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Getting Technical - November 2020

Need some quick tips on how to use ArcGIS Experience Builder? What is ArcGIS Velocity? How can your work be featured in Esri Canada’s App of the Month and podcast? Find out these and more in November’s Getting Technical blog post.


ArcGIS Velocity – new offering!
ArcGIS Velocity is a real-time and big data processing and analysis capability of ArcGIS Online. It enables you to ingest, visualize, analyze, store and act upon data from Internet of Things (IoT) sensors. High-velocity event data can be filtered, processed and sent to multiple destinations, allowing you to connect virtually any type of streaming data and automatically alert personnel when specified conditions occur. You can also design analytic models to process high-volume historical data and gain insights into patterns, trends and anomalies.

Get to know ArcGIS Field Maps
ArcGIS Field Maps is a new mobile app from Esri that combines data collection, map viewing and location tracking capabilities into a single app that’s easy to use and simple to deploy. These capabilities were previously implemented across three separate field apps: ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Explorer and ArcGIS Tracker.

Join our podcast and share your story
We have launched an Esri Canada podcast – Geographical Thinking. This podcast focuses on you – our user community. Whether you’re a public servant, professor, an NGO operator, doctor, student, journalist or business owner, we want to hear how you’ve applied spatial thinking to your projects and the differences it made.

Submit your app for our App of the Month
We’re looking for outstanding, publicly accessible ArcGIS-based apps to be featured in the Esri Canada Blog as our App of the Month. Could your app be it?

New update to Map Viewer Beta in ArcGIS Enterprise
Map Viewer Beta is an advance look into the latest and greatest in web mapping technology from Esri. Available with ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1, it provides a rich canvas for styling, animating and showcasing your data.

New ArcGIS Solutions product experience launched
In 2020, we have been working very hard to simplify how users take advantage of ArcGIS Solutions in their organization.  On November 10, 2020, we launched a new solutions experience that includes an updated ArcGIS Solutions product destination and improved documentation.

ArcGIS Experience Builder Developer Edition 1.2 Now Available
Version 1.2 of ArcGIS Experience Builder Developer Edition is now available on the ArcGIS for Developers website. This version picked up new features from the October update of the Online Edition, including the Table (beta) widget, Screen group, support for the 3D scene layer, and many others. In addition, the Migrating from Web AppBuilder documentation has been added to provide preparation tips and guidance when you move code over from a Web AppBuilder custom widget into your new Experience Builder custom widget.

ArcGIS Online will enforce HTTPS Only for all organizations in December 2020
The ArcGIS platform uses HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol for secure communication) as a key component of its security for web and service API connections. This includes connections between our software, such as ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Enterprise, with ArcGIS Online. Esri will be enforcing HTTPS Only, without exception, in December 2020, to increase the security of the ArcGIS platform.

To prepare for ArcGIS Online enforcing HTTPS Only, watch the video.

Follow @EsriCanada on Twitter and check out more technical videos using the hashtag #HowtoArcGIS

FAQ:  Why and when should you use SafeGraph data in your analysis?
SafeGraph data is now built into ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App, offering new analytic opportunities. Read this article to learn what is SafeGraph data and when you should use it.

Hot tip:  Tips to try ArcGIS Experience Builder today!
Part of the Esri Geospatial Cloud, ArcGIS Experience Builder empowers you to quickly transform your data into compelling web apps without writing a single line of code. Let’s look at different ways you can leverage Experience Builder based on your skills and requirements.

Video: Customer Spotlight: Eagle GIS uses ArcGIS Dashboards to showcase their mobile mapping information

Follow @EsriCanada on Twitter and check out more technical videos using the hashtag #HowtoArcGIS

COVID-19 Resources

Visit the ArcGIS Solutions site to learn more about Esri’s suite of coronavirus recovery solutions.

