Introducing the 2010 User Conference web map and routing app

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer

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We are pleased to introduce the 2010 UC Web Map and Routing Application. This map is designed to ease the potentially exhausting experience of navigating the huge San Diego Convention Center.

The application has two main features — a set of multi-scale basemaps and a room and route finder.  To find a room start typing any part of the room name, select the one you want from the list, then click the Find Room button. Add a destination room the same way and click Find Route to see the fastest path between the rooms. Along with the route, you’ll learn the distance and approximate travel time. The application can also be set to find wheelchair-accessible routes.

Behind the scenes, this application is built using several map services and a geoprocessing service that leverages a 3D network dataset; all served by ArcGIS Server 10. The application itself was built using the Esri Flex API; this included processing and drawing the routes that were returned by the geoprocessing service. The 3D network dataset was hand-drawn to meet our high cartographic standards. The routes were designed to represent the way people walk so you won’t see a path that looks like a set of dehumanized network edges. We used the Esri World Topographic map as the basemap — this is available for use from

This map was created by Alex Yule, Andrew Skinner, and Aileen Buckley on the Mapping Center Team with help from Deelesh Mandloi on the Network Analyst Team, among others. Look for more about how this map was made in the coming weeks here on the Mapping Center Blog.

UC 2010 Map

About the author

I am Chief Cartographer at Esri, and manage the Cartographic Projects Group on the Content Team. I have been with Esri in Software Products since 1994. I am currently the author of Esri's Ecological Land Unit services, global ecological content, and the World Population Estimate Services. Contact me at with questions or feedback.

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