Walk the “Pit” and Do Less of the Sit, 2017 Esri DevSummit

Walk the “Pit” and Do Less of the Sit, 2017 Esri DevSummit

As I fly home from my latest trek to the Esri® DevSummit in beautiful Palm Springs, CA, I have the time to reflect on the sessions I watched and the conversations I had.  

This year’s DevSummit had a different perspective for me. This was the first time since getting married, 10 years ago, that my wife and I could travel together without kids - thanks Nunnie and Puppie!!  In doing so, my wife got to see a bit of what Palm Springs has to offer, and hear about the conference agenda and topics from myself and fellow Tech Directors at GeoDecisions.  This was a true treat for us.  Second, after two years since my last visit to the DevSummit, I was able to jumpstart some major topics of conversations with the various product owners and developers regarding tools we use every day as we continue to push the limits at GeoDecisions.

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NYC School of Data

NYC School of Data

The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP), in collaboration with the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, will be launching the NYCyclist data editing web application this spring. The application will be a yearlong pilot that allows users to edit the geometry and attributes of the City's bike routes and building footprints spatial data. GeoDecisions Project Manager Caitlyn Meyer, , assisted the client with the project implementation and supported our subcontractor, Boundless, who completed the application development.

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Seven Technologies Gleaned from 2017 Esri DevSummit

Seven Technologies Gleaned from 2017 Esri DevSummit

Vector tiles provide improved performance and customization for layers and basemaps. Rather than creating static tile images for all the various zoom levels, vector tiles allow you to publish the layer's base tiles unstyled, and customize later with JSON. For example, Esri® traditionally published a few popular basemaps (streets, terrian, topo, etc.) that consist of image tiles for all the various zoom levels. These basemaps are great, but the images were static. With vector basemaps, Esri provides users with a neutral dark grey basemap canvas, and the user can edit the hex colors for the water, land, urban areas, boundary colors, and labels components.

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Esri Water Conference

More than 320 water professional leaders gathered in Orlando, Florida, for the third annual Esri® Water Conference. The event presented an excellent opportunity for sharing of ideas and strategies to better management of water systems. Key agenda topics included optimization of field operations, efficient data/asset collection and inventory, and planning related to climate change as highlighted below. In the plenary session, Jack Dangermond (Esri President) addressed goals regarding improving efficiencies, accomplishing projects, and facilitating science-based decision-making. Jack wanted the conference to inspire water professional leaders, and to provide greater collaboration opportunities.

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