Christa Campbell

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GIS: More Than a System of Record

Is your GIS living up to its potential? With today’s technology, your GIS can be so much more than a system of record. I know GIS is great at storing your authoritative data but it’s also good at sharing your data and creating actionable information from your data. Today, GIS is a system of record, a system of engagement and a system of insight….and it’s easier than ever to implement!

There are many definitions for system of engagement. Some define it as a system used directly by employees. Others say it as a system that encourages and enables peer interaction. At Esri, a system of engagement is defined as a system that manages and promotes user collaboration and interaction. It overlays and complements an organization’s investment in a system of record by providing easy access to data as well as easy to use applications that enable collaboration across your organization.

How do you implement a system of engagement? You have to start with Web GIS. Now is the time. Web GIS modernizes your workflows by using web services to deliver data and capabilities. It enables a whole suite of applications that support the work that you do.

For example, optimize your field operations with apps that improve collaboration and streamlines project coordination by providing the same authoritative data to field and office staff in real-time. Access to the same information at the same time can reduce errors, boost productivity, and save money.

What is your data telling you? This is where a system of insight becomes important. A system of insight facilitates organizing, transforming, and analyzing your data. With analytics you can discover secrets in your data, evaluate trends, and even integrate non-spatial data…resulting in actionable information. Analysis can be performed on the desktop, online, or within Insights for ArcGIS. Whatever your need is, there is an analytical tool that can help.

Are you getting the most out of your GIS?

If not, Esri’s water team is always willing to help.

Christa Campbell
Industry Specialist – Esri Global Water Practice

    Connect with water team staff at any of the upcoming events:

Rural WaterCon
Florida Floodplain Managers Association Annual Conference
American Water Resources Association Spring Specialty Conference
Association of California Water Agencies Spring Conference & Exhibition

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2018 Esri Water Conference: An Amazing Experience for All

Jack Dangermond keynotes the 2018 Esri Water Conference

There was a lot of excitement at the 2018 Esri Water Conference. Not just from the attendees, but from Esri staff as well.
Where did this excitement come from? Well, there is always a certain level of anticipation from Esri staff but this year it seemed to buzz even before we arrived in San Diego. The water team had so much to share and Jack Dangermond was part of the team this year! Working to present new technology, providing great demonstrations, selecting amazing presentations from water professionals, and organizing an EXPO full of partners created an excitement that the entire water team felt.

I believe this excitement lasted throughout the conference and was also felt by attendees. The plenary session was packed full of content that challenged our norms and demonstrated how strong our community is. Jack Dangermond showed a passion that is contagious. Who didn’t feel excited after listening to him speak? Kathryn Hallberg, from Yucaipa Valley Water District, impressed us with a presentation and demonstration highlighting their work using drones to capture high resolution imagery and creating 3D representations of their facilities. Technical demonstrations wowed the audience. It was an amazing plenary from start to finish with David LaFrance, Chief Executive Officer of the American Water Works Association, speaking about culture and technology.

During the conference I spent time in presentations, technical sessions, meetings, the Expo and enjoyed being a part of the water community. I talked to many people, some I knew and some I had just met. We had so many amazing conversations!
How can this conference get any better? That’s a tough question that we are working on and hope to be able to deliver next year. Join us in 2019 to build a better conference. Without community, this conference wouldn’t exist.

Thank you to all that were able to come to San Diego.

I know I can speak for the whole team when I say we hope to see you next year!

Christa Campbell
Industry Specialist – Esri Global Water Practice

In case you missed the conference this year, below are 5 Key Takeaways.

1. WebGIS Is the Modern Architecture for Water Utilities – The WebGIS pattern is enabling water utilities to make their work easier, open, and more accessible. Learn how water utilities are improving productivity and efficiency.

2. Integrating ArcGIS with the Internet of Things Enables Geospatial Insights – ArcGIS supports your organization in integrating real-time information from SCADA, AMI, and AVL systems with your IoT solution, enabling geospatial insights. Learn more in this story map.

3. Apps Are Bringing the Power of GIS to Everyone – Sharing your work has never been easier—through field apps, business apps, dashboards, and viewer apps. Learn how your organization can benefit from a complete mobile workflow.

