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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). Continue reading

Live from Esri U…

My colleagues Kath, Peter and David

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend the last few days at Redlands Californina… home to some delicious BBQ ribs, lots of orange trees, and of course, Esri!

I’m over here with some colleagues attending Esri U, a global Esri training initiative aimed at getting staff across the world up-to-speed with the latest at Esri.

It’s been a fascinating experience and a great opportunity to connect with other Esri staff to hear about how organisations in their countries are using GIS. I’ve made friends with people from Kuwait, Italy, Spain, Canada, Kenya, India, Jamaica, Brazil – in fact I’m hard pressed thinking of a country that isn’t represented here!

In between classes (there’s lots to learn here!), I thought I’d share my top 3 highlights so far with you… Continue reading

WA Business News flags GIS as key technology for population planning

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Esri Australia’s Business Manager in WA, Tom Gardner, was recently interviewed by WA Business News for a feature on how Perth can prepare for a population projection of 3.5 million people by 2050 (more than double its current size).

The article begins by citing demographer Bernard Salt, who suggests that a long-term infrastructure development strategy for Western Australia is needed.
Tom Gardner was interviewed for the piece following Esri Australia’s recent partnership with the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) – which saw the development of a planning mega-map that provides senior decision-makers for the state with the geographical context behind the complex and wide-ranging topics pertaining to planning, growth and populations.

Read the article here.

MDS Special Offer – sign up and save!

If you spend more than 50 hours a year working on base maps – then we have a solution that will make life easier.*

We are currently running an end of year promotion around the MDS Foundation Map (which is now available through Esri Australia!). The MDS Foundation Map is the most up-to-date, online base mapping service covering Australia and New Zealand, and can be easily integrated into web or desktop software.

The special offer is: Order an MDS Foundation Map from Esri Australia before December 31 and receive 14 months for the price of 12 – that’s a saving of more than $400! Additionally, the first 100 orders also receive a free Points of Interest data package valued at $2,500! To take advantage of this offer, you just need to call us on 1800 447 111.

 Find out more on the MDS website.

* Calculation based on a 37.5 hour working week across 200 working days for a person on a salary of $75,000 per annum.

News from SSSC – new alliance with SSSI

This week, we’ve been lucky enough to be over in New Zealand attending the International Spatial Science and Surveying Conference (SSSC) – we’re there with our friends from Eagle Technology (the Esri distributor for NZ). It’s been a great conference so far – and an excellent opportunity to catch up with our NZ colleagues!

Last night at the gala dinner, we made a special announcement – the formation of a new alliance with one of Australia’s peak spatial bodies, the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI). It’s an ‘industry-first’ partnership that’s designed to expand spatial technology into new, ‘untapped’ markets. Very exciting!

Speaking from the conference, our Managing Director Brett Bundock said the partnership would facilitate a series of strategic round table discussions with business leaders from sectors where GIS is not yet established. Continue reading

Little Penguins in Big Study

Victoria’s estimated 100,000 Little Penguins are under the spotlight as researchers conduct the first state-wide survey of the seabirds in more than 30 years.

Melbourne’s The Age newspaper ran an article yesterday on our partnership with Phillip Island Nature Park – and how they’re using GIS technology to map the Little Penguin species, their habitats and their predators.

The scientists from Phillip Island will spend the next three years collecting data from around 40 Victorian seabird colonies in the region, to gauge species numbers and answer questions about why Little Penguins choose certain locations to burrow, breed and rear their chicks.

This data is then generated into an interactive maps, and enables researchers to see relationships and patterns in the data that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

 The paper interviewed our Victorian Business Manager Jean-Noel Jarnet and Phillip Island Nature Parks Research Biologist Dr Duncan Sutherland. Continue reading

Access the magic of ArcGIS at home!

Last Friday, we had our 50th person register for the recently launched ‘ArcGIS for Home Use’ offer – so we thought it was a good time to remind you that you too can have access to ArcGIS outside of office hours!

ArcGIS for Home Use is an initiative that makes GIS available to all. It’s a great offer for existing ArcGIS users who want to use the same powerful software at home for noncommercial personal use or for individuals who want to expand their GIS skills. However, anyone can participate in this program! Continue reading

Mo Your Place!!

During November each year, thousands of men around the country – and the world – start to sprout moustaches. The reason behind this sudden partiality to facial hair? To raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men. It’s called Movember.

This year, a team of gentlemen from Esri Australia have joined the Movember movement – they’ve banded together and swallowed their pride to grow moustaches in the name of charity.

Esri Australia’s team – ‘Mo Your Place’ – comprises: Mark Billing, Rob Casey, Steve Langdon, Doug Van Gelder, James Pereira, Ganesh Ananthakrishnan, Vish Apte  and Erik Sandin. Continue reading

Bangkok Flood Mapped

Thailand is in the midst of their worst floods in nearly 60 years. The waters are slowly starting to recede from many inundated areas of Thailand, but the massive task of rebuilding remains.

GIS has once again emerged as key technology for responding to and communicating during emergency situations. Our colleagues at Esri Thailand have mapped the extent of the flood – and despite the website being written in Thai, the powerful visual representation of the tragedy speaks for itself.

Our thoughts are with the people of Thailand.

View the map here.

Read more about the crisis on ASM.

3D Forests Show the Way for Sustainable Future

GIS – particularly the soon-to-be-released ArcGIS 10.1 software – can transform raw LiDAR data into 3D maps of the landscape that provide significantly more detail than traditional aerial photographs.

Last week, some of the team was in Tasmania attending Silvilaser 2011 – an international LiDAR forest applications conference (LIDAR uses light beams fired from a plane to measure tree and canopy height and terrain.) It was a great conference and an excellent opportunity to showcase the increasingly important role of GIS in forestry management.

Esri Australia’s Gordon Sumerling, an expert in the LiDAR space, attended the conference and spoke to delegates about how GIS, which can create highly detailed 3D maps of entire forests, has the potential to transform Australia’s $2.5 billion forestry industry.

Website Business Environment Network (BEN) ran a piece  referencing Gordon – discussing how new advances in GIS technology would ensure Australia’s commercial forests remain sustainable and renewable, and are managed in line with the world’s highest environmental standards. Continue reading