Directions 2014 landed at the Adelaide Hilton last Thursday. Roughly 150 users attended the event, making for a fantastic day of networking and understanding of Esri’s future directions.
The day started out with David Trengove, sporting a brand new set of reading glasses, introducing the event. He asked all first-timers at Directions to put up their hand and 20 per cent of the audience responded. It is always good to see new people attending these events. Dave then followed by introducing the Esri Australia staff, highlighting the new Adelaide staff and a special mention to Brett Bundock, Esri Australia’s Managing Director, who was attending Directions. He rounded out by highlighting some key projects that have been completed by the Adelaide office in the past year and his top 3 take aways from the event, before handing the stage over to Josh Venman who was to be MC for the day.
The Directions 2014 roadshow made its third stop at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth. With close to 200 attendees, it was a great turnout and made for a fantastic day of networking and sharing new ideas.
Josh Venman started off the morning session by setting the scene with his ArcGIS Platform story. I’ve heard his presentation a few times on the tour now, and every time I hear it, I realise just how powerful the story is. There are several paths to using an enterprise GIS and, as an organisation, you have the flexibility to implement a setup for your requirements.
Nigel Brown from Exelis and I, have just completed our presentation highlighting the power of the ENVI Image Analysis software.
Nigel presented on how ENVI can be used to study the effects of sea level rise on coastal erosion using combination of lower resolution optical data, such as Landsat Imagery, combined with precise LiDAR data.
During a time of disaster delivering vital information to assist in recovery operations is critical. This is where the role of the Rapid Damage Assessment (RDA) becomes so important. Rapid Damage Assessment is required to provide information on two fronts.
Firstly, for emergency relief management, the need for a quick assessment of damage can form the basis for medical relief and emergency shelter or provisions to be deployed to the disaster area quickly. Secondly, a detailed assessment of the damage will deliver vital information to assist in the long term recovery operations.
During the session we emphasised the importance of having a clear purpose for your application and an understanding of your target audience and their expectations ahead of any decisions on technology. We also explored the challenge of balancing functionality vs. reach in your applications, and where different development approaches fit in to that continuum.
It’s 3.32 pm and you’re in the middle of finishing a map for a 4pm deadline. You’re editing your newly created features and suddenly you come to the realisation that you’ve clicked your mouse 8 times for one simple move. You pause, breathe deeply and wonder ‘there must be an easier way to do this’…
In geography, the way we map our results (using colours, class breaks, symbology etc.) can change the message that our map communicates. Consumers also interpret maps subjectively; perceiving patterns in maps that may or may not exist. Inappropriate decisions can sometimes be made as a result. At Ozri 2013, Ebony and I presented several techniques to minimise subjectivity in the presentation of spatial information.
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.
Boring maps begone! Keera Pullman and I joined forces to cover different and innovative techniques that can be used for 2D and 3D cartography. There are always new and interesting ways to convey information in a spatial context, and when used effectively, help mapmakers tell a more powerful story.
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.