Category Archives: Training

How I’ll celebrate International GIS Day 2013

This year I will celebrate International GIS Day on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at a daylong function organised by GIS People in Brisbane.

While there I hope to encourage involvement with the GIS Stack Exchange, GeoRabble, the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and the Brisbane Geospatial Network (BGN).

I will also have my laptop with me and am happy to demonstrate a Story Map developed using ArcGIS for Desktop about William Slight who was an early Australian map engraver (and my great-great-great-grandfather).

Naturally, I will also be suggesting that people enter the Competition to win PolyGeo Training in ArcGIS for Desktop!

Competition to win PolyGeo Training in ArcGIS for Desktop

PolyGeo is offering the chance to win ArcGIS for Desktop Training Days!

*** First winner is Stephen Trent (Qld EHP) ***

Early responders have more chance of winning!

To be eligible for the draws between now and 15 January 2014, you simply need to tick four multiple choice boxes (plus include your name, organisation and email/phone) in PolyGeo‘s ArcGIS for Desktop Training Survey 2013.
To reward early responders, the first draw for a Training Day (valued at $590) will occur when at least one response has been received from 20 Australian organisations.  Those who do not win remain in subsequent draws.
After that, for every additional 20 respondent organisations from Australia, another Training Day  will be drawn.



  • Each individual respondent has ONE entry in the draw and can win a maximum of ONE Training Day
  • Contact details must be correct to be eligible
  • Training Day must be taken during the calendar year of 2014
  • Training Day is transferable within your organisation
  • The number of Training Days drawn will be:
    • ONE if 1-20 Australian organisations respond
    • TWO if 21-40 Australian organisations respond
    • THREE if 41-60 Australian organisations respond
    • etc.
  • Training Day can be used on any course which is confirmed to run – we will do our best, but cannot guarantee, to accommodate your first choice of course/workshops and locations.
  • Winners must provide own laptop (or PC) with own ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 or 10.2 license
  • Winners responsible for own arrangements and costs if travel required to attend Training Day
  • Training Day cannot be claimed as its monetary equivalent
  • Training Day can be claimed as Self-paced course
  • Respondents from organisations offering commercial ArcGIS Training are not eligible for the draw
  • Maximum of 10 Training Days to be awarded
  • Winners to be announced here, as they happen, before 31 January 2014

What I have been up to

PolyGeo has now been trading for almost 6 months, so I thought it was time to blog about its business to date.  It has made what I believe to be a solid start, based on a strategy to raise its profile first, before increasing its billable hours and product development.

Profile raising has been achieved by presenting two workshops (OpenStreetMap and OGC Web Service Interoperability) and a joint paper on the Online Environmental Mapping Service at the Queensland Surveying and Spatial Conference in Brisbane (September), and then a similar paper with more emphasis on Python in the developer stream at the Esri Asia-Pacific User Conference in Auckland (November).  These conferences have been complemented by active participation in the Stack Exchange GIS, Brisbane GeoRabble and Brisbane Geospatial Network communities, along with some micro-blogging via Twitter.

Along the way I have undertaken a number of training assignments in Queensland and internationally for NGIS Australia who have proven to be a very valuable partner.

NGIS logo

In the background, I have been developing some advanced ArcGIS training courses and the first of these, Advanced ArcPy (and Python) for Geoprocessing, is now ready for release.  This, and subsequent courses and workshops, will be available direct from PolyGeo, but also via NGIS Australia and PolyGeo’s newest partner, GIS People.  GIS People has been in existence only two years but has quickly established itself as a major provider of GIS consulting and training in Queensland.