Geodatabase Tech Workshops @ the 2010 ESRI User Conference

The 2010 ESRI International User Conference is just a few weeks away and our team has been preparing technical workshops and demo theatres to present down at the San Diego convention center.

As usual, our team will have its own geodatabase island in the showcase area where team members will be available to answer any questions and talk about projects you’re working on.

The ESRI UC Insider is a good place to keep up to date on what’s happening at this year’s conference, so be sure to check that out.

Below is a list of the presentations the geodatabase team is offering at this year’s UC. Click the links to find out more about each session.

 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Administration for Oracle – An Introduction 

Offering 1Room 4

 

Geodatabase Essentials Part 1 – An Introduction to the Geodatabase

Offering 1Room 6 C

 

Geometric Networks in the Geodatabase

Offering 1Room 3

 

Managing Metadata with ArcGIS 10

Offering 1 - Room 14 A

 

Public Utility Applications using ArcGIS

User Community Template SessionRoom 32 B

 

10:15 - 11:30 AM

Administration for Oracle – Advanced

Offering 1Room 4

 

Getting Started with Editing in ArcMap

Offering 1Room 2

 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Administration for IBM Databases – An Introduction

Room 3

 

What’s New in the Geodatabase at ArcGIS 10

Offering 1Room 6 C

 

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Administration for SQL Server – An Introduction

Offering 1Room 4

 

Enterprise Geodatabase – Tips and Tricks

Offering 1Room 6 D

 

Topology in the Geodatabase 

Offering 1 – Room 6 C

 

Working with CAD Data in ArcGIS

Offering 1Room 3

 

GIS Design Methods

User Community Template SessionRoom 32 B

 

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Administration for PostgreSQL – An Introduction

Room 6 C

 

Administration for SQL Server – Advanced

Offering 1Room 4

 

Managing Distributed Data with Geodatabase Replication

Offering 1Room 6 D

 

Using the ArcGIS for AutoCAD Plug-In Application

Offering 1Room 3

 

The Local Government Template at ArcGIS 10

User Community Template Session – Room 32 B

 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Land Records Applications using ArcGIS

User Community Template SessionRoom 32 B

 

Fundamentals of ArcGIS: Maps, Geodatabases, Models, and How they work together

Offering 1 – Room 6 A

 

Editing with ArcGIS – Tips and Tricks

Offering 1Room 3

 

Geodatabase Editing Workflows

Offering 1Room 6 C

 

Geodatabase Essentials Part 2 – An Introduction to ArcSDE Geodatabases

Offering 1Room 4

 

10:15 - 11:30 AM

Emergency Management Applications using ArcGIS

User Community Template SessionRoom 17 A

 

Editing Parcels with ArcGIS

Offering 1Room 3

 

Using SQL and Spatial Data Types with the Geodatabase

Offering 1Room 4

 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

What’s New in the Geodatabase at ArcGIS 10

Offering 2Room 6 C

 

Working with ESRI’s Spatial Data Type for Oracle [Technical Briefing]

Room 4

 

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Administration for Oracle – An Introduction

Offering 2Room 4

 

ArcGIS Data Reviewer: An Introduction

Offering 1Room 15 B

 

Geodatabase Essentials Part 1 – An Introduction to the Geodatabase

Offering 2Room 6 C

 

Geometric Networks in the Geodatabase

Offering 2Room 3

 

Parcel Management at ArcGIS 10

User Community Template SessionRoom 32 B

 

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Enterprise Geodatabase Configuration, Upgrade, and Direct Connect Strategies

Offering 1 – Room 32 B

 

Administration for Oracle – Advanced

Offering 2Room 4

 

Managing Metadata with ArcGIS 10

Offering 2Room 14 A

 

Understanding the Concepts of the Parcel Fabric

Room 6 C

 

Working with CAD Data in ArcGIS

Offering 2Room 3

 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Administration for SQL Server – An Introduction

Offering 2Room 4

 

Enterprise Geodatabase – Tips and Tricks

Offering 2Room 6 D

 

Geodatabase Essentials Part 2 – An Introduction to ArcSDE Geodatabases

Offering 2Room 3

 

