South Central Arc User Group


Established 1990
Title:  ModelBuilder Basics

Date/Time:  Monday, April 13 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Instructor:  Tripp Corbin, eGIS Associates

Price: $250

Description:  Geoprocessing is an essential aspect of GIS that provides the ability to analyze and process geographic data. Geoprocessing tools can be accessed in ArcGIS via ArcToolbox, ModelBuilder, or Python scripts. ArcGIS ModelBuilder allows users with little to no programming skills to develop automated data processing routines within ArcGIS using a graphical interface.

ArcGIS' ModelBuilder provides a graphical modeling framework for designing and implementing geoprocessing models that can include system tools, scripts, models, and data that are linked together to form an analysis or processing workflow. Because ModelBuilder uses a graphical interface that is integrated with ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcToolbox, users can create Models without the need of learning a programming language. However a model can be extended using Python scripts.

This one-day course created by eGIS Associates introduces students to basic ModelBuilder concepts. Students will learn how ModelBuilder can be used to create automated routines and workflows.

Target Audience:  This course is for those who wish to learn how ModelBuilder can be used to help automate processes, standardize workflows and provide process documentation.

Prerequisites and Recommendations:  Students taking this class must have experience using ArcGIS for Desktop software to perform queries, conduct analysis and make maps. Those wishing to take this course should have completed Introduction to ArcGIS II: Editing & Analysis,  ArcGIS 2: Essential Workflows, or have similar real world experience.

Course Goals:  After successfully completing this course, the student will have acquired the skills needed to build simple models using ModelBuilder in ArcGIS Desktop. These new skills include:

  • Creating custom toolboxes for sharing and storing Models
  • Creating interactive models using ModelBuilder
  • Understand use of variables within a model
  • Setting parameters in a model
  • Understand the difference between tool parameters and model parameters
  • Working intermediate data
  • Adding results from a model to your display
  • Creating Help Documentation for your models

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction to ModelBuilder
  • Creating and sharing interactive models
  • Controlling process order within a model
  • Creating help documentation for models

Software Used:  ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 or 10.2 (Basic, Standard & Advanced)

Course Materials:  Each student will receive:

  • A copy of Esri Press' Getting to Know ArcGIS ModelBuilder by David W. Allen which includes course exercises and exercise data
  • PDF copies of instructor lectures with notes
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 30 Days of email, phone and web support for topics covered in class



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