Monday, April 28, 2014

SARGIS6 East June 20th - 22nd

We are pleased to announce the schedule of events for the SARGIS6 East workshop to be held June 20 - 22 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  The workshop is being sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management which allows participants to attend at no cost.  The location is the West Virginia GIS Technology Center on the Campus of West Virginia University. 

Please email Don Ferguson to confirm attendance. 

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The workshop is being offered in conjunction with the SARGIS6 West Meeting and will follow a similar schedule.  
Similar to the SARGIS6 West Workshop, the purpose of the SARGIS6 East workshop is:
- Introduce how Search and Rescue (SAR) and other public safety operations can benefit from GIS.
- Introduce the IGT4SAR Map Template for ArcGIS (free download)
- Learn how GIS can help with planning and mapping within ICS operations.
- Gather volunteers to share and discuss SAR strategies.
- Highlight tactical SAR procedures/ data management.
- Demonstrate cutting-edge GIS mapping tools that can be utilized by SAR personnel.
- Help SAR organize and spatially categorize field data.
- Continue to build and strengthen the SARGIS Community!
Everyone is invited to attend this course: GIS Specialists, SAR personnel, Emergency Managers, Emergency Responders, etc. For those of you with minimal experience using GIS please complete these two free online training modules prior to the class:

2. Basics of Geographic Coordinate Systems (for ArcGIS 10)
The draft schedule is listed below (subject to change as we coordinate with the west coast):
Friday (6/20)
0900h - Introductions
0930h - IGT4SAR Training Session I
1200h - Lunch (on your own)
1300h - IGT4SAR Training Session II
1600h - Presentation: Why use GIS for WiSAR (webcast with west coast)
1730h - Adjourn
Saturday (6/21)
0900h - Minimum Essential Dataset - Base data
1000h - Making Maps with IGT4SAR and ArcGIS
1100h - Lunch (on your own)
1200h - Introductions (webcast)
1230h - Presentation: 2013 SARGIS Review, 2014 What's coming next? (webcast)
1330h - Presentation / Discussion: How to use Cell Phone data for SAR (webcast)
1430h - Utilizing GPS for SAR
1530h - IGT4SAR Training Session III
1730h - Adjourn
Sunday (6/22)
0830h - Geospatial Analytic Methods applied to SAR
0930h - IGT4SAR Training Session IV
1100h - Lunch
1200h - Presentation: SARGIS Case Studies (webcast)
1245h - Break
1300h - Presentation: What's new in Lost Person Behavior?
1345h - Break
1400h - Discussion: What do we want to accomplish in 2014?
1430h - Discussion: Q&A with ESRI
1500h - Adjourn

Accommodations in Morgantown:
Staying in Morgantown is pretty inexpensive.  The government per diem rate is $83 /day for lodging.
Parking on Friday may be a bit tricky on Friday.  I recommend you park at the University Ave Garage which has 24 hour available parking.  If you stay at either the Hotel Morgan or Waterfront Place they have parking available so you would probably want to check in before coming to class.  Saturday and Sunday parking is free on campus and WVU lot #10 is right outside Brooks Hall.  Just turn in off of Campus Drive (see the map).

The closest hotel (walking distance) to the training venue is the historic Hotel Morgan:
The Waterfront Place is very nice:
Also nice and walking distance to the PRT (

1) Residence Inn by Marriott -
For those of you flying in for the course, the closest large commercial airport is the Pittsburgh International Airport:
The Pittsburgh airport has easy access to car rentals and the local Morgantown transit authority runs a twice a day shuttle to the airport:

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