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Affordable training offered Monday & Tuesday for NW GIS Conference goers only!

Introduction to Spatial Analyst for ArcGIS

This course introduces you to the Spatial Analyst extension for ArcGIS. Spatial Analyst consists of a set of spatial modeling and analysis tools that you can use to derive new information from your existing data, analyze spatial relationships, and build spatial models. Students will learn about Raster GIS, working with raster/grid layers, and the Spatial Analyst interface and menu options. You will work through several projects, including a site suitability analysis to find the best location for a solar greenhouse; determining wildland fire hazard zones; locating elephant habitat conservation areas, and an analysis of water tables and the impact of irrigation using hydrology tools.
  • Understanding raster GIS
  • Interpolating surfaces from different types of data
  • Using DEM elevation files
  • Using Map Algebra for spatial analysis
  • Using the Raster Calculator
  • Analysis properties & commands
  • Distance, Viewshed & Proximity Grids
  • Using GRID commands
  • Hydrology in ArcGIS
  • Using the ModelBuilder

 For more information contact John Schaeffer.  Course is two days, $595.

Introduction to ArcGIS Server


This course introduces ArcGIS Server and teaches a workflow for creating and sharing GIS content. You learn how to publish maps, globes, and geoprocessing models that are optimized for performance and how to create out-of-the-box Web applications using ArcGIS Server Manager. The course covers using GIS services in both Web applications and ArcGIS Explorer. Installation and some configuration techniques for ArcGIS Server are covered, but administration is not the focus of this course.
This course is designed for GIS analysts and other experienced ArcGIS Desktop users who want to share their GIS content in a Web mapping application. This course teaches foundational ArcGIS Server knowledge and skills and prepares you to take the following courses:
Those completing this course will be able to
  • Describe the types of ArcGIS Server services available and the options related to each.
  • Author and publish map services and geoprocessing tasks that are optimized for performance.
  • Publish a geodata service for data replication and extraction.
  • Access services using a variety of clients (ArcMap, ArcGIS Explorer, and Web applications).
  • Build Web mapping applications that use GIS services.
Topics Covered
  • ArcGIS Server overview
  • Publishing GIS services
  • Map and image services
  • Caching map services
  • Globe and 3D services
  • Geoprocessing services
  • Geodata services
  • Editing in Web mapping applications
  • Customizing ArcGIS Server applications
  • Administration and optimization
For more information see the ESRI Course Description or contact  Course is two days, $825 (This class will only be offered if there are 9 students enrolled)


ArcGIS Desktop III - GIS Workflows & Analysis


Understanding how and when to apply ArcGIS tools and functions is the key to creating an efficient GIS workflow. Building on the skills and knowledge taught in ArcGIS Desktop II: Tools and Functionality, this course shows how to apply ArcGIS tools in a workflow context with a focus on working with data stored in a geodatabase and performing geoprocessing and analysis. In the course exercises, you organize and edit data stored in a geodatabase, prepare data for analysis, create and edit geoprocessing models using ModelBuilder, and work through a challenging analysis project.

This course is designed for experienced ArcGIS users who want to learn more about the ArcGIS tools for creating and editing data and GIS analysis. Those completing this course will be able to
  • Add data from different sources to a geodatabase.
  • Work with subtypes to edit data.
  • Edit and validate feature geometry and attributes using geodatabase topology.
  • Run analysis tools using dialog boxes and models.
  • Build a complex model using ModelBuilder.
Topics covered
  • Getting data into the geodatabase: Advantages of migrating data to the geodatabase; Geodatabase behavior:
  • What is behavior?; Advantages of using behaviors; Default values; Subtypes; Domains; Geodatabase topology.
  • Editing GIS data: Creating new data (digitizing, copying and pasting features, Editor menu commands);
  • Aligning spatial data:
  • Managing geoprocessing tools and settings:
  • Analyzing GIS data: Review of common analysis tools
  • Using ModelBuilder for analysis: Working with ModelBuilder;
  • GIS analysis projects:

For more information contact Ken Juengling, Geospatial Training and Consulting, Inc.  Course is two days, $595.


Powering Your Geodatabase and ModelBuilder for Management/Analysis

This course has recently been updated and enhanced with topics on Subtypes and Domains. Are you still fuzzy on GeoDatabase and topology? This class gets you into the center mass of GeoDatabases in version 9.3 using an uncluttered and systematic approach -- a powerful building of simple and powerful GeoDatabases under a File GeoDatabase (excluding enterprise GeoDatabases). This course starts with a thorough review of objects within a GeoDatabase and the different types of GeoDatabases, and then moves deeper. Many users need a strong basis in using the GeoDatabase for daily activities that don't require elaborate designs. Students learn how work with every day topology applications through creation of rules, investigation of specific changes in the data due to validation, work with editing tasks for management issues such as coincidence, and learn how to manage some confusing topology errors.

This class uses natural resources and urban data so concepts can be easily transferred to other types of applications. Using ModelBuilder in conjunction with the tools found in ArcToolbox powerfully enhances your GeoDatabase building/maintenance procedures as well as simple analysis. The focus of this ModelBuilder portion of the class is to learn the tools: creating, editing, and documenting models. Students will leave this class with the confidence for building basic and sound GeoDatabases as well as confidence in constructing their own models from scratch

For more information contact Bruce Kessler, Kessler GIS.  Course is two days, $595.

Two Day ArcPad Bootcamp

This two-day hands-on ArcPad 8 Bootcamp™ is a must for new ArcPad users or users migrating to ArcPad 8. It is also great for GIS administrators who manage and support field crews using ArcPad.

Immediately become productive with ArcPad 8’s core functions with hands-on field and office exercises. Dig into the new ArcGIS Desktop data management tools and enhance your field experience with cartographic quality Tele Atlas StreetMap data and tools. Learn how to use ArcPad Studio to create custom toolbars, data entry forms, and task lists, tailored to your specific projects and workflows – all with no programming required.
This workshop teaches you critical ArcPad field GIS data collection and mapping skills regardless of which PDA/GPS system you currently use or plan to use.  You will learn the following and more:
  • ArcPad 8 fundamentals including core concepts, tools, and functions of ArcPad.
  • Configure your base tools and toolbars and arrange them for maximum productivity.
  • Start your project quickly, including tapping into readily available background data.
  • Configure ArcPad to work with YOUR GPS device.
  • Collect GPS data in our hands-on data capture field sessions.
  • Link photos to your GIS features in the field.
  • Learn the basics of data check out and check in workflows using the ArcPad8 Data  Manager extension.
  • Step into customization.  Create project specific tools and toolbars, data entry and query forms, and task lists using ArcPad Studio 8.

For more information contact Craig Greenwald, GeoMobile Innovations.  Course is two days, $595