Spring NEARC 2012

Kristina Grace
Massachusetts Technology Collaborative / Massachusetts Broadband Institute

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) is using GIS to support a large fiber optic network build in western Mass, known as MassBroadband 123. ArcGIS tools were created using ModelBuilder and Python scripts to automate repetitive tasks and make them accessible to casual GIS users, allowing the GIS team to focus on other projects.

This presentation will demonstrate how Python is used to run queries and export the results for periodic fiber-optic network cost analyses. Examples will include how to name an object, use a date parameter to query data, add join, add field and convert table to table. A single Python script is used to process a number of GIS tasks in several minutes vs. a manual process that could take 30 minutes or longer. A well-documented ArcGIS tool is created from the script.

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Spring NEARC 2012


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