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News Roundup – September 2016

Learn how Veridian Connections powers innovation through GIS, get insights into drones and ArcGIS, and find out more about the true value of analysis in GIS in this month's News Roundup.

Feature Stories

Veridian Connections Powers Innovation through GIS

In 2014, Veridian implemented several ArcGIS solutions to help further integrate its systems and processes to drive greater efficiencies. As a result, Veridian has streamlined the flow of information throughout the utility and eliminated redundant processes, resulting in an improved customer experience and more efficient utilization of existing staff.

New Web Mapping Approach Moves City of Coquitlam Towards Greater Productivity

Adopting a one-map-fits-all approach to publishing web maps has been a standard practice for municipalities and government agencies for many years. The City of Coquitlam sought to transition away from the concept of multi-purpose, GIS-based online maps by leveraging out-of-the-box tools available through ArcGIS. The City efficiently deployed a suite of focused apps that met municipal and provincial security and privacy requirements and addressed the needs of various city departments. The web maps are now helping office and field staff stay connected and productive with timely, up-to-date information.

Are We Missing the Boat on the True Value of Analysis in GIS?

Are GIS professionals missing the boat on the true value of analysis in GIS? Chris North, Esri Canada’s Director of Industry Solutions, believes this might very well be the case. He contends that the ability to analyze data and gain insight into what it means is the very thing that most organizations crave the most. In his latest ArcNorth News column, View From the North, Chris challenges GIS professionals to embrace new approaches that will help those outside the GIS community benefit from the power of GIS.

Connecting the Future of Utilities and Telecommunications
The coalescing of technology and business needs between the Utilities and Telecommunications industries has been occurring at a rapid rate these last few years. As these two industries move closer together, we’re seeing increased adoption of the solutions, templates, best practices and processes that now cross both industries.  It makes sense to also address the commonality in the events we run for the Utilities and Telecommunications industries. In October, we will launch Esri GeoConX, which integrates the best elements of the Electric & Gas User Group (EGUG) and Telecommunications User Group (TelUG) meetings.

Community Maps Update


There were a number of imagery and topographic basemap updates from across the country in August. Step through the story map to see what’s new. Imagery updates were made to Township of Langley, Dawson Creek, Mountain View and Haldimand County. Topographic updates were made to Kamloops, Parkland County, Kitchener/Waterloo Area and Moncton.

Esri News

Association of Support Professionals Honours the Esri Support Website
August 4, 2016

GeoDesign Summit 2017 Taking Place at Esri Headquarters
August 11, 2016

Esri Earns Top Ranking in Current Offering and Market Presence Category in Geospatial Analytics Tools and Platforms Report
August 31, 2016


Esri Booth Tour from Trajectory On Location on Vimeo.

Ben Conklin from Esri gave Trajectory On Location a whirlwind tour of Esri technology at the 2016 GEOINT Symposium. Get a glimpse of what you can do with ArcGIS Earth, ArcGIS Full Motion Video, Esri Story Map apps and Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS.