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URISA Certified Workshop [clear filter]
Monday, October 19

8:30am PDT

U-1: Emergency Preparedness for GIS - AICP/CM Approved 3.5

Emergency Preparedness for GIS  (1/2 day morning workshop)  
Monday, October 19, 2015, 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon
Instructors: Sandi Stroud & Theresa Martin, GISP

Description: As GIS goes from being a silo technology in an organization to an integrated enterprise solution, there is a pressing need for cross training on the non-technical disciplines GIS staff is being asked to support.  Specifically, public safety (emergency management, police and fire services) and the ridged work flows which accompany their daily duties, often prove foreign to those unfamiliar with these specific disciplines.  In order to accommodate their needs in a time-sensitive situation, out experience is that by taking the 'GIS' out of the analyst-emergency responder relationship is the best approach.  The key is to arm the GIS professional with enough knowledge so they can effectively discern the needs of the incident commander and quickly produce the spatial document(s) which best support decision making in an emergency. 

This workshop is divided into two parts:

  • First, an overview of the incident command structure and the national incident management system.  We will briefly discuss common situations specific to each discipline and show case studies/examples of how GIS is used to support each.  We will also discuss relevant data sets to public safety and suggestions for the integration of GIS into their organizations disaster preparedness planning. 
  • The second part of the workshop will include an interactive emergency technology table exercise with participants from the audience and provide take away knowledge that can be implemented in their own organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the differences between emergency management and the first responder disciplines.
  • Communicate a basic understanding of the federal level response structure.
  • Examine the role of GIS in the public safety disciplines including examples of real-world solutions.

Workshop Instructor
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Theresa (Tari) Martin, GISP

GIS Ananlyst, Dept. of IT, City of Laurel, Maryland
Theresa Martin has over 10 years experience in emergency management and is currently the GIS Analyst for the City of Laurel in Prince George's County Maryland. She is a technical subject matter Expert for the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation and member of the Mid... Read More →
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Sandi Stroud

Associate Vice President, Public Safety GIS, DATAMARK/Michael Baker International

Monday October 19, 2015 8:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Terrace East

8:30am PDT

U-4: Introduction to Public Participation GIS - AICP/CM Approved 8.5

Introduction to Public Participation GIS     
Monday, October 19, 2015, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Instructors: Judy Colby-George, GISP & Laxmi Ramasubramian, PhD, AICP

Description: As GIS becomes more widely available, many organizations and community groups are taking GIS out of the back room and are using it in public settings.  Using GIS technology to engage various “publics” in decision making requires more than traditional technical GIS skills. 

This course focuses on the process of entering into this type of engagement.  It will also review how GIS techniques and software can be adapted for use in community settings.  Using real world examples, the course will explore both government and community-led projects that encourage citizen participation and engagement.  Although this workshop will be focused on PPGIS within North America our case studies will illustrate the wide variability in the presence of governmental, societal, and technological infrastructure in different communities.

Specific topics include:

  • PPGIS for Civic Engagement
  • Principles and Methods of Community Organizing and Engagement
  • Innovative Use of Technologies
  • Visual Communication

Learning Objectives: Participants should come away from the class with a broad understanding of the key concepts and project design objectives related to PPGIS.  Participants will come away with knowledge of how to incorporate various aspects of geospatial technology into participatory projects.

Intended Audience: Individuals who have GIS experience and want to expand their skills to reach out and engage the public. Participants should be well versed in GIS general practices and analysis.

Requirements: Individuals will not need any specific equipment; but since this is a class about participation, participants should be prepared to participate.

Cost: Free with conference registration; $195 for workshop only

Workshop Instructor

Laxmi Ramasubramian, PhD, AICP

Associate Professor, Hunter College of The City University of New York
Laxmi Ramasubramanian is an activist-scholar with a deep commitment to participatory planning using GIS and visualization tools.  She works at Hunter College in New York.  She has extensive experience designing, implementing, and evaluating participatory GIS projects in the... Read More →
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Judy Colby-George, GISP

Principal, Spatial Alternatives
Judy is the owner of New England GeoDesign, which is made up of Spatial Alternatives, GIS Consulting and tjd&a, Landscape Architects and Planners.  She has worked with municipal governments, regional planning agencies, and state governments in New England for over 25 years.  Judy... Read More →

