Annual Conference Workshops

Annual Conference Workshops

2020 WLIA Annual Conference workshops will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton, WI from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Lunch will be between 12:30 – 1:30 pm.

Workshop Rates Half-Day Full Day
Members $75 $150
Non-members $90 $180

Full Day Workshops

ArcGIS Pro Parcel Fabric
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (6 hours)
Frank Conkling – Panda Consulting

At the 2019 Esri User Conference in San Diego this July, Esri released the next generation of Parcel Management Tools – the ArcGIS Pro Parcel Fabric. The ArcGIS Pro Parcel Fabric provides a faster, more flexible solution that uses a less restrictive data model than the previous ArcMap Parcel Fabric and allows the immediate use of a record driven workflow without extensive clean-up of your data. In addition, the ArcGIS Pro Parcel Fabric provides advanced quality control through attribute and topology rules while using the standard editing tools contained in ArcGIS Pro.

For more information check out the Workshop Flyer.

Local Redistricting in Wisconsin
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (6 hours)
Ryan Squires, Grace White, Zach Robinson – Legislative Technology Services Bureau; Dan Veroff – Applied Population Lab – UW Madison; Staci Duros – Legislative Reference Bureau

The workshop will focus on preparing for Local Redistricting in Wisconsin in April 2021, by performing a rehearsal of the process in 2020. The Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB), Legislative Technology Services Bureau (LTSB), and the Applied Population Laboratory (APL) at UW-Madison will provide information on the upcoming 2020 US Census, the legal process of redistricting, and the software utilized for local redistricting in the state of Wisconsin. LTSB will also discuss the logistics of the 2020 rehearsal redistricting pilot program.

For more information check out the Workshop Flyer.


Half-Day Workshops

Morning Sessions

Drones and GIS – Partners in Public Safety
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Christopher Litzkow – WI State Capitol Police

This session will cover the Wisconsin Drone Network and the resources they provide for public safety missions throughout the state. The presenter will provide information on how to add an unmanned aviation program for your business or agency, and will provide tips, tricks, and pitfalls to avoid. Drawing from the Drone Network’s experience of over 170 real-world drone deployments in Wisconsin since 2016, the presenter will show the value of a close partnership with GIS professionals.
For more information check out the Workshop Flyer.

Field Operations with ArcGIS
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Ryan Sellman – ESRI

In this hands-on seminar you will learn how ArcGIS will help your organization optimize every step of your field operations and data collection. Planning your field work by defining where field work needs to be done (ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS for Desktop). Assigning tasks and dispatching field crews (Workforce for ArcGIS). Helping personnel arriving to their destination quickly safely (Navigator for ArcGIS). Efficiently executing field data capture (Collector for ArcGIS, QuickCapture for ArcGIS and Survey123 for ArcGIS). Monitoring field operations (Tracker for ArcGIS and Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS) Analyzing and communicating field work (StoryMaps and Web AppBuilder)

For more information check out the Workshop Flyer.

Geocoding for Fun, Relaxation, and Profit
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Andy Swartz – State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services

This workshop is designed to familiarize you with the why and the how of geocoding. We’ll cover everything from the basics to some advanced tricks and tips. Our goal is for you to be confident with your ability to create the most accurate geocoded data possible, and do so efficiently while gaining a deeper understanding of your data and needs. Course content will also include: address standardization/validation functions, types of geocoding tools and services, the nuances of preparing data for successful geocoding, interpreting returned results, and ferreting out exact locations when a geocoding service has not provided such. We will also share information on the successful enterprise geocoding service created at State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services for use by multiple state agencies and partners.

For more information check out the Workshop Flyer.

LiDAR 101
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Sonja Ellefson, Tyler Stentz – GPI Geospatial, Inc.

LiDAR is becoming common place in the geospatial spatial field, this workshop will cover the basics of LiDAR. First, there will be an overview of what LiDAR is, how it works, and the different types of sensors and their capabilities. Followed by an explanation of how the data from the sensor is processed, calibrated, and validated. Next will be a discussion of how the data is classified and the types of end products, such as DEM’s and contours, that can be generated from the data. It will also include a look at the many different products that can be created from LiDAR data. Lastly, there will be an overview of the many different applications that LiDAR can be used for and a discussion on how existing LiDAR data that you have can be re-purposed. The workshop will include looking at data from both fixed wing sensors and higher resolution data from static and mobile platforms.

For more information check out the Workshop Flyer.

Implementation of an Online GIS Application from Concept to Implementation
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Jon Schwictenberg – GRAEF

This workshop will focus on the steps and process for implementation of an online GIS application from including needs assessment, conceptualization, data gathering, data processing, implementation and production. We will include all of our tips and tricks with every step in the process, giving you guidance from over 60 years of combined experience of the presenters. We will also talk about the differences of the process depending on the final product platform, including ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise (your own server and other services like Amazon Web Services) and other “Applications as a Service” ( i.e. InfiniteGIS). Examples we will use for the workshop will include the evolution of GIS at the Village of Hales Corners, Wisconsin and the implementation of GIS Applications at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center Campus.

