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: 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 .

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.

Webinar – ArcGIS Platform

Earlier this year, ESRI launched a new product called ArcGIS Platform, a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that makes it easier to integrate ESRI location services into apps, solutions, and business systems. As a GIS professional, you already realize the benefits of GIS. However, it can be a challenge when developers in your organization need location services but are not familiar with the ArcGIS system or require the additional functionality provided by it. With ArcGIS Platform, developers and IT professionals can take advantage of location services—including basemaps, routing, geocoding, data, and geoenrichment—within their development environment through an industry-standard development experience, instead of needing a stand-alone set of services. This month, the ESRI state and local government team will present the following:

  • How this new product will make it easier for developers to integrate our location services into their apps and business systems
  • The immediate benefits of adopting these new capabilities including easily accessible services and a metered transaction business model
  • How GIS professionals can communicate the benefits and capabilities of ArcGIS Platform to the developers they work with

The webinar is March 17 at 10am. For more info and to register, click here.