As GIS professionals we all know that adding a spatial element to data makes it much more valuable. One of the key benefits of GIS has always been, and always will be, the integrative power to bring location information together in a map – and then analyze it for insights and patterns that help explain and improve efficiencies. Today bringing information from other systems into GIS is easy with the ArcGIS platform. In fact, Esri devotes a whole section to integration for water utilities. A few commonly integrated water industry data types include: Continue reading
Are you a Developer in Palm Springs, CA this week for the 2015 Esri Developer Summit? Are you a user of Spatial Analyst functionality, and would like to make sure you get the most out of your time? Read on for some suggestions on sessions that might appeal to you. Continue reading
Last week, Esri offered a free online Live Training Seminar, Streamline GIS Workflows with ArcGIS Pro. Several interesting questions were posted on the chat line regarding geoprocessing and spatial analysis in ArcGIS Pro, so I wanted to take a few minutes to answer some of the frequently asked questions. Continue reading
Esri Solutions tools are available on GitHub in the Solutions Geoprocessing Toolbox repo at https://github.com/Esri/solutions-geoprocessing-toolbox. This repo contains a set of toolboxes of Python and model tools that you can use in your military, intelligence, and emergency management workflows. We’ve … Continue reading
We all know the power of using feature services with ArcGIS.com to share our data and maps. These maps become even more powerful when the content automatically updates. GeoRSS feeds allow you to quickly pull content into your map. Well, … Continue reading
Esri releases new ArcGIS for Water Utilities solutions or updates existing solutions every month or two. Check out the August release of the ArcGIS for Water Utility Solutions!
Water Inventory Reports - The first release of Water Inventory Reports is a solution used to calculate network information for a utility’s service area or reporting areas. These reports can be created using the Python script provided on an annual or bi-annual basis to inform executives about network infrastructure. The following inventory reports are calculated and published to an ArcGIS Organization:
- Assets by Material
- Assets by Decade Installed
- Hydrant Status
- Number of Laterals by Material
- Miles of Mains by Material
In April 2013, we explained how you could use a Python script to automate the publishing and overwriting of your feature service on ArcGIS.com. This post explains how to perform that same workflow using ArcGIS 10.2 or 10.2.1. The following instructions will get you started, or, scroll to the bottom of this post for extra information on what’s changed at 10.2. Continue reading
Among the most important activities at the Esri Oceans Summit (November 7–8, 2012; see prior blog post 1 and prior prior blog post 2) were the breakout groups, where participants were called upon to identify major barriers to the use … Continue reading
Note: A this workflow has been updated for ArcGIS 10.2/10.2.1. Please read that post depending on your version. [January 24, 2014]
More organizations are moving towards using ArcGIS.com hosted feature services to serve data. One common task that has become a popular question of late is, “How do I automatically update the data within this hosted service?” For example, your organization may want to push nightly updates to keep synchronized with the daily changes made by your Desktop users. One of the easiest ways this can be done as this blog describes, is by overwriting the feature service completely with an updated one.
The following Python script demonstrates how to:
- Turn a map document into a sddraft.
- Modify the XML inside with the appropriate settings.
- Analyze the draft for errors.
- Stage the sddraft into a .sd (service definition) file.
- Upload the service to ArcGIS.com. Note that this code shares the feature service with everyone on ArcGIS.com.