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.

How to Review a Geospatial Strategy

Found this interesting article how how you can use a checklist as a guide to review your geospatial strategy or as a final checklist to see if you hit the mark. The checklist includes the following 13 factors:

  1. Is it aspirational?
  2. Is it business driven?
  3. Is it inclusive?
  4. Is it geospatial?
  5. Is it modern?
  6. Is it aligned with the IT strategy?
  7. Is it holistic?
  8. Does it commit to tough decisions?
  9. Is it traceable?
  10. Does it adopt best practices?
  11. Is it practical?
  12. Is leadership on board?
  13. Does it tell a good story?

Click here to read all about it.

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.

Which Way Are Things Going?

The United States is experiencing the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, due to the Delta variant of the virus. The mutation with a coinciding spike in cases was expected, but the rampant nature of the spread across the country poses many questions. First and foremost is, Where do I need to be especially careful?

The interactive map “Which Way Are Things Going?” gives a county-by-county view of active cases for a week-by-week perspective on COVID-19 trends. The map aims to provide accurate and actionable information for everyone, with data from state level to county level that makes it easy for anyone to zoom in and see the trends that will help them make decisions about when and where to better safeguard their health and that of their family.

Click below to view the story map.

By the way, the source map is also available in ArcGIS Living Atlas for your use in your own apps, dashboards and story maps.

SCAG’s Regional Data Platform

Professor Steve Goldsmith of Urban Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School interviews Rex Richardson, the president of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and Darin Chidsey, SCAG’s chief operating officer. One of Richardson and Chidsey’s biggest projects is the creation of a Regional Data Platform that will serve as a data sharing and visualization platform for all of SCAG’s member cities.

Transcript available here.

Open Access to Key Federal Geospatial Data

Working with federal agencies, ESRI is opening up access in ArcGIS Online to dozens of high-priority, high-demand national data layers, often referred to as A-16 data. These include cartographic boundary files and demographic data from the US Census Bureau; National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA); and the National Inventory of Dams (NID) database, managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Click below to read more about it!

What Should City Managers Know About GIS?

I’ll be doing a GIS (and probably census) presentation to a group of city managers in a few weeks. What do you wish city managers knew about GIS? What is on the horizon they should be aware of? I’ve done many of these presentations over the years and would really like to hear others’ ideas. Don’t worry, I won’t tell them who said what! You can email me at cc.waite@lomitacity.com. I’d be happy to share the list.

Barry

Imagery MOOC

ESRI has a new massive open online course (MOOC) on Imagery. If you’re interested in test-driving ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online, ESRI’s new cloud-based imagery product, or seeing how to bring drone-captured imagery into ArcGIS Pro for visualization and analysis, this no-cost course is a great opportunity. The course is from August 11 to September 22, 2021 and is free. Check it out and sign up!