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Getting Technical - October 2021

What is the right licensing model for my organization? What are the benefits of a geo-enabled public health system? Get the answers to all that and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical.


Building a Safer, Connected Community – November 2
Join us on November 2 and discover how GIS and location intelligence can strengthen the different functional areas of a connected community. Learn how different point solutions can be strengthened with IoT, how indoor data can improve public safety and response times and the power of real-time big data. 

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.

ArcGIS Platform location services migration: Update your apps
The release of ArcGIS Platform introduced new service endpoints for Esri’s ready-to-use location services, allowing developers to track and monitor specific location services usage in apps they develop. Depending on the technology you’re using, you may need to update your current apps and migrate to the new endpoints. Please note the deadlines for migration to the new ArcGIS Platform Service endpoints. 

Migration deadline April 30, 2022

  • ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.x 
  • ArcGIS Runtime SDK 
  • Esri open-source APIs (Esri Leaflet, ArcGIS REST JS) 
  • Supported third-party open-source mapping libraries Applications that utilize REST endpoints directly

Migration deadline December 31, 2022 

  • ArcGIS API for JavaScript 3.x 

To get more details, read this documentation.

Debugging your web GIS applications – Leveraging your browser’s developer tools
As Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings and Web GIS applications become more robust, they also become more complex. Understanding how, as builders of these applications, we can efficiently and effectively debug issues our clients may be having with these applications is becoming more important. In this blog, we’ll cover our browsers’ developer tools to read errors and understand network traffic between the client (browser) and our data stored in our Web GIS.

What’s New in Esri Canada’s Address Manager 1.3
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 address. The app includes tools for viewing, creating and editing site address points.

On October 29, Esri Canada will be releasing Address Manager 1.3. This is a major release which includes enhancements from customers and additional addressing tools. Here are the top 5 enhancements.

  • You can now move an address point outside of a parcel. This is useful when splitting parcels.
  • It’s now possible to create, modify and delete road names in the Master Road Index.
  • Address Manager now supports the Viewer user type, along with Editor and Creator. Viewers can display the data but not perform edits.
  • The application now includes the capability to add a georeferenced image, such as a subdivision plan. This is useful when addresses are required for a new subdivision, but road and parcel data do not exist.
  • You can now create a temporary line representing a future road and address it. This is useful when you have a georeferenced image of a subdivision.

For more information, please contact your account manager and schedule a demo.

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?

Hot Tip – Tracking and Managing Credits in ArcGIS Online
ArcGIS Online provides users with various tools when looking to understand how credits are being consumed in your organization. This video walks you through the method of how to identify exactly what processes and items are consuming your credits and how to use this information to limit future consumption.

FAQ – What is the right licensing model for my organization?
ArcGIS Pro has three different ways to be authorized. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with these options and not necessarily choose the best one for you. This video attempts to rectify this and demystify ArcGIS Pro.

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? 


Announcing the Network Management Release Plan

Announcing pre-release of the ArcGIS Maps SDK for game engines

High resolution data updates to Living Atlas World Elevation Layers (Sept 2021)

What's New in ArcGIS Experience Builder (September 2021)

What's New in Instant Apps (September 2021)

Visualize Change with Line Charts in Map Viewer

What’s new in ArcGIS Dashboards (September 2021)

Let’s transition to the new ArcGIS Online home page

What's new in ArcGIS Online (September 2021)

What's new in ArcGIS Business Analyst Web and Mobile App (September 2021)

ArcGIS Living Atlas News (September 2021)

What’s new in ArcGIS Survey123 (September 2021)

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

Service Packs, Patches & Product Support Updates

ArcGIS Pro 2.8 Patch 3 (2.8.3) Announcement

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.

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Web Watch – White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

App of the Month: Howe Sound/Átl’ḵa7tsem Marine Reference Guide
The October App of the Month helps communities and government planners around Howe Sound/Átl’ḵa7tsem better understand the underwater world. Often, what lies beneath the water can be out of sight out of mind, but this map brings together diverse knowledge systems, including Indigenous, local and Western science, into a holistic and integrated tool.

