Registration for the conference includes presentations and trainings/workshops. View more information on the full program here. All times are in Mountain Daylight Savings Time

May 20 May 27 June 9
9:00 – 10:25 am ArcGIS for Emergency Management: Dispatches from the Field
9:00 – noon
An Introduction to Global Mapper
9:00 am – noon
The Moral Imperative of GIS for Public Safety
10:35 am – noon Using Program R for Spatial Models
1:00 – 3:00 pm ArcGIS Pro Tips & Tricks 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Why did Colorado DOT mandate new field software for all sub-inch ROW permits and what is the impact on future workflows?
1:00 – 2:30 pm Making Sense of the Esri and Autodesk Connection

May 20

9:00 – 10:25 am: ArcGIS for Emergency Management: Dispatches from the Field

Instructor: Dave Vaillancourt, Shelby Hines, Esri

Hear stories from real users in Emergency Management, how they are using and have relied on Esri technology in disaster response and recovery. Get to know the ArcGIS Solutions for Emergency Management Operations and Damage Assessment, see demonstrations of the information products in action, as well as learn the work involved in setting them up. Attendees should gain some perspective from the real-world experiences of users deploying ArcGIS in emergencies. We’ll learn and discuss lessons learned, pitfalls, tips and tricks, and all the technology used. We’ll also reserve ample time for discussion with the panel. Reference materials and learning resources will be provided

Instructor Biographies: David Vaillancourt is a Solution Engineer at Esri in Louisville, Colorado. David has worked for Esri for 16 years supporting state and local government users in the southwest in understanding how geospatial technology can help them solve their organizational challenges, and how that same technology can facilitate better decision making. David has a Master’s in geography from the University of Wyoming and has worked in the geospatial field as a consultant, an instructor, and application developer, and a GIS expert. His role enables him to share best practices, give presentations on new and cutting-edge technology, and to work closely with the user community to help them move to better technology solutions. Shelby Hines is an Esri Solution Engineer and supports local government customers in New Mexico and Colorado. She has a background in GIS & emergency management and holds a MS in GIS from the University of Denver.

10:30 – 12:00 pm: Using Program R for Spatial Models

Instructor: Shannon Albeke and Nicholas Case, WyGISC

In our brave new world of open data and digital data repositories, being a Spatial Data Scientist means needing many skills and tools to accomplish tasks accurately and efficiently. The ability to seamlessly obtain data from various sources, massage the information into needed formats and structures, process derived metrics, and then visualize or model the data is essential. These skills, coupled with the integration of statistical approaches and spatial analyses, can be powerful tools for informing management decisions at broad spatial scales. In this workshop, we will present an opportunity to gain additional skills using open-source software that we have found highly useful for our daily activities. First, we will provide several pre-recorded video demonstrations introducing program R, Tidyverse, and the use of code repositories (e.g., GitLab) as a precursor to our live demonstration. Our live demonstration will consist of a real-world example, using R Spatial for performing both raster and vector spatial analyses to attribute a point-based dataset. Then use our dataset to fit a distribution model (logistic regression), ending with predicting back to the landscape the probability of an occurrence. This demonstration will provide tools and ideas that apply to a wide range of potential projects. Software installation instructions, access to videos, and all data needed will be provided.

