Australia’s Dial Before You Dig benefits from a high number of registered asset owners and a high level of awareness of the need to refer to DBYD before conducting any excavations.
However, lodging an enquiry means the enquirer becomes inundated with email responses from each asset owner, and ensuring that all information is accurately interpreted and taken into consideration is an error prone process.
To support you in dealing with these challenges, we’ve added a new product to the SmarterWX portfolio specifically for enquirers working with the Dial Before You Dig (1100.com.au) service.
The geodatabase is the foundation with which the ArcGIS integrated platform is built upon. Walter demonstrated how central the geodatabase is to all levels of the ESRI product suite from field data capture with Collector for ArcGIS, to versioned editing in the office, and even replication of data across physical locations.
This afternoon I presented ‘Web AppBuilder: Build your first widget in 15 minutes’. I packed a lot of info into those fifteen minutes so I thought it’d be worthwhile to provide you with a recap and links to several of the resources I mentioned.
I began by briefly explaining what Web AppBuilder is. If you aren’t familiar with the versions of Web AppBuilder available through ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS, I’d recommend having a look at the Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS webpage before diving into custom development with the Developer Edition. Those versions aren’t extensible but it’s good to know what you can do without customisation before beginning to write code – for many applications, the widgets provided out-of-the-box will get the job done.
Len Olyott and I presented Essential mapping apps for geocentric organisations, it was a great presentation to deliver because it covered five key apps that can help you get your information out into your organisation and beyond, which is important, because the GIS is a system of record and a key platform and you want it to deliver value.
As I was working on the presentation it really brought back the eternal question – how do we value the GIS in our organisation? By the number of data sets held? The number of maps requested? Or perhaps even the value of the real world items represented in the datasets? All good measures. But what about the business value of getting the data out to a wider audience – even an audience that didn’t know they could get to the data, let alone access it in a way that meets their needs.
So there you are working away, constantly delivering an existing GIS capability to your organisation. All around you the field staff, client teams, customer services staff, managers and executives are all busily delivering to their customers as best they can using your maps and data, but they need more – more access to data and maps, and they need it on their smart device, and they want it from you.
One thing I have learnt over the many years I have been in and around the GIS industry is that technology is rarely the barrier to success. To be truly successful you have to plan for it.
But that also raises another question – what does success look like? Every organisation is different, so you need to tune in to yours and listen to what is being said.
We have heard there is an increasing trend towards ‘self-service’ – whether that relates to how you build your hamburger, or enabling other ‘less technical’ staff to create their own maps.
So this is where we need a plan – a plan that helps your organisation unlock the potential you have discovered in your GIS.
Today at Ozri I discussed the importance of using good design principles in spatial systems, particularly those provided by Google’s material design guidelines.
You can view the full presentation below.
ArcGIS Pro has some exciting new things in the world of analysis, and we showcased some of those capabilities for the Directions LIVE 2015 series.
There are a few themes that have come through with the evolution of Desktop analysis in ArcGIS. Firstly, the goal is to make analysis easy; with the emphasis being on building workflows rather than working on individual components. Secondly, the software has grown to really exploit more sophisticated hardware capabilities as well as parallel processing to make analysis faster. There are also numerous improvements to make performance and drawing more efficient. Finally, it’s all about having more accurate analysis, for example, using geodesic measurements rather than straight line for global scale data.
When I was a child, my favourite stories were about magic portals to another world – stepping through a wardrobe or looking-glass into a land of wonder and adventure.
In our working lives, we can have portals too – a place to share information, work together and discover unique insights about our business information. Traditionally working with geographic information has remained the domain of trained professionals using high-end Geographic Information System software to analyse spatial patterns in data and create useful information products for a business.
Whilst some people may enjoy the security of knowing that they have done something before and can therefore do it again, others find this work boring and unchallenging. Perhaps you have a repetitive task that is part of your work day routine, something you have done so many times you can allow your mind to wander and focus on more important things like what you’re having for dinner. Personally I dislike repetitive tasks about as much as repetitive music.
So in the interest of working smarter … I will be presenting a Tips & Tricks session at the Sydney Directions 2015 showing users how to automate workflows using ArcGIS Desktop Model Builder. For those who have not used Model Builder before you will see both how easy it can be to graphically create a model to automate your ArcGIS business processes, as well as how powerful using a model can be.
Sharing Content in Seconds is the last session in our technical program for DirectionsLIVE, and this is definitely a case of last, but not least! This session will reinforce the concepts presented in the rest of the program, and give you some tips that you can start using immediately.
If you’re involved in any kind of major event or natural disaster – as an ArcGIS user – you know your information products are in high demand, and critical to decision making. In this scenario, we’ll look at Rapid Damage Assessment following a Cyclone Event.