Python Essentials in ArcGIS

May Program
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Bergmann Associates
19th Floor
First Federal Plaza
28 East Main Street
Rochester, NY  14614 Cost: Free
Optional $5.00 lunch to follow (payable at the door)
Register: By Friday, May 13th to
Please register early as seating is limited and this event
is likely to fill quickly.

Python Essentials in ArcGIS

Jeff Bigos, Instructor, Esri
Python is a vital skill for any ArcGIS professional interested in furthering their automation and analysis tasks. Python allows users to create custom data management or analysis tools ranging from single functions to complex multi-function processes with validation, which can be easily reused, shared, and even executed with little to no user interaction. This workshop introduces the Python scripting language and shows how it can be used to access and automate geoprocessing tools and functionality.

Session Outline:
-Python scripting basics
-Why use Python scripting?
-Python 101
-What’s new in ArcGIS 10? (ArcPy, Python window)
-Executing geoprocessing tools
-Messages and error handling
-Geoprocessing tasks
-ArcPy functions
-Batch processing
-Receiving arguments

How to Edit in ArcGIS 10

December Program
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Pittsford Community Library
24 State Street
Pittsford, NY  14534 Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)
Includes Dinosaur Bar-B-Que lunch!

Register: By Thursday, December 9th to
Please register early as this event is likely to fill up.
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How to Edit in ArcGIS 10 

The Bergmann Associates Analyst Team

At ArcGIS 10, the ArcMap editing environment has been simplified and enhanced to reduce button clicks; provide a more intuitive, sketch-based editing experience; and to decrease the time required to create and maintain your GIS data. This presentation introduced both the new editing interface and key workflows that you need to understand in order to be able to edit effectively in ArcGIS 10.

• ArcMap Interface/Editing Interface
• Default Geodatabase
• Window Management and Tool Bars
• Base Maps
• Creating and Using Feature Templates
• Snapping Environment – Classic Snapping and New Snapping
• Creating Features
• Attributing Features
• Choosing Feature Construction Tools
• Digitizing Centerlines, Parallel Lines, Perpendicular Lines, True Curves, etc.

Green Ride & Green Fleet

September Program
Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Roger Robach Community Center
180 Beach Avenue
Rochester, NY  14612 Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door) Register: By Thursday, September 9th to
Green Ride & Green Fleet
Greg Coniglio, Ecology and Environment, Inc
Ecology and Environment has used GIS to develop two programs that deal with managing ride sharing to save economic, environmental, and emissions resources.  Green Ride is a web based application that allows the general public to enter their trip parameters and look for ride sharing partners that have the same commute pattern.  Green Fleet is a web based management tool that allows organizations with a fleet of vehicles to more efficiently use their transportation resources through ride sharing.  The details behind how these programs were implemented and how GIS was used was discussed.


June Program
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Braddock Bay Park Pavilion
199 East Manitou Road
Town of Greece, New York
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)

Register: By Thursday, June 17th to
(The June Program fills quickly, we recommend you register
as soon as possible if you plan to attend.)
Jonathan Cobb, Waypoint Technology Group, LLC 
As has become a GIS/SIG summer tradition, we again returned to the Braddock Bay Park Pavilion in the Town of Greece for the June Program.  We were pleased to have Jonathan Cobb, a founder of Waypoint Technology Group, present on GPS, including:

  • How to set up GPS data collection to obtain useful GIS data
  • Avoiding common mistakes
  • Post-processing and real-time correction
  • New technical development: cellular network links.  This technology allows the use of web map services and real-time correction in the field.

Pictometry Deployment Alternatives

December Program
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Town of Penfield Dolomite Lodge
3100 Atlantic Avenue
Penfield, New York 14526
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door) Register: By Tuesday, December 8th
Pictometry Deployment Alternatives
Jason Sealy, Regional Technical Manager, Pictometry International 
The December Program focused on Pictometry’s deployment alternatives: Electronic Field Study, POL, and Self Hosting. In addition, Jason introduced ChangeFindr and Pictometry’s new Critical 360º solution.