For more information check out the Workshop Flyer.

Geospatial Metadata
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Jaime Martindale – UW-Madison Robinson Map Library; Jim Lacy – State Cartographer’s Office

Metadata is an important component of the data management life cycle for geospatial content. Organizations that create geospatial data can include metadata as a benefit to their own internal data management practices and to help users discover and understand relevant data online. This ‘metadata basics’ workshop will: (1) introduce and define geospatial metadata schemas and standards; (2) describe the internal and external benefits of metadata to organizations who create geospatial data; (3) illustrate how metadata impacts the online discovery experience for users; (4) discuss recommended data management practices including file naming, attribute field names and definitions, versioning, and controlled vocabularies; (5) provide advice and best practices for using ESRI’s ArcCatalog to author geospatial metadata; and (6) offer tips for publishing metadata in ESRI ArcGIS Hub (Open Data) sites.

For more information check out the Workshop Flyer.

ArcGIS Pro! Part Deux
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (3 hours)

Micah Williamson, Cloudpoint Geographics

It has been a year since the last ArcGIS Pro workshop. What have you done? Have you migrated? Tried to? Even logged in?!? We will recap the basics and move into some advanced exercises. Esri has rolled out some fantastic new features, we will discuss those and discuss a tighter integration with your Portal. This will include managing services of ArcGIS Enterprise or AGO from within ArcGIS Pro. The workshop is open to all levels of ArcGIS Pro users, you do NOT need to have attended the 2019 session. A combination of lecture and hands-on activities will be used. Laptop with licensed ArcGIS Pro is required.

For more information check out the Workshop Flyer!

Afternoon Sessions

Creating Dashboards with Configurable Apps
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Ryan Sellman – ESRI

Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS is a configurable web apps that provides location-aware data visualization and analytics for a real-time operational view of people, services, assets, and events. In this workshop we will introduce the key features of dashboards, walk through examples of the many different types of dashboards and finally demonstrate the configuration and deployment of an Operations Dashboard.

For more information check out the Workshop Flyer.

Mapping Technology for GIS applications – Comparing UAS, Photogrammetry, and LiDAR
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Matt Vinopal, Zach Nienow – Ayres Associates

This presentation will compare three approaches for acquiring geospatial data for site specific projects. Data collected from UAS will be compared and contrasted to other aerial platforms. We will distinguish between LiDAR and photogrammetry, and discuss the most appropriate approach to various project types. We will cover the topics of expected accuracies and best practices for generating and using elevation datasets and planimetrics.

For more information check out the Workshop Flyer.

GIS Programming with R
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Matthew Haffner – UW-Eau Claire; Aaron Fisch (Ruesch) – Wisconsin DNR

This workshop will introduce the R Project for Statistical Computing and RStudio with a focus on spatial statistics, data input/output, web mapping, and web applications (using Shiny). Rather than a deep dive into a specific library or set of tools, this workshop will provide a broad overview of R’s superb spatial data capabilities with the goal of demonstrating how it can improve your GIS workflow. Attendees need only a laptop with a web browser. They will work in RStudio alongside the instructors using provided templates and scripts. No prior experience with R or RStudio are required, though those with some experience will likely still benefit from this workshop.

For more information check out the Workshop Flyer.

Integrating Collector and Related Tables
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Andrew Bartell – City of Sheboygan

The City of Sheboygan has recently replaced spreadsheets and paper documents to track the maintenance activities related to the sanitary and storm sewer system. This will walk through the process of creating a related table in Catalog, creating a SQL query in SQL Server MGMT Studio, making a query layer, publishing the layer, table, and query layer to a service, and integrating all of the components into a web map and web app that can be utilized by field and office staff to efficiently create, view, maintain, and report on sewer infrastructure maintenance activities using Esri software.

For More information check out the Workshop Flyer.

Following Footsteps: A Monumental Effort
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (3 hours)

Dean Roth, Peter Strand – Eau Claire County

Monuments mark the corners of States, Counties, sections, blocks and other, smaller parcels of land all across our nation. Those monuments represent a fascinating glimpse into the conditions, methods, tools and people involved in placing them. When you touch a monument, you are touching the face of History, Geography and Law. We’ll discuss this and get hands-on some monuments and tools used to locate and map them. We’ll also look at the process used to create parcels from these sentinels of land.

For more information check out the Workshop Flyer.

Parcel Management in Pro: What’s Changing?
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (3 hours)
Lisa Schaefer, Cody Wolfe – Pro-West Associates, Inc.

The introduction of Parcel Fabric in ArcGIS Pro may leave you asking yourself several questions such as, what the differences are between ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap parcel fabrics, what do I need to know about the new platform, and do I have to make the transition? Come to this workshop to get those and several other questions answered! We’ll discuss the differences between the platforms, the options and requirements for each platform, demonstrate some common tasks in each platform, and discuss the migration from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro.

For more information check out the Workshop Flyer.