Getting Started with Editing in ArcMap

Offering 2Room 2

 

Topology in the Geodatabase

Offering 2Room 6 C

 

10:15 - 11:30 AM

Enterprise Geodatabase Configuration, Upgrade, and Direct Connect Strategies

Offering 2 – Room 32 B

 

Administration for SQL Server – Advanced

Offering 2Room 4

 

ArcGIS Data Reviewer: An Introduction

Offering 2Room 15 B

 

Editing with ArcGIS – Tips and Tricks

Offering 2Room 3

 

Managing Distributed Data with Geodatabase Replication

Offering 2Room 6 D

 

Using the ArcGIS for AutoCAD Plug-In Application

Offering 2Room 6 C

 

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Editing Parcels with ArcGIS

Offering 2Room 3

 

Geodatabase Editing Workflows

Offering 2Room 6 C

 

Using SQL and Spatial Data Types with the Geodatabase

Offering 2Room 4

 

Friday, July 16, 2010

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Editing with ArcGIS – Tips and Tricks

Offering 3Room 3

 

Geodatabase Essentials Part 1 – An Introduction to the Geodatabase

Offering 3Room 1 A/B

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ESRI Technical Certification

For a couple years you have been requesting ESRI offer a certification program. And it looks like we are getting closer to having a ESRI Technical Certification program.  See http://training.esri.com/certification/index.cfm

The ESRI Technical Certification Program is designed to establish a community of qualified individuals who are proficient in the best practices for using ESRI software.

Beginning at the 2010 ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, CA, beta testing of the exams for the ESRI Technical Certification Program will be open to ESRI Business Partners, International Distributors, Authorized Instructors, and ESRI employees. Release of the final exams to the general ESRI user community is targeted for 2011.

 

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Dev Meet Up NYC – June 24th, 2010

ESRI is sponsoring a new kind of event for developers called the “Dev Meet Up“. 

The idea is for this to be a social event after business hours, but with an invited speaker and opportunity for attendees to submit and present lightning talks.   Our intent is to hold a dozen or so of these in locations around the US.   The first one is on June 24th in New York City.

For more information and to RSVP, click over to the Dev Meet Up – New York website.

Already, planning is underway for a Dev Meet Up in central Illinois, and we are receiving notes of interest in other areas of the US as well.  If you would like to attend one, or help us plan one for your city or region, please let us know.  We look forward to hearing from you.

- EDN Team

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Want to learn more about ArcGIS Explorer Online?

This Thursday, June 17, 2010, an ArcGIS Explorer Online training seminar will be broadcast live. The seminar is free, and there is no registration – attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. You can view the seminar description  or visit the live training seminars home for more information.

Live sessions will be broadcast as follows:

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., & 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time (US & Canada)
12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., & 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US & Canada)
4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., & 10:00 p.m. UTC/GMT

This is a great opportunity to learn more about making maps and doing more with ArcGIS Explorer Online. 

 

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ArcGIS Explorer Online Live Training Seminar

06/15/10—On Thursday, June 17, 2010, an ArcGIS Explorer Online training seminar will be broadcast live. The seminar is free, and there is no registration – attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. You can view the seminar description or visit the live training seminars home.

 

Live sessions will be broadcast as follows:

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., & 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time (US & Canada)
12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., & 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US & Canada)
4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., & 10:00 p.m. UTC/GMT

This is a great opportunity to learn more about making maps and doing more with ArcGIS Explorer Online.

 

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Community Resources & User Conference

Hello transportation professionals, we wanted to make you aware of some links and resources that you should find useful…

User Conference:  We hope that everyone can make it to the ESRI International User Conference, July 12th – 16th in San Diego.  Not only is this a good opportunity to come up to speed on ArcGIS 10 and emerging technology, but to network and build connections as well.  You can listen to our Transportation manager Terry Bills discusses the transportation events and activities planned for the 2010 ESRI User Conference in the following podcast.

