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SDI Snapshot – August 2016

Which organization in BC has launched the largest airborne magnetic survey in history? What were the top 10 Esri UC questions for ArcGIS Pro? Find out these and more in the August SDI Snapshot.


Canada launches 2016 Arctic Survey in support of UN continental shelf submission

The federal government announced the launch of Canada’s 2016 Arctic expedition to collect bathymetric and geophysical data about the shape and composition of the seabed to support Canada’s submission on the extended continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean.

Geoscience BC launches largest airborne magnetic survey in its history

Geoscience BC announced the launch of its largest airborne magnetic survey to date, the Search Phase II survey, which will produce high-resolution maps used to identify hidden mineral potential in west-central British Columbia.

The US EPA wants its workforce to think with maps

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has enabled 15,000+ staff members access to mapping tools. With this technology, EPA workers can create maps from the data they have stored in Microsoft Excel. These maps serve as powerful tools for communication that can be shared with colleagues.


Ready-to-use GIS imagery with Aeryon sUAS and Drone2Map for ArcGIS

Aeryon’s sUAS is designed to collect drone data safely and efficiently. Aeryon sUAS not only collects high quality photos and video, but the system also captures metadata such as geolocation information on the images to ensure smooth integration into ArcGIS.

The Canadian Remote Sensing Society wants your data

The Canadian Remote Sensing Society (CRSS) is developing a new website. As part of this website development, CRSS would like to incorporate representative examples of remotely sensed imagery to showcase to website visitors. This will be a great way to showcase your data or analysis.

The big picture of big data: mapping the Internet of everything

Real-time data flows all around us. From ocean sensors to smartphones, the broad range of things that stream data to the Internet have one common characteristic—location. A geospatial platform brings data streams into a sophisticated mapping environment that enables users to perform powerful analysis and find new potential in most industries.

DigitalGlobe partners with Esri to update world imagery

Esri curates and hosts the World Imagery map, which is built with a variety of best-available imagery from both commercial sources and the ArcGIS users’ community. Esri will soon update the World Imagery map with exquisite new content acquired through a new subscription to DigitalGlobe’s current and complete high-resolution satellite imagery mosaics for the entire world, including areas in Canada.


Oregon emergency managers' map tool now online

The Real Time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon (RAPTOR) is now available for the public to view incident data about wildfires, areas impacted by flooding, live weather radar, contact information for county emergency managers and more. RAPTOR is a web mapping application that allows users to spatially display interrelated and aggregated information from various systems in a geospatial platform.

You asked, we answered: the top 10 Esri UC questions for ArcGIS Pro

A whole month has passed since the 2016 Esri User Conference where users had a lot of questions and concerns about getting started with ArcGIS Pro. Those users who weren’t able to attend the conference may benefit from the answers. So, here are some of the top questions that were asked at the ArcGIS Desktop pavilion.

An ArcGIS Earth overview at version 1.2

ArcGIS Earth is a lightweight, easy-to-use globe viewer that lets users interact with a variety of GIS information.  Earth is now at version 1.2.1 and has had three full production releases on the quarterly production schedule.  Esri intends to continue to rapidly release the application to efficiently respond to customer feedback. 

About the Author

Gordon Plunkett is the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Director at Esri Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience in GIS and Remote Sensing in both the public and private sectors. He currently sits as a member of the Community Map of Canada Steering Committee, GeoAlliance Canada Interim Board of Directors, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Technical Committee, the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Committee on Geomatics, the University of Laval Convergence Network Advisory Committee and the Advisory Board to the Carleton University Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre. During his career, Gordon has worked on projects in more than 20 countries and has contributed to numerous scientific conferences and publications. At Esri Canada, he is responsible for developing and supporting the company’s SDI vision, initiatives and outreach, including producing content for the SDI blog.

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