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Tips & Tricks: Field Data Collection Best Practices

Tips & Tricks: Field Data Collection Best Practices

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In this blog article, we’ll delve into some indispensable tips and tricks to optimize your field data collection practices in…
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Three Things ArcGIS Online Credits Can Do for You

Three Things ArcGIS Online Credits Can Do for You

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ArcGIS Online credits is a form of currency that allows users to unlock various features and capabilities within the platform.
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Tips and Tricks with ArcGIS QuickCapture

Tips and Tricks with ArcGIS QuickCapture

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In the realm of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), data collection is the cornerstone of informed decision-making.
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Transforming Interior Spaces with ArcGIS Indoors

Transforming Interior Spaces with ArcGIS Indoors

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So, how exactly does ArcGIS Indoors work, and how can it be leveraged to transform interior spaces? Let’s delve into…
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Aegir Consult Receives Esri’s New Markets Award

Aegir Consult Receives Esri’s New Markets Award

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Aegir Consult received the New Markets Award at the 2024 Esri Partner Conference (EPC) held on March 10–11, 2024, in…
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Visualizing Real-Time Data for Effective Decision Making

Visualizing Real-Time Data for Effective Decision Making

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In today’s data-driven world, making informed decisions in real-time is crucial for organizations across diverse industries. Whether you’re managing a…
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Introducing the Latest in ArcGIS GeoBIM: February 2024 Release 

Introducing the Latest in ArcGIS GeoBIM: February 2024 Release 

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In the realm of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC), effective collaboration is paramount. ArcGIS GeoBIM emerges as a game-changer…
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Uganda Flying Labs: Safeguarding Coffee Farmers Against Risk

Uganda Flying Labs: Safeguarding Coffee Farmers Against Risk

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In Uganda, where coffee reigns as the largest export crop, the stakes are high for farmers facing challenges of climate…
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ArcGIS API for JavaScript Version 3.x Retirement

ArcGIS API for JavaScript Version 3.x Retirement

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After 15 years of powering web mapping applications across various industries worldwide, the ArcGIS API for JavaScript Version 3.x will…
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ArcGIS Web AppBuilder Retirement

ArcGIS Web AppBuilder Retirement

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Web AppBuilder is heading into retirement, but fear not
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Top 3 Courses for ArcGIS Beginners

Top 3 Courses for ArcGIS Beginners

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Our instructor-led foundational courses are meticulously crafted to equip you with the essential skills and
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Mastering Geospatial Data Management in ArcGIS Pro

Mastering Geospatial Data Management in ArcGIS Pro

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In this blog post, we will explore essential tips and tricks to help you master ArcGIS Pro and streamline your…
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Transforming Urban Planning with ArcGIS: A New Era of Smart Cities

Transforming Urban Planning with ArcGIS: A New Era of Smart Cities

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The rapid pace of urbanization in the 21st century presents both opportunities and challenges for cities around the world. As…
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Drileyo Gilbert: The GIS Trailblazer Transforming Uganda’s Wildlife Conservation Landscape

Drileyo Gilbert: The GIS Trailblazer Transforming Uganda’s Wildlife Conservation Landscape

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In this edition, we focus on Drileyo Gilbert, a wildlife biologist and research scientist at the Uganda Wildlife Research &…
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Esri Eastern Africa’s Remarkable GIS Day Across Universities and Institutions

Esri Eastern Africa’s Remarkable GIS Day Across Universities and Institutions

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In a triumphant showcase of geospatial technology and expertise, Esri Eastern Africa marked GIS Day with a series of vibrant…
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Exploring the Latest Enhancements in ArcGIS Drone2Map (November 2023)

Exploring the Latest Enhancements in ArcGIS Drone2Map (November 2023)

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ArcGIS Drone2Map has recently unveiled its latest version, and it brings forth an array of exciting features and improvements. In…
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3 Things ArcGIS Network Analyst Can Do for You

3 Things ArcGIS Network Analyst Can Do for You

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ArcGIS Network Analyst is a versatile and powerful tool that brings a new dimension to spatial analysis within the ArcGIS…
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How to Leverage ArcGIS for Stunning Maps and Apps

How to Leverage ArcGIS for Stunning Maps and Apps

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Explore how you can leverage the full potential of ArcGIS to create stunning maps and applications.
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Maps and Apps Revolutionize Water Management in Arusha City

Maps and Apps Revolutionize Water Management in Arusha City

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The Arusha Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (AUWSA), entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing water supply and…
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Kenyatta University: A Beacon of GIS Excellence in Eastern Africa

Kenyatta University: A Beacon of GIS Excellence in Eastern Africa

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In a remarkable transformation, Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, rapidly evolved into a distinguished center of GIS excellence in Eastern…
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Real-Time Ecological Monitoring Safeguards Kenya’s Endangered Rhinos

Real-Time Ecological Monitoring Safeguards Kenya’s Endangered Rhinos

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Fatu and Najin, the last two northern white rhinos on Earth, reside at Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC), living under…
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KenGen’s GIS Portal Fueling a Digital Transformation

KenGen’s GIS Portal Fueling a Digital Transformation

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This transformation was vital as KenGen faced the challenges of rapid expansion in its production facilities and the dynamic landscape…
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GIS Transforms Uganda’s UEDCL, Expanding its Mission

GIS Transforms Uganda’s UEDCL, Expanding its Mission

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Challenges faced by the Ugandan electricity sector were multiple: aging assets, illegal connections, and equipment vandalism resulting in
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ArcGIS Tracker: Four Benefits of Location Tracking

ArcGIS Tracker: Four Benefits of Location Tracking

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The capacity to track assets and monitor activities in real-time has become a vital tool for businesses and organizations of…
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Three Things ArcGIS Spatial Analyst Can Do for You

Three Things ArcGIS Spatial Analyst Can Do for You

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ArcGIS Spatial Analyst is an extension for ArcGIS Desktop that provides a wide range of spatial analysis and modeling capabilities….
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ArcGIS Solutions: Unlocking the Power of Industry-Specific GIS

ArcGIS Solutions: Unlocking the Power of Industry-Specific GIS

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In today’s fast-paced and data-rich world, location matters more than ever. Whether you’re managing city infrastructure, optimizing crop yields, delivering…
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Get to Know ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online

Get to Know ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online

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In the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), ArcGIS Online is a powerful platform that has revolutionized the way we…
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ArcGIS Drone2Map: Do More with Your Drone Imagery

ArcGIS Drone2Map: Do More with Your Drone Imagery

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Drones have revolutionized the way we capture and analyze geographic information. These versatile aerial vehicles provide a wealth of data,…
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From Field to Map: Collecting and Analyzing Data with ArcGIS

From Field to Map: Collecting and Analyzing Data with ArcGIS

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In the realm of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the journey from field data collection to the creation of informative maps…
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ArcGIS Image: An Easier Way to Work with Imagery and Raster Data

ArcGIS Image: An Easier Way to Work with Imagery and Raster Data

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In today’s data-driven world, geographic information systems (GIS) play a pivotal role in helping us make sense of complex spatial…
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From Novice to Pro: Build Your Geospatial Skills with ArcGIS 

From Novice to Pro: Build Your Geospatial Skills with ArcGIS 

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Geospatial technology plays a crucial role in analyzing and visualizing spatial data for a wide range of industries and applications
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Five Tips to Improve Your ArcGIS Dashboards 

Five Tips to Improve Your ArcGIS Dashboards 

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ArcGIS Dashboards is a powerful tool that allows users to create interactive and visually appealing data visualizations.
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Three Things ArcGIS Workforce Can Do for You 

Three Things ArcGIS Workforce Can Do for You 

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In today’s fast-paced world, efficient management of resources, tasks, and personnel is crucial for organizations across various industries. ArcGIS Workforce,…
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A Holistic Approach to Protecting Africa’s Wildlife

A Holistic Approach to Protecting Africa’s Wildlife

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Africa’s breathtaking landscapes, teeming with diverse wildlife, have long been a source of wonder and fascination for people around the…
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Harnessing the Power of ArcGIS for Efficient Asset Management

Harnessing the Power of ArcGIS for Efficient Asset Management

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Effective asset management is crucial for businesses and organizations of all sizes in the first-paced world of today.
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ArcGIS Pro Review: 15 Reasons to Map Like a Pro

ArcGIS Pro Review: 15 Reasons to Map Like a Pro

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Mapping has become an essential tool for various industries, from urban planning and environmental management to business analytics and disaster…
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The Cloud-Based Solution for Geospatial Collaboration

The Cloud-Based Solution for Geospatial Collaboration

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In a world driven by data, location intelligence plays a pivotal role in decision-making across various industries.
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ArcGIS Hub: Empowering Collaborative Decision Making and Citizen Engagement

ArcGIS Hub: Empowering Collaborative Decision Making and Citizen Engagement

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The power of data and technology is changing how communities, organizations, and governments collaborate and make choices
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Smart Workplaces, Efficient Operations

Smart Workplaces, Efficient Operations

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In an age where technology is rapidly transforming the way we work and interact with our environment, businesses are constantly
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Maximizing Efficiency with ArcGIS Field Apps and Mobile Data Collection

Maximizing Efficiency with ArcGIS Field Apps and Mobile Data Collection

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In today’s fast-paced world, organizations across various industries are recognizing the transformative power of mobile technology
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Empowering Communities Through GIS #RIC2023

Empowering Communities Through GIS #RIC2023

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Esri’s presence at the conference was marked by a series of enlightening presentations that showcased the organization’s commitment to utilizing…
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Insights from Our Interns at Esri Eastern Africa

Insights from Our Interns at Esri Eastern Africa

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At Esri Eastern Africa, we believe in the power of learning, growth, and collaboration. Our commitment to fostering young talent…
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Geospatial Networking at its Finest

Geospatial Networking at its Finest

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Monday 10 July 2023, Esri Eastern Africa, the region’s leading geospatial solutions provider, set the stage for an unforgettable experience…
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Esri Eastern Africa and Masinde Muliro University Form Strategic Alliance

Esri Eastern Africa and Masinde Muliro University Form Strategic Alliance

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January 2023, Esri Eastern Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Masinde Muliro University (MMUST).
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Getting Started with ArcGIS: A Beginner’s Guide to Mastering Geospatial Analysis

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Geospatial analysis is a powerful tool that allows us to understand the world around us in a whole new way….
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ArcGIS Python Automation: Streamlining Workflows for GIS Professionals

ArcGIS Python Automation: Streamlining Workflows for GIS Professionals

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With ArcGIS Python automation, the focus can shift from mundane administrative tasks to more strategic analysis and decision-making, ultimately driving…
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ArcGIS Online: Collaborative Mapping and Storytelling for GIS Professionals

ArcGIS Online: Collaborative Mapping and Storytelling for GIS Professionals

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In today’s interconnected world, collaboration and effective communication are key to successfully leveraging geographic information…
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Geocoding and Geoprocessing: Enhancing GIS Analysis with ArcGIS Tools and APIs

Geocoding and Geoprocessing: Enhancing GIS Analysis with ArcGIS Tools and APIs

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Geocoding and geoprocessing are two fundamental techniques that enhance GIS analysis, enabling us to extract…
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Harnessing the Power of Remote Sensing with ArcGIS

Harnessing the Power of Remote Sensing with ArcGIS

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Remote sensing, the science of acquiring information about the Earth’s surface without direct physical contact, has…
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Advanced Techniques Every GIS Professional Should Know

Advanced Techniques Every GIS Professional Should Know

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Geographic Information System (GIS) technology has transformed the way we analyze and interpret spatial data. As GIS professionals, we
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ArcGIS Insights: A Comprehensive Data Analysis Tool for GIS Professionals

ArcGIS Insights: A Comprehensive Data Analysis Tool for GIS Professionals

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In the realm of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the ability to analyze and derive meaningful insights from spatial data is…
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ArcGIS for Forest Monitoring: An Essential Tool for Environmental Conservation

ArcGIS for Forest Monitoring: An Essential Tool for Environmental Conservation

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Forests are vital ecosystems that provide numerous benefits, including carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, and resource sustainability…
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ArcGIS Business Analyst: A Powerful Tool for Market Analysis and Planning

ArcGIS Business Analyst: A Powerful Tool for Market Analysis and Planning

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In today’s competitive business landscape, making informed decisions is crucial for success. Market analysis and strategic…
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ArcGIS for Schools: Empowering the Next Generation of GIS Professionals

ArcGIS for Schools: Empowering the Next Generation of GIS Professionals

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Geographic Information System (GIS) technology has become an essential tool in various industries, from urban planning to environmental…
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Announcement of an Acting CEO at Esri Eastern Africa

Announcement of an Acting CEO at Esri Eastern Africa

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We request that you all join us in welcoming Mr. Samuel Kimani in our midst as of 2nd June 2023….
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ArcGIS for Electric Utilities; optimizing grid performance & maintenance

ArcGIS for Electric Utilities; optimizing grid performance & maintenance

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The electricity grid is the backbone of modern society, powering homes, businesses, and industries. Ensuring the reliable and efficient…
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ArcGIS Workflow Manager: Streamlining GIS Workflows for Greater Efficiency

ArcGIS Workflow Manager: Streamlining GIS Workflows for Greater Efficiency

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ArcGIS Workflow Manager is a powerful extension of Esri’s ArcGIS platform that enables organizations to define, manage, and execute…
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ArcGIS Navigator: The Ultimate GPS Navigation Solution

ArcGIS Navigator: The Ultimate GPS Navigation Solution

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In today’s fast-paced world, where time is of the essence and efficiency is paramount, having a reliable GPS navigation solution…
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Exploring ArcGIS ModelBuilder for GIS Professionals

Exploring ArcGIS ModelBuilder for GIS Professionals

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Spatial modeling plays a crucial role in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by enabling professionals to automate complex geoprocessing tasks
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Spatial Data Science: Extract Insights and Make Data-Driven Decisions

Spatial Data Science: Extract Insights and Make Data-Driven Decisions

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In today’s digital age, vast amounts of data are being generated every second from various sources, ranging from sensors and…
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Five Powerful Capabilities of ArcGIS 3D Analyst

Five Powerful Capabilities of ArcGIS 3D Analyst

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ArcGIS 3D Analyst provides a suite of tools to create and analyze 3D terrain, enabling users to understand the topography…
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Aegir Consult Awarded Esri’s System Ready Specialty 

Aegir Consult Awarded Esri’s System Ready Specialty 

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In December 2022, Aegir Consult was officially recognized as part of the ArcGIS System Ready Specialty. This accreditation is…
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Top Ten Reasons Why Professionals Should Get GIS Training

Top Ten Reasons Why Professionals Should Get GIS Training

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In today’s data-driven world, professionals across a wide range of industries need to be able to analyze and interpret spatial…
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3 Things ArcGIS Pro Can Do for You 

3 Things ArcGIS Pro Can Do for You 

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ArcGIS Pro has a modern and intuitive user interface that allows users to work more efficiently with maps, data, and…
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Helping farmers see the bigger picture.

Helping farmers see the bigger picture.

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Any farmer knows that their success or failure can hinge on a single good season. But how often do they…
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Bringing Together the Power of GIS 

Bringing Together the Power of GIS 

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Friday 16th September 2022, Esri Eastern Africa and GIS limited entered a Memorandum of Understanding.
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Esri Eastern Africa and Fahari Aviation Take to the Skies

Esri Eastern Africa and Fahari Aviation Take to the Skies

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Wednesday 27 July 2022, Esri Eastern Africa, and Fahari Aviation (FAV) entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) towards closer collaboration.
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Harness the power of spatial analytics

Harness the power of spatial analytics

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Imagine a world in which companies could improve their execution processes by dynamically calculating, assessing, and refining the way they…
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Know your options when it comes to GIS data formats

Know your options when it comes to GIS data formats

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This article will get you started by teaching you about several commonly used GIS file formats for vector data and…
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Simplify your data collection efforts with ArcGIS Survey 123 

Simplify your data collection efforts with ArcGIS Survey 123 

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ArcGIS Survey 123 is a fast and easy way to gather outdoor survey data. Survey123 helps you collect data in…
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How GIS can be used to better plan your next camping trip

How GIS can be used to better plan your next camping trip

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Whether you’re a parent or a camper, one thing’s for sure: your next camping trip is going to be amazing!…
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Become a successful GIS analyst

Become a successful GIS analyst

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As a GIS analyst, you’re at a unique point in your career. It’s exciting, challenging, and as vital to the…
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ArcGIS Maritime Extension – making marine data accessible!

ArcGIS Maritime Extension – making marine data accessible!

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ArcGIS Maritime Extension provides SQL capabilities, as well as topological tools to effectively process data from over ten thousand vector…
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Five tips to get started in GIS

Five tips to get started in GIS

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Here are five tips that can help you get started in Geographic Information System (GIS).
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Propelling organizations to greater heights

Propelling organizations to greater heights

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How good is your location? Is it time to kick your agency into high gear? With Geospatial Intelligence, you can…
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And the Special Achievement Award in GIS Goes To…GSE!

And the Special Achievement Award in GIS Goes To…GSE!

