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 Serving Washington's GIS Community

Second Annual

 Fall GIS Seminar

in Spokane, WA







8:00 registration

Morning Workshops

8:30 – 10:00 Session 1
  • (A)  Imagery – a core component of your ArcGIS Platform
  • (B)  ArcGIS for Land Records
10:00 – 11:30 Session 2
  • (A)  Advanced ArcGIS App Tools for Rapid Response & Smart Operations
  • (B)  Web GIS – What it is, why it matters, what it looks like, and how to implement
11:30 to 1:00 – Lunch on your Own
1:00 to 4:00 – Afternoon Workshops
  • (A) Field Data Collection with Smart Forms and Survey123 for ArcGIS
  • (B) Emergency Incident Mapping: Leveraging ArcGIS Pro and Web GIS Tools
6:30 to 9:00 – Dinner at Luigi’s (buffet style inclusive except for alcohol and fancy drinks)

Guest tickets are available for $30/person


8:30 to 12:00
  • WAURISA welcome (20 min)
  • State program highlights (40 min)
  • ArcGIS Platform Update (Esri)

Monday morning, Session 1: 8:30am - 10:00am

(A)  Imagery – a core component of your ArcGIS Platform

Presenter: TJ Abbenhaus, Esri

ArcGIS is a complete geospatial platform, where any employee, contractor, or member of an organization can create, share and use maps.  Integral to the ArcGIS platform is imagery and raster data, please join us for a presentation and conversation about how the ArcGIS platform is the tool to be employed for managing large and small collections of imagery and raster data. Learn about the evolving and dynamic imagery solutions available for aerial imagery, satellite imagery, and elevation data. We will discuss the use of the platform approach with regard to imagery data management, dynamic analysis, field mobility, and dynamic dissemination. Store imagery and raster data once use it many ways dynamically while available to every employee, contractor, citizen, and decision maker on any device anywhere at any time.

(B)  ArcGIS for Land Records

    Presenter: Scott Wolter, Esri

    Traditionally parcel databases were the gateway for various departments within an organization to embrace GIS.  Thus the maintenance of cadastral information became the lifeblood for GIS workflow revolutions everywhere.  Fast forward to present day and the demand for this information is higher than ever.    The evolution of mobile technology and the capability to gather info anywhere has produced the expectation that GIS and parcel info can follow suit.  Plus because of budget restraints, workers are asked to do more with less even internally for analysis like neighborhood assessment.  The good news is that Esri has recognized the need for a complete and easily implemented Land Records solution.  One that provides tools for streamlined data management, on time analysis, and fluid distribution.  Please join us as we discuss our current and future solutions.

    Monday morning, Session 2:  10:00am - 11:30pm

    (A)  Advanced ArcGIS App Tools for Rapid Response & Smart Operations

      Presenter: TJ Abbenhaus, Esri

      Now, it's easier than ever to provide the resources to support common mobile workflows.  In conjunction with your mobile tools, we will demonstrate how several Esri resources such as Workforce, Survey123, Collector, and Operations Dashboard can be readily deployed for quick and comprehensive response to your mobile workflows.

      (B)  Web GIS – What it is, why it matters, what it looks like, and how to implement

        Presenter: Shane Clarke, Esri

        Web GIS is the next step in the evolution of GIS. This presentation will show you what Web GIS is, how it is distinct from Desktop GIS and Server GIS, and why Web GIS is a paradigm shift for GIS in any organization. We will show how Web GIS can be used to more rapidly meet business needs with focused, off-the-shelf apps. We will also discuss how Web GIS can be implemented to allow everyone in your organization to discover authoritative data, use and analyze this data, and share via maps and apps. Lastly, we will provide practical steps on how to implement Web GIS so that you and your organization can benefit from the new capabilities of Web GIS.

        Monday afternoon 1:00pm - 4:00pm

        A:  Field Data Collection with Smart Forms and Survey123 for ArcGIS

          Presenters: Shane Clarke, TJ Abbenhaus, Scott Wolter – Esri         

          Survey123 for ArcGIS is a simple and intuitive form-centric data gathering solution for creating, sharing and analyzing surveys in ArcGIS. You will not need any previous practical knowledge about Survey123 before this workshop, but it will be beneficial to watch the Survey123 product overview (3:36 minutes) video prior to attending the workshop.

