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TNRIS Technical Training Program for Fiscal Year 2014

The TNRIS Education Team is pleased to offer the course line-up for the new fiscal year. Topics were selected in collaboration with students, instructors, GIS managers, and the TNRIS technical team. You will find a range from the basic ArcGIS Desktop Series to highly advanced and specialized courses.

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Class Title

Time

Instructor

Cost

Status

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December 5, 2013 Data Visualization Techniques with Google Earth 8:30 - 5:00 Eric Pimpler, GISP $360 CLOSED

Overview

Google Earth and Google Earth Pro are excellent tools for creating and distributing geographic data visualizations.

In this one day course you'll learn how to use Google Earth to attach vital information to your features including photos, videos, links to PDF files and website, text, and more. You will also learn how to create thematic maps, 3D maps, geocode addresses, create elevation profiles and viewsheds, add your own images, use historical imagery of various locations, and so much more.

Skills Acquired

  • Create and symbolize points, lines, and polygons
  • Symbolize your features with built in icons or custom icons that represent your organization
  • Add information to your features including photos, videos, links to files and websites, detailed property information
  • Learn how to geocode all your addresses into Google Earth in seconds
  • Create thematic and 3D maps of your data
  • Add your own imagery
  • Use historical imagery
  • Add temporal information to your datasets
  • Import GIS datasets including shapefiles and feature classes
  • Create movies that highlight your information
  • Display neighborhood information including census demographics, traffic counts, detailed tax appraisal information
  • Provide driving directions to properties
  • Email information to clients or place on a web server
  • Printing maps
  • Embed maps into presentation
  • Keep your data fresh
  • Get terrain information including elevation profiles and viewsheds

Audience

This course is designed for all levels of GIS users who want to use Google Earth or Google Earth Pro to visualize geographic data in unique ways

Prerequisites

Students should have knowledge of basic, general GIS concepts through previous course work such as ArcGIS Desktop I, ArcGIS Basics or equivalent knowledge through workplace experience with GIS.

December 6, 2013 Converting ArcGIS Data to Google Earth 8:30 - 5:00 Eric Pimpler, GISP $360 CLOSED

Overview

Many reasons exist to visualize your existing ArcGIS data in a Google Earth viewer. Perhaps you simply like the convenience of using the built in base maps and aerial photography provided by Google Earth. Other reasons include the ease of use and familiarity your users already have with the product. Perhaps you would like to reach a wider audience for your data products. This can easily be done by placing your Google Earth format files on a publicly accessible web site and allowing Google to include them in search results. Because all your data for a particular Google Earth project can be contained within a single file it is also easily distributed to many users. Finally, many users like the enhanced data visualization that can be accomplished with Google Earth. We’ll explore each of these reasons in more detail in this section of the course and you'll learn about a number of tools that can be used to easily migrate your data from ArcGIS to Google Earth. The Arc2Earth extension is an excellent tool for accomplishing this task so we'll cover this ArcGIS functionality in detail.

Topics Covered:

  • Learn how to distribute your GIS data and analysis to a wide audience with Google Earth
  • Take advantage of enhanced visualization tools
  • Convert your feature classes and shapefiles to Google Earth format
  • Explore ArcGIS and third party tools for converting data
  • Display attribute information in info balloons
  • Create 3D data displays
  • Learn proper data preparation techniques for pre-conversion

Audience

The course is designed for students who seek to visualize existing ArcGIS data in a Google Earth viewer.

Prerequisites

Students should have knowledge of basic GIS concepts through previous course work such as ArcGIS Desktop I, ArcGIS Basics or equivalent knowledge through workplace experience with GIS.

December 10-12, 2013 Intermediate ArcGIS Desktop: Productivity, Geoprocessing & Analysis 8:00 - 5:00 Lucia Barbato, GISP $985 CLOSED

Overview

ArcGIS Desktop software in an integrated system that includes all the tools needed to get the most out of a GIS. This course teaches the range of functionality available in the software and the essential tools for visualizing, creating, managing, and analyzing geographic data. The hands-on course exercises emphasize practice with ArcMap and ArcCatalog to perform common GIS tasks and workflows. You will use the tools to create and manage geographic data, display data on maps in different ways, and combine and analyze data to discover patterns and relationships. You will learn how ArcGIS Desktop provides a complete GIS software solution and you will be prepared to start working with the software on your own.

