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By GeoBlogger on 11/20/2015 8:27 AM

By: Nijood Zarefa, PMP, Senior GIS Analyst

On the third day of the Esri® Middle East and North Africa User Conference (#EsriMENAUC), our team enjoyed workshops focused on using technology to help organizations overcome challenges.

By GeoBlogger on 11/18/2015 3:53 PM

By: Osama Asa'd, MCP, MCPS, GIS Developer

The second day of the Esri® Middle East and North Africa User Conference (#EsriMENAUC) offered a set of technical workshops showcasing what is new in Esri technologies, in addition to some of the best GIS practices applied in the world.

By GeoBlogger on 11/17/2015 10:47 AM

By: Kevin Switala, GISP, Vice President

The first day of the Esri® Middle East and North Africa User Conference (#EsriMENAUC) did not disappoint the avid GIS professional today over here in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The weather was terrific, and the venue always impressive at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The plenary was kicked off by an amazing Esri video that continues their “call to arms” for GIS professionals everywhere around the globe to increase our engagement when addressing global challenges. As discussion continued, projects built by GeoDecisions were featured on stage.

By GeoBlogger on 9/11/2015 7:42 AM
By: Brian Rudolph, GISP, Senior Project Manager

Every day, electric utilities face challenges of ensuring a safe and reliable network while managing a fast-shifting landscape. A GIS that models an electric utility’s network and integrates with outage detection and engineering analysis software (as well as other applications) can alleviate the time and frustration of consulting multiple systems, streamline operations, and help maintain infrastructure.

By GeoBlogger on 8/12/2015 10:17 AM

By: Joy Chan, Esri® Canada Public Relations Specialist

[Reprinted from August 11, 2015, Esri Canada Blog]

Last spring, a team of scientists from Carleton University, along with the crew of Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker Amundsen, sailed off of the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador on a two-week voyage to develop a better understanding of how icebergs drift.

By GeoBlogger on 4/28/2015 12:48 PM

By: Ricardo Duarte, Marketing Manager

I recently arranged an interview between GeoDecisions President Brendan Wesdock, MCP, GISP, and CIO Review editorial staff. The occasion? GeoDecisions is featured as one of the most promising GIS solution providers in 2015. As GeoDecisions approaches “the big 3-0,” this piece is a great way to reach a broader information technology audience. But we have an even bigger story to tell. In this blog post, enjoy Brendan's extended interview addressing the state of our industry and GeoDecisions' mission moving forward.

By GeoBlogger on 1/7/2015 9:38 AM

By: Kevin Switala, GISP, Vice President

In my Part One blog post, I described an enlightening Story Map presentation by Allen Carroll, Esri® Program Manager for Storytelling. My plenary experience also included a holistic presentation on primary ArcGIS platform themes delivered by Rachel Weeden, Esri technical sales manager based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

By GeoBlogger on 12/8/2014 8:52 PM

By: Kevin Switala, GISP, Vice President

This year’s Esri® Mid-Atlantic User Conference (MUC) served up another excellent batch of innovative projects and stimulating discussions. Held in Baltimore, Maryland, during three days in early December, the MUC plenary started with a virtual welcome from Esri CEO and Founder Jack Dangermond. The plenary also included an informative Story Map presentation by Allen Carroll, Esri Program Manager for Storytelling and the former Chief Cartographer at the National Geographic Society (NGS).

By GeoBlogger on 11/21/2014 3:38 PM

By: Ricardo Duarte, Marketing Manager

Education. Enthusiasm. Leading By Example. These are just a few words that sum up our GeoDecisions team experience throughout American Education Week and the celebration of geography and all things geospatial.

By GeoBlogger on 9/8/2014 1:08 PM

By: Brendan Wesdock, M.C.P., GISP

One of our first Collaborative Research and Innovation Center (CRIC) endeavors funded by Gannett Fleming was a GeoDecisions project called - a social media and geospatial platform for anglers that could be expanded for hunters and outdoorsmen. Maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s not only online, but can be found in your friendly neighborhood Walmart.

By GeoBlogger on 7/14/2014 3:06 PM

By: David Gilbert, GISP, Senior Project Manager/GIS Manager

With boots on the ground, our GeoDecisions team is in full swing at the Esri® User Conference (UC) this week in San Diego, California. Below are the top 10 items that I am looking for during the UC.

By GeoBlogger on 6/16/2014 3:07 PM

By: Roger Boissonnas, Technical Architect

As part of the 2nd Annual GeoD ecisions Hack-a-thon competition, I worked with my Madison, Wisconsin, coworkers to create “EasyAsset,” a mobile GIS data collection application with Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This tool would enable field workers to more easily collect GIS data points by taking a picture of a nameplate, model number, or asset tag on a hydrant, pump, sign, or signal.

