ESRI Mid-Atlantic User Group
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
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
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
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
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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
• Content via ArcGIS Online or DVD, VirtualEarth, etc.
• Layer packages for sharing visualizations of data so others can see the
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
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• 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
• 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
• Compact cache (base maps)
• Web presentation improvements
• Internet editing
• SilverLight used to build applications
• Redline control
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.
Special thanks to JMT Technology Group, our Conference Sponsor, for their
continued support of ESRI-MUG.
Twelve organizations were on hand to showcase their latest products and
services for the GIS community.
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Applied Geographics, Inc.
Boyd Instrument & Supply Co, Inc.
Dewberry & Davis, LLC
Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT) Technology Group
Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
Precision Laser & Instrument
Spatial Systems Associates, Inc.
Summit Terragraphics, Inc.
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
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.
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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
Vice President Ken Juengling 410-704-5289 firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Mario Field 202-727-1761 email@example.com
Secretary Sue Hoegberg 703-849-0419 firstname.lastname@example.org
Golf Tournament Brendan Ford 703-324-3792 Brendan.Ford@fairfaxcounty.go
Webmaster Fatih Andican 703-509-0088 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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