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The added training benefits of maintenance…

As the National Training Manager, I’m often asked by clients if it’s worth signing up to Esri Australia’s maintenance program. While access to new software updates and GIS technical support are big drawcards, maintenance also offers excellent benefits when it comes to training:

Discounted training services
If you’re part of the maintenance program, you’re automatically entitled to a 10 per cent discount on Esri Australia’s training services. So whether you want to attend one of our regular courses or customise a special training offering for your organisation – you can always access this special rate. Best of all, there’s no usage limit, so the savings can really add up throughout the year.

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What’s coming in ArcGIS Online – December 2013

The next ArcGIS Online update is scheduled for release in mid-December. In this blog, we give you an early run-down of the new features, enhancements and changes being rolled out: Map Viewer New functionality for creating and viewing web maps will include:

  • Copy and saving layers to enable you to configure different properties on the copied layer such as pop-up windows and symbols, and save the layer as a new item. You will also be able to save layers you import to your map such as CSV files and map notes.
  • Administrators will be able to configure the default map units for the scalebar, and measure tool, directions, and analysis. Your ArcGIS Online members will be able to set the units they see through their profile page.
  • New options for changing symbology will include point rotation, normalisation, point over polygons, and line size.
  • Time-enabled layers will include an option to disable and enable the time animation.

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ArcGIS for Server from an Esri Rookie

As part of an ongoing graduate program development pathway I was privileged to recently attend the ArcGIS for Server: Sharing GIS Content on the Web training course offered by Esri Australia. While I’m now comfortable in the ArcGIS Desktop environment after a few months, the thought of attending an ArcGIS Server course was a daunting prospect. Like many Esri users in Australia I have become familiar with the latest functionality of ArcGIS Desktop at version 10.2, as well as publishing hosted services to the cloud based solution known as ArcGIS Online – but what about the ArcGIS platform more broadly? ArcGIS for Server: Sharing GIS Content on the Web builds on foundation knowledge from ArcGIS Desktop and new found workflows used to publish content to ArcGIS Online, utilising server infrastructure within your organisation. Continue reading

Training courses to see you through the end of 2013

While 2013 is starting to wind down, our training offerings continue right throughout December. From intermediate training on the ArcGIS platform, to more advanced geodatabases courses –  the training options below are a worthwhile investment If you’re looking to take your GIS skills to the next level.

ArcGIS courses
Editing data using ArcGIS – Perfect for GIS specialists and experienced ArcGIS users, this course teaches you methods for accurately creating and maintaining data stored in a geodatabase.

Designing maps using ArcGIS – If you want to learn how to create attractive maps that your audience can easily understand and interpret, this is THE course for you. We’ll show you how by following a standard cartographic workflow, you can create high-quality maps for both print and online use.

Geodatabase courses
Implementing Versioned Workflows in a Multiuser Geodatabase – In this advanced geodatabase course, we explore a variety of versioned editing workflows. You’ll also discover how versioning decisions impact data accuracy and database performance.

Distributing Data Using Geodatabase Replication – This course is designed for those who need to incorporate geodatabase replication into their organisation’s business and versioned editing workflows. You’ll learn about best practices for protecting the integrity of your production database, as well as how to meet the needs of desktop, mobile, and online users.

As always, make sure you take a look at our training schedule for dates in your nearest capital city, and remember – you can always contact us if you’d like to discuss an alternative time.

Kath S.

Welcome to Ozri 2013


It’s our favourite time of year again – Ozri has arrived in Brisbane!

Our home for the next few days is the brand new expansion of the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre… and Ozri looks shinier than ever before.

Overlooking beautiful Brisbane City, the welcome function provided the first chance for Ozri sponsors, exhibitors and delegates to mingle over a few drinks – there was a real sense of excitement in the room as we spoke about the presentations and innovations we were looking forward to seeing over the following two days.

It wasn’t surprising to hear that many people are excited about attending Thursday night’s Gala Dinner. It’s a real highlight of the event and Josie (our Event Manager) never fails to put on an amazing evening to remember.

So now we look forward to the plenary tomorrow morning… with a line-up sure to impress and inspire all Ozri-goers – it’s definitely shaping up to be our best Ozri yet!

Shannon W

ArcGIS 10.2 – what does it mean to end users?

ArcGIS 10.2 is now available, but what does this mean for the end user? Many Desktop users will enjoy an enhanced, stable platform while others will be amazed by new ArcGIS capabilities, further extending applications and reach. In addition to improvements for Desktop there are new extensions for Server, Mobile developments and Online product enhancements. The 10.2 for Desktop release focuses on quality and performance improvements. It will deliver over 600 resolved software issues, assisting the stability of this release. Additional security, more than 40 new analysis tools, improved 3D functionality, raster enhancements, and many more features are also included.  The interface remains the same as 10.1, while the Catalog window includes ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS access.

