Add to your GIS toolkit with new workshops

A series of new hands-on workshops have just been made available. Originally debuted at Ozri 2015, the workshops cover a range of topics including ArcGIS Pro, web apps and Python and vary in length from half-day to full day.

Featuring practical content delivered by Esri Australia’s certified technical specialists, these workshops offer GIS professionals the chance to get better acquainted with ArcGIS Pro, AppStudio for ArcGIS and customer analytics, while programmers can sharpen their Python skills with an ArcPy session.

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Five minutes with an Esri Australia trainer – Jack Bowrey

Jack Bowrey - Senior Consultant, Esri Australia

Jack Bowrey – Senior Consultant, Esri Australia

Meet Jack Bowrey – one of Esri Australia’s senior consultants, and a specialist in developing strategic training and workforce capability plans.  To give you a little more insight into Jack, the spatial enthusiast spent five minutes in the hot seat answering our questions.

EA: Tell us about the responsibilities of
your role as an Esri Australia Professional Services senior consultant?

JB: In my role within the training leadership group, I work closely with clients –
particularly within the national security sector – to develop and implement strategic workforce capability and training plans based on organisational roles and responsibilities. I also develop new training methods and materials and provide training services to our broad range of clients.

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Ozri 2015 GIS Generations

So long Ozri – it’s been a blast!

Wow – what a huge couple of days! The conference started with Gary Johnson breaking the news this will be the last Ozri in its current format, and it seems people made the most of their last Ozri experience here in Melbourne.

It was a jam-packed conference with over 70 presentations, two plenaries, 17 ArcLab sessions, five focused streams and three social functions, including the farewell function, which has closed the event for another year.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on how you envisage Ozri to play out in the future. Until then – ‘keep calm and map on’!

Katie  K


Ozri 2015 GIS Generations

Ozri 2015 day one plenary:

Wow, Thursday morning’s plenary was jam-packed with great speakers and demos, complete whirlwind of information. I took enough bullet-point notes on my iPhone to write a 15-page essay but I’ll try to distill it down…

The show was kicked off by recorded video from Jack, welcoming everyone to the event and addressing this year’s theme – “GIS Generations”. Our industry has gone through a few “generations” now – from the Arc/Info and AML days, to ArcView 3.x, to ArcGIS Desktop and Server, and we’re rapidly entering the new era of Web GIS. We’re hitting new industries, new users, and Jack’s prediction is of an upcoming “geoenlightenment” where GIS will be ubiquitous.

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Ozri 2015 GIS Generations

Ozri 2015 day two plenary:

Following a jam-packed first day at Ozri, topped off by an amazing night of wining, dining and live performances from Ross ‘Daddy Cool’ Wilson and X Factor favourite Jason Heerah, many delegates were in need of a little pick-me-up.

Thankfully, MapData Services came prepared, giving everyone chilled Powerade to kick start the morning.

Re-energised and ready for what was in store for Ozri day-two, Esri Australia Professional Services Executive Manager Jeff Robinson officially opened the plenary and welcomed 2015 Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award recipient, the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to the stage.

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Ozri 2015 GIS Generations

Collector for ArcGIS: Beyond the basics

CollectorWell, I am exhausted  in a good way though…

Beyond the basics of Collector for ArcGIS in 40 minutes. We covered a lot of ground and hopefully didn’t lose too many people along the way.

The session was not meant to cover any one aspect in great detail, but rather, share some of the potential available through Collector for ArcGIS to do more for your field data collection solutions. Every aspect that we went through has been captured in Esri blog posts or tutorials and a full list of further reading is included in this post.

To recap: We explored how far Collector for ArcGIS has come in the few short years it has been around. Available as a free app from the iTunes App Store (for iOS devices) and the Google Play Store (for Android devices), the triumvirate is soon to be completed with the launch of the Windows 10 version of Collector for ArcGIS scheduled for later in 2015.

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Ozri 2015 GIS Generations

City Lights – Ozri , on top of the world

As soon as we started walking down the narrow lane-way we knew we were in for a classic Melbourne night.  When we reached the Luminare rooftop we weren’t disappointed – what a view!  We really were on top of the world and with the Melbourne skyline as our backdrop, the stage was set for another great Ozri Gala Dinner.

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Ozri 2015 GIS Generations

Ozri 2015 is underway in Melbourne!

The countdown is finally over for Ozri 2015 as the conference kicked-off last night at the lively welcome function.

A chance for the GIS community to catch-up with old friends as well as meet new geospatial professionals – conference delegates, special guests and Esri Australia staff enjoyed a casual drink, delicious food and a sneak peak of the new innovation zone.

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Gary Knell - Esri UC plenary

Top tech takeaways from the Esri UC

Fresh back from the Esri UC in San Diego, I would like to take this opportunity to share my findings:

The platform

Despite the fact GIS is rapidly evolving – driven by a prevalence of Big, 3D and real-time data, amongst other things – the Web GIS story still holds true. However, there have been some tweaks to the way it’s being told.

The traditional siloed system configurations of ArcGIS for Desktop and geodatabases have been labelled as ‘systems of record’ – i.e. they are used to create and update data which is vital to organisations making better decisions. Web GIS sits on top of these potentially distributed systems of record and makes authoritative data available to everyone who needs it – anywhere, any time and on any device. Continue reading