Do I need to bring anything to class?
We highly recommend students purchase a storage device such as a flash or thumb drive to save and transport lab files. GIS project documents and GIS data are all electronic files and can be very large. Because of this we recommend students bring a storage device of at least 2 gigabytes to class.
If you have a laptop that you will be using you are welcome to bring it and use it instead of the lab workstations. However, be aware there is no WiFi available. Therefore, you'll still need a method of acquiring the data (a storage drive) in order to get lab files on the laptop.
Can I complete assignments from home?
Yes. We will provide you with the necessary ArcGIS software. However, it is your responsibility to transfer the data from our classroom to your personal computer using, for example, a portable flash drive. Since GIS data sets tend to be quite large, we highly recommend that you purchase a flash drive with a capacity of at least 2GB.
I have a MAC, can I still take your workshop?
Yes. However, Esri does not provide a MAC version of ArcGIS Desktop. You will need two additional software packages: a virtual machine (VM) applciation such as BootCamp (free), Parallels, or VirtualBox (free) AND Windows OS (XP or 7 is recommended). Students who enroll will have access to information regarding the installation of such additional software.
Can I bring my laptop to class?
Yes. Datasets are typically online or on our server which will need to be transferred to your laptop. Keep in mind, lab exercises may require software beyond the core GIS application such as Microsoft Excel, Acrobat Reader or other 3rd Party tools.