IGIST has been tasked to review various existing geospatial training materials found at NAVFAC's GeoReadiness Centers, and to begin consolidating them into eLearning modules. The modules will focus on effective use of NAVFAC's RSIMS application to manage and manipulate GIS data in a CITRIX environment. The first module will specifically address the new web viewer that has been developed within the RSIMS application, and additional module topics are still to be determined.
Aug/2010 The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has tasked IGIST to upgrade its existing national Invasive Weeds Field Mapping Course, and two provide four instances of onsite training for this course at various FWS locations.
The course was originally developed by the FWS and two different contractors over a 3-4 year period. Then in August 2008, the FWS tasked IGIST to review and redesign this course so that all material had currency and consistency. Since then IGIST has been providing onsite training for this course in various FWS locations. The software underlying this course is called RLGIS (Refuge Lands Geographic Information System), and is a custom FWS application developed under ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop software. Additionally IGIST will be setting up and maintaining an RLGIS installation, performing minor updates to the course material based on new software releases, and providing remote technical support.
In the summer of 2008 the FWS tasked IGIST to migrate its ArcView-based application, Realty Tools, to ArcGIS. Since that successful migration, the FWS has continued to hire IGIST to maintain the application and to make ongoing improvements and enhancements to the tool. Two specific task orders were awarded in 2010, and another is expected at the first part of 2011.
CH2M Hill and Clark Nexsen formed a Joint Venture company in 2008, and was awarded this contract (N62470-10-D-2023) by NAVFAC. IGIST is a member of the team, along with several other geospatial companies. This contract allows our team to pursue work with NAVFAC anywhere in the world, although there is a geographic emphasis on areas including NAVFAC Southwest, Northwest, and Midwest.
The existing Applied Cartographic Concepts course, in both an eLearning and an ILT (instructor-led training) format, are being updated to reflect ArcGIS Desktop 10. The existing Editing in a Geodatabase Environment ILT course is undergoing similar updates. And finally, the existing course Policy and Procedures to Create the USFS Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) is being updated as well. New MVUM functionality to be included is feature linked annotation and an upgrade to Excel 2007. Additionally, captioned software demos are going to be developed in Adobe Captivate.
A significant number of capital improvements are planned for the San Diego International Airport, and these improvements are called The Green Build. The Airport Authority is actively pursuing local small, disadvantaged businesses to participate in this work. IGIST is developing 18 eLearning modules that will assist the Airport Authority in clarifying how small disadvantaged businesses can be awarded contracts and then perform work for The Green Build. A variety of topics will be addressed in the modules, and will include such subjects as insurance and bonding needs, payroll reporting, and drug testing. IGIST is performing this work as a subcontractor to the Bernard Johnson Group of San Diego, CA.
Five modules are to be developed, and will be delivered from the DCA website, and also from inside the NMCRIS application. The modules are based on specific application workflows, and include registering new archaeological surveys, creating new cultural resource site entries, geospatial editing, geospatial queries, and performing pre-field survey queries. The eLearning modules are professionally narrated, are in Flash format, and are available for viewing through several popular web browsers.
Mar/2010 IGIST has been tasked to provide onsite standard ESRI ArcGIS training to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and to the Indian Health Services (under the US Dept. of Health and Human Services) in Oklahoma City, OK.
Although many agencies using GIS software have moved towards receiving their geospatial training via webcasts and web-based eLearning, there is still a significant need to provide the traditional ILT (instructor-led training) onsite course delivery format. IGIST is authorized by ESRI to teach their standard introductory GIS courses, and still regularly goes onsite to provide this type of training.