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Washington College GIS Workshops

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

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Washington College provides self-paced virtual instruction for the working professional who wants to develop or expand their knowledge of ArcGIS Desktop, ENVI EX, and Trimble GPS. You may start a workshop at any time.

These workshops were developed with funding through the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and the Governor’s Office for Crime Control & Prevention.

All workshops are available to anyone with an interest in Geospatial Technology at a cost of $800 per workshop. There is a 10% discount when you register for 2 or more workshops. Group rate discounts are available for organizations.

GT 101: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Basics

This workshop covers the basics of GIS for the novice by exploring Google Earth and ArcGIS Desktop. You will learn the ArcMap and ArcCatalog interfaces as well as how to classify a map and make a professional map layout.

GT 102: Introduction to ArcGIS Spatial and Information Analysis Tools

Geoprocessing tools, projections, and other spatial query tools will be examined along with information fundamentals such as querying, joining, and relating to allow you to create and modify tabular data.

GT 201: Managing Spatial Data in ArcGIS

After learning more about geodatabases, this workshop will cover more complex spatial processing tools such as digitizing, georeferencing, spatial adjustment, and raster data manipulation.

GT 202: Data Management in ArcGIS

In addition to discovering the fundamentals of geocoding, students will learn advanced data manipulation skills including annotation and labeling, hyperlinking, and other advanced attribute tricks.

GT 301: ArcGIS Spatial Analysis

The ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension is the focus of this workshop. Students will learn the basics on how to deal with DEM’s and create slopes and contours. More advanced analysis on density mapping, site suitability analysis and least cost path modeling are also taught.

GT 302: ArcGIS 3D Analysis

Using the ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension, the student will learn how to create 3D community visualizations, construct terrain modeling, and build a 3D model of a building. All of this will culminate in learning how to produce animated movies of the 3D environment.

GT 401: Remote Sensing with ENVI EX

The field of remote sensing is introduced focusing on basic multispectral analysis and step-by-step image analysis exercises. Exercises include image classification, rule based feature extraction, and image difference change detection.

GT 402: Trimble GPS and Processing

This workshop focuses on obtaining useful & accurate data with Trimble GeoXt/XH GPS units, Pathfinder Office, and Terrasync. Skills covered include the basics of accurate GPS data collection, the application of real-time & post processed differential correction techniques, & creation of custom data dictionaries.

Google I/O 2011: GIS with Google Earth and Google Maps

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Article source: GoogleDevelopers

Building a robust interactive map with a lot of data involves more than just adding a few placemarks. Josh Livni and Mano Marks of Google Geo Developers Team talk about integrating Google Earth and Google Maps with existing GIS software, importing data from shapefiles and other formats, map projections, and techniques for managing, analyzing, and rendering large datasets. Brian Flood talks about ArcEarth by Arc2Cloud which is a bridge software between Esri’s ArcGIS and Google Maps and Google Earth.

Georeferencing in ArcMap by UTMLibrary

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

This video will demonstrate how to georeference a data file that has no spatial information associated with it (such as a jpeg of a satellite image) to have spatial information. This enables the user to add other geospatial layers to the ArcMap project and have all the layers lined up and projected properly. This tutorial will show you how to do so in ArcMap 9.


ArcMap tutorials by Kanal Von Ricckli

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Kanal has been posting a number of useful tutorials on ArcMap. Here are a few of them.

First steps in ArcGIS (ArcMap), contrast and comsposite bands (layer stack)

This is a getting-started video for ArcGIS arcmap, add data, layer information, viewing options, arctoolbox, the concept of contrast, changing contrast, calculating statistics and generating a layer stack or composit image for illustration and analysis purpose.


ARCGIS.Com Tutorials Update from EsriTV – How to add pop-up windows to your map

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

This is an update to the previously published article about ARCGIS.Com Tutorials from EsriTV

How to add pop-up windows to your map.


JournalismGIS tutorials on ArcGIS 10 and QGIS

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Using ArcGIS 10 and Census to interpolate the population within a radius of a location.

This tutorial will show you how to use areal interpolation to calculate the number of people living within a certain radius of a location. In this demo I use airports located in Maricopa County, Arizona.


Using ArcMap 10 to join Excel data with a shapefile

This video uses the join method to add user created data from an Excel file to a shapefile of airport locations.


Opening and looking at Census shapefiles on QGIS

Using the Open Source QGIS program to open and look at Shapefiles.


ArcMap tutorials by GISTutorials: Creating a Seemless Raster Mosaic/ Basic Georeferencing/ Advanced Labeling

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Creating a Seamless Raster Mosaic

This tutorial shows how to mosaic rasters and how to correct the seem errors using the raster calculator and the focalmean function. Seem errors occur when two rasters don’t intersect correctly.

This method has changed in ArcGIS 10. It has adopted a python syntax. Also you don’t assign rasters algebraically like in previous versions. Instead you set the output to a new raster (it will be obvious within the Raster Calculator). The new syntax would look like this:



Basic Georeferencing

This tutorial shows how to take a screenshot from Google Maps and correctly place it in space. This allows you to digitize buildings, roads, etc. from it and have them be correctly spatially referenced.


Advanced Labeling in ArcMap

This tutorial shows how to use the Expression-based labeling features of ArcMap to turn attribute based labels into any text you want.


ArcGIS Tutorials by KnowGIS

Friday, December 9th, 2011

KnowGIS has been publishing a lot of ArcGIS tutorials on Youtube. Here are a select few:

Points to Lines in ArcGIS Desktop for Android Phone GPS Mapping

This short tutorial provides an overview of methods and techniques used to map a bike route and import the data into ArcGIS Desktop 10. Comma separated values (CSV), GPX and KML files are used as part of the tutorial. A short discussion on recreational grade verses professional mapping grade GPS is followed by a discussion on using data obtained from a GPS-enabled smart phone. Points are converted to lines using ArcGIS Desktop.

A short discussion is presented comparing mapping grade GPS receivers, survey grade GPS receivers, and recreation grade GPS receivers.

Image Registration using ArcGIS 10

This tutorial focuses on ArcGIS Desktop’s powerful interactive raster and image registration tools. This tutorial reviews link tables, image sources, and the use of vector point data to facilitate image registration.

Resampling methods, transformation methods, and a discussion of orthorectification are provided.

Raster data obtained by scanning maps or aerial images usually do not contain information that tells where the image fits on the earth’s surface. The task of Georeferencing raster data defines where the data lies in map coordinates.

This tutorial is hosted by Jere Folgert.


Creating a Route and Hatches using ArcGIS Desktop

During this tutorial, a route is generated for use in Rural Addressing. Routes are created using an ArcView License of ArcGIS Desktop v 10.x. A measure is applied to the route, routes are displayed using hatches or hatch marks, and the Route Identify Tool is used to facilitate the generation of a new rural address. This tutorial provides a demonstration of using routes to implement the Frontage Interval Addressing System.


ArcGIS 10 Tutorials on Esritv

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Esritv has posted a number of great tutorials highlighting new capabilities in ArcGIS 10. Here is a sample:

ArcGIS 10: Analysis in 3D – See new ways to analyze geospatial data in 3D


GIS Pathway’s ArcGIS and ArcMap Tutorials

Monday, November 21st, 2011

GIS Pathway has been publishing a number of GIS Tutorials on their Youtube Channel. Here are some of the more popular tutorials:

Creating Points from XY Table – An ArcMap GIS tutorial to add points to a map from a table of XY coordinates.


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