Session Descriptions

Session Title: GPS - Field Applications

Instructors: John Simpson, Mark Richardson, Robert Greco, Leon McGee

Session Content: Field applications using the GPS units such as the PLGR, Garmin, and Trimble Geo-Explorer 3. BRING YOUR GPS Units!!! Collect GPS data and learn valuable techniques in the field.

Knowledge Required for Session: Designed for all GPS users. Bring your GPS unit.

Session Title: Introduction to Model Builder

Instructors: Paul Lang– Panama City Field Office, Panama City, FL

Session Content:  Content: Have you been using ArcGIS for a long time and ever wondered what ModelBuilder is and how to use it, or do you know basically what ModelBuilder is and want to use it but don’t know how to get started?  Well this is the class for you.  This class will provide you with an introduction to ModelBuilder:  what it is, what the components are, and how do you create, edit and run a model.  We will first take a look at a wildlife habitat process and work through this analysis the typical way most GIS users are familiar – the ArcMap interface.  Then we will take the same process and develop a model, using ModelBuilder, to run the analysis. 


Knowledge Required for Session: 1 year experience working with ArcGIS and ArcToolbox.

Session Title: Intermediate GIS

Instructors: Barry Wood, Dough Newcomb, Blaine Elliott

Session Content: This session will cover such topics as editing, simple geodatabase creation and importing of shapefiles, using an ArcGIS server to access data, using some simple ArcTools (intersect, union), joins & relates, and tables to analyze habitat.  We'll also cover working with DEMs if time permits. 


Knowledge Required for Session: Some knowledge of ArcCatalog & ArcMap

Session Title: GIS Introduction for Conservation Professionals

Instructors: Steve Holzman , Karen Torres, Emery Hoyle, Tara Baird

Session Content: This is a two day version of the three day NCTC course.  This course gives participants an introduction to GIS technology and terminology and teaches them how to use an existing GIS. Professionals emerge from this course with skills in the use of GIS software. Training examples use data from actual FWS projects and other similar conservation efforts.

  • Describe the basic functioning of GIS technology and its application to natural
    resource management;
  • Make decisions in the application of GIS technology to natural resource issues;
  • Create and print maps; and
    Use GIS software for natural resource applications.

Knowledge Required for Session: No previous experience required.  Open to all attendees.

Session Title: Land Cover/Land Use and Imagery from the State to the Refuge

Instructors: Steve Holzman, Brian Van Druten

Session Content: Discuss the various imagery data sources that already exist (SEGAP, MRLC, NLCD) and explore ways to obtain these data from Internet sources. This session will conclude with some basic watershed level analyses using spatial analyst.

Knowledge Required for Session: Fundamental knowledge of GIS.

Session Title: Spatial Analyst

Instructors: Paul Lang, Blaine Elliott

Session Content:  You most likely know what a raster is but you may not be quite sure how to use them other than as a background image for your map. You really want to take the next step and learn how to do raster analysis and how to use some of the tools in Spatial Analyst (ESRI's GIS engine for raster analysis). Raster analysis is very powerful for doing spatial analysis, but can be intimidating and difficult to understand without training. This course will introduce you to Spatial Analyst and several of the more commonly used tools in ArcGIS for raster manipulation and analysis.

Knowledge Required for Session:  Intermediate to Advanced GIS users

Session Title: GPS - Arcpad

Instructors: John Simpson, Robert Greco

Session Content: This course focuses on integrating GPS devices with hand-held field computers for customizing field data collection projects. An overview of the latest devices and configurations used in mobile mapping projects is provided. Participants learn how to import GIS data layers into field collection devices and design field data forms that meet the requirements of their existing GIS. The importance of project planning, database design and file management issues are discussed. Other topics include remote positioning techniques, vehicle tracking systems, and creating metadata according to the latest Federal standards.

Who should attend: Field biologists, GIS specialists, realty specialists, and other natural resource professionals with previous experience using GPS who are designing or managing field data collection projects.


Knowledge Required for Session: For all attendees who use GPS.

Session Title: High Accuracy Elevation Modeling with LiDAR

Instructors: Doug Newcomb, Robert Greco

Session Content:  LiDAR ( Light Detection And Ranging) data is increasingly available in the southeast region.  This session will describe  LiDAR data formats and parameters and what information you can derive from LiDAR data.  A hands-on exercise for creating a land surface model from "bare earth" LiDAR data will be included.

Knowledge Required for Session: Intermediate to Advanced GIS users

Session Title: ArcGIS Tips and Tricks

Instructors:  Jim Besley, Kurt Snider, Gregg Rhinehart

Session Content: This session will guide you through several ArcGIS tips and tricks that will either help save time or serve as enhancements to the user experience.  These tips have been collected by the presenters or may be offered by the attendees.  Attendees will most likely leave the session with a few "nuggets" to take back home.

Knowledge Required for Session:  Should have basic knowledge of ArcGIS.

Session Title: Forest Inventory and Management Applications - 2 Dog/T-Cruise

Instructors: TBA

Session Content:  TwoDog is a forest inventory software package used by natural resource managers to collect and process data for forest management decisions and timber valuation. Created in 1993, TwoDog provides a robust suite of functions in a highly customizable package. This software package provides accurate timber volume calculation in the office and field. In addition to timber volumes TwoDog has been designed to collect and process information on a wide range of variables that concern natural resource managers.

T Cruise easily processes plot, point, double point, cumulative tally inventories, and timber trespass from stratified or non-stratified tracts. Tree volumes are calculated from one of 100 tree profile functions built into the program. Simply choose the profile functions which best match each species being examined. Cruise data can be entered from tally sheets using the built-in spreadsheet.

Knowledge Required for Session:  Open to all attendees.

Session Title: Xtools/Hawthe's Tools

Instructors: Barry Wood

Session Content:

The XTools/HawthsTools Demonstration will emphasize some of the more commonly used tools provided by these two wonderful ArcGIS extensions that everyone should have and be utilizing.  Practical natural resource GIS-applications will be presented that details how these extensions can make your GIS-life pure bliss (or at least a little easier).  Just some of the highlights that will be discussed are updating area fields with a few clicks, creating study grids, turning coordinate information into GIS data, restructuring attribute tables, determining animal movements and home ranges, a wide suite of sampling tools, and auto saving Map Documents.  A “GIS recipe book” will be supplied for everything demonstrated and more.

Objectives:  After this session the attendee will be able to:

Knowledge Required for Session: Should have basic knowledge of ArcGIS.

Session Title: Geodatabase Fundamentals

Instructors: Jason Duke, Brian Van Druten

Session Content: Students will learn the different types of Geodatabases, discuss their benefits, restrictions, and applications, and determine which type would be best suited for their office,. Users will be taught how to create and populate a personal geodatabase in ArcCatalog.

Knowledge Required for Session: Should have basic knowledge of ArcGIS.