Welcome to the Annual GIS Training

May 16th - May 18th 2017, Cookeville, TN

  • Plenary Session

    Jason Duke, GIS Steering Committee Members

    Tuesday, May 16th: 8:00am - 11:30, Nursing Auditorium

    • Welcome, Logistics, and Introductions - Jason Duke, Region 4 GIS
    • Regional GIS Update - Jason Duke
    • What's New in ArcGIS and ArcGIS Pro - ESRI Staff
    • Break
    • IT Update - John Taitano, R4 CTO
    • Break
    • Keynote - TBA
  • GIS Introduction

    Katy McCurdy, Matt Snider, Drew Rollman, Yvonne Allen, Angela Erves

    Tuesday, May 16th - Thursday, May 18th: all day, 202 Kittrell Hall

    Required skill sets: Basic computer skills and a willingness to learn. A sense of humor helps, too.

    Never used a GIS? Last used GIS 15 years ago? This class is for you. ArcGIS 10.3. Hands-on.

  • ArcGIS Professional (Pro)

    ESRI Staff

    Tuesday, May 16th 1:00pm - 5:00, Wednesday May 17th 8:00am - 12:00pm 208 Kittrell Hall

    Learn ArcGIS Pro the Desktop GIS successor to ArcMap.

  • LiDAR and Terrain Analysis

    Doug Newcomb, Robert Greco

    Tuesday, May 16th: 1:00 - 5:00pm, Wednesday May 17th: 8:00 - 10:00am 302 Kittrell Hall

    LiDAR derived data products are being used to determine hydrologic and vegetation metrics important to species habitat requirements. In this session , you will learn what LiDAR data is, the various types of LiDAR data, different software packages (ArcGIS,Global Mapper, GRASS) that you can use to process LiDAR point data, and different methods of performing terrain analysis from LiDAR derived surfaces.

  • Predictive Distribution Modeling with Maxent

    Mark Endries

    Wednesday, May 17th: 10:00am - 4:30pm, 302 Kittrell Hall

    Required skill sets: Knowledge of ArcGIS, including use with Spatial Analyst and ModelBuilder. However, all participants are encouraged to attend the class, regardless of still level.

    This session will provide an introduction to Maximum Entropy (Maxent) Modeling. Maxent is a machine learning technique that can be used to predict the geographic distribution of any spatial phenomena, including plants and animals. The course will expose participants to thinking about how to include data in a Maxent model, how to properly format data for use with Maxent, running a Maxent model, interpreting the model results, and formatting Maxent output for use in GIS. The course uses ArcGIS for data formatting and viewing, however other options will be discussed.


    • Understand how limitations of existing GIS data affects Maxent model results
    • Understand how to take existing GIS data and properly format it for the Maxent modeling software
    • Understand how to run a Maxent model. This includes understanding all of the various modeling options available and how to set the modeling parameters.
    • Understand how to interpret Maxent model statistics, charts, graphs, and map.
    • Understand how to take the Maxent model output and format it for use in ArcGIS.
  • Model Builder Intro

    Paul Lang, Mark Endries

    Thursday, May 18th: 8:00am - 10:00, 302 Kittrell Hall

    Required skill sets: Good working knowledge of and experience using ArcGIS. Experience using tools in ArcToolbox.

    Haven't used ModelBuilder before or have a cursory understanding of it and want to get a better understanding of the basics of ModelBuilder? ModelBuilder Intro will set that foundation. You will learn what ModelBuilder is, familiarize yourself with it's interface and how to build a basic model(s).

  • Model Builder The Next Step

    Paul Lang, Mark Endries

    Thursday, May 18th: 10:00am - 5:00pm, 302 Kittreell Hall

    Required skill sets: Previous experience using ModelBuilder to create models.

    You know enough about ModelBuilder to be dangerous, but want to get into some more advanced topics. ModelBuilder The Next Step will teach you about creating parameters in your model, managing environmental variables, understanding preconditions and intermediate data. We will also explore using variables within your model to make them more robust and if time allows we will look at iterators.

  • Story Maps

    Kirsten Luke, Jose Barrios

    Wednesday, May 17th: 1:00 - 4:30pm, 208 Kittrell Hall

    Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story. In this section we will introduce you to StoryMaps, show some ESRI templates and develop a story map from scratch using maps from ARCGIS Online (AGOL) and specially formatted tabular data. (all participants need their own AGOL account. Please set up in advance - use this form if you are FWS.

  • Introduction to QGIS

    Doug Newcomb, Roy Hewitt

    Wednesday, May 17th: 3:30pm - 4:30, 208 Kittrell Hall

    QGIS is a free, open source cross-platform (Windows, OSX, Linux) full featured desktop gis which can be used for vector and raster editing and analysis. This session will cover the basic qgis interface, common vector data creation, editing, and analysis, along with the functionality of commonly commonly used plugins for gps, geotagged photos, etc. As time permits, supervised raster classification may be covered.

