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News Roundup – June 2024

How is detailed address information improving emergency response times? How can small GIS teams scale up their programs with limited resources? How can a geographic approach to urban planning help improve how cities make housing decisions? Learn more in the News Roundup for June 2024.

Feature Stories

Map of the Month: Local Significance of Childhood Obesity Risk Factors - City of Calgary Residential Neighbourhoods
This research by Alberta Health Services and the University of Calgary analyzes physical activity, food environment and socioeconomic factors that are influencing obesity by applying geographically weighted regression to model varying spatial relationships. This map shows the percent of variation explained by local models and which risk factor matters in which neighbourhood or set of neighbourhoods.

Geographical Thinking: Season 4 | Episode 13: Geographical Thinking Caps: Destination Discovery
Get ready for an adventure that will take you from the sandy shores of secluded islands to the bustling streets of exotic cities! This special edition of Geographical Thinking Caps will put our contestants' geographical savvy on display. Get ready to pack your bags with knowledge and embark on a journey of discovery as we explore hidden gems, famous landmarks and everything in between!

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here.

The Critical Role of Detailed Addresses in Emergency Responses
Enhancing emergency response times through comprehensive and updated mapping data is vital, as every second can be crucial during an emergency. Current mapping inadequacies, especially regarding private roads and complex property layouts, can significantly delay first responders. By addressing these challenges and exploring actionable solutions, we aim to improve mapping accuracy, facilitating quicker and more efficient emergency services.

Six steps for scaling your GIS program
Maybe you’ve been reading our geospatial strategy blog posts and have been thinking: “My GIS team only has two people on it. I want to develop a geospatial strategy, but with such limited resources, where should I start?” You might be looking at a scaling issue. In this blog post, Esri Canada manager of management consulting Allen Williams discusses an approach that emerging GIS teams can use to grow sustainably.

Demystifying Governance for Your GIS Web Portal Q&A
In this post, Julie Roebotham and Chris Macleod follow up on their April 17, 2024 webinar called “Demystifying Governance for Your GIS Web Portal”. This post will address your burning questions about how to actually implement governance within your organization’s GIS and provide resources for further investigation.

ArcGIS Arcade: Are you ready to play?
Are you ready, Player 1, to rack up high scores? Get ready to enter your initials when you get the #1 spot with your Arcade mastery.

Breaking Silos, Building Homes: The Power of Data Collaboration
From a presentation about digital twins, to a lightning talk about planning and housing dashboards, and hearing from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing about Ontario Regulation 73/23, it was a day packed with learning and networking opportunities.

The Challenge with Planning Is a Location Challenge
Leveraging data and location analytics is paramount in supporting cities to make more informed decisions on achieving housing targets and goals. Visualizing and communicating data analytics helps to analyze future risks and impacts of climate change, promoting resilient urban planning approaches that encourage biodiversity, walkability and the general livability of future communities.

Esri Canada News

Esri Canada partners with CCHIM to enhance health information education
May 15, 2024

Ratio.City to scale housing tools across Canada after CMHC selection
May 28, 2024

Esri News

Esri Launches Central Asia and Caucasus Geoportal
May 28, 2024


ArcUser: Boosting Land Mine Clearance with Field-Focused Workflows
Sixty million people are directly affected by the millions of land mines that have been deployed in more than 60 states and territories around the world. For more than 20 years, The HALO Trust, a humanitarian nongovernment organization, has used geospatial technology to fulfill its mission of safely clearing land mines and explosive ordnance from civilian land. Its suite of GIS and GNSS solutions has improved the quantity and quality of data that is critical to these efforts.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: A Visionary CTO Leaves a Legacy of Collaboration, Equity in Tacoma, Washington
Grace Brosnon, chief technology officer of Tacoma, Washington, dived into GIS and was instrumental in growing a prototype equity index into a sustainable and integrated GIS product. Powered by GIS, Tacoma’s Equity Index Map is used to help make equitable decisions regarding asset management, budget proposals, new policies, department goals and racial equity action plans for the city’s 18 lines of business.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online.

WhereNext Magazine: The Industrial Metaverse: A Roadmap Emerges
Precision matters in the industrial metaverse—a place where improvements in training and operations stem from location-aware digital twins and extended reality tools.

Video: Data Collaboration in Action: Solving the Housing Crisis in Ontario
Dive into the highlights of the Provincial Data and Reporting Event hosted by Esri Canada and the City of Vaughan in April 2024. This event brought together key stakeholders from the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Infrastructure Ontario, planners and data experts from over 50 municipalities, among others, to discuss the transformative role of data and GIS in addressing the housing crisis. Learn about the innovative tools, collaborative efforts and strategic initiatives that are driving data-driven decision making to improve housing development across Ontario.

Why Use GIS for Urban Planning: Digitizing Power Lines in Downtown Ottawa
Discover how the City of Ottawa is redefining urban planning using Esri's advanced GIS technology. The City used 3D modelling and laser scanning tools to construct a digital twin of Bank Street—a major downtown thoroughfare—before and after burial of aboveground power lines. Now, City staff and members of the public can get a much clearer idea of the proposed changes, leading to better dialogue and a more efficient planning process.

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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