  • With Electronic Field Study (EFS), users can easily extract information from their images, locate images, measure heights, facades, roof pitch, and see and manage multiple views of each location, all from the ease of their desktop.
  • Pictometry unique web-based Pictometry Online (POL) product allows users to access images and software tools directly from a web browser with only a user name and password. It harnesses the power of the Internet and allows users – whether onsite or in the field – to instantly view and utilize high-resolution aerial oblique images. Since it is Pictometry’s servers that host the imagery, it eliminates the user’s cost of image warehouse storage and IT management.
  • Self Hosted POL utilizes Pictometry’s Web Solutions technology. It combines the full functionality, features and benefits of our web-based POL with a stand alone, self-hosted solution that gives users full control over their image data. Software interface tools provide measuring and navigational capabilities.
  • Pictometry’s Change Analysis and ChangeFindr products are the only oblique products specifically designed to compare changes to structures in an area year over year using simple tools.  Users can easily see what changes have occurred within a region since the last imaging flight.  No other oblique company has this capability.
  • Pictometry’s Critical 360º Infrastructure Mapping Product is the only product of its kind that integrates with both Pictometry’s EFS software and its Self Hosting Pictometry Online Service.

Creating Effective Web Maps

September Program
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
50 West Main St, 3rd Floor, Room 3139
Rochester, NY 14614
$5.00 per person for lunch (payable at the door)
Please register directly with ESRI
Creating Effective Web Maps
Mark Scott, ESRI Technical Marketing Representative
Jessica Valenti, ESRI Sales Engineer

Change the way you think about building Web mapping applications. Whether you have tons of GIS experience or are just learning how to publish geographic data, you’ll come away knowing how to serve high-quality Web maps that are effective for your organization.

This half-day seminar will help you:

  • Explore design strategies to quickly deploy modern Web maps.
  • Make the most of your investment in GIS data and infrastructure.
  • Discover no-cost resources such as sample viewers, industry templates, and widgets.

Automating GIS Tasks (so you can play more golf)

June Program
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Braddock Bay Park Pavilion
199 East Manitou Road
Town of Greece, New York
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)
Register: By Thursday, June 18th to

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Automating GIS Tasks (so you can play more golf)
Craig Cleveland, GISP, Bergmann Associates

As GIS professionals we’re often called upon to do the same tasks over and over again.  Using ArcGIS Desktop’s Model Builder is a great way to help us automate those redundant tasks, however you’re still required to push a button or two from time to time.  With the use of Windows Scheduled Tasks, and exports from Model Builder, we can actually eliminate the need to do anything at all to accomplish these tasks!

During the course of this presentation users will see how Model Builder can be used to create models of specifics tasks/processes, how those models can then be exported to scripts and finally how Scheduled Tasks can be configured to run those processes at regularly scheduled intervals.

Grants and GISP Certification

December Program
Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2008
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Pittsford Community Library                24 State Street
Pittsford, New York  14534
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)
Register: By Monday, December 1st to

Jean O’Connell from J. O’Connell & Associates
Gail Fischer, Regional Advisory Officer (RAO) for Region 7 NYSED/New York State Archives

Jean O’Connell and Gail Fischer discussed the NYS grant climate and provided information on which grants may or may not be available to NYS municipalities in 2009.
GISP Certification
Julie Tolar, GISP, Town of Penfield
Jeff Volpe, GISP, Bergmann Associates

For those considering getting GISP Certification, this presentation covered certification, the grandfathering provision, which expired on December 31, 2008, and changes to the certification requirements expected to be enacted on January 1, 2009.

GIS For Elections

September Program
Date: Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Brighton Town Hall Auditorium                2300 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, New York  14618
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)
Register: By Thursday, September 25th to

GIS For Elections
Joshua Williams, New York State Sales Representative, ESRI

The presentation focused attention on the ways GIS can impact local, state and federal election processes. From managing voter registration information, performing demographic analyses, enabling on-line polling place locator services and managing redistricting of voting districts based on changing populations, GIS is playing a growing role in all aspects of the business of elections.

The Geographic Approach GIS in Public Works

June Program
Date: Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Braddock Bay Park Pavilion, Town of Greece, New York
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)
Register: By Friday, June 13th to

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The Geographic Approach
GIS in Public Works
Paul Rooney, ESRI NY Account Manager
Mark Scott, ESRI Technical Marketing Representative

This presentation focused on the challenges and issues that Public Works Departments face on a daily basis and how GIS technology can be deployed and implemented to assist with these challenges. GIS solutions for public works operations specifically for asset management, planning and operations, mobile workforce, executive dashboard and operational awareness were demonstrated, presented and discussed.