Instructor Biographies: Dr. Shannon Albeke is a Senior Research Scientist and GIST Faculty member. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Sciences, with minors in Biology and Geography in 1997 from the University of Colorado – Boulder. After graduation, he began an 8-year career as an Aquatic Habitat Biologist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife and by necessity learned how to be a GeoSpatial Data Scientist. Dr. Albeke received his PhD from the University of Georgia – Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources in 2010 as well as becoming a member of WyGISC. Dr. Albeke’s general research interests center around applied GIS, programming, and statistics. Specific interests include: 1) Modeling of ecological processes across broad spatial extents and multiple scales. 2) Facilitation of Data Science workflows using innovative modeling, programming, and data management techniques. 3) Promote and enable scientific outreach to others through open-data portals and visualization tools. 4) Use of UAS for estimation of vegetation community assembly and biomass. Nicholas Case has been a part of WyGISC since 2018 currently works as a Geospatial Developer. He is the development arm of the EPSCoR Micro project’s Data Team and responsible for creating and maintaining the Laboratory Inventory Management System (LIMS) designed to track samples starting from the field through analyses. Additionally, Case is a teaching assistant to Dr. Shannon Albeke in the GIST department. He helps design course content, assessments, and moderate’s discussion boards that interface directly with students. Nicholas obtained his bachelor’s degree of arts and sciences in anthropology from San Diego State University and an associate degree of science in geography from San Diego Mesa College. He is currently a student in the GIST MS Research program focusing on learning new methods and technologies that enable researchers and decision-makers to glean information from data that may not be readily visible on its own.

1:00 – 3:00 pm: ArcGIS Pro Tips & Tricks

Instructor:  Nick Viau, Allpoints GIS
At this point, most of us have taken the dive into ArcGIS Pro and nearly all of us who have done so have experienced frustrations with the changes from ArcMap. In this session we will go over a myriad of tips and tricks to help you get off the ground with Pro and ease some frustrations to common issues. We will end with an open Q&A / idea swap session so bring your questions!

Instructor Biography: Nick Viau is a GIS specialist and instructor with Allpoints GIS. He has 11 years of experience working with advanced GIS techniques to solve problems in the natural resource management field. He has worked on or closely with a number of respected GIS teams including: National Park Service Natural Resource Stewardship & Science GIS team, Ft. Collins, CO (2010-2012), the Trust for Public Land national GIS team (2014 – present), USFS Southwestern regional GIS team (2014 – present) and USFS Rocky Mountain regional GIS team (2015 – present). Nick holds a B.S. in Geosciences and GIS from Colorado State University. He lives in Gypsum, Colorado where he enjoys everything the great outdoors has to offer.

May 27

9:00 am – noon: An Introduction to Global Mapper

Instructor:  David McKittrick, Blue Marble Geographics

Now in its third decade of development, Global Mapper continues to confound conventional wisdom in the field of GIS software. With each release, a plethora of new functionality is added reinforcing the adage that this is truly the Swiss Army Knife of the GIS world. In this three-hour, hands-on workshop, we take a whistle-stop tour while exploring some of the key components of the software. Registered attendees will be provided with a free temporary license so they can follow along as the instructor demonstrates image rectification, density mapping, contour generation, hydro-flattening, cut and fill analysis, map book creation, and much more.

Instructor Biography: David McKittrick is Training and Outreach Manager at Blue Marble Geographics in Hallowell, Maine. A graduate of the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, McKittrick has spent over 30 years in the field of GIS and mapping, focusing on the application and implementation of spatial technology within a wide variety of industries and vertical markets. McKittrick has designed and delivered hundreds of GIS training classes, seminars, and presentations and has authored dozens of articles and papers for numerous business and trade publications.

1:00 – 2:30 pm: Why did Colorado DOT mandate new field software for all sub-inch ROW permits and what is the impact on future workflows?

Instructor: David Siddle, Frontier Precision

Interview with Rob Martindale, Utilities Program Manager for Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), will discuss how Colorado Revised Statue C.R.S. 9-1.5-101 (811 Law) impacts the management of utility data within State Highway Right of Ways. We will discuss how permitted utilities are leveraging new technologies including the January 14th, 2021 mandate of PointMan data collection software to utilize asset mapping workflows that enable CDOT to efficiently gather as-built locations and infrastructure. Discussion with PointMan Product Manager, Ben Skogen, on integration of Trimble’s sub-inch line-up: Catalyst, R2cm, R12i. Real-time locator data integration into point/line features, including depth of cover, frequency, signal strength, (RD, Metrotech, Subsurface). Plus, workflows for: stakeout, move/update/validate existing features, laser offsets, and incorporation of SUE (Subsurface Utility Engineering) data into MicroStation, Bentley, Autodesk and Esri backends.

