The Virginia Geospatial Extension Program

Workshops and Training

All workshops are intended to be held locally... we bring the expertise to your community!

 

The Virginia Geospatial Extension Program works with an array of partners and stakeholders that provides professional development opportunities ranging from the precollege to higher educational levels.  In addition, the VGEP works closely with Geospatial Extension Specialists and other GIS professionals in other states to bring the best of the best to Virginia.

Here is a summary of the VGEP's past and current geospatial training / workforce development programming areas:

Introduction to ArcGIS (1 day, 2 day, 3 day, or 5 day workshops are avaialble) - Have you ever wanted to learn more about ArcGIS, but just couldn't find the opportunity? Now the opportunity can come to you. This customizable workshop has been formatted to conform to your needs. Through this workshop, you will work with exercises that utilize GIS data from Virginia. All exercises are 'hands-on' oriented, with a splash of presentations and dialogue inbetween.

Introduction to GPS (4 hours) - This workshop will answer all of your basic questions associated with global positioning system (GPS) receivers. Learn how GPS works, what to look for in a GPS receiver, and some of the functionalities of recreational handheld / car navigation receivers. Through this workshop, participants will learn about GPS receivers, as well as free (or almost free) software that can be integrated to enhance your GPS experience.

Introduction to Geocaching (3 hours) - Are you ready to take on the world? Introduction to geocaching will provide you with an overview of geocaching... from setting up your own geocache, to interacting with local geocaches and searching for geocaches. In addition to field exercises, participants will be provided(when appropriate) with lesson plans designed for middle schoolers that will enhance the learnign experience.

Introduction to ArcPad (4 hour) - This workshop is designed to provide stakeholders with a hands-on experience using ArcPad, a mobile GIS software. Participants will learn how to upload data to their handheld PC, collect data in the field using a handheld device, and transfer the data back onto a desktop computer running ArcGIS. In addition, participants will learn how to make a customizable interface to support data entry on the handheld.

Marketing in a Virtual World (3 hours) - This workshop was developed with the small business owner in mind. Have you ever wanted to list your small business (gallery, agritourism business, bed and breakfast, family restaurant) on a car navigation system (Garmin, Tom Tom, etc.)? This workshop will take you through the steps and will will support your efforts to have your business listed on a variety of other national business databases that are consumed by an array of applications. This workshop was initially developed by Adeel Ahmed with the University of Minnesota Extension service. Additional information about this workshop can be access here: http://www.gep.frec.vt.edu/virtualmarketing.html

GIS on Pennies a Day (1/2 day) - Have you ever wanted to know what types of free GIS software programs were available? This workshop provides an overview of some of the most promising free (or highly discounted) GIS software programs available today. This workshop was initially developed by the New Hampshire Geospatial Extension Program.

Making Maps the Google Way (2 - 3 hours) Learn how to enhance your mapping experience using using GoogleEarth and GoogleMaps. While these server-based applications are not considered to be GIS software applications, you will probably find that they can support some of your needs. This workshop is based off a similar initiative developed by the New Hampshire Geospatial Extension Program.

The Virginia Metadata Workshop (1/2 day or 1 day) - this workshop was designed and developed in partnership with the Virginia Geographic Informaiton Network (VGIN). It is intended mainly for local government organizations or state agencies

Special Topic Workshops, Seminars, and Symposia

 

Geospatial Technician Education Institute (GeoTEd | 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)

The GeoTEd institute provides intensive geospatial instruction (GIS, GPS, and remote sensing) to community college faculty and high school dual enrollment educators. The institute is held for 7 days on the campus of Virginia Tech during the summer months. Cohort members are porvided with mentoring and support throughout the course of the year to facilite their efforts to integrate geospatial integration in their classrooms and communities.

Introduction to GIS: A Geospatial Workshop for Virginia Community College Faculty (2010)

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program has provided funding through the Geospatial Technician Education through Virginia's Community Colleges (GTEVCC) project to provide an intensive workshop for selected community college faculty who are interested in integrating geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and remote sensing into their curriculum and course offerings. Additional information associated with this workshop can be accessed through: http://www.gep.frec.vt.edu/VCCS/Summer2010Workshop.html

Southern Virginia Bioenergy Symposium (2008)

This symposium was held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville, VA. This venue provided an overview of some of the opportunities and challenges associated with locating a bioenergy facilitiy, and included a hands-on GIS applications workshop designed to facilitate the needs of local governments to recruit new industry. Additional information associated with this symposium can be accessed through: http://www.gep.frec.vt.edu/bioenergy.html

GIS and Remote Sensing Research Symposium (2008)

This half-day symposium was held at the Holiday Inn at Blacksburg, VA. In addition to providing a venue to share information about recent advances in geographic information systems and remote sensing applications in Virginia, this meeting featured opportunities to interact with colleagues, students, and government and industry representatives from across the state who are interested in geospatial information technology. Additional information associated with this symposium can be accessed through: http://www.gep.frec.vt.edu/OGIS_2008.html

Remote Sensing for Spatial Analysts (2007)

This two-day, hands-on course was sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, in partnership with the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program and VirginiaView. The course offered spatial analysts an opportunity to understand the basics of remote sensing techniques by providing them with hands-on computer training. Participants used remote sensing, in combination with spatial data, to investigate issues such as land cover and use, shoreline erosion, and fisheries and benthic habitat assessment. Two workshops were provided in Virginia. Additional information associated with this workshop can be accessed through: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/crs/rs_training.html .

National Hydrography Dataset Applications Workshop (2007)

This series of hands-on workshops provided an overivew of the availablility and potential uses of NHD within Virginia. These workshop were provided by the USGS, in partnership with the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program, VAMLIS and VGIN.

Local Government Remote Sensing Workshop (2005)

This workshop was developed through funding provided by the NASANSGIC Liaison Committee. This workshop is designed to support existing educational efforts already occurring across the Commonwealth through VGIN, the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program (VGEP), VirginiaView, and Virginia’s other coordinated programs. This workshop expands on these coordinated efforts, by providing participants with an introduction to geospatial applications that are supported by remote sensing data products. The workshop emphasizes remote sensing application demands that serve to drive the continued development and dissemination of these data products. In addition to providing an introduction to remote sensing, and examples of remote sensing applications in the Commonwealth, the workshop provides a general overview of advanced applications of remote sensing imagery using multi-spectral (i.e. change detection analysis) and hyperspectral platforms. Additional information associated with this workshop can be accessed through: http://www.gep.frec.vt.edu/workshop/Agenda.html

Local Government GIS Workshop (2004)

The "Location, Location, Information! Using Space Age Technology to Further Economic Development in Virginia's Fifth District" workshop was held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville, VA. This day long workshop was presented by Congresssman Virgil Goode, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program, and Virginia Cooperative Extension. The workshop emphasized the potential of geospatial tools and techniques and how these tools can support buisness and appilcation needs. Additional information associated with this workshop can be accessed through: SymposiumBrochure.pdf