Tag Archives: Templates
This week, we updated the Editing, Mobile and CIP template. There are too many changes to list here, so check out each templates release notes for a full list. I did want to highlight the new overview docs with the editing and mobile template. These documents walk through each component of the templates and discusses the configuration options for them. We also provided better comments in the configuration file. We hope this helps you configure and understand how to set up the templates with your data. We also wanted to thank you for all your great feedback. All the new functions, the bug fixes, the enhancements have been from your requests. We could not make this great toolset without you. So please, if you are having an issue, or you see an area that we could expand on, post a thread on the forum so we can discuss the enhancement request and get the communities feedback.
ArcGIS Team Water
Feature templates provide an easy way to streamline the creation of features while editing. Choosing a feature template determines which layer the feature will be created in, the attributes the new feature will have, and the default construction tool that will be used to create the new feature. These properties can be changed through the user interface or developer customizations.
This post explains how an add-in can update a feature template property. I posted it to the Editing Labs group on ArcGIS.com so other users can install it. The add-in can be accessed directly at http://esriurl.com/2066.
Setting the default feature construction tool
I am editing a layer of building features and need to create new footprint polygons. My map contains feature templates with default attributes for each category of building I am capturing, such as Office, Residential, and Retail types. The Polygon tool is currently set as the default construction tool for all the templates. Because I am going to draw mostly rectangular features, I can set the default construction tool to Rectangle so that tool automatically becomes active on the Create Features window instead. Setting an appropriate default tool helps me avoid the extra click to switch from the Polygon tool to the Rectangle tool when drawing the rectangular buildings.
While I could change any feature template property manually on the Organize Feature Templates dialog box or the Template Properties dialog box, a simple add-in customization is an easy way to do it quickly for multiple feature templates at once. This add-in updates the default construction tool for all feature templates in a layer.
Writing the add-in
I can create the add-in within Visual Studio as an ArcMap button add-in. I’ll need to reference ESRI.ArcGIS.Carto and ESRI.ArcGIS.Editor, in addition to the default ESRI add-in references.
The full code for the add-in is as follows:
SetTemplateTool : ESRI.ArcGIS.Desktop.AddIns.Button
m_editor = ArcMap.Application.FindExtensionByName(“esriEditor.Editor”)
// get the selected template and current tool
IEditTemplate currentTemplate =
ICommandItem currentTool =
i = 0; i < m_editor.TemplateCount -1; i++)
IEditTemplate editTemplate =
if (editTemplate.Layer.Name ==
Guid g = new
editTemplate.Tool = g;
this.Enabled = (m_editor.EditState ==
The code simply loops through all the possible templates in the map during an edit session, identifies those that share the same layer as the currently selected template, and sets the default tool on those templates to the tool active in the Construction Tools portion of the Create Features window. It is important to note that this code only works within an edit session. I can still make programmatic changes to feature templates in a map outside of an edit session, but I must set them via the layer extension instead of the Editor object that already knows about all templates in the map.
While this particular add-in only changes the default tool for a template, I could have also changed the default values for other template properties during this edit session via the properties and methods on IEditTemplate. For more information on working with feature templates, see Using feature templates in the ArcGIS 10 ArcObjects .NET SDK help.
Content provided by Sean Jones (Editing Team)
The application template gallery offers an easy way for you to leverage your ArcGIS Online maps in a custom application of your own. A previous blog post provided an introduction to how they can be used.
If you’d like to learn more about how to leverage these samples to build your own custom applications, you can attend one of the live training seminars that will be offered tomorrow, January 27, 2011. The seminars are live, interactive, and free – with no registration required – and are streamed directly to your desktop. The seminar is offered three times throughout the day at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. Pacific time.
To learn more and add a training seminar to your calendar, visit the ArcGIS.com Templates Live Training Seminar page.
In February 2011 we’ll be publishing the Parcel Value for iPhone application on the Local Government Resource Center. Parcel Value for iPhone is a configurable application built with the latest release of the ArcGIS for iOS SDK that will help you author authoritative parcel maps that can be viewed on iPhone devices.
In addition to providing access to multi-scale parcel maps and related assessment and tax information, the application also provides access to Sales and Foreclosure information local assessors are tracking in their sales studies and for other value analysis purposes.
If you’re interested in deploying the Parcel Value for iPhone application with your authoritative parcel information, check out the video we filmed during our testing this week. It’s a sneak peak of what’s coming soon for local government users. Once we complete our testing and documentation. we’ll post the application in the Local Government Gallery and share more details on the blog.
