Summer 2018 Workshops

GIS Quick Start +

This introductory workshop 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. The workshop 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, students will be exposed to the most powerful and industry-standard desktop GIS software package.

  • Early Registration: $300
  • Full/Late Registration: $330
  • Five Mondays and Thursdays: July 9, 12, 16, 19, 23
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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Python (Intermediate) +

This workshop builds on skills covered in Python (Beginner) and is also suitable for students with previous background in Python. Instructor Gregg Verutes, Data Scientist and Geographer, will focus on how to use simple Python code to interact with the ArcGIS mapping platform. The first meeting will provide a Python primer that sets the foundation for subsequent two meetings. Students will learn to write code that automates decision making and iteration routines with GIS data (tables, shapefiles, etc.) and based on real-world examples.

  • Early Registration: $180
  • Full/Late Registration: $198
  • Three dates: July 17, 18, 24
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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For questions about these workshops, please click "Contact Us" at the upper right.

The GIS Education Center: Discounts and Benefits

  • Register at least one week before the workshop starts and save 10%.
  • 20% discount on the early registration rate for BayGeo members!
       » Click here for BayGeo membership details.
       » After becoming a BayGeo member, click "Contact Us" at upper right on this page to request discount code.
       » 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.

    (Past Workshops, now Closed; many will be offered Fall 2018)

    (CLOSED) Web Mapping Quick Start +

    Tired of publishing PDF maps on the web? Come learn the fundamentals of translating your map into a web map. This workshop is intended for students, nonprofits, and government agencies interested in incorporating web maps into their work. By the end of the workshop you will know how to make a simple web map, plus understand web mapping in broad terms, and have enough information to hire a developer, write a grant, or know where to start with your own learning objectives when your goal is to create and sustain a larger project.

    • Early Registration: $240
    • Full/Late Registration: $264
    • Four Mondays: Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30
    • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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    (CLOSED) Effective Communication using GIS, Design, and Stories +

    Ever tried to give an elevator pitch but failed because it was overly complicated? When used properly, maps and other visualizations can enhance a story by providing your audience with actionable information that is meaningful and easy to interpret. Most communication can be boiled down to effectively conveying three elements: what is the problem, what is your solution, and what are the specific benefits of your proposed solution. Instructor Gregg Verutes will give you tools, tips, and techniques to accomplish these objectives using GIS, graphic design and web-based tools.

    • Early Registration: $180
    • Full/Late Registration: $198
    • Three Tuesdays: Apr. 3, 24; May 8
    • Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
    • Click here for more details and to register

    (CLOSED) Spatial Analysis with R +

    R is an open source programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics that is supported by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing. Instructor Andy Lyons will show you how to use R for powerful spatial analysis.

    • Early Registration: $240
    • Full/Late Registration: $264
    • Four Thursdays: Apr. 19, 26; May 3, 10
    • Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
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    (CLOSED) Introduction to QGIS +

    QGIS is a free and open source Geographic Information System that lets you create, edit, visualize, analyze and publish geospatial information on Windows, Mac or Linux. Some prior experience with GIS software is helpful, but not required. Instructor Ana Rivera will guide you through the basics of the evolving QGIS platform.

    • Early Registration: $120
    • Full/Late Registration: $132
    • Two Mondays: May 7, 14
    • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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    (CLOSED) Introduction 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) Instructor Ana Rivera will get you up to speed fast.

    • Early Registration: $120
    • Full/Late Registration: $132
    • Two Tuesdays: May 1, 15 (no class May 8)
    • Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
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    (CLOSED) GIS Quick Start (January-February) +

    Just starting out with GIS? This is the workshop for you. Annijke Wade - a skilled and supportive educator - will teach you the basics of Esri's ArcGIS software through short lectures, demonstrations, and engaging hands-on exercises.

    • Early Registration: $300
    • Full/Late Registration: $330
    • Five Wednesdays: Jan. 31; Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
    • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    (CLOSED) Python Part 1: (The Basics) +

    Would you like to learn how to write powerful code using a simple-to-learn language? Python is used throughout the geospatial industry. Instructor Gregg Verutes, Data Scientist and Geographer, will teach basic syntax and functions of Python, including decision making (conditional statements) and iteration (loops) to automate routines that would take hours, days, or even months if performed manually.

    • Early Registration: $180
    • Full/Late Registration: $198
    • Three Tuesdays: Jan. 30; Feb. 6, 13
    • Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

    (CLOSED) Open Source Geostack +

    Learn the basics of managing, serving, and visualizing geospatial data using free and open-source web technologies. This workshop will provide hands-on exercises in working with geospatial data on the web, including (1) loading and querying spatial data in PostgreSQL, an open-source DBMS with support for geospatial data management and spatial processing; (2) setting up and configuring Geoserver to serve up geospatial data for use on the web; (3) creating a simple web page using Leaflet to visualize geospatial data served by Geoserver.

    • Early Registration: $300
    • Full/Late Registration: $330
    • Five Thursdays: Feb. 8, 15, 22; Mar. 1, 8
    • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    (CLOSED) Map Design +

    What are the tools, techniques and time-honored practices for producing professional-looking maps? Innovative 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
    • Three Tuesdays: Feb. 20; 27; Mar. 13 (no class Mar. 6)
    • Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

    (CLOSED) GIS Quick Start (March-April) +

    Just starting out with GIS? This is the workshop for you. Karla King - one of our most popular instructors - will teach you the basics of Esri's ArcGIS software through short lectures, demonstrations, and engaging hands-on exercises.

    • Early Registration: $300
    • Full/Late Registration: $330
    • Five Wednesdays: Mar. 7, 14, 21; Apr. 4, 11 (no class Mar. 28)
    • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    (CLOSED) Python Part 2: (Intermediate: Python + ArcGIS) +

    This workshop builds on skills covered in Python Part 1 and is also suitable for students with previous background in Python. Instructor Silas Toms, author of "ArcPy and ArcGIS - Geospatial Analysis with Python" will focus on using Python code in the ArcGiS platform.

    • Early Registration: $180
    • Full/Late Registration: $198
    • Three Mondays: Feb. 26; Mar. 5, 12
    • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    (CLOSED) Python Part 3: Python (Advanced) +

    This workshop builds on skills covered in Python Parts 1 and 2 and features a "deep dive" into Python scripting for advanced spatial analysis. Instructor Silas Toms, author of "ArcPy and ArcGIS - Geospatial Analysis with Python" will focus on Python automation for geospatial anaylsis, within and beyond the ArcGIS software ecosystem.

    • Early Registration: $180
    • Full/Late Registration: $198
    • Three Thursdays: Mar. 22; Apr. 5, 12 (no class Mar. 29)
    • Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

    (CLOSED) Vector and Raster Analysis +

    A great follow-up to our popular "GIS Quick Start" workshop! In GIS, vector and raster are two different ways of representing spatial data. In this workshop, instructor Devan Morris will show you how to work with both formats in a series of exercises that cover resume-building skills such as geocoding, site suitability analysis, and georeferencing images.

    • Early Registration: $300
    • Full/Late Registration: $330
    • Five Wednesdays: Apr. 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16
    • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.