Skills Acquired

  • Listing common GIS tasks and identifying which ArcGIS Desktop application is used for each task.
  • Understanding what the geodatabase offers for GIS data storage.
  • Creating and editing geodatabase features.
  • Controlling the appearance and display of data layers in ArcMap.
  • Classifying and symbolizing map data.
  • Labeling map features.
  • Changing the coordinate system and map projection used to display a dataset.
  • Accessing feature information in tables and control table display properties.
  • Querying and analyzing GIS data.
  • Building a simple model to automate a GIS analysis workflow.
  • Creating presentation-quality maps and graphs.

Audience

This course is designed for those with knowledge of basic GIS concepts. Target students have either an education in or workplace experience with GIS, but limited ArcGIS software experience.

Prerequisites

Students should have knowledge of basic GIS concepts through previous course work such as ArcGIS Desktop I, ArcGIS Basics or equivalent knowledge through workplace experience with GIS.

March 3-4, 2014 Fundamentals of ArcGIS 8:30 - 5:00 TeachMEGIS instructor $750 CLOSED

Overview

ArcGIS is a powerful and complex tool for viewing and analyzing data. With so much functionality available in the software, it can be difficult to get started. This 2-day course teaches essential skills for being efficient with ArcGIS. Explore GIS data through ArcMap and create maps to illustrate relationships in the data. Learn methods of displaying data with symbols and text. Understand how to ask questions of the data and get answers.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Starting ArcMap
  • Layer Symbology
  • Layer Properties
  • Selections and queries
  • Layouts
  • GIS data types
  • Tables and geoprocessing

Audience

The course is primarily for those who want to learn the basics of ArcGIS.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of Microsoft Windows.

March 5-7, 2014 ModelBuilder - Custom Tools and Automated Workflows 8:00 - 5:00 TeachMEGIS instructor $985 CLOSED

Overview

Overview With ModelBuilder, you can automate workflows in ArcGIS without writing code! By graphically connecting tools together, and connecting those tools to input datasets, you can create your own custom workflows (your own tools) in ArcToolbox. From repetitive data loading (i.e. loading new competitor data once a month) to complex analysis (site investigation studies, play assessments), geoscientists and geoscience technicians are using Model Builder to help them in their daily tasks.

This course teaches you the basics of building models and handling data in ModelBuilder, then shows you how to take your models to the next level by including variables and looping constructs. For example, you can build a model that automatically renames all of the feature classes in a particular geodatabase or one that loops through all of the unique values in an attribute table.

Topics Covered:

  • Geoprocessing
  • Working with ModelBuilder
  • Geoprocessing Tools
  • Building Flexible Models
  • Consuming Data in ModelBuilder
  • Variables and Parameters
  • Basic Project
  • Iteration and Looping
  • Branching and Merging
  • Exporting Models to Python
  • Final Project

Audience

This course is designed for those who are comfortable with ArcGIS and want to learn how to automate tasks in ArcMap.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of Microsoft Windows and be familiar with the basic use of ArcGIS, including the topics covered in Fundamentals of ArcGIS, Intermediate GIS Concepts or ArcGIS Desktop II.

March 24-25, 2014 3D Analyst - Mapping the Next Dimension 8:30 - 5:00 TeachMEGIS instructor $750 CLOSED

Overview

Are you ready to move to the next dimension of visualization? The class introduces students to the 3D Analyst extension and to 3D visualization techniques using ArcScene. Students learn how to display 2D data in 3D by utilizing elevation values from surface data and how to convert 2D data to 3D data with z values.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to 3D Analyst and ArcScene
  • Display of Rasters in ArcScene
  • 3D Feature Data
  • Terrains
  • Editing 3D Feature Data
  • ArcGlobe

Students will learn to create and manage TINs (triangulated networks) and the differences between a raster surface and a TIN surface. A series of exercises using a variety of different 3D data will provide students with an opportunity to utilize concepts discussed during the lectures.

Audience

The course is for those who are already comfortable with the basics of ArcGIS, but who want to learn about 3D data display and analysis.

Prerequisites

Students should have knowledge of Microsoft Windows® and be familiar with the basic use of ArcGIS, including the topics covered in either the Fundamentals of ArcGIS or ArcGIS Desktop I classes and in either the Intermediate GIS Concepts or ArcGIS Desktop II class.

April 2-4, 2014 Intermediate GIS Concepts 8:30 - 5:00 TeachMEGIS instructor $985 CLOSED

Overview

Learn about the finer skills for using ArcGIS. See how to connect information between tables and mark locations on the map. Learn methods for creating complex labels and assigning images to a location on the earth. Practice managing data files, creating new data, and putting the data to work to generate answers to questions.

