Category: Local Government

Citizen Service Request Template v. 1.1 Released

The November 1, 2010 release of the Citizen Service Request for ArcGIS 10 template addresses the following issues.

New Functionality

1.    Added problem types to support non-emergency public safety service requests

2.    Added problem types to support land use planning code violation service requests

3.    Added ArcMap MXD and Data Dictionary documentation

4.    Replaced the GeneralPurpose basemap with the ParcelPublicAccess basemap

5.    Added ArcMap map service definitions and updated caching instructions

Resolved Problems

1.    Resolved issue with new service request information popup when using Internet Explorer
Known Issues


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New Local Government Resource Center Gallery Released

This week we launched a new Local Government Gallery that makes it easier for you to find maps and apps you can download and configure in your organization.  The new gallery provides local government users a comprehesive list of maps and apps and allows you to filter content in several meaningful ways.  So let’s take a look at the new Local Government Template Gallery and highlight several ways you can find content that matters to your organization.

When you first visit the gallery, you’ll see a series of filters along the left hand side of the gallery that will help you find maps and apps that interest you.  The pre-defined filters allow you to sort content in the gallery by User Community, ArcGIS Platform (Desktop, Server, Mobile), ArcGIS Version (9.3.1, 10), GIS Function, Date, or by Number of Downloads.

Local Government Gallery with Content Filters Highlighted   

As you select one or more filters along the left hand side, content in the gallery will update accordingly.  You can clear your filters and explore the entire gallery again by clicking on the “Clear All” link. We think you’ll find the pre-defined filters to be the quickest way to find content in the gallery but lets look at a few other ways you can interact with the content.

Using the predefined filters to find content in the gallery

The new gallery also allows users to search for a map or app using a keyword.  For example, if you were looking for content that would help you manage public infrastructure, you could enter “infrastructure” in the search box.  You’ll then notice that as you type in the keyword, content we’ve published for water utilities, public works and other agencies that manage water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure is being highlighted.  

Using a keyword to find content in the gallery

More visual users can click on a thumbnail in the gallery and step their way through each thumbnail until they find what they are looking for in the gallery.  As you flip through the thumbnails, you can use your mouse to increase or reduce the size of the individual thumbnail and navigate from one thumbnail to the next. We’ve tried to include thumbnails that encapsulate the items you’ll discover when you download a map or app and will continue to improve these over time.

When you find a map or app in the gallery you’re interested in, you can click on the thumbnail to learn more about the specific item.  You’ll notice the summary for each item includes a detailed description of the map or app and links to download the item. When you discover a web application in the gallery, there will also be a link to a hosted version of the application so you can try it live before downloading it from the Resource Center.

Detailed information about each map and app in the gallery

In the coming weeks and months we’ll be adding a series of maps and apps for the emergency management and fire service communities to the gallery. They will build on the work we did at 9.3 for the emergency management community and leverage the work we’ve done for other local government user communities.

So, we invite you to download the maps and apps from the gallery and deploy them in your organization.  And as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the new gallery or one of the items you have downloaded from it.

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QA/QC for Water/Wastewater using Data Reviewer

For this blog topic, I wanted to talk about how ArcGIS Data Reviewer can be used within water and wastewater utilities to maintain high-quality GIS data that is spatially accurate, descriptive, and current. The increased use of GIS technology drives the need for water and wastewater utilities to ensure that their data is up-to-date and of sufficient quality while minimizing operating costs. For example, a quality related requirement found among many water and wastewater utilities is to maintain accurate and precise water and wastewater features to accomplish tasks such as:

  • Successfully execute construction and repair projects and perform spatial analysis such as using digital elevation models (DEM) to calculate and assign pressure values to pipes.
  • Support routing applications to efficiently route field crews to outage locations.
  • Assist pipeline markers during excavation projects.
  • Maintain accurate location and operable conditions of valves, hydrants, pumps, and other related features, to support critical modeling and analysis, such as emergency valve shutoff and valve isolation as well as access to fire hydrants during emergency incidents.

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Election Results Viewer Template v. 1.1 Released

The October 5, 2010 release of the Election Results Viewer for ArcGIS 10 addresses the following issues.

New Functionality

1.    Added a map legend for each political contest

2.    Added a splash screen with instructions on how to use the application

3.    Made aesthetic changes to the user interface to improve usability

Resolved Problems

1.    Resolved several issues with application performance

2.    Resolved issue with the information popup when a user changed political contests

3.    Resolved issue with search box and table view when multiple precincts are found

4.    Resolved issue with search functionality when returning a result that has a single digit precinct name

5.    Resolved issue with the Election Results Python Script

Known Issues

There are no known issues at this time.

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New Election Results Viewer Template for ArcGIS 10 Available

The Election Results Viewer template is a java-script application and configuration of ArcGIS Server that provides election results information to the general public and other interested parties.  It offers a map-based view of election results that allows users to locate an address or voting precinct and review election results that are summarized in a simple bar chart presented in an information popup.

The Election Results Viewer Template

The Election Results Viewer can be used by Clerks, Election agencies, or other local government organizations to deliver a web-based election reporting application. We’ve included voter turnout and several different political contests in the template so you can see how layers can be created for each contest and the results presented in a simple web mapping application.  One of the first things you’ll want to think about when deploying this template, is which political contests should be included in your Election Results application.    

Select a political contest you’re interested in

This template can be used to provide 24×7 access to real-time election results or used to supplement other methods used to disseminate election results.  In local governments that have deployed an automated voting system to tally results, the tabular results can be converted to geographic features that can be visualized on the map. If an automated system is not present in the local government, a simple spreadsheet can be used to automate the election results and to create the geographic features visualized on the map.  

Election results presented in a simple information popup

We’ve provided a geoprocessing script in the template that will help you convert tabular election results into spatial features you can store in your local government geodatabase.  The script reads a simple Excel spreadsheet of election results data and creates a feature class for each political contest with the appropriate election results information.  Each time the script runs, it populates a field called LASTUPDATE with the current date/time so users will know how current the results are when using your Election Results Viewer application.

Converting election results into geographic features

The Election Results Viewer also includes a series of local government map designs used to author the election results web map.  In summary, the web map uses four different map services to present content to users.  The first is a simple county boundary basemap that is cached for performance; the second map is a dynamic service that provides the election results; and the last two services are cached overlays of reference data (buildings, street labels, polling places, etc.) that provide context for the election results.  We’ve provided the MSDs used to author the map services, and the original MXDs so you can review the map designs in ArcMap, in the template download.

The elections results web map

Finally, you’ll notice the Election Results Viewer adds two new feature datasets to the Local Government information model.   The ElectionResults feature dataset contains the election results information used in the viewer.  This content is dynamic in nature and may be updated frequently on election night.  The ElectionAdministration feature dataset contains more static information (electoral districts, polling places, precincts, etc.) used on a daily basis to administer the voting and electoral process.  Many of the features in the ElectionAdministration feature dataset are used in the Election Results Viewer but typically only for reference purposes.  In the future, look for another template to be posted that will help with the maintenance of the election geography contained in this feature dataset.  

Give the Election Results Viewer template a try.  We hope you’ll find it valuable when publishing your election results this November and look forward to your feedback.

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ArcGIS 10 Infrastructure Templates Available Now

We’ve been working closely with the Water Utilities Industy team since the User Conference to update the infrastructure templates for ArcGIS 10 and are pleased to announce the release of the following ArcGIS 10 Infrastructure templates.  

The Infrastructure Network Editing template is an editing map and toolbar for managing water, sewer and storm water utility data. It is an editor that can be used by mapping technicians in a water utility, sewer authority or public works department.  

