Bureau of Geology Hosts ArcGIS Seminars

Bureau of Geology Hosts Free ArcGIS Seminars


Mapping Program Is A Powerful Tool In Many Fields

SOCORRO, N.M. – New Mexico Tech students and faculty have an opportunity to learn about the wide range of mapping applications in the ArcGIS software at two seminars next week.

Dr. Kerski, the education manager from ESRI (www.esri.com), is offering two free presentations to the New Mexico Tech community on GIS Day, Wednesday, Nov. 16, on how to use geographic information systems software. The Bureau of Geology hosts the ArcGIS license for the campus and is available for all educational uses on campus.

The first presentation will focus mainly on GIS applications in the geosciences and will be at 10 a.m. in the Bureau of Geology room 253. Kerski will first cover field collection methods, including low-cost field tablets, drones and the Drone2Map application. He will also discuss methods of disseminating data, maps and story maps via ArcServer, and ArcGIS Online.

The second presentation will focus on the broad applications of ArcGIS software in other STEM fields and will be at 2 p.m. in MSEC 101. This presentation is for anyone interested in mapping from any department on campus. Dr. Kerski will discuss various STEM-based spatial analytics and “What can GIS do for me?” This presentation is for students in mineral, mechanical, civil, petroleum and environmental engineering, biology, mathematics and computer science. 

Mike Timmons, deputy director of the Bureau, said ArcGIS is a powerful tool for students and researchers to examine and analyze geographic data

“At its simplest level, ArcGIS is a map-making tool, but more complexly, it has impressive analytical tools,” Timmons said. “Basically, anything with a spatial reference can be placed on a globe and analyzed.”

Tech offers one class in ArcGIS through the Earth and Environmental Science Department, which is becoming more popular every year. Timmons said the software has been available for many years, and has largely become the universal standard.

Timmons said he hopes these inaugural seminars will become annual workshops with invited professionals and students showcasing their GIS enabled research. NM Tech facilitates the ArcGIS licenses for UNM, NMSU and San Juan Community College. In future years, he hopes to invite students from those schools and professionals from around the state.

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