Training: QGIS for the Complete Beginner

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Date(s) - 10/10/2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Durango Recreation Center


Presenter: Dave Murray
When: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Location: Durango Recreation Center
Time: 8:30 – 4:00PM
Cost: $100 member/$75 non-member
QGIS 3.8 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 3.8 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 3.8 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 or (303) 658-2140.

Attendees will be required to have a functioning laptop with QGIS 3.8 installed and running. A dataset will be provided before class so that everyone should be ready to participate at the start. QGIS 3.8 runs on Mac, Linux and Windows.

Registration is completed through the GISCO website.

Don’t forget to register for Friday’s presentations as well:


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Non-Member $100.00
Member rate $75.00