Pro-West is building up to our home state’s GIS conference, MN GIS/LIS Consortium’s Annual Conference, this year moving to St Cloud’s River’s Edge Conference Center and taking place October 2-4.

The Pro-West team will be out in force for the 3-day event, sharing projects and technical updates through presentations, connecting at our exhibit booth and social events, supporting MN GIS/LIS through sponsorship and learning from our peers in the GIS industry.

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The MN GIS/LIS Annual Conference will kick off as it does every year, with half-day and full-day workshops on Wednesday, October 2. This year Pro-West will be teaching a half-day workshop focusing on the new “Parcel Fabric in Pro” tools for parcel editing. Discover the difference between the current (ArcMap) environment and editing in ArcGIS Pro, learn how to plan a successful transition, and get answers to all your Parcel Fabric in Pro questions. The workshop will be led by Lisa Schaefer, Pro-West Geospatial Data Specialist. Lisa has been a participant in Esri’s testing program for the new fabric tools and is one of just a handful of industry leaders with expert technical knowledge of the new tools.

WK003: Parcel Management in Pro – What’s Changing?

Wednesday, October 2, 9:30am-12:00 

The introduction of Parcel Fabric in ArcGIS Pro may leave you asking yourself questions such as “What are the differences between ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap parcel fabrics?”, “What do I need to know about the new platform?”, and “Do I have to make the transition?”

Come to this workshop to get those and several other questions answered! We’ll discuss the difference between the platforms, the options and requirements for each, demonstrate some common tasks in each platform and discuss the migration from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro.

Lisa will also be delivering a presentation, “Highlights of Parcel Fabric in ArcGIS Pro”, Friday October 4 at 8:30-10:00am (Session 28: Parcel/Survey) that may also be of interest. 

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What value can MN GIS/LIS attendees gain from joining Pro-West presentations in 2019?

This year, our goal is to ensure attendees receive value by seeing real-life enterprise GIS implementations, getting help navigating newly available technologies and what it means for them, learn how to evaluate the success of their location technology deployments, and more.

Redefining Government GIS with Hub

Session 4: Enterprise GIS | Thursday, October 3, 10:30am-12:00pm | Kyle Wikstrom, Solutions Architect, Pro-West & Associates

ArcGIS Hub is empowering government organizations with a new ability to transform data and provide insightful information for all. During this presentation we will focus on how counties and cities can use Hub to connect communities with this information, maturing beyond just sharing data to engage users in active collaboration, help achieve community aspirations through focused initiatives whose performance can be measured, and efficiently produce answers to community and organizational challenges.

Find out more about Pro-West’s ArcGIS Hub services 

Modern Land Records Data – FAST!

Session 4: Enterprise GIS | Thursday, October 3, 10:30am-12:00pm | Caitlin Christenson, Stevens County & Brandon Tourtelotte, Pro-West & Associates

To solve the problem of an outdated open source GIS that was slow and lacked mobile capabilities, Stevens County, MN implemented an enterprise GIS that included an enterprise geodatabase and public-facing tax parcel viewer to achieve its goals of enhancing public data access and enabling field mobility. This enabled the County to share land records data publicly in real time instead of days or weeks later.

Discover the County’s technical journey and how leaders and end users were engaged in the process.

If you missed this presentation at the 2019 Esri UC, catch it at GIS/LIS! 

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Identifying Key Performance Indicators for GIS Solutions

Session 10: Business Solutions | Thursday, October 3, 1:30pm-3:30pm | Kyle Wikstrom, Solutions Architect, Pro-West & Associates

The concept of using GIS solutions to meet business challenges is nothing new. But how do you measure the success of those solutions? Are you achieving a return on your investment? Are the solutions doing what they were designed to do? How do you know you’re doing a good job? Can you prove it with data?

Measuring performance is driven by data characteristics. Learn how to define what you need to know from or about the data in order to evaluate the success of a project or initiative.

GIS Career Panel

Session 23: GIS Career Panel | Thursday, October 3, 3:30pm-5:00pm | Kendis Scharenbroich, President & CEO, Pro-West & Associates (panelist), led by Stacey Stark, University of Minnesota Duluth

This panel discussion is always a popular and lively one about what it takes to be a GIS professional. Everything from education to networking, interviewing, and specific skills will be covered. Panel participants from a variety of backgrounds and sectors will discuss their career paths and answer questions from the audience.

Highlights of Parcel Fabric in ArcGIS Pro

Session 28: Parcel/Survey | Friday, October 4, 8:30-10:00am | Lisa Schaefer, Geospatial Data Specialist, Pro-West & Associates

As ArcGIS Pro becomes available for Parcel Fabric editing, what does that mean for organizations using the fabric? What is this new platform, and how will it be different from Parcel Fabric in ArcMap? What value does the new Pro environment offer for Fabric users? What do editors need to know? How and when should you plan your migration? Join us for this session to answer all these questions and more!

Learn more about Pro-West’s services for Parcel Fabric in Pro.

Exhibit Hall

Pro-West’s exhibit booth will be staffed throughout the conference. Stop by to discuss your GIS challenges or questions with one of our experts, sample the candy buffet or just to say hello. We look forward to seeing you!

We will also be at special events throughout the conference including:

  • Welcome reception – Wednesday, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Social events at the Red Carpet nightclub – Wednesday from 7pm and Thursday from 7:15pm
  • The Exhibitor and GIS/LIS raffle – Thursday, 6.15-6:45pm
  • Awards luncheon – Thursday, 12:00-1:30pm

This year’s Thursday morning opening keynote by Esri’s Joseph Kerski is also not to be missed!