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Third Annual

 Fall GIS Seminar

in Spokane, WA



                              November 5-6, 2018

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8:00 registration

Morning Workshops

8:30 – 11:30
  • (A)  Migration to ArcGIS Pro
  • (B)   Extracting value from your lidar data

****  11:30 to 1:00 – Lunch on your Own

Afternoon Workshops

1:00 to 4:00 
  • (A) Disaster Preparedness and Resiliency  
  • (B) UAS and GIS: Enabling Drone Technology for the Geospatial Professional
5:00 to 7:30 – 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 - 11:30am

(A)  Migration to ArcGIS Pro
Presenter: John Sharrard, Esri

 ArcGIS Pro is the next generation professional desktop GIS application from Esri. With ArcGIS Pro, you can visualize, edit, and analyze your geographic data in both 2D and 3D.. In this ½ day technical workshop you will explore resources for learning ArcGIS Pro, how to migrate your work from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro. The importance of ArcGIS Pro to the ArcGIS Platform and the road ahead for Esri software development.

For further information on ArcGIS Pro:

(B)   Extracting value from your lidar data

Presenter: TJ Abbenhaus, Esri

 Lidar (light detection and ranging) is a relatively new remote sensing technology allowing us to collect very dense point samples of features in 3D. Lidar technology has evolved to become a common source of geographic data in GIS. Please join us for a workshop where we will discuss and explore using ArcGIS to quickly view lidar data in 2D and 3D, manage huge volumes of lidar data holdings, update lidar class codes, and explore and create a web scene


Monday afternoon 1:00pm - 4:00pm

A:  Disaster Preparedness and Resiliency

Presenters:  John Sharrard & TJ Abbenhaus, – Esri         

 Please join us for a half day workshop where we will have a hands on workshop using Esri solutions to prepare for disasters.  We will discuss how to use ArcGIS online in preparation for supporting a large and possibly coordinated response to a natural disaster.  ArcGIS online provides a platform that is scalable and agile for rapid response, however some early forethought and preparations is required to be prepared for these types of events.  We will use this time to show various approaches and lessons learned from the devastating fires in Sonoma CA. last year.  This workshop will work with ArcGIS online please bring your login information, if you need we will be able to assign you a temporary ArcGIS online account. 


B:  UAS and GIS: Enabling Drone Technology for the Geospatial Professional

Presenter: Jackson Beighle, Frontier Precision

The emerging technology of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) is enabling geospatial professionals to acquire high quality aerial data of project sites in a timely fashion.  The availability of lower cost drones, high-quality lightweight cameras, specialized sensors, and more user-friendly software is making it easier to deploy the technology and take advantage of the benefits.  Attend this workshop and learn more about the UAS industry including drones, sensors, regulations, and photogrammetry software.  See how Drone2Map is used to generate UAS deliverables in an Esri environment.  Gain valuable hands on experience using Pix4Dmapper to create accurate, georeferenced 2D and 3D data.


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.

For the past 12 years, Jackson Beighle has worked as a Geospatial Sales Rep, initially with Electronic Data Solutions and now with Frontier Precision through an acquisition in 2016.  Jackson received his undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Montana in 1994.  In 1996, he completed his graduate studies at Oregon State University with an emphasis in GIS and remote sensing.  For over 20 years, Jackson has worked with a wide range of geospatial customers in the areas of public safety, natural resources, and utilities.  His current focus is hardware and software for geospatial data collection including UAS and 3D mobile scanning.  Jackson resides in Missoula with his wife Traci and 3 sons.

 John Sharrard is currently GIS Solutions Engineer for Esri . He has been working in the GIS field for 30 years. The first seven years were with the State Of Oregon and the last twenty-one years have been with Esri. John concentrates on Web GIS, 3D GIS, Local Government, Land Records, and Transportation solutions. John is a graduate from the GeoScience program at Oregon State University.  

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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