Trainings - Monday, June 5

Afternoon Training Sessions
2-4 p.m.

Trainings are add-ons and not included in the Symposium Pass registration. Each training session is $25 for USGIF Members and $30 for USGIF Non-Members. Sign up for training during the registration process.


Using USGS-Provided Geospatial Data and GEOINT Products for Remote Sensing Research, Outreach, and EducationCivil Applications Committee
River Level 006C

This course provides information about geospatial data and products produced by U.S. government remote sensing programs that can be obtained for use in research, outreach, and education from the U.S. Geological Survey. The course will provide information about more than 200 different data sets, but focus on three: Landsat Imagery, Declassified Satellite Imagery, and Global Fiducials Program Imagery.


Geospatial Analysis Centered on Critical ThinkingGeneral Dynamics Information Technology
River Level 006D

This course is designed to develop a foundational understanding of critical thinking concepts and practices and understand how critical thinking skills can be integrated into GEOINT and geospatial workflows, assessments, and products. The course will allow attendees to understand methods of critical thinking, pitfalls common to analysts and mitigations of those pitfalls, centered around applying these principles to geospatial analysis.


Activity-Based Intelligence and the GEO/Cyber NexusVencore and Recorded Future
River Level 007A

This course builds upon the 2016 textbook Activity-Based Intelligence: Principles and Applications by Dr. Patrick Biltgen and Stephen Ryan. It also incorporates demonstrations ABI principles applied to real-world data—primarily social media and threat intelligence data streams produced by Recorded Future. This course expands on Biltgen’s highly-regarded pilot version of this course from the GEOINT 2016 Symposium, and includes new material and examples based on attendee feedback.


Analytics for Small Sat SystemsHarris Corporation
River Level 007B

Small Sat systems are being deployed rapidly with a variety of sensor technologies and capabilities. This seminar presents a brief overview of small sat technology and focuses on real-world analytical applications using small sat data.


Extending the Use of MGRS for AnalyticsDelta State University
River Level 007C

The Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) and its civilian analogue, the United States National Grid (USNG), are the primary coordinate systems used by NATO forces and U.S.-based emergency responders. MGRS may also be used as area reference system through which uniform areas may be described using a coordinate of appropriate precision to describe the lower-left corner of a square. This method functionally creates both a vector-based analysis mask and raster-cell structure. Aggregation of data within MGRS polygons thereby allows for the application both advanced statistical analysis and modeling techniques to data sets


The Five Habits of the Master ThinkerPherson Associates
River Level 007D

This educational session will lay out the five critical thinking skills all geospatial professionals should master to protect against biased thinking, spur imagination, and collaborate across agencies and disciplines to best protect our national security. The five core skills are: understanding context, checking key assumptions, considering alternative explanations, seeking inconsistent data, and focusing on drivers and indicators.


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