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QGIS for the Complete Beginner

Presenter: Dave Murray

When: Friday, April 19, 2019

Location: Emily Griffiths Technical College

1205 Osage Street, Denver CO 80203

Time: 8:30 - 4:00PM

Cost: $100.00/$75 Students (Please bring student ID to workshop)

QGIS 3.6 for the Complete Beginner (or those that would like a refresher)

QGIS is an open source desktop program that is quickly gaining users around the world.  With the recent update to version 3.4 there is a good reason for this interest. It is a powerful program that anyone can use. 

This workshop will introduce attendees to a number of the features that they can use in their day-to-day work to augment or replace their existing desktop GIS.

No experience with QGIS is assumed but some familiarity with desktop GIS functions would be helpful.

The class will walk through the following tasks that will give the attendee a starting place to be able to evaluate and use this program:

1.      Overview of the QGIS history and development ecosystem

2.      Familiarity with the interface and standard tools

3.      Feature symbolization

4.      Data formats

5.      Data projections

6.      Raster display and processing

7.      Cartographic output

8.      Linking to web services

9.      Address Geocoding

10.   Data analysis

11.   Spatial SQL analysis

12.   Data automation

13.   Advanced topics and some that you might not have seen before

The workshop will use a variety of data sources that highlight the range of QGIS 3.4 functions.  The workshop is designed for individuals interested in getting started with desktop mapping but don’t know where to start.  Those that have experience with desktop GIS programs will generally find similarities with the programs they know.   Everyone should come away with the ability to start using QGIS to solve many of their spatial problems.

The instructor is Dave Murray, GIS Coordinator for the City of Westminster and a Lecturer at the University of Colorado at Denver in the Geography Department.  He can be contacted at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (303) 658-2140.  Attendees will be required to have a functioning laptop with QGIS 3.4 or above installed and running.  A dataset will be provided before class so that everyone should be ready to participate at the start.   QGIS 3.4 runs on Mac, Linux and Windows.

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