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Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) was awarded the 2022 Special Achievement Award in GIS during the Esri User Conference in…
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Powering Data Online

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Members of the group used Esri technology to create an ArcGIS Online organizational account where geographic data from respective organizations…
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Kenyatta University Launches a GIS Lab

Kenyatta University Launches a GIS Lab

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With the provision of the license from Esri, Kenyatta University launched a GIS lab to promote knowledge of GIS and…
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Buy Online!

Buy Online!

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To stay competitive in this new business and economic environment, requires new strategies and practices.
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A pillar of research!

A pillar of research!

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The University embraced use of GIS in teaching and Research in 2012 and has successfully become a GIS lighthouse with…
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Esri EA exhibits at the non-revenue water management symposium

Esri EA exhibits at the non-revenue water management symposium

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ater is central to economic and social development. It is necessary for maintaining health, growing food, generating energy, managing the…
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A contemporary strategy for public health readiness

A contemporary strategy for public health readiness

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GIS can help public health departments assess their readiness for pandemics and other events by providing them with tools to…
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ArcGIS Desktop Migration

ArcGIS Desktop Migration

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Why you should consider the migration
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Uganda Bureau of Statistics Bags a GIS Award

Uganda Bureau of Statistics Bags a GIS Award

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The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) was awarded the 2022 Special Achievement Award in GIS during the Esri User Conference…
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Connected Summit 2022!

Connected Summit 2022!

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ICT is the broadest enabler of GIS. Today, traditional manual or automated cartography procedures are far less versatile than the…
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Esri EA attends Kenya Institute of Planners 1st Regional Conference

Esri EA attends Kenya Institute of Planners 1st Regional Conference

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On March 31st and April 1st, 2022, Esri EA, attended the first Kenya Planners Regional (KIP) Conference in Nakuru.
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Meet Our Q3 Interns

Meet Our Q3 Interns

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Every Quarter Esri Eastern Africa offers internship and attachment opportunities to students and graduates, from different Eastern Africa countries that…
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Climate change is a spatial issue

Climate change is a spatial issue

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Climate change is one of the biggest environmental concerns of the 21st century. Anyone who has spent any time digital…
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Maps for Marketers

Maps for Marketers

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Maps allow you to visualize where exactly your customers and competition are located. These maps can be further enriched with…
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Promoting Sustainable Agriculture

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture

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GIS offers an incredible array of benefits to agriculture because it uses modern technology to produce accurate maps, a better…
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Smarter Solutions for a Smarter Future

Smarter Solutions for a Smarter Future

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By analyzing and combining location data streams and visualizing concepts for everyone, GIS mapping creates billions of complex maps, fusing…
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ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst Extension

ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst Extension

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ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst lets you make accurate predictions about an area based on sample data points. You can explore spatial…
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Location – Driven Market Insights: A Roadmap to Intelligent Business Development!

Location – Driven Market Insights: A Roadmap to Intelligent Business Development!

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Location intelligence is the methodology of deriving insights from location data to answer spatial questions.
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Raster Analysis Using ArcGIS Pro

Raster Analysis Using ArcGIS Pro

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With this software, you may run custom algorithms on big collections of raster data by applying basic raster processing tools…
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A Spatial Perspective for Resilient, Contemporary and Sustainable Infrastructure

A Spatial Perspective for Resilient, Contemporary and Sustainable Infrastructure

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Here’s why tackling the life cycle of infrastructure initiatives requires a spatial approach.
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Digitally Transforming the Future Natural Resources

Digitally Transforming the Future Natural Resources

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Just as the rest of the world is now beginning to understand the importance of paying more attention to the…
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Why Teach with GIS?

Why Teach with GIS?

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As the world struggles with complicated issues such as famine, drought, population growth and COVID-19, higher education institutions must keep…
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Automation of Dynamic Data Updates from Google Spreadsheets

Automation of Dynamic Data Updates from Google Spreadsheets

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Automation of data is a rising trend in the GIS industry to reduce workflow processes..
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Pushing the Boundaries of Geography

Pushing the Boundaries of Geography

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While Geography gives you a deeper understanding of today’s most challenging issues such as health, natural resources, climate, and population….
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What is Spatial Data?

What is Spatial Data?

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Spatial data, or geospatial data is any piece of information that specifically refers to a particular geographic region or location….
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Unleashing Data’s Potential in Banking

Unleashing Data’s Potential in Banking

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With the drastic developments in the banking industry, it’s only fair for the banking sector to look for greater resources…
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GIS Career Suggestions to Help you Land Your Dream Job

GIS Career Suggestions to Help you Land Your Dream Job

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If you’re having problems getting your foot in the door for a GIS job, we have some career suggestions to…
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Managing, Processing and Analysis of Drone Imagery with Site Scan for ArcGIS

Managing, Processing and Analysis of Drone Imagery with Site Scan for ArcGIS

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Site Scan for ArcGIS is an end-to-end cloud-based drone mapping tool created to revolutionize the gathering, processing, and analysis of…
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Discover the Digital Mapping Industry: GIS

Discover the Digital Mapping Industry: GIS

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Despite being unknown, GIS technology is frequently used in our everyday lives. We’re all curious about where things are. Real-time…
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What Does a GIS Analyst Do?

What Does a GIS Analyst Do?

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A GIS analyst is a hybrid career combining data analysis, cartography (the creation of maps), and programming. In other words,…
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Turning Drone Imagery to Geospatial Intelligence

Turning Drone Imagery to Geospatial Intelligence

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Drones are changing how we work in practically every aspect, and the possibilities for their use are only limited by…
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Modern Technology Developing the Ancient World

Modern Technology Developing the Ancient World

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To build a more sustainable future, we must make the most of our brightest minds, creative abilities, design skills, technological…
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Imagery Analysis in ArcGIS Pro

Imagery Analysis in ArcGIS Pro

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Imagery analysis is a 3-day course that not only focuses on the analysis but also in interpretation by extracting information…
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Add GIS Skills to Your Portfolio

Add GIS Skills to Your Portfolio

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A career in which GIS is an integral part of your daily routine allows you to immerse yourself in a…
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Evaluating Urban Development Plans with ArcGIS GeoPlanner

Evaluating Urban Development Plans with ArcGIS GeoPlanner

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Due to limited land resources, development demands, and intricate planning procedures, planning authorities have substantial obstacles in protecting key places…
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Leveraging GIS for Sustainable African Cities 

Leveraging GIS for Sustainable African Cities 

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Like the rest of the world, the rapid growth in population has caught many African cities unprepared. Key sectors struggle…
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How to Perform Multidimensional raster analysis in ArcGIS Pro 

How to Perform Multidimensional raster analysis in ArcGIS Pro 

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Multidimensional data represents data captured at multiple times or multiple depths or heights and it includes the elements of time…
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An Easy Solution to Your Data Management Problems

An Easy Solution to Your Data Management Problems

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Today, almost all C-suite executives view data management as an essential tool for business strategy. GIS technology provides business leaders…
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5 Simple ways to learn GIS technology

5 Simple ways to learn GIS technology

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If you’re seeking an exciting career in your higher learning, a GIS career is the way to go. If you’re…
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What Can I Do with a GIS Degree?

What Can I Do with a GIS Degree?

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Are you wondering whether it’s worth getting a degree in GIS? Or what you can do for a job once…
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Expanding Education and Career Opportunities

Expanding Education and Career Opportunities

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By striking a balance between technical skills and conceptual understanding, GIS equips the students with real-world, interdisciplinary problem-solving skills…
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Benefits of GIS (Geographic Information System)nbsp;

Benefits of GIS (Geographic Information System)nbsp;

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Whether maps are used to map your geographic area, visualize boundaries, or define the quickest accessible road to the nearest…
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Addressing Supply Chain Issues with GIS: Solving Logistics Challenges

Addressing Supply Chain Issues with GIS: Solving Logistics Challenges

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GIS mapping ties many different data sources together and allows experts to have a visual and intuitive picture of what…
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Simplified Learning with ArcGIS Story Maps

Simplified Learning with ArcGIS Story Maps

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With ArcGIS Story Maps, you can combine texts, photos, and videos together with custom maps to help you create a…
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Locate your customer! 

Locate your customer! 

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GIS helps you to gather economic, psychographic, and demographic data on the population within a prospective region…
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Integrating GIS with Healthcare Solutions

Integrating GIS with Healthcare Solutions

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From the likes of Koch T. the author to Cartographies of Disease to John Snow The Father of Epidemiology, it’s…
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3 Things ArcGIS Drone2Map can do for you

3 Things ArcGIS Drone2Map can do for you

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Today, the traditional field data gathering, and imagery-production workflows are being transformed by drone technology…
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Esri Eastern Africa Opens New Offices in Uganda

Esri Eastern Africa Opens New Offices in Uganda

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Esri Eastern Africa, the region’s leading provider of geospatial solutions is pleased to announce the opening of its brand-new offices…
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Esri Eastern Africa Yazindua Ofisi mpya Tanzania

Esri Eastern Africa Yazindua Ofisi mpya Tanzania

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Esri Eastern Africa inafuraha kuwajulisha kwamba imefungua ofisi mpya Tanzania Mkoani Dodoma.
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Esri Eastern Africa Launches Online Store

Esri Eastern Africa Launches Online Store

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Nairobi 25 April 2022: Esri Eastern Africa has today announced the launch of its online store.
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Transforming citizen services through efficiency

Transforming citizen services through efficiency

Case studies
Kenya Open Data Initiative (opendata.go.ke), was Africa’s first online open government data portal, launched by the by the former President
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Tips & Tricks: Field Data Collection Best Practices
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Tips & Tricks: Field Data Collection Best Practices

Three Things ArcGIS Online Credits Can Do for You
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Three Things ArcGIS Online Credits Can Do for You

Tips and Tricks with ArcGIS QuickCapture
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Tips and Tricks with ArcGIS QuickCapture

Transforming Interior Spaces with ArcGIS Indoors
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Transforming Interior Spaces with ArcGIS Indoors

ArcGIS Indoors
ArcGIS Indoors
Understanding the basics of ArcGIS Indoors
Aegir Consult Receives Esri’s New Markets Award
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Aegir Consult Receives Esri’s New Markets Award

Visualizing Real-Time Data for Effective Decision Making
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Visualizing Real-Time Data for Effective Decision Making

In today’s data-driven world, making informed decisions in real-time is crucial for organizations across diverse industries. Whether you’re managing a smart city, monitoring environmental changes, overseeing logistics, or tracking sales performance, having access to up-to-the-minute data is a game-changer. That’s where ArcGIS Dashboards step in, offering a dynamic and visually compelling way to monitor, analyze, and act on real-time information.

The power of real-time visualization

ArcGIS Dashboards are more than just data visualization tools; they are powerful decision support systems that transform complex data into actionable insights. These dashboards allow you to monitor live data streams, track key performance indicators, and visualize trends and patterns, all in real-time. Here’s why ArcGIS Dashboards are a game-changer for effective decision making:

Immediate insights

ArcGIS Dashboards provide immediate access to your data, enabling you to respond promptly to changing conditions. Whether it’s traffic congestion, weather events, or customer behavior, you can see what’s happening right now and make decisions accordingly.

Customizable layouts

Tailor your dashboard to your specific needs. With an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, you can create custom layouts that display the information most relevant to your goals. This flexibility ensures that your dashboard aligns perfectly with your decision-making processes.

Visual storytelling

Data can be overwhelming, but ArcGIS Dashboards transform it into visual stories. Use charts, graphs, maps, and images to convey complex information in an easily digestible format. This makes it easier for stakeholders to grasp critical insights at a glance.

Integration capabilities

ArcGIS Dashboards seamlessly integrate with other data sources, applications, and sensors. Whether it’s IoT devices, databases, or third-party software, you can bring all your data into one centralized platform for comprehensive analysis.

Collaboration

Decision making is rarely a solo endeavor. ArcGIS Dashboards enable collaboration by allowing you to share your real-time visualizations with team members and stakeholders, ensuring everyone is on the same page.

Industry applications

Let’s explore how ArcGIS Dashboards are revolutionizing decision making across various industries:

Smart cities

In the realm of urban planning, ArcGIS Dashboards help city officials monitor traffic flow, air quality, energy consumption, and emergency response in real-time. This data-driven approach allows cities to enhance citizen services and optimize resource allocation.

Logistics and supply chain

For logistics companies, ArcGIS Dashboards provide insights into inventory levels, delivery routes, and transportation conditions. This real-time visibility enables efficient route planning, reduces delays, and enhances customer satisfaction.

Environmental monitoring

Environmental organizations use ArcGIS Dashboards to track climate data, water quality, and habitat changes. Rapid response to environmental threats becomes possible, aiding in conservation and disaster management.

Sales and marketing

In the business world, ArcGIS Dashboards assist in tracking sales performance, customer demographics, and market trends. Companies can make data-driven decisions on marketing strategies and product placements, leading to improved ROI.

The ability to make informed decisions in real-time is no longer a luxury but a necessity. ArcGIS Dashboards are your gateway to achieving just that. As organizations continue to embrace data-driven strategies, these dashboards will play a pivotal role in shaping a brighter and more efficient future across industries. Harness the power of real-time data visualization and take your decision-making processes to the next level with ArcGIS Dashboards.

Introducing the Latest in ArcGIS GeoBIM: February 2024 Release 
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Introducing the Latest in ArcGIS GeoBIM: February 2024 Release 

Uganda Flying Labs: Safeguarding Coffee Farmers Against Risk
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Uganda Flying Labs: Safeguarding Coffee Farmers Against Risk

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High-resolution drone imagery of project area
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NDVI vegetation health map
Map of detected coffee tree stands color-coded by vegetation health
Map of detected coffee tree stands color-coded by vegetation health
Uganda Flying Labs crew members
Uganda Flying Labs crew members
ArcGIS API for JavaScript Version 3.x Retirement
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ArcGIS API for JavaScript Version 3.x Retirement

 

ArcGIS Web AppBuilder Retirement
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ArcGIS Web AppBuilder Retirement

Making the move from Web AppBuilder to Experience Builder
ArcGIS Web AppBuilder to ArcGIS Experience Builder
How do you decide between Experience Builder and Web AppBuilder
ArcGIS Web AppBuilder to ArcGIS Experience Builder
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Top 3 Courses for ArcGIS Beginners
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Top 3 Courses for ArcGIS Beginners

ArcGIS, a versatile and robust platform, offers a plethora of features for mapping, data analysis, and efficient data management. Embracing a new software application can seem like a daunting task, but fear not, as we have an array of courses tailored to ease your introduction to ArcGIS. Our instructor-led foundational courses are meticulously crafted to equip you with the essential skills and insights needed to confidently translate your newfound knowledge into practical, real-world applications and projects.

You will also receive a certificate for each course you complete.

Introduction to GIS using ArcGIS

Introduction to GIS Using ArcGIS is a 3-day course for those who are completely new to geographic information systems (GIS) and want to learn fundamental GIS terminology and capabilities. Learn how to use GIS tools to visualize and analyse data to solve spatial problems and make more informed decisions. You’ll also discover how ArcGIS helps organizations address business needs.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

· Identify appropriate data to support a mapping project.

· Create a map, add data to it, and symbolize map features to support the map’s purpose.

· Share data, maps, and other content to an organizational portal.

· Perform spatial analysis to obtain information about map features within an area of interest.

ArcGIS Pro: Essential Workflows

ArcGIS Pro: Essential Workflows is a 4-day course that introduces you to the power of Esri’s professional desktop software and explores the tools to integrate, visualize, analyse, and share data. You will learn the basic functionality of ArcGIS Pro and gain confidence in using the software.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

· Organize, create, and edit geographic data.

· Manage, symbolize, and label map layers.

· Analyse and model GIS data to solve spatial problems.

· Share maps and analysis results.

· Putting ArcGIS across your organization.

Putting ArcGIS across your organization

Putting ArcGIS across your organization is a 3-day course that offers a comprehensive introduction to The ArcGIS platform components and capabilities. In this course, you explore ArcGIS apps used for mapping and visualization, data collection and management, spatial analytics, collaboration and sharing. Discover how the ArcGIS platform helps organizations address common business challenges and apply location-based insights to streamline operations and improve decision making.

Learn ArcGIS your own way

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

· Map and analyze business data using ArcGIS apps and tools.

· Create and share data, web maps, and web apps using an ArcGIS portal.

· Streamline field data collection workflows.

· Configure web apps and dashboards to monitor field operations in real time.

You can sign up for physical or virtual course here.  For more information, contact Esri Eastern Africa training department: training@esriea.com.

Mastering Geospatial Data Management in ArcGIS Pro
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Mastering Geospatial Data Management in ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro provides a robust platform for managing, analyzing, and visualizing geospatial data. However, harnessing its full potential requires a solid understanding of its features and a mastery of efficient data management techniques. In this blog post, we will explore essential tips and tricks to help you master ArcGIS Pro and streamline your geospatial data management workflow. 

Tips for mastering ArcGIS Pro 

Here are some useful tips for mastering geospatial data management in ArcGIS Pro: 

Take advantage of project organization 

Effective project organization is one of the first stages towards efficient data management. ArcGIS Pro has a project-based approach, which allows you to create and manage many projects from a single interface. To structure your projects and maintain a clear data hierarchy, use folders, geodatabases, and naming standards. 