COVID-19 Canada Resource Hub
Esri Canada released in mid-March the COVID-19 Canada Resource Hub, which includes bilingual maps, apps and other resources for the public, customers and media. The hub is constantly updated and features dashboards on economic recovery, family structure, household dynamics and mental health, COVID-19 open datasets, additional GIS training videos and other resources.  Check out our COVID-19 Recovery Solutions.

Complimentary Software and Training Program for Professionals Extended Through December 31
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the economy, millions of individuals remain furloughed, working on a reduced schedule or seeking other opportunities. Many are using this time to develop their professional toolkit, whether brushing up on existing expertise or learning a completely new skillset. 

This program, originally available through August 31, 2020, has now been extended through December 31, 2020. Those who have already enrolled will be automatically granted continued access. Impacted or furloughed professionals who have not yet signed up are invited to do so through the end of November at


ArcGIS Living Atlas News (November 2020)

Configurable Apps Announcement – Apps Scheduled to move to Mature Support Phase December 2020

What's new in ArcGIS Survey123 (October 2020)

An update to ArcGIS Hub Downloads–New default sidebar on new sites

What's New in ArcGIS Experience Builder (October 2020)

What’s New in ArcGIS Routing Services

Update to ArcGIS Enterprise Product Lifecycle

View more announcements in the ArcGIS Blog | My Esri Blog on GeoNet

Service Packs, Patches & User Resources

ArcGIS Data Reviewer 10.7.1 Patch (Desktop Patch 3 | Server Patch 2)
This patch is cumulative of all previously released Patches and Hot Fixes for ArcGIS Data Reviewer 10.7.1. Please download and install this patch at your earliest convenience.

Mapping and Charting Solutions 10.7.1 Patch 8 (Desktop | Server)
This is a general cumulative maintenance patch for the Mapping and Charting Solutions including; ArcGIS for Aviation (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Server, Esri Defense Mapping for (Desktop, Server), and Esri Production Mapping for (Desktop, Server). Please download and install this patch at your earliest convenience.

Mapping and Charting Solutions 10.8.1 Patch 2 (Desktop | Server)
This is a general cumulative maintenance patch for the Mapping and Charting Solutions including; ArcGIS Aviation Airports (Desktop), ArcGIS Aviation Charting (Desktop), ArcGIS Bathymetry (Desktop), ArcGIS Defense Mapping (Desktop, Server), ArcGIS Maritime (Desktop, Server), and ArcGIS Production Mapping (Desktop, Server). Please download and install this patch at your earliest convenience.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine, Server) 10.7.1 Spatial Analyst COM and Extraction Tools Patch
If you are using the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst COM components and creating custom applications, this patch resolves a runtime error when certain components are used in a pre-10 coding style. It also fixes two bugs for the extraction tools.

ArcGIS Insights 2020.2 Update Patch
If you are using ArcGIS Insights in an ArcGIS Enterprise setup where ArcGIS Server and Portal for ArcGIS are both using web-tier authentication, this patch resolves an issue with editing workbooks. This patch also resolves an issue where users creating a combo chart from different datasets could not synchronize the y-axis.

ArcGIS GeoEnrichment Server 10.8.1 Patch 1
This is a general maintenance patch for ArcGIS GeoEnrichment Server 10.8.1. It addresses several issues, including failure of map reports in certain cases and management of data packs.

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Web Watch –White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

App of the Month: Urban forest monitoring in Montréal
Learn about the work of Margaux Dubé from the PaqLab research laboratory at the Université du Québec à Montréal and her app “Urban Forest Monitoring: Complexe des sciences Pierre-Dansereau, UQAM”, which was built using ArcGIS Web AppBuilder. Accessible to specialists as well as members of the public, this app provides information about every tree within a half-kilometre square of urban Montréal. It’s a valuable tool for educating a broad audience about the urban forest and its biodiversity.

