ArcWatch: GIS News, Views, and Insights

March 2018

Geodesign’s Time to Shine

By Carla Wheeler
ArcWatch Editor

Geodesign methods and supporting technologies will be needed more than ever as the population spikes and puts additional strain on the environment and our urban systems. "We need to not only do better design, we [also] need to integrate our best knowledge and science into it," Esri president Jack Dangermond said at the 2018 Geodesign Summit. One project under way is promising: a partnership between Esri and Autodesk to integrate GIS and building information modeling (BIM) data and technology. Read the article.

A student from the Savannah College of Art and Design used Esri CityEngine software to build this 3D model of a jazz history museum and train station. (Image courtesy of Professor Christine Wacta.)

The Tip

Learn to Use Images as Custom Point Symbols
In addition to working with the built-in symbols available in ArcGIS, you can use any image that is hosted online as a custom symbol. Esri's technology evangelist Bern Szukalski shows you how to add custom symbols to your maps. Read the tip.

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    The Headlines

    A New Kind of Mapping

    Smith College professor Jack Loveless introduces students to GIS through his course, Mapping Our World: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. His students are mapping everything from campus trees to where the college's food waste goes. Read the article.

    Ready for ArcGIS Hub?

    ArcGIS Hub helps communities use open data and citizen input to create initiatives that tackle issues such as opioid addiction and affordable housing. A questionnaire will help you gauge your organization's ArcGIS Hub readiness. Take the assessment.

    A Geographic Bonanza

    Hunting for good data for a GIS project once involved a lot of work. ArcGIS Online changes that by offering access to content: transportation data, imagery, basemaps, demographic and lifestyle maps, and much more. Read the article.

    The Geospatial Report

    New in ArcGIS in 2018

    The latest release of ArcGIS is packed with fresh, user-friendly functionality. Find out what's new in software such as ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6, Drone2Map for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online, and Insights for ArcGIS. Read the blog.

    Brazilian Paper Producer Manages Forest Operations with ArcGIS

    The paper company Klabin is undergoing a digital transformation, using Esri ArcGIS software such as Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS and Collector for ArcGIS to help manage 1.2 million acres of forest. Watch the video.

    GIS Helps Health Insurer Find Meaning in Data

    Bradley Shore, from Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), a health insurer in Southern California, explains in an interview how his organization uses GIS to improve access to services for its members. "Using maps is allowing us to look at big data in a new, meaningful way," he said. IEHP also plans to create custom web applications for each department's employees that will let them map data themselves. Watch the video.

    Attend the ArcGIS Utility Network Management Seminar

    The ArcGIS Utility Network Management extension for ArcGIS Enterprise gives utilities and telecommunications companies the ability to model, visualize, analyze, and edit their networks. Watch a free live training seminar called Get to Know ArcGIS Utility Network Management on March 29, 2018. Receive a reminder to attend.
    Learn more about ArcGIS Utility Network Management.










    Tech Time

    10 Things to Cheer in ArcGIS Pro

    ArcGIS Pro is the future of Esri's desktop GIS, says Chris North, director of industry solutions for Esri Canada. So, as you transition from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro, explore 10 aspects of the application that enable you to make maps that display meaningful information, do topnotch analysis, and easily author 3D scenes for your project. Read the article.

    Sharpen Your Spatial Analysis Skills

    The new Esri Training course, Spatial Analysis with ArcGIS Pro, covers the latest tools to explore data, find optimal locations, identify patterns, and predict how patterns may change over time. Register for the course.

    Design and Publish Custom Basemaps

    In this Learn ArcGIS lesson, you will learn how to use ArcGIS Pro to create a localized, custom basemap and then publish it to ArcGIS Online. Take the lesson.

    10 New Features in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6

    The release of ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6 includes new styles in the scene viewer, an app launcher, support for vector tile layers when printing maps and layouts, and more. Watch the video.

    Maps & More

    Create Redistricting Plans

    Esri Redistricting is a web-based solution for governments, advocates, and citizens to create and share regulation-compliant redistricting plans. Learn more.
    Watch the demonstrations.

    A Map to Marvel

    GIS analyst Warren Davison used ArcGIS Pro to make a map of uptown Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, that looks like it was created on parchment. Davison explains how he created the cartographic effects. Read the blog.

    Hardware Offer

    Esri offers ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Desktop bundled with Dell hardware that can complement or be used to upgrade your GIS infrastructure. Order today.

    The Last Word

    London, Then and Now

    How has development changed the city of London? Find out using The London Time Machine Story Map, created by Esri UK. Use a spyglass in the app to peer at London of today layered over Morgan's Map of the Whole of London in 1682, drawn 16 years after the Great Fire of London.
    Explore London with the Esri Story Map Spyglass app.

    Terror, Mapped

    The Esri Story Maps team collaborates with PeaceTech Lab on a project to map terrorist attacks globally. The Esri Story Maps app shows the location of more than 150 attacks that have occurred so far this year, including some of the deadliest incidents in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Nigeria. View the story map.