Projects in ArcGIS Pro | Documentation

Use geodatabases 

Geodatabases are a powerful tool for storing and managing geospatial data. Consider combining your data into a geodatabase rather than using shapefiles or individual feature classes. Geodatabases improve data integrity, provide complex geodatabase functions, and enable data versioning and replication. 

Focus on geodatabases

Make use of geoprocessing tools 

ArcGIS Pro includes a plethora of geoprocessing tools that can help you streamline your workflows and automate tedious operations. Explore the Geoprocessing window, which has tools for data conversion, analysis, and manipulation. Learn how to use the ModelBuilder to develop unique geoprocessing workflows and increase your efficiency. 

Related: Geocoding and Geoprocessing – Enhancing GIS Analysis with ArcGIS Tools and APIs

Use python scripting 

ArcGIS Pro includes strong Python scripting capability, allowing you to automate complicated operations and increase the software’s functionality. You may construct scripts to execute batch processing, automate data changes, and create customized tools using the arcpy Python package. Python scripting brings us a whole new universe of possibilities for optimizing geospatial procedures. 

Related: ArcGIS Python Automation – Streamlining Workflows for GIS Professionals

Use Python Scripting

Use metadata for documentation 

Metadata is crucial for effective data management and sharing. ArcGIS Pro allows you to create and manage metadata for your geospatial datasets, providing essential information about data sources, accuracy, and usage. By documenting your data with metadata, you enhance its discoverability and ensure its proper understanding by other users.  

Employ map series for batch map production 

If you need to generate multiple maps based on a common template, Map series is your go-to tool. Map series in ArcGIS Pro enables you to automate the production of a series of maps with varying extents or data-driven pages. It’s particularly useful for creating atlases, reports, or map books, saving you considerable time and effort. 

Map series in ArcGIS Pro

Use data compression and mosaicking 

Large datasets might be difficult to maintain and analyze in an efficient manner. ArcGIS Pro has tools for optimizing data storage and performance. Using data compression techniques like file geodatabase compression can help you save storage space while retaining data correctness. Furthermore, mosaic datasets can be used to easily store and manage imagery and raster data, allowing for seamless presentation and analysis. 

Make use of 3D visualization and analysis 

ArcGIS Pro excels at 3D visualization and analysis, allowing you to explore and analyze geographic data in three dimensions. Make use of the 3D scene view to visualize landscape, buildings, and infrastructure, as well as perform sophisticated studies like line of sight, viewshed analysis, and volumetric calculations. These abilities can considerably improve your grasp of spatial relationships and help you make decisions. 

Related: Five powerful Capabilities of ArcGIS 3D Analyst

Collaborate with ArcGIS Online 

ArcGIS Pro interacts smoothly with ArcGIS Online, a cloud-based platform for sharing and collaborating on geospatial data. You can use this integration to publish your maps and data to ArcGIS Online, share them with colleagues or clients, and work on projects together. ArcGIS Online also has a large library of ready-to-use datasets, basemaps, and analytic tools. 

Transforming Urban Planning with ArcGIS: A New Era of Smart Cities
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Transforming Urban Planning with ArcGIS: A New Era of Smart Cities

The rapid pace of urbanization in the 21st century presents both opportunities and challenges for cities around the world. As more people flock to urban centers, the need for efficient urban planning becomes paramount. Fortunately, GIS technology, particularly ArcGIS platform, has emerged as a powerful tool to transform urban planning and usher in a new era of smart cities. In this blog post, we’ll explore how ArcGIS is shaping the future of urban planning and helping cities become more sustainable, resilient, and livable.

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ArcGIS allows urban planners, city officials, and stakeholders to collect, manage, analyze, and visualize spatial data. It leverages the power of maps to provide valuable insights into urban environments, facilitating data-driven decision-making in various aspects of urban planning.

Key Applications of ArcGIS in Urban Planning

Here are some applications of ArcGIS in urban planning:

Data integration

ArcGIS enables urban planners to integrate diverse datasets, including demographic information, land use, transportation networks, environmental data, and more. This comprehensive view of the city’s data landscape helps identify patterns and trends critical for informed planning.

Data integration, zoning and land use planning

Zoning and land use planning

ArcGIS provides tools to model land use scenarios, allowing planners to assess the impact of zoning changes, land development, and infrastructure investments. This aids in optimizing land use, reducing congestion, and enhancing overall urban functionality.

Transportation and planning

Efficient transportation systems are the lifeblood of cities. ArcGIS helps planners analyze traffic flow, optimize public transportation routes, and plan for pedestrian and cyclist-friendly infrastructure, ultimately reducing traffic congestion and improving mobility.

Transportation and planning

Disaster management

Smart cities are resilient cities. ArcGIS assists in disaster preparedness and response by providing real-time data on hazards, vulnerabilities, and evacuation routes. This is crucial for minimizing the impact of natural disasters and other emergencies.

Environmental sustainability

Urban planning in the 21st century must prioritize environmental sustainability. ArcGIS allows cities to monitor air and water quality, track green spaces, and plan for sustainable urban development, fostering a healthier and more livable environment.

Environmental sustainability

Community engagement

Engaging citizens in the planning process is vital. ArcGIS facilitates public participation through interactive maps and apps, enabling citizens to provide feedback and contribute to shaping their cities.

Benefits of ArcGIS in urban planning

  • Data driven decision-making: ArcGIS empowers urban planners with data-driven insights, reducing guesswork and enabling more informed decisions that align with the city’s goals and priorities.
  • Efficiency and cost savings: By optimizing resource allocation and infrastructure planning, cities can save both time and money. ArcGIS helps identify cost-effective solutions for urban challenges.
  • Improved quality of life: Smart cities created with the help of ArcGIS are designed to enhance the quality of life for residents. This includes improved transportation, cleaner environments, safer communities, and more accessible services.
  • Sustainability: ArcGIS supports the development of sustainable urban environments, reducing the ecological footprint of cities and promoting long-term environmental health.
  • Resilience: The ability to plan for and respond to crises, be they natural disasters or public health emergencies, makes cities more resilient and better equipped to handle unexpected challenges.
Benefits of urban planning

The integration of ArcGIS technology into urban planning processes marks a significant step towards building smarter, more livable cities. By harnessing the power of spatial data and analytics, cities can optimize their infrastructure, improve the well-being of their citizens, and become more resilient in the face of global challenges. As we move forward, ArcGIS will continue to play a pivotal role in transforming urban planning and shaping the future of our cities for the better. It’s an exciting era for urban development, one where data-driven decisions pave the way for smarter, more sustainable, and more resilient cities.

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Drileyo Gilbert: The GIS Trailblazer Transforming Uganda’s Wildlife Conservation Landscape
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Drileyo Gilbert: The GIS Trailblazer Transforming Uganda’s Wildlife Conservation Landscape

Drileyo Gilbert conducting mobile work.
Drileyo Gilbert conducting mobile work.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Sighting/Distribution Maps And Patrol Tracklogs (sample)
Gilbert conducted mobile work and photographed a female African lion.
Gilbert conducted mobile work and photographed a female African lion.
GIS training session for students at the Uganda Wildlife Research & Training Institute.
GIS training session for students at the Uganda Wildlife Research & Training Institute.
Gilbert conducting research in a lab.
Gilbert conducting research in a lab.
Esri Eastern Africa’s Remarkable GIS Day Across Universities and Institutions
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Esri Eastern Africa’s Remarkable GIS Day Across Universities and Institutions

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Moi University

Moi University presentation
Moi University Presentation
Nakuru County
Nakuru County
Nakuru County
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Exploring the Latest Enhancements in ArcGIS Drone2Map (November 2023)
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Exploring the Latest Enhancements in ArcGIS Drone2Map (November 2023)

3 Things ArcGIS Network Analyst Can Do for You
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3 Things ArcGIS Network Analyst Can Do for You

Professionals across various industries rely on cutting-edge tools to optimize their workflows and make informed decisions. One such tool that has proven indispensable for many is the ArcGIS Network Analyst. Designed to tackle complex spatial problems related to network-based analysis, this extension of the ArcGIS platform offers a range of functionalities that can significantly enhance your analytical capabilities. In this blog post, we’ll explore three key things ArcGIS Network Analyst can do for you.

Optimized routes, trade areas and location

What ArcGIS Network Analyst Can Do

Here are 3 key things ArcGIS Network Analyst can do for you:

Optimizing route planning

One of the primary strengths of ArcGIS Network Analyst is its ability to streamline route planning and optimization. Whether you’re managing a fleet of vehicles, planning delivery routes, or organizing fieldwork, Network Analyst provides a robust set of tools to find the most efficient paths. With features like the Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) solver, you can dynamically adjust routes based on real-time data, such as traffic conditions or unexpected road closures. This not only saves time and resources but also ensures that your operations are responsive and adaptable.

Vehicle routing problem and spatial network analysis

Facility location analysis

For businesses and organizations looking to establish new facilities or optimize the locations of existing ones, ArcGIS Network Analyst offers powerful facility location analysis tools. The Location-Allocation solver, for example, helps determine the optimal placement of facilities to minimize travel time or distance for customers or clients. This can be crucial for industries like retail, healthcare, or emergency services where accessibility and proximity play a pivotal role. By leveraging Network Analyst, decision-makers can make data-driven choices that enhance service coverage while minimizing operational costs.

Optimized routes, trade areas and location - allocation

Spatial analysis for network connectivity

Understanding and visualizing connectivity within a network is essential for a variety of applications, from telecommunications to urban planning. ArcGIS Network Analyst excels in providing tools for spatial analysis related to network connectivity. By modeling and analyzing network elements such as junctions, edges, and barriers, you can gain insights into the structure of your network. This can be invaluable for identifying critical points, potential bottlenecks, and areas for improvement. With Network Analyst, you can assess network performance, plan for expansions, and ensure the overall resilience of your infrastructure.

ArcGIS Network Analyst is a versatile and powerful tool that brings a new dimension to spatial analysis within the ArcGIS platform. As the demand for efficient and data-driven solutions continues to grow, ArcGIS Network Analyst stands out as a valuable asset for professionals seeking to unlock the full potential of their geographic information.

How to Leverage ArcGIS for Stunning Maps and Apps
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How to Leverage ArcGIS for Stunning Maps and Apps

In the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), ArcGIS stands as a titan, known for its robust capabilities in mapping, spatial analysis, and application development. ArcGIS has become an essential tool for individuals and organizations seeking to harness the power of geospatial data for a wide range of applications. In this article, we will explore how you can leverage the full potential of ArcGIS to create stunning maps and applications.

Understand the ArcGIS ecosystem

Before diving into map and app development, it’s crucial to have a solid understanding of the ArcGIS ecosystem. ArcGIS is a comprehensive suite of software and tools, consisting of desktop, web, and mobile applications. Familiarize yourself with ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro), and ArcGIS Enterprise, as they play a crucial role in map and app development.

Understand the ArcGIS ecosystem

How to leverage the power of ArcGIS

Here is how to leverage the power of ArcGIS to create stunning maps and apps:

1. Collect data

At the heart of every map and application is data. ArcGIS provides a wealth of data sources, including basemaps, imagery, and feature layers. However, you can also import your own data or connect to external sources. Ensure your data is accurate, well-organized, and properly structured to create compelling and informative maps and apps.

Related: From Field to Map: Collecting and Analyzing Data With ArcGIS

Collect data

2. Choose the right map

Selecting the appropriate map type is essential to convey your message effectively. ArcGIS offers a variety of map templates and styles to suit your purpose, such as topographic, street, imagery, or custom styles. Consider your audience and what you want to convey, and choose the map style that best fits your goals.

3. Use smart cartography

The ArcGIS platform provides tools for intelligent cartography. Pay attention to symbolization, color schemes, and labeling to ensure your maps are visually appealing and easy to understand. Experiment with different symbols and labeling options to find the best combination for your data.

4. Customize your Apps

ArcGIS allows you to create custom web and mobile apps tailored to your specific needs. You can use templates, such as Web AppBuilder or Experience Builder, to quickly create apps without coding. Alternatively, you can use the ArcGIS API for JavaScript to build entirely custom applications. Customize the app’s appearance, functionality, and interactivity to create a user-friendly experience.

Customize your apps

5. Incorporate GIS analysis

ArcGIS is not just for mapping; it’s a robust spatial analysis platform. Use it to uncover hidden patterns, perform geoprocessing, and solve complex spatial problems. Integrating GIS analysis into your applications adds depth and insight, making them more valuable to users.

6. Collaboration and sharing

ArcGIS emphasizes collaboration and sharing. You can easily share your maps and apps with specific users or the public. This is particularly useful for disseminating information, collaborating on projects, or crowdsourcing data. Leverage these capabilities to reach a wider audience and engage with your users.

Collaboration and sharing
Collaboration and sharing

7. Keep up with training and resources

ArcGIS is a powerful platform with a vast array of features and capabilities. To make the most of it, continuously invest in your knowledge and skills. Esri offers extensive documentation, tutorials, and training resources. Staying updated on the latest features and best practices will help you create increasingly stunning maps and apps.

Related: From Novice to Pro – Build Your Geospatial Skills with ArcGIS

ArcGIS is an invaluable tool for individuals and organizations looking to harness the power of geospatial data. By understanding the ArcGIS ecosystem, using high-quality data, choosing the right map style, customizing your apps, incorporating GIS analysis, collaborating, and keeping up with training and resources, you can create stunning maps and applications that effectively convey information and empower your users. Unlock the full potential of ArcGIS, and your maps and apps will become a powerful asset in your toolbox. You can also join our training program to explore more.

Maps and Apps Revolutionize Water Management in Arusha City
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Maps and Apps Revolutionize Water Management in Arusha City

The Arusha Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (AUWSA), entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing water supply and sewerage services in Arusha City, Tanzania, has embraced technological innovation to enhance operational efficiency. AUWSA’s mission centers around the efficient delivery of quality water and sanitation services using available resources and sustainable technologies.

In 2019, AUWSA embarked on a transformative journey by adopting ArcGIS, Esri’s comprehensive mapping and spatial analytics software. This transition was driven by the need for a robust Geographic Information System (GIS) package that could provide advanced capabilities for mobile data collection, visualization, and data management.

AUWSA staff perform leakage repair.
AUWSA staff perform leakage repair

Enhancing nonrevenue water management through GIS

ArcGIS quickly became an indispensable tool for AUWSA, supporting various aspects of their operations, including asset management, customer service, network planning, and leakage repair. This powerful GIS system played a pivotal role in the utility’s quest to reduce nonrevenue water.

Before ArcGIS implementation, leakage data was not tracked in the GIS, and there was no comprehensive information about nonrevenue water. However, ArcGIS Collector was introduced to collect leakage data from the field, empowering plumbers and surveyors with the tools to report and document leakages. This involved comprehensive training, including office-based and field-based instruction. Even engineers embraced the Collector app, reporting leakages while working in the field or at the office.

The visualization capabilities of ArcGIS Dashboards were harnessed to gain insights into the number of leaks and their repair progress. Additionally, AUWSA established district metered areas and conducted network isolations to identify problematic pipes. This led to a strategic pipe rehabilitation plan, resulting in an impressive 83 percent reduction in leakage rates and a 6 percent reduction in nonrevenue water.

ArcGIS also played a crucial role in understanding water consumption patterns. It provided analytical tools to identify anomalies, such as meters reporting zero consumption, facilitating prompt issue resolution.

The AUWSA Leakage Dashboard enables staff to monitor active leaks and repairs by day, week, month, or year as well as repairs by individual plumbers. Dashboards are also used to understand leakages per pipe diameter, material, and location.
The AUWSA Leakage Dashboard enables staff to monitor active leaks and repairs by day, week, month, or year as well as repairs by individual plumbers. Dashboards are also used to understand leakages per pipe diameter, material, and location.

Mitigating unauthorized water connection

To address illegal connections, AUWSA integrated ArcGIS Workforce and Survey123, streamlining the process of surveying and documenting meter statuses. This initiative involved surveying 3,883 houses, uncovering 545 plots with anomalies. Resolving these issues promises to boost revenue in the area significantly.

ArcGIS Dashboards played a key role in tracking project progress and performance measurements for individual workers. This enhanced transparency and improved management of daily operations. Managers could access dashboards on tablets, and large screens displayed data at the main office.

Upper left: A map showing an overview of customers in Block 1 of the survey. Next to it is a screen shot from the same block in Esri’s ArcGIS Workforce. Note that there are more Workforce tasks than customers. This is due to the fact that unmetered houses are added to Workforce as survey tasks. Lower Right: A screen shot of the survey staff use in the field to complete a meter status questionnaire. Analysis of survey data shown in ArcGIS Survey123

The expansion of water services into remote areas presented another challenge, but ArcGIS assisted in accurately mapping existing infrastructure and managing network expansion. The introduction of handheld Garmin GPS receivers paired with Collector allowed for precise asset location capture.

Key lessons learned include the need for smart devices for field applications, efficient staff training, clear strategy development with management support, and the establishment of a GIS department to serve all organization departments. AUWSA also has plans to use drones for leak identification and inspection of remote areas.