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Our Young Scholar makes his mark at the Esri UC

IMG_5190As the inaugural winner of the Esri Young Scholars Award for Australia, Rodolfo Espada, won an all-expenses paid trip to present his research project at the 2013 Esri International User Conference. We caught up with Rodolfo following his return to Australia, to get the low-down on a memorable week at the world’s biggest GIS conference.

1. Hi Rodolfo, congratulations on becoming the very first Esri Young Scholar for Australia! How do you feel?

Rodolfo: I feel so excited at being the very first Esri Young Scholar for Australia! I never thought even for a single moment that my research project with a simple beginning would reach this far and earn something big. Certainly, I am embracing this Award with honour and great humility and it will be cherished in my entire Spatial Science career. I would like to dedicate this achievement to my family, my supervisors for the academic support, the Australia Awards – Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship Award for the funding, and Brisbane City Council, Energex, and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service for the datasets. Without their unselfish support, this success will not become a reality. And of course, thank you sincerely Esri Australia for believing in my research project.

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Agriculture has made a significant contribution to the shared economic and heritage value that is the ‘Great Australian Outback’, yet concerns over the impacts of climate change, economic uncertainty and foreign ownership have become increasingly prominent in discussions over the future of farming here in Australia. These challenges formed the basis of the inaugural Digital Rural Futures (DRF) conference last week in Armidale, regional New South Wales, home to the National Broadband Network (NBN) and the University of New England (UNE). With the emergence of the digital economy, agriculture has often been left off the agenda at major industry and government gatherings. The DRF conference provided a national platform to bring together farmers, consultants and researchers to discuss the key challenges and opportunities a digitally connected agricultural sector is likely to face. Agriculture plays an important role in Australian Government plans to increase the value of agriculture and food exports by close to 50 per cent by 2025, driven by the growth of Asia on our doorstep.

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New training courses for a new financial year

There are a number of training courses being held in the coming months which are generating significant interest within the Esri user community. We now have the full series of geodatabase courses, designed to teach our clients about the full capability of geodatabases. They include:

From a server perspective, Sharing GIS Content on the Web and Site Configuration and Administration offer an introduction and intermediate training path for ArcGIS for Server users. There is also a new ArcGIS mobile course, which has been upgraded for Version 10.1.

These are just some of the training courses we have available. Make sure you visit the Esri Australia training schedule for more details, and if you see a course you’d like to attend but can’t make the times on offer, please register your interest via the Expression of Interest form located on each course description page.

You can also email us at to discuss any customised or condensed training for your workplace.

Kath S

Managing staff training through learning and services credits

Esri Australia’s Learning and Services Credits Program offers organisations a flexible way to access to the company’s industry-leading GIS training courses and technical advisory services. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is one organisation to take advantage of the program. We asked their Spatial Data Manager Kate Waghorn, how the ABS uses Learning and Services Credits to assist with staff training.

Esri Australia: Hi Kate, thanks for speaking to us. Approximately how long has the ABS been using Learning and Services Credits (L&SC) for?
Kate: We have been using L&SC since April 2012.

EA: Do you predominately use the credits for training, or a mix of training and services?  Why?
K: The credits have been used predominantly on scheduled courses, although we have also arranged for an in-house knowledge transfer with an Esri Australia trainer for a specific requirement, and have used the credits to undertake a Health Check to assist us with forward planning during our implementation.

EA: What are the main benefits for the ABS in using this program, compared to paying for one-off courses when needed?
K: It does make administration easier and simpler. Knowing the credits are available has made the decision of whether to send staff on training easier.

EA: How many staff within your team have utilised the credits?
K: We have sent staff from our Canberra Central Office and in a few of our regional offices. Some staff just require an understanding of the basic functionality of the program, whilst others are taking their learning further to understand more specialist subject matter, such as Python programming and the server courses.

EA: Do you find L&SC good value for money? If yes, why?
K: Yes. Because we have undertaken a number of ABS only courses, it has worked out cheaper than sending the same number of people on a scheduled course.

EA: Does the ABS have a formalised professional development program? If so, how does LS&C fit in with the program?
K: Because the ABS is not specifically a “spatial” organisation, our professional development program is more geared to the requirements of the agency – therefore a more statistical framework. Consequently L&SC runs parallel and is separate to the in-house training.

EA: Will you continue to purchase credits? If yes, why?
K: The bulk of our credits have been used to get staff up and running with Esri. Whilst there will always be some requirements to send staff on training courses, we envisage using our L&SC more on consultancy for the immediate future. We will assess our requirement for purchasing further credits at a later date.

EA: Do you have any other comments about the program?
K: As a convenient method of getting staff into training courses, it’s been very useful.

EA: Thanks very much Kate!

To find out how your staff can strengthen their GIS capabilities through Esri Australia’s Learning and Services Credits Program, call 1800 441 111 or contact us via email today.