New courses to hone your GIS skills

We have recently added two new courses to our line-up of training options to help you take your GIS know-how to the next level.

Designed to cater for the increasing scope of GIS users, the courses will show you how to do more with the technology and bring you up to speed with all the latest developments.

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Five minutes with an Esri Australia trainer – Daniela Bramante

Daniela Bramante - Senior Consultant, Esri Australia

Daniela Bramante – Senior Consultant, Esri Australia

Meet Daniela Bramante – one of Esri Australia’s Senior Consultants – and a specialist in developing workforce capability plans that help organisations achieve their operational goals. To give you a little more insight into Daniela, she spent five minutes in the hot seat answering all our questions. 

EA: Tell us about your role as a Senior Consultant for Professional Services at Esri Australia – what are you responsible for?

DB: I am a member of the training team where I am responsible for working with clients to create workforce capability plans and suitable training plans for organisations based on their internal roles and responsibilities. I am also involved in the development of new training methods and materials, mentoring members of the training team as well as delivering training to clients.

EA: What do you love most about your job?

DB: The variety of work and the opportunity to spend quality time with clients to implement best-practice GIS solutions.  Continue reading

Introducing ArcLab – a forum to access the technical specialists you need

One of the biggest changes at 2015’s Directions LIVE seminar series is the introduction of ArcLab – the interactive heart of the event, which is set to revamp the always popular ArcBar.ArcLab

We’re introducing ArcLab to give Australian ArcGIS users a unique opportunity to sit face to face with key technical specialists – so they can get their specific questions answered, receive technical guidance and see the latest software demonstrated – in a casual, open forum. Continue reading

Get to Know ArcGIS Pro

GIS trainer Richard Stokes will be conducting the first Esri Australia Directions Events Series webinar, Get to Know ArcGIS Pro, on 21 April 2015. The spatial enthusiast tells us what ArcGIS users will learn at the free session, and how they can continue to develop their skills in the future.

EA: Why has ArcGIS Pro created such a fuss in the GIS community?

Richard Stokes

Richard Stokes – Professional Services Consultant, Esri Australia

RS: A big selling point is the fact it’s a 64-bit, multithreaded application. It enables you to use all your computer’s memory, so if you’ve got incredibly large datasets – which a lot of people have – you can visualise them and do geoprocessing tasks a lot faster than you once could.

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GIS and strategic asset management with Assetic’s Ashay Prabhu

Ashay Prabhu

Ashay Prabhu – Director and Co-founder, Assetic

Assetic – a Melbourne-based company providing strategic asset management software and services to help organisations manage public and private infrastructure – is Esri Australia’s newest technology partner.

Director and co-founder Ashay Prabhu explains the future role Geographic Information System (GIS) technology will play in strategic asset management, and shares a few local government success stories where GIS has been integrated into agency operations. Continue reading

Oscar at the park

One dataset – many uses

On the weekend I was out walking my dog through the local parks in my area. This always gives me a lot of time to think. On Sunday morning – as I was strolling aimlessly through the park – I started thinking about the park dataset that my local council maintains and how many uses that one dataset would have.  Continue reading

Five minutes with an Esri Australia trainer – Chris Sherwin

Trainer Chris Sherwin is a whiz at using scientific applications to solve spatial problems. We spent five minutes speaking with him to find out what motivates him to help students reach their full GIS potential.

EA: Tell us about your role as a Senior Consultant for Professional Services at EsrChrisSherwini Australia – what are you responsible for?

CS: I’m a member of the training team and my core responsibility is the successful delivery of ArcGIS for Desktop and Python training courses. My role also involves managing the training resources, contributing to the development and implementation of new training, and mentoring our extended training family.

EA: What do you love most about your job?

CS: What motivates me is engaging with Esri Australia’s clients to try and understand their workflows and challenges they face. It’s a great reward taking the time to sit and help a classroom through the learning curve of the many components of the ArcGIS platform. Continue reading

Seven ways GIS training can make you more valuable to your organisation

GIS training isn’t just about improving your own technical skills – it’s also about helping you become a more valuable asset to your organisation. Here, Esri Australia trainer Chris Sherwin looks at seven ways GIS training sessions can help you – and your organisation – gain new GIS skills that boost productivity and efficiencies.

1. Exposure to the latest GIS capabilities and functions

Training courses can quickly bring you up-to-speed with the knowledge you need to take advantage of new capabilities in the technology – such as using online tools and sharing data as hosted services – and make them work for you and your organisation. There are always new capabilities and functionality to be learnt with the ArcGIS platform; and by gaining experience and receiving professional coaching with these new capabilities, you help ensure your organisation is getting the most from its GIS investment.

2. Learn in a collaborative, interactive classrooms

Working in a classroom environment gives you the opportunity to have a full and dynamic learning exTanya Fleayperience. You can ask questions; see hands-on practical demonstrations – and also enjoy one-on-one time with your trainer.

The ‘exercise’ component of each course also gives you valuable ‘hands on’ experience, equipping you with practical skills that you can take back to your workplace. Ultimately, by learning in a collaborative, interactive class room, you can ensure you’re completely comfortable with the subject matter – and be more confident about applying your new learnings when you get back to the office.

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Five minutes with an Esri Australia trainer – John Hasthorpe

Meet John Hasthorpe – one of Esri Australia’s most popular trainers. A specialist in ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS for Server and ArcObjects – John’s career as a GIS professional spans nearly a decade.John Hasthorpe

Tell us about your role as a Senior Consultant for Professional Services at Esri Australia – what are you responsible for?

I’m a member of the training team and am primarily responsible for the delivery of ArcGIS for Server based training courses. I am also involved in the development of new training methods, approaches and resources, and look after all enterprise courses and provide mentorship to the trainers that teach them.

What do you love most about your job?

I really like having the opportunity to travel around the county and working with clients to help them get the most value out of their ArcGIS software investment. It is also great to have the opportunity to find out what our clients are doing with the software within their organisation.

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Ozri 2014

Driving GIS adoption across your organisation – the road to a better ROI

People will surprise you. That’s the message I hope delegates took away from my Ozri presentation this year.

The appetite for ‘big bang’ projects has diminished, and organisations are increasingly looking for small measurable wins rather than large scale transformation. Management is much more open and receptive to thinking outside the square and taking risks when we deal with digestible bite-size pieces.

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