Trainings

Various live training sessions will be conducted before the conference on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022. Training sessions are purchased separately from the remainder of the conference

Full Day

Title: Using Program R for Spatial Models

Instructors:  Shannon Albeke & Nicholas Case, University of Wyoming

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Abstract:  Being a Spatial Data Scientist means needing many skills and tools to accomplish tasks accurately and efficiently in our brave new world of open data and digital data repositories. Obtaining data from various sources seamlessly, massaging it into needed formats and structures, processing it into derived metrics, and visualizing or modeling the data are essential skills. 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 demonstrations introducing program R, Tidyverse, and the use of code repositories (e.g., GitLab) so students can become familiarized with basic R commands and functions. We then demonstrate using R for Spatial Analyses using a real-world example, 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 the probability of an occurrence back to the landscape. This demonstration will provide tools and ideas applicable to a wide range of potential projects. Software installation instructions and all data needed will be provided, with students expected to have the requisite software installed prior to the course.

Bio:  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 and currently works as a Geospatial Developer. He is the development arm of the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (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 moderates 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.


Title: GIS and Python Programming using ArcGIS Pro and ArcPy

Instructor: Luke Thelen, IQ Geo

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Abstract:  This workshop will explain fundamentals of Python as an object-oriented programming language, and how you can use Python in ArcGIS Pro to scriptgeoprocessing workflows for batch processing and map automation. The workshop will bepresented in a format combining lectures and guided exercises.

Bio:  Luke Kaim Thelen is a Customer Experience Specialist for IQ Geo. His passion is to help answer spatial questions using programming. He has also worked as a Python developer.

Luke has created a GUI to support route by route analysis using linear referencing and dynamic segmentation. Luke has also scripted ecology analysis for a USGS client. Luke has over 10 years of experience doing GIS and Remote Sensing projects. He holds an M.S. from the University of Maine in Spatial Information Science and Engineering. He earned his B.A. from the University of Denver in Geography with an emphasis in GIS and Remote Sensing.

Half Day

Title: ArcGIS Pro Fundamentals

Instructors:  David Vaillancourt & Shelby Hines, Esri

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Abstract:  This workshop will cover fundamental aspects of ArcGIS Pro, including communication with ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise and common workflows for managing data, editing, analysis, and designing maps. Bring your questions and join us for a fun and informative session- there’s always something to learn! Part of workshop time will be for participants to walk through hands-on exercises on the relevant topics, please bring a laptop and ArcGIS Pro license. 

Bios:  David Vaillancourt is a Solution Engineer at Esri in Louisville, Colorado.  David has worked for Esri for 17 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 Degree in Geography from the University of Wyoming and has worked in the geospatial field as a consultant, instructor, 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 a Solution Engineer at Esri supporting local governments in Colorado and New Mexico  in their application of GIS technology across domains. Her background is in GIS and emergency management and has a M.S. in GIS from the University of Denver.


Title: ArcGIS Pro Advanced Topics

Instructors:  David Vaillancourt & Shelby Hines, Esri

1:00pm – 5:00 pm

Abstract:  This workshop will cover more advanced capabilities of ArcGIS Pro, including the new Data Engineering Module (first steps for spatial analysis and mapping workflows), the Crime Analysis Toolbar (powerful data management tools- not just for crimes!), Suitability modeler (interactive, exploratory environment), and the Arcade expression language (work with data in real-time to style and label data and perform field calculations). Come join us for back-to-back sessions or just one. Part of the workshop time will be for participants to walk through hands-on exercises on the relevant topics, please bring a laptop and ArcGIS Pro license. 

Bio:  David Vaillancourt is a Solution Engineer at Esri in Louisville, Colorado.  David has worked for Esri for 17 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 Degree in Geography from the University of Wyoming and has worked in the geospatial field as a consultant, instructor, 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 a Solution Engineer at Esri supporting local governments in Colorado and New Mexico  in their application of GIS technology across domains. Her background is in GIS and emergency management and has a M.S. in GIS from the University of Denver.


Title:  Data Collection: Best Practices for Meaningful Results

Instructors:  Jacob Wittenberg and David Siddle, Frontier Precision

8:00 am -12:00 pm

Abstract:  Quality data is foundational to the success of valuable web maps and meaningful results.  In this session, you will learn about the best practices for field data collection with Esri’s ArcGIS Online field mobility applications and how to easily share your data and results with meaning and purpose using Web Maps, Web Apps, and Dashboards. 

Bio:  Jacob Wittenberg is a Geospatial Technical Services Advisor and has been with Frontier Precision for 15 years working directly with clients to provide location information technology solutions for both the office and with bringing GIS to the field. 