Topics include:

  • GIS Data sources
  • Projection basics
  • Rasters
  • Joins and relates
  • Bringing data into ArcGIS
  • Creating GIS Data
  • Beginner editing
  • Advanced editing
  • Geoprocessing tools
  • Labeling features
  • ArcMap Tools
  • Advanced layouts

Audience

The course is for those who are already comfortable with the basics of ArcGIS and want to expand their skills with the software and GIS in general.

Prerequisites

Students should have completed Fundamentals of ArcGIS, ArcGIS Desktop I or have equivalent workplace knowledge and experience.

April 8-10, 2014 Python for GIS 8:30 - 5:00 TeachMEGIS instructor $985 CLOSED

Overview

Python is becoming more popular for writing custom scripts in ArcGIS which can be used to manipulate a map, execute geoprocessing commands, and read/write files. The three-day course teaches basic Python syntax, working with ArcPy, and file manipulation.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to Python: working with the integrated development environment
  • Modules and decision making
  • Lists and looping: list methods and functions
  • Geoprocessing with Python: executing tools with python
  • Map documents: accessing a map document
  • Cursors: using cursors to step through data
  • Working with Geometry: ArcGIS geometry
  • Script tools: custom toolboxes
  • Input and output: reading from and writing data to text files
  • Regular expressions: using regular expressions to search through text strings

Audience

The course is for those who are already comfortable with the basics of ArcGIS and want to learn how to write Python scripts to manipulate data and maps.

Prerequisites

Students should have knowledge of Microsoft Windows and be familiar with the basic use of ArcGIS including topics covered in either Fundamentals of ArcGIS or ArcGIS Desktop I courses, or have equivalent workplace experience and knowledge.

May 1, 2014 Converting ArcGIS Data to Google Earth 8:30 - 5:00 Eric Pimpler, GISP $360 CLOSED

Overview

Many reasons exist to visualize your existing ArcGIS data in a Google Earth viewer. Perhaps you simply like the convenience of using the built in base maps and aerial photography provided by Google Earth. Other reasons include the ease of use and familiarity your users already have with the product. Perhaps you would like to reach a wider audience for your data products. This can easily be done by placing your Google Earth format files on a publicly accessible web site and allowing Google to include them in search results. Because all your data for a particular Google Earth project can be contained within a single file it is also easily distributed to many users. Finally, many users like the enhanced data visualization that can be accomplished with Google Earth. We’ll explore each of these reasons in more detail in this section of the course and you'll learn about a number of tools that can be used to easily migrate your data from ArcGIS to Google Earth. The Arc2Earth extension is an excellent tool for accomplishing this task so we'll cover this ArcGIS functionality in detail.

Topics Covered:

  • Learn how to distribute your GIS data and analysis to a wide audience with Google Earth
  • Take advantage of enhanced visualization tools
  • Convert your feature classes and shapefiles to Google Earth format
  • Explore ArcGIS and third party tools for converting data
  • Display attribute information in info balloons
  • Create 3D data displays
  • Learn proper data preparation techniques for pre-conversion

Audience

The course is designed for students who seek to visualize existing ArcGIS data in a Google Earth viewer.

Prerequisites

Students should have knowledge of basic GIS concepts through previous course work such as ArcGIS Desktop I, ArcGIS Basics or equivalent knowledge through workplace experience with GIS.

May 2, 2014 Data Visualization Techniques with Google Earth 8:30 - 5:00 Eric Pimpler, GISP $360 CLOSED

Overview

Google Earth and Google Earth Pro are excellent tools for creating and distributing geographic data visualizations.

In this one day course you'll learn how to use Google Earth to attach vital information to your features including photos, videos, links to PDF files and website, text, and more. You will also learn how to create thematic maps, 3D maps, geocode addresses, create elevation profiles and viewsheds, add your own images, use historical imagery of various locations, and so much more.

Skills Acquired

  • Create and symbolize points, lines, and polygons
  • Symbolize your features with built in icons or custom icons that represent your organization
  • Add information to your features including photos, videos, links to files and websites, detailed property information
  • Learn how to geocode all your addresses into Google Earth in seconds
  • Create thematic and 3D maps of your data
  • Add your own imagery
  • Use historical imagery
  • Add temporal information to your datasets
  • Import GIS datasets including shapefiles and feature classes
  • Create movies that highlight your information
  • Display neighborhood information including census demographics, traffic counts, detailed tax appraisal information
  • Provide driving directions to properties
  • Email information to clients or place on a web server
  • Printing maps
  • Embed maps into presentation
  • Keep your data fresh
  • Get terrain information including elevation profiles and viewsheds

Audience

This course is designed for all levels of GIS users who want to use Google Earth or Google Earth Pro to visualize geographic data in unique ways

Prerequisites

Students should have knowledge of basic, general GIS concepts through previous course work such as ArcGIS Desktop I, ArcGIS Basics or equivalent knowledge through workplace experience with GIS.

