Professional GIS Workshops Offered by South Dakota Mines

Upcoming Workshops

 Spring/Summer 2023 Spring/Summer 2023

Intro to ArcGIS I: Mapping with GIS  (ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro)** 

May 8-10, 2023
(in-person only in Rapid City) 
 Intro to ArcGIS II: GIS Analysis (ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro)** May 11-12, 2023
(in-person only in Rapid City)
Field Data Collection with ArcGIS (PENDING)   PENDING (Summer 2024)
(in-person only in Rapid City)

*Online attendance is supported with Zoom. (Except Field Data Collection workshop). 
**Concepts discussed in workshop apply to both ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro, attendees must select which application for lab exercises ahead of time.
Receive a $100 discount by registering for both Intro to ArcGIS I, II workshops in one week. 

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

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

Workshop Descriptions

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

Instructor: Victoria Karnes
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. (Tuition includes license for Mastering ArcGIS or Mastering ArcGIS Pro e-textbook)
Background required: Familiarity with Windows and Internet browsers

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

Instructor: Victoria Karnes
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, work with topographic data, interpolate values from point data, and solve problems using distance and neighborhood factors. (Tuition includes license for Mastering ArcGIS or Mastering ArcGIS Pro e-textbook)
Background required: Intro to ArcGIS I workshop or equivalent experience

GIS Workshops - Field GISField Data Collection with ArcGIS          

Instructor: PENDING
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) using student's personal devices. (BYOD: Bring Your Own Device)
Background required: Familiarity with the ArcGIS platform recommended but not required.
Equipment: Bad Elf handheld GPS units (provided with assistance from the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium) will be used to collect data. However, participants must bring their own phone or tablet (iOS or Android). See ArcGIS Collector System Requirements.

About the Instructors

Victoria Karnes is the current instructor in geospatial technology at South Dakota Mines. She earned her B.S. in Geology from South Dakota Mines in 2019 and her M.S. in Space and Planetary Sciences from the University of Arkansas in 2022. She specialized in ESRI products, QGIS, and ENVI. 

Dr. Maribeth Price holds a PhD in Geosciences from Princeton University and is currently a professor of geology at the South Dakota Mines. 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.

Attendee comments (from May 2021 workshops)

  • The instructor was very knowledgeable and presented the class clearly
  • The workshop helped me with understanding the general concepts
  • The class project aspect for each day helped
  • The organization was great. The instructor's ability to respond to questions real-time was very useful.

South Dakota Mines GIS Workshops is a proud sponsor of BHDMA