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News Roundup—May 2024

How did GIS help one explorer tell the story of her expedition to better understand Southern Ocean biodiversity? Which Esri mobile app should you use for field data collection—and which apps should you avoid? How did the Town of Oakville modernize their process for gathering and analyzing housing data? Learn more in the News Roundup for May 2024.

Feature Stories

Map of the Month: Ministry of Environment Regional Operations Office Locations & Water and Air Quality Monitoring Locations
This map shows the British Columbia Ministry of Environment regional office and staff locations. The Ministry is responsible for the effective protection, management and conservation of B.C.’s water, land, air and living resources. The map also depicts the related air quality and water monitoring locations as well as Regional District boundaries. The branch offices and air quality monitoring locations are clustered in the Victoria, Greater Vancouver and Prince George areas.

Geographical Thinking: Season 4 | Episode 12: From Expedition to Inspiration
Grab your toque and prepare for an icy voyage to the ends of the Earth! In this episode of Geographical Thinking, host Michelle Brake speaks to Anais Schaenzel, who recently embarked on a thrilling expedition to Antarctica and documented it all—live—with GIS.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here.

Following in Québec’s footprints: Adding new buildings to the Community Map
As soon as the Government of Québec released its new building footprints dataset, which includes increased data quality and coverage extent, we knew we had to consider it for inclusion in the Community Map of Canada.

Which Esri mobile app should I use for field data collection?
With spring arriving, it’s time for spring cleaning! But before you declutter, it’s best to take inventory first. Read this blog post to find out which Esri mobile application is best suited to your field data collection process—and which apps you can leave behind.

Town of Oakville’s data hub success
The Town of Oakville’s population is set to double by 2050, and the Town wanted to modernize their process for gathering and analyzing housing data. They enlisted Esri Canada’s Planning and Housing Division to plan and develop a hub site which would host a series of dashboards and tell the story of Oakville’s planning and housing success.

Where can blockchain technology fit in the assessment industry?
Want more from the recent webinar hosted by Brian Smith, industry and product manager from Esri Canada’s Assessment Division? Check out this detailed follow-up.

Esri News

Esri’s ArcGIS Basemaps Integrated into Autodesk Civil 3D and AutoCAD
April 4, 2024


ArcUser: Using GIS to Bridge Asset Management and Customer Care
At Water and Sewer Company of Thessaloniki S.A. (EYATH), a utility company in the northern part of Greece, a disconnect between teams created procedural bottlenecks, which increased response time and diminished the quality of customer service. By connecting asset and customer data and addressing data standardization and validation issues, customer requests now can be addressed with one click.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: University of Minnesota Proves Sustainable Development Goals Are Local
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations member countries in 2015 are applicable to every region and every population in the world—including Minnesotans. The University of Minnesota’s Sustainable Development Goals initiative has created its own prototype, the SDGs in Minnesota hub site, to help counties pursuing the SDGs to share relevant local data to help with decision making.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online.

WhereNext Magazine: A Swift Introduction to Location Intelligence
Taylor Swift launched her international “Eras” concert tour in March 2023. By the end of that year, it had become the first musical tour by any artist to surpass $1 billion in revenue. This year, it is expected to bring in $1 billion more. Like any live event, the Eras tour offers businesses a chance to take advantage of ripple effects by understanding the geography of the area surrounding tour venues.

Video: The Road to a Clean Energy Future
For an incredible example of location and GIS in action, look no further than The Ray, who are using Esri’s mapping tools to build a more resilient infrastructure and future by expanding energy grids and moving clean energy from where it is generated to where it's needed. With GIS, they’re able to plan and design in days what used to take years.

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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