MidAmerica GIS Consortium

We believe geospatial technology creates value far reaching from ourselves. We are a network of dedicated leaders in the fields of mapmaking, location services, & data management.

SHORT COURSES

MAGIC has a rich offering of short courses before the conference. These short courses will consist of hands-on labs and traditional class-room style instruction. The schedule for short courses is Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12, 2022 and each course is 4 hours in the AM or PM.  Use the course number in your registration form!

Fees for short courses are:

  • ½-Day Short Course with full conference registration: $125
  • ½-Day Short Course without full conference registration: $250

OFFERINGS :: MONDAY, APRIL 11 MORNING

101. Python - An Introduction :: Tim Butchart, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

Students will learn fundamental Python concepts to include basic syntax, control statements, and functions. The students will also learn how to use Python to run geoprocessing functions and workflows. Finally, the students will learn how to create a geoprocessing tool from a Python script.

102. Surveying Concepts for GIS Users :: Daniel Phillips

Daniel will cover things a GIS professional should know about land surveying. These items include the basics and history of the PLSS, survey instruments, surveying procedure, surveyor’s duties, riparian boundaries, junior/senior boundary rights, legal descriptions, survey plats, ground evidence, and the State Surveyor’s duties. Presented by: Daniel Phillips, PS, CFM – Arkansas GIS Office

103. Bring the MVP! :: Cari Laage, Casey's General Stores

As program managers we need to become objective in our management styles. We need to understand the minimal viable product (MVP) and key performance indicators (KPIs) of our program and how to “steer the boat” so that we don’t wake up Monday mornings praying that we’re lucky and our program’s success speaks for itself. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to grasp the MVP concept and apply it to daily work.

104. UAS Intro :: Chad Sperry & Malcolm Williamson


105. Extracting Value from LiDAR :: Arthur Crawford, Esri
This workshop will review the basics of utilizing LiDAR with ArcGIS Pro through a series of workflows and tools for generating 3d features  The presenter (and creator of the demonstrated tools) will discuss recent enhancements and demonstrate potential information products such as this link to an example of 3D St. Louis.   In addition, the workshop will address colorizing lidar and publishing Scene Layer Packages.
  1.  Get your lidar (USGS)
  2. Building LAS Datasets
  3. Colorize LAS using imagery
  4. Classify LAS for Buildings, Vegetation
  5. Create Scene Point Cloud Layer Packages and publish (by different layers for Bridge Decks, Ground, Buildings, Vegetation, Noise).
  6. Create Building footprints and create Scene 3d Layer Package.
  7. Create Trees and create Scene Point Layer Package.
  8. Publish Trees and Buildings
106. Migrating to ArcGIS Pro :: Ken Wilkerson, GISEdge

This workshop will help you get ready for your conversion from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro. Using terminology that you are familiar with the instructor will introduce you to the new Pro interface. You will get an understanding of the new ribbon/tool interface, get familiar with the new ArcCatalog pane in Pro, and learn how to do the basic things we do every day in ArcMap (working with symbology, layer properties, queries, etc.). The course is not an introduction to GIS concepts. It is a migration course, for those who are already comfortable with ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap).

This workshop will be brought to you by Ken Wilkerson of GIS Edge

OFFERINGS :: MONDAY, APRIL 11 AFTERNOON

201. Exploring the Fundamentals of GIS Data Licensing Law for Governmental Units :: Chris Dunn, Law Office of Christopher W. Dunn

Module 1: Your Four GIS Data Policy Options

Module 2: The Law of GIS Data & Public Records

Module 3: DIY - Developing a Functional GIS Data Policy

202. Migrating to ArcGIS Pro :: Ken Wilkerson, GISEdge

This 4-hour workshop will help you get ready for your conversion from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro. Using terminology that you are familiar with the instructor will introduce you to the new Pro interface. You will get an understanding of the new ribbon/tool interface, get familiar with the new ArcCatalog pane in Pro, and learn how to do the basic things we do every day in ArcMap (working with symbology, layer properties, queries, etc.). The course is not an introduction to GIS concepts. It is a migration course, for those who are already comfortable with ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap).

This workshop will be brought to you by Ken Wilkerson of GIS Edg

203. Arcade - Effective Basics :: Micah Seybold & Amy Roust

This half-day workshop will get participants started with Arcade, the proprietary expression language developed by Esri for use in ArcGIS products. Designed with the novice in mind, the first part of the class will focus on the basic structure of the language, including syntax, constants, and functions. As the morning progresses, we will delve deeper into creating code with exercises that draw on real-world scenarios.  The format for the class will lean heavily on the ArcGIS Online platform, but the lessons will translate to code development in ArcGIS Pro as well.

Requirements: Participants will be provided an ArcGIS Online Organizational student account (Courtesy of The University of Arkansas).  A working knowledge of ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online is recommended. No coding experience required.

This workshop will be brought to you by Micah Seybold of the City of Lawrence, Kansas and Amy Roust of the Kansas Department of Health & Environment. 

204. UAS - Piloting Drones :: Chad Sperry


205. UAS - Data Handling :: UAS - data handling


206. Engaging Your Community with ArcGIS and the Hub :: Scott MacDonald & Chase Fisher

A Smart Community is about creating a hub of innovation that connects people with information and tools to make better decisions and improve quality of life. We will highlight the best practices for transforming your organization into a Smart Community by implementing a Hub of innovation. ArcGIS Hub provides a framework for a two-way engagement to connect governments and organizations with the community through initiatives. You can use ArcGIS Hub to rally internal staff and external collaborators around initiatives. This workshop will introduce the latest in ArcGIS Hub and Open Data. You will learn how to activate and configure initiative websites, apps and content that engage your community. With ArcGIS Hub, every member of your community can have their own unique identity that enables them to follow initiatives, register for events, share data, take surveys, provide feedback, and join your initiative teams.

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