Carolina URISA will offer four workshops on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. The workshops will be held in the Sheraton Hotel, just across the street and 1/2 block north of the Raleigh Convention Center. Workshop sessions are scheduled from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, and include refreshments and lunch. Workshop co-chairs are James Armstrong and Kristian Forslin.

Fees / Registration

Workshop fees are $125 for Carolina URISA members; $165 for non Carolina URISA members. A late registration fee of $185 will be in effect on January 16, 2013. To Register - Check HERE for a link to the Online registration tool.

GISP Credit

The GIS Certification Institute offers both education and contribution points toward a GISP for attendance and other involvement in the NC GIS Conference. For more information on GISP credit, see the application at the GISCI website.

For initial GISP Certification, attending an 8-hour CURISA workshop is worth .2 education (EDU) points. For renewal of your GISP, attending an 8-hour CURISA workshop is worth 2.66 EDU points.

For more information on GISP credit, see the application at the GISCI website, see

Workshop Offerings

Project Management Principles for GIS

Bruce Taylor, PMP, GISP - Critigen

The workshop focuses on project management for geospatial projects. Workshop attendees will learn practical project management techniques from the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) and how to apply them to everyday geospatial projects. The workshop will cover projects such as hardware/software upgrade rollouts, GPS data collection, high-volume document scanning, and more!

In addition, fundamentals of project management will also be addressed such as Work Breakdown Structures, Resource Planning, Scope and Cost Control, Scheduling (including dependencies, slippage, critical path, etc.), Risk Management, Change Management, Communication and the Project Lifecycle. Participants will leave with an understanding of how these techniques can be used improve project planning, monitoring and execution, and how to maximize the chance of a successful project.

Intended Audience: Program managers, project managers and technical staff.

GIS Strategic Planning - CANCELLED. If you registered for this workshop, please contact Sheila Walker to arrange for a reimbursement or to transfer to another workshop.

NEW Workshop

Asset Management: Planning, Strategy and Implementation

Allen Ibaugh - DTS GIS

Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demand, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets.  Many of these agencies are turning to Asset Management to cope with these challenges and improve business performance and effectiveness.

This workshop will focus on several aspects of developing an asset management system that could help improve performance, reduce long-term costs, and maximize return on investment in infrastructure assets.

Specific topics include:

  • Strategy and Planning
  • Data Collection Methods
  • Software Solutions
  • Information Management and Decision Support Tools
  • Evaluation and Performance Measures
  • GASB34 Reporting
  • Life Cycle Costs

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for utility, transportation, engineering, planning, and environmental managers and analysts of the public and private sectors.

Business Intelligence and Data Integration for the GIS Professional

Carl Anderson - Spatial Focus

This workshop covers the general topics of Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Integration (DI) and ways to add a spatial component to BI and DI systems. It will give GIS professionals the knowledge to identify and leverage opportunities to enhance decision support through interaction with existing BI frameworks or implementing a new BI framework.

Specific topics include:

  • Overview of GIS and Decision Support Systems
  • Business Intelligence components, technologies and frameworks
  • Developing a governance model for a BI framework
  • Developing a data integration strategy
  • Dashboards
  • Data visualization

Intended Audience: GIS managers and anyone interested in planning or managing spatial data within a business intelligence or data integration environment.

Overview of Open Source GIS Software

Sara Yurman - Spatial Focus

This URISA Certified Workshop will sample from the broad spectrum of open source GIS. Open Source solutions are not an "either-or" proposition, They can be integrated with existing commercial and proprietary applications and software systems to increase the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of your GIS solutions. Open Source GIS has evolved over the last 30 years or more. The current generation offers:

  • Advanced GUI interfaces
  • Interoperability features
  • Enterprise features: distributed editing, database integration with triggers and stored procedures, etc.
  • Commercial (paid) support via phone and/or email
  • Community (free) support

Intended Audience: The workshop is intended for both management and technical personnel. There are a good many software demonstrations, along with discussion about the dynamics of introducing open source software to an organization, training issues and more.