Esri

Explore the Indoors with ArcGIS

In July 2018, Esri announced a new product called ArcGIS Indoors. Expected to be available for widespread use this year, ArcGIS Indoors provides 3D maps, data, and location information for indoor spaces. With indoor maps, building operators can more efficiently coordinate resources with their facilities and explore their data to operate more competitively.

How does it work?

ArcGIS Indoors places people and objects inside buildings such as corporate facilities, event venues, education campuses, and more. The indoor mapping system uses a building’s floor plans, indoor sensor networks, and other data streams to build a comprehensive map of any indoor space. It is designed to work seamlessly with other parts of the ArcGIS platform, Powered by ArcGIS Enterprise and Portal, ArcGIS Indoors can be accessed and used for visualization and analysis with other Esri applications.

Examples of ArcGIS Indoors

Indoor Map of Campus

Workshop to Explore the Indoors

Project Manager Christina Phang and GIS Analyst Danny Cassiday had the opportunity to work with ArcGIS Indoors at a hands-on workshop by Esri in Redlands, CA. They learned about converting BIM and CAD into ArcGIS Indoors Information Models and extracting site plans from Aerial imagery to create complete site scale maps. In addition, they completed a technical deep dive into creating and generating routable indoor networks, as well as publishing web and mobile apps. The rest of the team are excited to see what Christina and Danny have learned!

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Get Started Today!

Let us help you deploy ArcGIS Indoors. Our team can assist with curating and preparing data for ArcGIS Indoors, authoring maps and scenes for ArcGIS Indoors Web and Mobile Apps, and configuration and deployment of Indoors Apps. We also provide custom solutions to extend ArcGIS Indoors, integrate it with third party systems, and customize the UI/UX (branding, colors, icons, images).

Learn more about how ArcGIS Indoors services and solutions can work for you.

 

 

Esri FedGIS 2019

The Blue Raster team took part in the annual Esri FedGIS conference in Washington, DC. The conference is an opportunity for government professionals to discuss best practices, participate in hands-on workshops, and connect with subject matter experts from across the country. The conference also features thought leaders from several organizations giving presentations on their uses of  location intelligence. We had the opportunity to meet and talk with Esri staff and attendees. In addition, our team members attended sessions and met with colleagues and clients.

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2019 Partner of the Year Award

Partner of the Year Award photo

Blue Raster is proud and excited to be recognized as the 2019 Partner of the Year. This award is presented as part of the Esri Federal Small Business Specialty (FSBS) program. It recognizes small-business partners who have demonstrated their “commitment to helping federal institutions become more effective and resilient through location intelligence”. The award presentation at FedGIS featured our work with the NASA Transboundary Water Management Data Explorer. This project visualizes hydrologic data including international coverage for precipitation, atmospheric flow, soil moisture, population, and land cover. We look forward to continuing to connect with US Federal Government customers and other small business and providing new and creative Esri solutions.

 

Make Meaningful Policy Maps For Your Community

As one of the largest collections of spatial data in the world, the Living Atlas website by Esri houses a tremendous amount of content. Over the past few years, Esri has increased their focus on incorporating maps for data-driven policy. But with over 7,000 datasets on the site, their policy map content was getting lost in the shuffle. When Esri came to Blue Raster, they wanted to broaden the reach of their policy content through a focused website. Esri saw an opportunity to create a new resource where audiences could explore what’s going on in their community, gain insight, and learn how to better apply maps and analysis to their decisions.

Esri Policy Maps

User Research

Esri’s target audience already believed issues like affordable housing, crime, and workforce development were important, but they found it hard to turn their belief into tangible solutions. Our team worked with Esri to identify main hurdles users faced. We discovered three common obstacles:

  1. “If we make a policy change, where are the areas we would make the change first?”

2. “We want to use maps and analysis to inform our decisions, but where do we start?”

3. “Is there information about the community already? What webmaps, applications, and story maps already exist?

Our job was to ensure the new website within the Living Atlas helped users break through these questions.

User Experience

Our team reviewed more than 200 policy maps within the Living Atlas to inform the website’s layout and user interface. After defining the hierarchy and topics of interest, we designed a workflow that tapped into existing Esri code logic to use `category` tags to bucket the maps. This enabled rapid development, where the project went from design to deployment within two weeks. The end result was a site that allows users to explore maps on topics like “Social Equity and Health,” and then save and share their map collection with peers. For example, check out this collection of policy maps for Baltimore, Maryland.

Wireframes to Visual Design

Connecting users to resources explaining how to get started with using maps for policy making was also important. We worked with Esri to identify the types of resources that would maximize a user’s experience. The result was a sub-page on the site containing in-depth trainings, actionable tips, and inspiring stories to equip users to tackle today’s community challenges.

Make sure to explore this free, Policy Mapping resource today!

Video of Esri Policy Maps

ArcGIS Hub: Grow Your Local Economy

Last year, Esri announced a new product in their platform– ArcGIS Hub. ArcGIS Hub supports collaboration between governments, businesses, citizens and their communities to accomplish data-driven Initiatives.

Recently, Blue Raster assisted Esri in the creation of the Grow Your Local Economy Initiative. This Initiative provides a suite of tools and applications you can use to show business owners, developers, and entrepreneurs why your city is the ideal place to attract top industry talent and grow their business. You can then show and monitor the progress your community is making towards growing your local economy.

The Grow Your Local Economy Initiative consists of four main tools:ArcGIS Hub Icon

  1. Business Development Website – Features the economic development initiative. Users can embed the Economic Development Explorer & Storymap to fuel interest in their area
  2. Economic Development Explorer – This premium interactive application gives potential businesses and developers an easy way to explore aspects of the area.
  3. Why Locate to Your Community Story Map – This configurable story map template highlights why your city is the ideal place to attract top talent.
  4. Survey capabilities – Gain input from current or potential business owners, developers, and entrepreneurs.

Economic Development Explorer

Get inspired by this example of Washington D.C.’s initiative below, and learn more about Blue Raster’s ArcGIS Hub work and support packages.

ArcGIS Hub Grow Your Local Economy

 

 


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