Ideas.arcgis.com:  ArcGIS Ideas is a web site that provides a way for you to share your ideas, (e.g. functionality, services and workflow) with ESRI and the entire GIS community.  It also allows the transportation community to vote and comment on ideas submitted.

User Community Forums:  Check out the Resource Center Forums where you can post technical questions and get answers from others in specific areas.  Categories are organized into products, functions, communities, solutions, and languages.  Of particular interest to you will be the Transportation User Community Forum.

Esri.com Industry Page:  Don’t forget about the Transportation Industry Page where you can find industry focused announcements, data models, newsletters, and case studies.

Email Alias:  If you have any questions about transportation related issues, feel free to email our transportation team at ArcGISTeamTransportation@esri.com

 

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Java and ArcGIS 10

The Java team has posted some good information for Java developers and ArcGIS 10.

They have also added a new what’s coming in 10 video and four other short videos highlighting ArcGIS 10 enhancements. Plus four new samples on ArcGIS 10 to the code gallery for Java.

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"Your Mission: Make Business Analyst Look Better and Perform Faster"

by David Palomino

This article is the second in a series “Cartographic Design and Optimization Methods for Business Analyst”. Click HERE to read the first article.

The Mission
It was a cozy winter evening in 2008. Mellow conversations in French, German, Spanish, and Italian could be heard in the background, and the chalet fireplace matched the warmth I was already feeling – that content feeling you get after two full weeks of skiing your heart out in the French Alps – when a mysterious “stranger” approached with an audio message from the top. The message was simple and direct: “You’re mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make the Business Analyst MXD look better and perform faster.” Okay, so perhaps it wasn’t that dramatic and maybe I fudged the details of this otherwise true story a little. Nevertheless, this was an exciting and challenging endeavor set before me, and I accepted with alacrity.

BA 9.2. and 9.3
The Business Analyst Desktop product for 9.2 and 9.3 were very good. But the product needed a face-lift so to speak and needed to get in shape. Some of the cartographic designs were out of date, and draw speeds were at times pretty slow.

Mission “Business Analyst 9.3.1” (Code name BA931)
Hence, the new assignment. Upon diving into this endeavor, I was quickly introduced to Cartographers Tim Daley and Corey Lamar in Redlands, and these two were a great resource and helped with cartographic design ideas and suggestions. (Anyone with a cartographic background reading this knows that projects are rarely if ever a one-person thing.) Soon, the design was looking good, but what to do about the draw speed? Corey and Tim suggested simplifying queries for labeling (more on that shortly) among other things. To drill down more, I needed to test and diagnose refresh draw-speeds, find out where the problem layers were, and analyze this for multiple scales and datasets. In addition, this needed to be done comparing 9.3 with the emerging 9.3.1 product. How to do this? Well, there is the old “stopwatch” method, where you sit at a computer and record each draw time. But this is cumbersome and time-consuming, and is not the level of quantitative analysis we needed.

Fortunately, a tool that addresses exactly this was already created! Andrew Sakowicz from the Enterprise Implementation Services Team created the “MXDPerfStat” tool. (This is an ArcScript tool which can be downloaded for free HERE.)

One of the really cool things about this tool is that you can identify specific problems with layers and labeling, and at which scales these problems occur. It even gives general recommendations for editing layers and labels for better results.


Figure 1: Example of a problem layer, along with general editing recommendations.

Initial edits were made, but there were still problems. One issue was simple labeling of features were not feasible because of the way certain datasets were built.


Figure 2: Example of street dataset. All components of the street names are in separate fields. Bad!

For example, in order to properly label streets (e.g. “West 1st Street” as opposed to just “1st”), complex queries were required because several parts of the street names were in different fields. With this scenario, the label query would have to read à [Dir]&” “&[Street Name]&” “&[Type]&” “&[Dir2]. As you can imagine, labeling hundreds of thousands of streets this way for each refresh bogged down processing and slowed the redraw speed considerably. Either that, or you would be stuck with incomplete street names, as was the case in Business Analyst 9.2 and 9.3.

Therefore, these fields had to be combined into one field. The easiest way to do this was to convert the existing dataset, which was in SDC format, into a File Geodatabase (FGDB). (This conversion not only aided in consolidating the pertinent fields, but converting to FGDB also decreased the size of the datasets themselves.)


Figure 3: Combining all the street name components into one field. Good!

In addition, street layers shouldn’t be labeled all at once, but must be scale dependent by type of street. For example, interstates can be drawn at most scales, but alleys and small roads (which are more numerous) should only be drawn at larger (zoomed in) scales. An example of a query that targets larger streets might look like this à “FCC” LIKE ‘B1%’ OR “FCC” LIKE ‘B2%’. Ugh, more complex queries!!! Therefore, layers like streets were simplified down to their parts by “street type” for easier scale-dependent display. Also, the 9.2 and 9.3 versions were labeling non-streets (alleys, driveways, etc.) further slowing speed. Combining the component name fields and excluding the non-street names from the street name field during the FGDB conversion noticeably sped up the refresh draw times.

Finally, the Table of Contents folder structure was simplified for better organization and intuitive ease of use.

RESULTS
These are just a few of the optimization methods that were employed for the 9.3.1 product release, but the basic results were faster draw-times, a better look, and a more organized folder structure.

The Speed – Quantitative Results
The results of the draw-time speeds showed an overall 77% increase in draw speed!

The Look – Qualitative Results
Business Analyst 9.3.1 was created with a more modern design and cartographically better look. Here are a few “Before and After” screenshots. (For a more complete slideshow of before and after shots, please click HERE.)



Overall, Including the Table of Contents Design:

The mission for 9.3.1. is accomplished. These edits and changes had the input from almost everyone on the Business Analyst team, and we are working ever more on the future Business Analyst Products to make them even faster, easier, and better looking than before. However, we rely not only on the input from within ESRI, but we rely especially on input from users like you. We look forward to hearing from you and serving you to make our products easier, faster, and better. We really appreciate you and your input.

Next
Please stay tuned for the next in this series “Cartographic Design and Optimization Methods for Business Analyst” as we look into map projections, how they work, and how best to work with them.

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The Image Analysis Window

The Image Analysis window allows you to quickly access commonly used rendering and processing tasks for raster layers. This allows you to accomplish your work faster and easier. The Image Analysis window can be broken up into four sections: the layer list, the display pane, the processing pane, and the options dialog.

Layer List
The layer list resembles all layers in the table of contents that work within this window. Raster dataset layers, image service layers, WCS layer and mosaic dataset layers will display in the layer list. Raster catalog layers and cache raster dataset layers are not accessible here. Once you select a layer in the layer list you can modify and use it with the display and processing pane options. Right-clicking on a layer in the layer list also brings up a context menu to accelerate or remove the layer as well as open the layer properties.

Display Pane
The display pane allows you to quickly access of some of the layer properties of the selected layer. This includes changing the contrast and brightness interactively through slider controls or changing the layer stretch type or resampling method. Properties of multiple layers can be changed at the same time through a multi-layer selection in the layer list.

Processing Pane
The processing pane provides the ability to process data on the fly. Some of the processes you can run include applying a filter, clipping, compositing and data export. Simply select a single or multiple layers and buttons become active based on the properties of the selected layers. Once a processing button is clicked a new layer is created that shows the results of the process being applied. The output layer is in memory but can be persisted using the data export dialog.

Options
The Image Analysis window options dialog allows you to change some default behavior in the display and processing panes. This includes pan-sharpening weights and methods or default standard deviation z values. The options on the stretch tab will also change the default raster layer behavior.

There will be more information about the display pane, processing pane, and accelerated rasters in upcoming posts.

Contributed by: Robert Berger

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Community map contributors

06/14/10—ArcGIS Online basemaps are open GIS community maps, with content contributed by a wide variety of users worldwide. A Web app lets you view who has already contributed content, and what’s coming online. Here’s the overview map with markers and shaded areas highlighting contributions and those coming online soon:

Zoom in to take a closer look, and click a marker to learn more about the contributor:

 

Take an ArcGIS Explorer Online community basemaps tour to see community basemaps in action.

We encourage you to contribute – visit the ESRI community maps site to learn more.

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