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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 August 10 and Tuesday August 11, 2020 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

Updated 3/17/2020


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. (Almost) Everything About Census Data and Geography :: Jim Castagneri and Lacey Loftin, U.S. Census Bureau

This workshop will cover everything you need to know to about Census data and geography.  The U.S. Census Bureau is the official steward of political and statistical geographies for the U.S. Government and we will cover in detail the ways we update, maintain and use these geographies for data collection and publication. We will also cover the data that is available from the surveys and census we conduct, how to access and use that data, and interesting applications for spatial analysis. 

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. Spatial Data Management :: Mike Schonlau and Craig Carsley, Douglas County, Nebraska

This short course will cover a broad array of spatial data management topics (primarily in the ESRI ecosystem). Topics will include - dataset and database design, construction, access/permissions, publishing, maintenance, backup/recovery, replication, and automation. We will look into the pros and cons of using various storage options for both vector and raster data, including file and/or enterprise geodatabases, hosted features, tile caches, Data Store, etc. The course will include sample Python scripts for maintenance and automation, discussion and demo of cloud data storage options, ideas for how to safeguard and recover data, examples of various database design strategies, multiple approaches for working with attachments, suggestions for when to use hosted vs local storage, and various other tips and tricks. This course is appropriate for anyone who manages spatial data.

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).


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. Getting Started with ModelBuilder :: Ken Wilkerson, GISEdge

Esri ModelBuilder (MB) provides a visual programming environment for combining data and tools to automate tasks and create custom tools. This course will introduce MB processing with hands-on exercises demonstrating the creation of models ranging from simple to complex. You will learn how to quickly and effectively develop models that help you become more productive ArcGIS users.

203. Python Scripting - Intermediate :: Micah Seybold, City of Lawrence, Kansas

Students will learn how to apply the Python programming language to GIS. Topics include applications of python in mapping such as labeling, field calculations and scripting.  Work will be primarily done with ArcGIS Pro with an introduction to ArcGIS API for Python which allows users to interact with portal/ArcGIS Online data.  It will assumed that users have a basic knowledge of syntax such as variables and data types which are covered in the Basic class.

204. Redistricting :: Ken Nelson, Kansas Data Access and Support Center and Shelby Johnson, Arkansas Geographic Information Office

Redistricting occurs once each decade and the long periods in between may cause even the most seasoned professional to forget critical details.  Additionally, new staff may require an overview of the process. GIS is tailor-made for redistricting, and it is inconceivable anyone would attempt redistricting without GIS.  County commissioners, school boards, city councils, state house, state senate, and so on will look to GIS staff for advice and answers. The purpose of this workshop is to outline key issues, methodologies, and tools that facilitate the redistricting process.  Now is a great time to get to know the process, the associated data and relevant techniques before these questions come your way following the 2020 Census.

205. ArcPro - An Introduction :: Charles Vuchiteh, City of Fort Smith, Arkansas

ArcGIS Pro is a ribbon-based application that is designed to help GIS professionals complete their projects and make results available to others quickly and easily. Many commands are accessible from the ribbon, including the tight integration of 2D and 3D capabilities at the top of the ArcGIS Pro window. More advanced or specialized functionality is found on panes that can be opened as needed.

ArcGIS Pro is designed in such a way that allows you to store multiple items, such as maps, layouts, tables, and charts, in a single project and work with them as needed. The application also responds contextually to your work. The type of item you’re working with determines the tabs on the ribbon.

In this course, you'll explore the main components of the ArcGIS Pro user interface—the ribbon, views, and panes—and their interactions.

206. Engaging Your Community with ArcGIS and the Hub :: Lauren Voelker, Esri

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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