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Getting Technical - May 2022

Did you know that ArcGIS Pro 3.0 is scheduled to be available in June? What's new in ArcGIS Field Maps? How do you add photos or images in ArcGIS Online web map pop-ups? How do you turn a ton of overlapping data into a hexagon map? Get answers to all these and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical. 


Get Ready for ArcGIS Pro 3.0
Did you know that ArcGIS Pro 3.0 is scheduled to be available in June? If you didn’t, I suppose you do now and we want to make sure that you have the information you need to be best prepared to update when 3.0 is released.

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What's new in ArcGIS Field Maps (May 2022)
The May 2022 release of Field Maps introduces support for contingent values. Contingent values are commonly used to model natural classifications (trees, plants, wildlife) or material classifications for assets (poles, pipes) and can dramatically improve the efficiency and accuracy of form data capture in ArcGIS Field Maps.

ArcGIS Field Maps Early Access release (May 2022)
We have many exciting new development initiatives underway for 2022 and we’ve updated our early access and beta apps to expose some new functionality that will be coming this summer. Sign into the Early Access Program and start using our beta apps today! Here is a preview of what’s available now.

What's new in ArcGIS Workforce (May 2022)
ArcGIS Workforce is a powerful mobile solution that improves the planning and coordination of your mobile workforce using a location-based approach for managing field work. Included with your ArcGIS organization, Workforce combines the location of mobile workers and the tasks they need to accomplish with the maps and apps used to complete their daily activities.

What's new in ArcGIS StoryMaps (May 2022)
ArcGIS StoryMaps is the professional storytelling tool that enables you to transform your geographic work into interactive content to inform and inspire others. It makes it easy to explain complex topics related to your knowledge and experience. We update ArcGIS StoryMaps regularly with new features and capabilities, read the article to understand what’s been added recently.

What’s New in the ArcGIS Solutions April 2022 Release
In addition to many enhancements to existing ArcGIS Solutions, there are several new ArcGIS Solutions now available including Broadband Outreach, Civil Support, Electric Overhead Inspections, Pipeline Referencing Foundation, and Sewer Manhole Inspections.  To see what is planned in future releases, check out the ArcGIS Solutions 2022 Product Roadmap blog.

CityGML to ArcGIS: Update on CityGML toolset to import 3D city data in ArcGIS
As an active ArcGIS Pro user, you may already be familiar with our approaches to working with CityGML in ArcGIS. CityGML is an open data model for storing city-related 3D geospatial data in an XML-based format. Many cities manage their 3D city models in the CityGML data structure, which serves numerous purposes from land use planning to solar cadastre. For ArcGIS users who want to publish, use, and analyze data from CityGML in the ArcGIS platform, Esri has collaborated with con terra to extend the toolset to provide a more convenient workflow.

2022 Imagery and Remote Sensing Trends in the GeoINT community
For those unfamiliar, the GEOINT Symposium has been the premier event in the United States for geospatial intelligence professionals since 2004. This year’s theme was “The Foundation of Intelligence,” which was particularly appropriate given the many ways we’ve seen imagery used this year to inform efforts around growing global conflicts, climate concerns, and new infrastructure aspirations.

Map building levels with Floor Filter for ArcGIS Runtime Toolkit v100.14
GIS has expanded from primarily mapping outdoor spaces to include indoor spaces as well. College campuses, shopping malls and airports are some of the places we see indoor maps every day. The ArcGIS Indoors Information Model supports the management of indoor datasets by standardizing data to represent different sites, facilities, and levels. These datasets are shared throughout the ArcGIS System as web/mobile maps and scenes. Now, an exciting new Toolkit tool, Floor Filter, has been added to allow users to navigate floor aware maps and scenes.

Eight tips to help you make better presence prediction models with Presence-only Prediction (MaxEnt)
After the initial release of the Presence-Only Prediction (MaxEnt) tool in ArcGIS Pro 2.9, we have been connecting with users trying to use the tool to solve very diverse problems, from analyzing the suitability of croplands to forecasting the probability of wildfire incidents. We’re glad the initial blog post has helped lots of users successfully start using the new tool, but we’re also frequently asked if they’re getting a good model, or how to tweak the parameters to improve the models. So, we hear you! And this short blog post will share some tips with you!

