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Esri User Conference 2019: The Blue Raster Experience

Esri UC: The SuperBowl of the Geospatial Industry

The Esri User Conference is the biggest GIS event of the year. This year, the San Diego Convention Center was once again filled with a record-breaking number of geolocation enthusiasts; over 17,000 attendees. The Blue Raster team was excited to participate and showcase our latest work, meet new friends and learn from other GIS professionals.

Blue Raster Team at Esri UC 2019
Blue Raster Team at Esri UC 2019

With ideas flying and new technologies being unveiled, we walked away excited for what is to come:

  • Esri ArcGIS Hub – It was amazing to see all the ways cities and organizations are partnering with residents, non-profits, business, and universities through ArcGIS Hub. The Hub work that the City of Zwolle, Netherlands, and the District of Columbia government are doing was super inspiring!
  • ArcGIS Urban – This is the ultimate city planning tool. It takes into account setbacks, zoning regulations and overrides, and provides capabilities to compare large-scale 3D projects across multiple parcels and development projects.
  • ArcGIS Indoors – ArcGIS Indoors is enabling organizations to provide the ultimate workplace experience for employees through workplace maps and location data to better manage workplace operations. We are proud to announce our new ArcGIS Indoors specialty from Esri.
  • ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7.1 – This new version of ArcGIS Enterprise has reduced server memory requirements have by 95%. This means that the same hardware should be able to do MUCH more now.

The conference kicked off with the Opening Plenary featuring Dr. Jane Goodall and an exciting new StoryMap, ENGAGE – LISTEN – UNDERSTAND – ACT, that the Jane Goodall Institute and Blue Raster teamed up to create. Built with the brand new StoryMaps for ArcGIS template, this story map outlines concerns over chimpanzee populations and the environment, the steps in the process of 'Tacare' approach toward conservation, and success stories with this conservation approach. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the Jane Goodall Institute and meet Jane and her team at the UC conference this year. We hope to see Jane in DC when she visits in September.

Jane Goodall and the Blue Raster Team
Jane Goodall and the Blue Raster Team
Danny Cassiday at Esri UC 2019
Danny Cassiday at Esri UC 2019

On Monday, one of our GIS Analysts, Danny Cassiday, brought his knowledge to sunny California to present a lightning talk "My Life as a (Version) Control Freak: Versioning ArcGIS Online Items with Python" sharing his experiences and thoughts on applications of Python in versioning ArcGIS Online items.

On Tuesday, Blue Raster was proud to sponsor and attend the Sustainable World Social, a networking event focusing on the applications of GIS in the context of conservation and sustainability.

Following the social, we headed over to our annual Fish Taco Night at the South Beach Bar & Grille.

Blue Raster Taco Night  at South Beach Bar & Grille
Blue Raster Taco Night
Blue Raster Taco Night
Blue Raster Taco Night
Blue Raster Team at Taco Night
Blue Raster Team at Taco Night

We enjoyed seeing all those who stopped by our booth this year, from professionals in conservation and forest management to real estate development and utility support. We were able to demo some of our latest applications and invited attendees to visit our Map Gallery Posters. The Gallery featured our work with Forest Stewardship Council providing an interactive outlet through ArcGIS Operations Dashboards to explore where FSC Certified Forests and Certificates currently are located for verification and accountability purposes as well as our partnership with The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program, USAID, UNICEF, and the Nature Conservancy utilizing ArcGIS StoryMaps to track the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals. We also had the opportunity to display a poster covering the drone missions we flew with The Green-Wood Cemetery using Esri’s Drone2Map and ArcGIS Online Web Scenes to provide high-quality imagery that will identify invasive grass for measurement and monitoring in partnership with Cornell University.

Forest Products without Compromise map
Measuring Success map
Improving Drone Missions with Lidar Support map

Wednesday evening was family night, allowing us to engage with the entire GIS community and interact with enthusiasts, young and old. Our Blue Raster temporary tattoos were a hit with the kiddos! Between our booth on the expo floor, the many sessions and socials, family night, and our legendary fish taco night, we had so many wonderful moments. Check out some of our favorites:

Family Night at Esri UC 2019
Family Night at Esri UC 2019
Christina passing out candy at Family Night.
Christina passing out candy at Family Night.
Some of our favorite moments from the UC this year
Some of our favorite moments from the UC this year
Blue Raster booth for Esri UC 2019
Blue Raster booth for Esri UC 2019
Our Blue Raster women in GIS Esri UC 2019
Our Blue Raster women in GIS Esri UC 2019

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Highlighting JGI’s Conservation Approach with a New Story Map

ENGAGE - LISTEN - UNDERSTAND - ACT

Timed to coincide with Dr. Jane Goodall’s plenary speech at the 2019 Esri User Conference in San Diego, California, Blue Raster, Esri and The Jane Goodall Institute teamed up on an exciting new Story Map.

