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Getting Technical - June 2021

How can GIS help make medicine more accessible? How do you get started with ArcGIS Indoors? What is Data Engineering in ArcGIS Pro? Get the answers to all that and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical.


Esri User Conference: July 12-15

Advertisement for the Esri User Conference from July 12-15, 2021. The advertisement invites attendees to join the conference virtually.

The 2021 Esri User Conference is less than a month away. Join us at the Plenary Session to hear from Esri president Jack Dangermond, Esri staff experts and special guests. Learn about the latest tools in the technical sessions and get inspired by user presentations and the Virtual Map Gallery entries. The event is complimentary, register today!

To help you stay safe and stay connected while showing your Canadian spirit, we’d like to send you an Esri Canada-branded face mask once you have registered for the Esri UC. Request your face mask (while supplies last).  

Join our 2022 Map Calendar Contest
Esri Canada’s 2022 Map Calendar Contest is currently open! Do you have a beautiful map that you’re particularly proud of? Enter our contest for a chance to have your outstanding work featured in our 2022 print calendar. Thirteen print maps will be selected and each selected entrant will receive a copy of Kenneth Field’s book Cartography. Deadline for submissions is July 16.

ArcGIS Pro: Your questions answered – Part 1
We’ve answered your questions from our “ArcGIS Pro: Take Desktop GIS to the Next Frontier” seminar as part of a three-part series. In this first part, we cover topics including templates, data storage and more. 

ArcGIS Pro: Your questions answered – Part 2
In part two of this three-part series, we cover 3D, notebooks and more.

ArcGIS Pro: Your questions answered – Part 3
In this final post of our three-part series, we cover topics including layers, labeling and more.

Introducing Data Engineering in ArcGIS Pro
In ArcGIS Pro 2.8, data preparation and exploration work becomes more intuitive with the new Data Engineering view. The view brings existing functionality together with new capabilities to help you explore, clean and prepare your data. Data Engineering is available with all license levels of ArcGIS Pro, and is compatible with all feature layers and standalone tables.

FAQ - What is the first step to implementing ArcGIS Indoors?

The first step to implementing ArcGIS Indoors would be to compile all of your building assets and floor plan information. This can be stored in AutoCAD files, Excel spreadsheets, BIM data or Revit data.

Hot Tip – Adding a “Panic” Button to ArcGIS Mission using QuickCapture

ArcGIS Mission is an all-inclusive command and control software that streamlines operations while providing teams tactical situational awareness of an operating environment. In this video, Esri Canada’s Bryan Ladds, Technical Solutions Specialist, demonstrates how to set up ‘panic’ button functionality in ArcGIS Mission using QuickCapture.

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’s resource hub includes bilingual maps, apps and other COVID-19 resources for the public, customers and media. The hub is constantly updated with case and vaccination data. It features dashboards on vaccine confidence levels, 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.

Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Solutions
Achieving high COVID-19 vaccination rates requires a robust and transparent public education campaign that provides accurate vaccine information, progress on the distribution plan, and guidance needed to access a vaccination. A series of new ArcGIS Solutions designed to help communities communicate vaccine distribution plans and monitor the effectiveness of those plans are available for ArcGIS users.

Esri Canada Offers Data Solution for Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
Esri Canada is now offering VaccineInsights, a unique dataset from Environics Analytics with up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination, behavioural and trend data. VaccineInsights is ideal for governments and public health units as it helps locate undervaccinated populations and sheds light on the reasons behind COVID-19 vaccine confidence and vaccine hesitancy in Canada.

Explore the story map: Where is vaccine hesitancy in Canada?


Migrating ArcObjects SOEs and SOIs to ArcGIS Enterprise SDK

Updates to OpenStreetMap Vector Basemap Styles in ArcGIS Enterprise

What’s new with OpenStreetMap Vector Basemaps (June 2021)

Introducing Landsat Collection 2

Reminder: Legacy map services being retired

What’s new in ArcGIS Companion 4.1 (May 2021)

ArcGIS Solutions Available for ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9

Announcing new and improved ArcGIS Hub content

What's New for Spatial Analyst in ArcGIS Pro 2.8

Announcing the ArcGIS Pro Performance Assessment Tool (PAT)

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

Service Packs, Patches & User Resources

Mapping and Charting Solutions 10.8.1 Patch 6 (Desktop | Server)

Mapping and Charting Solutions 10.7.1 Patch 11 (Desktop | Server)

ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Qt 100.11 iOS App Store Patch

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Web Watch –White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

App of the Month: Make Tracks
Summer is here, which means many of us are headed outdoors to run, walk or roll in the sunshine. June’s App of the Month, Make Tracks, is the centrepiece of an eight-week, 75-km challenge encouraging residents of the City of Kitchener to get outside for some fun and exercise.

