Author Archives: Claire M

Ozri 2013 – Have you budgeted your attendance?

Around this time of year, many of our users are working on their budgets for the upcoming financial year.

I thought I’d share with you what many people do – which is budget now for their attendance at Ozri – Esri Australia’s annual user conference.

Planning ahead makes sure that you don’t miss out on any learning opportunities or key events – such as Ozri – that will assist in your professional development – and maximise your organisation’s GIS investment.  With GIS technology – and its scope for application – changing at such a rapid pace, keeping up to date with the latest developments is a must for any geospatial professional.

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2012 – A big year for training!

Well it’s December again – and what a busy year it’s been in Training at Esri Australia!  There’s been a change at the helm, with Laura Berman moving to the role of Partner Manager, and my transition from Senior Trainer to Training Manager.  Millie Chen – our Training Coordinator – has returned from maternity leave, and we have a number of new trainers who’ve started this year.  Exciting times!

One of our major achievements this year has been the certification of our trainers.  We now have 26 trainers certified in Esri software (Desktop, Developer, Database and Server) and CompTIA accredited (CTT+ – Computer based education certification).  We also have two accredited Telvent trainers who can teach ArcFM courses.  The level of experience required to gain this accreditation is critical for delivering the highest quality GIS training for you, our clients.

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Feed the world

Our guest blogger, Charles Pauka, is the Editor of Position magazine and  Spatial Source.

Today’s blog comes from Charles Pauka, the Editor of Position magazine and Spatial Source – Australasia’s source for surveying, mapping and geoinformation.

Feeding the world’s masses is going to be an ever-increasing challenge. From the current 6+ billion today, the Earth’s human population is said to increase to more than 9 billion by 2050, well within the lifetime of many in our industry.

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Beyond graphs and charts: Esri Maps for Office

To all those that have been in the clouds…Esri Maps for Office is a free add-in for Microsoft Office 2010 and can be downloaded when an ArcGIS Online for Organisations subscription is purchased.

Don’t have an ArcGIS Online for Organisations account? Signing up for a free trial subscription will also make the Esri Maps for Office add-in available – as many of you have already discovered!

Esri Maps for Office was launched at the Esri User Conference in July 2012 under the banner of Spatial Analytics. This product is part of a suite of location analytics products, like Esri Maps for IBM Cognos and Microsoft SharePoint that deliver geospatial capabilities directly to your business systems. Watch these videos to see how location analytics can change the way you work!

Now let’s discuss how you can make Esri Maps for Office work for your organisation…

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spatial@gov – The last one and what a week it was!

As always, spatial@gov started with the exhibition open day and the visitors arrived thick and fast.  The opening day presentations were diverse, interesting and packed!

I presented on a topic that I have great interest in, both personally and professionally – GeoHealth. The geospatial profession is ideally placed to assist health agencies in tackling ‘health issues’, rather than focusing on sickness.  Location is critical in demonstrating the areas of our community most at risk of serious health consequences.  The ability to present these on a map clearly enables policy makers to see the link between ‘at risk’ areas and current services and determine if they are located appropriately.

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Is it time to get your Esri Certification?

Have you thought about taking part in Esri’s Technical Certification Program?  Since its introduction in February last year, thousands of GIS professionals – including over 20 Esri Australia trainers – have gained official certification.

Esri Australia’s newly appointed National Training Manager Kath Sund (and the holder of ArcGIS Desktop Professional certification) takes us though the ins and outs of the Program – and why you should consider gaining your Esri Technical Certification.

Get your very own Esri Certification badge!

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Is it time to migrate to ArcGIS 10.1 for Server?

With a new, services-based architecture, ArcGIS 10.1 for Server offers richer functionality, a simpler installation and administration, and better performance and scalability.  However, this improved architecture requires some adjustments to how you worked with previous versions of ArcGIS for Server.

So how do you take advantage of these improvements if you have an existing 10 (or 9.3.1/9.3) server deployment?  Well you will need to upgrade and/or migrate your existing services, caches, web clients and security configurations.

To guide you through the process, we’ve introduced a new two day training course called ‘Migrating to ArcGIS for Server 10.1’.

The course takes you through the process of migrating your entire deployment; while demonstrating the new 10.1 features and workflows along the way.

Aimed at server administrators who need to install, manage, and support an ArcGIS 10.1 for Server system, this course is a great way to find out how to make the most of what’s new in version 10.1.

The course will cover the following topic areas:

  • What’s new in ArcGIS 10.1 for Server?
  • Using the Web Adapter
  • Publishing with ArcGIS 10.1 for Server
  • Planning and preparing for migration
  • Migrating services and supporting resources
  • Caching workflows
  • Migrating and configuring secured services

To find out more, check out the complete course overview – or if you have any questions, get in touch with the Training team.

John H

Directions 2013: We want to you to be involved!

With Ozri 2012 now becoming a distant memory, we’re well underway with planning for Directions 2013, Esri Australia’s Tour de Force. Last year we saw over 1,000 people in nine cities come along to hear all about ways of extending GIS throughout an organisation through a mix of Esri Australia demonstrations and client presentations.

In 2013, Directions is going to be bigger and better – with full day programs in every state (and Townsville!).  The popular ArcBar will be back, so you can connect with Esri Australia knowledge experts and ask as many questions as you would like, and gain a better understanding of how to improve your everyday workflows.  Our Esri Australia technology experts will also be on stage sharing their knowledge and expertise across a wide range of topics.

A  key focus for Directions 2013 is user showcase presentations. I know that many of you come along to Directions speak to your peers and find out what they have been doing over the past 12 months.   To showcase your GIS achievements, we’ve opened up a call for papers for Directions 2013.

We’ve also added a new feature to the program this year – GeoByte talks. These talks are snapshots – of only 5 minutes – of a particular project or even tips and tricks that you can share with your peers.  Head to the Call for Papers webpage to nominate yourself to present a GeoByte at your local Directions event.

Don’t forget to put the dates in your diary for the Directions event closest to you.  Registration and the full program will be available soon – so keep an eye on the blog and our website for more details.

–        Kellie P

Ozri Update: Stream B Session Snapshot

Ozri 2012 Update

After a quick break for morning tea we settled in for some really interesting presentations covering topics ranging from digital topographic mapping and ecological data management to maritime military GIS and Big Data spatial analytics.

Josie Bailey from the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment was first up, discussing the automated process that has been implemented to deliver nine accurate and current topographic mapping products, including formats for use on iPhones and iPads.

AMEC’s Ross Chrystall and Jeremy Hayden stepped the audience through the innovative end-to-end GIS data workflow employed to meet the needs of complex environmental reporting requirements on linear utility infrastructure projects.

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Ozri Update: Stream A Session Snapshot

Ozri 2012 Update

Ken Melchert from Townsville City Council kicked off this afternoon’s presentations, discussing the role of GIS in assisting the key business functions within Townsville City Council to deliver their services to the community in an efficient, effective and innovative manner.   Ken discussed the Council’s integration of their corporate GIS with other enterprise business management systems, and new strategies focused on mobile mapping, spatial network analysis and modelling, demographic and socio-economic modelling.

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