4. Advanced Analytics is Taking Water Utilities to the Next Level – Esri offers a new experience in spatial analytics, using Insights for ArcGIS. Learn how you can create valuable information out of your data.

5. ArcGIS Pro Has Many New Features You Need to Start Using Today – Parity with ArcMap is here. In addition, experience new 3D, analytics, and utility network capabilities. See more ArcGIS Pro features here.

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July Water Meetings are just around the corner!

Please join Esri’s Water Practice in San Diego the weekend before the User Conference. We are hosting two water focused meetings. Pick one or both. See you in San Diego! Continue reading

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Coming Soon … The first Esri Water Conference

After 20 years of Team Water/Wastewater meetings, we’re expanding to the Esri Water Conference with more opportunities than ever. It’s the same great meeting you remember, only better.

In addition to the valuable collaboration and networking you’ve come to expect, you’ll also hear proven best practices for emergency response, sustainable operations, capital-improvement planning, and customer transparency. Your peers will also explain how they’re managing limited resources in the face of growing demands from regulators and stakeholders. And while you’re at it, you’ll also pick up tips about everything from water main breaks to field crew management.

Join us in Portland as we take the next step to make water utilities smarter.

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Don’t Miss the July Water Meetings

Our team meetings are just around the corner.

The Water/Wastewater meeting will include presentations by the White House Utility District, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, and many more.

The Water Resources meeting attendees will hear from Southwest Florida Water Management District, Southern CA Coastal Water Research Project,Esri staff as well as several others.

Meetings are free and are a great opportunity for you to connect with Esri staff and find out how other organizations are using GIS.

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Register to Attend UC 2014 Water/Wastewater and Team Water Resources Meetings

It’s that time of year again!

Esri’s Team Water/Wastewater Meeting – July 12th, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Esri’s Team Water Resources (Hydro) Meeting – July 13th, 8:00 – 5:00pm

These meetings are open to all who are interested in GIS and want to learn more about how Esri’s ArcGIS Platform is being used to support Water.

Don’t miss out on presentations by industry professionals, Esri partners and Esri staff. Attend both meetings or choose your favorite!

Registration is now open.

If you have questions about these meetings please don’t hesitate to contact me. See you in San Diego!

Christa Campbell –

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Team Water/Wastewater in Opelika, AL


We had a great meeting in Opelika, AL!  A big thank you goes out to Opelika Utilities for being a great host. The people were awesome. The facility was amazing. The weather was perfect! Hopefully everyone enjoyed the meeting as … Continue reading

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Find out more about the American Water Works Association at the Esri UC

The CA-NV Section of the AWWA will be holding a special interest group meeting during the Esri User Conference. Tim Worley, Executive Director, CA-NV Section, will be presenting on the benefits of AWWA participation. George Silva, Director of Information Systems at Sweetwater Authority, will discuss the integration of asset management with GIS.

This is the first year that AWWA has come to San Diego for the UC. Be sure to stop by and give them a warm welcome!

CA-NV AWWA Meeting
Tuesday, July 9th
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center
Room 23 A

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Are you coming to San Diego this July?

Be sure to check out the Saturday Water/Wastewater meeting and the Sunday Water Resources (ArcHydro) meeting.

Water/Wastewater MeetingRegister for meetingAgenda

Saturday, July 6th, 2013
8:00am – 9:00am  Check in
9:00am – 5:00pm  Presentations
San Diego Convention Center, Rm 29 A/B

Water Resources (ArcHydro) MeetingRegister for meeting

Sunday, July 7th, 2013
8:00am – 9:00am  Check in
9:00am – 5:00pm  Presentations
San Diego Convention Center, Rm 29 A/B

If you have any questions about the meetings please contact me.

See you in San Diego!


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Wupperverband leverages ArcGIS Online to enable the exchange of data

Wupperverband is a nonprofit agency in Germany that is responsible for river and watershed management including wastewater treatment, water resource management and flow/flood control. ArcGIS Online is being used to extract date, input date and enable the exchange of data across the agency.

Tom Freyburg, Water Wastewater International, spoke to Karl-Heinz Spies about Wupperverband’s use of GIS Technology and how it plays a key role in managing their business. Click here to view the video.

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