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We are pleased to offer pre-conference workshops related to important topics in the GIS industry on Monday, February 20, 2017. There are a limited number of openings for each workshop, so please sign up for a workshop during the registration process. If you have already registered for the conference, you can modify your existing registration to add a workshop.

Morning Workshops (8am-12noon)




Drone (UAS) Workshop - Exploring the Potential -Kent Shannon, Natural Resource Engineer, University of Missouri Extension (Redbud)


Goal:  To provide an overview of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology and regulations to GIS professionals.
Workshop Content: This workshop is designed for participants with little to no experience in UAS technology, who are interested exploring practical applications of UAS. Following a lecture on drone technology, protocols and regulations, there will be a demo flight of a popular UAS platform.  This will be followed by a classroom hands-on exercise introducing flight planning and processing UAS imagery. A discussion of the potential applications of UAS and the future will conclude the workshop. 



Migrating CADD to GIS - John Gillmore - Horner & Shifrin, Inc (Room 64)

Description: Summary:  Tired of getting CADD drawings with no coordinate systems, misaligned entities, and different formats? This session will detail issues of converting those pesky CADD drawings into GIS features.



Introduction to Python for GIS (basic) - Brett Lord-Castillo, Data Engineer, OCI/Monsanto (Room 62)

Description: This course will take your through the basics of creating your python development environment and how to think "pythonicly". We will discuss installing and using python on Mac OS, Windows, and Linux; choosing an Integrated Development Environment; installing the arcpy and gdal-based libraries; and using virtual environments and pip to maintain your python projects. From there, we will explore some fundamental python and programming concepts including flow control, data structures, scope, and exception handling.

Afternoon Workshops 1pm-5pm



Integrating Census Data into ArcGIS - Matt Hesser, State Demographer at State of Missouri (Room 63)

Description: Learn what data are available from the U.S. Census Bureau, how they differ, methods for access, and their utilization in spatial analysis. This short course will cover the American Fact Finder data-retrieval application as well as the new Census Enterprise Dissemination Services and Consumer Innovation (CEDSCI) data-retrieval application, along with accessing information via the Missouri Census Data Center. The focus will be on accessing census data via the internet and importing the information into ArcGIS products.



Collector for ArcGIS - Jason Warzinik, GIS Manager at Boone County (Room 64)

Description: Curious about how to configure a mobile Collector app? This course will walk you through the necessary steps, from beginning to end.  In 4 hours, you’ll learn how to take a paper data entry form and turn it into a user friendly mobile data collection app using ArcGIS Online, a File Geodatabase, and a smartphone or tablet. We’ll spend time discussing, developing, and testing our end product: a Collector for ArcGIS application and showing the field results by creating an operations dashboard. Familiarity with geodatabase design and global positioning systems will be beneficial. Custom configuration techniques such as Collector database best practices, ArcGIS Online tips and tricks, and service, app, and custom basemap and search optimization techniques will also be discussed. 
Please bring a mobile phone or tablet if possible (cellular connectivity is not required) that meets the following requirements: Android, iOS, or Windows with Collector for GIS  



LiDAR Derived Products and How to Create Them - Erica Stock - Wilson & Company (Room Redbud)

Description: LIDAR is used for a multitude of reasons from wide area floodplain analysis, transmission line data, DOT work, Forestry, post disaster analysis, archeology and so much more. In this workshop you will learn some basics of LiDAR itself and then what can be done with the data once you have it. We will go over how to make sure the LiDAR you have is sufficient for your accuracy needs and a few quick QA/QC steps to check the quality. We will then go into a few different kinds of software (ARC, Global Mapper, LP360) and how to create products such as contours, DTM’s, volume calculations and other useful LiDAR derivatives.



Geoprocessing with Python (intermediate) - Brett Lord-Castillo, Data Engineer, OCI/Monsanto (Room 62)

Description: This course assumes a basic understanding of python, arcpy, and gdal. 
We will explore concepts in geoprocessing with python and several approaches for executing basic geoprocessing operations with python. 
Topics will include the Python Protocol for Geospatial Data (__geo_interface__), python field calculations in ArcGIS, arcpy cursors, http service communication with requests, calling ArcGIS tools from python, vector processing with fiona and shapely, and raster processing with gdal and rasterio. 



Geospatial Law- Christopher W. Dunn, Attorney and Counselor at Law (74/75)

Description: The law surrounding geospatial issues is complex and always evolving. This fast-paced 4 hour blitz through the current state of geospatial law is presented by a lawyer who actually uses ArcGIS 10.x in his business and law practice. With a focus on those issues of interest public sector members, the course will cover these topics, and more:  
1.    State open records acts & geospatial data acts 
2.       Your liability & sovereign immunity 
3.       Government-held geospatial data & copyrights  
4.       Crafting an ‘artful’ geospatial data use license 
5.       Calculating ‘defensible’ charges for your geospatial records  

Course objectives are to help…  
1.       educate public sector geospatial techs on the law; 
2.       geospatial techs become familiar with applicable legal principles; 
3.       GIS departments avoid future expensive legal problems; and 
4.       you better serve your citizens.