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Conservation District GIS Trainings

Conservation Districts are required to attend a GIS training before they are provided with an ID and Login to allow them to access the GIS system to make changes for their county. The Center plans to hold them periodically 2-3 times a year based on demand. One-on-one trainings are also possible if requested.  To request an one-on-one training or GIS assistance, contact Ken Corradini at 814-865-6966.

All regularly scheduled trainings will take place at the Center. Click here for directions.


Training Dates

Standard Training

  • November 1

Advanced Training

  • November 2

Training Logistics

Standard Training

Trainings will begin at 9 am.  The morning will consist of classroom-like instruction on “dummy” data.  Lunch will be provided.  After lunch, we will switch to “real” data, and allow attendees to begin entering their project data while Center staff provides assistance.  Attendees can leave when they have entered all of their projects or feel they are comfortable enough with the system to run it on their own.

Advanced Training

  • Must have already attended standard GIS training.
  • Must be able to work fairly fluid with basic functionality GIS system (i.e., create new sites, add traffic studies, add new contracts) without issue.

Trainings will begin at 9 am.  The morning will be similar to a standard training with the exception that it will focus on advanced features and reporting functionality. Lunch will be provided.  After lunch, we will switch to “real” data, and allow attendees to begin entering their project data while Center staff provides assistance.  Attendees can leave when they have entered all of their projects or feel they are comfortable enough with the system to run it on their own.


Who Should Attend

The person in charge of entering project data into the GIS for the District is the primary target for this training.  Space will be limited to keep the sessions manageable.  Conservation Districts will be given first priority (others such as DEP can attend if there is space).  Attendance limited to 2 people per Conservation District.  Multiple attendees from a CD may have to share a laptop.


What to Bring

  • Laptop: Please bring your own laptop if possible.
  • Laptop requirements:
    • Windows based
    • Wi-Fi capable (GIS program is online based)
    • “Google Chrome” browser strongly recommended.
    • The Program appears to work on windows based tablets, but has not been fully tested.  Laptops are strongly recommended for this training.
  • Loaner laptops” are limited.  If you have an extra laptop that someone could borrow for the day, please bring it as well.
  • Project Files: Since the afternoon plan involves facilitated entry of real data, CDs are asked to bring at least 10 contracted or completed project files from 2015 to enter into the system (both D&G and LVR).

Buying a new laptop? Some advice to insure capability to the GIS system:

  • Required:
    • Windows based laptop (7, 8, or 10)
    • Internet connection
  • The “tech specs” required to run the GIS program are minimal.  The speed of the GIS system will be much more dependent on the speed of the internet connection than the speed of the computer processor.  Even “low end” laptops should have no problem running the GIS.  Laptops are eligible admin/edu expenses under the DGLVR Program.
  • Tablets: While it was not specifically designed for tablet use, the GIS Program seems to be fully functional on windows based tablets.  While it may work on android or iOS operating systems, windows based tablets are recommended for maximum usability and to facilitate troubleshooting.

Registration

No fax, snail mail or call-in registrations will be accepted! A limited number of openings are available; please register as soon as possible.

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For more information regarding the Cvent registration process:

Office of Conferences and Short Courses
The Pennsylvania State University
301B Ag Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-8301
Phone (toll-free): 877-778-2937
Email: csco@psu.edu