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DDS News- Python Basics for ArcGIS Workshop

Python Basics for ArcGIS Workshop


When: August 22, 2014
Where: DU GIS Lab, Boettcher West Bldg, Rm 126 – see map below
Level: Introductory
Time: 8:30am - 4:30 pm
Fee: $125.00

Registration link:

Refunds will generally be issued up to 48 hours prior to the start of class.
For cancellations inside 48 hours a credit will be issued for a future class unless a wait list attendee can be substituted.

Instructor: Qing Liu, Denver University
This workshop will explain fundamentals of Python as an object-oriented programming language, and how you can use Python in ArcGIS to script geoprocessing workflows for batch processing and map automation. The workshop will cover python/ArcPy programming basics, geoprocessing with ModelBuilder, geoprocessing with Python, creating script tool, and automating map workflows.

Course Modules
1. Object-oriented programming (OOP) basics, OOP concepts in ArcGIS;
2. Python and ArcPy basics;
3. Executing and creating geoprocessing tools in Model Builder;
4. Scripting geoprocessing tools with Python/ArcPy;
5. Batch processing with Python/ArcPy;
6. Automate map production with ArcPy.mapping.
* Workshop will be presented in a format combining lectures and guided exercises.

Timeframe (6-hour workshop)
Morning session: 9:00 am – noon
o Programming basics: Object-oriented programming, Python, ArcPy (1 hour)
o Geoprocessing with Model Builder (1 hour)
o Simple scripting geoprocessing tools with Python/ArcPy (1 hour)

Afternoon session: 1:00 pm – 4:00pm
o Scripting geoprocessing tools with Python/ArcPy (continued) (1 hour)
o Batch processing with Python/ArcPy (1 hour)
o Map production automation with ArcPy.mapping (1 hour)


Qing Liu is a Ph.D. student in Geography at University of Denver. She holds a B.S. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Nanjing Normal University in China, an M.S. in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from Florida State University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Geography with research focus on Nighttime Satellite Imagery, Big Data, and Web GIS.

Qing Liu has over 10 years of experience in GIS, remote sensing, programming and web development. Qing worked as a GIS developer at the Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center (FREAC), created websites and web-based GIS applications including: iMapInvisives (, Florida Images Inventory website (, Florida LIDAR Inventory website (, and 2010 Sunshine Census Rapid Response website. She was selected as a student developer participating Google Summer of Code 2012 to build the distance analysis tools for PostGIS Raster. She is currently working for the Piton Foundation as a Geospatial System Developer, developing python-based data-driven web metadata management application for Data Engine ( Qing is also working on a Private Security Monitor web-mapping project ( funded by Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy, University of Denver.

REGISTRATION: - for other class details
Building 51 is Boettcher West – RM 126 – GIS Lab, First Floor East Door Access
Public pay by the hour parking

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