GIS in the Rockies is pleased to offer pre-conference workshops related to important topics in the GIS industry on Moday, September 27, 2021. There are a limited number of openings for each workshop, so please sign up for a workshop during the registration process. If you have already registered for the conference, you can modify your existing registration to add a workshop.



GIS and Python Programming using ArcGIS Pro and Arcpy

Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Instructor: Lucas Kaim Thelen
Cost: $100  ($50 will be donated to GIS in the Rockies, and $50 to GIS Colorado)

Workshop Description: This workshop will explain fundamentals of Python as an object-oriented programming language, and how you can use Python in ArcGIS Pro to script geoprocessing workflows for batch processing and map automation. Workshop will be presented in a format combining lectures and guided exercises..
Intended Audience: People who want to learn Python or use Python to automate GIS workflows.
Tech requirements: Participants should have some GIS experience.
Learning Objectives: 

  • Object-oriented programming (OOP) basics, OOP concepts in ArcGIS Pro
  • Python and Arcpy basics
  • Scripting geoprocessing tools with Python/Arcpy
  • Batch processing with Python/Arcpy.
  • Automate map production with

Presenter Bio:: Luke Kaim Thelen is a Software Developer for PlanIT Geo. He currently writes PHP code for the TreePlotter platform and manages the AWS cloud infrastructure. His passion is to help answer spatial questions using programming. He has also worked as a Python developer. Luke has created a GUI to support route by route analysis using linear referencing and dynamic segmentation. Luke has also scripted ecology analysis for a USGS client. Luke has over 10 years of experience doing GIS and Remote Sensing projects. He holds an M.S. from the University of Maine in Spatial Information Science and Engineering. He earned his B.A. from the University of Denver in Geography with an emphasis in GIS and Remote Sensing.



The American Community Survey and new 2020 statistical geography

Time:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Instructor: Jim Castagneri
Cost: $25
Workshop Description: The 2020 Census provides a new set of statistical geography for use with our American Community Survey (ACS). Because the ACS 5-year data are provided using a moving sample, it can be difficult to determine what vintage geography should be used with the data. In this workshop, we will explore ACS data and its application to both the 2010 and 2020 statistical geography and understand the vintages, differences, and relationship between the two. We’ll discuss ramifications of switching to the new geography for a multi-year analysis and how to accommodate the shift.

Tech requirements: 
Knowledge of census geography is a plus


Processing the September 2021 PL 94-171 data release

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Instructor: Jim Castagneri
Cost: $25
Workshop Description: The Public Law 94-171 redistricting data was released by the Census Bureau on August 12th in “Legacy” format. In this workshop we will demonstrate downloading the raw data from the Census website and loading the data it into a Microsoft Access database. We’ll explore the file content and format, discuss how to run queries within MS-Access, and how to export the data in other formats such as .CSV and MS-Excel. This workshop will provide everything you need to know to access, read, and process the entire dataset for your state and get you ready for redistricting or other detailed population studies. We will discuss summary levels, logical record numbers and GEOIDs for linking to TIGER/Line shapefiles.

Tech requirements: 
MS-Access experience is helpful but not required.

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