It’s All about You! (And Your App)

Judy Peppard talks about the User Software Applications Fair at Esri UC.

Share and show off your apps at Esri UC.

Judy Peppard works for Esri Professional Services and organizes the User Software Applications Fair where developers, students, educators, businesses, and anyone else can show off custom-made apps built on the ArcGIS platform. The fair is held in exhibition hall A/B at the San Diego Convention Center.

Q: What’s new and exciting about the User Software Applications Fair this year?
A: We get new app submissions every year so there’s always something new and exciting! This year we’ll be awarding participants with the best web-based applications, mobile GIS applications, desktop GIS applications, and multimedia maps. Visitors can vote for their favorite applications at the fair. Esri UC attendees can submit their apps through June 30.

Q: What do people usually like best about the Fair?
A: People love test driving apps written by other users. They can meet the author and ask questions about functionality and workflows or even the code behind the application.  It’s a great way to connect, share, and get inspired!

Q: How many times have you been to Esri UC?
A: This is my seventeenth year at Esri and I have been to the Esri UC every year that it’s been held in San Diego. I also attended as a user, the last year that it was held in Palm Springs.  That makes this my nineteenth Esri UC!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do at Esri UC afterhours?
A: I like spending time with my friends in the Gaslamp Quarter and cruising in the bay on my friend’s sailboat. He takes a group out every year.

Q: What advice do you have for attendees?
A: Take time to plan out your schedule—if you don’t it’s easy to get overwhelmed once you’re there.  There’s so much to see and do. It’s also important to wear comfortable shoes!

Q: What are some of your favorite Esri UC memories?
A: I always enjoy meeting and becoming friends with people from all over the world who participate in the User Software Applications Fair. Once people have participated in the Fair they tend to stay in touch and stop by the booth every year to say hi and see the new apps. It’s nice to catch up with people year after year!

Submit your app by June 30 to be  part of the User Software Applications Fair at Esri UC!

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Esri 30/30: Fighting Elephant Poaching in Zambia

Today’s Story: Fighting Elephant Poaching in Zambia

Today we travel to the breathtaking South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, where wildlife conservationists are using GIS and remote sensing data to stop elephant poaching.

Learn about wildlife conservation at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Michelle Kinzel from GIST3 will talk about how she mapped elephant movement within the park. By learning where elephants go, Michelle was able to coordinate mitigation efforts to combat poaching. Michelle’s talk is part of the moderated paper session: Parks, Natural Reserves and More: Habitat Management

Hear from Michelle and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Fighting Algae in Alpine Lakes

Today’s Story: Algae in Alpine Lakes

Today we travel to the Sierra Nevada mountain range and surrounding lakes in California’s Central Valley.

Learn about using Esri CityEngine beyond city limits, in places like the Sierra Nevada Mountains, at Esri UC.

Few things are as beautiful and pristine as a crystal-clear alpine lake—unless that lake is covered in algae.

At Esri UC, Micah Taylor, a graduate student from the University of Redlands MS GIS program, will present research on nutrient loading in the lakes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Nutrient loading occurs when high concentrations of chemicals like phosphate consume the oxygen supply of a lake.

Micah used 3D modeling with Esri CityEngine to find phosphate pathways in order to prevent algal blooms. Micah’s talk is part of the moderated paper session: 3D Modeling for Lakes, Wetlands and Sea-Level Rise Using ArcGIS.

Hear from Micah, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: LiDAR and 3D Models of Forests in India

Today’s Story: LiDAR and 3D Models of India’s Forests

Now we travel to India, where GIS professionals in forestry have discovered exciting new ways to determine tree height, tree species, and canopy volume using ArcGIS, LiDAR data, and 3D modeling.

Learn how to use 3D modeling and LiDAR data at Esri UC.

At this year’s Esri UC, Vinod Kumar will talk about how the Indian Forest Service maps India’s forests with airborne LiDAR data—making inventory practices faster and more precise. Vinod’s talk is part of the moderated paper session: Forestry: Applications in Lidar.

Here from Vinod, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Counting Trees in Central Park

Today’s Story: Counting Trees in Central Park

Today we take you to New York City. Can you guess how many trees are in Central Park? Imagine being in charge of managing each one. Jacqueline Lu and her colleagues use ArcGIS to do just that, (a job also known as urban forestry and ecological restoration).

Learn how NYC manages its urban forest at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Jacqueline will talk about the monumental challenge she and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation faced when restoring areas of Central Park damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Jacqueline will present as part of the moderated paper session, Environmental Management: Urban Assessment.

Hear from Jacqueline, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Gulf of Mexico Sea-Level Rise

Today’s Story: Gulf of Mexico Sea-Level Rise

Learn about modeling the affects of sea level rise at Esri UC.

Today we travel to the Gulf of Mexico where coastal ecosystems are in danger due to natural hazards such as sea-level rise.

At Esri UC, Michael Thompson of The Nature Conservancy will share how his organization, through collaborative research, made GIS models to show the affects sea-level rise will have on communities and ecosystems. These models show various scenarios that can be used to create management strategies. Thompson will present as part of the moderated paper session, Climate Change: Sustainable Communities

Hear from Thompson, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Tsunami Evacuation Analysis

Today’s Story: Evacuation Analysis for Tsunami Hazards

Learn about tsumani evacuation analysis at Esri UC.

Today we discuss tsunamis, and specifically how emergency managers plan for potential catastrophe.