Patch and release - you don’t have to fish for those ArcGIS Enterprise updates
As a best practice, ArcGIS Enterprise should be kept up to date with released patches.  But, how many ArcGIS Enterprise administrators really keep their organizations up to date with patches?  It’s kind of like flossing your teeth.  You know you should do it, but you may think it’s tedious and there isn’t any instant gratification.

Explaining the ArcGIS Social Equity Analysis Solution
The ArcGIS Social Equity Analysis solution is an innovative new solution that helps communities understand the distribution of benefits, burdens, opportunities, and prosperity in their communities, and reveal opportunities to increase equity. The Social Equity Analysis solution navigates users through a 5-step process within ArcGIS Pro. The process includes identifying a focus area of interest or question at hand, an evaluation of which communities are disproportionately impacted or burdened by it, and where to target interventions to address disproportionate impacts or outcomes.

Migrating data into ArcGIS Hub - Part 1
There’s a lot to love about ArcGIS Hub. It has beautifully simple layout tools that require no custom coding. It gets along with its map and app friends in the larger ArcGIS landscape. It can even help you manage volunteers, crowdsource information, and schedule community meetings. All you have to do to make a strong connection between your organization’s goals and ArcGIS Hub is bring your data.

Hot Tip: How to add photos or images in ArcGIS Online web map pop-ups 
When displaying photos or other images in ArcGIS Online web map pop-ups, it’s sometimes the small things that can make a big difference.

FAQ:  How to turn a ton of overlapping data into a hexagon map
What happens when you have so much data that it’s impossible to know how many features are stacked up on top of each other? Is there a way to quantify them? Yes! How about visualizing the results? Sure!


WorldPop 100m Gridded Population Layers Now Available in the Living Atlas

Call for Stories of GIS in Qualitative Social Science Research

Pre-release of ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unreal Engine 5 is available!

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Service Packs, Patches & Product Support Updates

Vector Basemap Deprecation Notice Affecting ArcGIS Runtime SDKs 100.5 and Earlier
Beginning September 1, 2022, vector basemaps will no longer work correctly in applications using ArcGIS Runtime SDKs 100.5 and earlier.  The application itself will continue to work, but the basemaps will not display correctly.  You will see gaps and extraneous lines in the basemap.

ArcGIS Pro 2.9 Patch 3 (2.9.3) Announcement
The ArcGIS Pro 2.9 Patch 3 (2.9.3) is now available for download from My Esri. To download Esri software, go to the My Organizations tab, then click the Downloads sub tab. You must have Download software permission in order to access the Downloads sub tab. If you do not see this sub tab, you may need to request permissions.

ArcGIS Dashboards Classic is Retiring
With the March 2022 release of ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Dashboards Classic will move to mature support, and will be retired in the September 2022 update. For ArcGIS Enterprise users, ArcGIS Dashboards Classic will be retired in the ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0 update.

Notification: Old Esri Vector Basemaps will be retired in 2022
Esri’s vector basemaps and styles are organized by version number. Currently, version 2 (v2) basemaps are updated on a regular cadence. Earlier versions are available but no longer updated. Find out which versions will be retired and will no longer be available to use in maps and apps.

Developers: Required update to ArcGIS location services
On January 27, 2021, new ArcGIS location services and pricing were released. If you have developed an application that uses ArcGIS Online services other than the new ArcGIS location services, you may be required to update your applications before April 30, 2022, or December 31, 2022.

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. Esri released ArcMap 10.8.2 in December 2021. This was a maintenance release only and does not include new functionality. This update does not extend the ArcGIS 10.8.x product life cycle. Esri does not have plans to release an ArcMap 10.9. The ArcMap Continued Support page, will be able to answer your questions regarding continued support of ArcMap as well as contains resources to help you transition your work moving forward into several Esri products such as ArcGIS Pro. Find out more about Migrating to ArcGIS Pro.

