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Wednesday, November 6 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Models, Scripts and Consultants: Guidance for Ensuring Successful Geoprocessing Outcomes

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When using the ArcGIS desktop products to support geoprocessing requirements, an analyst will typically consider either, or a combination of, (1) building their own models, (2) writing their own Python code, or (3) hiring a consultant to help them. This collaborative professional development session will focus on a range of matters pertinent to these possibilities with a view to providing guidance for GIS analysts from both a technical perspective and a soft skills perspective. With respect to the former, topics will include the relative value and applicability of different approaches, how to transition from one approach to another, and the related challenges and opportunities. With respect to the latter, topics will include the benefits of seeking external support, the nature of the client-consultant relationship, and the range of reasonable expectations useful for ensuring successful outcomes. The presenters will establish a basis for collaboration using examples drawn from their current work for First American Title in Portland, which pertains to the development of tools and processes for tax lot information management. Attendees will be encouraged to build on this basis and, thus, enhance the discussion by contributing their own, examples, ideas, and responses.


Shad Campbell

Applications Division Manager, Deschutes County

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David Howes

Geospatial Information Scientist, David Howes, LLC
David Howes is a geospatial information scientist and the sole owner at David Howes, LLC (dhowes.com) in Seattle, WA, specializing in the development of GIS tools, processes, and supporting infrastructure for a variety of clients from small operations to multinational corporations. With 28 years of academic and private sector experience in both the United Kingdom and the United... Read More →

Anthony Falkner

GIS Specialist & Geospatial Data Administrator, First American Title - Portland, Oregon
Anthony Falkner has been with First American for 15 years, starting out in Customer Service and working his way into the GIS department. His main focus is on data management and development and automating processes using Python. He has a General A.A. Degree and a Certificate in GIS... Read More →

Wednesday November 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
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