Tips on automating ArcGIS Pro licensing in a higher education environment

We had started exploring ways to teach with ArcGIS Pro back in April 2016 and quickly realized that named user licensing would be a major administrative barrier to adopting the software. For a one-off workshop we taught, it was fine manually provisioning thirty student users, but we didn’t think that would be scalable to 5+ classes each semester, especially when not having access at the start of the semester could be really disruptive to students.

Getting Juno GPS Units to Work with Windows 10

Recently I ran into a seemingly intractable problem--how to get our Trimble Juno SB units to connect to our computers running Windows 10 vis USB cab;e. They connected fine with Windows 8, and abruptly stopped functioing when we reimaged our computer lab for the spring semester. A search online turned up very little and we wound up buying SD card readers as a way to work around this issue and get our data in Pathfinder Office. 

Luckily it turns out to have been an incredibly simple fix courtesy of our student assistant, Quentin.

Anna Studwell

Anna Studwell is the Associate Director for the Institute for Geographic Information Science, and is responsible for administering the GIS laboratory, the SFSU GIS Certificate Program, and research projects associated with the IGISc. Her interests include marine geospatial planning, conservation, recycling, and hiking/backpacking to see California's wilderness and wildlife. 

Barry Nickel

Barry Nickel serves as the Director of the Center for Integrated Spatial Research (CISR) at UCSC and teaches GIS at several universities across the region. For over almost twenty years, Barry has been applying geospatial technologies and methods (GIS, remote sensing, spatial modeling/statistics, spatial database design, geospatial web development) to a variety of ecological and urban developments.

Jerry Davis

Jerry Davis is director of the California State University GIS Specialty Center. He specializes in geomorphology, soils, field methods, and geographic information systems. Jerry developed the GIS curriculum at SFSU and his current research interests focus on karst geomorphic processes and the use of computers and GIS for field data collection and processing.

Jerry Davis

Jerry Davis is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment as well as the Director of the California State University GIS Specialty Center. He specializes in geomorphology, soils, field methods, and geographic information systems. Jerry developed the GIS curriculum at SFSU and his current research interests focus on karst geomorphic processes and the use of computers and GIS for field data collection and processing.

Leo Blesius

Leonhard Blesius's research interests can be broadly divided into environmental systems analysis, in particular fluvial geomorphology and natural hazards, as well as remote sensing and its application to regions where few ancillary data are available. His focus in geomorphology is primarily related to fluvial systems in high-energy environments, specifically landslide susceptibility mapping. He approaches this problem from several angles, but an important component is the combination of engineering methods and remote sensing technology.

Andrew Oliphant

Andrew Oliphant is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment. His research interests are in bioclimatology and micrometeorology. His geospatial interests include surface radiation budget modeling, ecosystem canopy radiation modeling, cloud, aerosol and fog mapping and microclimate variability of San Francisco.