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Workshop Descriptions


Title: GPU-Accelerated Visualization with MapD

Name: Veda Shankar

Organization: MapD

Description: In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use the open source MapD Core SQL engine and MapD Immerse visual analytics platform. You’ll get to experience firsthand the power of the GPU in scaling geospatial analysis, including rendering fully interactive geospatial charts and plots. You will also learn how to write SQL queries for geospatial data. Participants will be given access to a MapD instance, and hands-on instruction in the following:

How to install and setup the MapD platform in the cloud, or on premise.

How to import geospatial datasets of various formats.

Overview of using SQL with GIS data.

Conducting point-in-polygon analysis.

Analyzing spatial proximity.

How to create dashboards with geospatial charts in MapD Immerse.

How to create multi-layer maps, combining data from multiple sources.

How to update dashboards and share them.

Bonus: From SQL query to visualization using VEGA and Javascript.

Languages: Python, SQL, JavaScript

Tools: MapD, Python Libraries (PyMapD and Pandas), Jupyter Notebook, VEGA


Users must sign up for the 14 day trial at


Title: Kent Shannon

Name: Drone (UAS) Workshop – Exploring the Potential in GIS Applications

Organization: University of Missouri Extension

 Description: The overall goal of this workshop is to provide an overview of current unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology and regulations to GIS professionals.

This workshop is designed for participants with little to no experience in UAS technology, who are interested exploring practical applications of UAS in GIS. Following a lecture on drone technology, protocols and regulations, there will be a demo flight of a popular UAS platform. This will be followed by a classroom hands-on exercise introducing flight planning and processing UAS imagery. A discussion of the potential applications of UAS in GIS and the future will conclude the workshop.

Requirements: None


Title: GIS Success: Processes Crucial to Success

Name: Ethan Herbek, Ryan Schieber and Erin Allen

Organization: Midland GIS Solutions

Description: Ethan Herbek, Ryan Schieber and Erin Allen from Midland GIS Solutions will be providing sessions to cover both technical and business/operations considerations for GIS tools related to County and Municipal Government and Infrastructure. During these 4 hours we will include 4 sessions, possibly 5. The topics we plan to include are as follows; Introduction to ArcPro Basics, Understanding Geodatabase Design, CADD Conversion vs. GPS: Processes and Business Considerations, Marketing your GIS Needs to your Board. An additional topic might include Where to start when considering Asset Management options for your community. Recently, we are encountering more and more organizations that can name the software tool, but do not understand how the pieces go together. Many half truths in the understanding of technical accuracy of data, managing data within Esri, and choosing an option that matches the goals and expertise of the end user are plaguing the process of reaching GIS success. We plan to provide technical understanding of the ArcPro platform to users, as well as the importance of a good database design, and then break apart the pieces that should be considered when executing a GIS plan.

Requirements: None


Title: ArcGIS Online and Collector with High-Accuracy GPS

Name: Carol Burnis

Organization: Seiler Instrument

Description: This workshop will focus on using Esri Collector and ArcGIS Online with high-accuracy GPS receivers. This will be a hands-on workshop. The topics to be discussed will include publishing data to ArcGIS Online, prepping the data with GPS metadata fields, custom Collector settings for use with high-accuracy GPS receivers, collecting GPS data in Esri Collector, GPS best practices and data analysis in ArcGIS Online. We will also discuss the benefits and limitations to using ArcGIS Online and Esri Collector for high-accuracy GPS data collection as an alternative to using more traditional GPS software solutions.

Requirements: Smartphone or tablet that can run Esri Collector


Title:  Mapping with QGIS

Name:  Thomas Vought

Organization:  University of Missouri

Description:  More details will be coming soon…



Title: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro

Name: Ken Wilkerson

Organization: GISEDGE, Inc.

 Description: 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).

Topics covered include:

  • Importing ArcMap .mxd files into ArcGIS Pro (what comes over, what doesn’t, and what to watch out for)
  • Getting familiar with the new ribbons and tools in ArcGIS Pro
  • The new ArcGIS Pro Catalog Pane
  • Working with symbology and layer properties
  • Building queries
  • Running geoprocessing tools
  • Making a layout

To be successful in this course, attendees should be comfortable with ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap).


ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Installed on each computer (Subject to change before April 29th).
ArcGIS Pro login for each attendee.


Title:  Working with Google Earth Pro and ArcMap

Name: Seong Nam Hwang

Organization: Southeast Missouri State University

Description: – This workshop aims to learn how to use Google Earth Pro to explore and create map layers, and how to import the data created in Google Earth Pro to ArcMap. Attendees are required to bring a laptop for the hands-on portion of the workshop.


– Introduction

– Exploring layers: Explore Google Earth Pro to view map data

– Creating layers: Create map layers by using Google Earth Pro

– Importing layers from ArcMap: Use Google Earth Pro to import GIS data (i.e., ArcMap shapefiles).

– Georeferencing a raster in Google Earth Pro

– Importing layers from Google Earth Pro: Use ArcMap to import GIS data

Requirements: ArcGIS, Google Earth Pro


Title: Extending the Map Series with ArcPy

Name: Mollie Webb

Organization: Washington University in St. Louis

Description: The Map Series (Data Driven Pages in ArcMap) is a quick and easy way to produce multiple maps with the same look and feel. However, the base functionality of Map Series may not be capable of handling certain customizations requested by the client. Enter ArcPy, a Python site package that provides programmatic access to spatial data, geoprocessing tools and map layouts. This proposed workshop will lead participants for preparing data to be used in a Map Series and how to apply customizations using the ArcPy site package.

Requirements: ArcGIS Pro 2.1 or higher


Title:  Starting a Public Safety / Government Drone Program

Name:  Jason Warzinik

Organization:  Boone County Fire

Description:  The emerging technology of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) is enabling public safety and government staff to acquire high quality aerial products to support many workflows. The availability of low cost drones, specialized sensors, and user-friendly software is making it easier to deploy the technology and take advantage of the benefits.  Attend this workshop and learn about the sUAS industry, corresponding FAA regulations, pilot flight skills training, using different types of drones for work, software used to capture and creating 2D / 3D products.


Title: ModelBuilder or Python?

Name: Buster Schrage

Organization: City of Jefferson

Description: This workshop will focus on process automation. We will run through scenarios and determine when it is best to use Model Builder vs a Python Script. We will cover the pros and cons of each. We will create a toolbox, build a model and, then convert that model into a python script to automate repetitive process.

 Requirements: ArcGIS Desktop Basic 10.3 or higher.