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Check out ArcGIS Apps for the Field at the 2017 User Conference!


At the 2017 Esri User Conference in San Diego, California this week, there will be tons of presentations and events, covering hundreds of topics. To help you find your way to the Apps for the Field sessions and events, we … Continue reading

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Help San Diego Improve Fire Hydrant Inspection

Manage and complete hydrant inspections

In Manage and Complete Hydrant Inspections, you will assume the role of three San Diego city and fire officials attempting to make the city’s hydrant inspection program more efficient. This new lesson from Learn ArcGIS uses Workforce for ArcGIS, an … Continue reading

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Hack for San Diego

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From October 3-10, San Diego State University hosted their first ever Big Data Hackathon, using the social media hashtag #Hack4SD. Their aim was the promote the development and data science and information technology solutions for San Diego on important civic … Continue reading

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Restaurant Report Cards

Restaurant Report Cards

Four California health inspectors need your help in efficiently navigating 36 restaurants as part of their daily and unannounced inspections in San Diego County. Considering that county rivals the state of Connecticut in size, it may seem that you have … Continue reading

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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 – ccampbell@esri.com

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Water Resources Annual Meeting videos now available on Esri Video!

The Water Resources Annual Meeting videos now available on Esri Video.

If you missed the Water Resources Annual meeting on Sunday, July 7, 2013 (GIS Hydro 2013 Sunday Preconference Seminar), you’re in luck! We recorded the entire day, and each session is available to watch on Esri Video. You can also access … Continue reading

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Esri Business Analyst and Esri Data at the 2011 Esri International User Conference

Are you attending our annual Esri International User Conference next week in San Diego, California?

If so, please stop by the Commercial Solutions Islands and meet our staff. We will be there to answer any questions you may have or give you a demonstration of our products.

We will also have a series of technical workshops and presentations in the Demo Theatre of the Commercial Solutions booth on topics ranging from the Business Analyst products to the Census and American Community Survey. Here is a list of our sessions: Continue reading

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San Diego insider tips for User Conference attendees

With only a week to go before the start of the Esri International User Conference, we asked Rupert Essinger, a member of the ArcGIS development team who lives a few blocks from the Convention Center in downtown San Diego, to give us some insider tips about San Diego. (These recommendations are Rupert’s alone and are not official recommendations or endorsements from Esri).


Using the free ArcGIS Explorer Online web client, Rupert has made an ArcGIS web map containing his recommended places to go. You can also view this map in presentation mode, so click here to get the tour now! (Note: If you are viewing this blog with a device like the iPad which doesn’t support Silverlight, then click or tap this link to open the map, or this link to view it in presentation mode using the non-Silverlight ArcGIS.com map viewer).

All the ‘map’ links next to the locations mentioned below launch Rupert’s ArcGIS map and take you directly to those locations (through the magic of extent parameters) in the ArcGIS.com map viewer.

You’ll also find all the places mentioned below, and more, on the “A Place Where…in San Diego” map on the official Esri website for the UC. That’s a wiki map created using Flex that lets anyone add their own favorite places and discoveries onto the map too, so feel free to add to it if you have any recommendations to share.

Places to go in the evening
The Gaslamp Quarter (website) (map) along Fifth Avenue between Convention Center to the south and C Street to the north is the entertainment, dining and partying hub of San Diego, and everyone usually heads there first. Check out the famous Victorian commercial buildings. Martha Rodgers has meticulously mapped every establishment in the Gaslamp.

Immediately east of the Gaslamp Quarter is the East Village neighborhood (website) (map) where you’ll find some neighborhood style bars and restaurants with a local crowd that are less hectic than the ones in the Gaslamp. On G Street, try the inexpensive Zanzibar Café, The Neighborhood (with its own secret reservations-only speakeasy inside, called the Noble Experiment), and the popular French bistro Café Chloe. Closer to PETCO park, BASIC is a thin crust pizza place in an airy converted warehouse with a boat-like curved wooden ceiling typical of the industrial buildings in this area.