At Esri UC, Jeanne Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey will show you a modeling tool she and her team developed to give emergency managers information they really need including population size, locations, and potential evacuation challenges. The model estimates possible evacuation plans based on elevation, direction of movement, land cover, and travel speed. Jones will present as part of the moderated paper session: GIS for Hazard Mitigation.

Hear from Jones, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Crop Water on the Gaza Strip


Today’s Story: Modeling Crop Water Needs on the Gaza Strip

Learn about modeling crop water needs at Esri UC.

Today we take you to the Gaza Strip where water demand exceeds supply. There are 4,000 agricultural water wells and 70 percent of them are illegal, making it (nearly) impossible to get accurate consumption information.

At Esri UC, Ali Salha, of Utah State University’s Utah Water Research Laboratory, will tell you how he used ArcGIS ModelBuilder, along with land use, rainfall, and other meteorological data, to map and display a spatial distribution of monthly crop water requirements.

Hear from Salha, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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How to Be a Star at Esri UC, Win 10K and Maybe Save the World

Chris Thomas, Esri’s Director of Government Markets, talks about the Climate Resilience App Challenge—what it is and why you should get involved.

Q: Who can participate in Esri’s Climate Resilience App Challenge?
A: You don’t have to already be a developer or a user of ArcGIS. This challenge is open to anyone who wants to try to save the world. Esri is offering its ArcGIS platform—including maps, apps, services, and APIs.

Chris Thomas hopes you can save the world–and attend Esri UC.

Q: What prompted this app challenge?
A: We want to support President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative, encouraging tech innovators to use data about climate change risks and impacts in compelling ways to help citizens, businesses, and communities makes smart choices in the face of climate change.

Q: How can people use ArcGIS to help address climate change?
A: With ArcGIS, people can help answer important questions related to climate change. For example: How are changes in weather patterns going to impact the world? How do we start preparing for these changes? What makes cities more resilient to climate change? Climate impacts reach beyond crops and wildlife—what can city planners do to rethink infrastructure design? What impacts will climate have on public health and what do health care providers need to do to adapt?

Q: Let’s talk prizes. What can people win?
A: Esri will provide up to three winners with cash prizes, starting with $10,000 for First Place. If your organization is unable to receive cash prizes, Esri will provide the equivalent value in software. Plus, the winning apps will be featured at Esri International User Conference in front of more than 16,000 ArcGIS users.

Q: What sort of apps is Esri looking for?
A: The sky is the limit. Apps may help communities prepare for, react to, and recover from severe events caused by climate, or enable everyday changes to reduce our carbon footprint. They could address challenges in public safety, transportation, economic development, healthcare, and more. Apps will be judged on the creative and effective use of data, Esri apps, maps, services, and APIs.

Q: What’s the next step for someone who wants to enter?
A: Visit www.esri.com/climate-app. From there you can learn all about the challenge, how to enter, where to find Esri developer tools. Keep in mind, the deadline is June 2.

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A Few of Damian’s Favorite Things…

Meeting users is a favorite part of Esri UC for Damian, pictured on the far right.

Damian Spangrud, Esri’s Director of Solutions, talks about a few of his favorite things at and about Esri UCSpoiler alert: He’s gonna tell you about the next ArcGIS release.

Q: What’s your favorite part of Esri UC?

A: I like interacting with our users on the Showcase floor. There is this energy as people are digging into technology. They come with their lists—sometimes collecting questions from their whole team—and are driven to find answers and make new discoveries in the process. The flow of information and ideas is tangible and exciting, albeit a bit exhausting at times. It’s that expression of everyone helping, jumping in and having real frank conversations. That’s where you get the most value and engagement.

Q: Ok, how about your second favorite?

A: I can usually be found wandering around the map gallery. It is enlightening. You see the tremendous creativity in how people approach topics. The mix of art and science you can see is astounding. You see new ideas and approaches in use, and you see cartography that pushes the definition and expectations forward.

Q: How many times have you attended Esri UC? What fond memories can you share?

A: I think this year it will be 20. That’s 19 as an Esri staff member and one prior to joining Esri. I have lots of fond memories. The innovation and uses of GIS I see each year amaze me—saving lives, making million-dollar decisions, mapping insects on high-dollar plants in greenhouses, discovering ancient cities. Even though the number of attendees has grown, there’s still a feeling of togetherness where people are working to help each other understand GIS, tackle a difficult geographic problem, or just help find a session.

Q: What can you tell us about the next release of ArcGIS for Desktop?

A: The next release of ArcGIS for Desktop will include ArcGIS Pro, a new Desktop application included as part of ArcGIS Desktop.  ArcGIS Pro provides 2D/3D mapping, editing and spatial analysis. At Esri UC you can find out what’s new in mapping and visualization, and get hands-on training with ArcGIS Pro.

Q: The agenda this year is action-packed. What do you think will be some of the hot technical workshops?

A: It’s hard to narrow it down. The Road Ahead sessions are always a big draw and for good reason—this is where you can hear the very latest and get ahead of the curve, so to speak. In addition to Road Ahead, I would say the Vision for the ArcGIS Platform will give a lot of insight as well. Esri is definitely treating ArcGIS as a platform now and we really encourage our users to explore what that means. A lot of people have been asking about ArcGIS Pro so the introduction sessions will be big. Additionally the ArcGIS Solution Template sessions are key as they provide users free tools to make more out of what they have.

Find your favorite things at Esri UC!

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