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With the release of ArcGIS 10, Esri provides users with a Land Records solution as a core part of the ArcGIS platform. This solution helps you produce great web maps, implement efficient workflows, and incorporate best practices from the land records industry at large.
The parcel maintenance solution has three key parts. First is the Parcel Editor toolbar, which is included with ArcGIS Desktop at the ArcEditor and ArcInfo license levels. This toolbar contains the tools needed to access and work with parcel data. The second part of the solution is the parcel fabric. This dataset manages the spatial and topological relationships inherent in parcel point, line, and polygon data. The third and final part of the solution is the Tax Parcel Editing map. It supports local government workflows and is a multiscale editing map that organizes the survey framework (Public Land Survey System [PLSS] and control), subdivisions, lots, tax parcels, and encumbrances in a fabric data model that can be used with the Parcel Editor toolbar.
Last week, we released version 1.0 of Snow Common Operational Picture (SnowCOP). SnowCOP is an ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Viewer for Flex application that can be used by public works, road commission, or department of transportation staff to monitor snow event responses and determine which streets (or areas within a local government) aren’t getting enough attention. It is an interactive web application that allows managers and district operations leaders to correlate citizen complaints, snowplow assignments, current vehicle locations, and planned response activities to maximize the deployment of resources when responding to the event.
Esri is committed to developing a community of partners that are actively implementing and extending ArcGIS for Local Government. To do so, Esri created an ArcGIS for Local Government Partner Specialty, within the Esri Partner Network, to make collaboration with partners repeatable and successful. The specialty is designed for partners focused on the local government marketplace that want to work more closely with Esri on the development and deployment of ArcGIS for Local Government.
Partners in the ArcGIS for Local Government Partner Specialty provide one or both of the following:
- Complementary applications that are based on the ArcGIS for Local Government solution
- ArcGIS for Local Government implementation services
Recently, several Esri partners have applied to be part of the Partner Specialty, and we are pleased to announce that we now have a growing network of partners that can assist Esri users to install, configure, and extend ArcGIS for Local Government. In the coming days, you’ll see these approved partners highlighted on the new ArcGIS for Local Government resource center.
Esri CityEngine 2011.2 is available now for download from the Customer Care Portal. This version replaces CityEngine 2011.1 and is strongly recommended as it contains a number of improvements.
In addition to several bug fixes, the highlights of new features in version 2011.2 are:
- Improved FileGDB import and export
- Python (Jython) is update to version 2.5.2
- Support of multi-touch gestures for viewport navigation
- Added Visual C Runtime installer to CityEngine setup
More information is available at http://resources.arcgis.com/content/cityengine/about.
Gert van Maren
3D Product Manager
As the year winds down, we wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for the participation and feedback this year. It’s been really exciting to see the user community embrace the maps and apps on the ArcGIS for Local Government resource center and provide feedback that will ultimately make these ArcGIS maps and apps better for everyone using them. The team really enjoys the ongoing dialog with our local government users and looks forward to working with each and every one of you in the near future.
In 2012, we’re excited to incorporate the functionality emerging in ArcGIS 10.1 and ArcGIS Online, along with what we learned in 2011 from you, into the ArcGIS for Local Government solution. And we’ve got some plans we’d like to share with you for 2012 that we hope will make your adoption and use of ArcGIS simpler and more successful.
Last week we made the ‘CityEngine: Philadelphia example’ available for download on the CityEngine resource center. The main comments we’ve received so far are:
- how do I get my GIS data into CityEngine, and
- how do I bring it back into ArcGIS?
So let’s do a roundtrip! Continue reading
CityEngine allows you to model and design your city in 3D based on GIS geometry, attributes and procedural rules.
This week, we released version 1.0 of the Address Data Management Template. This template is an ArcMap editing map, editor extension, and set of editing workflows for managing road centerlines with address ranges, facilities, site addresses, and related mailing address data. It is an editor that can be used by mapping technicians in planning, public safety or land records organizations to streamline the collection, maintenance and use of authoritative address information.
When you download the template, you’ll find it includes:
- A multi-scale ArcMap document designed for editing
- Two Add-ins and set of constructions tools that are added to your ArcInfo or ArcEditor installation
- The Local Government geodatabase with sample data from the City of Naperville, Illinois
The Address Management Add-in and address construction tools contain a series of custom editing tools that improve the editing experience for ArcGIS users working with roads and address information. For example, there are tools that:
- Add new road segments and allocate existing address ranges to the new segments
- Flip road segments to the direction of the line and address ranges are in sync
- Add new site address points and compute the proposed address from the location along the road centerline
In addition to the tools, the Address Data Management template also includes an editor extension called the Attribute Assistant. This extension uses a series of pre-defined methods to automatically populate attributes for you when updating and/or adding new features to the geodatabase. For example, one method will populate the full road name on each road centerline and site address feature from a valid list of road names contained in a master street name table. Other methods will help you maintain the integrity of your address data by populating a unique identifier, last editor and last update date on each feature.
