Annual Conference Workshops

Annual Conference Workshops

2019 WLIA Annual Conference workshops will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley in Appleton, 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) and Full Day ($150). WLIA members receive a discount!

Survey 123
Full Day Workshop – 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (6 hours)
David Buehler, City of Marshfield
Adam Dorn, City of Oshkosh
The Survey123 workshop will focus on Survey123 Connect as the interface for designing, building, and deploying functional forms. During workshop, you will design and build a form from the ground up starting simple and gradually increasing in complexity, and then deploy and use that form out in a variety of connected and disconnected environments. This workshop is designed with beginners in mind, but will cover some advanced topics service integration, lookup lists, and automation techniques.


Exploring Parcel Fabric Adjustments
Morning Workshop – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Frank Conkling, Panda Consulting
This three-hour workshop will review the two primary methods for performing adjustments to the Parcel Fabric: Least Squares Adjustment and Fabric Point Move to Feature. We will perform adjustments using each and look at the impact on the Parcels, discussing best practices for Remonumentation projects.

GIS Programming with R
Morning Workshop – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Matthew Haffner, UW-Eau Claire
This workshop will use the R Project for Statistical Computing (R) and RStudio in a programmatic approach to GISystems. Topics covered will include mapping and visualization, geoprocessing operations, spatial statistics, and web mapping. No prior experience with R is necessary.

Legal Issues in GIS
Morning Workshop – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Chris Dunn, Dunn Law
Join us for an introduction into the legal aspects of working in the geospatial profession. The course is structured around exploring the sparse case law surrounding GIS. We’ll touch on public policy issues, as well as discuss state open records acts, geospatial data acts, the individual cartographer’s liability for errors and omissions, your organization’s sovereign immunity, data copyrights, the privacy of your constituents, GIS data use licenses, plus you’ll get to ask all the questions you want. Do you know what you should know before you are called to testify in court? No? Well then, we’ll discuss how the difference between how the law applies to you as a geospatial worker, versus how it applies to your organization. If we have time, we’ll talk about the gathering geospatial data licensing legal storm that may be about to unfold.

ArcGIS Pro
Morning Workshop – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Micah Williamson, Cloudpoint Geographics
Most humans don’t like change, GIS professionals are no different. Esri is again change their flagship desktop product and migrating us to ArcGIS Pro. If you are all Pro, just beginning or in denial. Attend this session and pick up some practical advice on using this new software. What it CAN and CANNOT do, and where some of the basic functions have moved to.

High Accuracy GNSS with Collector for ArcGIS
Morning Workshop – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Jay Riester, Gale Shea, & Tom Krohn, Seiler Instruments
This workshop will focus on using ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online and Esri Collector with high-accuracy GNSS receivers. This will be a hands-on workshop. The topics to be discussed will include publishing data to ArcGIS Online, prepping the data with GPS metadata fields, custom Collector settings for use with high-accuracy GPS receivers, collecting GPS data in Esri Collector, GPS best practices and data analysis in ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro.

Mobile GIS Techniques
Morning Workshop – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Christine Koeller, GISP, UW-Stevens Point
This workshop will explore some of the many options for Mobile GIS and data collection with mobile devices for integration into your GIS. There will be an overview of both common proprietary and free, open-source options for mobile data collection. Proprietary methods and Esri’s ArcGIS for Collector, GeoForms, and Survey123 applications and the Avenza Maps mobile application. Open-source methods discussed will include GvSIG Mobile and EpiCollect. Integration into the desktop GIS QGIS will also be shown for some of the methods. Workshop attendees are highly encouraged to bring a GPS-enabled mobile device (with administrative privileges and wireless capabilities) and personal laptop.

Insights to ArcGIS
Morning Workshop – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Matt Robinson, Esri
Insights for ArcGIS offers a data analytics workbench where you can explore spatial and non-spatial data, answer questions you didn’t know to ask, and quickly deliver powerful results. In this workshop you will learn about the capabilities of Insights for ArcGIS, including the latest 3.0 release. You will see demonstrations and scenarios of use and take a self-paced lesson to experience Insights for ArcGIS. You will have the opportunity to work with your own data or provided sample data while Esri staff are available to take questions. All participants will receive complimentary access to the “Insights for ArcGIS Hands-On Workshop” ArcGIS Online Organization and Insights for ArcGIS during the workshop.


