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Today is your first chance to take advantage of discounted registration for Esri UC. By registering before January 17, you can save up to $400 and secure your top choice of available hotels. If you register before the end of the year, you may be able to invest your organization’s remaining 2013 training/education budget on your 2014 Esri UC experience.
The wait is (almost) over. We’re happy to announce that registration for 2014 Esri UC will officially open December 10.
What can you look forward to in 2014? We can’t reveal all the exciting news just yet, but suffice to say you won’t want to miss it. Esri UC is designed to inspire, teach, and delight you. Esri UC is where you celebrate with the greatest minds in GIS. Esri UC is where we all come together to seek solutions to local, global, and industry problems. Simply put, Esri UC is where we unite. And when we unite, amazing things happen.
United we trade ideas.
Each year, we’re amazed at the stunning number of users that want to tell their stories at UC. Last year’s conference featured more than 900 presentations and we expect to see just as many this year. One of those 900 will likely be Steve Palmer, who was the first person to submit an abstract for a presentation. We recently spoke with Steve to learn more about his project and why he was so motivated to tell his story at UC.
The use of GIS for campus operations and facilities management is growing. This is clear as its presence at 2013 Esri User Conference spanned more than two days of user presentations, special interest meetings and technical workshops, as well as a solid exhibit hall presence. Another manifestation of the growth of facilities GIS is that the number of conference attendees who listed “facilities” as their area of interest was up by 25% over last year!
A couple of underlying themes surfaced at the 2013 Survey Summit. One: Technologies including GIS, lidar, 3D, CAD, and GPS can play well together. Two: Surveyors and engineers and GIS professionals can play well with each other, and with new technology.
Wildfire fighters are finding new GIS solutions in the National Security Showcase at UC.
Propelled by wave motion, the Wave Glider SV3 travels the oceans, collecting sea data used for science, education, surveillance, and defense. In a recent Pacific Ocean crossing, four of these autonomous gliders travelled a combined 34,000 miles and collected 2.25 million discrete data points. More than 150 gliders are currently at sea. At the Esri UC, one of the gliders was docked in the Environment Showcase.
The Environment Showcase has been a central part of the Esri UC for more than 20 years. Located at the heart of the Esri Showcase, 40 organizations are sharing their GIS work for urban planning, environmental planning, climate issues, oceans, and different ocean marine habitats.
Business GIS users from Darden, The Gap, Little Caesars, Petco, Starbucks, Cirque du Soleil, Aon, and QBE were some of the nearly 50 speakers at the 2013 Esri Business Summit. More than 500 attendees soaked up presentations focused on retail, risk management, supply chain and location analytics.
For the defense and intelligence community, there are some new ways to visualize, analyze, and share information using Esri geospatial technology.
Ben Conklin from Esri’s Defense Solutions team gave attendees at the Esri International Defense and Intelligence Executive Track a taste of what their organizations can now do.