January 27–28, 2016
Esri Headquarters,
Redlands, California

Preconference Workshops and Training

Story Maps: Using ArcGIS as a Communications Medium

Tuesday, January 26
Offering 1: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Fee: $50

Everyone has a story to tell, learn how to harness the power of maps to tell yours. Story Maps provide an effective way to inform, engage, and inspire your audience. For those interested in Geodesign, whether assessing current conditions or future impact, effective communication is an important part of the design process. Story Maps enable you to combine the power of dynamic, intelligent Web maps with a variety of configurable templates that incorporate text, multimedia, and interactive functions. All are easy to configure, and there’s no programming required. Choose from a variety of Story Maps depending on the kind of story you want to tell.

Hosted by a Story Map expert, this workshop provides a hands-on learning experience that will empower students to author and publish their own stories. Topics covered include:

- Choosing the right Story Map for your needs.

- Key elements of a great story maps

- Best practices for authoring and sharing

- Resources available for your authoring success

- How to craft your story map for the greatest impact and reach

- Hands-on story map authoring, covering several of the most popular story map apps

- Leveraging other maps, media, and applications into your story maps

- How to embed story maps in websites, and deploy them in different ways


No experience is necessary. Anyone interested in learning how to create story maps is welcome. A beginning familiarity with general mapping concepts and ArcGIS Online is a plus, but not required.

Classroom-style training is provided with hands-on exercises. Attendees can use their own ArcGIS Online accounts, or can use accounts provided for your classroom use. Bring your ideas about what stories you want to tell, and optionally bring along a list of web-based resources (photos, Flickr albums, videos, maps, websites, etc.) that you might want to use in building your story maps.

Limited to 25 participants.

Exploring GeoPlanner

Tuesday, January 26
Offering 1: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Offering 2: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Fee: $100

GeoPlanner for ArcGIS helps planning and design professionals create, share, analyze and report on design alternatives. In this training, you will use GeoPlanner to access shared datasets from ArcGIS Online to help you visualize and understand the site conditions in which a design or plan evolves. You’ll then learn how to use GeoPlanner to create, evaluate and compare multiple scenarios. Finally, you’ll learn how to identify optimal site locations and identify risks using spatial analysis and suitability modeling.

Classroom-style training with hands-on exercises using GeoPlanner. Some familiarity with ArcGIS Online would be helpful, but is not necessary.

Limitied to 25 participants

Exploring CityEngine

Tuesday, January 26
Offering 1: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Offering 2: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Fee: $100

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. Various project examples will showcase the urban planning and design capabilities using CityEngine. This hands-on workshop introduces CityEngine at an intermediate level from existing city creation to the planning, redesign, and evaluation of design alternatives using the latest 3D parametric design rules.


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

Limited to 25 participants.

Educator’s Meeting

Tuesday, January 26
Offering 1: 1:30pm - 5:00pm

If you are an educator at any institution interested in beginning or continuing the evolution of geodesign education, you are welcome to join this pre-summit facilitated meeting. Attendees with existing programs will share their experience and ideas. We welcome new perspectives and interests. Discussions will be lead to address key questions of curricula development, resources, and lessons learned. Can we develop a discipline of substance? How is geodesign similar to, or distinct from landscape architecture or urban planning? How do we grow geodesign adoption?

An agenda will be sent out to attendees prior to the meeting.

Limited to 40 participants

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