Delivering water and sanitation services

AUWSA’s adoption of ArcGIS has proven to be a transformative step. It has increased data quality, efficiency, and decision-making capabilities, ultimately supporting the utility’s goal of delivering quality water and sanitation services efficiently and effectively. ArcGIS has not only improved daily operations but also set a path for the utility’s future endeavors.

This story was first published by esri.com, view full story here

Kenyatta University: A Beacon of GIS Excellence in Eastern Africa
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Kenyatta University: A Beacon of GIS Excellence in Eastern Africa

In a remarkable transformation, Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, rapidly evolved into a distinguished center of GIS excellence in Eastern Africa. This profound shift, propelled by an Esri enterprise license agreement under the 100 African Universities program, expanded the use of GIS technology from a limited research tool to a comprehensive multicampus ArcGIS implementation within just two years.

Kenyatta University, initially established as Kenyatta College in 1965, transitioned into a full-fledged university in 1985, bearing the name of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president post-independence from Britain in 1963. Today, the university boasts 12 campuses, catering to over 88,000 students.

Related: Kenyatta University Launches a GIS Lab

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Photo courtesy of Ninara/Flickr

Pioneering change

Simon M. Onywere, an associate professor and lecturer in the School of Environmental Studies, discovered GIS as an undergraduate in the late 1980s. Recognizing its potential, he championed the introduction of GIS across the university. The catalyst for this transformation was the announcement of Esri’s 100 African Universities program in 2011, aimed at fostering sustainable GIS curriculums in African universities.

Related: Esri Eastern Africa and Masinde Muliro University Form a Strategic Alliance

Esri’s 100 African Universities program

Under this program, participating universities were granted a three-year enterprise license agreement for ArcGIS. However, universities had to meet specific requirements, particularly concerning computer infrastructure. Onywere, the driving force behind Kenyatta University’s endeavor, initiated the application process in 2012. It became evident that the existing server infrastructure was insufficient to support the anticipated use of ArcGIS, necessitating a convincing pitch to the university’s vice chancellor for additional server space.

By September 2013, the entire campus was fully equipped with GIS capabilities, marking a pivotal moment. To facilitate learning, Esri provided abundant online resources, including books, courses, and related materials as part of the program.

Introductory courses in ArcGIS aided the adoption of the software across the campus.

Customized learning

Initially, Onywere assumed that the students, being tech-savvy and with access to online educational materials, would swiftly embrace ArcGIS. However, the reality was different, as many students required introductory training to familiarize themselves with the software.

Recognizing this hurdle, Onywere developed an introductory ArcGIS training course that integrated with the existing curricula, making it accessible and relevant to students. This initiative not only boosted their confidence but also laid the foundation for geospatial literacy at Kenyatta University.

To scale up training efforts, Onywere collaborated with the former Institute for Research, Science & Technology, which was partnered with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi. Utilizing the GIS capabilities established by the research group, Onywere secured assistance from two interns to expedite training efforts. In just one year, over 1,000 Kenyatta University students had acquired essential ArcGIS skills.

Today, GIS is integrated into more than 15 areas of study across the university, contributing to diverse projects, including tourism resource mapping and the implementation of the University Geographical Data Portal.

Related: Why Teach With GIS?

Kenyatta University School of Environmental Studies faculty pose with visiting Esri staff members Joseph Kerski and Michael Gould.
Kenyatta University School of Environmental Studies faculty pose with visiting Esri staff members Joseph Kerski and Michael Gould.

Charting the future

The Esri enterprise license agreement has a broader objective in preparing Kenyatta University students to support the government’s goals outlined in Kenya Vision 2030, a national redevelopment program launched in 2008. The program seeks to elevate the quality of life, social well-being, and democratic voice of its citizens through economic, social, and political reforms.

Onywere firmly believes that GIS applications have a significant role to play in achieving these goals, spanning environmental management, land reform, agriculture, urban planning, and infrastructure development. The newly acquired GIS skills of Kenyatta University students align perfectly with these areas of study, poised to contribute to the government’s vision for a brighter future.

This story was first published by Jim Baumann. Read full story here

Real-Time Ecological Monitoring Safeguards Kenya’s Endangered Rhinos
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Real-Time Ecological Monitoring Safeguards Kenya’s Endangered Rhinos

Fatu and Najin, the last two northern white rhinos on Earth, reside at Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC), living under 24-hour armed protection. Despite their massive size, their existence hangs by a thread, representing the last hope for their critically endangered species, driven to the brink of extinction by habitat loss and poaching. OPC has embarked on innovative measures to protect these iconic creatures, using cutting-edge technology, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

To better understand the complex dynamics of wildlife at the conservancy, OPC employs GIS technology. Data analysts utilize GIS to visualize animal movements and relationships among migratory wildlife, enhancing awareness and facilitating informed decision-making. Kennedy Muriithi, senior officer at OPC’s Innovation and Tech Lab, highlights how GIS aids in monitoring wildlife, ecosystem health, addressing human-wildlife conflicts, combatting poaching, and aiding injured wildlife.

Related: A Holistic Approach to Protecting Africa’s Wildlife

Real-Time Monitoring

Modern environmental monitoring techniques have been integrated into OPC’s field operations. Rangers use GIS data collection tools to record wildlife observations, images, and habitat parameters, enabling real-time synchronization with an online repository and the creation of dashboards for each monitoring program. This transition has streamlined OPC’s workflow, eliminating the cumbersome process of paper-based field notes and manual data entry into spreadsheets, which often led to data inconsistencies and inaccuracies.

Alfred Kibungei, the conservation data analyst at OPC, emphasizes the improved accuracy in reporting wildlife findings with the implementation of GIS technology. The ability to collect geospatial data in real-time ensures precision and timely data delivery, improving management actions.

Ol Pajeta uses Ecological Monitoring Units dashboard to guide decision-making
Ol Pajeta uses Ecological Monitoring Units dashboard to guide decision-making

One of OPC’s flagship species is the critically endangered eastern black rhino. Their numbers have steadily risen at OPC, thanks to conservation efforts and successful breeding programs. OPC employs rhino protection squads and veterinary experts to ensure the well-being of these animals. Additionally, they monitor other endangered species such as elephants, wild dogs, cheetahs, Grevy’s zebras, and Jackson’s hartebeest. Dashboards support 10 key conservation programs, including monitoring pasture conditions, rainfall, and wildlife mortality.

Harnessing technology to care for endangered wildlife

To protect the Jackson’s hartebeest, which is on the decline due to predation by lions, OPC conducts regular monitoring to study population dynamics and habitat utilization. The data-driven maps reveal critical information about the interactions between hartebeest and lions, allowing the conservancy to implement strategies to support hartebeest populations.

The mother and daughter duo Fatu and Najin offer the last hope for the continuation of the northern white rhino. (Image courtesy Ol Pejeta Conservancy)
The mother and daughter duo Fatu and Najin offer the last hope for the continuation of the northern white rhino. (Image courtesy Ol Pejeta Conservancy)

Conserving the environment

OPC relies on tourism and agriculture for revenue, aiming to strike a balance between conservation and sustainable land use. The ecological monitoring team assesses pastures quarterly using GIS apps to optimize grazing practices for wildlife and cattle. To mitigate human-wildlife conflicts, OPC records incidents and uses GIS to identify hotspots, enabling faster response times and efficient conflict management.

Related: Digitally Transforming the Future of Natural Resources

The basemap of Ol Pejeta Conservancy marks important details about infrastructure and wildlife. It includes the location of tourist camps, fencing, gates, and solar power stations. It also serves to track patrols and monitor any gaps in fencing. (Screenshot courtesy Ol Pejeta Conservancy)
The basemap of Ol Pejeta Conservancy marks important details about infrastructure and wildlife. It includes the location of tourist camps, fencing, gates, and solar power stations. It also serves to track patrols and monitor any gaps in fencing. (Screenshot courtesy Ol Pejeta Conservancy)

As human populations expand and habitats shrink due to climate change and development, OPC’s ecological monitoring work has become increasingly crucial. The organization strives to maintain the integrity of habitats, ensure the health of wildlife, and minimize human impacts while protecting endangered species like Fatu, Najin, and the eastern black rhino.

This story was first published by David Gadsden. Read full story here

KenGen’s GIS Portal Fueling a Digital Transformation
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KenGen’s GIS Portal Fueling a Digital Transformation

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), a global leader in sustainable energy production, has undergone a remarkable digital transformation through the implementation of a Geographic Information System (GIS) portal and spatial data store. This transformation was vital as KenGen faced the challenges of rapid expansion in its production facilities and the dynamic landscape of renewable energy.

Related: GIS Transforms Uganda’s UEDCL, Expanding its Mission

Challenge

Traditionally, data management was cumbersome, leading to inefficiencies and duplicated information. Additionally, providing a comprehensive view of plant performance to decision-makers was time-consuming and error-prone. In response to these challenges, KenGen’s geomatics team devised the Integrated Resource Management Information System (IRMIS), a GIS-based solution.

KenGen's GIS portal provides information for all its generation assets
KenGen’s GIS portal provides information for all its generation assets

Solution

IRMIS empowers KenGen decision-makers by offering real-time insights into their assets, including geothermal wells, buildings, power plants, and hydro dams. It also aids in power distribution management, preventing supply disruptions. This transformation is underpinned by ArcGIS Enterprise, enabling efficient asset tracking and management.

IRMIS comprises seven major sections, including an Executive Dashboard and various portals dedicated to specific asset categories. Users can effortlessly query assets, perform analytics, and generate reports, enhancing operational efficiency. KenGen also integrated this data with its SAP plant management system.

The geomatics team followed a structured process for the implementation, aligning digital goals with the organization’s needs, selecting appropriate technology enablers, and fostering a digital culture among staff.

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This interactive Kipevu application displays all the layers they have data for
This interactive Kipevu application displays all the layers they have data for

Partner

Collaborating with Esri Eastern Africa, KenGen successfully consolidated spatial data, eliminating duplicate and inconsistent information. This transformation has led to cost savings, greater expertise, and streamlined operations. Users can create custom maps, reducing the burden on geomatics staff.

The Integrated Resource Management Information System (IRMIS) models KenGen's extensive geothermal resources
The Integrated Resource Management Information System (IRMIS) models KenGen’s extensive geothermal resources

Results

IRMIS facilitates data access for various purposes, from engineering and design to project management, ultimately improving decision-making, reducing errors, and enhancing safety.

To meet the growing demand for this innovative system, KenGen plans to migrate to the cloud for improved scalability and performance. It also intends to expand self-service capabilities, enabling users to create custom maps and analytics. KenGen is actively sharing its success with other power suppliers in the region, thereby enhancing overall power plant efficiency.

Using ArcGIS Dashboards, KenGen decision-makers can view power generation performance
Using ArcGIS Dashboards, KenGen decision-makers can view power generation performance

In the future, KenGen aims to incorporate drone-captured imagery, 3D asset representations, and the system as a critical component for its digital twin, reinforcing its commitment to innovation and sustainability.

This story was first published by esri.com. Read full story here

GIS Transforms Uganda’s UEDCL, Expanding its Mission
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GIS Transforms Uganda’s UEDCL, Expanding its Mission

In 2001, Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL) emerged as a pivotal player in Uganda’s electricity sector, responsible for managing all distribution assets and overseeing private operator contracts. UEDCL’s mission was clear: to enhance operations for existing electricity consumers and extend access to those still without power.

Related: KenGen’s GIS Portal Fueling a Digital Transformation

The GIS Portal Unifies Information Access throughout UEDCL
The GIS Portal Unifies Information Access throughout UEDCL

Challenge

Challenges faced by the Ugandan electricity sector were many: aging assets, illegal connections, and equipment vandalism resulting in reduced efficiency and financial losses. A substantial portion of the population struggled to pay their electricity bills, with only half the population having access to electricity.

Historically, UEDCL relied on hard-copy records and later spreadsheets to inventory and assess asset conditions, but these methods were found to be inaccurate and lacked locational context. UEDCL lacked essential insights into potential customer locations, future demand, and faced difficulties integrating real-time systems like SCADA due to its dual role as an asset owner and operator.

The Geospatial Infrastructure View for the Call Center
The Geospatial Infrastructure View for the Call Center

Solution

UEDCL recognized the need for a change. In 2016, a GIS team was formed, selecting ArcGIS Enterprise as their GIS software. They initiated the creation of an asset registry and mapped their network, subsequently migrating data from spreadsheets. They then expanded their data collection capabilities using ArcGIS Field Maps.

Results

The pivotal moment came in 2018 when UEDCL deployed a GIS system based on ArcGIS Enterprise, which included a GIS portal and web apps. Dashboards created with ArcGIS Dashboards improved visibility, operational efficiency, and advanced UEDCL’s mission to connect more customers.

UEDCL’s GIS team harnessed ArcGIS’s spatial analysis capabilities to identify potential customers near the distribution grid, creating a list of low-hanging fruit opportunities and a highly accurate future load forecast. They distinguished between various types of buildings using imagery, facilitating future planning.

Spatial analysis determines viable areas for investment to connect identified potential customers
Spatial analysis determines viable areas for investment to connect identified potential customers

Partner

UEDCL collaborated with Esri Eastern Africa, and together they developed the system, provided consultation, configurations, training. In addition, UEDCL—in collaboration with the electric utility stakeholders in Uganda—is a member of Energy Sector GIS Working Group Uganda, which is committed to addressing the issues the sector faces, heavily leveraging the capabilities of GIS.

Benefits

The benefits were significant: efficient records management, unified information access, and data analytics capabilities, enabling better planning for network expansion, theft prevention, and improved customer interactions in the call center.

Spatial analysis determines viable areas for investment to connect identified potential customers
Spatial analysis determines viable areas for investment to connect identified potential customers

UEDCL’s future steps include integrating operational systems for optimized workflows and enhanced data capture during field operations. Their long-term goal is to provide affordable electricity to Uganda’s entire population, a mission made achievable through GIS.

This story was first published by esri.com. Read full story here

ArcGIS Tracker: Four Benefits of Location Tracking
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ArcGIS Tracker: Four Benefits of Location Tracking

The capacity to track assets and monitor activities in real-time has become a vital tool for businesses and organizations of all kinds. Whether you’re managing a fleet of vehicles, conducting field surveys, or overseeing a distributed workforce, efficiently tracking the locations of your assets and personnel at any given moment is essential for operations and decision-making. ArcGIS Tracker, an extension of the ArcGIS platform, helps organizations harness the power of location tracking. In this article, we’ll explore four key benefits of using ArcGIS Tracker for location tracking.

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1. Real-time asset monitoring

ArcGIS Tracker provides the means to track the real-time location of assets, vehicles, or field personnel using mobile devices. This real-time tracking capability is invaluable for organizations with mobile workforces. Here’s how it benefits you:

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Improved efficiency

By knowing the precise location of your assets and personnel, you can optimize routes, schedule tasks, and allocate resources more efficiently. This results in reduced fuel costs, faster response times, and improved service delivery

Enhanced safety

Real-time tracking enables you to monitor the safety of field workers. In case of emergencies or unexpected situations, you can quickly send assistance to their exact location.

Accountability

Tracker promotes accountability by providing a transparent view of where your personnel are and what they are doing. This is particularly important for organizations in industries such as construction, utilities, or transportation.

2. Historical location analysis

Beyond real-time tracking, ArcGIS Tracker also records historical location data. This information can be invaluable for various purposes:

performance analysis

Performance analysis

You can review historical location data to assess the performance of your field operations. It identifies trends, patterns, and areas where improvements are needed.

Compliance and reporting

Many industries require documentation of activities and locations for compliance purposes. Tracker simplifies this process by automatically recording and storing location data.

Evidence collection

For organizations involved in legal or dispute situations, historical location data can serve as valuable evidence to support or refute claims.

Related: From Field to Map – Collecting and Analyzing Data with ArcGIS

3. Geofencing and notifications

ArcGIS Tracker supports geofencing, which involves creating virtual boundaries around specific locations or areas. Geofencing has several practical applications:

Trigger notifications

When a tracked asset or person enters or exits a geofenced area, Tracker can automatically send notifications. This feature is beneficial for monitoring unauthorized entries or departures from designated zones.

Trigger notifications

Event management

Geofencing is used to automate various events or actions. For example, when a delivery vehicle enters a predefined zone, a confirmation message can be sent to the customer.

Enhanced security

In high-security environments or construction sites, geofencing helps control access to restricted areas by notifying security personnel of any intrusions.

4. Integration with ArcGIS Platform

One of the key advantages of using ArcGIS Tracker is its seamless integration with the ArcGIS platform. This integration opens up a world of possibilities:

Spatial analysis

Spatial analysis

You can combine tracked location data with other GIS layers, enabling you to perform spatial analysis, such as identifying optimal routes or assessing the impact of location patterns.

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Custom applications

Tracker can be customized to suit your organization’s unique needs. You can create custom apps and dashboards to visualize and analyze location data according to your requirements.

Collaboration

Location data from Tracker can be easily shared with other team members or stakeholders, fostering better collaboration and decision-making.

