GIS Training

Basic GIS Curriculum:

GIS training is available to all DOTD employees through the LTRC training programs. These are 2 or 3 day classes with demonstrations and hands-on experience. There are four regularly scheduled classes and occasionally, classes on advanced topics. When sufficient numbers of students are identified, classes can be held in District Offices.
    1. GIS and LADOTD Databases 2 Days (in the DOTD IT Classroom, next class May 26 and May 27, 2015)
    2. ArcGIS Desktop I: Getting Started with GIS 2 Days (in the DOTD IT Classroom or at LTRC) 
    3. ArcGIS Desktop II: Tools and Functionality 3 Days (in the DOTD IT Classroom or at LTRC) 
    4. ArcGIS Desktop III: GIS Workflows and Analysis 3 Days (in the DOTD IT Classroom or at LTRC)
DOTD employees who wish to attend DOTD-sponsored GIS traing classes, can book them in LEO. To find the list, Log-into LEO and go to “My Training:”
    1. At the bottom of the left pannel, under, “Course Catalog,” select, “Department/Agency Training”
    2. On the next screen, under “Subject Area” select “Dept. of Transportation and Development”
    3. On the next page, under, “subject Area,” select, “DOTD GIS: ArcGIS”
    4. A list of cuurses wiill appear. You can explore he content ad book them.

Not all courses are offered, all the time. They ae available on a first-come,first-served basis, so book, early.  

For more information on LTRC events go to: LTRC Calendar

GIS software installation for DOTD employees

If you have an updated computer, ArcGIS Explorer is probably already on it. If you would like ArcGIS software on your computer, please fill out a Service Request. Ask for the ArcGIS software to be installed.

ESRI Virtual Campus

All DOTD employees have access to ESRI's Virtual Campus, an online, self-paced training program for GIS. This provides all levels of GIS training, from introductory materials for the beginner to advanced workflow topics for experienced users. It can be used to supplement the training available through LTRC and can be done at your desk, at your own pace. Once you enroll, you have one year to complete a course. Courses can be started, anytime, within a year of registering.
To use the ESRI Virtual Campus
You must have an ESRI Global Account to track and keep records of your courses. Click here to create a Global Account.
Select a course. You can often take the first module of a course for free, just to see if it meets your needs.
Some of these courses are designed for earlier versions of the software. The version is usually noted in the course title or in the course description. If you have any questions, contact the IT GIS staff.
Send an email with the course name you want to take to or Jim Mitchell.
You will receive an email, as soon as it can be processed, with the information and access code necessary to start the course.
For general help with GIS contact the IT GIS Unit  

DOTD GIS Email List

If you would like to know more about DOTD’s GIS, join our email list. You will learn about upcoming events, changes on the system, new data, and other news items. List members can also send messages to ask for help or information from the rest of DOTD GIS community.

Conferences and Workshops

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) sponsors the annual GIS for Transportation Symposium, each Spring. At this conference, government and private industry professionals interested in the use of GIS for transportation purposes to gather and share experiences, see state-of-art software, and learn more about this field. The Symposium annually attracts over 400 Symposium registrants in addition to the 50 exhibitors in the technology hall. The Symposium offers keynote speakers, discussion forums, workshops, presentations, and a technology hall where exhibitors showcase their services. Organizations and individuals with information related to GIS in transportation are encouraged to share their experience by presenting at the Symposium.  

ESRI International User Conference:

For one week in one place, you will have everything ESRI at your fingertips. This is the ultimate event for anyone working with GIS. The breadth and depth of sessions for all types of professionals, the opportunities for hands-on learning, and the many ways to cultivate skills and relationships are unsurpassed The conference offers more than 600 GIS user presentation sessions, 300 exhibitors, 275 technical workshops, 100 special interest, regional, and user group meetings, and 600 map posters and special displays from more than 100 countries. Thousands of professionals from different industries attend the ESRI UC.