Essential Reference Book Guides Programming Workflows in ArcGIS

Redlands, California—May 25, 2011 — Getting to Know ArcGIS® ModelBuilder ™details the steps required to develop and run reusable geoprocessing workflows and models in ModelBuilder, a visual programming technology available in ArcGIS software. Published by Esri Press, this well-illustrated workbook provides ample hands-on exercises to give classroom students and self-learners the opportunity to master the techniques required to successfully use ModelBuilder in ArcGIS.

The book includes a companion DVD that contains all the data needed to complete the exercises, as well as examples of models, Python scripts, and custom applications.

"Models represent a programming technique used in ArcGIS to string tools together to accomplish a task," says author David W. Allen. "The ModelBuilder interface in ArcGIS 10 is actually more of a flowchart schematic that guides the user to visually lay out the task than it is a coded programming language. The tasks created are typically used in one of two ways: to model a particular project or to make a custom tool that automates a process."

Allen has more than 25 years' experience with GIS and digital mapping in the private and municipal sectors. As GIS manager for the City of Euless, Texas, he designs data structures and custom applications. He also serves as program coordinator for GIS at Tarrant County College in Arlington, Texas, where he helped found one of the first GIS degree programs in the state. Allen is the author of GIS Tutorial 2: Spatial Analysis Workbook (Esri Press, 2010) and coauthor of GIS Tutorial 3: Advanced Workbook (Esri Press, 2010).

Getting to Know ArcGIS ModelBuilder (ISBN: 978-1-58948-255-5, 336 pages, $79.95) is available at online retailers worldwide, at, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

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