Top tip for place to go in the evening is the Little Italy neighborhood (website) (map) north of the Convention Center on India Street between Ash to the south and Hawthorn to the north. You can walk there or take a rickshaw, and it also has its own trolley station. This is a quieter, more relaxed alternative to the Gaslamp with some great modern architecture and many restaurants and cafes reflecting the area’s Italian heritage. Some recommended restaurants are Bencotto, Buon Appetito, Sogno Di Vino, the Indigo Grill, and, further south, the Karl Strauss Brewery. To the east of India Street be sure not to miss the amazing bakery/café Extraordinary Desserts where you can take your whole GIS team for a treat in a restored industrial building.

Places to go for breakfast or lunch
Here are some inexpensive places that are close to the Convention Center:

  • Brickyard Coffee and Tea is a relaxed neighborhood coffee shop with a large shady European-style patio that doesn’t get crowded. Freshly baked fruit muffins and breakfast burritos, and quiches, wraps etc for lunch. Opens 6am.
  • Café 222 has a full, eclectic menu in a quirky modern building by local architect Rob Quigley. Opens 7am.
  • The Mission a few blocks east beyond PETCO Park offers beautifully presented food and fresh baked goods in a historic building with an arty urban crowd (awesome cinnamon bread). Opens 7am.
  • Panera Bread in Horton Plaza is a reliable choice with free Wi-Fi. Opens 6am weekdays. 7am Sat/Sun.
  • Broken Yolk is a large diner on 6th Avenue. Opens 6am.
  • Richard Walker’s Pancake House offers huge breakfasts and lunches of pancakes, crepes, waffles, and omelets. Opens 6.30am.
  • There’s also Ralphs Supermarket which everyone who attends the UC tends to find eventually for snacks and to-go food and its large deli counter, salad bar, ready-made sandwiches, etc. Open 24 hours.

Places to go on a spare afternoon or day off
You’ll want to spend as much time as you can at the conference but here are two top tips for free time in San Diego.

La Jolla (website) (map) has the most beautiful coastline in San Diego and is your best bet for an afternoon or day at the beach or exploring the coast. La Jolla Shores beach is all-round the nicest beach in the area with excellent swimming, changing rooms, easy parking, harmless leopard sharks (at the south end of the beach on incoming tides), kayak and surf/SUP board rental shops one block away, etc. You can explore the rocky La Jolla Cove with its coastal trail, sea caves, and baby seals at Children’s Beach. You can also browse the shops, galleries and restaurants in trendy upscale La Jolla Village, or visit the excellent Birch Aquarium which is part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. A little further north the adventurous can find the Knoll at Scripps Coastal Reserve, a hidden gem with awesome views from the top of the 350ft+ sea cliffs (the highest in Southern California) and Torrey Pines State Reserve for hiking and exploring.

Mission Beach (website) (map) is the epicenter of beach culture in San Diego. It’s a peninsula with the ocean and lively boardwalk on one side, and peaceful Mission Bay Park on the other. Charming alleyways with tiny beach houses cross the peninsula. Mission Bay has a great bike/jogging path around the lovely Sail Bay in its northwest corner. Just to the north is the busy Pacific Beach commercial area and Crystal Pier, and just north of there is the quieter Pacific Beach, with its mellow surfing scene. This area is not as swimming friendly as La Jolla Shores because of the heavy shore break. A nice place to eat with a sea view is JRDN restaurant in the strikingly modern Tower 23 Hotel. You can rent sailboats, kayaks, and SUP boards, for use on Mission Bay, at the Mission Bay Sports Center. Belmont Park in the south part of Mission Bay is touristy and not recommended. For the adventurous a lovely long walk is to head north along Mission Beach, go up the steps at the far north end of Pacific Beach, and then walk through the Bird Rock neighborhood with its hidden coastal access paths to Windansea Beach.

How to get to La Jolla and Mission Beach without a car: A yellow cab can work especially if you have a group. Or take bus route 30 which leaves downtown San Diego up to 4 times an hour and goes to Pacific Beach, La Jolla Village, and La Jolla Shores. Alternatively take the Blue line trolley north from downtown or Green line trolley west from Mission Valley to the Old Town Transit Center. At Old Town, bus route 8 goes to Pacific Beach via Mission Beach, bus route 9 goes to Pacific Beach via SeaWorld San Diego, and you can also pick up bus route 30 to Pacific Beach and La Jolla. A $5 day pass is good for all trolleys and bus routes.