Here’s a great post on the Water Utilities blog about the new Editing template – make sure you give this a read after downloading the new template.  In addition to blog posts like this, we’ll also be publishing a series of short videos for each of the templates on the Resource Center later this month.
The Infrastructure Mobile Map template is an ArcGIS Mobile application that can be used by field operations and maintenance staff in a water utility or public works department. This mobile application includes two multi-scale mobile maps (daytime and nighttime) that can be used in a disconnected network environment, two online basemaps that were authored from the local government basemap templates, and a series of operational layers with simple tools designed for use on a Tablet PC.

Both of these templates leverage the work we’ve been doing on the Local Government Information Model and can be used by public and private utilities managing water, sewer, and storm water infrastructure.  

One final note, we’re wrapping up the ArcGIS 10 upgrade for the Capital Planning template as we speak. The Operations Dashboard will be released in late September and will use the new ArcGIS Viewer for Flex.

We’ve enjoyed working with the Water Utilities Industry team on the updates for the Infrastructure templates. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the new templates for ArcGIS 10.   

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Xray for ArcGIS 10 Updated

ESRI, in conjunction with Vertex3, has released revised versions of Xray for ArcGIS 10.  The Xray Add-In for ArcCatalog can be used to develop, refine and document your geodatabase designs.  The Xray Add-In for ArcMap can be used to document the properties of your map documents (MXDs).

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Added support for Dataset, Field, and Domain Descriptions. These tools will create spreadsheets where you can document all descriptions in one place.
  • Added support for SDE and Workgroup Geodatabases. You can now select .gds and .sde connection files in ArcCatalog to export/import XML Workspaces.
  • Default SVG settings/options can now be changed in an XML Document.
  • FGDC Metadata support (ESRI patch for ArcGIS Desktop).

This release also addressed the following bugs:

  • File locking error messages that were caused by a file reader object not being closed correctly in the application.
  • The SVG settings menu was not updating correctly when the “Visio” option was selected or checked.
  • Improved automatic layout of SVG graphics in Visio.

We hope you’ll find these tools valuable when developing and sharing your ArcGIS 10 geodatabases and map documents and look forward to your feedback.

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Implementing the Local Government Information Model with ArcGIS 10

At ArcGIS 10, geodatabase designs can be shared with a new type of layer package called a schema-only layer package.  As the name implies, a schema-only layer package contains the schema of the data it references.  It can then be used as a template for populating your data and using the layer properties, such as symbology, scale, etc. provided in a map document.

The Local Government Information Model at ArcGIS 10 supports a series of maps and apps used by local governments and demonstrates how ArcGIS can be configured to support specific business needs in your organization.  It incorporates specific application requirements and the cartographic design elements necessary to produce rich, multi-scale base maps and operational layers.   You can download the Local Government Information Model from and migrate your content into this geodatabase design.  When you do, you can quickly take advantage of the maps and apps published on the Local Government Resource Center.  This blog post will show you how to use the new schema-only layer package provided for our local government users.

In ArcMap, click on File>ArcGIS Online and then search Maps and Data for the keyword “local government”.  When you find the Local Government Information Model, you can review the item Details and when you’re ready to download it, just click Add.

You can then determine which geodatabase you’d like to import the schema in to.  The default location is your Default.gdb, but you can specify another empty geodatabase you’ve created if you’d like.  When you download one of the templates on the Local Government Resource Center, you’ll notice we have named the sample geodatabase “Local Government” and all the maps we’re publishing will work with a geodatabase named this. So you may want to think about creating your own LocalGovernment.gdb. 

This is also a good time to to specify the spatial reference for the new geodatabase you’re creating.  A real simple way to do this is to select Spatial Reference>Other>Import and then pick an existing feature dataset that has the correct spatial reference for your data.  Then click Ok, and Ok again, and the import will begin.

When the Import Schema Package tool completes, you will see a series of layers in your map document and an empty schema in the geodatabase you specified.  From here, you can review the descriptions and domains for each feature and begin thinking about how you can migrate your data to this information model.  One note, you’ll have to add your imagery and surface models manually to this schema.

