are also encouraged to install the open source QGIS desktop GIS software if the laptop does not have an existing desktop GIS installed.


ArcGIS Pro: An Introduction
Rachel Weeden, Esri

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. This is a half-day workshop. Seats will be limited to the first 15 participants who register.


Field Data Collection using ArcGIS
Adam Ziegler, Esri

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 workshop, you will use ArcGIS Pro to create and publish an ArcGIS Online feature service. You will then learn how to use Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123 for ArcGIS to capture information around the facility. 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 Pro 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 and Survey123 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.

The agenda for this exercise include the following (time permitting):

  • Lecture: Demonstrate the staging and publishing of data to be used by a mobile workforce.
  • Student: Publish a feature layer from ArcGIS Pro.
  • Student: Create a web map for use in Collector
  • Student: Create a Survey using Survey123
  • Instructor: Tutorial on using Collector in Online mode.
  • Instructor: Tutorial on configuring and using Collector in Offline mode.
  • Student: Collect assets and fill out surveys from in and around the conference facility, or from your desk, using Collector and Survey123.
  • Lecture: Configure an Operations Dashboard that can be used from any device to review the results.
  • Lecture: Use an Operations Dashboard to review the results of the day’s work.
  • Wrap: Questions & Answers
This is a half day workshop. Seats will be limited to the first 15 participants who register.

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