Wednesday, May 3, 2017

MC schedules GIS courses

• Courses in Geographic Information Systems start May 22

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Wednesday, April 26, Midland College (MC) announced plans to offer Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses and seminars, thanks to a generous gift of software from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). Approximately 60 people were present on the MC main campus in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room during last week’s announcement and free software demonstration.

Geographic information systems let users visualize, question, analyze and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns and trends. In the oil & gas industry, GIS software is used extensively by geologists, geophysicists, geoscience technicians and others to locate new resources to improve field management. Advanced mapping and spatial analytics reveal deeper insight into relationships and patterns, answer complex questions and help users make informed decisions.

“We’ve had a huge demand for courses teaching the ArcGIS platform,” said Elizabeth Wall, open enrollment coordinator in the MC Workforce Continuing Education department. “We are thrilled to be able to contract with TeachMeGIS.com to offer hands-on classes starting May 22.”

Wall explained that the first class, “Python for ArcGIS – Writing Scripts to Manipulate GIS Data,” will be offered in a three-day format, May 22-24, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost of the course is $1,400. By the end of the course, participants will be able to apply the basics of writing scripts, including Python syntax, use variables, loop constructs and conditional statements and read and write from a file.

The second course, “Fundamentals of ArcGIS for Petroleum,” will be offered June 5-6, also from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost is $960. The course will enable participants to understand the types of data that ArcGIS supports and how to manipulate the data. For example, in a hands-on environment, students will learn how to connect to an Excel spreadsheet that has well data in it. This class is the first step in learning to incorporate this valuable application into daily workflows.

Wall stated that other GIS courses will be offered throughout the summer.

All GIS classes and seminars will be held at the convenient location of the MC Advanced Technology Center, 3200 W. Cuthbert (corner of Midkiff and Cuthbert, next to Furr’s cafeteria) in Midland. For more information, visit www.midland.edu/wfce or contact Elizabeth Wall at (432) 681-6301, ewall@midland.edu .

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