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.

Ventura College GIS Program 2015/2016

For the 2015/2016 school year we will be offering our full suite of GIS courses. Normally it takes 1.5 to 2 years to earn our Proficiency Award in Basic GIS (certificate), but this year it will be possible to earn the certificate in one year.
Fall 2015 (starting August 17)
GIS V22 (aka GEOG V22): Fundamentals of Mapping and GIS (our broad survey course of geospatial technologies)
GIS V28A (aka GEOG V28A): GIS projects course that starts Oct. 12 … will work with students who do not have ArcGIS experience (Students who have already had V28 should enroll in the V28B version of the course)
Spring 2016
GIS V26 (aka GEOG V26): Introduction to ArcGIS (10.3)
GIS V28A/28B: GIS Projects courses.
Contact Steve Palladino at Ventura College for more information.

2015 ESRI User Conference Plenary

For those of you that arrived in San Diego on Sunday, you were greeted by a downpour of rain that lasted into the night. However, that all cleared up today for the 36th Annual ESRI User Conference.


During this morning’s Plenary Session, Jack emphasized the “Geography Everywhere” theme and touched on the usual things like web GIS and sharing data. Really there were few surprises. However, they did have a cute little skit about all their apps, posing like individuals in a dating service to get your attention to use them. It was a different way of showing you all the choices you have when it came to apps.  You can even vote for your favorite app here.

Here are a few new announcements that might be of interest:

  1. Vector tiles, finally!
  2. New Workforce/Dispatcher, Workforce/Mobile, and Navigator apps that will work with Collector
  3. New AppStudio for ArcGIS that will help you build your own native apps in Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux
  4. ArcGIS Earth, full KML file support
  5. New drone app
  6. Statistical and scientific packages like R and SciPy will be able to run directly as geoprocessing tools/scripts in ArcGIS
  7. ArcGIS for home use licensing will now extend to the entire ArcGIS product, not just Desktop
  8. Expect ArcGIS 10.4 and Pro 1.2 in Winter 2016

I would suspect that ESRI will have the Plenary Session video online sometime today. I will update this post when it becomes available for you to watch at home! -mike

4:25pm update:  Click here for today’s videos.