          In this hands-on workshop you will learn:

          1.  How to create and publish ArcGIS smart forms with skip logic, defaults, input validation rules, and much more.
          2. How to boost the productivity of field users with smart forms and the Survey123 mobile application to support asset inspections, field assessments, code enforcement, etc.
          3. How to quickly analyze data captured in the field using maps and spatial analysis.
          4. The recent updates to Survey123

          This workshop will be interactive, including practical exercises and demonstrations. Most of the workshop will be spent creating a smart form from your existing paper form(s).

          Course Pre-requisites:   

          • A basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel is recommended. No previous knowledge of ArcGIS is required.
          • A computer running Windows, Mac or Linux, with Microsoft Excel and Survey123 Connect installed. You can download Survey123 Connect from  https://doc.arcgis.com/en/survey123/download/
          • A smartphone or tablet loaded with the Survey123 for ArcGIS mobile application installed. You can download Survey123 for ArcGIS from the iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Windows app stores.
          • A login to an ArcGIS Online organizational account with Publisher rights. If you do not have access to an ArcGIS Online organizational account, please contact Shane Clarke at sclarke@esri.com .
          • One or more paper forms that you will use to create a digital smart form using Survey123.

          A:  Emergency Incident Mapping: Leveraging ArcGIS Pro and Web GIS Tools

          Presenter: Jason Eklund, GIS Coordinator Kittitas County

          As ESRI customers we have a variety of tools available at our disposal that can be leveraged for effective management of an emergency event concerning flood or wild fire.  During this workshop I’m going to share with you how Kittitas County effectively managed the Jolly Mountain Fire.  From planning, to incident mapping, I will demonstrate a workflow using out-of-the-box ESRI tools to map events as they happen.

          Intended Audience:  GIS Technicians/Analysts, Emergency Management Staff, GIS Managers

          Learning Objectives:

          • Preparing GIS data and templates in advance of an emergency event
          • Publishing event templates to ArcGIS Online and content management
          • Understanding of how ArcGIS Online content must be shared and tagged
          • Editing/Update workflow of feature services as the event progresses
          • Using ArcGIS Pro instead of ArcMap to create hardcopy maps and publish maps services.

          Tuesday morning 8:30 - 12:00 pm (In auditorium)

          WAURISA – Welcome and Chapter news

          Presenter: Ian Von Essen, WAURISA President & Joshua Greenberg, WAURISA Past president

          Washington Statewide activities

          Presenter: Joanne Markert, State GIS Coordinator

          ArcGIS Platform Update

          Presenter: Scott Wolter, Esri

          This presentation will discuss the current and future direction for the ArcGIS Platform. Discussion items include ArcGIS Enterprise, Online, Solutions and the ArcGIS Hub and how these support government workflows.

          Workshop Instructors Bios

          TJ Abbenhaus is a Solution Engineer for the local government sales team based out of Olympia.  TJ has been with esri for over 10 years, before that he was working in GIS spanning 20 years between Montana state government and Washington county government, all in GIS.  TJ has specialized in the Esri platform specifically the Imagery and 3D solutions.

          Shane Clarke is a solution engineer for the local government team at Esri. Shane has over 25 years of experience in GIS, across multiple markets. The last 10 years have focused on state and local government, helping customers to maximize their investment in location data for both employees and citizens.

          Jason Eklund has been the GIS Coordinator for Kittitas County over the last 9 years where he manages the enterprise GIS data and software for all departments. He earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Management with a minor in Spatial Information Systems Management from Colorado State University. With 18 years of professional experience in GIS, Jason's passion is workflow automation through application development and enterprise GIS integrations with other systems. In 2015 ESRI awarded Kittitas County with the Special Achievement in GIS for their use and incorporation of ESRI's Local Government solutions. Jason is actively involved in the newly formed Washington Government GIS Leaders group, a sub-committee of WAURISA, and enjoys giving an annual presentation to the local elementary school on GIS Day.

          Scott Wolter has been a GIS Professional for 17 Years predominantly working with State and Local Governments. He has recently relocated from North Carolina to Washington. Currently, he holds the position of Accounts Manager for Esri for local Government accounts in the State of Washington.


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