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Curt Abert, Illinois State Geological Survey
Melony Barrett, Illinois State Geological Survey
Philip M. Graff, Illinois State Water Survey
Janet Jarvis, Illinois Natural History Survey
Donald A. Keefer, Illinois State Geological Survey
Yu-Feng Forrest Lin, Illinois State Water Survey
Donald Luman, Illinois State Geological Survey
Matt Williams, Illinois State Water Survey
Zoe Zaloudek, Illinois State Water Survey

Former Instructors

Yi-Chen Ethan Yang

Course Descriptions

New Free GIS for Nontechnical Decision/Policy Makers: The ubiquitous WebGIS Analysis Toolkit for Extensive Resources (uWATER) and Its Extension, uWATER-PA

One of the major challenges in scientific research is expressing complex scientific/technical concepts in easily understood terms so the concepts can be used more readily by policy makers and stakeholders to assess data and theoretical conclusions. In this 2-hour course you will learn how to use GIS toolkits that aid in visualizing alternative approaches for resource management in intuitive and simple approaches. The toolkits can be downloaded at http://www.isws.illinois.edu/gws/sware/uwaterpa/ and include a user’s manual and example files. With this free GIS-based decision support system, nonspecialists can consider the results of technical modeling, along with societal values, when making decisions that affect sustainable resource management.
      Prerequisite: Familiarity with Microsoft Windows

New Workshop for GIS Professional Certification (GISP)

This 3.5-hour workshop is designed for the GIS professionals who are interested in GIS Professional Certification (GISP). It includes a step-by-step guide to completing the application as well as real application samples from actual GISPs. A presentation will provide information on the GISP program, GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), review process, and current statistical data about GISCI and GISPs.
      Prerequisite: Must be experienced GIS user or developer

Demystifying the LIDAR Point Cloud

This 3-hour course will focus on how ArcGIS can be employed to process enhanced elevation data acquired using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology. Upon completion of the course, attendees will achieve a basic understanding of LIDAR technology, learn how to process LIDAR point clouds into DEM, DSM, and DTMs, and use ArcMap to produce LIDAR-based surface topography maps.
      Prerequisite: Familiarity with ArcGIS Desktop

Introduction to Python for ArcGIS

This 3.5-hour course will introduce the basics of using Python with ArcGIS. Attendees will learn some fundamentals of Python programming, then explore a series of example exercises that highlight the benefits of using python scripts for geoprocessing. ArcGIS 10 and ArcPy software will be used.
      Prerequisite: Familiarity with ArcGIS Geoprocessing Tools (ArcToolbox)

Customizing ArcGIS Explorer - Creating Your Tools in ArcGIS Explorer

In this 3-hour course you will learn how to use ArcGIS Explorer (AGX) and its basic programming function through AGX-SDK. Upon successful completion of this course, attendees will be able to navigate the AGX interface, add and work with GIS data (shapefiles, ArcGIS layers, KML files and files on GIS server, etc.) and export a map from AGX. Attendees will also learn how to create and deploy their own "AGX Add-In" through AGX-SDK.
      Prerequisite: Familiarity with ArcMap/basic skill on Visual Basic

Introduction to ArcGIS Server and the Flex API

In this 3-hour course you will learn how to use the Flex API to create web interfaces for ArcGIS Server services. Upon successful completion of this course, attendees will be able to publish maps to ArcGIS Server, deploy the Flex Sample Viewer provided by ESRI, and download tools from the ESRI Code Gallery to extend the capability of Flex web applications.
      Prerequisite: Familiarity with ArcGIS Desktop

Introduction to Analytical Techniques Using ArcGIS 10

This 3.5-hour course is designed for those familiar with using ESRI ArcGIS Desktop to view data, but would like to learn several analytical skills. View and manipulate tabular data, perform attribute and spatial queries, and calculate values using spatial techniques.
      Prerequisite: Familiarity with ArcGIS Desktop (or previous versions)

Interpolation — Using Arc Spatial Analyst and Geostatistical Analyst to Create Surface Maps

In the 3.5-hour short course you will learn how to use ArcGIS Spatial Analyst and Geostatistical Analyst to create contour and shaded image maps from sparsely sampled data. This process, known as interpolation, is used commonly to represent many types of data. This course will give you insights on how to use these tools to produce reliable maps. It will also show you how incorrect use of these tools can result in maps with predictable errors.
      Prerequisite: Basic working knowledge of ArcMap

Additional Training Courses Offered by the Main Library and ATLAS

      GIS 101 - A Library Introduction to Geographic Information Systesm (Main Library)

      GIS 102 - Loading Data into ArcGIS (Main Library)

      ArcGIS I v9.3 - Introduction to ArcCatalog and ArcMap (ATLAS)

      ArcGIS II v9.3 - Introduction to ArcToolbox (ATLAS)

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