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.
Thousands of people are sharing their GIS stories in many ways at the Esri UC.
Karen Richardson and Matt DeMeritt recorded stories in the podcast booth.
From the lyceum of lightning talks, UC attendees presented these topics:
- Citizen scientists collecting wildlife photos via an app using Python.
- Transportation planners in Christchurch New Zealand rerouted buses after an earthquake.
- Geo- fence tool monitors sensors and triggers notifications that support product messaging. Taqtile
- Motion controller similar to the Connect gaming tool reads gestures to interact with map. GISi
- Mapping paintable surfaces using LiDAR and 360 degree photography. Continue reading
“GIS leverages the best science and technology,” said Esri president Jack Dangermond in his opening address during the Plenary at the 2013 Esri UC. Addressing an audience of thousands of GIS users, he said, “Building on your existing work, you will transform our world.”