As many of you may have seen, the original Resource Center (http://resources.esri.com/) has been retired and we have migrated the Public Safety Content to the new ArcGIS 10 Resource Center (http://resources.arcgis.com/). The Public Safety Resource Center (http://resources.arcgis.com/public-safety) is now a part of the Local Government Resource Center. This is due in part to the fact that many Public Safety agencies rely on traditional local government GIS shops for much of their base data. Now there is single Local Government Information Model that supports the needs of Public Safety and Emergency Management.
Last fall we completed the updates to ArcGIS 10 for the Emergency Management templates. These updates, along with new templates, are detailed in this blog post – ArcGIS 10 Public Safety Templates Released. Here are direct links to the Public Safety ArcGIS 10 Templates:
- Citizen Service Request Template for ArcGIS 10 – http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=cf64d38f5d1d4b34867a59073f5cd0b6
- Public Safety COP Template for ArcGIS 10 – http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=1d90b418b78e40158914bd5178b6892f
- The source code for the custom widgets in this template are available here – http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=1870273ca2cb4209ad83b689b85a407a
- Public Safety Damage Assessment Template for ArcGIS 10 – http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=8c175986354046cc801757d47372c3da
- Public Safety Special Event Planning Template for ArcGIS 10 – http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=64d99df3bcc84e90852c184d13d383e3
All of the content from the 9.3 Resource Center has been moved. Here are the links to the ArcGIS 9.3 content from the original Resource Center for your convenience:
- Emergency Management Live Feeds Template – http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=9ff56fbe3c4f4b749fd6066424685280
- Emergency Management Common Operational Picture Template – http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=972d6cea83024ee4a3ca17c6fe3d6f66
- Emergency Management Damage Assessment Template – http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=102d00d24c6d499fa1f3448323433b48.
- Emergency Management Maps – http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=24abee7f3c554e9ea2e08592c66e1c77
All of the videos that were part of the Media Gallery are now in the Local Government Videos section – http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/video/local-government. Here are direct links to the 9.3 videos for your reference:
- How to use the Emergency Management COP – http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/video/local-government/details?entryID=BF6173F7-1422-2418-7F27-53E551266DEE
- Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s COP Application – VIPER – http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/video/local-government/details?entryID=BF568C95-1422-2418-A0D1-24B42847929F
- How to use the Emergency Management Live Feeds – http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/video/local-government/details?entryID=BF50FF32-1422-2418-347B-5884A6F49BA1
- How to use the Standard Emergency Management Maps Template – http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/video/local-government/details?entryID=BF58992C-1422-2418-7F40-68DCC7CB4FBE
- How to use the Emergency Management Damage Assessment http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/video/local-government/details?entryID=BF5C8EB1-1422-2418-A036-4EB4DAF8354E
- How to use the Data Model Template – http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/video/local-government/details?entryID=BF5A5FD4-1422-2418-A045-2A2492B0BED9
The Emergency Response Guide (ERG) Geoprocessing tools for ArcGIS have been very popular. These tools and associated Flex widget are included in the Common Operational Picture (COP) templates. This tool is also available directly from the Geoprocessing Resource Center. Here are the direct links for this tool:
- Emergency Response Guide 2008 Geoprocessing tools for ArcGIS 10- http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/file/geoprocessing/details?entryID=EBF561B3-1422-2418-8804-F342A720B7AD
- Emergency Response Guide 2008 Geoprocessing tools for ArcGIS 9.3 – http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/file/geoprocessing/details?entryID=5C82FB00-1422-2418-8889-F060571394EB
The location of Public Safety blog remains the same – http://blogs.esri.com/Dev/blogs/publicsafety/default.aspx. We are also on Twitter – http://twitter.com/GISPublicSafety and Facebook.
ArcGIS Team Water would like to thank you all for your interest inthe templates on the resource center. The number of downloads has beengreat, the feedback and comments have been very helpful and seeing thesetemplates influence your applications and pilot projects is awesome. Weare happy the community has been able to benefit from the work on the resourcecenter. We want to continue enhancing the templates and providing youwith the toolsets you need to manage and extend your uses of GIS technology inyour organization.
Directly from your feedback and comments, we have fixed a lot ofissues and added some new functions. We are not ready to do a fullupdated release, but I wanted to start sharing some of the things we areworking on. I created a new section on the forums where you will be ableto access beta versions of the toolset or applications that are included withthe templates. At the time of the blog post, I have already postedupdates to the Attribute Assistant and the Infrastructure Editing Desktoptools.
We have had a lot of people trying to implement their own rules inthe Attribute Assistant and when a rule was configured incorrectly, theextension would fail, but provide no feedback. To help you understand howthe extension is processing data and to find errors, I added a debug mode tothe extension. The debug mode will prompt you for a location to save alog file when you start editing. The extension will write out every stepand try to record what is going, what rules are being processed, any errorswith the rules, etc. This is the first version of the debug mode, so I amsure there is room for improvement, so let us know if it helps or if you havesuggestions on making it better.
