Besides these posts have you had a chence to check out all the images uploaded to the ESRI UC flickr stream yet? There’s about 50 images there from this morning’s sessions.. .enyoy! FYI, a few videos now uploaded to youTube as well — sorry about that accidentsal one going up the escalator… i fat-fingered the phone on that one!
Archives for June 18, 2007
This from GITA…Association leaders have changed the “Annual Conference” to the “Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference.” This repositioning and shift in how GITA will brand and market the event better reflect the broader interests and industry audiences that GITA’s conference has accommodated over the years. The next conference will take place March 9-12, 2008, in Seattle, Wash. See www.gita.org
A new product announced today at ESRI UC comes from Tele atlas… Tele Atlas places2protect for federal, state and local governments and commercial enterprises – Tele Atlas places2protect provides relevant information for government officials, emergency planners and private companies developing emergency management applications or managing utility or pipeline assets. The product helps provide instant location and feature data for planning and preparedness and delivers up-to-date institution and location information. With Tele Atlas places2protect, detailed location information is accurately positioned on the map using Tele Atlas’ proprietary Address Points database, which is designed to pinpoint street addresses to a specific physical building, site or parcel.
John Calkins just showed off some future “WOW” technology and raised a few eye brows inn the wrap up for this morning’s session. We saw a digital pen… imagine scribing with a pen in a familiar manner, tracking lines and shapes, taking notes etc… then you dock the pen and the updates are stored and displayed within your Geodatabase.. COOL! I’m sure it’s likely not quite as simple out of the box but none the less its very slick. We saw metalens, a servcie from National Geographic that uses the Adobe Flex UI (i actually saw this at Where2.0 also). Use it to locate images, documents, or videos fromm a specific region. Users can also integrate this will technology like the GPS enabled Ricoh camera in order to immediately share images captured inn the field. We saw a way cool USB stick that had a whopping 8 GBs or data and was used to boot up a laptop on Linux and then run an application. The scenario was meant to show how a first responder could get access to an application and data while in the field, simply by getting a small flash drive from the command center. under the heading of “small packages” we saw the OQO mini computer – similar to the Nokia Tablet PC in concept although this device runs Vista. I actually just ran into Sue and Jessie from Very Spatial and Sue was packing one of these devices around. She gave me a demo loading ArcExplorer and google Earth on the device. It had decent wireless connectivity and was pretty quick too. Search OQO for more on this device. finally… under the topic of TOTALLY FREAKING COOL Calkins showed us what I think was called the Omni globe. Imagine a large (4ft in diameter) illuminated Globe on a stand. the Globe rotated slowly and the data diaplsyed on it changed accordinng to a scene selected from an application… imagine swapping from a topo map, to a thematic map etc… on a Globe… see the flickr for pics of this one. Gotta go as the laptop battery is done and I’m starving! (sorry about the typos but my “m” key is sticking!)
In a cool presentation we were provided with the TOP 7 Favorite enhancements in ArcGIS Server
– printing maps with out of the box enhancements
– Map Tips – hover over query results and see features highlighted on the masp as well as additional information about the object like video or images.
– Support for interoperability – support for WMS, WFS, WFST, web coverage service for raster data, GMl, and KML
– Carto capabilities now available to AutoCAD users – see ArcGIS for AutoCAD (free) – integrating ArcGIS Server and AutoCAD.
– Cashing to enable faste refresh of your webmap. At 9.3 enhancements to cach on demand or cach select areas of interest.
– NUMBER 1 improvement.. added security for your web app and services. New Security ArcGIS Server Manager… create profiles for custom users and define their roles (ie unrestricted usage for a manager etc…)
Imagine in the field with limited or no existing data. Enhancements .. street mapping extension (included with 7.1). Start your project and add a base data layer – data is provided for anywhere in the US or Canada. This is COOL! Using a GPS-enabled device data is collected in the field. Capture locations of objects using the point tool, add a photo to the feature, and store attribute information on the fly. Easily add options to available lists of categories (dynamically defined in the field) = rapid data capture. 7.1 supports editing of related tables. A new query builder tool provides the ability to quickly retrieve desired data and attributes. While n the field capturing data the user can quickly add or update multiple data types that are created via a database relationship(s). We’re told ArcPad 7.1 should be available in a couple of months.
Im just listening and seeing some of the new features that will come in ArcGIS desktop at 9.3.
ArcGIS Desktop 9.3 Label placement enhancements…
River name placement with multiple splines… new 9.3 algorithms
WYSIWIG editing for a realistic editing experience (clap!)
New disperse makers tool – automatically removes overlaps (clap)
Something quite cool to help support users of new label placement enhancements is a the New mapping center website – users will find resource downloads, models, style files, blog, map gallery, instructions, screen shots. Mappingcenter.esri.com
The morning kicked off with Jack’s welcome – he commented how his work is about our “new approach”. Your Work is creating a new approach was displayed on a slide behind Jack. He then highlighted a number of projects underway around the Globe.
