La conférence de 2023 offrira des ateliers non seulement aux étudiant·e·s, mais aussi aux enseignant·e·s de la maternelle à la 12e année, aux administrateur·rice·s des conseils scolaires et aux gestionnaires de licences, ainsi que des occasions de poser des questions au personnel d’Esri Canada sur les dernières applications ArcGIS.


Hands-on Workshops

There are a limited number of spaces available in each workshop. Pre-registration is required through the online conference registration form. The workshop facilitators will contact all registered participants prior to the conference to let them know about any technical requirements. Workshop materials will be made available to all conference registrants after the conference.

Applied Deep Learning in ArcGIS Pro & Python

Dr. Mohamed Ahmed

Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to become more integrated into data analysis and problem-solving across industries and subject matter. AI includes the subtype of machine learning, and machine learning includes the subtype of deep learning (DL). Each subtype has an increasing level of complexity and system autonomy. In this workshop, the focus will be on deep learning, which is the most complex and humanlike approach that is currently used in AI. We will cover the following components: 1) introducing deep learning models and identifying what tools exist for implementing DL in ArcGIS Pro and Python; 2) cloning your ArcGIS Pro Python environment, installing DL libraries, and scripting in Jupyter Notebooks; and 3) a hands-on demo showing how to use a pre-trained DL model in ArcGIS Pro.

Capacity: 45

Scheduled Time: 2:45 – 4:30


Using the ArcGIS Maps SDK to Create Real-World Experiences in Unity

Michael Luubert

This workshop will demonstrate how to use ArcGIS Pro to prepare road and building layers for loading into the ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity. Once the building and ground layers have been added to the Unity scene, participants will learn how to adjust the lighting to simulate a certain time of day. The workshop will conclude with participants using their scene as the foundation of a racing game by adding a vehicle controller to drive to checkpoints placed on the map.

Capacity: 45

Scheduled Time: 8:50 – 10:35


Designing User Interfaces for Esri’s Experience Builder

Jonathan Van Dusen

Providing user-friendly interfaces in your applications is crucial for increasing task completion and user satisfaction. This can be particularly important for geospatial applications, as these may include a high degree of complexity or may be used by the public or non-GIS professionals. This workshop will introduce you to ArcGIS Experience Builder, a new development platform from Esri that allows you to build custom Web apps for desktop and mobile devices using a drag-and-drop interface. You will learn how to develop an app using Experience Builder’s layout and widget options, as well as some best practices for integrating Experience Builder into a larger user-interface design process and optimizing your app’s interface for greater usability.

Capacity: 20

Scheduled Time: 2:45 – 4:30

Bringing GIS Analysis to Life Using Python Notebooks

Dr. Alex Smith

Python Notebooks are a tool that has become vital in the Python and Data Science communities to enhance your workflows for GIS data management, analysis, and visualization. This workshop will introduce how to use Python Notebooks within ArcGIS Pro. The learning outcome is to gain an understanding of the basics for working with Python Notebooks to describe and document workflows, execute Python code, and visualize data and analysis outputs. There will be a focus on integrating with more advanced geospatial capabilities of ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online via Python modules including ArcPy and ArcGIS.

Capacity: 45

Scheduled Time: 10:50 – 12:35


3D GIS Approaches to City-Building

David Kossowsky and Kendra Munn

Urban planning, design, and public engagement initiatives can be advanced in innovative ways through a 3D GIS approach. Esri’s ArcGIS Urban and ArcGIS CityEngine are two pieces of software that can be utilized to create and explore urban forms at varying levels of detail, showcase metrics relating to urban demographics and zoning policies, and engage stakeholders through interactive web visualizations. In this workshop, an ArcGIS Urban workflow will be demonstrated that highlights ways to setup a city scene with zoning metrics. We will explore urban development scenarios, generate massing models that conform to zoning by-laws, and highlight ways that CityEngine can be used for urban model enhancements. This will be a hands-on demonstration where CityEngine and Urban access must be pre-installed and licensed on your own laptops, but users without CityEngine or Urban access may join to watch the presentation.

Capacity: 20

Offering 1: 10:50 – 12:35

Offering 2: 2:45 – 4:30


Discussions and Demonstrations

Managing GIS at Higher Education Institutions

Peter Knoop, Literature, Science and Arts (LSA) Technology Services, University of Michigan | Winner of 2021 Esri President’s Award

What does successfully supporting GIS users and technologies in higher-education look like? What are best practices for managing GIS users and technologies? You’re dealing with a variety of software. You’re assisting a wide variety of users, with varying levels of GIS experience, and who are tackling many different kinds of problems. GIS knowledge is only part of the equation. Success requires an effective collaboration drawing on GIS, IT, administrative, and institutional expertise, and can take many forms – from loosely coordinated activities across multiple units to centralized organizations.

Scheduled Time: 10:50 – 12:35