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News Roundup – July 2023

How is GIS helping health agencies get critically important medicine to the people who need it? What is the City of Edmonton doing to prepare for Canada’s new Next Generation 9-1-1 data requirements? How is the City of Kamloops using mobile technology to modernize operations across the organization? Learn more in the News Roundup for July 2023.

Feature Stories

The 2023 Esri User Conference is this coming week!
Don’t miss the world’s largest GIS conference, taking place from July 10 through 14. From planning, designing and managing the built world to advancing science, education and action, GIS is the cornerstone for creating the world you want to see. Register now to secure your virtual seat!

Map of the Month: Average Annual Canadian Solar Resource
The Map of the Month for July 2023, titled "Average Annual Canadian Solar Resource" and created by ABO Wind Canada Ltd., showcases the potential solar energy in Canada through direct normal irradiance. This map, derived from 564 individual WY3 files of hourly solar data collected from weather monitoring stations across the country, is a valuable presentation of Canada's solar energy potential.

A map showing a high-level view of solar energy potential across Canada. A legend shows that light blue represents low annual cumulative direct normal irradiance (in kilojoules per square metre) and yellow represents high annual cumulative direct normal irradiance. The dominant colour is bright pink, which is in the middle of the spectrum (about 3.3 million kilojoules per square metre). Light blue, or low, areas are found in northern British Columbia, southern Yukon, and the Avalon peninsula in Newfoundland. Yellow, or high, areas are shown in the southern prairie provinces.

Geographical Thinking: Season 3 | Episode 19: Newfoundland & Labrador Health Services and GIS
In early 2023, an online app displaying the locations of Naloxone kits in Newfoundland and Labrador gained significant traction on social media. Guan Yue spoke with Mark Squires, the creator of the app, about his role as a GIS analyst at Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services, as well as other projects that connect data with healthcare requirements.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here. 

Unlock the power of geodatabase versioning
Learn about the two types of geodatabase versioning and associated training options.

City of Edmonton shares journey to becoming NG9-1-1 compliant
The City of Edmonton is Canada’s fifth-largest city and home to over one million people in Alberta. In a recent webinar, Brandon Mol, manager of the City’s Geospatial Information Program, shared his team’s journey to prepare for Canada’s new Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) GIS data requirements. Discover some of the key learnings and work that the City has done.

Transforming city operations with mobile technology
As part of the City of Kamloops’s ongoing process to modernize operations, the City’s Corporate Services GIS Section decided to digitally transform field work with mobile technology that uses a web GIS infrastructure. “We wanted to exploit our location data to make us work smarter,” says Adam Chadwick, GIS manager, City of Kamloops, “and that meant creating an application framework built around the ArcGIS system so that the work is repeatable yet configurable.”

Boost output and cut costs: five tips for water utility preventative maintenance
Since implementing ArcGIS, the Camrosa Water District operations team has completed 39% more work with the same budget. They’ve seen more than one million dollars in cost savings in less than nine months with preventative maintenance.

How to communicate the business value of your tech innovation
Getting your organization to invest more in technology probably depends on you getting buy-in from decision makers. But sometimes communicating the value of technology to business leaders can be hard—like speaking two different languages. In this blog post, Esri Canada director of strategic advisory services Matthew Lewin will boost your confidence by discussing best practices for talking about tech to executives.

Esri News

Esri Partners with Databricks to Bring Spatial Analytics Functionality to the Lakehouse Platform
June 29, 2023

Esri Announces Winners of the 2023 ArcGIS Online Competition
June 2, 2023


ArcUser: Supporting the Science that Saves the Ocean
The fragility of the ocean is constantly jeopardized by various factors, but the greatest threat stems from our lack of knowledge about it. By employing the geographic approach, GIS emerges as the most effective technology for acquiring a comprehensive comprehension of this intricate ecosystem.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: GIS Underpins Mission to Rescue Surplus Food and Deliver It to People in Need
Using ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online, Food Rescue Hero, a platform that supports food recovery, has provided fresh food to tens of thousands of people living in its pilot city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online. 

WhereNext Magazine: Community Trends Hold the Key to Repurposing Empty Office Space
Office utilization is down in central business districts, creating space for new business ideas. Location analysis can match business concepts to the communities where they will succeed.

Video: Arcadis: Using GIS and BIM to connect teams
Discover the powerful collaboration between Autodesk and Esri, as they join forces to harness the combined capabilities of building information modelling (BIM) and GIS. In this video, Francois Appere discusses the integration of BIM and GIS and how it drives innovation and improves project delivery at Arcadis.

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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