Weather prediction maps from Korea
Visualizations created using ArcGIS explorer – examining the ozone
Managing natural resources – looking at geological structures
Maps and Charts for navigation, aeronotical charts
Maps of natural and human disasters
Landscape design, land use planning, property valuations
Management of facilities for wireless infrastructures
Conservation maps, bird corridors
Defence and homeland security – using a touch table in Moscow
Transportation analysis, planning, and analysis
Trip tips in San Diego
Businness geographics – providing the geographic advantage to help locate stores, competitive analysis, flood risk assessments
Human health apps – the influence of
GIS in the media eg Wolf Blitzer, CNN, Reuters – citizens providing services
The Enterprise Application Award was presented to Saudi Aramco – taking a social position of making Saudi Arabia a special place. Create a live and exciting workplace.. GIS is alive and well in the Middle East according to Dangermond.
President’s Award – The Nature Conservancy – creating a Global dataset of all the World’s habitats! One of Jack’s favorite org’s was selected for “his” award.
Dangermond discussed what he calls the geographic approach – this is why he got into Geography and GIS
Allows us to create knowledge
Allows us to analyze our measurements to describe change and model the future
Allows us to create and apply geographic knowledge
Allows us to act out in a logical, holistic framework.
Allows us to integrate geography and apply the geographic approach
Tools to support collaborative action
Spatial analysis integrating data sources from a wide array and corners of the Globe
Making better decisions – a methodology for making more efficient and better decisions.
Help save resources, communicate better through the visual dimension
“GIS is becoming an instrument of Evolution”
We were reminded this monring by Jack Dangermond that this year we’ve seen 25th anniversary of ArcInfo – machines were 1 million times more expensive – Jack laughs as he notes he sold some of you those computers to you!! From Dangermond… “ArcGIS is our main focus and how we support you.” ArcGIS… Author on the desktop… put it on a server… use it on a free client.
To put things in context we heard some history – Recall ArcGIS 9.2 (100 person yrs of development) shipped late last year… many people are still just getting up and runninng (is that you?. ArcGIS 9.3 is being worked on currently and improves the fundamental quality, and has infills of things people asked for. This update is to be incrementally released in service patches, major release next year (early in the year?)
Additions and enhancements in the ArcGIS Desktop
– Updates and improvements to the ArcGIS extensions
Functionality enhancements to desktop tools:
– better algorithms to conduct and improve geographic science
– Rich error messaging
– Huge improvements in mapping and labeling (polygon label choices, labels along graticules, better contour labeling
– WYSIWYG graphic editing, better street numbering placement, support for stacked vertical Asian letters
– Loads of geological labeling
– Support for multiple view windows (clap)
– Textures for buildings (collada), faster import of web services, tracking in 3D
– Schematic diagramming – take mapped data and auto make a diagram from it
– New diagram types (ie. Electrical)
Stay tuned for more on ArcGIS at 9.3 – a reminder that photos fromm today’s session can be found on our GISuser flickr
In the Monday morning welcome session at ESRI UC we heard about some new things coming in ArcGIS at 9.3 (this will be released inncrementally in patches with a full release next year… items of note and areas that will see somme major, cool updates:
A new solution for Logistics.. Jack’s favorite! Enter ArcLogistics — Demo… transporting patients to hospitals at diff times with a number of rules (ie. Legth of time for a ride – max), vehicle rules (capacity), vehicle costs, work day/time rules… hospitals, vehicles, patients… generate a least cost solution so patients can make their appts on time.
New ArcGIS Explorer for consumer usage -Like google earth, it has analytic tools to perform some analysis on a simple to use tool. Access an ArcGIS Server, or connect to several of them (like ArcGIS online) then overlay these services with your own services. An open and interoperable tool Working closely with Adobe for interoperability with PDFs.
ArcGIS Server to support Mashups. Allow our servers to be mashed up. Integrating multiple GIS services and making use of consumer map services. Use data from Google Earth and other services … this will help us tell stories of geography on the web and integrate content into our GIS’s.
ArcGIS for AutoCAD – a free, downloadable set of tools making it easier to work with AutoCAD data and CAD tools. Since so many users are using both it makes sense to enable users to benefit.
Webmapping gets easier and better – fewer clicks, better map navigation, new tools built on AJAX standards. At ArcGIS 9.3 there’s a new mobile app – ArcGIS Mobile. Operating in a connected or disconnected environment. Maintain synchronization with your server. A lightweight client for the field powered by ArcGIS Server. Note… ArcPad still exists and is going strong – of note: US Census Bureau to use 400,000 ArcPad seats for mobile data collection for the Census!
Survey measurements coming into the parcel model – New data model –the cadastral fabric – in a demo a surveyor takes measurements for new subdivision and create in CAD system. Brings inn CAD lines, copy/paste into a cadastral job, adjust parcels to fit survey control. This solution comes out of a partnership with Ggeodata info systems – AUS – to be released with SP3 – editing cadastral fabrics with survey analyst. Supporting bringing together GIS and surveying communities!
Coming in support – users will have full access to ESRI’s buglist! Clap – this will be available via the online support center. Look for “the bug system”