Category Archives: Product Announcements

New GDA2020 transformations for WebGIS

May 2021

Esri Australia has been working with Esri and ICSM to ensure that the ArcGIS system can support clients migration from the GDA94 static datum to GDA2020 static datum. The ArcGIS system now fully supports data transformations via 7-parameter similarity transformation, or NTv2.0 transformation Grids.

As a result we are now seeing many clients migrate their authoritative datasets to GDA2020 and requiring all delivered data is in this same static datum. State and national governments are now delivering foundational open datasets in GDA2020 as well

In parallel to this migration we are also seeing more clients taking up WebGIS and delivering data via web services instead of shipping datasets or producing PDF’s. This is enabling a greater uptake web and mobile GIS, providing better informed field operators and getting live data in the hands of people who need it as they need it.

These two waves of change have presented a significant challenge. While transformations existed between WGS84 & GDA94 and GDA94 & GDA2020, there existed no direct path from GDA2020 to WGS84. If you wanted to place GDA2020 data into WebGIS you had to transform you data back through GDA94 to WGS84. Effectively moving the data back to its old location prior to publishing. Many clients asked why????

It has been termed the WGS84 Projection dilemma. So what’s changing?

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Check and repair the geometry for features in an Enterprise geodatabase.

ArcGIS applications are built with the assumption that the feature’s geometry follows certain specifications. When the processing algorithms encounter data that does not follow the specifications, the software can perform poorly, generate errors, crash, or the operation may succeed without an apparent problem but generate incorrect results.

Repair Geometry Geoprocessing tool

The Repair Geometry tool inspects each feature in a feature class for problems with its geometry. Upon discovery of a problem, a fix will be applied, and a one-line description will identify the feature, as well as the geometry problem that was fixed.

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Act Now: Preparing for HTTPS Only enforced in ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online will enforce HTTPS Only on all organizations on December 9 2020 (AEST).
This important security update is likely to affect some ArcGIS Online organizations, their content, software and custom solutions.

Customers affected by this update who have not enabled HTTPS Only for their ArcGIS Online organizations as yet, should act now. Preparing and testing now will help avoid surprises before the policy is enforced on December 9 2020 (AEST).

Am I Affected?

HTTPS Only is a configurable setting in ArcGIS Online. It’s been enabled by default for newer subscriptions (from September 2018) and will be enforced for all organizations on December 9 2020 (AEST). The result is four categories for consideration:

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Important Portal for ArcGIS Security Alert

4 June 2020

Esri has announced that they have detected a critical security vulnerability in the Portal for ArcGIS component of ArcGIS Enterprise when special steps are taken by persons with network access to the ArcGIS Enterprise portal to exploit Server-Side Request Forgery (SSRF), which can result in access to and control over other infrastructure resources by unauthenticated persons. Continue reading

Problem: Severe issue with ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Patch 2

Description

Esri has discovered a severe issue with an editing workflow in ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Patch 2 (2.2.2) that may incorrectly set feature attribute field values to ‘Null’ when using the Attributes pane.

Cause

This problem occurs when multiple features are selected in the tree view of the Attributes pane. If the Tab key is used to navigate between cells in the data grid, tabbing through a cell that displays “(Different values)” sets the field to ‘Null’.

Solution or Workaround

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SmarterWX Locate Beta Program

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.

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ECW support for ArcGIS Pro 2.1 and ArcGIS 10.6

What’s New ENVI 5.4 and IDL 8.6

Harris Geospatial has released their newest version of ENVI 5.4 and IDL 8.6. With every release Harris Geospatial is improving their platforms to ensure that ENVI and IDL remain at the forefront imagery Analysis. Here is an over view of all the NEW changes to the Harris Geospatial product suite.This post will provide an overview of the following; Licensing changes, new ENVI functionality and new IDL functionality.  Continue reading

Heard of Conda? Wondering how it relates to using Python in ArcGIS Pro (version 1.3)?

apro1-3After installing ArcGIS Pro 1.3, you may notice a few changes. The scope of this blog will detail Conda – what it is? why this change occurred? and how conda has affected the usage of ArcGIS Desktop functionality when used by ArcGIS Pro? – specifically as at version 1.3 (and later releases).

For those reading, I am assuming your understanding of python is that when used in both ArcGIS 10.x and ArcGIS Pro, this is the primary language to automate, configure and consume your GIS ecosystem. One of the cornerstones within each ecosystem is knowing Continue reading

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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