The map-centric layout of the Make Tracks app. Here is the self-guided Downtown walking route.

Map of the Month: Cabbagetown & Moss Park – One-Storey Laneway Suite Eligibility
This map constitutes an analysis of all parcels in the Toronto neighbourhoods of Cabbagetown and Moss Park to determine eligibility for the construction of a one-storey ancillary building containing a laneway suite. The analysis was conducted using the spatial conditions set out in the City of Toronto’s laneway suite by-law along with data provided by Open Data Toronto.

A screenshot of the Cabbagetown & Moss Park one-storey laneway suite eligibility.

Community Map of Canada – Style of the Month

A map of the Saint John river and Saint John, NB in the style of “Under the Sea”.

Community Map of Canada’s style of the month is celebrating World Oceans Day with the "Under the Sea" theme-map.

Geographical Thinking Podcast - Season 1 | Episode 10: A Family Doctor’s GIS Story
How can geospatial technology help people get easier access to medical care? In this episode, Guan talks to Ajantha Jayabarathan, also known as Dr. AJ, a family doctor practicing in Halifax. She shares her stories and vision for how GIS can underpin a more accessible, efficient and inclusive health care system.

Geographical Thinking Podcast – Season 1 | Episode 11: Explaining GIS to Others
When they hear “oh so you make maps”, many GIS professionals just quietly agree, though they know it’s not close to describing what they do. It is a problem if upper management also thinks you just make maps. That misperception can stall your career. Hear from experts in the field on how to position the many rewards of using GIS software to others in your organization.

Arcade’s Fire: Related Data

In this demo, learn how to use Arcade to work with data from another table into a popup window. This web map would then be used in ArcGIS Field Maps for field collection. This video is designed for those who are new to coding in general and want to understand how Arcade works.

Women and GIS, Volume 3: Champions of a Sustainable World
The third volume in the Women and GIS series shows how 31 diverse women in various STEM fields discovered their passion, broke down barriers, and used maps, analysis, imagery and GIS to advance their fields and improve the world. Sharing their experiences from childhood and throughout their careers, each woman reveals her journey in an inspiring recollection of the obstacles she has overcome, the knowledge she has gained along the way, and how determination has helped her succeed.

Take the Esri-National Geographic Ocean Challenge with Deep Sea Dawn and storytellers globally
Dawn Wright is the Chief Scientist at Esri. In her role, Dawn aids in strengthening the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, while also representing Esri to the scientific community. She is excited to be a judge for the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Ocean Challenge, which is focused on engaging youth in ocean conservation and restoration.

Reminder: Raster BaseMaps Moving to Mature Support
Esri raster basemaps will be entering mature support, which means it is important to begin updating your ArcGIS maps and apps to vector basemaps. In July 2021, Esri vector basemaps will become the primary basemaps for use in ArcGIS. At this time, raster basemaps will be placed in Mature Support. They will remain available, but they will no longer be updated. To ensure you are utilizing the latest and greatest data, it is important to update your basemaps to vector as soon as possible.

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.

Deprecation Notice for Explorer, Collector, and Tracker
ArcGIS Field Maps was launched in October 2020 and replaces the functionality of ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Explorer, and ArcGIS Tracker on the iOS and Android mobile platforms. These products (Collector, Explorer, Tracker) are currently available to download and are fully supported; however, they will be retired in December 2021.

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ArcGIS Enterprise: Administration Workflows

Master techniques to configure and maintain an ArcGIS Enterprise solution that meets your organization's business needs. You will learn about ArcGIS Enterprise architecture, server licensing roles and extensions and the capabilities that support common GIS patterns of use. Learn best practices to manage servers, data and services while ensuring your system performance is covered over time.

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Upcoming Webinars

Esri Canada Summer School: ArcGIS Online 101
July 22, 2021

Esri Canada Summer School: ArcGIS Pro 101
August 19, 2021

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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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