ArcMap Continued Support
ArcGIS 10.8.1 is the current release of ArcMap and will continue to be supported until March 1, 2026, as established in the ArcGIS Desktop Product Life Cycle. We do not have plans to release an ArcMap 10.9 with the ArcGIS releases in 2021. We understand there may be questions as to what’s next for ArcMap inside ArcGIS Desktop. By viewing the ArcMap Continued Support page, you will be able to find the answers to most, if not all, of your questions regarding continued support of ArcMap as well as resources to help you transition your work moving forward into several Esri products such as ArcGIS Pro.

Reminder: Deprecation of Classic Locators in StreetMap Premium in 2021
We would like to remind you that starting in the first quarter of 2021, the classic locators will be phased out and no longer be included as part of ArcGIS StreetMap Premium. This will impact you if you use ArcMap, older versions of ArcGIS Enterprise, or have a custom workflow dependent on these locators. We are focusing our development efforts on the new locators that are designed to provide a better user experience and improved performance. If you are currently using the classic locators, we encourage you to start migrating to the new locators as soon as possible. Please read the New Geocoding Locators for StreetMap Premium blog post for more information on how you can start using the new locators.

Demystifying ArcGIS Field Data Collection Apps
Map, Form or Button: how do you know which is the best mobile app to use? The time is here to demystify ArcGIS data collection solutions!

How indoor GIS can help your business thrive
With this blog post, we want to shed some light on a relatively new form of GIS and what it can do for your business. The outdoor space has a long history of GIS applications, yet to this day the indoors remains widely unexplored. However, indoor GIS has been gaining popularity over the last decade with more and more industries joining the community. But what exactly makes indoor GIS so attractive for businesses?

ArcGIS API for JavaScript - Working with frameworks and build tools just got easier
Do you use the ArcGIS API for JavaScript with a 3rd party framework and/or create local builds? The December release of the JavaScript API (version 4.18) will include an option for consuming the API as ES modules (Beta). This will make the process of integrating the JavaScript API with any framework and build tooling much easier.

Announcement to developers using ArcGIS Runtime SDKs for Android and Java
If you build your ArcGIS Runtime applications using Gradle or Maven build scripts which reference the Maven repository, you will need to update your scripts to reference a new Maven repository. Our new maven instance url is

Thematic 3D Extrusion…. produced entirely with ArcGIS Online.
Here’s a step-by-step process for making a thematic extrusion starting with only a CSV of addresses.

Adventures in Spatial Thinking
Esri Press publishes a children’s book series for the next generation of planners, landscape architects,  civil engineers and GIS professionals.

View more articles in ArcUser | ArcNews | ArcWatch


ArcGIS Dashboards Essentials
Build, configure and integrate ArcGIS Dashboards with other Esri apps for public or internal use. This course will introduce use-cases for ArcGIS Dashboards, the app that monitors activities, assets and events to support decision-making at a glance. Attendees will get started right away by creating a dashboard and learning how to leverage its capabilities within an ArcGIS Online organization. Discover tips and tricks related to design, dashboard interactivity, field app integration, displaying temporal data and monitoring real-time events.

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Upcoming Webinars

Mastering URL Parameters to Create Catered User Experiences
Nov 26, 2020

GIS Quick Wins! Deploy Geo-Enabled Solutions in a Flash
Dec 3, 2020

Burnside Mobile and Cityworks Ensure Levels of Service
Dec 8, 2020

Petroleum Series: Planning and Leveraging Cloud Environments
Dec 9, 2020

ArcGIS Pro Fantasy Draft II: Editing Tools
Dec 10, 2020

Petroleum Series: Managing Connected Networks
Jan 13, 2021

Petroleum Series: Emergency Planning and Management
Feb 10, 2021

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Upcoming Virtual Events

Building the Spatially Enabled Organization
Nov 24, 2020

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About the Author

George Kouroupis is the Director of Technology and Solutions for Esri Canada. His efforts are focused on advising customers and business partners on the latest ArcGIS trends and technologies. With over 35 years’ experience in software development, project management and product management, George takes a holistic and pragmatic approach to addressing customer’s technical and business problems.

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