May 5-6, 2014 Advanced GIS Operations 8:30 - 5:00 TeachMEGIS instructor $750 CLOSED

Overview

For many GIS projects, there is a simplified way to approach a task, as well as a more advance approach to complete the same task. These advanced operations are often overlooked, but can greatly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of GIS.

Topics covered

  • Maintaining data integrity
  • Address geocoding
  • Linear referencing
  • Geometric networks
  • Geodatabase topology
  • Labeling with Maplex
  • Annotation
  • Putting it all together
  • Bonus project

Audience

The course is primarily for those who are already comfortable with the basics of ArcGIS and want to learn more about working with the enhanced functionality of geodatabases in ArcGIS.

Prerequisites

Students should have completed Intermediate GIS Concepts, ArcGIS Desktop II, or equivalent knowledge and workplace experience.

May 7-8, 2014 Fundamentals of ArcGIS 8:00 - 5:00 TeachMEGIS instructor $750 CLOSED

Overview

ArcGIS is a powerful and complex tool for viewing and analyzing data. With so much functionality available in the software, it can be difficult to get started. This 2-day course teaches essential skills for being efficient with ArcGIS. Explore GIS data through ArcMap and create maps to illustrate relationships in the data. Learn methods of displaying data with symbols and text. Understand how to ask questions of the data and get answers.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Starting ArcMap
  • Layer Symbology
  • Layer Properties
  • Selections and queries
  • Layouts
  • GIS data types
  • Tables and geoprocessing

Audience

The course is primarily for those who want to learn the basics of ArcGIS.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of Microsoft Windows.

June 9-11, 2014 Intermediate GIS Concepts 8:30 - 5:00 TeachMEGIS instructor $985 CLOSED

Overview

Learn about the finer skills for using ArcGIS. See how to connect information between tables and mark locations on the map. Learn methods for creating complex labels and assigning images to a location on the earth. Practice managing data files, creating new data, and putting the data to work to generate answers to questions.

Topics include:

  • GIS Data sources
  • Projection basics
  • Rasters
  • Joins and relates
  • Bringing data into ArcGIS
  • Creating GIS Data
  • Beginner editing
  • Advanced editing
  • Geoprocessing tools
  • Labeling features
  • ArcMap Tools
  • Advanced layouts

Audience

The course is for those who are already comfortable with the basics of ArcGIS and want to expand their skills with the software and GIS in general.

Prerequisites

Students should have completed Fundamentals of ArcGIS, ArcGIS Desktop I or have equivalent workplace knowledge and experience.

July 7-8, 2014 Introduction to ArcGIS Online 8:30 - 5:00 Eric Pimpler, GISP $590 CLOSED

Overview

ArcGIS Online is a website created and maintained by Esri and is dedicated to working with maps and data. The website acts like an online warehouse of maps, data, applications and tools provided by Esri, Esri partners and the GIS community. This course will introduce you to ArcGIS Online and you’ll learn to search for existing maps, access basemaps, create maps, access online tasks, share contents and maps as well as use the community maps program.

Topics include:

  • Searching ArcGIS Online and Opening Maps
  • Basemaps
  • Creating Maps and Using ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Online Tasks
  • Sharing Content and Maps
  • Community Maps Program and ArcGIS Online Groups

Audience

The course is designed for all levels, but will be particularly useful to students new to the ArcGIS Online platform.

Prerequisites

Students should have completed Introduction to GIS or equivalent knowledge and workplace experience.

July 21-22, 2014 Advanced GIS Operations 8:30 - 5:00 TeachMEGIS instructor $750 CLOSED

Overview

For many GIS projects, there is a simplified way to approach a task, as well as a more advance approach to complete the same task. These advanced operations are often overlooked, but can greatly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of GIS.

Topics covered

  • Maintaining data integrity
  • Address geocoding
  • Linear referencing
  • Geometric networks
  • Geodatabase topology
  • Labeling with Maplex
  • Annotation
  • Putting it all together
  • Bonus project

Audience

The course is primarily for those who are already comfortable with the basics of ArcGIS and want to learn more about working with the enhanced functionality of geodatabases in ArcGIS.

