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Imagery & Remote Sensing at the 2023 FedGIS Conference

Mark your calendars! Because FedGIS—the Esri Federal GIS Conference—is fast approaching and we would love to share all the wonderful new things Esri is doing in the world of Imagery and Remote Sensing. Join the 5,000+ attendees from 7–8 February at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC to be inspired, collaborate, and learn about how our products can help support you—and other government professionals—derive actionable insights and make timely decisions using imagery.

Explore the information below to learn more about what we’re discussing at this year’s conference.

General resources

Check out one of our imagery professional development workshops

We’ve got 10 helpful workshops for you to explore this year, ranging from an exploration of our imagery products and capabilities to the future of 3D imagery and deep learning.

If you’re like me and love learning about the cutting-edge of technology, I highly recommend attending What’s New with Imagery in ArcGIS, offered on Tuesday AND Wednesday. If you want more specific information about some of the imagery product capabilities, on Tuesday there’s ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online: A SaaS Approach to Remote Sensing, which will cover how ArcGIS can be leveraged with Esri cloud resources for your end-to-end imagery workflows, from management to analysis.

For even more cutting-edge discussions, there’s also ArcGIS for Microsoft Planetary Computer, where you’ll learn about how you can use ArcGIS Pro in the Azure cloud and access massive volumes of global imagery—including Sentinel and Landsat data—to perform your earth sciences at scale. And the session I’m most excited about—Introducing ArcGIS Reality for Large-Area Photogrammetry—is going to be on Wednesday and will cover a brand-new Esri product for the photogrammetry buffs out there.

On the topic of photogrammetry, we also have the workshop Reality Mapping in ArcGIS: Creating a Digital Representation of the Physical World for those of you looking to enhance your GIS with 2D and 3D basemaps from photogrammetrically sourced imagery and lidar. If these photogrammetry sessions are of interest to you, but you don’t know where to begin when it comes to creating and processing your own 2D and 3D content, you might want to attend Drone Reality Mapping: Gain Operational Perspective. In this session, you will also get to hear from the Federal Aviation Administration and learn how they pair drones with ArcGIS to manage and inspect their assets.

Do you have an overwhelming amount of imagery and don’t know how to manage it all? Attend the Strategies for Managing Large Collections of Imagery Content workshop to learn more about how various ArcGIS Image products—like ArcGIS Image Server and ArcGIS Image Dedicated—can alleviate some of your imagery storage, management, and dissemination woes.

Imagery and Video Exploitation with ArcGIS Excalibur (offered on Tuesday and Wednesday) will teach you how you can harness ArcGIS Excalibur, a web-based application commonly used in government and defense, for imagery and video extraction, analysis, and dissemination.

Did you know ArcGIS Pro Image Analyst extension has a powerful set of deep learning capabilities that you can leverage for your imagery analysis? Using Deep Learning Studio to Extract Features from Imagery will explore this, along with ways you can create your own deep learning models and collaborate in Deep Learning Studio, a brand-new offering. And on the topic of deep learning, GeoAI: An Overview will demonstrate artificial intelligence, deep learning, and machine learning use cases and spatial analysis applications within ArcGIS.

And don’t let a cloudy day ruin your imagery observation capabilities! Attend Processing SAR Imagery with ArcGIS to learn how to use a new toolset geared towards processing, visualizing, and analyzing Sentinel-1 GRD via ArcGIS Image Analyst extension for ArcGIS Pro.

To better map out your conference experience, a list of all the imagery and remote sensing workshops is provided below. You’ll notice that a lot of these workshops are offered on more than one day, so if you can’t make one workshop on Tuesday, you have another opportunity on Wednesday (and vice versa).

Tuesday | 7 February

What’s New with Imagery in ArcGIS WEWCC Salon I 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
Imagery and Video Exploitation Using ArcGIS Excalibur WEWW Room 147 A 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
Reality Mapping in ArcGIS: Creating a Digital Representation of the Physical World WEWCC Salon H 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online: A SaaS Approach to Remote Sensing WEWCC Salon H 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
GeoAI: An Overview WEWCC Room 146 B 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Using Deep Learning Studio to Extract Features from Imagery WEWCC Salon H 4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
ArcGIS for Microsoft Planetary Computer WEWCC Room 159 AB 4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
Drone Reality Mapping: Gain Operational Perspective WEWCC Salon I 4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

*Sessions are in Eastern Standard Time

Wednesday | 8 February

What’s New with Imagery in ArcGIS WEWCC Room 150 B 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Reality Mapping in ArcGIS: Creating a Digital Representation of the Physical World WEWCC Room 156 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Introducing ArcGIS Reality for Large-Area Photogrammetry WEWCC Room 156 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Processing SAR Imagery with ArcGIS WEWCC Room 156 2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Imagery and Video Exploitation Using ArcGIS Excalibur WEWCC Room 151 B 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Strategies for Managing Large Collections of Imagery Content WEWCC Salon H 5:15 p.m.–6:15 p.m.
Using Deep Learning Studio to Extract Features from Imagery WEWCC Room 151 A 5:15 p.m.–6:15 p.m.
Drone Reality Mapping: Gain Operational Perspective WEWCC Room 151 B 5:15 p.m.–6:15 p.m.

*Sessions are in Eastern Standard Time

For more information and to search for additional sessions, visit the detailed agenda page.

Hear from our users and partners in the imagery space

You won’t just hear from Esri during the conference; you will get to hear about how users (like you!) have been able to leverage ArcGIS for their imagery needs during our technical workshops. You will also get to connect with our imagery and remote sensing partners and sponsors, including BlackSky, Airbus, ICEYE, Maxar, Planet, Sanborn Map Company, and Vexcel. Be sure to stop by their booths during the Expo on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) to hear some of their exciting announcements and learn more about their latest services and products—like how to task new satellite imagery in ArcGIS with BlackSky.

Eager to learn about imagery capabilities in ArcGIS?

As you’re getting geared up for the FedGIS conference, there are a few great resources to learn more about what Esri has to offer for the imagery community in government and defense.

And lastly, don’t be a stranger! We would love for you to stop by and visit us on the product showcase floor during the Expo in Hall B. We will be in the imagery area towards the back of the expo hall near Booth 730.

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About the author

Madde is a technical editor on the Imagery team. Her work primarily focuses on writing and improving documentation and the overall user experience for imagery products and components. She’s also an anthropologist that knows how imagery and remote sensing can be used as powerful tools to help uncover our past.

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