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Wednesday, November 6 • 8:30am - 9:00am
Python Geoprocessing for Rangeland Management: Guidance for Developing Efficient Tools and Processes

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With examples developed for Open Range Consulting, LLC, a Utah-based provider of advanced techniques for rangeland management, the goal of this presentation is to offer guidance that may be helpful to anyone interested in developing geoprocessing tools and processes, particularly using Python. Specifically, the presentation will address three primary topics: (1) the development of a set of Python tools to support raster processing workflows for rangeland management; (2) the use of multiprocessing to significantly reduce processing times, and (3) recommendations for producing clean and consistent code. The tools to be described in the presentation have evolved over a number of years, with a focus on streamlining the use of existing ArcGIS geoprocessing functionality in association with the statistics software R. In simple terms, the development path has involved three steps: (1) develop the initial tools; (2) make them run faster, and (3) expand their capabilities and versatility. In implementing these steps, the aim was not only to meet specific operational needs, but also to enhance the professional development of the Open Range Consulting staff.

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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 →

Eric Sant

Geospatial Scientist, Open Range Consulting, Inc.
Eric Sant is the lead geospatial scientist for Open Range Consulting, a Utah-based provider of advanced techniques for rangeland management. He has a masters degree in geography from Utah State University and has worked on wide variety of federal, state, and private industry projects... Read More →

Wednesday November 6, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am PST
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