Author Archives: Ivan E.

About Ivan E.

Russia-born geographer with a degree in Cartography and GIS with a 18-year Esri-related experience. Had been working for Esri Russia (CIS) then moved to Australia to join Esri Australia as support trainer in the Professional services dept. Area of expertise: ArcGIS Desktop software, 3D modelling (CityEngine), cartography, remote sensing

Creating 3D Story Maps using data from Esri CityEngine.

In the last couple of years Story Maps have become quite popular with ArcGIS Desktop / Online users. They provide a quick and efficient way to deliver important information or a message in a form of an easily-configurable web application that uses geographic data and can be enriched by adding various types of media content. There are thousands of story maps that you can access through ArcGIS online and it’s very easy to create your own.

One of my areas of expertise is 3D GIS and from time to time people ask me whether it’s possible to display 3D information in a Story Map. Well, the answer is yes. This functionality has been available for more than a year and I believe it’s time to write a blog about the workflow that will make your story maps 3D –enabled.

In this blog I will demonstrate how to use CityEngine 3D scenes to publish your 3D data to ArcGIS Online and create an interactive Story Map that uses 3D web scenes.

For the purpose of this demo, I used one of the CityEngine Examples provided by Esri Inc. on their CityEngine Gallery web page, available here:>>

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Spatial Join’s hidden trick or how to transfer attribute values in a One to Many relationship

From time to time, even the experienced GIS users (my 17 years in GIS allow me to call myself one) come across hidden tools and workflows that have existed in ArcGIS for Desktop for ages, but have never been used.

Recently, a couple of my clients asked me how to solve the following problem. Imagine you had a polygon feature class representing cadastral boundaries (i.e. properties) and another one representing zones (i.e. zoning). One property can fall within several adjacent zoning polygons, which effectively defines the cardinality (or the type of the relationships between features in both datasets) as One to Many (Properties to Zones).

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Tips and Tricks for ArcGIS Pro users

With the final ArcGIS 10.3 release sitting in your My Esri portal, I thought it’d be a good idea to quickly recap a few interesting features about ArcGIS Pro 1.0 you may be yet to come across.

If you haven’t heard, ArcGIS Pro is a new Desktop GIS which will be released as an integral part of the 10.3 suite, and in this chain of blogs we’ve already covered a few topics about ArcGIS Pro, including, and some of the common problems that users can encounter while moving from ArcGIS Pro Beta to ArcGIS Pro 1.0 final.

I hope the few tips I’ve listed below will help you to get started with ArcGIS Pro 1.0 and take advantage of its functionality!

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ArcGIS Pro 1.0. Resolving issues with licensing and transitioning from Beta to v 1.0

ArcGIS Pro was made available for Beta testing in May 2014. That initial release was called Beta 1 and since that time Esri users have participated in an extensive beta testing exercise, which helped the software developer to fix bugs, add new functions and prepare the new ArcGIS Pro software to be released as an integral part of the brand new ArcGIS 10.3 suite.

The latest beta version that the users have been testing up until last week was ArcGIS Pro Beta 5 and the final set of Beta licenses expired on the 17th of November 2014. If you’re currently experiencing problems with launching ArcGIS Pro or signing in to ArcGIS Pro using your ArcGIS Online (AGOL) account, it is likely that you might need to either replace ArcGIS Pro Beta with ArcGIS Pro 1.0 or you need to update the licenses on your ArcGIS Online for Organizations account.

Let’s consider both scenarios.

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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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Go Pro with ArcGIS for Desktop!

Esri Inc. has recently announced the release of the ArcGIS Pro, the latest addition to the ArcGIS for Desktop product family.

ArcGIS Pro raises desktop GIS to a new level by providing the GIS professional with both the essential and the advanced tools to create, manage and analyse geospatial data in 2d and 3D.

At this stage, the new ArcGIS Pro application is available to all ArcGIS for Desktop users. Once downloaded users can test the beta version of the application and contribute to the official Beta program.

ArcGIS Pro represents a seamless environment for data management, editing and analysis. Users can organise their work into projects and use the geospatial data which is stored locally or access the contents shared via ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS.

ArcGIS Pro comes as a full 64-bit application, which supports multi-threading and has a convenient user interface, which provides users with an instant access to the tools, database connections and allows to quickly switch from a 2D map to a 3-dimensional GIS scene.

Don’t worry if you already have ArcGIS for Desktop installed on your computer; ArcGIS Pro is not intended to replace ArcGIS for Desktop. That’s just another powerful tool that Esri provide you with to get the maximum from your GIS data. You can install ArcGIS Pro Beta on the same machine as ArcGIS for Desktop 10.2.x and run these two software packages in parallel.

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Bringing Your Data from the Cloud Back to Earth – How to extract your data from ArcGIS Online.

In my blog post series so far this year, I have considered and written up common workflows for preparing data for ‘in field’ collection capture using the Collector for ArcGIS app.

If you’ve missed any of these blogs, you can find them using the Collector tag on this page.

So what’s the next step? Well, now that you’ve published the data, and used the Collector app to collect new features and you’re back at the office, you’d probably like to get the data from the “cloud” and do some good old editing or analysis in ArcGIS for Desktop.

This brings us to my current blog post! Here I’ll cover a few simple techniques that you may use to extract the data from a feature service that’s running on ArcGIS Online, and use it in ArcGIS Desktop. To illustrate this workflow I will use the same feature service representing traffic accidents that I’ve used to demonstrate the Collector’s “offline editing” workflows.
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