Sample Chapter from ArcGIS Blueprints

by | Nov 4, 2015

My new book, ArcGIS Blueprints, is scheduled for publication in November or early December.  Today we’re releasing a sample chapter from the upcoming book.  Chapter 3, Automating the Production of Map Books with Data Driven Pages and ArcPy, can be downloaded here.


Many organizations have a need to create map books containing a series of individual maps that cover a larger geographic area. These map books contain a series of maps and some optional additional pages including title pages, an overview map, and some other ancillary information including reports and tables. For example, a utility company might want to generate a map book detailing their assets across a service area. A map book for this utility company could include a series of maps, each at a large scale, along with a title page, and an overview map. These resources would then be joined together into a single document that could be printed or distributed as a pdf file.  In this chapter you will learn how to automate the production of map books using a combination of Data Driven Pages and Python with the ArcPy Mapping module.


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Eric Pimpler
Eric is the founder and owner of GeoSpatial Training Services ( and has over 25 years of experience implementing and teaching GIS solutions using ESRI, Google Earth/Maps, Open Source technology. Currently Eric focuses on ArcGIS scripting with Python, and the development of custom ArcGIS Server web and mobile applications using JavaScript. Eric is the author of Programming ArcGIS with Python Cookbook - 1st and 2nd Edition, Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript, Spatial Analytics with ArcGIS, and ArcGIS Blueprints. Eric has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Texas A&M University and a Master's of Applied Geography degree with a concentration in GIS from Texas State University.

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