Author Archives: SimonGIS

About SimonGIS

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ArcGIS Velocity & Live Waze Data

The Waze for Cities program provides Local Government Authorities and Transport departments access to real-time, anonymous incident and slow-down information direct from drivers. It is a free, two-way data exchange partnership, empowering the public sector with improved situational awareness, comminucation with drivers and assists with infrastructure planning.

ArcGIS Velocity allows you to ingest the Waze feed and use if for incident detection, response and pattern analysis workflows.

Some examples of how this feed could be used:

  • Generate customer request for reported potholes, abandoned cars and illegal dumping.
  • Weekly ‘Top 5’ traffic hotspot areas in your Local Government Area
  • Road closure alerts – this feed from Waze was used during/after the 2019/20 bushfires
  • Level crossing removal – how has the traffic changed before/during/after these projects
  • Notifcations if crashes are reported near vital facilities
Using batch analytic in Velocity to create a scheduled ‘Waze Rate’ on a road network
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Monitor Field Staff

A common workflow organisations with staff out in the field, is to provide awareness and alerts about emergency incidents that are in their surrounding area.

The above video explains how to setup a real-time analytics to:

  • Setup feed to fetch Emergency Management Victoria incidents – time stamp
  • Setup feed to fetch Last Known Locations of field staff – time stamp
  • Setup real time analytic to alert when field staff within 5km of incident – time stamp
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Esri Basemaps – March Update – Geoscape

Very excited to announce that Geoscape have become part of the Esri Maps Program and have contributed their buildings and parcels datasets into the Esri Vector basemaps.

  • 15,948,047 Buildings
  • 2,220,020 Parcels

Geoscape Australia is a provider of national location data, backed by the governments of Australia. If you want the raw data for parcels and buildings, reach out to either Esri Australia or Geoscape.

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Esri Basemaps – October update for Tasmania (Part 1)

Thanks to Land Tasmania, we have started to bring some of their authoratative datasets (theList) into the Esri Basemaps.

This first iteration included:

  • National Parks
  • State Reserves
  • Forests
  • Ioenspaces
  • Local Parks
  • Sports Fields
  • Tennis Courts/Hardcourts
  • Golf Courses
  • Building Footprints
  • Refresh of the Parcels

A second iteration will focus in on additional layers such as the coastline, estuaries, hydrographic features and more. This will come at a later time.

Take a look at the Esri Basemap and do some zooming around Tasmania to see the new content. These basemaps support offline workflows if you require these basemaps in the field.

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Esri Basemaps – July update for Queensland

The Esri basemaps have been refreshed with a range of authoratative datasets across the state of Queensland. A big thank you to the following contributors:

  • QTopo – Department of Resources
  • Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships – Department of Environment & Science
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council

If your organisation would like to participate in the basemap contribution process feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn.

To check the basemap updates, please refer to this sample app, but the updates should appear in ArcGIS Pro/Online/Enterprise by default.

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Esri Basemaps – December update for Australia

Parcels, parcels, parcels…

Big thank you to the following agencies, who between them contributed over 10 million property parcels into the Esri Basemaps:

State Agency Sync or Upload
VIC DELWP Upload
TAS DPIPWE Upload
NSW DCS SS Upload
ACT ACTGov Sync
QLD DNRME Upload

Jump into the Esri Topographic basemap and have a look for yourself.

Burnie – Parcel data from DPIPWE in the Topographic Style – preview
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Geoscape & ArcGIS

Geoscape is an analytics-ready, 3D built environment dataset providing location-based insights for every address in Australia. It captures building footprints and heights, roof construction, surface cover, tree heights, the presence of solar panels and swimming pools and more. The data can be visualised using mapping platforms and 3D modelling tools.

I have put together a short video showing just some of the ways it can be used within ArcGIS.

I am also getting some experience in for becoming a TV weatherman, hopefully not too distracting.

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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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