By leveraging the benefits of Tracker, you can improve the efficiency and safety of your operations, make data-driven decisions, and enhance overall productivity. Whether you’re in transportation, field services, or asset management, ArcGIS Tracker can help you take location tracking to the next level, turning location data into actionable insights. Explore more here

Three Things ArcGIS Spatial Analyst Can Do for You
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Three Things ArcGIS Spatial Analyst Can Do for You

ArcGIS Spatial Analyst is an extension for ArcGIS Desktop that provides a wide range of spatial analysis and modeling capabilities. Whether you’re a seasoned GIS professional or just getting started with spatial analysis, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst can offer a host of benefits. In this article, we’ll explore three key things that this software can do for you.

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1. Site selection and suitability analysis

One of the primary uses of ArcGIS Spatial Analyst is to perform site selection and suitability analysis. This is invaluable for businesses, government agencies, and environmental organizations looking to make informed decisions about where to locate a new facility, develop a new project, or assess environmental conditions. Here’s how this software helps in this regard:

ArcGIS Spatial Analyst

Multi-criteria evaluation

ArcGIS Spatial Analyst allows you to combine various datasets, such as land use, soil type, slope, proximity to roads, and more, to create a comprehensive suitability model. By assigning different weights to these criteria, you can prioritize factors that are most important for your project and generate suitability maps to identify the best locations.

Cost-distance analysis

This tool enables you to calculate the least-cost path or distance between two locations, considering factors like terrain, travel restrictions, and elevation. It’s crucial for determining optimal routes for infrastructure development, like roads or pipelines.

Hotspot analysis

Spatial Analyst also provides tools for identifying hotspots or areas of concentrated activity. This is essential for businesses looking to find the best locations for their services or stores based on consumer behavior and market trends.

2. Terrain analysis and hydrological modeling

ArcGIS Spatial Analyst offers a robust set of tools for terrain analysis and hydrological modeling. These features are vital for a wide range of applications, from flood risk assessment to landscape design. Here’s how they can benefit you:

ArcGIS Spatial Analyst

Slope and aspect analysis

With the Slope and Aspect tools, you can determine the steepness of the terrain and its orientation, which is valuable for land management, agriculture, and urban planning.

Viewshed analysis

You can assess what areas are visible from a specific point, making it useful for tasks such as sighting cell towers, wind turbines, or surveillance cameras.

Hydrological modeling

ArcGIS Spatial Analyst provides tools for watershed delineation, flow accumulation, and stream network analysis. These are essential for understanding water flow patterns, managing water resources, and assessing flood risk.

Related: Five Powerful Capabilities of ArcGIS 3D Analyst

3. Spatial data transformation and conversion

Another remarkable feature of ArcGIS Spatial Analyst is its ability to transform and convert spatial data into different formats and projections. This functionality is beneficial for professionals dealing with data from various sources and applications. Here’s how it can assist you:

ArcGIS Spatial Analyst

Related: What is Spatial Data?

Data reclassification

You can quickly reclassify data to simplify it for your analysis or to make it compatible with other datasets.

Projections and coordinate transformations

ArcGIS Spatial Analyst allows you to reproject data to ensure that all your layers align correctly and share the same coordinate system. This is crucial when working with data from different sources or when integrating GIS with other applications.

Raster-to-vector conversion

You can convert raster data into vector formats, which is essential for tasks like converting satellite imagery into polygons for land cover classification or creating contour lines from elevation data.

By using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst, you can unlock the full potential of your spatial data, gaining insights that will drive better planning, resource management, and decision-making. So, if you haven’t already, explore the vast possibilities that this software has to offer and elevate your spatial analysis projects to a new level. Click here to explore

ArcGIS Solutions: Unlocking the Power of Industry-Specific GIS
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ArcGIS Solutions: Unlocking the Power of Industry-Specific GIS

In today’s fast-paced and data-rich world, location matters more than ever. Whether you’re managing city infrastructure, optimizing crop yields, delivering healthcare services, or safeguarding the environment, understanding the spatial context of your data is essential. GIS has long been the compass guiding organizations in their quest for location-based insights. However, as technology continues to evolve, GIS has reached new heights, enabling tailored solutions for industry-specific challenges. ArcGIS Solutions takes it a step further by offering industry-specific solutions that cater to the unique needs and challenges of different sectors.

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What is ArcGIS Solutions?

ArcGIS Solutions configure industry-specific setups for ArcGIS, designed to fulfill crucial business requirements and facilitate common workflows within your organization. Each solution comprises one or more applications, surveys, maps, feature layers, and ArcGIS Pro projects that you can tailor to your specific needs.

Unlocking the power of industry - specific GIS

Unlocking the power of industry-specific GIS

Here’s how ArcGIS Solutions unlocks the power of industry-specific GIS:

Accelerated deployment

One of the key advantages of ArcGIS Solutions is its ability to accelerate the deployment of GIS capabilities. Rather than starting from scratch, organizations can leverage pre-configured templates and workflows tailored to their industry. This means quicker implementation and faster results.

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Industry best practices

ArcGIS Solutions are built upon industry best practices and insights. They incorporate the knowledge and expertise of GIS professionals and domain specialists who understand the unique needs and challenges of each sector. This ensures that organizations are working with solutions that are tried and tested, helping them achieve better outcomes.

Streamlined workflows

Efficiency is a critical factor in today’s fast-paced world. ArcGIS Solutions streamline workflows by providing ready-made tools and processes that eliminate redundancy and optimize data management. This allows organizations to focus more on analysis and decision-making rather than routine data tasks.

Mapping solutions

Scalability and flexibility

While ArcGIS Solutions offer ready-to-use templates, they are also highly customizable to suit specific organizational needs. This flexibility allows organizations to adapt and evolve their GIS solutions as their requirements change over time.

Industry-specific applications

Let’s take a closer look at how ArcGIS Solutions are transforming various industries:

Urban planning

In urban planning, ArcGIS Solutions help city officials and planners make informed decisions about land use, zoning, transportation, and infrastructure development. Solutions like the Urban Planning Solution streamline the process of managing and visualizing complex urban data.

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Agriculture

For the agriculture industry, ArcGIS Solutions aid in precision farming, crop monitoring, and land management. These solutions provide insights into crop health, soil conditions, and weather patterns, enabling farmers to optimize their operations and maximize yield.

Healthcare

Healthcare organizations utilize GIS to analyze patient data, track disease outbreaks, and plan healthcare facilities’ locations efficiently. ArcGIS Solutions for Healthcare support healthcare providers in making data-driven decisions for improved patient care.

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Environmental management

Environmental organizations and agencies rely on GIS to monitor ecosystems, track wildlife, and manage natural resources. With ArcGIS Solutions, they can better understand and protect the environment by analyzing and visualizing complex environmental data.

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ArcGIS Solutions is a game-changer for organizations looking to harness the power of GIS for their industry-specific needs. It streamlines the implementation process, offers industry best practices, enhances workflow efficiency, and provides scalability and flexibility. It’s time to embrace the power of industry-specific GIS solutions and transform the way you work. Click here to explore the product.

Get to Know ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online
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Get to Know ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online

In the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), ArcGIS Online is a powerful platform that has revolutionized the way we create, analyze, and share spatial data. It offers a wide range of tools and capabilities for GIS professionals, and one of the exciting features it brings to the table is “ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online.” In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at this remarkable feature and explore how it can enhance your GIS workflows.

Understanding ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online is a specialized extension of ArcGIS Online that focuses on managing, analyzing, and sharing imagery and remotely sensed data. Its design enables it to handle massive collections of imagery and offers a user-friendly interface for conducting advanced geospatial analysis.

Related: ArcGIS Image: An Easier Way to Work with Imagery and Raster Data

ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online

Key features and benefits

Here are some key features and benefits of this tool:

Easy Data Management

ArcGIS Image simplifies the organization and management of your imagery. You can upload, store, and manage large volumes of imagery and raster data securely in the cloud.

Image Analysis Tools

It offers a suite of image analysis tools that allow you to perform tasks like change detection, land cover classification, and image enhancement. These tools are accessible through a web browser, making advanced image analysis accessible to a broader audience.

Scalability

Whether you’re working with a small collection of images or vast archives, ArcGIS Image can scale to meet your needs. It’s design enables it to handle the processing and analysis of large datasets efficiently.

Collaboration and Sharing

You can easily share your imagery and analysis results with colleagues, stakeholders, or the public through web maps and apps created in ArcGIS Online. This promotes collaboration and data sharing within your organization and beyond.

Cloud-Based

Because ArcGIS Image operates in the cloud, you don’t need to worry about hardware and infrastructure management. Esri takes care of the backend, allowing you to focus on your analysis tasks.

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Use cases

ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online has a wide range of applications across various industries:

  1. Agriculture: Monitor crop health, assess soil moisture, and detect crop diseases using satellite imagery and drones.
  2. Environmental Management: Analyze changes in land cover, track deforestation, and monitor natural disasters like wildfires and floods.
  3. Urban Planning: Evaluate urban sprawl, traffic patterns, and land use changes using high-resolution aerial imagery.
  4. Natural Resource Management: Assess forest health, inventory resources, and monitor wildlife habitats.
  5. Emergency Response: Quickly assess disaster-affected areas and plan response efforts using up-to-date satellite imagery.

Getting Started

To begin using ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online, you’ll need an ArcGIS Online subscription. Once you have access, you can start uploading your imagery, perform analysis, and share your findings with others. Esri offers comprehensive documentation and tutorials to assist you in getting started. Additionally, Esri’s user community and support resources are invaluable for troubleshooting and sharing knowledge.

ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online is a valuable tool that expands the capabilities of ArcGIS Online, making it easier to work with imagery and remotely sensed data. Whether you’re a GIS professional, researcher, or enthusiast, this feature can enhance your geospatial analysis and open up new possibilities for understanding our world through the lens of imagery. Explore its capabilities and see how it can benefit your specific projects and workflows. Learn more here

ArcGIS Drone2Map: Do More with Your Drone Imagery
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ArcGIS Drone2Map: Do More with Your Drone Imagery

Drones have revolutionized the way we capture and analyze geographic information. These versatile aerial vehicles provide a wealth of data, from stunning high-resolution imagery to detailed 3D models of landscapes. However, to truly unlock the potential of drone imagery, you need the right tools. That’s where ArcGIS Drone2Map comes in. In this article, we’ll explore how this powerful software can help you do more with your drone imagery.

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How ArcGIS Drone2Map can help you do more

Here is how ArcGIS Drone2Map ca help you do more with your drone imagery:

Transform imagery into actionable information

This software is designed to turn raw drone imagery into actionable information. Whether you’re in agriculture, construction, environmental monitoring, or any other industry, it can help you extract valuable insights from your data. You can create orthomosaics, 3D point clouds, and digital surface models with ease.

Streamline data processing

Processing drone imagery can be a daunting task, especially when dealing with large datasets. ArcGIS Drone2Map simplifies this process by providing an intuitive interface for data processing. It allows you to stitch together hundreds or even thousands of images into seamless maps and models. With automated workflows, you can save time and resources while still achieving high-quality results.

Accurate and detailed mapping

One of the key advantages of using this software is its ability to generate highly accurate maps and models. This precision is crucial for tasks like land surveying, crop monitoring, and infrastructure inspection. You can trust that the data you collect with your drone will be transformed into reliable and detailed information for better decision-making.

Integration with ArcGIS ecosystem

This software seamlessly integrates with the broader ArcGIS ecosystem. This means you can combine drone data with other spatial information, such as GIS layers, demographic data, and environmental factors. The ability to overlay and analyze multiple data sources empowers you to make informed decisions and gain deeper insights.

Collaborative workflows

Collaboration is often essential in today’s projects. ArcGIS Drone2Map enables teams to work together efficiently by sharing and collaborating on drone data and maps. This collaborative environment fosters better communication and helps organizations maximize the value of their drone imagery.

Versatile output formats

ArcGIS Drone2Map supports various output formats, making it compatible with a wide range of applications. You can export your data in formats like GeoTIFF, LAS, and 3D PDF, ensuring that your data can be used in your preferred GIS software or shared with stakeholders easily.

Related: Know Your Options When it Comes to GIS Data Formats

Enhanced decision-making

Incorporating drone imagery into your workflows can lead to more informed decision-making. Whether you’re assessing the health of crops, planning construction projects, or monitoring environmental changes, having access to accurate and up-to-date drone data can be a game-changer.

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ArcGIS Drone2Map empowers professionals across industries to harness the full potential of their drone imagery. From accurate mapping to streamlined data processing and collaborative workflows, this software offers a comprehensive solution for turning drone data into actionable insights. Explore its capabilities and take your drone imagery to new heights. Click here to learn more.

From Field to Map: Collecting and Analyzing Data with ArcGIS
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From Field to Map: Collecting and Analyzing Data with ArcGIS

In the realm of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the journey from field data collection to the creation of informative maps has been revolutionized ArcGIS platform. This powerful toolset enables organizations, from environmental agencies to utility companies, to efficiently collect, analyze, and visualize geospatial data. In this article, we’ll explore how ArcGIS facilitates the seamless transition of data from the field to the map, providing valuable insights for decision-makers across various industries.

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ArcGIS in Data Collection and Analysis

ArcGIS is a comprehensive GIS platform that encompasses a suite of software, apps, and tools designed to work together seamlessly. One of its key strengths lies in its ability to bridge the gap between data collection in the field and the creation of meaningful maps and spatial analyses.

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Data Collection with ArcGIS

  1. Mobile Data Collection: ArcGIS offers mobile apps like Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123, which allow field personnel to collect data using smartphones and tablets. Users can capture location-based information, attach photos, and fill out customized forms in real-time, ensuring accurate and up-to-date data.
  2. Integration with GPS Technology: ArcGIS integrates with Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, enabling precise location data capture. This is invaluable for tasks like asset management, wildlife tracking, and surveying.
  3. Offline Data Collection: Fieldwork often takes place in remote areas with limited or no internet connectivity. ArcGIS provides the ability to collect data offline, ensuring that critical information is not lost in areas with poor network coverage.
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Data Analysis with ArcGIS

  1. Spatial Analysis: ArcGIS offers a wide array of spatial analysis tools to extract meaningful insights from collected data. This includes proximity analysis, density mapping, and spatial statistics, which help organizations identify patterns, trends, and correlations.
  2. Geoprocessing: Geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS allow users to automate complex spatial analyses and data transformations. This streamlines repetitive tasks and ensures consistency in data processing.
  3. Visualization: Creating compelling maps and visualizations is a hallmark of ArcGIS. It provides tools to generate professional-quality maps, 3D scenes, and dashboards to communicate data effectively to stakeholders.
  4. Decision Support: ArcGIS’s analytical capabilities empower decision-makers by providing them with a data-driven foundation. Whether it’s optimizing logistics, planning urban development, or managing natural resources, ArcGIS aids in making informed choices.
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Benefits of ArcGIS in Data Collection and Analysis

  1. Efficiency: ArcGIS streamlines data collection and analysis workflows, reducing manual data entry and processing time. This leads to more efficient operations and quicker decision-making.
  2. Data Quality: The real-time data validation features in ArcGIS apps help maintain data accuracy. Field personnel can receive immediate feedback on data quality, ensuring high-quality data collection.
  3. Cost Savings: By optimizing fieldwork and resource allocation, organizations can reduce operational costs. ArcGIS helps identify cost-effective solutions and improve overall resource management.
  4. Informed Decision-Making: The ability to analyze and visualize data in ArcGIS empowers organizations to make informed decisions. This is invaluable in a variety of sectors, from agriculture to emergency management.
Benefits of ArcGIS in data collection and analysis

ArcGIS has transformed the way organizations collect and analyze geospatial data, ushering in a new era of efficiency, accuracy, and data-driven decision-making. The ability to seamlessly transition data from the field to informative maps and spatial analyses has far-reaching implications across industries. Whether it’s improving environmental conservation efforts, enhancing public infrastructure, or optimizing business operations, ArcGIS is at the forefront of facilitating the journey from field data to actionable insights. As we continue to advance in the realm of geospatial technology, ArcGIS will undoubtedly remain a cornerstone in turning data into knowledge and maps into informed decisions.

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ArcGIS Image: An Easier Way to Work with Imagery and Raster Data
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ArcGIS Image: An Easier Way to Work with Imagery and Raster Data

In today’s data-driven world, geographic information systems (GIS) play a pivotal role in helping us make sense of complex spatial information. Among the many tools available, ArcGIS stands out as one of the most comprehensive and widely used GIS platforms. Within the ArcGIS ecosystem, there’s a powerful tool known as ArcGIS Image that makes working with imagery and raster data a breeze. In this article, we’ll explore what ArcGIS Image is and how it simplifies the process of handling imagery and raster data.

Understanding ArcGIS Image

ArcGIS Image is an extension of ArcGIS that specializes in handling and analyzing imagery and raster data. Raster data is a type of spatial data that is represented as a grid of cells, where each cell contains a value or attribute. Imagery, such as satellite or aerial photos, is often stored as raster data. ArcGIS Image provides tools and workflows to effectively manage, process, and analyze these types of data, unlocking valuable insights for a wide range of applications, including agriculture, urban planning, environmental monitoring, and more.

Key Features of ArcGIS Image

Here are some key features of ArcGIS Image:

Advance image processing

ArcGIS Image offers a suite of advanced image processing tools, making it easy to enhance and manipulate imagery. You can perform tasks like image classification, change detection, and object detection to extract valuable information from your imagery.

