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ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight™/WPF™ workshop

This free introduction to the ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight™/WPF™ workshop is intended to introduce attendees to the ESRI ArcGIS Server Microsoft Silverlight/WPF API. During the workshop attendees will learn more about the Silverlight framework, the ArcGIS Server Silverlight API, and the relationship between ArcGIS Server Silverlight API, MapIT, and Bing Maps. The workshop is open to anyone interested; regardless of experience with .NET and Silverlight technologies.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to Microsoft Silverlight Framework
    • This is a very basic introduction to introduce folks to Silverlight and RIA technologies
  • Product Topology: ArcGIS Server Silverlight API, ESRI MapIT, and Bing Maps
  • Adding ArcGIS Silverlight API Assemblies and creating a map
  • Working with ArcGIS Server Silverlight samples
  • Working with Map Layers
  • Working with Graphics
  • Querying Features

The workshop will include both presentation slides and exercises intended for attendees to follow along. There will be limited number of workstations available, so please be willing to share a workstation if necessary.

Thursday, 1:30-3:00 1.5 hrs, free
Blair Deaver is a Senior GIS Programmer/Analyst at GeoEngineers, Inc.  , Michael Mills is a Web Developer at GeoEngineers, Inc.  & ESRI Olympia

Understanding Projections for ArcGIS

This presentation will take the mystery out of projections, coordinate systems, and datums. We’ll start with an overview of projection concepts, and then specifically discuss how these concepts and issues apply to GIS and also how to apply this knowledge correctly working with data in different projections in ArcGIS and changing projections as needed. This presentation is useful for anyone working with GIS or GPS, and is especially useful for people working with different projections in ArcGIS.
John Schaeffer, Juniper GIS- 1.5 hrs. free

Setting Up ArcPad 8 to Work with a Trimble Geo

This workshop will demonstrate how to setup and use ArcPad 8 or 8.1 with any of the Trimble GeoExplorer family of products running Windows Mobile 5 or 6.  We will show how to go into the menus and make the appropriate selections to insure communication between ArcPad and GPS; how to set up data collection intervals; how to turn off extensions to help ArcPad run faster; how to customize the menus to eliminate items not needed for a project; and many other tips and tricks.
For those using ArcPad with Trimble GPScorrect Extension for ArcPad, we will show what settings are most advantageous to use to insure successful differential correction.

Come prepared to ask questions and share your experiences with ArcPad.  You may bring your Geo loaded with ArcPad to class if you want to maximize your attendance.

Jim Lahm, EDS- 1.5 hrs. free

Open Source Web Mapping Apps: Up and Running


This workshop will focus on getting an open source web mapping app up and running. We'll first discuss several of the open source Internet mapping solutions currently available, including GeoServer (, Map Server (, and Mapnik ( Next we'll discuss open source databases, including PostGIS, MySQL, and Spatial Lite (
After the initial discussion and overview, we'll work through installation and configuration of a web mapping app using GeoServer, shapefiles and/or PostGIS, and the OpenLayers ( JavaScript library. Depending on time, we may discuss and review additional topics, including leveraging third party services, using the cloud for data storage, caching, and advanced cartographic display.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own WiFi-enabled laptop computers to the workshop (PC). Programming knowledge is not required, although familiarity with installation of software and web server administration is highly encouraged.
Andres Ferrate, Cartosoft -2.5hrs, $50


Managing a GIS

Managers don’t have a lot of time to attend a week or two of training. This course is developed to provide you with a much better idea of all the needs for GIS, a plan for implementation, and many references to help you beef up your GIS Management knowledge. This seminar presents required information for managing a GIS that is outside the technical operation of the GIS (such as how to change mapping symbols or convert different types of data). GIS is a “system” made up of components not typically covered in a typical GIS course: People – thinking of them as a resource and working to reduce turnover; Hardware/Software – the real costs and the real work; Data – not as easy as many people think; Procedures – often mistakenly left to be developed while feet are to the fire; Product – developing a firm concept of what GIS can realistically do. This class also encourages discussion between students, as there is a far greater knowledge as a group.
Bruce Kessler, Kessler GIS - 3.5 hrs. $95