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Introductory QGIS Workshop - POSTPONED Until November 19th

October 16, 2021 - 8:30am to 4:00pm(PDT/PST)
PD hours: 

This October offering has been moved to November.  Those registered as of Tuesday, October 12th will be enrolled in the November 19th QGIS event. 

Introductory QGIS Workshop

Facilitator: Keith Duhaime Ph.D., PAg

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 maps for communicating the results and field research. This workshop is for BCIA registrants who have not previously worked with GIS. The workshop will introduce participants to basic concepts and develop the basic skills to acquire and configure data to create maps for professional use. 

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 QGIS software workshop in which participants will be guided and supported during the creation of a GIS project and related maps on their own computers, using publicly available data from the Province of British Columbia’s data catalogue and the iMapBC website. Participants will learn to create and incorporate their own data into the project and maps.


Participants will be comfortable with acquiring, loading, configuring and creating their own QGIS data, and will be able to create maps for their business and research needs by the end of this workshop.

Specifically, participants will learn to:

  1. Use the BC Data Catalogue and iMapBC websites to search for and download publicly available datasets for their GIS and mapping needs.
  2. Understand basic raster and vector data concepts.
  3. Understand map projections and their importance, specifically the Albers Equal Area Conic (BC Albers) projection.
  4. Load and configure GIS datasets to create maps for professional needs, including:
    1. Symbology, e.g. colours, styles, and markers;
    2. Label GIS features, e.g. font, text size and colour, placement;
    3. Map elements, e.g. scale bar, north arrow, titles, copyright, images;
    4. Export maps for use in reports and websites.
  5. Create, use, and save GIS data in maps, including:
    1. Importing data from GPS devices, or TheodoliteTM and similar apps;
    2. Digitizing features.  
  6. Use and incorporate web data into maps and projects using the OpenLayers plugin, specifically Google Maps, Bing Maps, OpenStreetMaps, etc.

This workshop will not cover more advanced concepts and analysis such as the construction of 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 online via Zoom. The class is limited to 12 students. The workshop will be delivered over eight hours with time allotted for 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 with 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, tablet, or similar device can be used to follow the presentation while the QGIS software and data are installed on the primary computer for the student to use. A mobile phone is NOT suitable as the second device.

Pre-Workshop Installation and Mentoring

Each participant will be required to connect with the instructor via Zoom before the day of the workshop to ensure that the QGIS software is installed and functional on the computer to be used for the workshop.  Please select your chosen pre-workshop installation day in your registration.

Cost: $150. 

Register online at the bottom of this page. This workshop is open to twelve (12) BCIA registrants only, the registration deadline is Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Those registered will be contacted the week before the course with the link to the pre-workshop installation and the Zoom workshop.

Facilitator's Biography

Keith Duhaime, Ph.D., is a Professional Agrologist with almost 30 years of experience. He completed his Ph.D. at UBC-Okanagan’s School of Engineering. His research explored the potential of grazing cattle feces 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. Keith 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 on the day of the workshop.

This October offering has been moved to November.  Those registered as of Tuesday, October 12th will be enrolled in the November 19th QGIS event.