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News Roundup – April 2022

How is GIS being used to support citizen science efforts across multiple disciplines? How is Suncor Energy using GIS to evolve their business and the wider energy industry? Why should municipalities adapt their operations to NG9-1-1 sooner rather than later? Learn more in the April News Roundup.

Feature Stories

Map of the Month: Nature in the City: A NatureHood Guide to Many Adventures!
April 2022’s Map of the Month is “Nature in the City: A NatureHood Guide to Many Adventures!” by Capital Regional District, a Greater Victoria NatureHood member. The map tells stories of urban habitats, captivating species and local parks to explore. The accompanying Map Calendar Hub page is a collection of examples of how GIS is being used to support citizen science efforts across North America.

Geographical Thinking Podcast: Season 2 | Episode 14: Management Perspectives with Matt Lewin
Guest host Matthew Lewin talks to senior leaders in different industries about their use of GIS. In this episode, Brad Connatty, manager of upstream GIS at Suncor Energy, talks about how the use of GIS and location analytics is evolving in the energy industry.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here.

A simple tool for translating business problems into geo-solutions
The Geospatial Solution Canvas, a simple tool from Esri Canada’s director of management consulting Matthew Lewin, helps you break down business problems, then devise solutions powered by geospatial technology. Read the blog post to get the full method as well as an example of how to use it.

Get to know public health at Esri Canada: Brian Mosley
Get to know the members of our public health team! In the latest installment in the series, Vanessa Finnie sits down with Brian Mosley to chat about what led Brian to pursue a GIS education, the journey that brought him to Esri Canada and how he spends his time outside of work.

5 advantages of starting now to prepare for NG9-1-1
Next-generation 9-1-1 will become a reality for Canada in 2025. But there are some major hurdles to overcome in the next three years. This blog post highlights five reasons for municipalities to adapt their operations to the new requirements sooner, rather than later.

Canadian Partner Successes at the 2022 Esri Partner Conference
At the in-person 2022 Esri Partner Conference in Palm Springs, two Canadian members of the Esri Partner Network—R. J. Burnside & Associates Limited and VertiGIS—received special recognition for their work in GIS.

Indoor Mapping for Smarter Buildings at the University of Oxford
Read the story of how Esri UK is helping the University of Oxford upgrade the way they manage their real estate portfolio with a new indoor map that allows them to better collect and maintain property data.

How to leverage GIS in telecommunications
In this blog post from Sergio Palladini, Esri Canada’s industry manager for telecommunications, learn how GIS is helping modernize telecom organizations and improving their key business drivers.

GIS patterns of use for water utilities
Utilities want to extract the maximum value from their investments in GIS. But what are the best practices for doing so? In this blog post from Esri Canada’s Brian Bell, learn about some of the ways that GIS can help.

Paperless Data Collection in the City of Moncton
Check out this ArcGIS StoryMaps story to learn how the City of Moncton’s Water & Wastewater Department is using ArcGIS to digitally transform its operations.


Esri News

Esri and Stone Environmental Join to Help Expand Vermont Broadband Access
March 30, 2022

MO Technologies Chooses Esri’s ArcGIS Platform to Support Alternative Credit Scoring Tool
March 21, 2022

Yakima, Washington, Adopts ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online to Enhance City Services
March 17, 2022

Esri Releases Updated Land-Cover Map with New Sets of Global Data
March 10, 2022

Esri Recognizes Partners for Achievement in US Federal Government Market
March 7, 2022

Esri Recognizes Partners for Innovation and Excellence
March 7, 2022



ArcUser: Small Team Makes Big Impact with Enterprise GIS
The City of Aspen, Colorado, is a world-famous ski resort and a vacation spot for celebrities. It also has a Small Government Enterprise Agreement and is a member of the Esri Advantage Program. Aspen’s GIS team has been working to make its enterprise GIS more accessible to users through a self-service portal.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: Where the Bats Go
Mines are proving to be a fruitful new type of sanctuary for bats. Thanks to a new high-accuracy mobile workflow based on GIS, Bat Conservation International (BCI) can locate and safeguard bat-friendly mines more precisely than ever before.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online.

WhereNext: What Is Spatial Finance, and How to Prepare for It
Businesses worldwide are under new scrutiny from a practice known as spatial finance, by which banks, insurers and other financial players use GIS technology and spatial data to assess a company’s impact on the world around it.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: The Rise of the Geographic Approach in Business and Government
Jerry Johnston, managing director at Deloitte & Touche LLP, explains how location intelligence and geography will factor into the historic revitalization of infrastructure in the US and beyond. Esri CMO Marianna Kantor investigates how businesses and governments are combining geography, analytics and location technology to look at vital parts of our everyday world and create smarter systems.

Video: Implementing ArcGIS Hub for a Gulf of Mexico Community Data Portal
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is using ArcGIS Hub to share data and maps from a variety of public and private authoritative sources across the five Gulf states. Hub has enabled the Alliance to create a single access point for users to engage with Gulf-wide data through theme maps, a data explorer and featured tools.

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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