Screenshot of the Howe Sound/Átl’ḵa7tsem Marine Reference Guide

Map of the Month: Move-Up Modelling – Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency
When many fire stations are involved in a large fire in a single area of the municipality there are often several fire stations that can be left empty. The absence of available fire apparatus in these empty fire stations creates a protection gap while the initial units are attending to the fire. To remedy this situation fire departments often relocate fire apparatus from nearby stations to address this gap in coverage. To address the reduction in service caused by fire units attending the initial fire, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) developed a move-up model to provide better fire protection coverage for its urban and suburban fire stations.

Screenshot of the Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Move-Up coverage map

Community Map of Canada Style of the Month – October 2021
Get into the autumn spirit with this month’s Community Map of Canada Style of the Month – Pumpkin Spice and All Things Nice.

Screenshot of Community Map of Canada Style of the Month – Pumpkin Spice and All Things Nice

Geographical Thinking Podcast – Season 2 | Episode 1: A Geo-enabled Public Health System
Welcome back to Season 2 of the Geographical Thinking Podcast! Our first guest of the season is Dr. Este Geraghty, chief medical officer and health solutions director at Esri and former deputy director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics with the California Department of Public Health. Having spent many years working at the intersection of public health and GIS—a space now changed forever by the spread of COVID-19—Este shares her insights about what a geo-enabled public health system should look like and why the Science of Where is critical to its mission. The conversation continues in Episode 2, where Este talks about the far-reaching impact of GIS beyond the domain of public health.

Geographical Thinking Podcast – Season 2 | Episode 2: Global Collaboration Beyond COVID-19
In Season 2, Episode 1 of the Geographical Thinking Podcast, Este shared her insights about what a geo-enabled public health system might look like. Now, in Episode 2, she continues her conversation with Guan by exploring the implications of geo-enabled public health systems. Could this approach teach us how to address bigger challenges within health systems, as well as other global issues like social equity or even climate change? Tune in to this episode to find out.

Geographical Thinking Podcast – Season 2 | Episode 3: Monitoring Greenhouse Gases Using Satellites
GHGSat, a Montreal-based, leading-edge space and data technology company, is the first in the world to monitor greenhouse gases from space. According to the World Meteorological Organization, 26 of the 50 essential climate variables can only be effectively observed from space. Guan invited Adina Gillespie, the Director of Business Development at GHGSat, to share their journey. Tune in to hear about this important work on the eve of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

3D City Model Resources
Preview and download 3D models, textures and CityEngine rule packages with 3D City Model Resources from Esri Canada’s Education and Research group.

SketchUp Extension
The CityEngine SketchUp Extension allows users to create models in SketchUp using CityEngine's procedural modelling capabilities.

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Distributing Data Using Geodatabase Replication
This course teaches best practices to plan and implement geodatabase replication to support multiuser editing workflows and data-sharing initiatives. Learn how to protect the integrity and performance of your production database as data is collected and updated to reflect real-world conditions.

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Esri Canada Seminars

Esri Canada Energy Symposium – October 27
Join the petroleum industry user community to learn how GIS applications play a key role in delivering value in the oil, gas and pipelines industries. Learn how you can optimize and integrate your existing systems to gain new business insights, leverage and share spatial data to support better business outcomes.

Modernizing the Transportation System – November 9
Join us on November 9 for a three-hour virtual seminar where we will discuss challenges of and approaches to modernizing transportation systems in Canada. We will demonstrate how the many moving parts of transportation can be unified into an authoritative, cohesive view.

GIS Day in Canada – November 17
GIS Day is next month! Join us to 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.

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

ArcGIS Instant Apps Assemble! – October 28
Faster to build than a speeding bullet. More powerful than just a web map. Able to share cool content in several clicks. Look, up in the cloud! It’s ArcGIS Instant Apps and they’re here to save the day (and time). This webinar will introduce you to the superpowers of Esri’s next generation of web mapping applications.

The Time to Collaborate Using ArcGIS is Now – November 4
Did you know that sharing GIS content across environments is an ideal way for organizations to work together on projects? In this webinar, attendees will learn about the latest developments in collaborating in ArcGIS, including partnered collaborations in ArcGIS Online and two-way editing in distributed collaborations.

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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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