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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 still being developed but they will be April 20 and 21, 2020 and are either 4 hours in the AM or PM. Please check back for confirmation dates!

Fees for short courses are:

  • ½-Day Short Course with full conference registration: $125
  • ½-Day Short Course without full conference registration: $250
  • Full Day Short Course with full conference registration: $250
  • Full Day Short Course without full conference registration: $500

Updated 9/19/2019


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.

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, data types, loops, arrays.

Python Scripting - Advanced :: Brian Gelder, Iowa State University

The Advanced Python workshop assumes you have already covered the basics of the other Python workshops. This workshop will teach you how to convert scipts into toolboxes that you can share with your friends, use ESRI Spatial Analyst tools in arcpy, batch process map creation from templates, and use Update and Insert Cursors to update and create point and polygon files from raw data files. We’ll also spend a little time exploring other modules such as matplotlib, Pandas, and numpy.

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.

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.

Introduction 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).

ArcPro - Precision Editing :: Tyler Fleming, Douglas County, Kansas

GIS Base Maps from Ultra-High Resolution Drone Imagery :: Dr. Kevin Price, Air Data Solutions

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.

Survey123 and Collector for ArcGIS - Better Together :: Brian Hiller, Burns & McDonnell

During the workshop attendees will learn how to setup and use two of Esri’s most popular field applications. In the workshop we’ll build a Collector for ArcGIS application and connect that application to a Survey123 form to take advantage of the best aspects of each application. Coming out of the workshop attendees will have learned how to setup a Collector for ArcGIS Project and how to connect that to a simple survey 123 form.

Configuring ArcGIS Online Applications for Data Collection, Visualization, and Analysis :: Jesse Adams & Ethan Borgen, North Point Geographic Solutions

With the ever-expanding product line of configurable apps Esri offers, it can be a challenge to know which will provide the best solution for you. This workshop will take students on a journey from identifying a problem or question that can be addressed visually, to capturing the associated geographic data, to presenting it in an interactive dashboard, and finally using tools to perform analysis on the data as applicable. During this lecture and discussion, we’ll decipher differences, recommendations and tricks for Survey123, Web App Builder, Operations Dashboard, Story Maps and others. The format will have students use guided exercises to develop their own unique workflows and applications.  Students must arrive 15 minutes prior to class for hardware setup. 

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 Huband 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.

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.

 Get your lidar (USGS)

  1. Building LAS Datasets
  2. Colorize LAS using imagery
  3. Classify LAS for Buildings, Vegetation
  4. Create Scene Point Cloud Layer Packages and publish (by different layers for Bridge Decks, Ground, Buildings, Vegetation, Noise).
  5. Create Building footprints and create Scene 3d Layer Package.
  6. Create Trees and create Scene Point Layer Package.
  7. Publish Trees and Buildings

Introduction to the Essentials of QGIS :: Bailey Hanson and Amy Logan, Iowa State University

This half-day course will explore all the essentials of the new, easy-to-use features in QGIS 3.x software. QGIS is a free and open source mapping application for the editing, displaying, querying and analyzing map data as well as creating map layouts. Because QGIS is a free and open source application, it is a great option for users or local governments where other geographic information systems are not an option. This course is intended for both new (to GIS) and experienced users of other geographic information systems.

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.

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.

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

(Almost) Everything About Census Data and Geography :: Jim Castagneri, 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. 

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