Instructor Biographies: David Siddle is the Geospatial Mapping Sales Representative for Colorado and Wyoming out of our Arvada Co office. He grew up in the survey/utilities industry: water/wastewater, gas pipeline, joined the GIS world in 1995 and is a supporter of all things GIS, utilities, and asset mapping!

June 9

9:00 am – noon: The Moral Imperative of GIS for Public Safety

Instructors: Drew Fioranelli and John Joseph, DATAMARK

Moral imperatives compel us to action, following reason and logic, where actions to the contrary or a lack of action would be destructive to our goals. During an emergency, accurate and reliable GIS data can make the difference between life, death, or life-altering damage. Our focus should be on the imperatives driving us to prepare for Next Generation 9-1-1 and how it will improve emergency response today, not just on the planned future NG9-1-1 ‘end state.’ During this presentation, we will explore not only how but why your GIS data and location information is critical to public safety and how data prepared for NG9-1-1 is used in life-critical situations.

Instructor Biographies: John Joseph has been an integral member of the GIS community for over 22 years, and he currently leads the Sales and Business Development team for the West and Mountain Region at DATAMARK. What began as a career selling GIS to state, local, and commercial entities evolved into a passion for Public Safety. Over the years John has worked for companies like Esri and Motorola and has help hundreds of organizations advance their Public Safety Infrastructure. He’s been a true advocate in the 9-1-1 community emphasizing how GIS can help save lives when applied to Public Safety. Since he transitioned to Public Safety GIS nearly a decade ago, he has become a NENA certified Emergency Number Professional (ENP), and a public speaker for GIS both regionally and nationally. Presently in addition to his work at DATAMARK he serves as a Commercial Advisory Member for the Idaho Chapter of APCO/NENA. Drew Fioranelli has been involved with GIS and supporting local government geospatial efforts for over 15 years. Prior to joining DATAMARK, Mr. Fioranelli served as the GIS Director for Fauquier County, VA. During his time in Fauquier County, Mr. Fioranelli helped lead the development a UAV program for public safety and law enforcement, while re-educating local decision makers on the value and usage of geospatial information. He also partnered with the Fauquier County Fire Department to develop fire response areas using GIS and time/distance methodologies. Mr. Fioranelli is also the President of the Geospatial Information and Technology Association, a global non-profit whose mission is to educate, connect, and advocate for geospatial professionals.

1:00 – 2:30 pm: Making Sense of the Esri and Autodesk Connection

Instructors: Jason Artley and Bruce Bogucki, ATG USA

In 2017, Esri and Autodesk sat down at Autodesk University to announce a new partnership, opening doors to new ways to collaborate between the software. Now a few years later we can see the fruits of their labor with the “Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS” that is built within Autodesk Civil3D, Map3D, and Infraworks. This course will explore the “hows” and “whys” of the different functions, as well as discover new ways to think about our Esri data when it comes to planned Autodesk Connections.

Instructor Biographies: Jason Artley has more than 24 years of experience in the AEC industry and has a genuine passion for making things come to life. He started working in construction during high school and used that experience as a foundation for his career. He has an associate degree in Architectural Drafting/CAD Technology and has been using Autodesk products since 1996 starting with AutoCAD R12. Jason started working as a civil drafter before moving up to designer. Most recently, Jason served as a CAD Manager for a large national firm. From residential subdivisions and industrial complexes to large shopping centers, Jason has been involved in many types of civil projects. He has spent time in the field working as a surveyor as well. Jason is an Autodesk Certified Professional in both AutoCAD and Civil 3D, an Autodesk Certified Instructor, A Bluebeam Certified Instructor, as well as a Bluebeam Certified Support Representative.