Orthorectification

Ensuring the accuracy of spatial data is critical in GIS, and ArcGIS Image excels in this aspect. It allows you to orthorectify imagery, correcting distortions caused by terrain variations and sensor characteristics, resulting in highly accurate georeferenced images.

Mosaic datasets

Handling multiple images or datasets is a common requirement in GIS projects. ArcGIS Image provides mosaic datasets, a powerful tool for managing and organizing large collections of imagery. Mosaic datasets allow you to efficiently store, display, and analyze vast amounts of data seamlessly.

Deep learning integration

In recent years, deep learning has revolutionized image analysis. ArcGIS Image integrates with deep learning frameworks, allowing you to train and deploy custom deep learning models for tasks like image classification and object detection, enhancing your analysis capabilities.

Cloud integration

With the growing popularity of cloud computing, ArcGIS Image is designed to work seamlessly with cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). This means you can leverage the scalability and storage capabilities of the cloud to handle large imagery datasets.

Benefits of Using ArcGIS Image

Here are some benefits of ArcGIS Image:

Streamlined workflow

ArcGIS Image provides a user-friendly interface that simplifies complex image processing tasks. This enables GIS professionals to be more productive and reduces the learning curve for newcomers to the field.

Enhanced decision-making

By harnessing the power of imagery and raster data, ArcGIS Image enables organizations to make data-driven decisions with confidence. Whether it’s assessing crop health, monitoring deforestation, or analyzing urban expansion, the insights gained from imagery can inform more effective policies and strategies.

Interoperability

ArcGIS Image seamlessly integrates with other ArcGIS tools and extensions, creating a holistic GIS environment. This interoperability ensures that your imagery and raster data can be easily incorporated into larger GIS projects.

Scalability

As data volumes continue to grow, ArcGIS Image’s cloud integration ensures that your GIS infrastructure can scale to meet your needs without the burden of costly hardware investments.

ArcGIS Image is a game-changer for GIS professionals and organizations that rely on imagery and raster data for decision-making and analysis. Its advanced tools, cloud integration, and user-friendly interface make it easier than ever to work with these complex data types. Whether you’re in agriculture, urban planning, environmental management, or any other field that relies on spatial data, ArcGIS Image can help you unlock the potential of your imagery and raster data, paving the way for more informed and impactful decisions. So, if you’re looking for an easier way to work with imagery and raster data, ArcGIS Image is definitely worth exploring.

From Novice to Pro: Build Your Geospatial Skills with ArcGIS 
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From Novice to Pro: Build Your Geospatial Skills with ArcGIS 

Geospatial technology plays a crucial role in analyzing and visualizing spatial data for a wide range of industries and applications. ArcGIS is one of the most widely used geographic information system (GIS) software platforms available today. Whether you’re a beginner or an aspiring GIS professional, ArcGIS offers a comprehensive set of tools and resources to help you build your geospatial skills and unlock the full potential of spatial analysis. In this article, we will explore a roadmap to take you from a novice to a pro in ArcGIS. 

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Roadmap to take you from novice to pro 

Here is a roadmap to help you become proficient in GIS: 

Understanding the basics: Getting started with ArcGIS 

Before diving into the advanced features of this software, it’s essential to understand the basics. Familiarize yourself with the its interface, explore the different components such as the Catalog, Map, and Geoprocessing windows, and learn how to navigate through the software. Start by creating and managing projects, loading data, and exploring the different types of spatial data formats supported by ArcGIS. 

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Exploring data and cartography: Mastering the art of map creation 

One of the primary strengths of ArcGIS is its ability to create visually appealing and informative maps. Learn about cartography principles, including map design, symbolization, labeling, and color schemes. Understand how to work with different types of data, such as points, lines, polygons, and rasters, and explore the various tools available in the software for data exploration, visualization, and querying. 

Spatial analysis: Unleashing the power of GIS 

Spatial analysis forms the core of GIS, enabling you to derive meaningful insights from spatial data. Dive into the world of spatial analysis in ArcGIS, starting with basic operations like overlaying, buffering, and proximity analysis. As you progress, explore more advanced techniques such as spatial interpolation, network analysis, geostatistics, and spatial modeling. Gain hands-on experience by working on real-world projects and practice combining multiple analysis techniques to solve complex geospatial problems. 

Related: What is Spatial Data?

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Geodatabases and data management: Organizing and managing your data 

Efficient data management is crucial when working with geospatial data. Learn about geodatabases, the spatial data storage format used by ArcGIS, and understand how to create, import, export, and manage geodatabases. Explore different types of data relationships, such as topologies and networks, and learn how to maintain data integrity, update attribute information, and handle data versioning in multi-user environments. 

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Python scripting and automation: Extending ArcGIS capabilities 

Python scripting is a powerful tool for automating tasks, extending ArcGIS functionality, and creating custom tools. Familiarize yourself with the basics of Python programming and understand how to utilize ArcPy, the Python library for ArcGIS. Start by writing simple scripts to automate repetitive tasks, and gradually progress to developing more advanced scripts that integrate with other Python libraries and perform complex geoprocessing workflows. 

Related: ArcGIS Python Automation – Streamlining Workflows for GIS Professionals

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Web mapping and ArcGIS Online: Sharing and collaboration 

AGOL is a cloud-based platform that allows you to create, share, and collaborate on web maps and applications. Learn how to create interactive web maps using AGOL, publish your maps and data, and explore the different ways to share your work with others. Understand the principles of web mapping, including configuring pop-ups, creating custom symbology, and embedding maps into websites and applications. 

Related: The Cloud-Based Solution for Geospatial Collaboration

Specialized applications: Exploring industry-specific extensions 

ArcGIS offers a range of industry-specific extensions and applications tailored to different sectors, such as environmental management, urban planning, emergency response, and agriculture. Explore the available extensions relevant to your field of interest and gain expertise in utilizing their specialized tools and workflows. 

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Five Tips to Improve Your ArcGIS Dashboards 
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Five Tips to Improve Your ArcGIS Dashboards 

ArcGIS Dashboards is a powerful tool that allows users to create interactive and visually appealing data visualizations. Whether you’re presenting information to stakeholders, monitoring real-time data, or analyzing spatial patterns, optimizing your ArcGIS Dashboards can significantly enhance the impact and usability of your visualizations. In this article, we’ll explore five tips to improve your ArcGIS Dashboards and take your data presentations to the next level. 

Tips to improve your ArcGIS Dashboards 

Here are 5 tips to improve your ArcGIS Dashboards: 

Define clear objectives and target audience 

Before diving into the design and configuration of your ArcGIS Dashboard, it’s crucial to define clear objectives and identify your target audience. Determine the key messages you want to convey and the specific insights you want your audience to gain from the dashboard. This understanding will guide your design choices and ensure that your dashboard effectively communicates the desired information to the intended recipients. 

Streamline your layout 

A well-organized and visually appealing layout is essential for an effective dashboard. Consider the following tips to streamline your layout:  

a. Use a grid-based system: Aligning elements to a grid creates a consistent and structured layout.  

b. Keep it simple: Avoid cluttering the dashboard with unnecessary elements. Focus on presenting the most critical information.  

c. Utilize white space: Give elements room to breathe by incorporating ample white space, which helps improve readability and overall aesthetics. 

Choose Appropriate Visualizations 

Selecting the right visualizations is crucial for effectively conveying information. Consider the following factors when choosing visualizations for your ArcGIS Dashboard:  

a. Data types: Different data types require specific visualizations. For example, use bar charts or pie charts for categorical data and line charts for temporal trends.  

b. Audience comprehension: Consider your audience’s familiarity with different visualization types. Opt for visualizations that are easily interpretable by your intended audience.  

c. Interactivity: Leverage the interactivity features of ArcGIS Dashboards, such as filtering and drill-down options, to allow users to explore the data in a more dynamic and engaging way. 

Incorporate strategic interactivity 

ArcGIS Dashboards offer various interactive features that can significantly enhance user engagement and data exploration. Here are some tips to incorporate strategic interactivity:  

a. Utilize filters: Add interactive filters to enable users to interactively explore subsets of the data based on specific criteria or variables. 

 b. Drill-down capabilities: Allow users to drill down into specific areas or data points to reveal more detailed information.  

c. Use actions and URL parameters: Link different components within your dashboard or external webpages to create seamless navigation and provide additional context. 

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Regularly review and update 

Lastly, it’s essential to regularly review and update your ArcGIS Dashboards to ensure they remain relevant and effective. Consider the following practices:  

a. Collect feedback: Seek feedback from your audience and stakeholders to understand their needs and identify areas for improvement.  

b. Monitor data sources: Continuously monitor the data sources feeding your dashboards. Ensure that data is accurate, up-to-date, and reflects the most recent insights.  

c. Iterative improvement: Implement a cycle of iteration and improvement based on feedback, changing requirements, and emerging trends. Regularly evaluate your dashboards’ performance and refine them accordingly. 

With these best practices in mind, you’ll be well on your way to presenting data in a more engaging and informative manner, empowering your audience to make better-informed decisions. 

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Three Things ArcGIS Workforce Can Do for You 
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Three Things ArcGIS Workforce Can Do for You 

In today’s fast-paced world, efficient management of resources, tasks, and personnel is crucial for organizations across various industries. ArcGIS Workforce, a powerful workforce management solution helps streamline and optimize field operations. This provides organizations with the tools they need to effectively coordinate and manage their workforce. In this article, we explore three key benefits of ArcGIS Workforce and how it can enhance operational efficiency and productivity. 

Related: 3 Things ArcGIS Pro Can Do for You

Three key benefits of ArcGIS Workforce 

Here are 3 key benefits of ArcGIS Workforce: 

Efficient workforce coordination 

ArcGIS Workforce offers organizations a comprehensive platform to manage and coordinate their workforce effectively. It enables dispatchers to assign tasks and monitor their progress in real-time, ensuring efficient allocation of field personnel based on their skills, proximity, and availability. With a user-friendly interface, dispatchers can easily create and assign tasks, set deadlines, and track progress, allowing for optimal resource allocation and reducing the risk of duplication or miscommunication. 

Furthermore, field workers can access task details, navigate to work locations using integrated maps, and provide updates on their progress directly through the mobile app. This seamless communication and coordination fostered by ArcGIS Workforce result in streamlined workflows, reduced response times, and improved customer satisfaction. 

Related: Five Powerful Capabilities of ArcGIS 3D Analyst

Enhanced field data collection and integration 

ArcGIS Workforce empowers organizations to capture, manage, and integrate field data seamlessly. Field workers can collect and update data using the mobile app, including capturing photos, recording measurements, and documenting observations. This real-time data collection eliminates the need for manual data entry, reducing errors and improving data accuracy. 

The collected data can be instantly synchronized with the central database, allowing dispatchers and managers to access up-to-date information and make informed decisions promptly. Integration with other ArcGIS solutions enables the seamless flow of data between different workflows, such as field data collection, asset management, and spatial analysis. This integration enhances data-driven decision-making, facilitates better resource planning, and supports overall operational efficiency. 

Real-time monitoring and analytics 

ArcGIS Workforce offers real-time monitoring and analytics capabilities that enable organizations to gain valuable insights into their field operations. Dispatchers and managers can track the status of tasks, monitor worker locations, and receive notifications on task completion or delays. This real-time visibility into field activities allows for proactive decision-making, enabling managers to address any emerging issues promptly. 

In addition, ArcGIS Workforce provides advanced analytics tools that allow organizations to analyze workforce performance, identify trends, and generate comprehensive reports. You can use these insights to optimize workflows, identify bottlenecks, and allocate resources more effectively. By leveraging data-driven analytics, organizations can continuously improve their operations, reduce costs, and enhance overall productivity. 

By leveraging ArcGIS Workforce, organizations can allocate resources effectively, improve communication and collaboration between dispatchers and field personnel, and make data-driven decisions. Ultimately, this results in streamlined workflows, reduced response times, and improved customer satisfaction. Whether in utilities, public safety, or any other industry that relies on field operations, ArcGIS Workforce can provide significant benefits and contribute to the success of organizations in today’s dynamic business landscape. 

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A Holistic Approach to Protecting Africa’s Wildlife
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A Holistic Approach to Protecting Africa’s Wildlife

Africa’s breathtaking landscapes, teeming with diverse wildlife, have long been a source of wonder and fascination for people around the world. However, the very existence of these incredible natural treasures is under threat from various factors including poaching, habitat destruction, and climate change. To combat these challenges and ensure survival of Africa’s protected areas and wildlife, a holistic strategy is essential. Space for Giants, a conservation organization, exemplifies this holistic approach, leveraging GIS technology to protect and preserve Africa’s natural heritage.

Related: ArcGIS for Forest Monitoring: An Essential Tool for Environmental Conservation

Leveraging GIS technology

Since its inception in 2011, Space for Giants has been at the forefront of using GIS to gain crucial insights into elephant behavior, track poaching activities, and protect key elephant corridors. This technology allows them to collect and analyze data from various sources, including satellites and GPS tracking collars. By mapping out elephant movements and identifying areas of high poaching activity, Space for Giants can strategically deploy resources to safeguard these magnificent creatures.

Related: Digitally Transforming the Future of Natural Resources

Mitigating impacts of climate change

Furthermore, Space for Giants recognizes the pressing need to address climate change, which poses a significant threat to Africa’s ecosystems. Leveraging their monitoring expertise, they are now channeling their efforts into generating carbon credits. This innovative approach helps mitigate the impacts of climate change and provides essential financial support for ongoing conservation efforts.

Related: Climate Change is a Spatial Issue

Providing evidence for wildlife trafficking prosecution

One of the most significant challenges in wildlife conservation is bringing perpetrators of wildlife crimes to justice. Space for Giants’ wildlife law and justice program plays a pivotal role in this arena. They use GIS technology to gather and present critical evidence in wildlife trafficking cases. By mapping out the movement of illegally traded wildlife and identifying trafficking routes, they empower prosecutors with the data they need to build strong cases against wildlife criminals.

Protecting Africa’s protected areas and wildlife demands a multifaceted approach that considers the ecological, social, and economic aspects of conservation. Space for Giants exemplifies this holistic strategy by leveraging GIS technology to gain insights, protect habitats, combat climate change, and bring wildlife criminals to justice. Their tireless efforts serve as a beacon of hope for preserving Africa’s natural heritage for generations to come.

This story was first published by David Gadsden. View full story here

Harnessing the Power of ArcGIS for Efficient Asset Management
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Harnessing the Power of ArcGIS for Efficient Asset Management

Effective asset management is crucial for businesses and organizations of all sizes in the first-paced world of today. Whether you’re managing infrastructure, utilities, or facilities, the capacity to monitor, maintain, and optimize assets can have a substantial impact on operational effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. ArcGIS provides a potent toolkit for effective asset management that goes above and beyond conventional approaches. This article explores how utilizing ArcGIS’s capability can transform asset management procedures and produce real results.

Related: Addressing Supply Chain Issues with GIS: Solving Logistics Challenges

Understanding asset management

Asset management involves tracking, analyzing, and maintaining physical assets to ensure optimal performance throughout their lifecycle. This includes everything from equipment and machinery to facilities, pipelines, and utilities. Efficient asset management minimizes downtime, extends asset lifespan, reduces costs, and enhances overall productivity.

The ArcGIS advantage

ArcGIS provides a geospatial foundation for asset management the integrates location-based information with attributes and real-time data. This spatial context enriches asset information, enabling better decision-making and streamlined workflows.

Here is how ArcGIS enables efficient asset management:

Data centralization and visualization

ArcGIS allows users to create comprehensive asset inventories by storing asset information in a centralized database. Geospatial data visualizations provide a clear overview of asset locations, conditions, and relationships. Maps and dashboards help stakeholders understand asset distribution and status at a glance.

Data analysis and insights

ArcGIS offers advanced spatial analysis tools that go beyond tabular data. Users can perform proximity analysis, identify asset clusters, and assess environmental impacts. By overlaying assets with geographic data such as land use and demographics, organizations gain insights that inform planning and resource allocation.

Real-time monitoring and predictive maintenance

ArcGIS integrates with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, enabling real-time asset monitoring. Sensors placed on assets can transmit data on performance, temperature, and other critical parameters. This data can be analyzed using ArcGIS tools to predict maintenance needs, preventing costly breakdowns.

Reporting and compliance

ArcGIS streamlines reporting for regulatory compliance. Organizations can generate custom reports and visualize data trends, making it easier to demonstrate compliance with environmental standards, safety regulations, and other requirements.

Mobile data collection

ArcGIS enables field workers to collect data directly in the field using mobile devices. They can update asset information, track maintenance activities, and submit reports in real time. This minimizes paperwork, reduces errors, and ensures accurate and up-to-date records.

Related: ArcGIS Field Apps

Risk assessment and decision support

By analyzing asset data in the context of geographical factors such as terrain and proximity to hazards, ArcGIS facilitates risk assessment. This helps organizations make informed decisions about asset placement, emergency response planning, and disaster recovery.

Collaboration and stakeholder engagement

 ArcGIS Online allows for easy data sharing and collaboration among stakeholders. Whether it’s internal teams, regulatory agencies, or the public, sharing geospatial data fosters transparency, improves communication, and aligns efforts.

