ESRI at Autodesk University 2021

ESRI and Autodesk are working together to bring GIS and building information modeling (BIM) across multidisciplinary teams and project life cycles. GIS extends the value of BIM design data through visualization and analysis of structures in the context of the natural and built environment. GIS and BIM integrations enable designers and engineers to design smarter, more efficient buildings and infrastructure.

Attend virtually at Autodesk University this year to hear industry leaders discuss GIS integrations for Autodesk and learn how geospatial engineering drives better decision-making. Discover more about ESRI hosted classes and to schedule a meeting at the virtual booth. Click below for more info.

ESRI Infrastructure Management & GIS Conference

There will be an ESRI Infrastructure Management & GIS Conference in Palm Springs from October 25-28, 2021. This crossover event provides learning opportunities to users from infrastructure sectors, creating a richer, more valuable experience for organizations to move their location intelligence and GIS forward. Join professionals specializing in the management of infrastructure from several interconnected industries—water; electric and gas; district heating and cooling; pipeline; telecom; transportation; and architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC). Requires proof of vaccination for all those attending this event, and masking is mandatory. More info and to register here.

Introducing the Regional Data Platform (RDP) for Southern California

Wednesday at 1:45pm PDT the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) will be hosting a special workshop showcasing the newly developed capabilities and features of the soon-to-be launched Regional Data Platform (RDP) pilot project. The RDP is SCAG’s biggest and most transformational initiative to date – providing a robust system for regional information sharing and collaboration to support more effective local and regional planning. During this hour-long session, SCAG and ESRI will demonstrate tools and applications for local planning that will be made available to all SCAG jurisdictions at launch, and showcase some features that will be piloted with a smaller group prior to rollout to the rest of the region.

You can access the session through the ESRI UC Web Agenda. You can find it on the UC web page > sessions: https://uc2021.esri.com/sessions and will be able to join using the “Join now” button which will appear the day-of.

If you are already logged into the ESRI UC, the direct link to the session is https://uc2021.esri.com/live-stream/19779010/Introducing-the-Regional-Data-Platform-RDP-for-Southern-California .

2021 NGS Geospatial Summit

Registration is open for the next National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Geospatial Summit, taking place online on May 4-5, 2021, from 1:00 – 5:00 pm, ET. NGS strongly encourages attendees to participate on both days.

The NGS plans to replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) as part of modernizing the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS).

Attend this year’s Geospatial Summit to: 

  • Learn the benefits of NSRS modernization, 
  • Hear about NSRS modernization progress, 
  • Prepare for how the transition will affect you, 
  • Ask questions of NGS experts, and 
  • Share your feedback about the planned changes.

The summit is free for everyone to attend. Click below for more info and to register.

Mapping Grand Canyon National Park

UPDATE 4/15/2021: The recorded webinar can be watched here.

For those of you that like historical cartography and the Grand Canyon, you might find this online lecture very interesting.

2021 “Maps & America” Arthur Holzheimer Lecture: “Mapping Grand Canyon National Park”
April 8 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

Tom Patterson, US National Park Service Cartographer (Ret.)
Mapping Grand Canyon National Park 

Tom Patterson, US National Park Service Cartographer (Ret.), will present a virtual talk, “Mapping Grand Canyon National Park,” on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 4 pm PDT.

Patterson’s presentation will focus on four recently published maps of Grand Canyon National Park that owe their design inspiration to renowned mapmakers of the twentieth century.

This will be the 31st annual Maps & America lecture, supported by an endowment created by Arthur and Janet Holzheimer.

The lecture series was inaugurated by the noted cartographic historian, Brian Harley, in 1990. Over the years, the series has featured many of the leading figures in the field of map history and provided a multifaceted survey of this rapidly developing field. A list of previous speakers can be viewed here.

Click below to register for the webinar.