Reflections on the Esri Federal User Conference 2016

The Esri Federal User Conference and Developer Summit was 2/24-2/26/2016 at the DC Convention Center.  While this conference is not as large as the International User Conference in San Diego, it offers a lot of great information, access to key Esri staff, and a networking opportunity with other Geospatial professionals.  Without a doubt, this is … More Reflections on the Esri Federal User Conference 2016

Why do we need contours if we have Lidar surface data?

Lidar data is a great enhancement for us to understand our world. It can be used to provide information about heights of buildings, heights of trees etc.  We can even use it to establish an accurate terrain model to represent the ground. The terrain model can directly contribute to interactive 3D visualizations; however, it is … More Why do we need contours if we have Lidar surface data?

Custom Map Symbols from Fonts – when Esri’s symbol set or a bitmap just won’t do.

Esri provides us with a vast collection of symbols that we can use on our maps.  To date, I think I have used less than 1% of them.  It’s amazing how many symbols are in the weather symbol set and I don’t think I have been able to use a single one of them, but … More Custom Map Symbols from Fonts – when Esri’s symbol set or a bitmap just won’t do.

GIS data archiving…keeping historical perspectives.

As GIS practitioners, we often are obsessed with keeping our data up to date.  This is often key in making correct decisions by those who rely on our systems.  But….are we consciously also building a valuable historical record that will be accessible and useful in the future?  10 years, 20 years, 50 years from now, … More GIS data archiving…keeping historical perspectives.