Have you heard the one about the GIS enabled dog?

Catching up on the videos from the Esri User Conference in San Diego is a great way to see what’s new and what’s coming. For me though, the highlight is the customer stories – seeing how the capabilities of ArcGIS are applied in real world situations. This year the story that caught my attention has drones, mobile GIS, 3D, public engagement maps, Norse history...  and a GIS enabled dog.

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Survey123 for ArcGIS joins the platform.

Survey123 for ArcGIS got its formal release this summer. It provides a mechanism to configure form based surveys (that include location) using a spreadsheet. I had my first go at creating a survey last week and decided to include a cascading question - where the options available for the second question depend on the answer to the first. For my project, I was also interested in Survey123's potential for mobile data collection.

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ArcGIS Pro release makes it easier to get animated

I've been looking at ArcGIS Pro 1.3, released last week, which continues to expand the GIS capabilities in Pro. Support for geodatabase topology has been added, along with various additions and refinements to the analysis tools. You can now add and work with KML layers in you maps. Vector tile layers can also now be added to maps and scenes. As usual you can see the full details in the what's new page, illustrated with examples. A couple of other new features have allowed me to enhance some windfarm maps I'll be using this week, so I've focused on these. 

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Working with Collector for ArcGIS without syncing to ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS.

Collector for ArcGIS is a great piece of kit to mobilise employees and allow them to collect data while in the field. Being able to use Collector for ArcGIS offline has meant that field work can be done anywhere and it’s quicker than using a pen and paper! 

The common workflow is to synchronise data via a feature service, in ArcGIS Online or Portal, but if this isn't practical for you don't despair! Today we’re going to look at how we can use Collector for ArcGIS offline in the field and then bring the data collected back into your organisation without syncing it to ArcGIS Online.

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Items and time in the summer update to ArcGIS Online

The summer's update to ArcGIS Online went live at the end of last week. It brings us a mixture of new capabilities and further refinements to the content management and administration functions. In this post I'm taking a look at two key changes - the new Item page and time options in Smart Mapping. Remember to check the what's new page for a full list.

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Helping you get the most out of OS Open Basemaps

Within ArcGIS Online you now get free access to five high quality basemaps for Great Britain called the OS Open Basemaps. They have been created using the latest Ordnance Survey Open Data products and enhanced for use within the ArcGIS Platform. The basemaps are an important addition to ArcGIS Online as they use the British National Grid (BNG) Projection system. These basemaps are an exciting new addition to ArcGIS Online and therefore I have written this post to highlight some of the important differences between each of them. 

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Using the Environment Agency LIDAR Point Cloud data with the ArcGIS Platform

The Environment Agency have recently released the first delivery of their LIDAR Point Cloud dataset as open data. This release is part of the wider project which will see Defra release 8,000 datasets as open data this summer. The Environment Agency has used the data since 2005 to generate height models, mainly for flood modelling and coastal mapping. 

I have spent some time exploring the LIDAR point cloud dataset, now released as open data, to see how it can be used within the ArcsGIS platform with some simple use cases.

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ArcGIS Online gets high resolution elevation data for England and Wales

Last autumn the Lidar data captured by the Environment agency of England and Natural Resources Wales were released as open data, collectively covering 70% of England and Wales. This amazing data resource has now been incorporated into the Esri World Elevation services, by including data from the Lidar derived DTM (bare earth).

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Living Atlas or Open Data – which should I choose?

Over the past couple of months there has been a number of updates to Living Atlas and to the ArcGIS Open Data application. Both Living Atlas and the Open Data application host a range of authoritative datasets such as Census data, OS boundary data and other government driven datasets. In this post I will first look at the similarities between the two applications when contributing data. I will then focus on which one you might want to choose when downloading the data.  

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Magic mapping in the new release of ArcGIS Maps for Office

I haven't used ArcGIS Maps for Office for a while so the release of version 4.0 seemed like a good time to get reacquainted. I found the whole experience of creating and working with a map much more intuitive. The inclusion of smart mapping makes it really quick to add informative maps to your spreadsheet. Other new features include time based views and easy map based data selection.

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Here come ArcGIS 10.4 and ArcGIS Pro 1.2

ArcGIS 10.4 will be released next week, in fact the help pages are live already. Both ArcGIS Server and ArcMap continue to evolve to reflect the needs of the user communities. If your organisation is running Portal alongside ArcGIS Server there are a raft of changes in the new release. A new version of ArcGIS Pro will follow on from the 10.4 release, so here's an overview for ArcGIS 10.4 and ArcGIS Pro 1.2.

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Survey123 - a new way to collect and analyse data

 Currently in Beta, Survey123 is a simple and intuitive, form-centric data gathering solution for creating and analysing surveys. The application lets you create smart forms with simple and sophisticated features ranging from multiple choice questions to cascading selects. The survey allows field workers with mobile devices to capture data in any environment, with minimal training and quickly analyse the results to make more informed decisions. Here are my 5 favourite features.

 

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We went on tour: Summary of Local Government Regional Events

Earlier this year we visited both Leeds and Trowbridge. It was great to see everyone there and hear how some of our local government customers have been using the platform. We are also grateful for the participation in the workshops. The workshops have helped us in the ArcGIS Localisation Team understand what you find valuable in the platform and helps us to focus on the right functional areas for our customers.

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Is your data a little lost?

Looking for an alternative to the world geocoding service to find locations in the UK or geocode in British National Grid?

Esri UK have published a set of UK specific locators including OS Open Names, OS Code-Point Open and British National Grid.  These locators can be used across the ArcGIS platform and are an alternative to the world geocoding service. 

Read on to find out more about how you can use these locators across the ArcGIS Platform.

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