A Practical Introduction to Feminist Mapping
Afternoon Workshop – 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Meghan Kelly, University of Wisconsin–Madison
What are feminist maps and how can we make them? How can we think about content, form, and cartographic process through a feminist lens? In this workshop, I’ll review feminism and core feminist concepts before introducing feminist cartographies—their history, influences, impacts, and future trajectories. We’ll think about feminist maps in terms of content, form, and process to uncover new questions, new data, new techniques, and new workflows. I’ll argue that feminist theory can push maps and your designs in new and exciting directions. And finally, we’ll make our own feminist maps by beginning with icon design. We’ll collectively explore icon design, specifically Maki icons from Mapbox, through a feminist lens and spend the remaining time designing alternative map icons.

Parcel Editing with ArcGIS Pro (Non-Parcel Fabric)
Afternoon Workshop – 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Frank Conkling, Panda Consulting
This three-hour workshop will review the current tools available with ArcGIS Pro and examine whether one can actually create and maintain parcels using the ArcGIS Pro toolboxes. Panda Consulting shall provide a sample data set of a county that has already been converted and will review the new tools and procedures for performing consolidations (combines), splits, adjustments and inputting a subdivision (time permitting).

NG9-1-1 for the GIS Professional
Afternoon Workshop – 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Keri Brennan, DataMark Product Manager,  Michael Baker International
This URISA Certified Workshop is aimed at the GIS professional who is currently supporting or may support their emergency communications division in the future. In a fully operational next generation 9-1-1 system, GIS is the core component in determining how a 9-1-1 call is routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP). This technology shift will have profound impacts on local data maintenance workflows, local data access, and data fidelity. We recognize there is a sincere lack of education available aimed at the GIS professional who may not be as versed with the 9-1-1 terminology or needs. This workshop is intended to provide an overview of next generation 9-1-1, GIS’ role in such a system, the implications on local workflows, and to illustrate common pain points and sources of errors in local GIS datasets.

Learning Objectives:
– Become familiar with basic next generation 9-1-1 terminology and concepts
– Recognize GIS’ role in a fully operational next generation 9-1-1 system
– Understand implications on local GIS workflows to meet the demands of NG9-1-1
– Begin to understand immediate steps that can be taken in preparing GIS assets for next generation 9-1-1

Enterprise GIS Security and Best Practices
Afternoon Workshop – 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Chris Diller, Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs
Whether dealing with our personal information or the handling of job-related data, ensuring that we secure our data has become a top priority. Phishing scams, ransomware, and brute force attacks are just a few methods that are used to steal your passwords and data. This session will cover terminology such as, what is a zero-day, what is a CVE, and what is blockchain?

This workshop will provide some in class lecture with some hands-on learning, so bring your laptop. For example, we will dive into SSL encryption, how to check for holes in your SSL certificate chain and how to fix them. We will also talk about database and application security and cover some best practices in properly securing your data. If you are an ESRI ArcGIS Server or ArcGIS Enterprise user this session will be covering the webgisdr tool for ESRI Enterprise software and how to properly use that tool to ensure proper backups of your site. A course syllabus is currently under developed and will be posted soon for those interested.

Cartography: A Map Design Refresher
Afternoon Workshop – 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Ian Muehlenhaus, University of Wisconsin
Want to learn a few tips on how to design maps that communicate quickly and clearly? Perhaps a primer on everything you forgot from your undergrad map design and cartography class? Then this workshop is for you! We will cover design tips and tricks that work across all mediums using hands-on examples. Short, high-energy lectures will be followed by examples. Bring your own spatial datasets to work with or use that which is provided. Topics will include techniques for:
– Creating effective visual hierarchy
– Choosing color palettes
– Typography selection
– Choosing the right map symbols
– Designing map layout and
– How to design map elements that enhance your communication

ArcGIS Server Architectures in the Cloud (AWS)
Afternoon Workshop – 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Mark Korver – Amazon Web Services
You can use ArcGIS Enterprise Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) to launch several different architectures on Amazon Web Services (AWS). ESRI provides a tool, ArcGIS Enterprise Cloud Builder Command Line Interface for AWS that you can use to prepare and deploy ArcGIS Enterprise in the Cloud. ESRI also provides sample AWS CloudFormation templates you can use to customize and launch most supported architectures. This workshop will be an introduction to using these methods to deploy your ArcGIS Enterprise stack on AWS for a day, a month, or longer.

Acquiring Lidar for Transportation Design
Afternoon Workshop – 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Matt Vinopal, Ayres Associates
Learn how to successfully acquire and use LiDAR services and data for your transportation design projects. We will give tips and pointers on how to choose the acquisition method to fit your project needs and how to communicate those needs to your mapping consultant to make sure you get the level of detail and accuracy you need to support your project design.