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Introductory QGIS workshop

May 20, 2021 - 8:30am to 4:00pm(PDT/PST)
BCIA virtual workshop
PD hours: 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are an essential tool for agricultural, environmental, and resource professionals to facilitate collection, organization and analysis of spatial data about land, water, and natural resources, and to produce useful maps for communicating the results and field research. This workshop is for registrants of the BCIA who have not previously worked with GIS.  It will introduce participants to basic concepts and develop basic skills in acquiring and configuring data to create maps that are useful in their professional work. Participants will be introduced to the Quantum GIS (QGIS) software package, an increasingly popular collection of freely available open source GIS tools. This is a ‘hands on’ workshop in which participants will be mentored in the creation of a GIS project and maps on their own computers with the QGIS software using publicly available data from the Government of BC’s data catalogue and iMapBC website.  Participants will also learn to create and incorporate their own data.


By the end of this workshop, participants will be comfortable with acquiring, loading, configuring and creating their own GIS data, and able to create meaningful maps that contribute to their business and/or research needs using QGIS.

Specifically, participants will learn:

  1. To use the BC Data Catalogue and iMapBC websites to search for and download publicly available datasets for their GIS and mapping needs.
  2. Basic raster and vector data concepts.
  3. Map projections and their importance, specifically the Albers Equal Area Conic (BC Albers) projection.
  4. Loading and configuring GIS datasets to create maps for their business and professional needs, including:
    1. Symbology (colours, styles, and markers).
    2. Labelling GIS features (Font, text size and colour, placement)
    3. Map decoration (scale bar, north arrow, titles, copyright, images)
    4. Exporting maps for use in reports, websites, etc.
  5. Creating, using, and saving their own GIS data in maps, including;
    1. Importing data from GPS devices, or TheodoliteTM and similar apps.
    2. Digitizing features.
  6. Using and incorporating web data into maps and projects using the OpenLayers plugin, specifically Google Maps, Bing Maps, OpenStreetMaps, and similar.

This workshop will not cover more advance concepts and analysis such as constructing queries to identify and select data meeting specific requirements, or intersection, clipping and producing advanced overlays. These concepts will be covered in a subsequent workshop to be provided at the discretion of the BCIA.

Workshop Format

The workshop will be delivered on-line via Zoom. The class will be limited to a maximum of 12 students. The workshop will be delivered over an 8 hour period with time allotted for coffee breaks and lunch.

Computing Requirements

Participants in this webinar will require a laptop or desktop computer with the QGIS software installed and a high-speed internet connection.  Participants must have their computers set up with two screens for extended screen mode.  The first screen will be for participants to follow along the lecture materials and presentation.  The second screen will be used by participants to run the QGIS software and gain hands on experience with its operation.

If two computer screens are not available, a second computer/laptop, iPad, or similar device can be used to follow along the lecture materials and presentation while the QGIS software and data is installed on the primary computer for the student to use. A phone is NOT suitable as the second device.

Pre-Workshop Installation and Mentoring.

Before the day of the workshop, each participant will be required to connect with the instructor via Zoom to assure that the QGIS software is installed and functional on the computer they will use for the workshop.

Facilitator: Keith Duhaime Ph.D. P.Ag.


Cost: $150.  Register online below.  This workshop is open to BCIA registrants only.  (limited to 12)  Registration deadline: May 17,2021

You will be contacted the week before the course and provided the link to the pre-workshop installation and the Zoom workshop.

Bio:  Keith Duhaime   

Keith is a Professional Agrologist with almost 30 years of experience. He recently completed his Ph.D. at UBC-Okanagan’s School of Engineering. His research explored the potential of grazing cattle faeces to contaminate surface drinking water sources with Cryptosporidium parvum and the effectiveness of Best Management Practices (BMPs) to mitigate this potential hazard in BC’s community watersheds. A primary objective of his research was also to correlate the presence of grazing cattle in community watersheds with the incidences and risk of cryptosporidiosis in the human populations served by these watersheds. No correlation was found. The primary sponsors of this work were the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC with the support of the BC Cattlemen’s Association.

Keith has extensive experience in complex land and water resource management addressing problems such as hydro facility re-licensing, transmission corridor siting, and community general plan updates. He also possesses skills in financial and production analysis, GIS and database development and implementation, complex decision analysis, and strategic planning. He has previously delivered live workshops on the use of QGIS to the Okanagan Branch of the BC Institute of Agrologists.

We highly recommend all registrants go through the Pre-workshop installation check up.  Technical issues will NOT be addressed the day of the workshop.

Check ONE date (below) for the Pre-Workshop Installation Check up.