Every year, H-GAC partners with the staff at TeachMeGIS (TMGIS) to bring current, high-quality GIS training opportunities to members of the Geographic Data Workgroup (GDW) as well as all H-GAC members and employees. All trainings are taught on-site at either the H-GAC Training Room or the TeachMeGIS Training Center and come at a discounted rate of 20% off the regular price. All training dates and topics are subject to change without prior notice.
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ALL of the GIS trainings listed below will be virtual instructor-led trainings by TMGIS staff until further notice.*
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Python is becoming more and more popular for writing custom scripts in ArcGIS. Python scripts can be used to manipulate a map, execute geoprocessing commands, and read/write files. This introductory course takes a leveled approach to writing scripts; beginning with basic Python syntax and simple scripts, ending with scripts that read files, manipulate the information, and create GIS data.
The ArcGIS Application Programming Interface (API) is a Python library that allows GIS visualization and analysis, data management, and system administration via Python scripts. The library is free to download but requires ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS for Portal access to create the GIS object, which is the core of the API library. Jupyter notebooks is an application that provides a place to write scripts (an IDE), as well as a way to visualize results from the script (text, tables, charts, maps, and scenes), and a way to document the script and the results. Notebooks can be shared easily. This course introduces the ArcGIS API by writing and running scripts in Jupyter Notebooks and Jupyter Labs. This course builds on the Python for ArcGIS – Writing Scripts to Manipulate GIS Data TeachMeGIS class, and assumes you have the basic Python skills taught in that course (creating variables, looping, conditional statements, reading and writing to/from files).
The FME software is a great tool for transforming data from and to GIS formats. This class shows you how to use FME Workbench and focuses on the three essential components of FME: Reader, Writers, and Transformers. Mastering these will allow you to quickly begin building your own transformations. With hands-on projects, this course will cover many commonly used workflows. Once you complete this course, you will know how to use FME to process data from a variety of sources including shapefiles, textfiles, and even spreadsheets.
A Geographic Information System (GIS) is an integral part of a NextGen 9-1-1 system. Maps, tied to database tables, allow addresses to be located, and quick identification of the appropriate emergency services responsible for responding to that address. This course introduces the ArcGIS Desktop software and teaches the fundamental concepts necessary to use the software to query and work with GIS data.
NextGen 9-1-1 necessitates a clean and complete GIS database of address points, ESN zone polygons, municipal boundaries, fire districts, and all other datasets relevant to emergency response. ArcGIS Desktop gives emergency response professionals the tools for creating, updating, and maintaining that data. This course teaches how to create GIS data, check the data for accuracy, add new address points, and draw in new street centerlines and boundary polygons as areas are built and other areas annexed.
Training Occurs: September 17 - 18
Location: H-GAC Training Room (held online until further notice)
Price: $768 (with 20% discount)
With 64-bit processing, enhanced 3D capabilities, and a whole new interface, ArcGIS Pro promises a wealth of potential for experienced GIS users. This course is designed to help existing ArcMap users get up and running in Pro as quickly as possible. Become familiar with the new project structure, understand the intuitive and dynamic interface structure, and learn how to do all of your favorite tasks in a whole new way.
Training Occurs: October 5
Price: $384 (with 20% discount)
Arcade is a simple scripting language used across the ArcGIS Platform to customize label expressions and pop-ups, and to create sophisticated symbology by manipulating attributes on-the-fly. Arcade is a secure, cross-platform language which works in ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online and Portal, and in web apps running on desktops or mobile devices. You don’t have to be a programmer to incorporate Arcade scripts into your maps and apps. This course will give you a great foundation in the scripting language, and some tips and tricks for incorporating Arcade into your work.
Training Occurs: October 12 - 13
Location: TeachMeGIS Training Center (held online until further notice)
For someone new to GIS and specifically to the ArcGIS Pro software, this course is the starting point. The class begins with the basics of navigating the map and walks through the process of creating maps, optimizing the display of the data, and performing spatial analysis. At the completion of this course, those attending should have a strong foundation in the basic use of ArcGIS Pro and have an understanding of the strengths of performing spatial analysis with a GIS.
Training Occurs: October 14 - 16
Price: $1152 (with 20% discount)
This course is the second of the two essential courses for getting comfortable with the ArcGIS Pro software. Take your ArcGIS skills to the next level by learning to connect to, create, edit and analyze your data. Combine existing data into new datasets to show information in one table. Discover the immense functionality available in ArcToolbox. Take your map layouts to the next level with enhanced labels and new techniques for layouts. Make use of some lesser known features of ArcMap, like seeing animations of schools being placed over a century of time, link parcels to other documents like deeds, and attach photographs to road hazard locations.
Training Occurs: October 19
Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data is the new standard for digital elevation data. As the data becomes more readily available to all GIS users, it is important to understand the data structure and learn how derivative products, such as digital elevation models and building footprints, get created from the raw lidar data. This course teaches how to use ArcGIS Pro to work with LiDAR data. It also introduces the participants to a variety of government agencies sharing LiDAR data with the public.
Training Occurs: November 4-5
GIS gives you an easy way to get access to the tremendous amounts of data available, and with the advent of web-based GIS, creating and consuming maps is even simpler and more collaborative. At first glance, web GIS lets you see spatial data on a map. But underneath, it has powerful tools for analyzing the data. With ArcGIS Online® and Portal for ArcGIS®, you can quickly create a heat map showing crime rates, evaluate oil field productivity, plan shelters and triage centers for an emergency, or explore a site for potential environmental issues. This course introduces you to GIS, mapping, and spatial analysis. The course will also introduce you to the new possibilities of a web GIS for collaboration and cooperation. This class is the first step in learning to incorporate this valuable tool into your daily workflows. The course is taught using ArcGIS Online.
When registering for any of the courses above, please be sure to select the correct course name, start date, and location (i.e. "H-GAC" for the H-GAC Training Room or "Houston" for the TeachMeGIS Training Center). For the discount, please then indicate that you are either a "GDW Member", “H-GAC Member”, or an "H-GAC Employee" in the coupon code box to receive the 20% discount. H-GAC and TMGIS staff will then verify the GDW membership, H-GAC membership, or H-GAC employment and apply the discount. For questions relating to registration or training topics and content, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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