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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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Cooling Centers for Customers


Summer season is a trying time for electric utilities.  Electric utilities have to deal with rolling blackouts and transformer loads as the grid gets stressed.  Utilities have programs to handle these load demands.  There’s marketing campaigns to get customers to … Continue reading

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Map Layers Filter Widget Facilitating Utilities’ Workflows

Utilities have a lot of facility information that needs to be visualized which traditionally has been done with paper maps.  If the utility manages different business areas such as generation/gathering, transmission, and distribution, the paper maps just scaled in multitude.  In the case of an electric utility, if overhead and underground assets are managed separately, the map count has just doubled. Continue reading

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Predict & Assess Impact of Water Spills from Catastrophic Main Breaks Using InfoWater 2D

Flood Damage

by Rajan Ray, Director of Marketing and Client Service Manager, Innovyze On any given day, if you perform a google search on “water main break” you will find a long list of recent news coverage documenting the ensuing damages including … Continue reading

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ArcGIS Online Deployment Scenarios for Water Utilities

ArcGIS Online Hybrid

ArcGIS connects maps, apps, data, and people so you can make smarter, faster decisions. It gives everyone in your water utility the ability to discover, use, make, and share maps from any device, anywhere, anytime. ArcGIS Online, Esri’s SaaS system, … Continue reading

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ArcGIS Solutions for Water Conservation

Water is arguably our most precious resource, and one we simply cannot live without.  Utilities today are facing unprecedented water shortages due to multiple factors: drought, increasing population needs, and increasing agricultural demands.  It is especially important for utilities to have the proper tools to collect information, monitor, and report the successes and challenges of water conservation efforts. Continue reading

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ArcGIS for Local Government at the 2014 UC

UC 2014 logo

The 2014 Esri International User Conference (July 14-18) we’ll be offering several technical workshops and demo theaters dedicated to the ArcGIS for Local Government solution. These sessions focus on the maps and apps available within each local government community (Land Records, … 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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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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