Esri 30/30: Manholes—Not Just for Ninja Turtles

Today’s Story: Who Counts the Manholes?

You know those holes in the sidewalks and streets that are covered by a heavy lid? These “manholes” are not just for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They are actually for utility crews to get underground for maintenance.

Today we travel the manholes of Northern Illinois with ComEd, the utility that serves electricity to about 3.8 million customers across Northern Illinois. Serving 70 percent of the state’s population means a lot of manholes.

Learn about utility data management at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Shannon Grimes and Lane Moeller of ComEd will talk about how they are using GIS to assess and repair 27,346 manholes. A major hindrance to their task is the amount of data that needs to be collected from the field, sorted by a back office group, and then stored somewhere that it is accessible to both field and office employees. The team created a web-based GIS that now serves as a user-friendly interface, accessible to hundreds of employees. Planners, for example, use the data to perform network analysis and determine efficient routes for assessments and repairs. This talk is part of the moderated user session: Supporting Utility Operations.

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Esri 30/30: Abu Dhabi’s Ancient Past

Today’s Story: When the Desert was Green: Understanding Abu Dhabi’s Ancient Past

Today we travel back in time, to when Abu Dhabi was not a harsh desert, but home to a thriving river that was teeming with catfish and surrounded by vegetation and jungle animals.

Learn how GIS helps researchers understand the past at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, you will hear from Mark Beech and Jaafar Al Shateri, of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority,  about how researchers are using GIS to map fossil-bearing deposits from the city’s western region. So far, discoveries date to the late Miocene epoch, 6 to 8 million years ago. The rich range of fossils of now extinct animals includes elephants, hippos, crocodiles, turtles, and freshwater catfish. These fossils demonstrate the presence of ancient river courses as well as vegetated areas in a land now considered to be part of one of the harshest desert environments in the world. This talk is part of the moderated user session: Archaeology: Uncovering Historic Routes and Mapping Cemeteries.

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Esri 30/30: The Search for a Lost Cemetery

Today’s Story: Finding the Historic Cemetery at Far West, Missouri

Learn how GIS can help uncover history at Esri UC.

Today our travels take us to Far West, Missouri, where a historic site for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that was lost in the 1890s.

At Esri UC, Brice Lucas of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will share his work to memorialize the people buried at Far West. Church researchers are using GIS to locate unmarked graves. They are using data gathered from historical documents, forensic canines, magnetometry, and ground-penetrating radar. So far the team has determined the geology in areas of interest, located evidence of a historic school on the site, and produced historical geographic details of this cemetery. This talk is part of the moderated user session: Archaeology: Uncovering Historic Routes and Mapping Cemeteries.

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Make a Story Map! P.S. You Can Win Something…

Esri’s Allen Carroll Talks about the Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest–What it has to do with Esri UC and You

Allen Carroll knows a thing or two about maps. He used to be the Chief Cartographer at National Geographic Maps and now heads up the Story Map team at the Esri R&D Center in Washington, D.C. Allen’s work with story maps has helped bring GIS to a broader audience of educators, conservation organizations, journalists, businesses, and government.

Q: What exciting new things can we expect from the story map team at User Conference 2014?
A: We have a new story map template coming out called map journal. People will be able to integrate text, photos, videos, and maps in a rich environment. It was featured in James Fallows’ “American Futures” article from The Atlantic magazine. There will be a beautiful builder tool for creating different layout formats. One format will feature a main media panel with a transparent vertical scrolling panel floating on top. As the user scrolls through the text, the main media panel displays maps, photos and videos. All of these new features will make more dynamic story maps that are easy to customize.

Q: I heard there’s a story map contest. Can you tell me more about that?
A: It’s called Esri Storytelling with Maps and there’s a link on the Esri homepage where you can enter now. Each contestant can submit up to three story maps for consideration. We will announce the winners at Esri UC. The top prize is a one year subscription to ArcGIS Online.

Q: What goes into the development of a new story map app?
A: We create new story map templates by working with agencies like the Smithsonian Institution or the Wildlife Conservation Society on prototype story maps. We want to show that GIS can be useful and fun for everyone–for example, we have collaborated on story maps of endangered languages and holiday music and elephant poaching. All these story maps integrate maps with text and video. When we find a prototype app people like, we publish the source code on Github and make the app available on ArcGIS Online with builder functions. We have made configuration as easy as possible. We also design our apps to be responsive so they work just as well on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers.

