Professional GIS Workshops Offered by SD Mines

Upcoming Workshops

Due to COVID-19 closures of the SD Mines campus, Summer 2020 workshops will be held online.

 Switching to ArcGIS Pro  May 20, 2020  Online only
Intro to ArcGIS I: Mapping with GIS  (ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro) 
January 4-6, 2021  
Intro to ArcGIS II: GIS Analysis  (ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro) 
January 7-8, 2021  
Field Data Collection with ArcGIS May 18-19, 2020 cancelled


Receive a $100 discount by registering for both Intro to ArcGIS workshops in one session. (Does not include the Switching to ArcGIS Pro workshop.)

Workshops are generally held in December/January and May/June. Daily schedule is 8:30am to 4:30pm Mountain Time, with an hour break for lunch. 

Register Online

Note: If you do not receive a GIS Workshop confirmation email within a day or two of registering, please email to inquire.

Note about online workshops:  We will follow our normal workshop schedule as closely as possible.  The day is broken up into 5-6 lessons of about an hour each. Each lesson begins with a live online presentation about GIS concepts and the software, and then the participants work on a hands-on tutorial. The presentations will be given in Zoom, and the instructor will be available in the Zoom classroom to answer questions should the participants run into any issues with the tutorials. We normally begin at 8:30 am MDT and conclude about 4:30 pm each day. There will be a lunch break and a couple short breaks in the morning/afternoon. The intention is that each participant devotes the full day to the workshop for maximum benefit, although there will be times available for people to check email and do other critical tasks if needed.

Workshop Descriptions

GIS Workshops - Intro to ArcGISIntro to ArcGIS I: Mapping with GIS

Instructor: Curtis Price
Cost: $550 Course Outline (pdf)
This workshop is for people with no previous GIS experience. It covers the basics on how ArcGIS stores and manages map data and introduces participants to making maps and working with GIS data sets and data tables. GIS data storage, creating maps, publishing map layouts, and working with tables are all covered. It also includes an overview of commonly used sources of GIS data and how to adapt them for your own use.
Background required: Familiarity with Windows and Internet browsers

GIS Workshops - Intro to ArcGIS IIIntro to ArcGIS II: GIS Analysis

Instructor: Curtis Price
Cost: $425 Course Outline (pdf)
This workshop is for people who want an introduction to the types of spatial analysis possible with GIS data. It introduces many key GIS techniques, including how to: do a suitability study based on multiple criteria, analyze spatial relationships between layers, locate addresses, solve utility or transportation network problems, work with topographic data, interpolate values from point data, and solve problems using distance and neighborhood factors.
Background required: Intro to ArcGIS I workshop or equivalent experience

GIS Workshops - Editing and Databases

Switching to ArcGIS Pro

Instructor: Maribeth Price
Cost: $195
This one-day workshop is designed for experienced users of ArcMap/ArcCatalog who are wondering when and how they should start using the new ArcGIS Pro product.  The workshop will cover navigating the new interface, understanding the new project file structure, migrating your current data and maps, implementing your workflows, utilizing new capabilities, and managing licenses. We will also discuss factors why you might want to switch now or wait until later.
Background required: Six months experience using ArcMap and ArcCatalog ("ArcGIS Desktop 10x")

GIS Workshops - Field GISField Data Collection with ArcGIS          

Instructor: Curtis Price
Cost: $425 Course Outline (pdf)
This workshop is for people who need to learn about how to prepare GIS data for field collection projects, collect spatially enabled data in the field, and integrate the collected data back into the geodatabase. The course includes an brief overview of geodetic fundamentals and geo-location technologies, and hands-on practice with ArcGIS Online hosted technology (Survey123, QuickCapture, and Collector).
Background required: Familiarity with ArcGIS Online is recommended but not required.
Equipment: Participants must being their own location-enabled device (iOS or Android). See ArcGIS Collector System Requirements.

About the Instructors

Dr. Maribeth Price holds a PhD in Geosciences from Princeton University and is currently a professor of geology at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. She has been using and teaching GIS for over 20 years, has consulted on GIS in both industry and government, and supervised undergraduate and graduate research projects involving GIS. She is the author of Mastering ArcGIS and Mastering ArcGIS Pro (McGraw-Hill Higher Education), introductory GIS textbooks used by both college students and professionals in developing their GIS knowledge and skills, as well as Switching to ArcGIS Pro (Esri Press). She has given more than 100 workshops to over 1200 participants since 2000.

Curtis Price Esri Desktop Professional teaches five courses in geospatial technology at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Price earned his M.S. in Geology from Dartmouth College and, after a few years with NASA, joined the U.S. Geological Survey.  During his USGS career, he provided GIS technical support and training, and applied GIS to projects ranging in scale from landscape characterization for local water-quality studies to development of Python raster tools used to build the  National Hydrography Dataset-Plus.  Mr. Price is an Esri ArcGIS Certified Desktop Professional and a Geonet MVP.