ArcGIS 10.7 Now Available

ESRI has announced that ArcGIS 10.7 is now available for download.  For those of you with current maintenance, you can download it from  See the What’s New for Desktop and Enterprise.

Some notes about installing ArcGIS 10.7:

The ArcGIS 10.7 setup packages are designed to detect and upgrade an existing installation of the same ArcGIS product. The settings for the installation location and authorization information are retained during the upgrade. See the installation guide for more information on installation upgrades and new installations.

ArcGIS 10.7 Single Use Licenses:

If ArcGIS 10.7 will be installed on a machine that is different from where a previous ArcGIS 10.x product is currently installed and you wish to use the existing ArcGIS 10.1—10.6.1 authorization number for ArcGIS 10.7, the earlier version of an ArcGIS 10.x product must first be deauthorized before authorizing ArcGIS 10.7.

ArcGIS 10.7 Concurrent Use Licenses:

  • The copy protection mechanism for ArcGIS Desktop 10.7 and ArcGIS Engine 10.7 Concurrent Use requires that ArcGIS License Manager 2018.1 be installed to support these products.
  • Existing ArcGIS 10.1—10.6.1 authorization numbers will work with ArcGIS Desktop and Engine 10.7.
  • Existing ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6—10.6.1 authorization numbers will not work with ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7. You must obtain a 10.7 authorization number.


ESRI Acquires GmbH

ESRI has announced the acquisition of GmbH, a provider of Indoor Positioning System (IPS) technology.  The software will become part of ESRI’s ArcGIS Indoors, a mapping product that enables interactive indoor mapping of corporate facilities, retail and commercial locations, airports, hospitals, event venues, universities, and more.  The acquisition will also provide users of ESRI’s ArcGIS platform with imbedded IPS location services to support indoor mapping and analysis.  The headquarters will also serve as an ESRI R&D centre based in Vienna, Austria, focused on cutting-edge IPS capability.

Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Some of you might be familiar with USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map.  It is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location.  The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree zones.  Besides the static map, there is also an interactive GIS map.  You can also enter a zip code and find your hardiness zone.  Check it out!


Mappy Hour at CalPoly Pomona

The Southern California Chapter of URISA is sponsoring a Mappy Hour at the CalPoly Pomona Campus (Innovation Brew Works) on March 19th at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  Attendees are invited to share their Geo-related projects, GIS initiatives and their plans for global or local GIS domination.

Students are encouraged to attend to learn about GIS opportunities regionally and within URISA including internships, competitions and conference scholarships.  Light snacks will be provided and beverages are available for purchase.

Parking is available without a permit after 5 P.M. in Lot “O” near Innovation Village on Campus.  Click here for more info.

Geo Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Center for Information Systems and Technology, at Claremont Graduate University, is expanding its outreach to the GIS community. As part of this effort, they are co-hosting with ESRI, a one-day conference entitled “Geo Innovation and Entrepreneurship”.

The event is scheduled for April 11th and will be held on their campus in Claremont. There are two sessions and you are welcome to attend one or both. You are also invited to attend their evening reception at the end of the day should you not be able to attend the other sessions.

A detailed outline regarding the conference, sessions, and presenter biographies is located on Eventbrite.

There is no cost to attend, other than your time, and they will be providing refreshments during the sessions as well as lunch.  Check it out!

“Daylight Saving” Time?

Once again “Daylight Saving” is upon us.  I put that in quotes because nothing is being saved … more like stolen!


You heard the expression “robbing Peter to pay Paul”?  That is what Daylight Saving Time does, it pushes your state into the time zone to the east, so California moves into the Mountain Time Zone.  But nature does not care, the sun will rise and set as usual, however because you shifted your clock to the east it GIVES THE ILLUSION of setting later in the day … and rising later as well!  If you are a morning person, dealing with that extra darkness in the morning really sucks!

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SCAG 2019 Student Showcase

The Southern California Association of Governments, or SCAG, is excited to announce a major opportunity for college and university students in the region. On May 2, 2019 SCAG’s annual Regional Conference & General Assembly will feature a special Student Showcase session featuring sustainability planning posters and GIS Story Maps selected through a competitive application process. This will be an opportunity for students to share their work with more than 1,000 elected officials, planners, and regional leaders.

Students whose projects are chosen will be designated as SCAG Conference Fellows, receiving complimentary event registration, hotel accommodation and admission, and access to local elected officials and planning experts on Southern California. Additionally, projects from each category will be will be selected to compete for thousands of dollars in cash prizes, four cash prizes totaling $6,000.

For more information about the contest, click here.

Students may also sign up for free Story Map training on March 15th at SCAG.  To register for the training session, please RSVP here.

For questions, please contact Mike Jones at (213) 236-1978 or