Workshop 1: Deploying Mobile Solutions: What to Consider

Who Is This For?
Supervisors and managers responsible for public works operations. GIS and IT department managers interested in mobilizing user applications and Mobile GIS project managers.

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

Workshop 2: Building an Address Repository Using the FGDC Standard: Implementing Quality and Data Sharing

Who Is This For?
GIS Managers, staff members who assign, maintain or use addresses. This workshop will focus on managing address workflows, address data, and use.

Street addresses are the key, user-friendly geospatial identifier used by everyone, but addressing processes are usually poorly organized at the local level.

This workshop will help you understand the addressing process, managing address data, and organizational challenges. It will guide you in developing a Master Address Repository that serves the needs of the entire organization. The workshop will also review the Federal Geographic Data Committee Street Address Data Standard, and help you understand how the standard can help you build quality address data.

Specific topics include:

  • What is an address?
  • What are the types of address?
  • How are addressing systems structured, and addresses assigned?
  • How do you develop a Master Address Repository?
  • Geocoding and managing addresses in the GIS Organizational issues with addressing
  • Working with the FGDC Street Address Data Standard

Workshop 3: GIS Strategic Planning

Who Is This For?
GIS managers and staff, GIS users and program participants, and managers, executives, and other professionals who are involved with GIS programs.

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

Workshop 4: Managing an ArcSDE/SQL Server Enterprise Geodatabase at Version 10x

Who Is This For?
GIS professionals interested in learning more about how SQL Server-based ArcSDE Enterprise Geodatabases work. Also, SQL Server dbas interested in how SQL Server-based ArcSDE Enterprise Geodatabases differ from standard SQL Server databases.

This workshop will explore the architecture and design of SQL Server-based ArcSDE Enterprise Geodatabases.

Specific topics include:

  • The Geodatabase Repository - what it is
  • How data are stored in an ArcSDE geodatabase
  • Understanding versioning and its implications
  • Managing data access and security
  • Systems integration - using ETL and views to loosely integrate external databases with the GIS
  • Automating regular maintenance and management tasks
  • Tuning the geodatabase
  • Best practices