Using this information model makes it very easy to implement the maps and apps on the Local Government Resource Center.  We’ll be adding content to this information model as we publish additional templates for our local government users, so keep an eye out for updates.

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Parcel Editor Add-In Enhances Parcel Management in ArcGIS 10

With the ArcGIS 10 release, Esri is providing a focused information model (Parcel Fabric) and optimized set of tools (Parcel Editor Toolbar) within the core software for parcel management workflows. This parcel editing framework provides industry-specific tools, such as split by area,parcel remainder, parcel merge, parcel traverse, parcel numbering, etc., and is the most efficient way to manage and maintain parcels in ArcGIS.

In addition to the tools you’ll find in the core ArcGIS software, we’ve also provided an editing map that helps you organize your parcel information in a parcel fabric. This editing map has been authored for local government parcel editors and is a multi-scale map that organizes the cadastral reference system (PLSS), subdivisions, lots, tax parcels and encumbrances in a fabric information model that can be used with the Parcel Editor toolbar at ArcGIS 10. In the future, we’ll post a blog that takes a closer look at this editing map.

The parcel editing framework at ArcGIS 10 can be extended to make the editing environment even more efficient. Recently, the ArcGIS Land Records Team has been working on a few tools we’d like to share with the parcel community. These productivity tools can be added to existing toolbars and are packaged as a single Add-In. The tools will improve specific parcel editing workflows and also help you optimize your parcel data now that you’ve migrated it to a fabric information model.So let’s take a closer look at the tools we’re providing in the Parcel Editor Add-In:

Parcel Editing Tools:

  • Toggle Parcel Details – this tool will turn on the Parcel Attributes dockable window. Attributes for parcels and their boundaries can be edited using the Parcel Details window and in bulk through the Table dialog.
  • Merge Courses Interactively – this tool will merge individual parcel boundary courses in to a single boundary in an interactive manner. It is designed to work with selected courses within the Parcel Details window.
  • Link Annotation – this tool will create a link between a piece of feature-linked annotation and the boundary they represent in the fabric.
  • Find Text for Annotation – this tool will identify the proper boundary to place feature-linked annotation from when using the Ctrl-W shortcut.
  • Load Traverse File – this tool will load a traverse stored in a file into the Parcel Details window.

Parcel Fabric Tools:

  • Merge Courses In Batch – this tool will allow you to select multiple parcels and merge individual parcel boundary courses in to a single boundary. It allows you to enter in the maximum difference in the boundary course bearing when merging.
  • Manage Attachments – this tool will allow you to add or remove attachments from parcel fabric classes (parcels, lines, plans,etc.).

You’ll find additional installation help and release notes in the attached. In addition, we’ve also provided the source code for this Add-In so you can extend and/or modify the tools as needed.

In closing, we’ve got some ideas for additional tools that will help you manage parcel data with ArcGIS 10 and will be posting them later this year. But we’d like to hear what tools you think would be valuable for managing parcels in ArcGIS 10, so send us your feedback and ideas.

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Xray for ArcGIS 10 Beta Available for Download

ESRI, in conjunction with Vertex3, has released Xray for ArcGIS 10 Beta.  This update of the Xray tools you’ve found previously on ArcScripts, provides two ArcGIS 10 Add-Ins you can use natively in ArcCatalog or ArcMap.    

The Xray Add-In for ArcCatalog can be used to develop, refine and document your geodatabase designs.  The Xray Add-In for ArcMap can be used to document the properties of your map documents (MXDs).

This release of Xray for ArcGIS 10 requires ArcGIS Desktop 10 and works with Personal and File Geodatabases.  Future releases will support Workgroup and Enterprise Geodatabases.  Xml workspace documents from earlier releases of ArcGIS can be opened, but users should upgrade their geodatabase to ArcGIS 10 before using Xray.  Installation help and additional release notes can be found in the attached.

We hope you’ll find these tools valuable when developing and sharing your ArcGIS 10 geodatabases and map documents and look forward to your feedback.  

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