Australia is on the move GDA2020

Recently in the Australian media there has been a lot of commentary around the impending update to Australia’s primary datum. From GDA94 to GDA2020. It has even made the British media http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36912700.

At Esri Australia this has prompted a lot of questions from clients in regards to the support of the new datum GDA2020 in ArcGIS. Will ArcGIS support GDA2020 and when will ArcGIS support GDA2020?

Before we start to answer these questions I think it is important we understand exactly what the new datum is and why Geoscience Australia is moving towards a new datum.

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Spatial analysis for the rest of us

Since May of this year, when I demonstrated a very early version of the new Insights for ArcGIS product at the Directions LIVE events Esri Australia staged around the country, it has been the topic of many conversations I have had – both internally and with customers.

Everyone is keen to understand where Insights fits in to the ArcGIS platform, and where it sits in relation to other similar products in the broader market.

There’s a buzz about this that I haven’t witnessed for some time in Esri circles, and I’ve got to say – it’s infectious. For me personally, Insights, and the GeoAnalytics Server that is also in the pipeline for ArcGIS 10.5, stand to be highlights of my work over the next year or so.

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ArcREST: Simplifying ArcGIS REST API scripting with Python

Does your organisation share content through ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Server or Portal for ArcGIS? Ever thought it would be handy to be able to script everyday tasks to better manage your content across your ArcGIS platform?

Whether you want take a weekly snapshot of the data behind a Feature Service used in Collector for ArcGIS, update the data behind one of your web maps, administer your ArcGIS Server, or add a published service to your Portal – all this and a whole lot more has always been possible to script through any language you like.  The catch is that hasn’t always been very easy to do, particularly for those of us without coding experience outside of the GIS world. This is where Esri’s open source ArcREST python module comes in.

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Making your drone work for you

When the term drone is used it often conjures up images of installations being destroyed by laser guided bombs or unmanned military surveillance aircraft being used to spy on strategic targets. However, the drone of today is more than this. They have come down in price and size. To the extent that we can now purchase a drone or as CASA prefers a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), down at your local electrical store for a reasonable price.

In September CASA is introducing new regulations around the use of RPAdrone-transparentS that make it easier for everyone to fly a RPAS. http://bit.ly/1sNxnt4 These consumer type RPAS will become more prevalent not only in the hobbyist field but also in the commercial field.

Esri is strategically placed to take advantage of this growing market. Recently released Drone2Map for ArcGIS (http://www.esri.com/products/drone2map) takes geolocated images from RPAS and creates professional imagery products for visualisation and analysis in ArcGIS.

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Enhancing your portal

Directions LIVE 2016 kicked off in Melbourne on Tuesday 17 May and has just finished up in Canberra.  It was a great tour, and it was terrific hearing how so many of you are making use of the technology for your various projects.

I had free rein to talk about five things that I think are powerful features of a portal (a portal being either ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS).  I have recorded these sessions into the five separate videos below.

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