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ArcGIS Pro Review: 15 Reasons to Map Like a Pro
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ArcGIS Pro Review: 15 Reasons to Map Like a Pro

Mapping has become an essential tool for various industries, from urban planning and environmental management to business analytics and disaster response. Among the many software options available, ArcGIS Pro stands out as a powerful and versatile solution. ArcGIS Pro offers a wide range of capabilities for mapping and spatial analysis. In this blog post, we will explore 15 reasons why you should consider using ArcGIS Pro to map like a pro.

Related: 3 Things ArcGIS Pro Can Do for You

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Why ArcGIS Pro?

Here are 15 reasons why you should consider using ArcGIS Pro to map like a pro:

Modern and intuitive interface

ArcGIS Pro presents a sleek and modern user interface that is easy to navigate. Its ribbon-style menu organizes tools and functions logically, ensuring a smooth learning curve for new users.

3D mapping and visualization

ArcGIS Pro allows you to create stunning 3D visualizations, enabling you to explore and analyze your data in new ways. With support for advanced rendering techniques and realistic shading, you can bring your maps to life.

Extensive geoprocessing toolbox

ArcGIS Pro offers a comprehensive set of geoprocessing tools, allowing you to perform complex spatial analyses. From basic operations like buffering and overlaying to advanced modeling and machine learning, the toolbox has you covered.

Related: Geocoding and Geoprocessing-Enhancing GIS Analysis with ArcGIS Tools and APIs

Integration with ArcGIS Online

With seamless integration with ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro enables you to leverage a wealth of web-based maps, data, and analysis tools. You can easily access your organization’s content, collaborate with colleagues, and share your work with the wider community.

Related: The Cloud-Based Solution for Geospatial Collaboration

Enhanced data management

ArcGIS Pro provides robust data management capabilities, allowing you to handle large datasets efficiently. You can easily organize, query, and edit your spatial data, ensuring data integrity and accuracy.

Advanced cartographic tools

Creating visually appealing and informative maps is a breeze with ArcGIS Pro. The software offers a wide range of cartographic tools and symbol libraries, enabling you to customize map elements and create professional-looking layouts.

Spatial analysis and modeling

ArcGIS Pro excels in spatial analysis and modeling. Whether you need to perform network analysis, spatial statistics, or site suitability modeling, the software offers an array of powerful tools to support your decision-making processes.

Python scripting and automation

For users with programming skills, ArcGIS Pro provides extensive support for Python scripting. You can automate repetitive tasks, build custom tools, and extend the software’s functionality using the ArcPy library.

Real-time data integration

ArcGIS Pro enables you to incorporate real-time data feeds into your maps and analysis workflows. By visualizing and analyzing live data streams, you can gain valuable insights and make informed decisions in dynamic situations.

Mobile mapping and field data collection

With ArcGIS Pro, you can extend your mapping capabilities to the field. The software seamlessly integrates with mobile devices, enabling you to collect data, update maps, and collaborate with team members in real-time, even in offline environments.

Related: Maximizing Efficiency with ArcGIS Field Apps and Mobile Data Collection

Lidar data processing

ArcGIS Pro provides robust support for processing and analyzing Lidar data. You can derive elevation models, extract features, and conduct terrain analysis with ease, opening new possibilities for applications such as forestry, urban planning, and flood modeling.

Time-series analysis

For analyzing temporal data, ArcGIS Pro offers powerful time-series analysis tools. You can explore trends, detect patterns, and perform change detection over time, empowering you to understand the dynamics of your spatial data.

Enhanced 3D editing

When it comes to editing 3D data, ArcGIS Pro delivers a seamless experience. You can edit features in 3D space, align and adjust geometries, and create accurate 3D models, streamlining your editing workflows.

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Related: Five Powerful Capabilities of ArcGIS 3D Analyst

Advanced symbology options

With ArcGIS Pro, you can choose from a wide variety of advanced symbology options to represent your data in visually appealing and informative ways.

Extensive data support

ArcGIS Pro supports a wide range of data formats, including shapefiles, geodatabases, CAD files, raster datasets, and more. You can easily import, visualize, and analyze various types of spatial data.

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The Cloud-Based Solution for Geospatial Collaboration
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The Cloud-Based Solution for Geospatial Collaboration

In a world driven by data, location intelligence plays a pivotal role in decision-making across various industries. GIS technology has revolutionized the way we understand and interact with spatial data, offering powerful tools for analysis, visualization, and collaboration. ArcGIS Online, Esri’s cloud-based GIS platform, stands out as a versatile and accessible solution that empowers organizations to harness the full potential of geospatial data while fostering collaboration among teams.

Unleashing the power of cloud-based GIS

ArcGIS Online represents a paradigm shift in GIS technology, offering a wide array of benefits for organizations and individuals alike:

Accessibility and scalability

One of the primary advantages of ArcGIS Online is its accessibility. With just an internet connection, users can access geospatial data and applications from anywhere at any time. This level of flexibility is particularly valuable for organizations with distributed teams or those working remotely. Furthermore, ArcGIS Online’s scalability ensures that it can meet the needs of both small businesses and large enterprises, making it an inclusive solution for all.

Collaboration and data sharing

ArcGIS Online excels in facilitating collaboration and data sharing. Users can create, share, and collaborate on maps, apps, and datasets with ease. This feature is invaluable for teams working on projects that require geospatial data, allowing for real-time collaboration, feedback, and decision-making. Whether it’s urban planning, disaster response, or environmental conservation, ArcGIS Online streamlines teamwork.

Map creation and storytelling

Creating compelling maps and stories is a breeze with ArcGIS Online. The platform provides user-friendly tools for designing maps and configuring applications, making it accessible to users of all skill levels. These maps can be used for a variety of purposes, from presenting data to telling engaging stories that drive understanding and action.

Real-time data and analytics

ArcGIS Online integrates seamlessly with real-time data sources, ensuring that users have access to the most up-to-date information. Additionally, the platform offers robust analytics tools for performing spatial analysis, helping organizations make informed decisions based on geographic data.

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Security and compliance

Esri places a strong emphasis on security and compliance with ArcGIS Online. Organizations can rest assured that their geospatial data is protected and compliant with industry standards and regulations.

Real-world applications

ArcGIS Online has found its way into numerous industries, transforming the way organizations operate:

  • Urban planning: City governments use ArcGIS Online to manage land use, infrastructure, and zoning, facilitating informed urban development.
  • Environmental conservation: Conservationists use the platform to track wildlife, monitor deforestation, and protect natural habitats.
  • Emergency response: During disasters, ArcGIS Online aids emergency responders in coordinating efforts, visualizing impacted areas, and providing real-time information to affected communities.
  • Business intelligence: Retailers and businesses leverage location analytics to optimize site selection, marketing strategies, and supply chain management.
  • Education: ArcGIS Online is used in educational institutions to teach students about geography, spatial analysis, and data visualization.

ArcGIS Online is more than just a cloud-based GIS platform; it’s a transformative tool that empowers organizations to collaborate, make data-driven decisions, and create meaningful maps and applications. Whether it’s improving urban planning, conserving the environment, or responding to emergencies, ArcGIS Online provides the foundation for unlocking the true potential of geospatial data in the modern world. With its user-friendly interface and robust capabilities, it’s a game-changer for geospatial collaboration and analysis.

ArcGIS Hub: Empowering Collaborative Decision Making and Citizen Engagement
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ArcGIS Hub: Empowering Collaborative Decision Making and Citizen Engagement

The power of data and technology is changing how communities, organizations, and governments collaborate and make choices. Thanks to ArcGIS Hub, organizations can now communicate, collaborate, and engage efficiently. In this article, we explore ArcGIS Hub’s transformative capabilities, highlighting how it supports active citizen participation in community planning and enables group decision-making processes.

Transform how you engage and collaborate with your community

What is ArcGIS Hub?

ArcGIS Hub is a robust platform for collaboration, knowledge management, citizen engagement, and program execution. It’s a cloud-based service designed to help organizations make informed decisions by leveraging crowd sourced inputs from citizens, businesses and governments that reside in multiple geographies across the globe. Organizations of any type and any size, including government agencies, nonprofit groups, and academia, can maximize engagement, communication, collaboration, and data sharing using the ArcGIS Hub initiative-based approach.

Related: ArcGIS Workflow Manager- Streamlining GIS Workflows for Greater Efficiency

Transformative capabilities of ArcGIS Hub

Some transformative capabilities of this software include:

A unified hub for data, collaboration, and engagement

It serves as a centralized platform that brings together data, maps, apps, and people. It acts as a hub of information exchange, connecting stakeholders across various sectors – government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and citizens – in a shared digital environment. The platform facilitates the creation of “hubs” or collaborative spaces, each with its own unique focus and objectives.

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Promotes citizen engagement

One of its standout features is the ability to promote citizen engagement. Informed citizens are vital to a vibrant democracy, and ArcGIS Hub empowers individuals to actively participate in shaping their communities. Through the platform, citizens can access interactive maps, dashboards, and surveys that provide insights into local issues, policies, and initiatives. This transparent and accessible information fosters meaningful discussions and informed decision-making processes.

Citizen engagement

Enables storytelling with data

ArcGIS Hub goes beyond presenting raw data – it enables users to tell compelling stories using data-driven narratives. These stories can shed light on important topics, challenges, and successes within a community. By combining data, maps, images, and text, stakeholders can create narratives that resonate with citizens and drive positive change. This storytelling approach is an effective way to communicate complex issues and solutions in an easily understandable format.

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Open data sharing and collaboration

Transparency is key to building trust between government institutions and the public. This software facilitates open data sharing by providing a platform for government agencies to publish datasets, making them accessible to citizens, researchers, and businesses. This open exchange of information encourages collaboration, sparks innovation, and enables data-driven decision-making processes that benefit stakeholders.

Open data sharing and collaboration

Builds stronger communities through collaboration

ArcGIS Hub encourages collaboration not only between citizens and government but also across different organizations and sectors. By creating collaborative initiatives, communities can address challenges collectively, leverage each other’s expertise, and pool resources for more efficient problem-solving. This collaborative ecosystem fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility among stakeholders, resulting in more sustainable and impactful outcomes.

Related: ArcGIS Online – Collaborative Mapping and Storytelling for GIS professional

ArcGIS Hub is a catalyst for change in the way we engage with our communities, make decisions, and drive positive outcomes. By providing a platform for collaborative decision-making and citizen management, ArcGIS Hub empowers individuals and organizations to actively shape the places they live and work.

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Smart Workplaces, Efficient Operations
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Smart Workplaces, Efficient Operations

In an age where technology is rapidly transforming the way we work and interact with our environment, businesses are constantly seeking innovative solutions to optimize their operations. One such solution that has emerged as a game-changer for modern workplaces is ArcGIS Indoors. By seamlessly integrating indoor mapping, navigation, and data analytics, ArcGIS Indoors is revolutionizing how businesses manage their physical spaces, streamline operations, and enhance the overall employee experience.

Related: ArcGIS Business Analyst: A Powerful Tool for Market Analysis and Planning

The evolution of workplace management

Traditionally, workplace management was confined to floor plans and static layouts. However, the rise of smart buildings and the Internet of Things (IoT) has ushered in a new era of possibilities. ArcGIS Indoors takes this evolution a step further by providing dynamic, interactive indoor maps that enable businesses to gain insights into how their spaces are used and optimize them for maximum efficiency.

How ArcGIS Indoors is enabling smart workplaces

Here is how ArcGIS Indoors is enabling smart workplaces for efficient operations:

Efficient space utilization

ArcGIS Indoors allows businesses to understand how their spaces are utilized in real-time. With accurate indoor maps, companies can track the movement of employees, equipment, and assets throughout the workplace. This data-driven approach enables organizations to identify underutilized areas, optimize office layouts, and allocate resources more effectively. By eliminating wasted space, businesses can reduce overhead costs and create a more agile and responsive environment.

Related: ArcGIS Workflow Manager: Streamlining GIS Workflows for Greater Efficiency

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Enhance employee experience

A well-designed workspace not only improves operational efficiency but also contributes to employee satisfaction and productivity. ArcGIS Indoors empowers employees with tools to navigate complex office layouts, find meeting rooms, locate colleagues, and access essential facilities seamlessly. This reduces the time spent on wayfinding and enhances overall workplace satisfaction. Moreover, businesses can use indoor maps to create more engaging and comfortable environments, promoting a positive work culture.

Facility management and maintenance

Maintaining a large business facility can be challenging, especially when it comes to regular inspections, repairs, and maintenance. ArcGIS Indoors simplifies this process by providing facility managers with a visual representation of the building’s infrastructure. This makes it easier to identify maintenance needs, plan repairs, and ensure that equipment is functioning optimally. With improved maintenance planning, businesses can prevent downtime, reduce costs, and extend the lifespan of their assets.

Data-driven decision making

One of the most valuable aspects of ArcGIS Indoors is its data analytics capabilities. By collecting and analyzing data on foot traffic, space usage, and resource allocation, businesses can make informed decisions to improve operations. For example, understanding peak usage times and traffic patterns can lead to better staffing decisions, optimized space allocation, and more efficient customer service.

Related: A Roadmap to Intelligent Business Development

ArcGIS Indoors

In the digital age, businesses are constantly seeking ways to stay competitive and agile. ArcGIS Indoors offers a comprehensive solution for smart workplace management, enabling businesses to harness the power of indoor mapping, navigation, and data analytics. As the technology continues to evolve, ArcGIS Indoors is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of efficient workplace operations for businesses around the world. Learn more about ArcGIS here.

Maximizing Efficiency with ArcGIS Field Apps and Mobile Data Collection
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Maximizing Efficiency with ArcGIS Field Apps and Mobile Data Collection

In today’s fast-paced world, organizations across various industries are recognizing the transformative power of mobile technology for data collection and field operations. As geospatial professionals, we always want to be as efficient as possible. There are many ways to get information pertaining to our project and its needs in the field most efficiently. One way is by harnessing the power of ArcGIS Field Apps – a suite of cutting-edge mobile tools that enable efficient data collection, real-time collaboration, and informed decision-making, all while harnessing the power of location intelligence. In this article, we explore how these field apps can revolutionize your operations, streamline workflows, and maximize efficiency.

Related: ArcGIS Navigator: The Ultimate GPS Navigation Solution

How field apps revolutionize operations

Here is how apps can revolutionize your operations:

Empowering field work

Gone are the days of tiresome paper forms and manual data entry. ArcGIS Field Apps bring the digital revolution to the field, empowering your workforce with tools that fit right in their pockets. This Apps include:

ArcGIS Field Maps: Helps fieldworkers to perform mobile data collection and editing, find assets and information, and report their real-time locations.

ArcGIS Collector: Collector enables workers to gather data with precision and accuracy, capturing everything from asset conditions to environmental observations. The best part? It integrates data into your GIS platform, providing insights back at the office in real time.

ArcGIS Survey123: With ArcGIS Survey123, you can create customized surveys that meet your specific data needs. This tool enables you to collect information effortlessly via mobile devices, tablets, or even web browsers, all while maintaining data integrity and consistency.

Read more: Simplify Your Data Collection Efforts with ArcGIS Survey123

ArcGIS Workforce: Workforce streamlines fieldwork coordination, ensuring that tasks are assigned to the right personnel at the right time. Work orders, inspections, and assignments are managed seamlessly, boosting productivity, and minimizing delays.

ArcGIS Tracker: Tracker provides a real-time view of field operations by tracking the location of field workers and assets. This not only enhances safety and security but also enables proactive decision-making based on live location data.

ArcGIS Quickcapture: ArcGIS Quickcapture is the quickest method for gathering field observations. With the help of this app, you can easily collect field observations when travelling and scouting potential places, doing aerial surveys, or evaluating damage. It also helps you eliminate the need for manual note-processing time by sending data back to the office for analysis in real time.

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Transforming workflows

The integration of ArcGIS Field Apps into your workflow has the potential to transform the way you operate. This Apps ensure:

Improved accuracy: ArcGIS Field Apps ensure data is captured correctly and uniformly, reducing chances of costly mistakes down the line.

Faster decision-making: Real-time data availability means faster decision-making. Whether it’s adjusting routes for delivery trucks or responding to emergencies, you’re equipped with up-to-the-minute information.

Enhanced collaboration: ArcGIS Field Apps foster collaboration between field teams and office staff. Field workers can instantly communicate changes, report issues, and seek guidance, enhancing overall team efficiency.

Streamlined processes: By eliminating paper-based processes, you cut down on manual paperwork, administrative overhead, and redundant tasks. His translates to more time spent on meaningful work.

A world of possibilities

From utilities and public works to environmental agencies and beyond, ArcGIS Field Apps are versatile tools that cater to a wide range of industries:

Utilities: Streamline maintenance tasks, monitor assets, and respond to outages swiftly.

Construction: Track progress, manage resources, and ensure projects stay on schedule.

Environmental management: Monitor natural resources, conduct surveys, and assess habitat conditions.

Emergency response: Coordinate response efforts, allocate resources, and assess damage in real time.

