Workshop Descriptions

Manual and Autonomous Drone Operation

Schedule: May 2nd

Location: East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University

This hands-on workshop is appropriate for participants who want to learn how to operate drones both manually and autonomously for data collection efforts. This workshop focuses on current FAA drone regulations, drone mission planning, manual operation of multi-rotor drones and creation and execution of autonomous missions. Much of this class is devoted to hands-on flying using DJI Phantom 4 Pro drones and related software. There is no suggested prerequisite for this workshop. No experience is necessary.

Length: 1 day
Fee: $350

Introduction to ArcGIS Online and Collector for ArcGIS

Schedule: March 7th | August 15th

Location: East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University

This workshop is appropriate for participants who wish to utilize ArcGIS Online for mobile data collection and online mapping in their organization. Topics include geodatabase design, publishing online map services, building web maps, collecting field data, updating map data and generating web applications. Collector for ArcGIS will be featured during a hands-on data collection exercise. Knowledge of ArcGIS is a must for those wishing to register for this workshop. At a minimum, it is recommended that registrants have knowledge equivalent to that covered in our Introduction to ArcGIS workshop.

Length: 1 day
Fee: $350

Mapping with Drones

Schedule: May 3rd

Location: East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University

This focused, hands-on workshop is appropriate for participants interested in using drones as a mapping platform. Topics include converting drone imagery into products useful for mapping and analysis, data display, secondary geospatial processing and analysis. Participants will learn how to properly process both natural-color and multi-spectral digital photos using Pix4D, view resultant data products such as image mosaics and 3d surface models in mapping programs, perform volumetric analysis and generate vegetation indices. There is no required prerequisite for this workshop, however it recommended that you understand how to properly collect data prior to data processing. That material is covered in the workshop titled Manual and Autonomous Drone Operation.

Length: 1 day
Fee: $350

Introduction to ArcGIS

Schedule: May 4-5 | August 12-13

This popular two-day workshop, which has been taught to hundreds of professionals over the past several years, demonstrates the complex capabilities of the ArcGIS software. Through conceptual overview and hands-on applications, participants will learn how to perform powerful queries, generate symbology, perform geospatial analysis and build detailed maps. Discussions regarding software navigation, data formats & types and locating geospatial data are included as well. This workshop is appropriate for those with no ArcGIS experience or limited to moderate experience with ArcGIS. There is no prerequisite for this workshop.

Length: 2 days
Fee: $700

Note: No prior experience required. This course does not qualify for those seeking to become an Esri certified instructor.

ArcGIS II - Beyond the Basics

Schedule: May 6 | August 14

Are you ready to move beyond shapefiles and simple ArcGIS operations? This one-day hands-on workshop moves beyond the basics by teaching participants how to properly structure a geodatabase, properly define & project data, edit vector data and create maps that incorporate advanced techniques such as page definitions, inset maps and data-driven pages. Demonstrations include georeferencing static data and building geo-processing models using ModelBuilder. It is recommended that registrants have knowledge equivalent to that covered in our Introduction to ArcGIS workshop.

Length: 1 day
Fee: $350

Introduction to ArcGIS for MDOT

Schedule: November 8 | January 14 | April 19 | June 17 | August 1

This one-day course was designed specifically for Michigan Department of Transportation employees. Through conceptual overview and hands-on exercises, participants are introduced to spatial concepts, ArcGIS functionality, tabular data & spatial queries, symbology, map-making and more. No prior experience is required. While this class is open to the general public, preference will be given to MDOT employees.

Length: 1 day
Fee: $350

ArcGIS II for MDOT

Schedule: November 9 | January 25 | April 30 | June 18 | August 2

This one-day workshop is a follow-up to Introduction to ArcGIS for MDOT and was designed specifically for Michigan Department of Transportation employees. This workshop moves beyond the basics and focuses on geodatabase creation, vector editing, linear referencing systems, mobile asset collection and advanced layout techniques. While there is no prerequisite for this workshop, it is recommended that participants first take the Introduction to ArcGIS for MDOT course or have commensurate knowledge. While this class is open to the general public, preference will be given to MDOT employees.

Length: 1 day
Fee: $350

Note: While there is no pre-requisite for this course, it is recommended that participants first take the Introduction to ArcGIS for MDOT course or have commensurate knowledge. While this class is open to the general public, preference will be given to MDOT employees.

Custom Courses

In addition to our regularly offered courses, we offer customized training on several geospatial topics. Some of our previous courses are listed below. Please contact Robert Goodwin for more information.

Getting Your GIS Project off the Ground...

Ready to take the plunge into GIS - the world of geographic data, spatial analysis, and cool maps? Uncertain about how to get started? This workshop will introduce you to the full realm of ArcGIS project management - from the hunt for data to the final output map. Topics will include data gathering, coordinate system conversion, map document organization, and graphic layouts.

Length: 1 day

Note: Class participants should have basic ArcGIS (ArcMap) experience.

Using ArcToolbox for Vector and Raster Analysis

Using ArcToolbox and advanced editing functions, participants will learn complex data manipulation and analysis techniques. Using vector data, focus will be on overlay & proximity concepts. In addition, participants will become familiar with the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst Extension interface within ArcToolbox. They will learn the basics of raster usage, and apply these basics using local, focal, zonal, global and application functions, including, but not limited to surface analysis, density and geometric transformations.

Length: 1 day

Note: This course is suitable for those who have basic ArcGIS experience in creating and editing vector datasets and are familiar with the general concepts of raster data.

ArcGIS - Introduction to Geodatabases

Are you finding shapefiles less than satisfying?  Do you need to move to a more powerful data model?  This course is designed to introduce you to the basics and "not-so-basics" of Esri's geodatabase file format. Explore structure, topology, annotation, domains, subtypes, and relationships. Learn how to convert existing datasets to the geodatabase format and implement this enhanced data capacity into your work environment. The class will focus on File geodatabases with an overview of Enterprise (ArcSDE) geodatabases capabilities.

Length: 1 day

Note: Class participants should have basic ArcGIS (ArcMap) experience.

ArcGIS - Map Design

Learn how to produce dynamic output graphics in ArcGIS. This course will introduce you to the fundamental principles of map design including purpose/audience, proper use of color, symbology, and text, and aspects of visual balance/figure-ground relationships. Following this cartographic introduction, course participants will apply these fundamental concepts to hands-on map creation in ArcGIS. Technical training will focus on thematic map types and classification methods, layout design, and the functional skill sets of element placement, legend construction, text versatility and printing.

Length: 1 day

Note: Class participants should have basic ArcGIS (ArcMap) experience.

ArcGIS - Labeling & Map Annotation

Focus on labeling and map annotation capabilities in ArcGIS and their key differences. Learn the basic concepts of label placement, legibility and design. Manipulate standard labels using label weights & priorities, label classes, label expressions, vb scripting, and more. The class focuses on the Standard Label Engine, but will touch upon the Maplex Label Engine. In addition, learn how to create and manage map annotation, working with annotation classes, layer associations, annotation scale, unplaced annotation, and formatting tags.

Length: 1 day7

Note: Class participants should have basic ArcGIS (ArcMap) experience.

Geodatabase Annotation

An overview of standard and feature linked geodatabase annotation. This class will concentrate on managing annotation feature classes in a geodatabase. Participants will use tools in both ArcMap and ArcCatalog to convert their labels into geodatabase annotation, edit existing annotation, and create geodatabase annotation from scratch. They will gain experience working with annotation related toolbars, annotation classes and subtypes, symbol substitution, overflow annotation and reference scale.

Length: 1 day

Note: Class participants should have basic ArcGIS (ArcMap) experience.