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Spring 2010 Newsletter

  1. 1. ESRI Mid-Atlantic User Group Newsletter Spring 2010 Welcome to the Spring 2010 edition of the ESRI-MUG Newsletter. If you have a calendar item, GIS activity, or GIS news item that might be of interest to us all, please submit it to our newsletter editor, Sue Hoegberg, at shoegberg@dewberry.com. ESRI-MUG 2010 Annual Conference It’s not too early to start thinking about exhibiting or presenting at this fall’s ESRIMUG 2010 Conference! Your conference planning committee is already working on planning another successful ESRI-MUG conference. The conference will be held on November 29 – December 1, 2010 and we’ll be back at the Union League in Center City Philadelphia. As always, the conference will feature ESRI taught workshops, keynote speakers, vendor exhibits, poster displays, user presentations, and ESRI technical sessions. ESRI will be organizing the conference events this year, so look for information on the ESRI web site (www.esri.com). And look for the call for papers to come soon from ESRI. ESRI-MUG 2009 Annual Conference The ESRI-MUG 2009 Annual Conference was held December 9, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge, Valley Forge, PA. By all accounts it was a successful conference, although due to the current downturn in the economy, attendance was lower this year than previous years. We had a total of 168 attendees, including 25 participants in the pre-conference seminars, 143 conference attendees, and 21 exhibiting organizations. Check our web site at www.esrimug.org for the conference program and abstracts of the conference presentations. Many thanks to Greg Welc for organizing the plenary speakers; Brendan Ford for fitting all the presentations into a coherent program; Cindy Delaney, our conference coordinator; our plenary speakers – Jim Higgins and Rachel Weeden of ESRI; all of our other presenters; our sponsor – JMT Technology Group; all of our exhibitors; the ESRI staff; Ken Sipos, Ashley Hale, and students from ESRI-MUG Newsletter – Summer 2009 1
  2. 2. California University of Pennsylvania who helped out throughout the conference; the Radisson Hotel; and the ESRI-MUG Board of Directors for all their hard work that made this another successful conference! Patterns and Design: Using and Deploying GIS within Your Organization Jim Higgins, ESRI Regional Manger Jim Higgins provided an overview of ESRI’s solutions and the plans for the ArcGIS 9.4 release. ESRI’s solutions include the following: • GeoDesign, including iterative modeling, modeling the temporal component, and the evolution of the Geography Network. • Pattens, including asset management, planning and analysis, field mobility, and operational awareness. • GeoEnabling as the framework for data sharing and Gov2.0. Popular features of the current ArcGIS 9.3.1 release include the following: • Rich Internet Applications (APIs) available in the Resource Center at resources.esri.com • Content via ArcGIS Online or DVD, VirtualEarth, etc. • Layer packages for sharing visualizations of data so others can see the same picture Features of the upcoming ArcGIS 9.4 release include the following: • Imagery manangement (ERDAS is providing input) • Temporal visualization • Editing improvements including Web editing • Improved spatial analysis • 3-D improvements • Server improvements • GDB open API • New topology rules • Mobile improvements and improvements in how to get field data back into a GDB • Training improvements Putting the Pieces Together: GIS as a Platform for Success Rachel Weeden, ESRI Technical Manager Rachel Weeden and her team provided demos of some of the exciting new features of ArcGIS 9.4, including the following: Asset Management and Data Management • Base map or background layers can act as cached data • Windows including TOC, attributes, searches, can be hidden, multiple attribute tables are shown as tabs • ArcCatalog is integrated with ArcGIS ESRI-MUG Newsletter – Summer 2009 2
  3. 3. • Metadata creation and editing are easier • Publishing layer packages online is easier Planning and Analysis • Temporal analysis requires no extension, time can be stored as single or start/end, date field or string with date/time • Time slider allows time to be shown on maps, users can set intervals, can apply to one or multiple layers Mobile Applications • XP added for tablet and laptop devices • ArcLogistics navigator can be included for routing features • GPS signal display • Settings for day and night • Photos can be easily attached to databases • AutoSynchronize and AutoPost available Operational Awareness • Compact cache (base maps) • Web presentation improvements • Internet editing • SilverLight used to build applications • Redline control User Presentations Conference attendees also heard presentations on web-based GIS, mobile GIS, transportation, economic development, education, natural resources, public works, and enterprise information. Read the presentation abstracts here. Sponsors Special thanks to JMT Technology Group, our Conference Sponsor, for their continued support of ESRI-MUG. Exhibitors Twelve organizations were on hand to showcase their latest products and services for the GIS community. Exhibitors ESRI-MUG Newsletter – Summer 2009 3
  4. 4. Applied Geographics, Inc. Boyd Instrument & Supply Co, Inc. Dewberry & Davis, LLC ESRI GeoDecisions geographIT Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT) Technology Group Michael Baker Jr., Inc. Photo Science Precision Laser & Instrument Spatial Systems Associates, Inc. Summit Terragraphics, Inc. Doctor’s Office Many attendees joined the ESRI technical staff in the Doctor’s Office to get answers about the latest ESRI software products. In conjunction with the Doctors Office, ESRI also set up a Technical Showcase to let us “test-drive” the latest ArcGIS software and other ESRI solutions. ESRI-MUG Business Meeting and Election Results Elections for ESRI-MUG officers were held during the conference with results announced at the business meeting at lunch. Our newly elected officers for 2010 are: President – Amy Liu Vice President – Ken Juengling Treasurer – Mario Field Secretary – Sue Hoegberg Outgoing president Brendan Ford thanked everyone for their help throughout his tenure. New president Amy Liu invited all interested users to participate in the ESRI-MUG and to share their ideas for upcoming events. Mike Shillen provided some information about PA MAPPS, the PA Advisory Council for Geospatial Data, and PA MAGIC. ESRI-MUG Quarterly Meetings Want to get involved with ESRI-MUG? Help us organize a quarterly meeting at a site near you. ESRI-MUG Newsletter – Summer 2009 4
  5. 5. Other Upcoming Events of Interest Look on our web site at www.esrimug.org for a listing of GIS seminars and events in the Mid-Atlantic region as well as a list of ESRI authorized and custom GIS training courses in the Mid-Atlantic region. ESRI-MUG 2010 Board of Directors Office Name Phone E-Mail President Amy Liu 610-650-6194 Amy.J.Liu@QuestDiagnostics.co m Vice President Ken Juengling 410-704-5289 kjuengling@gtcgis.com Treasurer Mario Field 202-727-1761 mario.field@dc.gov Secretary Sue Hoegberg 703-849-0419 shoegberg@dewberry.com Golf Tournament Brendan Ford 703-324-3792 Brendan.Ford@fairfaxcounty.go Chair v Webmaster Fatih Andican 703-509-0088 fandican@razavi.com ESRI Liaison Greg Welc Board of Directors Meetings Board of Directors’ Meetings are held via conference call the second Thursday of each month. Please join us and get involved! Contact Sue Hoegberg at 703-849-0419 or shoegberg@dewberry.com or Amy Liu at 610-650-6194 or Amy.J.Liu@QuestDiagnostics.com for more information, dates and times, call- in number, etc. Local User Groups in the Mid-Atlantic Region Look on our web site at www.esrimug.org for a list of local user groups in the Mid-Atlantic region. ESRI-MUG Newsletter – Summer 2009 5