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Getting Technical - November 2021

What’s coming in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Enterprise? What information is available to 9-1-1 in an indoor map? How does geographic knowledge help with fundraising? Get the answers to all that and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical.


GIS Day in Canada – November 17
GIS Day in Canada is tomorrow! See users in government, industry and academia from across Canada demonstrate real-world GIS applications that are making a difference in our society. Presentations will be in the form of lightning talks, provocative roundtable discussions and demonstrations.

What's Coming in ArcGIS Pro & ArcGIS Enterprise
We all can sense it: a release is coming, and as part of the ArcGIS 2021 Q4 release, ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Enterprise are delivering on some new GIS capabilities, performance updates and productivity improvements that will have every Esri user saying, “YES!”

Hot Tip – How to use Data Expressions in ArcGIS Dashboards
Users now have the opportunity to use Data Expressions! Using Arcade, you can now structure, manipulate and combine data for your Dashboarding visualization needs. Check out this video for a couple of examples of how data expressions can be used.

FAQ – What information is available to 9-1-1 in an indoor map?
Floorplans from facility owners contain information that can be geo-referenced and digitally represented on an indoor map to help public safety call-takers and first responders get to the event faster. Watch this video clip from our discussion with GeoComm, an Esri Platinum Partner, and Denco Area 9-1-1 District.

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 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 COVID-19 Recovery Solutions and Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Solutions.

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 under-vaccinated 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? 


Make Aggregation Query Layer - a new geoprocessing tool to compute and view dynamic summary statistics from related records

Configurable Apps Announcement – Apps Moving to Mature Support Phase - December 2021 Update of ArcGIS Online

Upcoming changes to DCAT configurations on ArcGIS Hub sites

Creating Apps for Web and Mobile Webinar

What's New in ArcGIS Experience Builder Developer Edition (version 1.6)

What's new in ArcGIS Urban (October 2021)

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

Service Packs, Patches & Product Support Updates

ArcGIS Workflow Manager 10.9 Patch 1 (Server | Web App)

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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 plans to release ArcMap 10.8.2 near the end of 2021. This is a maintenance release only and will not include new functionality. This update will not extend the ArcGIS 10.8.x product life cycle. Esri does 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. Find out more about Migrating to ArcGIS Pro.

Deprecation Reminder 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. Migration resources, including a migration guide, can be found in this blog.

Announcing Address Manager 1.3 Release
On October 29, Esri Canada released Address Manager 1.3. Esri Canada Address Manager is a configurable web application that manages an inventory of civic addresses and ensures accuracy, completeness and compliance with NG9-1-1. As an integral part of a municipality’s overall address management life cycle, Address Manager optimizes the creation, maintenance and dissemination of authoritative civic addresses, while meeting NG9-1-1 requirements.

Top 5 enhancements:

  1. Move an address point outside a parcel. This is useful when splitting parcels.
  2. It’s now possible to create, modify and delete road names in the Master Road Index.
  3. Support for Viewer user type, along with Editor and Creator. Viewers can display the data but not perform edits.
  4. Add a georeferenced image to your map, such as subdivision plans. This is useful when adding addresses for a new subdivision, where road and parcel data does not exist yet.
  5. You can now create a temporary line as a construction aide to place addresses parallel to it. This tool is useful when you have a georeferenced subdivision image.

Please contact your account manager to schedule a demo.

Esri Canada Address Manager for NG9-1-1 StoryMap.

Web Watch – White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

App of the Month: Kingston’s Snowplow Tracker
One thing you’re guaranteed to see in Canada during the winter is snow. That’s why winter maintenance and preparedness should be top of mind for every community. It is also why November’s App of the Month is the City of Kingston Snowplow Tracker, an interactive map that shows the activity of snowplows in the City of Kingston, Ontario.

A screenshot of the City of Kingston Snowplow Tracker web app where the legend is displayed to show the four different time frames of roads that were snowplowed.

Map of the Month: LiDAR for Vegetation Management
Vegetation is a leading cause of service interruption for electricity distributors. LiDAR-based vegetation management is rapidly growing in popularity and practicality. Elexicon Energy engaged Quantum Spatial Canada to perform a LiDAR pilot acquisition, with one deliverable centred around vegetation management. The pilot area included a section that was identified as a hotspot in the previous analysis using Esri’s Space Time Pattern Mining tools.
Screenshot of LiDAR Vegetation Management map

Community Map of Canada – Style of the Month: Poppy
The style of the month is a 'Poppy' style for Remembrance Day for the Month of November 2021.

Screenshot of the November Style of the Month – with poppies as place markers on the map

Geographical Thinking Podcast – Season 2 | Episode 4: Mapping History in Nova Scotia
Mapannapolis is a non-profit that maps local cultural history, but this is not a traditional group of historians. It is a silo-busting, cross-discipline, award-nominated group that uses GIS to map structures, graveyards and churches to understand their community better. Guan talks to one of their founders, Heather LeBlanc, about how it works and what it means to the people living in one of the most famous parts of this country, the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia.

Geographical Thinking Podcast – Season 2 | Episode 5: From Habitat Conservation to Fundraising
“Geographic knowledge plays a role in nearly every decision we make at Ducks Unlimited Canada”. When Guan saw this statement, she knew she needed to hear their stories. For decades, Ducks Unlimited Canada has been using GIS, initially it was to map wetlands, but it’s gone far beyond that. They use it for research into waterfowl, study the effect habitat conservation has on water quality and even to raise funds. Guan invited Andrew Pratt - Manager of Information Technology at Ducks Unlimited Canada to share the story of how they leverage GIS across departments.

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?

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Get Started with ArcGIS GeoEvent Server
Monitor and make sense of real-time data - learn how to connect to real-time sensors, analyze and visualize a data feed and send updates and alerts to everyone who needs them.

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Esri Canada Seminars

Defence Geospatial Summit – November 22
Join us on November 22 and hear from a panel of Defence experts on how geospatial technology is transforming their organizations to improve their services and better support their customers. 

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Upcoming Webinars

Efficient management of asset maintenance revolving around GIS with Cityworks (in French)
November 24
You need to provide a high standard to your customers while maintaining assets profitably. Cityworks is designed to help you manage public assets and their associated data, work activities and more. See how Cityworks and ArcGIS can help you support your organization. In this webinar, you will learn how to transmit service requests to field staff and discover how this saves time and resolves asset-related issues quickly.

Spatial Analysis in the Cloud: Exploring Your Data in ArcGIS
November 25
Are you looking to derive useful insight from your geospatial data and wondering how to get started? Since ArcGIS Online is software as a service (SaaS), you can now run impactful spatial analysis on any device with an internet connection. Our goal for this webinar is to demystify the analysis capabilities available in ArcGIS Online and to empower GIS users of all levels in their data discovery process.

Digitally Transform Forestry Field Operations
November 30
With ArcGIS it’s easy for everyone in an organization to discover, use, make and share maps from any device, anywhere, anytime. This webinar will present multiple implementation patterns and approaches to enable transformational capabilities for your forestry organization and highlight relevant success stories from Esri Canada’s forestry user and business partner community. 

The Golden Pro Awards: Honouring the Best ArcGIS Pro Tips and Tricks
December 9
Time to roll out the red carpet for our annual year-end webinar extravaganza! Esri Canada’s most prestigious award show will shine the spotlight on outstanding tips and ground-breaking tricks for ArcGIS Pro, our flagship desktop GIS solution. Celebrate with us at our virtual ceremony for an unforgettable hour of maps, data and glamour!

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

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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