On Monday afternoon GIS vendors and users gathered to share projects, applications, tools, and tips. The rule: Keep your presentation under 5 minutes.
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.”
The Bavarian State Forest Administration enterprise GIS is used by 1,200 officials and employees. GIO Christian Simbeck explained the value of three new applications his IT staff recently developed at the Esri UC Plenary.
An early adopter of all things GIS, CenterPoint Energy in Houston, Texas, has spearheaded the industry in GIS innovation. During the UC Plenary, representatives of the power company demonstrated ways Esri’s Portal for ArcGIS is putting dynamic maps into the hands of more staff.
A few years ago, the Philadelphia Police Department integrated more than a dozen law enforcement systems and databases, making information available to every officer. Recently, it deployed the Crime Mapping & Analysis GIS application. Since the application’s creation, the return on investment (ROI) has been significant.
Over the past year, Esri has transformed ArcGIS Online from a mapping application to a powerful platform that can also be used for analysis. During the UC Plenary, Lauren Rosenshein Bennett demonstrated the GIS cloud service’s analytical prowess within the context of the construction of the Keystone Pipeline. Continue reading
Disaster managers, land-use planners, and people needing up-to-date imagery took note during the UC Plenary when Tony Mason took to the stage to explain Premium Imagery Services. This new offering combines four imagery services and makes them available via ArcGIS Online as a single service. The imagery is very current and can be used with an organization’s own data.
Use RapidEye imagery to define and assess vegetation.
Maps in 3D have always been a wow factor for cartographers. ArcGIS for 3D Cities is not merely a step up in progressive mapping–it jumps a whole flight of stairs. When Esri acquired CityEngine last year, developers brought CityEngine rules into ArcGIS.
This 3D Portland, Oregon Riverfront map includes GIS functions for analysis.
GIS is both software and content. Esri presenter Suzanne Foss demoed the latest additions to the company’s massive content offering during the Plenary. This content is organic in nature as the collection is continually growing from the input of thousands of organizations. Esri calls the collection a living atlas of the world and Suzanne explained how you can use it to geoenrich your life.
Jill Boughton, founder of Waste2Worth and Plenary speaker at the Esri Business Summit, took the audience down a different path looking at the industry of garbage. Boughton began her storied career at Procter & Gamble in the late 1980’s. After becoming a technology disrupter in the business, she retired and took on a corporate responsibility project called Waste2Worth to help people understand that trash is a resource.