ENGAGE – LISTEN – UNDERSTAND – ACT , built with the brand new StoryMaps for ArcGIS template, tells the story behind the ‘Tacare’ approach toward conservation. The story map outlines concerns over chimpanzee populations and the environment, the steps in the process of Tacare, and success stories with this conservation approach.

Beginning with an overview of how Jane Goodall first became involved with conservation through her work with chimpanzees, the story unfolds as Jane noticed that much of the forests in Western Tanzania, home to her beloved chimpanzees, had become barren hillsides after years of farming and other human related activities in the area. She realized that the only way to conserve chimpanzees and their habitat was to work directly with local people and communities. The story map we created titled, Engage - Listen - Understand - Act, explains this holistic approach and some of the successes the area has already seen through the work of Tacare.

Blue Raster is honored to have had the opportunity to help create the first dedicated web presence that details JGI's Tacare conservation approach and is especially thrilled to have been able to use the latest version of the next-gen StoryMaps builder.

An all-star team of Esri, JGI and Blue Raster staff including master storyteller Allen Carroll from Esri and VP of Conservation Science Lilian Pintea from JGI worked in collaboration to produce ENGAGE – LISTEN – UNDERSTAND – ACT.

The new builder helps the reader flow seamlessly through the story of Tacare; the application intersperses captivating photos taken on the ground in Tanzania and interactive mapping elements that display chimpanzee ranges across Western Tanzania and the African continent. Success with Tacare can be seen in "before" and "after" aerial imagery, which helps readers to visualize the reforestation occurring in the area.

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Not only does this story map detail the incredible conservation efforts led by the Jane Goodall Institute but it also serves as a call-to-action for other conservation efforts and organizations around the world. Conservation is in the hands of local people - by understanding the needs of local communities, we are then able to help create a sustainable future for our world.

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This story map will be displayed at the Esri UC Conference. If you're attending, make sure to check out Blue Raster's booth!

Esri UC 2019: Visit the Blue Raster Team

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Esri UC Plenary speakers

Blue Raster is thrilled to announce our return to the Esri User Conference in July at the San Diego Convention Center. Members of our team will be making the trip out to sunny Southern California next month to present our work and to gain insights from other leaders in the geospatial industry. We look forward to hearing from keynote speakers Jane Goodall and E.O. Wilson, two of the world’s foremost conservation activists. We are excited to be collaborating with the Esri StoryMaps team and the Jane Goodall Institute on a Story Map that will be featured at Esri UC.

Exciting Technology at Esri UC

We are excited to announce that we are now a partner in the ArcGIS Indoors Specialty.

ArcGIS Indoors

Blue Raster is recognized for our expertise with indoor mapping and location analytics, and the implementation of solutions or services using ArcGIS Indoors. This rising IPS (Indoor Positioning System) based software will be at the center of several demos and training sessions at this year’s Esri UC.

Blue Raster Project Manager Megan Gottfried will be attending ArcGIS Urban pre-UC training on July 7th to learn more about this revolution in GIS for urban planning. We are looking forward to talking with colleagues and clients about these new initiatives. Make sure to visit our booth to see some of our application demos and videos.

We are also excited to announce that we are an official ArcGIS Marketplace Provider and have three new offerings in the ArcGIS Marketplace:

  • ArcGIS Online Accelerate
  • ArcGIS Hub Accelerate
  • Story Maps

Visit us at Esri UC to learn more about how Blue Raster can help you successfully set up, implement, and launch the latest Esri software tools.

Where to See Us at Esri UC

We look forward to engaging with other members of the GIS community, and we want to meet with you!  Stop by our booth in the Expo Hall near the Sustainable World Community or contact us at info@blueraster.com to set up a meeting.

Lightning Talk: My Life as a (Version) Control Freak: Versioning ArcGIS Online Items with Python

Monday, July 8th – 5:00 to 6:30pm PT in Ballroom 20-D

Blue Raster GIS Analyst Daniel Cassiday will share his experiences and thoughts on applications of Python in versioning ArcGIS Online items. This event is a single, five-minute presentation taking place as part of a larger series of lightning talks. Danny will be sticking around after the event to answer any individual questions.

