Kansas Association of Mappers

2022 Pre-Conference Workshops

Every year, KAM offers some pre-conference workshops in support of its mission to provide educational opportunities to the greater Kansas mapping community. On Tuesday, October 18, 2022, we cordially invite you to attend one or more of these workshops. Attendance at the conference itself is encouraged but not required to participate in a pre-conference workshop. 

Please take note of any supplies that are required before registering.  If you do not have a laptop, please email us to see if we are able to provide one. Typically we have a couple that can be checked out for pre-conference classes, but arrangements must be made ahead of time to ensure that the proper software is installed.

Kansas NG911 GIS Data Maintainer Class
Instructor: Sherry Massey, Dickinson County
9 am to 12 pm, Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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In the Kansas NG911 GIS Program, the Data Maintainer is the person who will be performing the actual maintenance of GIS data for the NG911 Program. Every PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) must have a certified Data Maintainer or have a maintenance contract with a vendor that has a certified Data Maintainer on staff. Those completing this class will be certified as Kansas NG911 Data Maintainers.

Topics to be covered: The role of GIS in NG911; an update on the status of the NG911 program in Kansas; the role of the Data Maintainer and the responsibilities that come with the position; the Kansas NG911 GIS Data Model and its requirements; the tools available to assist in data maintenance; and a discussion of geoMSAG maintenance and the GIS role in telephone record accuracy. During the Behind-the-Scenes of the NG911 Toolbox, we will go in-depth covering the details of certain tools and how they work and how users can leverage the tools to make their data life easier.

Cost: Free. Registration required.

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Creating Dashboards in ArcGIS Online with Experience Builder and Dashboards
Instructor: Luke Finley and Mike D'Attilio, Kansas Division of Emergency Management
9 am to 12 pm, Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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Over the last several years, Dashboards have become a popular and useful tool to provide GIS Information to stakeholders and others.  ArcGIS Online has excellent tools (Experience Builder and Dashboards) for building Dashboards within the ArcGIS Online ecosystem.  This hands-on short course will provide an introduction to what you can do with ESRI's dashboard technology within ArcGIS Online.  Some familiarity with creating web maps and using feature services in ArcGIS Online will be helpful for the course.  ESRI also has a number of resources to assist in learning about web maps.

Participants must supply their own computer with access to their ArcGIS Online account (or make advance arrangements with KAM to borrow a laptop and/or an ArcGIS Online account).

Cost: $75 KAM Members / $125 Non-KAM Members

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Field Data Collection from Start to Finish
Instructor: Amy Roust, GISP, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
9 am to 4 pm, Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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Learn how to create and execute a field data collection project from start to finish. This one-day workshop will be split into a morning and afternoon session:

  • 9 am to 12 noon: Using ArcGIS Online, each student will create a Field Maps project using ArcGIS Online, the new Map Viewer, and Smart Forms. Students may use their own ArcGIS Online accounts if they wish so that they have the project for future reference. Once we are prepared to collect data via the software, we'll turn our attention to pairing mobile devices with Trimble GPS units. Scott Smith from Seiler Instruments will discuss best practices for using external GPS receivers in the field.
  • 1 to 4 pm: In the afternoon session, we will collect point data for each headstone in a Ashland Cemetery near Manhattan. Time permitting, we will return to the conference hotel to work on data entry and discuss options for creating dashboards and maps for public use.

Participants must* provide for their personal use:

  • A smart phone with two free apps already installed: Esri’s Field Maps and Trimble Mobile Manager. Both apps are available in Google Play or the Apple Store.
  • A laptop for data editing. You will either need ArcGIS Pro installed or access to the internet so that you can do data editing via ArcGIS Online.  (You may make advance arrangements with KAM to borrow a laptop).
  • Appropriate clothing for field work. Be mindful of the forecast. We will only cancel the field trip portion if there is severe weather (e.g. storms that include lightning or heavy snow). While a gray, rainy day is not ideal for GPS data collection, we can make it work. Plan to bring your rain gear if necessary!

Trimble GPS receivers will be provided for use during the class, courtesy of Seiler Instruments.

* If you are unable to provide one or more items on this list, please reach out to us at kamappers@gmail.com. We will attempt to make arrangements for you to borrow what you need.

Cost:
Half day (morning or afternoon session only): $75 KAM Members / $125 Non-KAM Members
Full day (both morning and afternoon sessions): 
$125 KAM Members / $175 Non-KAM Members

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Editing in ArcGIS Pro: Beginner/Intermediate
Instructor: Lee Allen, GISP, Shawnee County
1 to 5 pm, Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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This class will explore editing in ArcGIS Pro. Topics include:

  1. Editing points, lines, and polygons
  2. Setting up templates
  3. COGO (Coordinate Geometry)
  4. Symbology
  5. Tips, tricks, tools, etc.

The class will help you get started editing in ArcGIS Pro.  This includes ArcGIS Pro set up, exploring options, setting up the map, adding layers, setting up the editing environment, setting up templates/symbology, discussion of domains, and general tips and tricks to get things running smoother.

Participants must supply their own computer with ArcGIS Pro installed (or make advance arrangements with KAM to borrow a laptop).

Cost: $75 KAM Members / $125 Non-KAM Members

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Kansas Geodata Summit
Instructor: Ken Nelson, Data Access and Support Center (DASC)
1 to 5 pm, Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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The Kansas Data Access & Support Center (DASC) and the Kansas GIS Policy Board are working on updating our strategic plan. A key component of this effort is a review of our current geospatial data infrastructure, including identification of future needs and funding requirements, and logical next steps. To support this effort, we are standing up a series of thematic GIS Data Planning committees. These committees will be chaired by Subject Matter Experts and facilitated by DASC. The committees will meet throughout the year and will come together for this half-day workshop. It is our hope that this will become an annual event. If you are interested in serving on a data committee, please contact Ken Nelson or Eileen Battles.

Cost: Free. Registration required.

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