Preconference Workshops and Training

Optional preconference workshops and training sessions on Monday and Tuesday before the Summit will give you in-depth, expert-led exposure to the latest geodesign techniques and technologies.

Registration for these workshops and hands-on training is available when you register for the Geodesign Summit. Space is limited, so click the Register Now button to reserve your seat.

Redlands Redevelopment CityEngine Training

Tuesday, January 28th, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Esri® CityEngine® software is able to simulate the impact of design decisions in real time, enabling decision makers to meet or exceed project goals, whether they be sustainability metrics, regulatory compliance, or cost reduction. The Redlands Redevelopment example provides a template for showcasing urban planning and design capabilities using CityEngine. This training introduces CityEngine at an intermediate level from existing city simulations to the planning and redevelopment of a site using new 3D city design rules.

Intended Audience

This instructor-led training session is intended for anyone interested in 3D urban design. Familiarity with ArcGIS for Desktop and CityEngine is recommended.




$200 (workbook and example rules and data included)


Eric Wittner, Brooks Patrick, Craig McCabe, and Sean Morrish

Practicing Geodesign Using ArcGIS

Monday and Tuesday, January 27th-28th, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Geodesign provides a framework and robust tools that support rapid evaluation of design alternatives and their impacts. This course teaches planning and design workflows to iteratively model, visualize, and quickly evaluate the impacts of individual decisions on the overall design of a three-dimensional geographic space. Some course exercises use tools provided in ArcGIS® 3D Analyst™ and Spatial Analyst extensions.

  • Apply a GIS-driven workflow to help guide a design project from start to finish.
  • Assemble and prepare data for use in GIS models.
  • Create suitability models that consider multiple criteria appropriate for a given project.
  • Use rapid iteration to visualize and evaluate alternative design plans.
  • Produce and compare impact maps and reports for each design plan.


Familiarity with ArcGIS and geodesign principles is assumed. Completion of ArcGIS 2: Essential Workflows or equivalent knowledge is required.

Intended Audience

This course is for GIS professionals, design professionals, and academics and researchers working in urban and regional planning, environmental planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, and related fields who need to apply geodesign techniques.




Carl Byers, Esri Training Services

Carl is an Esri-certified ArcGIS Desktop Professional and a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+).

Story Maps: Using ArcGIS as a Communications Medium

Monday, January 27th, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Whether assessing current condition or future impact, effective communication is an important part of the design process. Story maps combine intelligent web maps with web applications and templates that incorporate text, multimedia, and interactive functions.

Intended Audience

This session is intended for anyone interested in learning how to create story maps. Basic familiarity with general mapping concepts is recommended.




Bernie Szukalski

Hands-on Introduction to CommunityViz Software for Geodesign

Tuesday, January 28th, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This lively, half-day training session is an introduction to using CommunityViz® software for planners in the context of geodesign. CommunityViz is an award-winning ArcGIS for Desktop extension widely used by urban and regional planners for planning analysis, visualization, and public engagement. Geodesign is a core capability, and this workshop will give participants hands-on exposure to powerful and practical tools for the following:

  • Development potential for future growth
  • Interactive site suitability analysis
  • Real-time sketching and impact calculations
  • Fly-through 3D models

The session offers an outstanding opportunity to get a taste of the CommunityViz experience and introductory training in just a few hours' time at a special conference rate.

Intended Audience

This session is intended for anyone interested in geodesign for planning who is not already using CommunityViz. Basic familiarity with ArcGIS for Desktop is recommended.




Certified CommunityViz educators from Placeways, the makers of CommunityViz software

January 29–30, 2014
Esri Headquarters,
Redlands, California

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