Last news from ESRI Australia
- Our blog has moved address
As part of the Esri Australia website redevelopment, this blog has now moved to esriaustralia.com.au/blog
Here, you can find out what’s trending, learn from industry innovators, check out fascinating smart maps, and stay informed with topical tech talk.
Visit our new blog regularly, or even better, subscribe to receive updates (you can do this at the bottom of any post), and let us tell you when the best articles are live.
And if you want to reference any of our old content, don’t worry – you can still access this blog for the next few months.
Thanks for stopping by. We hope you enjoy our new site!
- The best of the Esri UC – brought Down Under
What if you could experience the world’s largest geospatial event – the Esri User Conference – without needing to travel to San Diego, or watch hours of footage online?
Better yet – what if information on the latest ArcGIS advancements was delivered in an Australian context, with local experts providing live commentary and answering all your questions?
Well, we have some good news for you…
Hosted by Esri Australia’s leading technical minds – with Esri Founder and President Jack Dangermond’s inspiring keynote shown on the big screen – the half-day UC Cinema Experience gives you the opportunity to:
- Get an Australian-first scoop on Esri’s ArcGIS roadmap for the future and Jack’s exciting plans for the platform
- Learn about the latest desktop, server and mobile software updates, and how the functionality in new apps like ArcGIS Earth and Photo Survey can benefit you
- See live product sessions introducing spatial analysis tool Insights for ArcGIS, and imagery solution Drone2Map for ArcGIS
- Hear about the organisations succeeding with Web GIS, and take away practical tips from their workplace reinventions
- Talk one-on-one with our ArcGIS technical experts and connect with your local GIS peers in a relaxed, social setting
This is one of the most unique GIS experiences to ever take place in Australia, but don’t just take our word for it.
Be part of this never-to-be-repeated event and put your organisation in prime position to take full advantage of this new era in ArcGIS.
UC Cinema Experience screenings are taking place in Melbourne and Perth on Friday 1 July. Secure your seat today and be one of the first people in Australia to see what’s planned for the ArcGIS platform over the next 12 months.
- Five minutes with an Esri Australia trainer – Angus Hooper
Take a moment to get to know one of the stars in our training team.
What are you responsible for?
In my role as a consultant within Customer Care at Esri Australia, I work to ensure our clients are learning best practise to help leverage GIS in their business processes. I also work within the technical support space on topics such as ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, Collector for ArcGIS and Python.
What do you love most about your job?
Engaging with a passionate client who is pushing the boundary of what GIS can do and how their team or organisation can get the most out of their data.
Getting out of the office and away from the desk to help clients on-site can be a very rewarding experience, and is a core component of my job satisfaction.
How did you end up at Esri? What’s your career background?
I began working for Esri Australia as a graduate after completing a science degree specialising in remote sensing and GIS at the University of Queensland.
My work experience with CSIRO and the Queensland Climate Change Centre of Excellence (QCCCE) while at university highlighted the capability of applying GIS within the government and science sector.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned since being in this role?
The advances in satellite imagery constantly surprise me, especially within the area of ‘free imagery’. For example, the new images from the Sentinel missions at the European Space Agency are pretty outstanding and would have been very helpful during my degree!
The decentralisation of spatial analytics from the expert to the non-user via web GIS is also an interesting area that I have been paying close attention to.
Why do you enjoy conducting training sessions?
Problem solving. Students attend my courses with pre-conceived notions of what GIS is and an inbox tray full of interesting problems and conundrums that they are facing with their workflows.
Conducting project work does have its advantages, but it is refreshing and rewarding to dip into another client’s project during the difficult portion and help out as much as I can.
What’s your advice to clients considering undertaking some training?
I would recommend asking what options there are for client exclusive courses as I find that my students get the most out of these lessons due to their tailored nature.
What Esri training course would you like to undertake – and why?
Exploring ENVI to brush up on my ENVI skills from university. Spectral analysis is, in my opinion, the most powerful tool that GIS has to offer and ENVI is perfect for this.
Outside of work – what’s your idea of fun?
The mountain bike trails at Stromlo in Canberra are great but my wallet does not enjoy this as much.
We are also very lucky to have the national cultural institutions located in Canberra so there is always an exhibition or opening on.
What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
I currently have an artwork and ongoing project that I helped create with Judy Watson which is on display at the National Gallery of Australia.
At Esri Australia, we’re all about geography – so where’s your favourite destination in the world?
Behramkale, Turkey. If you find yourself in the area then it is well worth a detour for a couple of days.