ArcGIS Pro 2.9 Production Mapping Product Data Announcement
ArcGIS Server 10.9.1 Stale Query Patch
ArcGIS Server 10.9.1 Knowledge Patch 1
ArcGIS GeoEnrichment Server Log4j Patch

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COVID-19 Resources

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 regularly updated with case data, COVID-19 open datasets, GIS training videos and other resources. Check out our COVID-19 Recovery Solutions and Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Solutions.

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

Web Watch - Blogs, Podcasts and Useful Resources

Map of the Month: McIntosh Run Singletrack System Trailhead Map
The McIntosh Run Watershed Association (MRWA) (est. 1994) is a voice for the McIntosh Run, its tributary waters and the land within its watershed. Having been mandated to protect this wilderness and make it more accessible to the local community, MRWA built and now maintains the McIntosh Run Singletrack System. The system has over 23 km of trails, spans from Spryfield to Herring Cove and provides a sustainable wilderness experience to trail users, all with the aim of inspiring understanding and appreciation of this diverse landscape within suburban Halifax. This trailhead and the associated waypoint maps throughout the trail system were designed to help bikers and hikers navigate the rugged granite outcrops and enjoy the scenic wilderness.

Screenshot of McIntosh Run Singletrack System Trailhead Map

Screenshot of McIntosh Run Singletrack System Trailhead Map

Community Map of Canada – Style of the Month: Imagery Hybrid 
Get the best of both worlds. You no longer have to make the difficult decision between the accuracy of the Community Map of Canada or the crispness of imagery. May’s style of the month overlays the Community Map of Canada vector data on the Esri Imagery basemap. This style is also now a standard style you can select from your basemap gallery.

An imagery map of Canada with province borders in white. Major cities are identified with small white dots.

An imagery map of Canada with province borders in white. Major cities are identified with small white dots. 

Geographical Thinking Podcast – Season 2 | Episode 17: Saving ghost fishing gear  
Twenty percent of the debris in the ocean is lost fishing gear. Leah Fulton's storymap 'The tale of lost fishing gear’ won 1st place in a StoryMaps Challenge for restoring our ocean hosted by Esri and the National Geographic Society.  Leah tells Guan why abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear in Nova Scotia is a huge environmental problem and the challenges to solving it. 

Geographical Thinking Podcast - Season 2 | Episode 16: Team Rubicon Canada
Team Rubicon Canada, a volunteer team of veterans, first responders and tough civilians, uses GIS in their efforts to help the underinsured and the uninsured when their community has been struck by natural disasters. Greg McGrath convinced the team that using GIS would ease their efforts. He joins Geographical Thinking to share that journey.

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ArcGIS: Exploring the Possibilities
Everyone loves maps, but ArcGIS capabilities go way beyond mapping. This course—for business and technical leaders and staff—explores how organizations use ArcGIS to streamline operations, gain deeper insight from data and enhance collaboration across business lines. Discover how ArcGIS capabilities work together to enable efficiencies and insight at scale and get inspired by what's possible when location intelligence is infused throughout the enterprise.

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Esri Canada Seminars & Webinars

Esri Canada Summer School: ArcGIS Hub 101
June 16, 2022
Welcome back to school! Esri Canada Summer School returns for another semester of introducing you to Esri’s suite of powerful mapping and analytic solutions. The first lesson this term highlights ArcGIS Hub, our community engagement platform. With ArcGIS Hub, you can inspire your stakeholders to understand important issues using an initiative-based approach. This webinar will teach the basics of maximizing communication and enabling collaboration with your constituents. We will primarily focus on how your organization can create easy-to-configure websites to share your data, maps and apps.

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About the Author

Erica Morra is the Product Portfolio Manager for Esri Canada. She is passionate about promoting the value of location intelligence and communicating the capabilities of Esri's suite of ArcGIS products. Erica has worked as a GIS professional for over 17 years, helping organizations leverage Esri technology to meet their business needs of today and of the future.

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