The 2012 Survey Summit, hosted by Esri and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), wrapped up Sunday evening at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. About 250 people attended the event to discover how advances such as high-tech tools, information systems, and data in the cloud can benefit those in the survey industry.
Building capacity in the upcoming generation, fostering outreach, and working cooperatively were key themes at the National Mapping Organization Executive Forum on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. More than 40 national mapping organization (NMO) executives and directors took part in the event to discuss the challenges they face and network.
Rather than the traditional series of presentations, the plenary sessions at the 12th annual Esri Education GIS Conference began with 90-minute facilitated community conversations in which Esri education managers, community spokespersons, and audience members spoke about themes of strategic importance to the education community.
Jack Dangermond, president of Esri, opened the Esri User Conference by welcoming nearly 15,000 attendees who came from more than 130 countries. The theme of the conference was GIS—Opening Our World.
The keynote speaker for the UC, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, director-general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), addressed the problem of species loss. She sees GIS as an important technology for locating species and preserving their habitats.
Young people see the problems the Earth faces and want to be involved in providing solutions. Believing that geospatial technologies bring people together, Eduardo Dias of Geodan presented EarthWatchers, a program that empowers global citizens to monitor global problems.
Chief scientist Dawn Wright spent some time during the plenary session to explain Esri’s ocean GIS initiative. The initiative will equip ocean resource managers and scientists with knowledge and tools for implementing sustainable ocean practices. The initiative includes expansion of the Ocean Basemap, the launch of the Esri Ocean Resource Center, and the development of marine application tools such as the University of Santa Barbara SeaSketch tool for geodesign planning.
The following 2012 Esri awards were presented at the UC plenary:
- Esri Lifetime Achievement Award—Stephen Ervin
- Esri’s President’s Award—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, received by Malcom Jackson
- Esri Making a Difference Award—The Trust for Public Land, received by Breece Robertson and Will Rogers
- Esri Making a Difference Award—Peter Carlisle, City of Honolulu
An Esri UC plenary tradition is the presentation of the top 10 advancements in ArcGIS. This year, Esri’s Ismael Chivite shared developers’ favorites at ArcGIS 10.1.
Staff from the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida showed how Esri’s ArcGIS for Local Government helped them save the city money and provide information and tools to the city’s active citizens. ArcGIS for Local Government provides agencies with work specific resources. The Resource Center offers local government users a knowledge center, community forum, maps, applications, and templates that are easy to use and will help them save time.