There are many other fixes, to many to list, but I wanted tohighlight the debug mode, because we think it will help you configure thispowerful extension on your own datasets.
Sticky Thread with beta versions: http://forums.arcgis.com/threads/20000-Beta-Versions
Thanks and Happy Holidays from Esri and ArcGIS Team Water
On February 2, 2011 at 1:00pm EST, we’ll be hosting a
webinar that explores the Local Government Resource Center and the maps and apps you can download and configure in your organization.
You can sign up for the
During the 90 minute webinar, we’ll provide an overview of the maps and apps available on the Resource Center and how they can save your organization time and money, help you publish great maps, and simplify your GIS implementation. In addition, we’ll discuss how you can actively participate in this community and guide future work on the Resource Center.
We look forward to your participation and feedback in 2011.
Three new templates have been posted to our Roads & Highways Resource Center and are available in the Gallery! Check out these analysis tools and web viewers.
The Crash Safety Analysis Template provides three industry standard tools – sliding scale, spot, and strip. These tools are now available in ArcGIS 10 as geoprocessing tools. The crash safety analysis tools can also be accessed through the web by using the Crash Safety Web Analysis Template. In this template the same geoprocessing tools are published with ArcGIS Server and consumed in this configurable Flex widget.
Our Crash Safety Dashboard Template has also been updated to the Flex 2.1 framework. This new framework allows for increased functionality as well as a more user friendly sample viewer layout.
New Land Use Public Comment Template Helps Local Government's Engage Their Community in the Planning Process
The Land Use Public Comment template can be deployed by planning, zoning, building, economic development or other local government organizations to encourage public comment on proposed land use cases in their community. In addition, the web-based public comment application provides 24×7 access to your government organization. This type of application typically supplements statutory public notice requirements that ensure surrounding property owners are notified directly of a proposed development. In addition, it provides an alternative way to communicate with constituents who do not read local newspapers or other periodicals where public notices have historically been posted.
In local governments that use technology during their Planning Commission, Zoning Board, or other governing body’s meetings, the comments submitted online can be reviewed during the hearing and at the same time residents are commenting in person on a given proposal. If technology is not present, a manual report can be created and routed to the appropriate staff or board member for inclusion in the formal record.
When a user enters the application, they can use the map to find an area of interest; or search for a specific address or land use case. When they find the one they’re interested in, they can click on the proposed plan to review the case information provided. The Additional Info tab contains related documents like design drawings or staff reviews. Users can then click on the Comments tab to offer a comment on the proposed plan. They can also review comments that have been submitted previously by other residents. If they’d like to add a comment, simply click the Add Comment link in the information popup. A name, address, email or phone is required with each comment and when the user is done entering their comment, all they have to do is click Submit. Note: The Public Comment application will only show and allow comments on land use cases that have yet to be heard by the governing board.
The Public Comment template shows case information and related documents or plans
The Public Comment template includes two of the local government basemap templates. The first is the Parcel Public Access basemaps. This basemap provides a consumer representation of parcel information and can be used to locate facilities, structures, etc. by address. The second basemap is the Imagery Hybrid basemap. It includes roads and labels overlaid on recent imagery that provide context for the features visible on the imagery and can be used as an alternative to the Parcel Basemap. We’ve provided the MSD used to author the Parcel basemap service, and the original MXD so you can review the map designs in ArcMap, in the template download. The Imagery Hybrid basemap is available as a separate download.
You’ll notice the Public Comment template adds two new feature datasets to the Local Government information model. The LandUseOperations feature dataset contains operational information (cases, code violations, permits, etc.) used on a daily basis to administer planning and development activities. This feature dataset contains the LandUseCase feature class used to publish the ArcGIS Server Feature Service used in this template. We’ve included several different land use case types so you can see how they can be represented as a layer and the case information presented in a simple web mapping application. One of the first things you’ll want to think about when deploying this template, is which land use case types should be included in your Public Comment application. The LandUsePlanning feature dataset contains the land use, zoning, and master plan districts. This content provides context for land use decisions in a community. In the future, we’ll be publishing a series of basemap templates for these layers and will add the basemaps to a future release of the Public Comment template.
In the future, additional templates will be posted to help you administer land use and planning activities. We already have plans for templates that will help with code enforcement, public notice, and master planning. But we want to hear from you what you think would be valuable to the community, so don’t hesitate to let us know what maps and apps will help you in your Planning and Development organization.
Finally, give the Land Use Public Comment template a try. We hope you’ll find it valuable when engaging your citizens in the land use planning process.
Join us at the Esri Federal User Conference in Washington DC this January 19th – 21st. We will be hosting several Defense and Intelligence technical workshops Thursday and Friday of the week, including: Continue reading