Nov/2009 The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) hired IGIST to review and redesign their existing NMCRIS (New Mexico Cultural Resources Information System) application, which tracks 150,000 archaeological sites and tens of thousands of architectural properties recorded throughout the state.
The functionality of the existing NMCRIS application has been maintained, and many new features have been added. The system was migrated off of an Oracle database and onto a SQL Server database; additionally ArcIMS was replaced by ArcGIS Server. The application is to be redesigned so that archaeologists outside of DCA will perform virtually all of the data entry work. These archaeologists will have access to web-based data entry forms that reflect DCA's existing paper forms, and they will also be able to perform web-based spatial editing of polygons that represent archaeological surveys as well as cultural resource sites.
Four years ago, MCAS Cherry Point, in conjunction with URS Corporation, developed some introductory GIS training materials called GIS 123. This material has been taught several times by URS at MCAS Cherry Point. The Marine Corps has tasked IGIST with reorganizing, updating, and converting four chapters from this course into eLearning modules. The courses include Introduction to ArcMap, Understanding and Managing Your Data through ArcCatalog, Cartography and Printing, and lastly Geoprocessing and Data Analysis. The modules will be developed under the GEOFidelis program, and will provide introductory GIS course material that will be available to Marine Corps personnel worldwide.
In an effort to better educate their coastal management personnel in the use of spatial technology, NOAA CSC (Coastal Services Center) is having three modules developed by IGIST. The modules will include 1) Geographic Fundamentals (Coordinate Systems, Projections, and Datums); 2) Data Fundamentals (LiDAR); and 3) Spatial Technology Applications. The modules will be developed using the latest eLearning technologies, and will be delivered to students over the Internet and via DVD.
As part of the contract with SJCOG, Dowling is required to provide deliverables that will be developed using GIS. IGIST will provide these deliverables, and will also perform GIS analyses as needed. Specifically, IGIST will assist in updating the existing CMP (Congestion Management Program) deficiency locations, updating and confirming park-and-ride lot locations.
IGIST has continued to provide on-site GIS instruction to agencies within the US Department of Agriculture, the Department of Interior, and the Department of Defense. Courses include standard ESRI courses, Trimble GPS courses, and custom courses developed by IGIST for specific agencies.
Earlier this year IGIST developed a custom course for the GSTC entitled Policies and Procedures to Create the USFS MVUM. In order to facilitate more streamlined and efficient course delivery for this class, the GSTC has requested that the MVUM (Motorized Vehicle Usage Maps) tools and software be migrated into the USFS CITRIX environment at the Enterprise Data Center in Kansas City, MO. IGIST is examining the feasibility of this in terms of how it impacts training data, workspace read/write access, application access, and desktop sharing capabilities.
One module addresses how USFS GIS personnel will consume map services when they are using map viewer clients such as ArcMap and ArcExplorer. They will become familiar with such services as the Geography Network, Geodata.gov, and the USFS Enterprise Data Warehouse. The other module provides instruction to USFS GIS data administrators to create MSDs (Map Service Definition files), to optimize and publish these MSDs, and also to create map viewer applications.
This course was originally developed for the USFS by IGIST. After offering this course to their GIS personnel for about a year, the USFS determined that they needed to have the curriculum revised to more accurately reflect changes in the way the USFS is deploying its Enterprise GIS. The course will still address the usage of ArcSDE 9.2 in the USFS Enterprise Data Center, incorporating both multiple geodatabases and Enterprise Users into the new curriculum.
This course is being developed as a web-based training course, to be delivered to USFS personnel via their web browsers. This intermediate level course teaches GIS visualization techniques that can be used in both formal and informal planning projects. Based on ArcGIS 9.3, the course uses 3D Analyst, Spatial Analyst, ArcScene, ArcGlobe, ArcGIS Explorer, and Google Earth. There will be six modules in the course, that address the use of visualization for change detection, surface generation, 3D fly-throughs, line of site analysis, time series loops, and virtual globe applications.
The conference provided opportunities for geospatial professionals, field personnel, and resource managers from both the BLM and the USFS to share technology solutions and ideas, and to receive training in the latest geospatial technologies available to their agencies. IGIST taught 3 one day courses, including Editing in the Geodatabase Environment, Using ModelBuilder Tools in ArcGIS, and Applied Cartographic Concepts.
Mar/2009 IGIST was tasked by the US Forest Service (USFS) to provide on-site instructor-led training in four locations for the custom course Managing Workflows in USFS Enterprise Geodatabases Using ArcSDE.
IGIST had previously been tasked to develop this course for the USFS. At that time, existing USFS workflows were incorporated into the course material, so that USFS personnel would be trained for the ongoing migration of geospatial programs and data to the CITRIX-based Enterprise Data Center in Kansas City, MO. Courses were taught by IGIST personal in Sacramento, Denver, Missoula, and Juneau.
This course was originally developed under an agreement with the USFS and the BLM, under the Service First program. That course had been taught for two years throughout the USFS and the BLM, and it was determined that the course needed to be restructured from 9 chapters to 13 chapters, and that it needed to be upgraded to ArcGIS 9.3.