By GeoBlogger on 4/30/2014 5:08 PM

Published on Fishidy Blog

As reported, Fishidy, a leading provider of map-based, on-the-water fishing information and a social networking hub for anglers based in Madison, Wisconsin, will get a face-to-face meeting with Silicon Valley venture capitalists this summer, thanks to its winning pitch at a Madison business conference. 

By GeoBlogger on 2/20/2014 3:50 PM

By: Patrick Empey, Senior GIS Analyst            

From A to Z the United States has a strong presence at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Featuring 230 athletes sporting our red, white, and blue, the U.S. is represented in nearly every Olympic event. With so many chasing the gold, we wanted to know where these athletes called home. 

By GeoBlogger on 1/31/2014 9:03 AM

By: Roger Boissonnas, Technical Architect (GeoDecisions) and Sam Pociask, Associate Senior GIS Analyst (McMahon Associates, Inc.)

WORMS (aka, Work Order Management System) is a GIS-integrated platform that enables sewerage plant staff to efficiently schedule the day to day while making life a little easier. The browser-based web application also automatically creates work orders for recurring operations and maintenance activities based on a recommended schedule and when maintenance was performed. 

By GeoBlogger on 1/6/2014 2:45 PM

By: Kevin Yount, Senior Project Manager

It’s good to have choices. Too many options, however, can be a lot of work. When it comes to where your GIS and geospatial applications run, organizations have a myriad of possibilities. Recognizing that it can take a lot of time and energy to change existing setups, cloud computing platforms add a whole new dimension to hosting choices.

By GeoBlogger on 12/24/2013 11:15 AM

By: Brendan Wesdock, M.C.P., GISP

As we look forward to a fantastic 2013 finish and ringing in the new year, I am reinvigorated by our common goal – to serve our communities to the best of our abilities each and every day.

Please take a moment to watch and enjoy our holiday video postcard tidings, and have a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

By GeoBlogger on 11/22/2013 10:29 AM

By: Dave Gilbert, GISP, Senior Project Manager and Ricardo Duarte, Marketing Manager

As we know, Thanksgiving is not the only annual tradition for geospatial professionals this time of year. In the November spirit, GeoDecisions was out in full force to celebrate Central Pennsylvania (PA) GIS Day at the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) Midtown Campus on Nov. 20.  

By GeoBlogger on 11/4/2013 1:55 PM

By: Kayla J. Kiphart Briggs, CFM, GIS Analyst

As highlighted in our Part One Overview, the Esri® ArcGIS Online platform is revolutionizing the geospatial industry by improving data flow. A new and evolving technology, ArcGIS Online has been gaining traction with GIS users in business communities around the world during the past several years.

By GeoBlogger on 10/24/2013 12:38 PM

By: Kevin Switala, GISP, Vice President

The Esri® ArcGIS Online platform is transforming the GIS professionals’ daily workflow by changing the way data is maintained, accessed, and shared. The ArcGIS Online Platform also greatly increases the accessibility of spatial data and functionality beyond the GIS professional.

By GeoBlogger on 10/10/2013 1:50 PM
By: Jonathan Greiner, Project Manager

The term “Social Media” evokes different reactions in different people, often based on personal experience of the individual. Wikipedia defines social media as “means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.”  For some, social media represents a tool for staying connected to a geographically diverse group of friends and loved ones. 
By GeoBlogger on 9/17/2013 6:43 AM

By: Dave Thieme, MCSD, MCDBA, FCP, JCP, Solutions Architect

The software industry is well versed with acronyms. We use them to shorten multi-word component names like AJAX, product names like ASP, and even methodologies like OOPS, ETL, and CRUD. Many times, these acronyms include buzz words like electronic, enterprise, extended, integrated, intelligent, interactive, and cloud. They are created to differentiate one product, component, or methodology from another. 

By GeoBlogger on 7/15/2013 10:52 AM

By: David Gilbert, GISP, Senior Project Manager/GIS Manager

This year’s Esri International User Conference theme was "Vision."

Okay, this year’s conference came with its own software release (10.2 and the upcoming 10.2.1), in addition to the standard showcase of the new technical capabilities and tools. But, underneath all the software improvements was the vision of what GIS will become in the near future. Or should I say already has - in some cases. 

And that vision is (drum roll, please): a complete cloud-based system.

