The GIS Education Center: Discounts and Benefits

  • Register at least one week before the workshop starts and save 10%.

  • 20% discount on the workshop fee for BayGeo members!
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    » Once you receive your discount code, register for your chosen workshop(s) using links below ....and enjoy the savings!

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  • Workshop students receive:
    » 1 year ArcGIS license (for most workshops).
    » Lots of hands-on lab time and individual support from instructors.
    » Certificate of workshop completion and/or attendance available upon request.

Fall 2019 Workshops

GIS QuickStart (Offering 1: September)+

This introductory workshop - our most popular! - is designed for students with no/few GIS skills, and who are interested in understanding basic concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and gaining skills to work with GIS on their own. Mr. Moumié Maoulidi, Ph.D. will demonstrate the fundamentals of creating maps, editing data, and performing geospatial analysis.

Students will gain confidence in these fundamentals through various exercises and assignments. Using Esri's ArcGIS Desktop 10.6, students will be exposed to the most powerful and industry-standard desktop GIS software package. This workshop is repeated in October, 2019.

  • Early Registration: $300
  • Full/Late Registration: $330
  • BayGeo Member: $264
  • Four dates: September 6, 13, 20, 21
  • *Click here for details and registration

GIS QuickStart (Offering 2: October)+

This introductory workshop - our most popular! - is designed for students with no/few GIS skills, and who are interested in understanding basic concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and gaining skills to work with GIS on their own. Mr. Moumié Maoulidi, Ph.D. will demonstrate the fundamentals of creating maps, editing data, and performing geospatial analysis.

Students will gain confidence in these fundamentals through various exercises and assignments. Using Esri's ArcGIS Desktop 10.6, students will be exposed to the most powerful and industry-standard desktop GIS software package. This workshop is repeated in September, 2019.

  • Early Registration: $300
  • Full/Late Registration: $330
  • BayGeo Member: $264
  • Four dates: October 17, 19, 24, 25
  • *Click here for details and registration

QGIS 1: Introduction to Open-Source GIS+

This workshop provides an introduction to the basics of QGIS - an amazingly powerful, free, open source, and cross-plaform GIS. The first session will get you started quickly with an overview of the QGIS interface, some demonstrations of cool things you can do with QGIS, and the completion of a few simple exercises. In our second session we will conduct different exercises invovling vector and raster data as well as the important GIS skill of attribute and spatial queries. During our last session we will undertake slightly more advanced topics such as working with geoprocessing tools.

  • Early Registration: $180
  • Full/Late Registration: $198
  • BayGeo Member: $158.40
  • Three dates: September 30; October 7, October 14
  • *Click here for details and registration

QGIS 2: Applications of Open Source GIS+

This workshop, taught by deeply experienced instructor Brian Quinn, provides an introduction to some tools that can transition you from a consumer of mapping products toward a producer of maps and analyses based on them.

Assumed will be that you know something about working with maps on computers, geospatial data, and a geographic information system (GIS) even if it is proprietary, and that you bring experience that will contribute something meaningful to the workshop.

You want to learn how to work with and analyze mapped data yourself, and not just watch as others work through the challenges and present their results? Have a particular problem that you’d like to solve with mapping technology? In three three-hour sessions we won’t get too advanced, but we will share some methods and get people started on solving their mapping problem in this workshop.

  • Early Registration: $180
  • Full/Late Registration: $198
  • BayGeo Member: $158.40
  • Three dates: November 7, 14, 21
  • Click here for details and registration

Intrduction to ArcGIS Pro +

ArcGIS Pro is the future of ArcGIS software and will replace ArcGIS 10.x Desktop within the next few years. Pro is "the premier professional desktop GIS application from Esri. With ArcGIS Pro, you can visualize, edit, and analyze your geographic data in both 2D and 3D. After you create projects, maps, layers, tools, and more, ArcGIS Pro has several options for sharing your work with others." (Esri)

This workshop is designed for new GIS users as well as those who are familiar with ArcMap or QGIS. We will become familiar with core GIS functionality in Pro and explore the ease with which Pro accomplishes advanced geoprocessing functions and its efficient data management tools. By the end of this workshop you will be able to tell a story and solve a problem with a map.

  • Early Registration: $180
  • Full/Late Registration: $198
  • BayGeo Member: $158.40
  • Three dates: September 11, 18, 25
  • Click here for details and registration

GIS QuickStart Part 2: Resume-Building ArcGIS Skills+

(Note: this workshop is under development and should be ready for registration by August 22). A great follow-up to our popular "GIS QuickStart" workshop! In GIS, vector and raster are two different ways of representing spatial data. In this workshop, the instructor will show you how to work with both vector and raster data in a series of exercises that cover resume-building skills.

  • Early Registration: $180
  • Full/Late Registration: $198
  • BayGeo Member: $158.40
  • Three dates: TBD

Effective Map Design Techniques +

(Note: this workshop is under development and should be ready for registration by August 22)What are the tools, techniques and time-honored practices for producing professional-looking maps? Instructor Melody Cao will show you the steps using a variety of tools, including MapBox, along with an innovative mix of hands-on class exercises. Students will also learn techniques for critiquing existing maps, plus they will be guided in the preparation and presentation of an independent mapping project.