The template is a great place to start if you’re looking to modernize your address data management workflows and improve the quality of address information in your organization. It provides a configuration of ArcGIS 10 that will:
- Allow you to manage road centerlines with address ranges, and site address points for public safety, utility, permitting and other service delivery needs
- Associate one or more related postal addresses to a given site address
- Implement a master street name inventory that increases the quality of your address information
- Deploy efficient data management workflows
- Help you implement several national address standards (NENA, USPS, etc.) that promote system integration and data sharing
The editing workflows help you improve the quality of your address information
To support the Address Data Management Template, we’ve also released an update to the ArcGIS for Local Government Information Model. This simple, harmonized local government information model supports the maps and apps shared on the ArcGIS for Local Government Resource Center. It reflects specific application requirements and the cartographic requirements necessary to produce rich, multi-scale base maps and operational layers. You can download the Local Government Information Model from ArcGIS.com and migrate your content into this geodatabase design. When you do, you can quickly take advantage of the maps and apps published on the ArcGIS for Local Government Resource Center.
The latest release of the information model adds support for the address workflows contained in Address Data Management Template. In addition, it incorporates address standards from NENA (National Emergency Number Association) and the USPS (United States Postal Service). We’ve taken these standards and implemented them where appropriate in the Local Government Information model and provided local government users with a set of streamlined workflows to maintain authoritative address information for their community. The physical implementation of these standards supports a wide variety of system integration opportunities and is a foundation for state and national data sharing initiatives.
Our goal is to provide local governments with a set of ArcGIS tools and workflows that simplify address management and improve the overall quality of their authoritative data. Later this winter we’ll add a complimentary web application that can be used to enlist feedback from your citizens on the quality of your address data. This simple web application will allow citizens to add missing site address information. Once added, the local government can then review the new address locations and decide whether they would like to incorporate them in to their master address inventory. In addition, this application could be used to enhance the data sources used by a Reverse 911 or other citizen engagement application in your community.
So that is a quick overview of Esri’s Address Data Management Template at ArcGIS 10. If you’d like to see the address workflows in action, you can watch a short video we’ve posted on the Resource Center. In the future, we’ll share blog posts on other Address Maps and Apps you can find on the ArcGIS for Local Government Resource Center. As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions when you begin to leverage the new address data management workflows in ArcGIS 10.
When the ArcGIS for Local Government program began nearly three years ago with a set of maps and apps for water utilities, the user base was relatively small and the processes for receiving technical assistance with the maps and apps were still being formulated. Users with questions regarding the maps and apps typically contacted members of the local government, water utilities, land records or public safety teams themselves, either directly or through the email alias. Team members did their best to address questions from users but with more than 50 maps and apps on the Resource Center today, and almost 50,000 downloads to date, it is difficult to meet everyone’s needs.
Today, ArcGIS for Local Government requires a support solution that can keep pace with our growing user community and deliver the assistance they need. That solution is Esri Support.
Starting today, Esri Support should be the first place ArcGIS for Local Government users in the U.S. go with questions or technical problems related to the maps and apps provided on the Resource Center. From the Esri Support page you can access all of our online support resources like the help, knowledge base, forums, and blogs. In addition, users on software maintenance are able to contact Support by phone, email and even chat. Once Support is contacted, a qualified Analyst will log an incident into our support system and assist the user in troubleshooting the issue until it is resolved. Examples of possible support incidents range from problems with publishing map service, to registering an ArcGIS Add-in, or best practices for loading data in to the Local Government Information Model.
By including Esri Support as the primary contact for ArcGIS for Local Government issues, we gain several benefits, including:
- Greater accessibility – With Support Centers available from 5 am to 5 pm Pacific and a variety of ways to contact them, ArcGIS for Local Government users can now get their questions answered sooner and in a way that is most convenient for them.
- Better transparency – Any incidents logged through Support can be tracked through the My Support, as well as the Customer Care Portal, providing the user with the latest information on the progress being made to resolve the incident.
- Bug tracking – If a user discovers a bug (such as an error in one of the apps or problem with one of the maps) they can log it with Support and keep track of it as it is resolved.
- Better self-help resources – With incidents and bugs on ArcGIS for Local Government maps and apps now being logged into our Support system, users can choose to search our Support resources themselves, often finding the answers they need without contacting a Support Analyst.
- Consistency – Now, when ArcGIS for Local Government team members have questions about technical aspects of the program, they can seek help from the same place they go for their other ArcGIS questions – Esri Support.
These advantages, as well as others, make Esri Support a valuable partner for the ArcGIS for Local Government team. Of course we hope that your experience with the maps and apps is smooth and problem free. But if trouble does occur, it’s nice to know that Esri Support will be able to help you out.
We think our water utilities, public safety, land records, elections, planning, and public works users will find this support model very exciting. So, don’t hesitate to take advantage of all our available online support resources or to contact Esri Technical Support with your technical questions. As always continue to contact us directly if you’d like to learn more about ArcGIS for Local Government and the maps and apps contained in each module.