USGS Hydrography Seminar Series #3

High-quality hydrographic data are critical to a broad range of government and private applications. Resource management, infrastructure planning, environmental monitoring, fisheries management, and disaster mitigation all depend on up-to-date, accurate, and high-quality hydrographic data.  The U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Program has begun a series of virtual seminars to highlight the uses of hydrographic data.  The next seminar will be on July 30 at 2 pm EDT.  These seminars are intended to share success stories from users who have solved real world problems using hydrographic data, provide information about the National Hydrography Dataset and related products, and provide a virtual forum for users, similar to what might be encountered in a conference setting.

Connections are limited, and you will need to register to attend these seminars.  Please visit this site here to sign up. After your registration is approved, you will receive instructions for joining the meeting.

The next seminar will feature Anita Stohr of the Washington Department of Ecology discussing applications of hydrography within the State of Washington.  There will also be lightning talks by Susan Phelps of AECOM, and David Holtschlag of the USGS Michigan-Ohio Water Science Center.  They will discuss developing local-resolution hydrography from lidar; and UFINCH, a method for estimating unit and daily flows in a stream network defined by the National Hydrography Dataset with Value-Added Attributes (NHDPlus) using daily flows from USGS streamgages, respectively.

For full abstracts and biographies of the speakers, or for information about past hydroseminars, please visit the Hydrography Seminar Series website.

2015 ESRI User Conference Workshop Takeaways

After attending a few workshops on ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Sever today, here are a few things that I noted and thought you all might find interesting.  If you work on the bleeding edge, you probably already know!

ArcGIS Pro

  1. Uses Python 3.4, full Python is not included, however SciPy and Pandas libraries are included.
  2. Because ArcGIS Pro uses Python 3.4, some of your Python scripts that you created for ArcGIS Desktop, which uses Python 2.7, might not work.  There is a script checker in Pro that will tell you if any lines of code will fail.  For example, printing a variable using the line “print x” must be “print(x)” in Python 3.4.
  3. At version 1.2, Pro will have concurrent use licenses.

ArcGIS Server

  1. Version 10.3 now has service usage statistics, which includes total requests, average response times, and timeouts.  You can create reports at the service, folder, and site level.
  2. You can preserve layer IDs so they don’t change when you republish a map service that has new layers in it.  There is an option in the Layer properties in ArcMap to turn this feature on.  You can also change the layer ID for your different layers before you publish to a map service.
  3. Server has expanded Linux support.  Now works with redhat, SUSE, CentOS, Scientific Linux, and Oracle Linux.