Annual Conference Workshops

Annual Conference Workshops

WLIA 2017 Annual Conference workshops will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Chula Vista Resort Wisconsin Dells, WI from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Lunch will be between 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Workshop rates: Half Day ($75 to $90), Full Day ($150 to $180). WLIA members receive a discount!

A Step-by-Step Guide to Persuasive (yet Ethical) Map Design (3 hours)
Ian Muehlenhaus, UW-Madison, Online Professional Master’s in GIS and Web Map Programming
Have you ever spent days designing a map only to be disappointed that the point, or argument you’re trying to make, does not resonate with map users? You will learn how to design four different styles of persuasive maps. After learning how to create persuasive maps, you’ll be taught when to use each style, and how to incorporate the styles into your everyday mapping projects. Participants will need to bring their own laptop with your favorite GIS software installed.

Parcel Fabric 101 – An Introduction to the Parcel Fabric (3 hours)
Frank Conkling, Panda Consulting
This half day workshop will let attendees learn about the fundamentals of the data model and experience the editing procedures behind ESRI’s ArcGIS Parcel Editing Solution prior to actually making the commitment to convert their data. Panda Consulting will provide a sample data set of a county that has already been converted and will review the new tools and procedures for performing consolidations, splits, adjustments and inputting a subdivision. Participants will need to bring their own laptop with ArcGIS 10.2 or higher with ArcGIS for Desktop standard or advanced license installed.

Parcel Fabric 601 – Advanced Parcel Fabric (3 hours)
Frank Conkling, Panda Consulting
This half day workshop will explore the more advanced topics associated with implementing and using the ESRI ArcGIS Parcel Editing Solution. Topics include: quality control in the Parcel Fabric, Cartographic Point Management, Control Points, identifying and fixing topology errors, advanced construction techniques, associated layers, ETL Procedures, updating control points and its impact and an exploration of adjustment techniques. Participants will need to bring their own laptop with ArcGIS 10.2 or higher with ArcGIS for Desktop standard or advanced license installed.

Migrating Menominee County to the Parcel Fabric (3 hours)
Jon Hodel, Cloudpoint Geographics
This workshop would go through the details involved with converting Menominee County from a legacy CAD environment into the parcel fabric. The training will include the initial preparation, data cleanup, and fabric workflows including control points and adjustments. Participants will need to bring their own laptop with ArcGIS for Desktop 10.3 standard or advanced license installed.

Basic Python for ArcMap (3 hours)
Alison Mynsberge, City of Wisconsin Rapids
Larry Cutforth, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Python is an open-source scripting language that has been integrated into ArcGIS. This course will provide an introduction to basic Python syntax for field calculations and complex label expressions using conditions and basic Python methods. The goal of the course is to provide familiarity so users can begin incorporating Python into all of their GIS activities. Participants will need to bring their own laptop with ArcGIS for Desktop 10.X standard or advanced license installed.

Creating Simple GIS Applications with Python (3 hours)
Sam Giebner and Jesse Adams, North Point Geographic Solutions
Using a stand-alone graphic user interface (GUI) allows for the development of powerful apps that can utilize a wide variety of GIS software and can be easily shared cross-platform. This workshop will teach you the basics of creating stand-alone GUI’s for your Python scripts using the Tkinter native Python package. In this workshop, you will learn the necessary Python concepts for creating Tkinter GUI’s, including classes and modules, as well as how to utilize the many widgets available in the Tkinter package. We will also create several simple GIS tools with the Tkinter GUI and discuss tool sharing best practices. You will leave with the skills and knowledge necessary for creating your own stand-alone Python app! Attendees will need Python V. 2.7 or higher installed on their computer.

What a Pairing – ArcGIS Collector and High Accuracy GPS Receivers (3 hours)
David Buehler, City of Marshfield
Gale Shea and Jay Riester, Seiler Instruments
Come get some hands on experience with high accuracy GPS receivers that pair with any mobile device. The City of Marshfield and Seiler Instruments are happy to present this hands-on workshop that is geared towards municipal users (anyone is welcome of course). The course will cover a wide variety of practical topics, as they relate to the use of ArcGIS Collector paired with a high accuracy GPS receiver. Participants will need to bring your own mobile device, high accuracy receiver, ArcGIS Online account, and/or laptop with ArcMap installed.

Running Your Own Cloud Server to Share Documents, Files, and Applications with Open Source Tools and a Minimal Budget (3 hours)
Brian Hall, UW- Stevens Point
This workshop will begin by comparing a few options available to you, including shared hosting, dedicated hosting, and cloud server hosting services, and discuss advantages and disadvantages of each method. We will then walk through, step-by-step, exactly what it takes to setup your own live web server in the cloud with OpenShift. By the end of the workshop it’s expected that you’ll be able to have your own live, publicly accessible test web page on the internet, hosted by your own cloud server – or at least be able to be informed enough to decide if this is a project you’d be willing to take on in the future. Participants will need to bring their own laptop and have full administrative access.