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News Roundup – August 2021

How is GIS helping to mitigate the effects of extreme heat on the health of Canadians? What is after-action reporting, and how is ArcGIS helping managers to improve future missions? How is GIS supporting the development of digital twins? Learn more in the August News Roundup.

Feature Stories

App of the Month: Brampton Road Closures
August’s App of the Month is Brampton Road Closures & Lane Restrictions, an unofficial app built by Jan Acusta of the Toronto Police Service. Built with ArcGIS Dashboards, the app illustrates how open data can be used to create apps that help community members plan their next route.

August’s Map of the Month: Summer 2019 vs 2020 Visitor Change for Toronto Super Regional Malls
Learn how retailers and other commercial businesses are using GIS to find new opportunities with August’s Map of the Month. We’ve collected examples and case studies showing how retailers are using geospatial analysis to find their customers, forecast store traffic volumes and expand their reach.

Geographical Thinking Podcast: Season 1 | Episode 16: Things They Wish They Knew Earlier
In this episode of the Geographical Thinking Podcast, hear from four panelists giving Esri Canada’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) key tips for advancing their GIS careers.

How can GIS help mitigate the effects of extreme heat on public health?
Extreme heat can have lethal consequences. It can also result in an overburdened emergency services system. Using GIS, users can map real-time temperature readings, heat alerts and areas where individuals might be more isolated and have less access to the help they need.

Emergency management web maps now available in Living Atlas
Emergency management web maps are now available through the Canadian edition of the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. Learn how these valuable maps can help your organization during emergency events.

How to tell more compelling stories with your GIS data
Every map, app and dashboard you create tells a story about your data—whether you’re intending to or not. Use these resources to skyrocket your storytelling success.

After-action reporting with ArcGIS
After-action reporting generates valuable training opportunities and insights to improve future operations. Learn how ArcGIS Mission can help managers understand what has happened to identify trends and predict next steps while the mission is unfolding.

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?

Esri Canada News

Lennox and Addington County wins Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS award
July 13, 2021

Repsol wins Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS award
July 13, 2021

Esri News

Esri to Expand Presence to Promote Geospatial Innovation in St. Louis Area
July 28, 2021

New Esri Book Introduces Young Readers to Spatial Thinking
July 20, 2021

Esri Commends European Union's Open Data Directive
July 15, 2021

2021 Esri User Conference Highlights
July 15, 2021

Esri Awards GIS Users for Improving Social, Environmental and Economic Outcomes
July 14, 2021

Esri Releases New Predictive 2050 Global Land Cover Map
July 14, 2021

Esri Provides Open Access to Key Federal Geospatial Data
July 12, 2021

Esri Advances Enterprise Field Operations with iOS and iPadOS
July 08, 2021

Esri Announces 2021 ArcGIS Online Competition Winners
July 06, 2021

Esri Releases Book That Is a Call to Action for Conservation
July 06, 2021

Esri User Conference to Showcase How Organizations Use GIS to Create a More Sustainable Future
July 06, 2021

Esri Joins with Infutor to Improve Geocoding Services
July 01, 2021


ArcUser: ArcGIS: A Foundation for Digital Twins
Digital twins are virtual representations of the real world and include physical objects, processes, relationships and behaviors. Read this article to learn more about how GIS can be used to construct digital twins, and how its use of location can reveal complex insights and integrate data models and datasets.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: ArcGIS Pro Add-In Makes Outdoor Airflow Analysis More Accessible
Airflow Analyst, an add-in for ArcGIS Pro, uses 3D urban models along with meteorological data to examine wind conditions and predict the ventilation performance of outdoor and semioutdoor spaces. With this new add-in, users without any technical knowledge of computational fluid dynamics can put together a simulation.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online.

WhereNext: 5D: The New Frontier for Digital Twins
Imagine watching a 3D animation of a construction project progress through each phase. Now add a timeline so designers can see which structures will be built week by week, and include an estimator that calculates cost every step of the way. Adding the additional dimensions of time and cost to 3D models using GIS is transforming construction project management.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: A Path to Business Resilience in an Era of Climate Change
Stephen Bourne, project director at Atkins, explains the power of simulating climate change events to improve predictive models and guide infrastructure decisions. Esri commercial services lead John Lenahan investigates how decision makers in cities and business are integrating simulators and location intelligence into their resiliency plans.

Video: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Mapping Mars for Rovers
Maps played a central role in the successful mission of sending the Perseverance rover to Jezero Crater on Mars. Learn how in this presentation from Dr. Fred J. Calef III.

This post was translated to French and can be viewed here.

About the Author

Dani Pacey is a Marketing Specialist for Esri Canada. She digitized her first map at the tender age of 10 and has been fascinated by the relationships between people and places ever since. An avid technical communicator with degrees in Science & Technology Studies from York University and History of Science & Technology from the University of King's College, Dani has always blended science, social science and the humanities and loves bringing them all together to tell great stories about human life.

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