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 (father was a Civil Engineer), joined the GIS world in 1995 and is a supporter of all things GIS, utilities, and asset mapping!

Two Hour

Title: Collecting, mapping, analyzing, and communicating your field studies.  

Instructor:  Joseph Kerski, Esri

8:00 am – 10:00am

Abstract:  Join Joseph Kerski for a lively interactive session where we will explore how to create a field survey, map the results, analyze the results, and communicate the results.  We will use Survey123, ArcGIS Online, plus tools to symbolize, classify, and analyze, and dashboards and story maps to monitor and communicate the results.

Bio:  Joseph Kerski is a geographer with a focus on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in education. He has served as the President of the National Council for Geographic Education and has given 2 TED Talks on “The Whys of Where”.  He holds 3 degrees in geography and has served as geographer in 4 sectors of society, including government (NOAA, US Census Bureau, USGS), academia (Penn State, Sinte Gleska University, University of Denver, others), private industry (as Education Manager for Esri), and nonprofit organizations (with roles in geography and education associations). Joseph authored over 75 chapters and articles on GIS, education, and related topics, and visits 35 universities annually. He conducts professional development for educators. He has created 5,000 videos, 750 lessons, 1,000 blog essays, and authored 8 books, including Interpreting Our World, Essentials of Environment, Spatial Mathematics, Tribal GIS, International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning, and the GIS Guide to Public Domain Data.  But as a lifelong learner, he feels as though he’s just getting started and thus actively seeks mentors, partners, and collaborators.


Title: Hard Conversations for People Managers

Instructor:  Tina Harkness, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-CP, Employers Council, Inc.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Abstract:  No one likes to have hard conversations at work.  Yet sometimes they are necessary.  In this session, we will discuss how conflict is not always a bad thing, and when conflict even be constructive.  This session will give you a 4-step approach for hard conversations at work and provide some dos and don’ts.

Bio:  Tina is an employment law attorney and General Counsel for Employers Council, Inc.  Tina is a frequent speaker and facilitator of training on topics including legal issues in managing employees, harassment prevention, civil rights, managing employee medical issues, diversity, and other subjects.


Title:  Adventures in LiDAR Using ArcGIS

Instructor:  Debbie Barnes

10:00 am -12:00 pm

Abstract:  Take a tour in ArcGIS using LiDAR data and see the many products and tools that can be made with LiDAR data. Workshop attendees will be provided with a sample dataset and full tutorial on the processes and tools that will be demonstrated.

Bio:  Debbie Barnes is a Senior GIS Analyst for Sanborn Map Company and has been with the company for the past 12 years.  She has worked with LiDAR data, hydrology, and planimetric projects for various clients.  Before joining Sanborn, Debbie worked as a photogrammetrist and GIS Technician and Analyst for Merrick and Company. Debbie also served as an Imagery Intelligence Analyst for the US Air Force.


Title: Successful strategies for searching for and evaluating geospatial data.

Instructor:  Joseph Kerski, Esri

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Abstract:  Where can I find geospatial data? How do I know if that data is any good? How can I teach about societal issues intertwined with data?  In this truly “big data” GIS world in which we live, work, and teach, these topics are more important than ever.  Who created the data that I have ready access to?  Can I trust it?  What data can and should I share?

This workshop addresses each of these data-focused themes, offering fresh and practical ways to find, assess, and think about data and societal issues.  The issues include copyright and permissions, data quality, map accuracy, location privacy, ethics, and more.  Finding and using data can and should evolve as GIS has evolved, this workshop will be full of interactive examples and vibrant discussions!

Bio:  Joseph Kerski is a geographer with a focus on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in education. He has served as the President of the National Council for Geographic Education and has given 2 TED Talks on “The Whys of Where”.  He holds 3 degrees in geography and has served as geographer in 4 sectors of society, including government (NOAA, US Census Bureau, USGS), academia (Penn State, Sinte Gleska University, University of Denver, others), private industry (as Education Manager for Esri), and nonprofit organizations (with roles in geography and education associations). Joseph authored over 75 chapters and articles on GIS, education, and related topics, and visits 35 universities annually. He conducts professional development for educators. He has created 5,000 videos, 750 lessons, 1,000 blog essays, and authored 8 books, including Interpreting Our World, Essentials of Environment, Spatial Mathematics, Tribal GIS, International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning, and the GIS Guide to Public Domain Data.  But as a lifelong learner, he feels as though he’s just getting started and thus actively seeks mentors, partners, and collaborators.