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News Roundup – September 2023

What does the future of the workplace look like in a geographic sense? How is geographic information systems (GIS) technology changing lives and inspiring people from all walks of life? How are GIS specialists helping plan and manage wildfire response? Learn more in the News Roundup for September 2023.

Feature Stories

Map of the Month: Toronto Property Permeability
The Map of the Month for September 2023 is “Toronto Property Permeability” by the City of Toronto Geospatial Competency Centre. This map shows the permeability of each municipal parcel within the City of Toronto. The data has been symbolized by percentage permeable, then overlaid upon the City of Toronto’s bare earth LiDAR hillshade.

Geographical Thinking: Season 3 | Episode 23: Geographical Thinking Caps – The Park Is Right
Esri Canada instructors André Piasta and Nigel Pereira trade their laptops for frisbees as they battle for trivia geo-glory. From Stanley Park to Gros Morne, join them on an awe-inspiring journey that traverses the most captivating landscapes our planet has to offer. 

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here. 

Survey: What is the future of the workplace?
BOMA Canada and Esri Canada recently partnered to launch a survey on the future of the workplace. Responses identified a growing preference for real-time monitoring of indoor spaces.

Celebrating inspiring stories in GIS with the Geographical Thinking podcast
Quickly finding missing children, using cows to fight wildfires, engaging the public to identify human remains—what do these stories have in common? They’re powered by geographical information and technology. In this blog post, Geographical Thinking host Guan Yue explores some of the major topics covered in the podcast in its first three seasons.

Get a close-up view of the world with LiDAR
Learn how to use ArcGIS technology to process LiDAR point clouds and create digital elevation models and digital surface models.

How to use GIS in telecommunications for documentation and reporting
How can telecom operators use geography to support documentation of assets and make better decisions? Find out more in this blog post from Esri Canada’s telecom expert, Sergio Palladini.

Esri Canada News

Maricopa County goes live with Assessment Analyst® GAMA
August 29, 2023

Esri Canada launches Assessment Analyst ValueIT for accurate property assessment values
August 28, 2023


ArcUser: A Nature-Based Solution to Human-Elephant Conflict
In 2006, researchers proved that honeybees can help save the world’s largest land mammal. The Elephants and Bees Project, devised by Save the Elephants, reduces elephant crop raids by helping farmers build beehive fences that discourage elephants. To record information about farms and fences, the project team uses handheld GPS devices as well as ArcGIS Survey123, then visualizes that information using ArcGIS Dashboards.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: Wildland Fire GIS Specialists Connect on Esri Community
Geospatial tools and data sharing are paramount to planning and managing wildfire response, helping reduce devastation while saving lives and livelihoods. GIS specialists protect, update and disperse this data. And thanks to the National Interagency Fire Center, these professionals—who hail from all over the United States—now have a central place to go to get answers to GIS-related questions, troubleshoot issues, find new geospatial solutions and get relevant training updates: the Wildfire Response GIS user group on Esri Community.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online. 

WhereNext Magazine: Inside the New Tools of the Hybrid Workforce
Recent data shows that about half of office workers in major US cities are now spending some days out of the office. In this article, find out how executives are turning to spatial insights from GIS technology to navigate the complexities of modern workforce planning.

Video: Sharing Data Across Governments
Data often becomes siloed when it is collected by different departments or organizations, but that doesn’t have to be the case. With six counties, 119 cities and 19 million people represented by members of the Southern California Association of Governments, the case study in this video demonstrates how Esri technology can streamline even the most complex of collaborations.

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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