  • Early Registration: $180
  • Full/Late Registration: $198
  • BayGeo Member: $158.40
  • Three dates: TBD

Python Part 1: (The Basics) +

A three-session workshop covering the basics of the Python programming language and ArcPy, the ArcGIS Python module. Python is the most widely-taught language in the world, and used for all types of applications, including internet and data science tools. ArcPy allows for the automation of data processing, analysis, and map production within ArcGIS. By the end of the workshop, students will understand basic Python programming (iteration, decision-making) and will be able to create custom ArcGIS script tools.

  • Early Registration: $180
  • Full/Late Registration: $198
  • BayGeo Member: $158.40
  • Three dates: August 26; September 4; September 9
  • Click here for details and registration

Python Part 2: (Intermediate)+

This workshop builds on skills covered in Python Part 1 and is also suitable for students with previous background in Python. Instructor Silas Toms will focus on using Python code in the ArcGIS platform. Skills will be applied to spatial analysis, over the three-session workshop. By the end of the workshop, students will understand practical applications of Python code and will be able to create custom ArcGIS script tools.

  • Early Registration: $180
  • Full/Late Registration: $198
  • BayGeo Member: $158.40
  • Three dates: September 23, 30; October 7
  • Click here for details and registration

Develop Web Maps and Geographic Visualizations with JavaScript+

Have you ever seen a beautiful interactive map visualization online and wondered how the heck they did that? Sometimes the world of interactive maps and data visualization can be overwhelming: which tools should I use? What language should I learn? Is my data going to work? This workshop aims to give you the foundation to start developing your own interactive maps and geospatial visualizations for the web by focusing on a few popular and open source tools that you can master and build on as you go. With a few foundational skills and a bit of knowledge, friendly and energetic Dan Swick will show how you can build your own beautiful maps and visualizations for the web. We’ll cover:

  • processing and working with spatial data on the web
  • working with several popular JavaScript libraries to build visualizations
  • publishing your creation for others to see

This workshop assumes some working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. If you’re new to those languages but are still interested, we can send you some materials to get started ahead of time.

  • Early Registration: $240
  • Full/Late Registration: $264
  • BayGeo Member: $211.20
  • Four dates: September 9, 18, 25; October 2
  • Click here for details and registration

Spatial Data Analysis with R+

This workshop will focus on R, a free and open source statistical package used by an increasing number of geospatial practitioners. R is supported by a large community of users and has a large number of packages for spatial analysis. This workshop will cover the basics of working with spatial data in R, including importing and exporting spatial data, geoprocessing, spatial queries and joins, raster operations, and selected spatial analyses.

By the end of the workshop, students will be able to import vector and raster data into R, do basic data manipulations including projections and format conversions, query spatial objects using attribute values and spatial relationships, perform common geoprocessing tasks, automate workflows with R code, work with online data and services, prepare data for analyses, and perform basic spatial statistics.

Emphasis will be placed on learning how to complete tasks you've never done before, and automating data processing workflows. Some prior experience with GIS is expected. Students who have not used R before are welcome to take the workshop, but are expected to complete a free online course first.

  • Early Registration: $260
  • Full/Late Registration: $286
  • BayGeo Member: $228.80
  • Four dates: October 12 and 26 (plus two online class meetings)
  • Click here for details and registration

Publishing web maps and processing spatial data with modern JavaScript+

A two-session, hands-on workshop on publishing web maps and geospatial processing using modern JavaScript approaches and tools. Instructor Rob Gaston - a real Javascript whiz - will show students how to acquire, create, and process geospatial data and then publish those data as interactive maps using open-source JavaScript tools and web-based services. Topics include Mapbox GL JS, Mapbox services, GeoJSON, TurfJS, and deploying web maps with GitHub.

Students are encouraged to have some basic JavaScript or programming knowledge. Students can bring any kind of modern laptop with Windows or MacOS. No special software is needed prior; we will install all the dependencies that students need in the course of the workshop.

  • Early Registration: $160
  • Full/Late Registration: $176
  • BayGeo Member: $140.80
  • Two dates: November 2, November 9
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Dive into PostGIS: A Beginners Guide to Spatial Databases+

This workshop is aimed at GIS practitioners who are proficient with GIS principles and GIS software but wish to learn more about relational databases, especially spatial ones. We will first develop a shared, basic understanding of non-spatial SQL (structured query language) queries and a quick overview of basic SQL. Next, we will move on to data management in PostGIS, a free, open-source platform that adds support for geographic objects to the PostgreSQL object-relational database. THen we will use the QGIS platform to visualize the results of the geoprocessing operations and perform edits in QGIS that are saved to a database.

  • Early Registration: $180
  • Full/Late Registration: $198
  • BayGeo Member: $158.40
  • Three dates: November 4, 11, 18
  • Click here for details and registration

GIS Mobile Data Collection+

A four-session workshop covering (1) Understand, configure, collect data using the ESRI Collector app; (2) Understand, configure, collect data using the ESRI Survey123 app; (3) Learn the difference between map-centric and survey-centric data collection; (4) Offline data collection concepts; (5) GNSS Receivers (Trimble and Eos); (6) Reporting using Operations Dashboard, the WebApp Builder, and the Survey123 website.

  • Early Registration: $260
  • Full/Late Registration: $286
  • BayGeo Member: $228.80
  • Four dates: November 4, 11, 18, 23
  • Click here for details and registration