Darwin Directions 2012

Directions has launched in Darwin

Despite the rainy conditions in Darwin this morning, our spirits aren’t dampened… because Directions 2012 has officially launched!

Around 60 Darwinians joined us this morning for the first installment of our road show series. After a warm welcome from Doug van Gelder, our Manager for the Territory, the official program kicked off with a presentation on how to extend the reach of your GIS with ArcGIS Online.

There’s been a lot of buzz around ArcGIS Online in the spatial community – and Josh provided a hands-on demonstration of how it all works – as well as showing some practical tips on how to leverage the platform to extend the use of GIS to other stakeholders in your organisation (Josh is travelling the country with Directions 2012 so if you’d like to learn more about this be sure to sign up to your local event).

Kellie Lacey and Keera Pullman – who is actually based in our Darwin office – then took to the stage to look at some of the latest technical advances in areas including LiDAR, Mobile and 3D.

Renee Bartolo and Doug van Gelder

One of the highlights of the morning for me was hearing from the lovely Renee Bartolo from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Supervising Scientist Division. Renee gave a presentation on the Department’s experiences spatially enabling SharePoint. She gave attendees a walk-through of the functionality of the system – and explained how and why the Department chose to geo-enable their documents. Renee says one of the key benefits of the system is how it has created one place to access information – and serves as a single point of truth for all staff.

Judging by the number of people swarming Renee in the morning tea break wanting to have a chat, I think it’s safe to say the audience found her insights very useful.

Morning tea was also the first time attendees had a chance to check out the ArcBar resource centre. ArcBar is new to Directions this year. It’s an area we’ve set up where you can come and – in a relaxed environment – have a chat with one of our technical specialists about any issue you are having or a particular feature of Esri technology. You can also see demonstrations and best of all you can get ‘hands-on’ with ArcGIS Online.

The ArcBar in full swing

After lunch we had a couple more presentations: Josh hit the stage again, this time to discuss the value of geo-enabling SAP. Gary Johnson, who heads up our Location Intelligence Consulting Practice, also took to the stage to explain how to build a business case for GIS within your organisation (Gary is travelling around to Directions in other states with this presentation too).

And then it was time for more networking, more ArcBar access and lunch! Finally, we wrapped up the day with two ‘power’ training sessions – 20 minute bursts on editing and python!

We’ve loved being in Darwin – it’s been a great opportunity to catch up with clients from across the Territory, as well as our own colleagues who work out of our NT office. Now, we’re back on the road and heading to our next stop – Townsville!

For all of you from the other cities – Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne Perth and Sydney – there’s still time to register so visit www.esriaustralia.com.au/directions and lock in your seat!

Looking forward to catching up with you in your state,

Alicia S.

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