Learn 3D with CityEngine!

In response to the growing demand in providing education and training to interested users around Esri’s cutting edge 3D software tool CityEngine, Esri Australia’s training team has recently developed a new training course- CityEngine 2014.

This training course has been designed to provide students who are about to begin constructing realistic models of 3D cities with some foundational knowledge of how CityEngine works, and how to use it to create models, import GIS data and publish their results on ArcGIS Online.

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The CityEngine 2014 training course will also be of interest to those who are already CityEngine users, and have made their first steps in navigating this advanced 3D modelling software, guided by Esri Inc’s tutorials and exercises.

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GeoEvent Processor won’t start up … Help!

A number of people here in Australia are getting their hands on GeoEvent Processor, the ArcGIS Server extension, for the first time.

During my time in Support I’ve assisted a number of people to get their GeoEvent Processor running, and have found that a simple 4-step process is generally all that is required.

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Below I list this process…

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Wondering how to use Python with ArcGIS? Esri Australia have courses that can help

Learning how to complete your ArcGIS Geoprocessing steps using Python will allow you to reduce the time spent on complex and/or repetitive tasks and will enable your staff to learn a more productive and dynamic pathway to return results.

So the question is; which course is for you?

The Introduction to Geoprocessing Scripts Using Python (10.2) course will teach you how to create Python scripts to automate tasks related to data management, feature editing, geoprocessing and analysis, and map production using ArcGIS. You will also learn how to share your Python scripts so your key GIS workflows are accessible to others. This course is designed for GIS analysts, specialists, data processors, and others who want to automate ArcGIS tasks and workflows.

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Taking Collector Offline with your basemaps

So by now you would have heard that Collector for ArcGIS (Android & iOS) has the ability to work offline in a semi connected mode. The means that not only can you take your feature service data offline for field inspection but also you can cache the Esri Basemaps. This provides terrific access to your data within a basemap spatial context.

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Business Analyst Online Tour (Part 2)

As you may recall in our previous post about Business Analyst Online we were able to look at the demographic profile surrounding our retail locations to get a better understanding of each retail location. We took a closer look at the stores in Sydney as they were performing very well and were able to see a trend in the demographics. See the previous post entitled “Business Analyst Online Has Arrived in Australia (Part 1)”

Today we are going to look at using the “Smart Map Search” functionality to identify other locations that have similar demographic profiles to the stores in Sydney that are doing well.

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Business Analyst Online Has Arrived in Australia (Part 1)

The release of Business Analyst Online in Australia this autumn signals easy access to custom site evaluation and market analysis. Business Analyst Online is a web-based solution providing detailed and insightful information about consumers and their spending habits as well as lifestyles. Business Analyst Online is a subscription-based solution similar to ArcGIS Online wherein users consume credits. You can see real-world examples of Business Analyst Online here.

Business Analyst Online helps users answer such questions as: “What is the local demographic profile surrounding my retail location(s)?”, “Where are there concentrations of my customer located?” or even “Where should I locate my next location?”.

Today we are going to take a look at Business Online and begin to explore some of the functionality as well as answer the question: “What is the local demographic profile surrounding my current retail locations?

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Ready-to-Use Services in ArcGIS for Desktop

Got ArcGIS Desktop? Well you have a seat for your ArcGIS Online for Organisation account.  Alternatively, go sign up for a free ArcGIS Developer Plan and you can make use of that account within ArcGIS for Desktop.

At 10.2, there is tighter integration between the ArcGIS for Desktop environment and the ever growing list of analysis services available on ArcGIS Online.

Sometimes you dont have the neccessary data (street networks, address locators, elevation models) or the relevant extensions (Network Analyst, 3D Analyst) to answer some geographic questions relating to your organisational data.

This is where the Ready-to-Use Services from ArcGIS Online can come in handy for you, the ArcGIS for Desktop Professional.

I put together some fairly rough videos of myself exploring some of these services.  Be aware that they do consume credits, hence making use of your Developer Plan account is a good way of exploring what benefits these services can bring to your Desktop workflows.
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