Note: shuffle your feet while wading at La Jolla Shores or Mission Bay to avoid treading on a sting ray. They are  common in the summer.

Have a great time at the conference!

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Dev Meet Up – San Diego, CA

As we were making our way up the pebble walkway to the Karl Strauss brewery, we knew it was going to be a really good night for a Dev Meet Up. We had our buddy Tim Craig from the Esri’s La Jolla office there to help us out, John Helly as our keynote speaker, and some awesome lightning talks planned for our attendees. 





We had a nice, cozy room with a beautiful spread of appetizers to welcome all of our guests. As everyone got settled in, John Helly, from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), began to present the California Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) (parcel data sets) and California Coastal Atlas projects that they are working on. The SDSC supports California by providing north/south redundancy and pushing the data through publishing industries. The goal is always to provide multiple and new pathways to teach users how to cope with large sources of data. John showed some of the current projects they are working on, such as the sea-level project for the Navy where they collect the mean level rise and the sea level rise data using LIDAR data. To answer the question of, “How many icebergs are there, and what are their roles in the ecosystem?”, John explained how they have ships out on the sea around Alaska that are equipped with sensors for time, temperature, and windchill factor to digitize and then calculate the mass of icebergs. John really stressed the inability to house such a large volume of data and needing to use open source tools to store the kind of data they are capturing while working on this type of project. 


And then came the lightning talks! First up was Scott McEachern from the Omega Group on “Why We Use Silverlight, Lessons Learned“. Scott suggested that Silverlight might not be for everyone, but the best way to decide is to really focus on the user requirements.



Next was Drew Dowling from Quartic Solutions. Drew covered the Web Mercator coordinate system popular with online mapping. He identified some of the existing problems with it and how to work around some of them, especially techniques for allowing users to measure accurate distances on the map.



After Drew was Jodi Luostarinen, who is also from Quartic Solutions. Jodi certainly got everyone’s attention when she asked, “OMG, what’s up with Tijuana?”. She presented a BioMap, which is a City of San Diego Public Utilities web mapping application that she used to identify the problem that is going on with water quality issues based on polluted runoff off the coast of Southern California, especially around Tijuana. At the end of her presentation, she went behind the scenes and did a walkthrough of her Flex, PHP, and SQL code. Of course having Jodi run through her coding techniques got everyone really interested.


Last up was Chris Pyle with San Diego Data Processing Corp (SDDPC) who presented “Adventures in Maps” where he highlighted some of their latest app projects, many of which were migration projects moving from ArcIMS-based apps to those built with ArcGIS Server and the ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight/WPF.



At the end of the night, a group of developers stayed behind to share a few laughs (and digs) at programming languages they’ve used, both past and present. They got to exchange their info and even keep in touch using our Meetup.com site for California. Everyone had such a great time, and the restaurant letting everyone take the leftovers home was just an added perk! Sweet!

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Esri Redlands wins 2010 5th Annual User Conference Hockey Classic

The Esri Redlands hockey team was victorious over the stylish Esri Canada squad this week, a 7-1 outcome.  Held at the San Diego Ice Arena this was the 5th annual meeting between the two organizations.  With back-to-back wins the series is now 3-2 Redlands.  Some members of the Business Analyst group play on both sides.

Each year we load up the sticks and gear and leave the Harbor Marriott by bus.

And after 3 periods of intense hockey it’s all smiles and back on the bus.

Shortly thereafter “The Cup” was proudly paraded around downtown San Diego establishments for all to enjoy.

The Redlands squad boasted a lineup from across the northern hemisphere, including players originally from:  New Jersey (2), St. Louis, Buffalo, Washington DC, Montreal, Vancouver, Wisconsin, Saskatchewan (4), Southern California (2), Nova Scotia, Detroit, Philadelphia, Toronto (3), Newfoundland, and a programmer from the Ukraine.

Many thanks to Esri Canada for fronting the ice bill yet again, see you next year.


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