Instructor: Bern Szukalski, Esri Bern Szukalski has been involved with GIS and digital mapping since he began his career with Esri in 1986. Over the past 26 years at Esri he has held a variety of positions and served in many different roles, covering a broad spectrum of GIS implementation and software development projects. Bern is currently a product strategist and technical evangelist, focusing on ways to broaden access to geographic information and GIS capabilities. Bern has been involved with organized caving since 1976. He has served on the board of directors of the National Speleological Society (NSS), Cave Research Foundation (CRF), Hawaii Speleological Survey (HSS), American Cave Conservation Association (ACCA), and Pennsylvania Cave Conservancy (PCC), and is on the advisory board for the Western Cave Conservancy (WCC). He is a fellow of both the Cave Research Foundation and National Speleological Society.

Participant Max: 55


Duration:  Half Day. Lunch not included in registration.


Workshop Fee: No cost for NCKMS attendees. The expenses of this workshop are sponsored entirely by Esri!


Description: This workshop will provide an overview of various GIS and digital mapping options that are of interest to the cave and karst resource manager. Attendees will gain the knowledge and foundation for the successful self-service use of various GIS and digital mapping software programs. An emphasis will be placed on software that is freely available and intended for broader use, and does not require GIS professional skills, however basic use of ArcGIS for Desktop to support common workflows will be included in this session.


Subject Matter:

          Overview of available software options

          Data input and management

          How to map spreadsheets / other readily available data

          Authoring and configuring maps

          Using cave survey data in maps

          Integrating cave maps and inventory data

          Configuring web applications

          Sharing with others


Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate



Attendees will acquire an overall understanding of various GIS and digital mapping solutions, and how they can be applied and used for common activities, along with suggested best practices for implementation.


NCKMS 2013 at NCKRI  -  400-1 Cascades Avenue  -  Carlsbad  -  New Mexico  - 88220