Q: One last thing, what do you like best about working at the Esri R&D Center?
A: I get to ride my bike to work.

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Esri 30/30: How Bikeable is Cali, Colombia?

Today’s Story: Cali Bikeability Index Map

For residents of Cali, Colombia, cycling is an affordable and environmentally friendly transport mode that is a proven alternative to motorized travel. Cali, a state capital in Colombia, has a significant cycling share with more than 11 percent of all trips made by bike.

Learn about GIS for design at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Nicolas Urrego of the Universidad de los Andes will share how he and his team used GIS to develop a bikeability index for Cali. This information, about current conditions for cycling across the city, can help city officials with effective planning and maintenance of infrastructure. Nicolas’ talk is part of the moderated paper session: The Socio/Human Factor in Design.

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Esri 30/30: Where the Streets Have No Name—GIS is Helping Identify Addresses in Rwanda’s Capital City

Today’s Story: Kigali City Street Addressing Project

Today we journey to Kigali, the capital and largest city of Rwanda with a population of almost one million. Here, the streets did not have names, and the houses did not have numbers. Needless to say, this creates a great challenge for land administration.

Learn about GIS for land administration at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Cedric Umuhire of the city of Kigali, will show how he and his GIS team resolved the problem by assigning names to streets and numbers to houses. Installation of signpost of street names and house number plates is on-going. They used aerial photos as raster data, parcel shapefiles, and field data collection to build a complete and accurate database. Cedric’s presentation is part of the moderated paper session: Topics In Land Administration.

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Esri 30/30: How the Paiute People Irrigated Lands

Today’s Story: How the Paiute People Irrigated Lands

A Paiute elder spent much of his life walking around his indigenous lands—what is now Owens Valley in California. On his walks, he contemplated the way life used to be when only Native Americans inhabited the area. One day he noticed linear depressions in the landscape, and soon realized they were irrigation ditches, created prior to non-Native settlement into the Valley.

Learn to explore the past with GIS at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, BryAnna Vaughan of the Bishop Paiute Tribe will explain how she and her team used GIS, GPS and LiDAR to reconstruct the history of how the Paiute irrigated their lands. BryAnna’s talk is part of the moderated paper session: Using GIS to Learn from the Past

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Esri UC 30/30: Better Broadband Service. How?

Today’s Story: Better Broadband in India

Today we see how Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, a broadband provider in India, handles its customer service.

Learn about customer service for telecommunications at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Yestha Bhatt and the team at Jio Infocomm Limited will show how they use ArcGIS to quickly locate faults and give that information to customer sales representatives. The company’s GIS maps show cell towers, Wi-Fi hot-spots, and fiber routes where fault has occurred or network downtime is planned. This means staff and customers know exactly what’s going on. This talk is part of the moderated paper session: Operations and Customer Care

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Esri 30/30: Water Quality on the Coast

Today’s Story: Water Quality on the Coast

Now we venture to Southern California where scientists are working to monitor water quality in Salinas de San Pedro, a marsh near the busy Port of Los Angeles.

Learn about monitoring water quality at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Hassan Rezaie-Boroon of California State University Los Angeles will talk about how GIS, coupled with computer modeling, is a useful tool in providing a solution for future water resources planning and management. GIS can help researchers monitor water quality parameters such as suspended matter, pH, salinity and temperature patterns, phytoplankton density, turbidity, dissolved organic matter in seawater, and more. Hassan’s talk is part of the moderated paper session: Seafloor Morphology and Coastal Management.

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Esri 30/30: Stormwater for Sustainability

Today’s Story: Stormwater for Sustainability

Today we venture into the southern United States, to Georgia Institute of Technology, a leader in scientific and technological research and education. The campus has made an aggressive commitment to sustainability, including management of stormwater to protect rivers and streams.

Learn about stormwater management modeling from Georgia Tech at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Rama Sivakumar will present how the team at Georgia Tech is using GIS to carry out a number of strategic initiatives and projects toward the university’s stormwater management goal. They have modeled scenarios and created a master plan for one basin on campus. The master plan assesses the scope for improved stormwater management on the campus at the system level.

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