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UAF-GINA/Blue Skies Solutions Training

UAF-GINA/Blue Skies Solutions Training
Registration for GIS Training developed by Blue Skies Solutions LLC, offered by GINA

Each course consists of two full days of instruction (8:30am to 5pm). Registration is $1,070.00 per course ($2,140.00 for both Level 1 and 2 together).

Level 1 course dates:
  • May 28-29, 2019

Level 2 course dates:
  • May 30-31, 2019

You will select your class date on the registration screen.

Level 1: Navigating GIS
This course teaches what a GIS is and what you can do with it with a focus on utilizing Alaska GIS resources. Working with Esri’s ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online, you will create maps, explore and analyze the data behind the maps, and apply methods to easily share your maps. By the end of the course, you will gain solid understanding of how GIS maps and ArcGIS tools are used to visualize real-world features, discover patterns, obtain information, and communicate that information to others.

Who Should Attend
Individuals with minimal GIS experience in the workplace or who consider themselves novices with Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop software.

After completing the course, you will:
  • Have a clear understanding of GIS data structure and the file format in which they are stored and managed
  • Be familiar with the most commonly used projections and datums in Alaska and how they impact your mapping
  • Import and work with GPS data points in your GIS
  • Locate GIS data for Alaska, and utilize data from the Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA)
  • Analyze a GIS map to identify where features that meet specific criteria are located
  • Quickly create and share a GIS map using ArcGIS Online, so they can be viewed using desktop applications, websites, and mobile devices
  • Have an understanding of what Python scripting is and how it may be used to aid your GIS processes

Level 2: Mastering GIS
This course is designed for those who have a good foundation in the basics of GIS and are ready to explore some of the more technical components of ArcGIS for Desktop software as well as ArcGIS Online.

Who Should Attend
Individuals with introductory-level knowledge of GIS concepts and who have some ArcGIS desktop experience

After completing the course, you will:
  • Use the various methods of labeling in ArcGIS
  • Create new data and edit existing data in ArcGIS
  • Create and execute a Python tool
  • Use the primary geoprocessing tools within ArcGIS to perform spatial analysis
  • Use ArcGIS Online to create a feature service of editable vector data
  • Use ArcGIS Online to create a map application that allows users to edit data

Course descriptions courtesy of Blue Skies Solutions, LLC

Please note: It is recommended that you purchase a parking pass for the days that you are parking on campus in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises at the end of the day. There is a kiosk in the parking lot where you can purchase parking passes. Parking passes cost $5/day. Simply place the pass in a visible location on your vehicle's dash board so the parking police can see it.


At this time the Geophysical Institute's return policy varies by product.

Please contact Lea Gardine at 907-474-7664 or for information about specific products.

Thank you.