Monday October 19, 2015 8:30am - 5:00pm PDT
Terrace West

8:30am PDT

U-6: Cartography and Map Design - AICP/CM Approved 8.5

Cartography and Map Design
Monday, October 19, 20158:30 AM-5:00 PM
Instructors: Greg Babinski, GISP & Patrick Jankanish

Description:  An effective map portrays a place, delivers a message, or reveals a pattern with representational accuracy and visual clarity. How to make that happen is the subject of this workshop, which gives GIS practitioners the practical information and techniques needed to create effective, successful maps in any display medium.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the core principles involved in the academic discipline of cartography, and in the practical communication of spatial information via maps.
  • To become familiar with the types of information that maps can contain and how each of those types of information can be symbolized effectively.
  • To acquire a logical  and thorough process for developing a map from concept through design and construction to delivery to its intended audience.
  • To gain additional insights into map design principles via map critique.
  • To experience the map development process first-hand by putting principles into action in a culminating workshop exercise.

Intended Audience: This workshop is designed for individuals who are new to GIS and mapmaking, and for experienced GIS analysts who have not had specific training in cartography but need to create maps to support GIS data analysis and display. It will also be useful for GIS managers who wish to understand how to supervise cartographic projects effectively.

Requirements: None

Cost: Free with conference registration; $195 for workshop only

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Greg Babinski, GISP

GIS Marketing & Business Development Manager, King County GIS Center
Greg Babinski is Marketing and Business Development Manager for the King County GIS Center in Seattle, where he has worked since 1998. Previously he worked for nine years as GIS Mapping Supervisor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland. He holds an MA in geography... Read More →

Workshop Instructor
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Patrick Jankanish

Senior GIS Cartographer, King County GIS Center
Patrick Jankanish has been creating publication-quality map and graphic products for print and online media for more than thirty years in academic, commercial consulting, freelance, and government settings. Patrick takes a holistic approach to cartography that combines bedrock cartographic... Read More →

Monday October 19, 2015 8:30am - 5:00pm PDT
Room 11

8:30am PDT

U-3: GIS Strategic Planning

GIS Strategic Planning 
Monday, October 19, 2015, 8:30 AM -5:00 PM
Instructors: Rebecca Somers, GISP and Allen Ibaugh, GISP

Description: Strategic planning is a vital tool for all geospatial programs, at any stage of development. An effective strategic plan is crucial to ensuring that a GIS program gets started right.  As a GIS program matures, strategic planning methods are important tools for program management, program review, responding to change, and solving problems.  An effective strategic plan will help you win program approval and funding, ensure that program goals and return on investment are achieved, and keep a program on track in a changing environment. 

This course teaches strategic planning methods and tools in the context of developing and managing a GIS program.  Participants will learn how to successfully select and apply appropriate methods for a variety of situations.

Specific topics include:

  • Strategic planning models, methods, and tools
  • Selecting and applying the best approach for any GIS situation
  • Developing an initial GIS strategic plan
  • Integrating GIS, IT, and organizational strategic plans
  • Developing an effective action plan and ensuring follow-through
  • Updating a GIS strategic plan
  • Conducting a GIS program review and effecting improvement

Learning Objectives:

Intended Audience: 
GIS managers and staff, GIS users and program participants, and managers, executives, and other professionals who are involved with GIS programs.


Cost: Free with conference registration; $195 for workshop only

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Rebecca Somers, GISP

GIS Management Consultant, Somers-St.Claire GIS Management Consultants
Rebecca is a GIS Management Consultant specializing in GIS management, program review, and strategy development.  A GIS leader for more than 25 years, she has helped dozens of organizations successfully develop their GIS programs-both as an in-house GIS manager and as a consultant... Read More →
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Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

President, Data Transfer Solutions
Will submit at later date

Monday October 19, 2015 8:30am - 5:00pm PDT
Room 1

8:30am PDT

U-5: Business Intelligence and Data Integration for the GIS Professional

Business Intelligence and Data Integration for the GIS Professional    
Monday, October 19, 2015, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Instructors: Carl Anderson, GISP and Clare Brown, GISP

Description: This workshop covers the general topics of Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Integration (DI) and ways to add a spatial component to BI and DI systems. It will give GIS professionals the knowledge to identify and leverage opportunities to enhance decision support through interaction with existing Business Intelligence frameworks or by implementing a new Business Intelligence framework.

