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About Ben Doyle

Esri Australia

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The best of the Esri UC – brought Down Under

What if you could experience the world’s largest geospatial event – the Esri User Conference – without needing to travel to San Diego, or watch hours of footage online?

Better yet – what if information on the latest ArcGIS advancements was delivered in an Australian context, with local experts providing live commentary and answering all your questions?

Well, we have some good news for you… Continue reading

More technology, more ideas, more connections

Following the conclusion of our ArcGIS seminar series each year, we immediately look to the future and at ways we can improve the roadshow. How do we continue to make Directions LIVE better for our user community, and give past attendees another reason to return?

We make our changes based on the feedback we receive, and this year that has led us to expand the event program even further, with more content across the board. Continue reading

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

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.

Things are happening synchronously, rather than asynchronously. It’s a more fluid tool to work with. Continue reading

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