Track 1: PYTHON | Room: 1114 | Level: Advanced ★★★
Tech Requirements: ArcGIS Pro, Python 3*, Jupyter Notebook* (*installed with ArcGIS Pro); ArcMap and Python 2 may work, but will not be tested
James Whitacre, GIS Research Scientist, Carnegie Museum of Natural History


Ever needed to draw the same shape over and over but the editing tools in ArcGIS just didn’t cut it? Well, this is where ArcPy geometries can have a huge advantage! This session will introduce how to get started with ArcPy geometries so you can learn how to create dynamic and accurate features though Python scripts. We will finish with how to create soccer, football, and baseball fields in seconds!


James Whitacre is the GIS Research Scientist for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History where he manages the GIS Lab at Powdermill Nature Reserve, the Museum’s environmental research center, and supports museum staff and affiliated researchers with geospatial technologies and needs. This is Whitacre’s second appointment at the Museum as he was formerly the GIS Manager from 2011 to 2014. Before returning to the Museum in 2018, Whitacre was the GIS Specialist for the Main Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he provided GIS consultations for researchers and scholars, taught GIS workshops to promote the use of GIS in research. Whitacre holds a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Science in Geography, concentrating on GIS and cartography, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.