- Buy now, train later
It’s that time of year again, leading up to the end of financial year, when we are tallying up our costs and expenditures, and getting our budgets in order.
If you are one of the lucky ones to find a few extra gold coins left in the piggy bank, and want to make the most of your remaining funds, then we have a solution for you.
Purchase Esri Australia Learning and Services units! These units provide you with access to training and professional services as you need them – they are similar to gift vouchers where you can purchase them now and use them as you need them over the next 12 months.
Esri Australia offers Learning and Services units to all clients who are a part of our maintenance program. These units can be used for a variety of products and services including client site training, client exclusive training, scheduled training, professional services and training equipment hire.
Learning and Services units give you:
- Flexibility – use units on customised courses that are designed to cater for your organisation’s needs
- Ease and simplicity – redeem your units multiple times throughout the year, without the need for purchase orders or financial approval
- Access – organise training through a variety of avenues, including one-on-one knowledge transfers, workshops, client site training and client exclusive training run by GIS experts
The unit cost for each item is detailed below.
Training and services available Unit cost Onsite course per person (maximum 10 people) 10 per day Professional services 5 per day Onsite knowledge transfer (2 people) 5.5 per day Scheduled course (per person) 2 per day Onsite training (Cliftons room rate) 5 per day Laptop Hire (per laptop) 0.8 per week Travel TBA
For example, 30 units can be used in one of the following ways:
- 3 days of onsite training
- 2 days of onsite training and 2 days of professional services work
- 2 days of client exclusive training and 2 days of Cliftons room hire
- 2 days of onsite training and 2 days of knowledge transfer
- 4 days of professional service work, 1 x 3 day scheduled courses, 1 x 2 day scheduled courses
- 3 x 3 day scheduled courses and 3 x 2 day scheduled courses
- Thoughts from the front row
Over the past two days, I had the pleasure of being MC for the first two cities of the Directions Live 2016 roadshow as we kicked off the tour in Melbourne and Adelaide.
As the MC I got a front-row seat for all of the Esri Australia and guest presentations, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to jot down some thoughts on the key themes that stood out for me. So here goes …
Building a system of engagement
To deliver the highest value from your investment in GIS you need to share the information it holds with everyone in your organisation in a way that supports collaboration and self-service. John Hasthorpe described this as turning your system of record in to a system of engagement where everyone in your organisation can engage with your GIS in a decentralised way. The role of the GIS Professional is not just to manage the system of record but to empower individuals so that they can generate their own maps, spatially enable their own data, and freely share their information products with their stakeholders.
Web GIS removes your capacity bottlenecks
We are witnessing a rapid acceleration in the use of mapping and geospatial analysis across many of the organisations we work with but there is often an obstacle constraining this growth due to the capacity of the GIS team to keep up with this growing demand. Web GIS, delivered through ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS, is the enabler for self-service mapping so this accelerating demand can be met by your systems without overwhelming the GIS team.
There are many paths to geo-enlightenment
In Simon Jackson’s first talk he made the point that there is no one-size fits all approach to bringing Web GIS to your organisation. I’ll leave it to Simon to explain but combining all the options for deploying ArcGIS Online, Portal for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Server either together or separately there’s no excuse to not become geo-enlightened with Web GIS.
It’s all about apps, apps and apps
With over one hundred ready-to-use applications to connect your GIS information with your users, Alex Geer made it abundantly clear there’s rarely a need for custom development these days when you can just pick something off the shelf that will suit your needs. Once you’ve made your key geospatial datasets available through your Web GIS it’s then time to start helping your users find the right app for their needs, whether it be a web app template, a native smartphone app, an integration to your existing business system, or using a builder to customise an app without ever seeing any custom code.
And more apps just keep on coming!
The number of ready-to-use applications continues to grow at a frenetic pace. We heard from Josh Venman who showed us some of the apps that will be joining the ArcGIS Platform throughout 2016, including Drone2Map for easily converting your photos into 3D models, Workforce for ArcGIS for coordinating your field workers, and Insights for ArcGIS enabling a whole new approach to geographic analysis. Judging from the reaction of the delegates in Melbourne and Adelaide this week, these are all very keenly anticipated apps that are going to be in high demand.
There was so much more than this packed into each day, but for me these points stood out as key for putting your organisation on the path to geo-enlightenment!
Directions LIVE is currently travelling around the country until the end of May. If you haven’t registered for your local event, visit the Esri Australia website now.