Business Intelligence is the ability of organizations to collect, maintain, and organize data.  BI technologies provide historical, current and predictive views of business operations.  The goal of business intelligence deployments if to support better business decision-making, something that all organizations, especially ones with an enterprise GIS, or ones working towards a full enterprise implementation, can benefit from.  

Data integration involves combining data residing in different sources and providing users with a unified view of these datas.  GIS is a core user of data from multiple sources.  Learn key ways to integrate data from multiple sources in order to enhance your GIS functionality and leverage the power of external (to GIS) data sources.

Learning Objectives:

Intended Audience:


Cost: Free with conference registration; $195 for workshop only

Workshop Instructor
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Clare Brown, GISP

IT Manager/Website Administrator
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Carl Anderson, GISP

Senior Systems Architect, New Light Technologies Inc
Carl Anderson, GISP supports Federal, State, Local and Private partners with geospatial needs. he is a former URISA President and has 30+ years of geospatial experience.

Monday October 19, 2015 8:30am - 5:00pm PDT
Room 4

8:30am PDT

U-7: Deploying Mobile Solutions

Deploying Mobile Solutions
Monday, October 19, 20158:30 AM-5:00 PM
Instructors: Tripp Corbin, GISP & Keri Brennan, GISP

Description: One way to meet demands for providing superior service levels and operational efficiencies under tightening budget constraints is to leverage new technology that places GIS data in the hands of field crews. This allows for improved management and better maintenance of work processes to properly appraise infrastructure assets and to meet service request response times. This workshop is designed to provide local government managers with practical guidelines for building an effective mobile GIS program across multiple departments.

Specific topics include:

  • Practical guidelines for building a mobile GIS
  • Business drivers for moving GIS technology and data into the field
  • Alternative strategies for implementing GIS-based field solutions
  • Overcoming obstacles to automating field processes
  • Steps in the mobility implementation process

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will come away from this workshop with a working knowledge of the benefits and resources needed to deploy different mobile solutions within their organization
  • Gain better understanding of supporting technologies including mobile platforms, communications and GPS
  • Be introduced to different methods for deploying mobile solutions
  • Be introduced to different supporting architectures for supporting mobile deployments  
  • Understand the guidelines needed to build a mobile GIS
  • Understand the obstacles of implementing a mobile solution and practical ways to overcome these.

Intended Audience: Supervisors and managers responsible for public works operations. GIS and IT department managers interested in mobilizing user applications and Mobile GIS project managers.


Cost: Free with conference registration; $195 for workshop only

Workshop Instructor
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Keri Brennan, GISP ENP

GIS Consultant and President, Benchmark Geospatial LLC
Keri Brennan, GISP, ENP is a senior-level GIS Consultant and President of Benchmark Geospatial.  Keri has over 27 years of GIS experience as a consultant, trainer, and product manager with a focus on providing solutions to local, state, and federal governments, especially in the... Read More →
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Tripp Corbin, GISP

GIS Implementation Manager, Davey Resource Group, Inc.
Tripp Corbin is the GIS Implementation Manager and Lead Instructor for the Davey Resource Group. He is an award-winning Certified Trainer with over twenty-five years of experience orchestrating and managing geospatial projects. He is recognized as an industry expert with a variety... Read More →

Monday October 19, 2015 8:30am - 5:00pm PDT
Room 10

1:00pm PDT

U-2: Next-Gen 911- AICP/CM Approved 3.5

NG9-1-1 and the GIS Workflow  (1/2 day afternoon workshop)  
Monday, October 19, 2015,1:00 - 5:00PM
Instructors: Sandi Stroud

Description: This 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 911 system, GIS is the core component in determining how a 911 call is routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP). This will have profound impacts on local 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 911 terminology or needs.  This workshop is intended to provide an overview of next generation 911, GIS’ role in such a system, the implications on local workflows, and illustrate common pain points and sources of errors in local GIS datasets.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Become familiar with basic next generation 911 terminology and concepts
  2. Recognize GIS’ role in a fully operational next generation 911 system
  3. Understand the implications on local GIS workflows to meet the demands of a next generation 911 system
  4. Begin to understand immediate steps that can be taken in preparing GIS assets for Next Generation 911

Intended Audience: GIS Managers, Emergency Management and Public Safety professionals.

Requirements: None

Cost: Free with conference registration; $95 for workshop only

Workshop Instructor
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Sandi Stroud

Associate Vice President, Public Safety GIS, DATAMARK/Michael Baker International

Monday October 19, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Terrace East