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Training Course - A Introduction To Creating Custom GIS Tools For Biological Research, 11th - 12th February 2015
Immediately following our Home Range course in February 2015, GIS In Ecology will be holding an introductory training course on creating custom GIS tools for biological research in Glasgow on the 11th to 12th of February 2015. It will be taught by Dr. Colin D. MacLeod, the author of An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology (Pictish Beast Publications)
Many of the tasks that ecologists and marine biologists wish to do in GIS are not covered by pre-existing tools in available GIS software packages. This means that it is often useful to be able to create your own GIS tools to allow you to automate tasks which you have to do repeatedly. This course will provide a practical introduction to creating custom GIS tools using the Modelbuilder module of ESRI's ArcGIS software package. The course will consist of background session which will explain the principles of creating your own custom GIS tools as well as practical exercises in which a number of example tools will be built and tested. There will also be the option of building your own custom tool to automate a task of your choice. This course assumes that you have at least a basic knowledge of GIS and is not aimed at complete beginners (if you are a complete beginner, you can attend our introductory GIS course which will be held shortly before this course - see above). You must have a licensed copy of ArcGIS 10.2 software to attend this course (click here for different ways of getting this software).
NOTE: When you attend this course you will receive a free copy of An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology: Supplementary Workbook Six - An Introduction To Creating Custom GIS Tools as the practical exercises in that course are based on the ones contained in that book (although this course aimed at all biologists/ecologists and not just those working in the marine environment).
Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 14 people. The course will cost £295 per person (£200 for students, the unwaged and those working for registered charities). To book a place, or for more information, contact info@GISinEcology.com.
At the end of the course, all attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and completion. Each certificate is embossed with the GIS In Ecology official stamp to prevent its fraudulent reproduction. In addition, each certificate has its own unique identification number that we will record, along with your name, meaning that we can verify the authenticity of the certificates we issue (and the course you have completed) on request.
To attend this course, you must bring your own laptop computer and have a fully licensed copy of ArcGIS software (the course will primarily be taught based on ArcGIS 10.2, but ArcGIS 10.1, 10.0 and 9.3 will also be supported), and a licence for the ArGIS Spatial Analyst extension pre-installed on it. You can find information about how to get this software package by clicking here.
Glasgow has great transport links and is within half a days travel by car or by fast train links from most cities in the UK. For example, it can be reached in as little as 4h 30mins from London by train. It can also be reached by direct flights from many European cities and the flight time is generally under four hours.
The course will be held in central Glasgow at the IET Glasgow Teacher Building (14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB, UK - click here for information on how to get there and on parking if you are coming by car).
Attendees will be responsible for their own accommodation. However, Glasgow provides a wide range of accommodation options to fit most budgets. Information on hotels in Glasgow can be found here and while information on hostels can be found here. As a general rule, if you can find accommodation near the venue or one of Glasgow’s Subway stations (click here to see where these stations are located), you will be able to get to the venue very easily.
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