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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.

Esri UC SWS
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!

Data to Decisions with the Jane Goodall Institute

Working from the inside out, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) has notoriously worked for decades to protect the lives of Chimpanzees and other extraordinary wildlife throughout Africa. Blue Raster was elated to get the opportunity to work with JGI to create the Western Tanzania Forest Monitoring Dashboard, connecting communities and data to manage forests and habitats in Tanzania.

"There's no way we can even attempt to save these precious Gombe chimpanzees unless we could improve the lives of the people living around that last little oasis of forest."

-Jane Goodall

Wildlife throughout Africa are depleting due to loss of habitats, illegal poaching, disease, and illegal pet trade, but the Chimpanzees have been hit with some of the most dramatic losses in the last hundred years. Since 1994, the Jane Goodall Institute has focused on Community Centered Conservation, encouraging villages to participate in land use planning. The Forest Monitoring Dashboard was designed to use information collected by locals, evaluate if the monitoring efforts were effective and provide alerts immediately for action.

To create this application, Blue Raster worked with the Open Data Kit (ODK), which JGI has been using since 2010 for on-the-ground GPS Data collection. Locations of Sawmills, Wildlife Traps, and bullet cartridges are just some of things that monitors are looking for to alert Village Government and Park Chiefs of illegal activity.

Using ArcGIS Online, we began to create data services for use in the Dashboard. From the GPS Points came Patrol Paths, and from Patrol Paths came Village Participation. Within the Dashboard, each village can see how their monitoring effort relates to the surrounding communities, as well as determine the variety of threats and wildlife encountered, and explore images taken from each location.

After the completion of the Dashboard, Blue Raster traveled to Kigoma, Tanzania to present with Dr. Jane Goodall to the Regional Commissioners from Kigoma and Katavi regions. We worked with them one-on-one to understand the technology, how it could benefit them, and ways which it could be improved. This trip was one of the farthest from home, and one of the most rewarding. We then had to ask ourselves, what's next for protecting these animals? Can we use Survey 123 for seamless integration with the Esri GIS Suite? What about the use of Drones to detect forest threats? Our work continues.