Prerequisites

Students should have completed Intermediate GIS Concepts, ArcGIS Desktop II, or equivalent knowledge and workplace experience.

July 28-30, 2014 Arc Hydro: GIS for Water Resources 8:30 - 5:00 Dr. Dean Djokic, Esri $1605 CLOSED

Overview

This course presents the Arc Hydro data model and tools and shows how to implement them using a series of real-world examples. You will learn the basic principles of the Arc Hydro data model, how to extend it, and how the Arc Hydro tools manage and use the data model.

Topics include:

  • Apply core and advanced Arc Hydro tools functionality
  • Combine Arc Hydro data structure and tools to solve realistic water resource problems
  • Extend Arc Hydro tools to create custom functionality
  • Integrate external models into Arc Hydro

Audience

This course is intended for students who are interested in ArcGIS water resource applications and who want to implement the Arc Hydro data model and tools.

Prerequisites

A general GIS or water resource background is required. Familiarity with ArcGIS (ArcMap in particular) is recommended.

July 31 — August 1, 2014 Hydrologic & Hydraulic Analyses Using ArcGIS 8:30 - 5:00 Dr. Dean Djokic, Esri $1,095 CLOSED

Overview

ArcGIS and Arc Hydro provide a strong foundation for support of hydrologic and hydraulic analyses. This course presents GIS techniques for terrain analysis, hydrologic and hydraulic characteristics extraction, numerical model input and output, modeling process automation, and result mapping. HEC’s GeoHMS and GeoRAS and USGS’s StreamStats – each built upon foundation methodologies, data model, and toolsets provided by Arc Hydro – form the modeling backbone for H&H analyses used in this course. The class will take full advantage of ArcGIS and its extensions in order to support a variety of requirements that H&H analyses pose to GIS technology.

You will gain hands-on experience in developing HMS and RAS model inputs and analyzing and mapping model results. Utilization of GIS infrastructure for support of other H*H models will be discussed. While H&H analyses are at the core of this class, the focus is on the functionality that GIS provides to H&H modeling, not on performing H&H analyses. Opportunities for using GIS for post-model analyses such as mapping and flood damage estimation will be discussed.


  • Use TIN and Esri Grid data structures for efficient terrain surface representation
  • Implement GIS as a spatial and temporal integrator
  • Use hydrologic statistical modeling – NSS and StreamStats
  • Develop hydrologic physical models – HMS and GeoHMS
  • Develop hydraulic models – RAS and GeoRAS
  • Perform floodplain mapping
  • Implement GIS process automation and integration

Audience

This class is for H&H and GIS professionals supporting H&H analyses. Note especially: this class covers both H&H and GIS essentials to provide background knowledge needed to complete and understand the class. Advanced H&H and GIS users will have an opportunity to work with their own data during class exercises

Prerequisites

  • A general GIS or water resources background
  • Familiarity with ARcGIS (ArcMap in particular)
  • Arc Hydro training or experience with H&H and GIS technology

Recommended

Familiarity with HEC-RAS and HEC-HMS is beneficial

Technology Courses

The courses bring the latest GIS technologies and skills to benefit a wide variety of professionals in their workplace. Our experienced instructors are dedicated to sharing their industry knowledge through practical application of GIS. Courses are offered at a lower price as compared to commercial training organizations.

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Annual Texas GIS Forum

Educating the public about natural resources and mapping technology is a major focus. Key components are the student internship program, technology training courses offered throughout the year and the annual Texas GIS Forum.

Technical training courses bring the latest GIS technologies and skills to benefit a wide variety of professionals in their workplace. Our experienced instructors are dedicated to sharing their industry knowledge through practical application of GIS. Courses are offered at a lower price as compared to commercial training organizations.

We rely on your attendance to make important arrangements for the courses. Please note the following cancellation policy:

  1. If a participant needs to withdraw from a class, he/she must inform us in writing no later than 10 business days prior to the first day of the scheduled session. We will then refund the tuition, minus a $60 processing fee.
  2. Cancellations must be received in writing from the original registrant. Email is an acceptable form of written communication.
  3. Refunds cannot be made for withdrawals initiated within 10 days of the first day of the scheduled class. However, the registration may be honored for the same class held at a future date within the same fiscal year (09/01 - 08/31).
  4. Refunds will not be granted for participant no-shows. Participant substitutions are allowed with 3-days written notice prior to the start of the course.

Training Facilities:

TCEQ Computer Training Lab, Austin 12100 Park Thirty Five Cir Building A, Floor 2, Room 234/235 Austin, TX 78753 Map to TCEQ Computer Training Lab Location Information

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