Fresh back from the Esri UC in San Diego, I would like to take this opportunity to share my findings:
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 →
Meet Andrew White – one of Esri Australia’s Consultants and a specialist in ArcGIS for Desktop and Server. We spent five minutes with Andrew to find out what inspires him to help clients reach their full GIS potential.
EA: Tell us about your role as a Consultant for Professional Services at Esri Australia – what are you responsible for?
Directions 2014 stopped in Melbourne last week at the Langham. More than 200 users attended the event to network, learn and sharpen their GIS skills – as well as hear about what is in store for the future of the ArcGIS Platform.
Attendees were welcomed by Lisa Dykes, Esri Australia’s new Business Development Manager for Victoria and Tasmania. It was great to see so many new people with a show of hands revealing more than half of the users in the crowd were attending Directions for the first time. Lisa discussed the importance of the ArcGIS Platform for Victorian users and I was surprised to learn that only 20 percent of organisations have activated their free ArcGIS Online Subscription Accounts offered as part of ArcGIS Desktop entitlements at 10.2. If you believe your organisation may be entitled to a free ArcGIS Online Subscription Account make sure you check out our recent blog post that outlines how to request your free user credentials here.
I spent the rest of the day as a roving reporter and the remainder of this post is dedicated to highlights from the Melbourne stop on Esri Australia’s Tour de Force, Directions 2014.
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 →
Geospatial imagery – more than a backdrop. Traditionally imagery has been seen by GIS users as a background to provide context to the vector data.
However, as imagery is becoming more accessible and cheaper, GIS professional are realising the value imagery can bring into their GIS projects. The ArcGIS platform includes different levels of technology , from ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS for Server, through to ArcGIS Online, they provide GIS professionals with a range of powerful geoprocessing and image analysis tools, complemented with state of the art on-the-fly image processing technologies and powerful data dissemination tools.
What an action-packed afternoon in the Geospatial Galaxy! After a delicious lunch, our own Christopher Brown and Walter Simonazzi gave the database administrators among us some handy tips on how to support their workflows by configuring ArcGIS for Server’s unique Geodatabase technology.
Next up was Lacuna Resolve’s Kerrie Purcell who touched on how GIS technology is transforming how we prepare and respond to natural disasters. Kerrie’s presentation was a timely reminder of the role GIS will play as we look for better ways to manage the devastating impacts of these events.
Simon and I have just delivered our presentation on ‘real-time GIS’, in ‘real-time.’
With a growing number of sensors continuously streaming data; we are essentially swamped in real-time data. To help us make sense of it and pick out key events of interest to us, Esri have released GeoEvent Processor for ArcGIS.
Aided by a number of key demos, our session provided an overview of the ArcGIS for Server extension’s architecture and functionality. Simon showed us how to harvest Twitter feeds, monitor vehicles, and send out alerts. While I took you all through the process of pulling in weather data from BOM web pages, and enriching data feeds on the fly using data from external textiles.
The main message to come out of this, is that ArcGIS now supports real-time GIS. The potential of this technology is immense and it will be exciting to see how it will be adopted in the future. The possibilities really are endless.
First of all, we would like thank you very much your participation in the session “Best Practices – Geodatabase Efficiencies” and sharing with us your passion for the geodatabases. We know that forty minutes isn’t enough time to cover all the topics that surrounds geodatabases, but at least, we hope that the session gave you new ideas to make your work more easy and productive.