  • Avenza

    Brian Van Druten

    Thursday, May 18th: 8:00am - 10:00, 208 Kittrell Hall

  • Data Mining/Prep

    Mark Parr, Yvonne Allen, Jose Barrios

    Thursday, May 18th: 10:00am - 12:00pm, 208 Kittrell Hall

    Required skill sets: Students should have rudimental knowledge of the ArcGIS interface and be able to create a basic layout.

    Learn about where to obtain different kinds of data, information on different satellite sensors, and common data preparation methods.

  • Data Management

    Jason Duke

    Tuesday, May 16th: 1:00 - 2:30pm, 308 Kittrell Hall

    Learn how effective geodatabases are at storing data and how to create one. Recommended feature datasets will be covered as will how to convert your shapefiles to feature classes.

  • Queries

    Jason Duke

    Tuesday, May 16th: 2:30 - 3:30pm, 308 Kittrell Hall

    Learn how to perform definition, attribute and location queries. The use of wildcards in queries will also be covered. Students will use data to answer queries that are a combination of types during class. Queries will start out basic and grow in complexity.

  • Editing/Digitizing/Attribution

    Kirsten Luke

    Tuesday, May 16th: 3:30 - 5:00pm, 308 Kittrell Hall

    In this section we will edit vector data and attribute tables. Plus create a brand new geodataset and feature data class, populate the attribute table and create and populate fields.

  • Tabular Joins/Relationship Classes

    Roy Hewitt

    Wednesday, May 17th: 8:00am - 9:30pm, 308 Kittrell Hall

    Required skill sets: basic data-management tasks such as creating a geodatabase and importing/creating feature datasets, feature classes, and data tables.

    Creating relationships between spatial and tabular data can help you to reduce duplication in field data collection. In this course we'll take a look at how to join existing points with tabular data from Microsoft Excel. We'll also learn how to create permanent relationships between the data in your geodatabase, which will make it easier to collect data in the field and easy to explore when you're back in the office.

  • Introduction to Raster/Vector Analysis

    Blaine Elliott, Paul Lang

    Wednesday, May 17th: 9:30am - 11:00, 308 Kittrell Hall

    Required skill sets: Basic knowledge of ArcMap and ArcCatalog.

    Introduction to Vector and Raster Analysis will introduce you to the two primary forms of GIS data, show you how they compare and contrast to one another, and will provide a brief glimpse into how to use and manipulate both with ArcGIS' Geoprocessing tools in order to answer conservation-related questions. Requires basic knowledge of ArcMap and ArcCatalog.

  • Survey123

    Mark Endries

    Wednesday, May 17th: 10:00am - 12:00pm, 302 Kittrell Hall

    Required skill sets: ArcGIS Online Account and an a mobile phone or tablet (Android or iOS). Or, you can look over the shoulder of someone who does.

    Do you or someone you know collect data in the field? Do you have a smartphone or tablet? Would you like a simple way to create custom forms that can be shared and have the data all collected in a single location? Then Survey123 might be the answer! Survey123, from ESRI, is a simple and intuitive form-centric data gathering solution that makes creating, sharing, and analyzing surveys possible. Survey123 allows users to create custom field data entry forms via a web browser or standalone program, and use those forms to capture data in the field on - or offline. The data collected is all stored in a single location regardless of how many different people are entering data. The collected data is then available immediately in ArcGIS. This course will introduce students to the capabilities of Survey123 and guide them through the process of creating a form via a web browser.

  • ArcGIS Environment Settings

    Blaine Elliott, Paul Lang

    Wednesday, May 17th: 11:00am - 12:00pm, 308 Kittrell Hall

    Geoprocessing environment settings are additional parameters that affect a tool's results. They can be huge time savers in that several processes can be done during one process. Further, they can help you organize your data. If you're using geoprocessing tools and you're not using them, you're missing out. Come and find at how! This will be a short class prior to and in conjunction with Introduction to Raster / Vector Analysis.

  • Field Data Collection w/Collector for ArcGIS

    Brian Paddock, Ryan Theel

    Wednesday, May 17th: 1:00 - 4:30pm, 308 Kittrell Hall

    Required skill sets: Intermediate Data Management, Sign up for an ArcGIS Online Account prior to course attendance.

    In this training you will be creating a Geodatabase and publishing a Feature Service for the collection of data using ArcGIS Collector with ArcGIS Online. This course will focus on understanding geodatabase structure, feature classes and domains by using them to build and publish a working feature service. You should leave with the knowledge to build a working feature service that can collect field data using Mobile technology such as smartphones and tablets.

  • Make a Map from Start to Finish

    Jim Besley, Kurt Snider

    Thursday, May 18th: 8:00am - 12:00pm, 308 Kittrell Hall

    Required skill sets: Students should have rudimentary knowledge of the ArcGIS interface and be able to create a basic layout..

    Follow instructors Jim Besley and Kurt Snider as they walk students through the process of creating a map layout in ArcGIS. Along with guiding you through the “how to” of navigating the layout tools in ArcMap, Jim and Kurt will infuse nuggets of cartographic design theory, convention and tips to help you create maps that are pleasing to the eye and communicate your message well.