Danny Esri UC

Visit us in the Map Gallery, where we will have three posters featured. Hang out with us during Map Gallery Opening and Evening Reception, Monday, July 8th – 4:00 to 7:00pm PT in the Sails Pavilion

Sustainable World Social

Tuesday, July 9th – 6:00 to 8:00pm PT                                                              Hilton San Diego Bayfront Sapphire Terrace

Blue Raster is a proud sponsor of this networking event, which focuses on the applications of GIS in the context of conservation and sustainability. There will be light refreshments and great opportunities to collaborate with other people and organizations that are looking to make a difference.

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Schedule a Meeting With Us

Interested in meeting with our team? Contact us now to schedule a time to meet with us during the Esri User Conference. We can't wait to see you!

The Magic of Maps: Presenting Esri StoryMap Beta

Blue Raster recently had the opportunity to create and present a StoryMap using the new ArcGIS StoryMaps (currently in Beta) for Esri’s “The Magic of Maps: How to Engage and Inspire Your Community” event. At this event, we were able to introduce our own thoughts on the new platform, as well as give advice on how organizations are able to utilize these tools successfully. The StoryMap itself, titled Measuring Success, goes into detail on how some of Blue Raster’s nonprofit partners are tracking progress of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. It addresses five of the seventeen SDGs and encompasses the work of The Demographic and Health Surveys Program, UNICEF, and The Nature Conservancy.

 

The Magic of Maps

The Magic of Maps

The presentation focused heavily on how organizations can be successful in the creation and utilization of their StoryMaps, including knowing the target audience, recognizing the potential of a successful StoryMap, and creating a concise and engaging design. Additionally we were able to showcase the features included in the new beta version of ArcGIS StoryMaps. With the new, modern platform users are able to pick and choose distinct elements to piece together, rather than having to select a set template. Uniform text and font size options also help to eliminate the complexity of styles and reduce design workload. Dynamic media types such as maps, videos, and images can be seamlessly integrated into a number of StoryMap features to further engage the audience. Most importantly, the new builder has a simplistic user interface that allows anyone regardless of prior experience (or lack thereof) to produce a professional-caliber StoryMap.

Special thanks to the members of the Blue Raster team who collaborated to create and present this StoryMap: Project Manager Christina Phang, UI/UX Designer Rachel Stock, GIS Intern Kelly Motzko, and GIS Intern Joe Nadonley.

You can view the slides and listen to the presentation here.

Sustainable World Conference in Geneva: Collaborating for a better world

The GIS for a Sustainable World conference in Geneva, Switzerland is an opportunity to develop long-term and collaborative relationships with global organizations interested in corporate sustainability and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). As a proud a sponsor of this Esri and UNOSAT event, we had the chance to share some of our GIS work that is making an impact on global sustainability efforts. This year’s conference theme focused on applying GIS to people, planet, prosperity, and peace, and how intelligent maps and apps can accelerate efforts to implement the SDGs.

GIS for a Sustainable World

Sustainable Business Panel Session

The Sustainable Business panel session provided an opportunity for participants to hear from experts in specific thematic areas and discuss issues pertaining to their use of GIS. During this session, Michael Lippmann presented our work with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) funded India Water Tool. This tool helps users understand their water risks and plan interventions for water management in India. Other presenters in the panel included Tijs Lips from Bunge, Adam Romo from ISEAL Alliance, and Michael Marus from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Interactive Breakout Sessions

In addition to hearing about sustainability challenges and successes from the many global organizations in attendance, Blue Raster Program Manager Phil Satlof had the opportunity to participate in a World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored Map-a-Thon. The “Map-A-Thon for Good” event gave participants a chance to learn important workflows for data validation, all while creating an open data set to share with the humanitarian community and beyond.Activity at the GIS for a Sustainable World ConferenceWe also participated in the interactive field GIS mobile data collection exercise. In this session, attendees got hands-on experience using the latest in Esri field mobility software. The Exploration Team collected data from around the conference venue, then viewed it on the Operations Dashboard.

Additionally, the Blue Raster team visited with clients at the World Health Organization (WHO) and enjoyed the sites around Geneva. Before heading home, the team visited Chamonix and Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps. GIS for a Sustainable World

Blue Raster sightseeing in Geneva

To read more about the conference, visit the information page.

 


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