By GeoBlogger on 6/18/2013 10:18 AM

By Shankar Lakshmanan, GIS Software Developer

The Snow*Mobile conference was held earlier this year in Madison, Wis. There were interesting presentations on how various web and mobile technologies are helping and empowering people. Here are outlines of a few talks that stood out to me as interesting and informative.


By GeoBlogger on 3/26/2013 7:12 AM

By: Adam Conner, Senior Developer

The 2013 Esri® International Developer Summit is officially underway, but the 2013 Esri Partner Conference is still winding down. The evidence of this strange crossover conference day can be found on Twitter. It also means that the Developer Summit Plenary Session is on the morning of day two. That will be the plenary session when all of the new features of ArcGIS 10.2 will be discussed and how all of the APIs and SDKs have been simplified and enhanced to take advantage of 10.2 features. Today, we heard all about those features and changes, and how they will be released in June 2013. We don’t get to see it all at once until tomorrow in the plenary. It seemed like day one was a warm up, and Esri didn’t expect everyone to arrive in Palm Springs until tomorrow. So what did we see and hear on day one?

By GeoBlogger on 3/21/2013 11:49 AM

By: Adam Conner, Senior Developer

Throughout the next week, three team members from GeoDecisions will be visiting the Esri® Developer Summit in Palm Springs, Calif. In between our time lounging at the pool and exploring the desert, we might even attend a few sessions at the conference. I will be blogging all week from the conference, providing summaries of the sessions I attend, and attempting to provide insight and information about what is happening at the conference. A few of the topics I am most interested in for the coming week include the new updates to ArcGIS Online and all of the interesting ways people are including location and maps in mobile applications.

By GeoBlogger on 2/20/2013 8:55 AM

By: Mark C. Lecher, Senior Project Manager

Research and development is often times a hard task to manage in service-oriented organizations. Project responsibilities and remaining current on core technology changes can take priority over exploring new ideas. How organizations remain fresh and innovative – and keep their employees motivated – becomes a tricky juggling act. At GeoDecisions, we decided to meet this challenge head-on and conducted a Hack-A-Thon event to, explore new innovations.

By GeoBlogger on 1/31/2013 10:43 AM

By: James Frank, Project Manager/GIS Analyst

GIS is becoming a mature technology with regards to the typical 2D data created to make maps and perform GIS analysis. For cartographers and analysts, 3D GIS is quickly becoming the next frontier. As demand increases for 3D visualization based on GIS data and analysis tools in industries like emergency services, facility management, augmented reality, and even entertainment – I am envisioning a future with 3D GIS on the web, without a plugin. Hopefully. I know I’m not alone in this thought.

By GeoBlogger on 12/20/2012 9:04 AM

By: Kevin Yount, Senior Project Manager

Superstorm Sandy might be a unique, once-in-a-lifetime event for residents of the mid-Atlantic coastline. But for emergency management officials, the challenges remain the same regardless of the event: define priorities and mobilize the right resources toward the right place, at the right time. However, public expectations and the tools available for responders to meet those expectations are changing.

By GeoBlogger on 12/5/2012 8:10 AM

By: Brian L. Jensen, GISP, Director of Midwest Operations

Many people are aware of GeoDecisions’ involvement and development of the website and mobile application. However, what most may not know is that Fishidy is much more than just a cool website for anglers. is a platform that uses some of the most innovative and forward-thinking geographic information system (GIS) technologies and concepts.

By GeoBlogger on 11/27/2012 2:08 PM

By: Jonathan Greiner, Project Manager

Numerous utilities that have previously relied upon the institutional knowledge of key staff are beginning to realize the importance of building a geographic information system (GIS) for capturing assets in electronic form. Oftentimes these “key” individuals are solely able to pinpoint asset locations based on their acquired system knowledge. As these staff members near retirement, reality often begins to set in regarding the level of information they maintain that is not easily accessible anywhere else. As utilities shift toward initiating a GIS, there are many factors that need to be considered.

By GeoBlogger on 11/15/2012 9:48 AM

By: Mark C. Lecher, Senior Project Manager

I have always loved printed maps. I would stare at them for hours, imagining what a faraway place would be like. Those printed maps were used to take family trips for many generations. They helped you get from point A to point B, and trip planning meant hours hunched over an atlas. When I graduated college in 1996 with my geography degree, I wanted to make printed maps. And I did. But a lot has changed since then. We have entered a new era in technology.
By GeoBlogger on 10/16/2012 9:57 AM

By: Roger P. Boissonnas, Technical Architect

The options for developing mobile GIS applications with Esri®-based software are numerous. There are so many options out there that it can sometimes be overwhelming to know what’s best for you. Take a look at what I consider when sorting through my options for developing a mobile application.