Getting started

Ready to experience the game-changing benefits of ArcGIS Field Apps? Visit our website to explore the suite of apps tailored to your needs and industry. Revolutionize your field operations, streamline your workflows, and unlock a new level of efficiency through the power of location intelligence.

Empowering Communities Through GIS #RIC2023
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Empowering Communities Through GIS #RIC2023

Every year, the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) hosts a conference. The conference brings together thousands of participants and provides an excellent platform of how geo-science can effectively be used to inform policy. This year’s event spanned from 8th to 10th August with the theme “NEXT LEVEL: Space to Community,” which aimed to bridge the gap between space-based technologies and the communities they serve, reflecting the growing synergy between cutting-edge technology and grassroot impacts.

Esri’s presence at the conference was marked by a series of enlightening presentations that showcased the organization’s commitment to utilizing GIS for the betterment of society. Olivier, one of Esri’s seasoned experts, took the podium and passionately discussed disaster risk management (DRM). He emphasized the critical part that GIS plays in proactive catastrophe management with a mesmerizing blend of images and practical examples. His presentation shed light on the revolutionary potential of using spatial data to anticipate, plan for, and lessen the effects of natural disasters.

Pauline Okeyo’s presentation revealed a wealth of free resources, instruction, and tools offered by the Africa Geoportal. Her explanation of these resources excited the African User Community, who were eager to use this wealth of knowledge to advance their own initiatives and endeavors.

The integration of ArcGIS into the post-2020 UN Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) was a major topic of David Gadsden’s presentation. His insights into how this potent tool could be used to track and monitor progress towards the ambitious goals established by the United Nations to protect our planet’s biodiversity enthralled the audience. David’s talk emphasized how technology may close the gap between international agreements and local implementation, fostering hope for a more sustainable future.

Lorien Innes took the stage to shed light on the intricate intersection of space data, GIS technology, and agricultural subsidy management. The difficulties experienced by farmers in Africa because of conflicts and climate change were eloquently depicted in Lorien’s presentation. She outlined how GIS technology may enable agricultural communities to manage subsidies and inputs effectively, promoting food security even in the face of adversity, with eloquence and precision.

The Esri team left an indelible mark on the minds of attendees. Their presentations weren’t just technical demonstrations; rather, they were potent tales that showed the way to a future that is more resilient, connected, and sustainable. The participation of Esri team at the RCMRD conference served as a shining example of how cutting-edge technology and the quest for a better world can exist harmoniously, supporting the conference’s overarching theme of “NEXT LEVEL: Space to Community” in every way.

Insights from Our Interns at Esri Eastern Africa
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Insights from Our Interns at Esri Eastern Africa

At Esri Eastern Africa, we believe in the power of learning, growth, and collaboration. Our commitment to fostering young talent is a cornerstone of our mission, and we are proud to provide internship opportunities that open doors to new horizons. As we embark on a journey of continuous innovation and exploration, we take immense pride in presenting the voices of our interns—bright minds who have experienced firsthand the dynamic environment and boundless opportunities that Esri Eastern Africa has to offer.

Every quarter, we welcome a cohort of passionate and driven individuals into our fold, offering them a platform to immerse themselves in the world of geospatial technologies, solutions, and innovations. These young minds bring fresh perspectives and a thirst for knowledge that invigorates our workspace and pushes the boundaries of what’s possible.

Here is what Kelvin Karanja had to say…

Why were you interested in an internship at Esri EA?

I was interested in interning at Esri EA because I had the privilege of training with the organization before. This prior experience provided me with insights into the exceptional learning opportunities, industry expertise, and innovative use of geospatial technology at Esri EA. The chance to further develop my skills, contribute to real-world projects, and learn from the talented professionals within the company greatly motivated me. Additionally, the positive work environment and collaborative culture at Esri EA made it a highly appealing choice for my internship.

Can you tell us about a project or accomplishment you’re proud of and why?

During my internship at Esri EA, I had the privilege of collaborating with a talented partner on a project-the development of a flood early warning system. Together, we utilized GIS technologies to analyze data, create a predictive model, and integrate communication platforms for sending SMS alerts to the community when River Nyando water level reached a specific threshold. This experience emphasized the significance of teamwork and effective communication. I take pride in the successful outcome of the project and the opportunity to contribute to enhancing community safety through our efforts.

How would you define our company culture?

Esri Eastern Africa has a culture of innovation, collaboration, and a strong passion for geospatial technology. They value teamwork, effective communication, and a customer-centric approach. The company strives for excellence, continuously improving their products and services to deliver innovative geospatial solutions.

    Would you recommend this internship to others?

    Yes. Esri EA offers opportunities for hands-on learning, and places a strong focus on cooperation and creativity. The organization also offers the opportunity to learn from business experts, gain exposure to cutting-edge technologies, and gain useful experience.

    If you were to work in any department, which one and why?

    The Solution Engineering department seems appealing. The chance to contribute to developing spatial solutions aligns with my expertise in GIS understanding and knowledge representation, supporting the practical application of geospatial technology to address client challenges.

    Are you ready to start an exciting journey of learning and development in the field of GIS and geospatial technology? We invite passionate and motivated individuals to join our team as interns and be part of Esri Eastern Africa’s dynamic environment.

    Send your CV to careers@esriea.com to take the first step towards an enriching internship experience.

    Geospatial Networking at its Finest
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    Geospatial Networking at its Finest

    Monday 10 July 2023, Esri Eastern Africa, the region’s leading geospatial solutions provider, set the stage for an unforgettable experience as it hosted an exclusive Esri User Conference watch party. The event took place at the prestigious Cinemax VIP room in Sarit Center, Nairobi, where participants, including users, partners, and staff gathered to engage with the latest advancements in geospatial technology.

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    The Esri User Conference is an annual global gathering organized by Esri, the pioneer in geographic information system (GIS) technology, to share innovative solutions, cutting-edge developments, and best practices in the geospatial industry.

    With the primary conference taking place in California, USA, attendees in Eastern Africa could participate virtually and gain insights into the latest trends and innovations through live streams. Esri Eastern Africa took the initiative to organize the watch party to facilitate knowledge exchange, and networking among local geospatial professionals who share a passion for Esri’s GIS solutions.

    The Cinemax VIP room at Sarit Center provided an upscale and immersive setting for the watch party. Attendees were treated to a state-of-the-art audiovisual experience, with giant LED screen displaying the conference content in real-time. The room also offered comfortable seating, and participants were welcomed with refreshments to ensure a delightful and engaging experience.

    Related: Esri User Conference 2024|Save the date!!

    The event concluded with a networking session, where attendees had the chance to forge new connections, exchange ideas, and explore potential collaborations within the geospatial community of Eastern Africa.

    By bringing together GIS enthusiasts and industry leaders, the event undoubtedly strengthened the geospatial ecosystem in the region and set the stage for even greater advancements in the future.

    Esri Eastern Africa and Masinde Muliro University Form Strategic Alliance
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    Esri Eastern Africa and Masinde Muliro University Form Strategic Alliance

    January 2023, Esri Eastern Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Masinde Muliro University (MMUST). This collaboration is a crucial step towards advancing geospatial excellence and supporting academic innovation.

    As part of this strategic alliance, Esri Eastern Africa will provide Masinde Muliro University with full access to its cutting-edge GIS tools such as ArcGIS. This software suite will allow students and professors to experiment with geospatial analysis, visualization, and decision-making, creating a collaborative framework for geospatial technology integration, research, and capacity building.

    Esri Eastern Africa will also provide training programs and workshops in addition to software to empower faculty members and students with important geospatial abilities. These capacity-building activities will enable MMUST to provide high-quality geospatial education and research, establishing the institution as a regional center of excellence.

    The collaboration between Esri Eastern Africa and Masinde Muliro University represents a significant stride towards bridging the gap between academia and industry in geospatial technology. This will foster a vibrant ecosystem that encourages collaboration, innovation, and the exchange of ideas among students, researchers, and industry professionals.

    About Esri Eastern Africa

    Esri Eastern Africa is the leading provider of GIS solutions and services in the Eastern Africa region. With a rich history of empowering organizations and individuals with geospatial technology, Esri Eastern Africa is committed to advancing the understanding and application of GIS across industries and sectors.

    About Masinde Muliro University

    Masinde Muliro University is a distinguished institution of higher learning situated in Kenya. With a focus on excellence in teaching, research, and innovation, the university strives to nurture talent, creativity, and foster a culture of academic excellence.

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    Getting Started with ArcGIS: A Beginner’s Guide to Mastering Geospatial Analysis

    Geospatial analysis is a powerful tool that allows us to understand the world around us in a whole new way. With ArcGIS, a leading Geographic Information System (GIS) software, you can unlock the potential of geospatial data and delve into the fascinating realm of geospatial analysis. Whether you’re a student, a professional in the field, or simply curious about GIS, this beginner’s guide will help you embark on your journey to mastering geospatial analysis with ArcGIS.

    1. Familiarize yourself with the interface: As a beginner, start by exploring the ArcGIS interface. Get acquainted with the different windows, tools, and menus available. Take your time to understand the layout and how the various components work together.
    2. Learn the basics of spatial data: Geospatial analysis revolves around spatial data. Familiarize yourself with the different types of spatial data, such as points, lines, polygons, and raster data. Understand coordinate systems, map projections, and spatial references, as they play a crucial role in accurate geospatial analysis.
    3. Acquire geospatial data: To perform geospatial analysis, you need data. ArcGIS provides various ways to acquire geospatial data, including online sources, data providers, and even creating your own data using GPS or other data collection techniques. Start by exploring freely available data and gradually move towards more specialized datasets.
    4. Explore data management: Effective data management is essential for successful geospatial analysis. Learn how to organize, store, and manage your geospatial data within ArcGIS. Understand file formats, databases, and best practices for data organization. Master the art of data cleaning and preparation, as it forms the foundation of accurate analysis.
    5. Perform basic geospatial analysis: Begin with simple geospatial analysis techniques, such as spatial queries, buffering, and overlays. These techniques allow you to explore relationships between different spatial features and analyze their intersections and overlaps. Experiment with these tools and gain hands-on experience.
    6. Dive into advanced analysis techniques: Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to expand your skills. ArcGIS offers a wide range of advanced geospatial analysis tools, including spatial statistics, interpolation, network analysis, and 3D analysis. Explore these techniques to uncover deeper insights and tackle complex spatial problems.
    7. Visualize your findings: A picture is worth a thousand words, and data visualization is key to effective communication. ArcGIS provides numerous options to create visually stunning maps, charts, and graphs to present your geospatial analysis results. Learn how to use symbology, labeling, and layout techniques to create compelling visualizations.
    8. Leverage online resources: ArcGIS has a vibrant online community, offering a wealth of resources. Take advantage of tutorials, forums, and user groups to expand your knowledge and troubleshoot issues. Esri Eastern Africa has extensive documentation, webinars, and training courses to enhance your learning experience.
    9. Practice, practice, practice: Geospatial analysis is a skill that improves with practice. Undertake projects that align with your interests or professional goals. Work on real-world datasets and solve spatial problems relevant to your domain. The more you practice, the more confident and proficient you’ll become in ArcGIS.
    10. Embrace lifelong learning: GIS technology is constantly evolving, and there’s always something new to learn. Stay up to date with the latest developments in ArcGIS and geospatial analysis. Explore emerging trends like remote sensing, spatial data science, and artificial intelligence in GIS. Continuously seek opportunities to expand your skills and knowledge.

    Remember, becoming proficient in geospatial analysis with ArcGIS is a journey. So embrace the journey, explore the vast capabilities of ArcGIS, and let your passion for geospatial analysis guide you as you unlock the world of spatial data and its endless possibilities. You can also sign up for our training courses here.

    ArcGIS Python Automation: Streamlining Workflows for GIS Professionals
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    ArcGIS Python Automation: Streamlining Workflows for GIS Professionals

    In the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), efficiency and productivity are key. GIS professionals are constantly seeking ways to streamline their workflows, automate repetitive tasks, and focus more on analysis and decision-making. ArcGIS, a leading platform in the GIS industry, offers a powerful tool for achieving these goals: Python automation. In this article, we will explore how ArcGIS Python automation can revolutionize workflows for GIS professionals.

    Introduction to ArcGIS Python Automation

    Python is a versatile programming language widely used in various domains, including GIS. ArcGIS provides a comprehensive Python API that allows GIS professionals to automate tasks, create scripts, and develop custom tools tailored to their specific needs. By leveraging the power of Python automation, GIS professionals can save time, improve accuracy, and increase efficiency in their daily workflows.

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    How ArcGIS Python automation revolutionizes workflows

    Here is how ArcGIS Python automation can revolutionize workflows for GIS professionals:

    Automating data management

    One of the primary benefits of ArcGIS Python automation is its ability to automate data management tasks. With Python scripts, GIS professionals can perform batch processing, automate data conversions, update attribute tables, and manage spatial datasets efficiently. By automating these repetitive tasks, professionals can focus more on analysis and visualization, enhancing their productivity.

    Related: An Easy Solution to Your Data Management Problems

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    Custom geoprocessing tools

    Python automation in ArcGIS enables the creation of custom geoprocessing tools. These tools encapsulate specific GIS workflows and functionalities, allowing GIS professionals to streamline complex processes into a single, user-friendly interface. With custom geoprocessing tools, repetitive or intricate tasks can be simplified and made accessible to users with minimal GIS expertise, enhancing collaboration and usability.

    Related: Geocoding and geoprocessing: Enhancing GIS Analysis with ArcGIS Tolls and APIs

    Integration with external libraries and APIs

    Python’s strength lies in its extensive library ecosystem. ArcGIS Python automation allows GIS professionals to leverage these libraries and integrate them seamlessly into their workflows. Whether it’s data manipulation with Pandas, spatial analysis with GeoPandas, or machine learning with sci-kit-learn, Python automation in ArcGIS empowers professionals to combine GIS capabilities with the broader Python ecosystem for advanced analysis and decision-making.

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    Task scheduling and batch processing

    ArcGIS Python automation provides the ability to schedule tasks and execute batch processes, even in unattended mode. This feature is particularly useful for running routine workflows, data updates, or analyses at specific times or intervals. GIS professionals can set up automated scripts to run overnight or during non-peak hours, ensuring that critical processes are executed without manual intervention.

    Collaboration and reproducibility

    Python scripts can be easily shared and version-controlled using popular collaboration tools like Git, allowing teams to work together efficiently. Furthermore, Python scripts document the steps involved in a workflow, making it easier to reproduce and share analysis results, ensuring transparency and enabling reproducibility.

    Extensibility and customization

    This automation offers extensive customization options. GIS professionals can extend the functionality of ArcGIS by developing custom Python add-ins, scripts, or libraries tailored to their specific requirements. This flexibility allows professionals to adapt ArcGIS to their unique workflows and integrate it seamlessly with existing systems and processes.

    ArcGIS Python automation is a game-changer for GIS professionals, providing a powerful toolkit to streamline workflows, automate repetitive tasks, and enhance productivity. By leveraging the capabilities of Python, GIS professionals can develop custom tools, integrate external libraries, schedule tasks, and collaborate effectively. With ArcGIS Python automation, the focus can shift from mundane administrative tasks to more strategic analysis and decision-making, ultimately driving efficiency and innovation in the field of GIS.

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    ArcGIS Online: Collaborative Mapping and Storytelling for GIS Professionals
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    ArcGIS Online: Collaborative Mapping and Storytelling for GIS Professionals

    In today’s interconnected world, collaboration and effective communication are key to successfully leveraging geographic information. Therefore, GIS professionals need tools that not only allow them to analyze and visualize spatial data but also enable them to share their insights and tell compelling stories. ArcGIS Online, a web-based mapping platform developed by Esri, provides a powerful solution for collaborative mapping and storytelling. In this article, we will explore how ArcGIS Online empowers GIS professionals to collaborate, create interactive maps, and communicate their findings effectively.

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    How ArcGIS Online empowers GIS professionals to collaborate and create maps

    Here is how ArcGIS Online (AGOL) empowers GIS professionals to collaborate, create interactive maps, and communicate their findings effectively:

    Collaborative mapping

    AGOL serves as a centralized hub where GIS professionals can access, share, and collaborate on spatial data and maps. With its intuitive interface and cloud-based infrastructure, it enables teams to work together seamlessly, regardless of their physical location. Multiple users can contribute to a map simultaneously, making it easier to gather and incorporate diverse perspectives. Through shared data, web layers, and hosted feature services, GIS professionals can collaborate on projects, update information in real-time, and ensure that everyone is working with the most up-to-date data.

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    Web map creation

    ArcGIS Online provides a user-friendly environment for creating interactive web maps without the need for advanced programming skills. GIS professionals can bring their data to life by adding layers, symbology, and pop-ups to the map. They can also incorporate basemaps, such as imagery, topographic maps, or street maps, to provide context and enhance visualizations. It offers a wide range of tools to customize maps, including measurement tools, drawing tools, and filtering options, enabling GIS professionals to tailor their maps to specific needs and create informative and engaging visualizations.

    Storytelling with maps

    One of the standout features of ArcGIS Online is the ability to create story maps, which combine maps, multimedia content, and narrative text to tell a compelling story. GIS professionals can use story maps to communicate their findings, present data-driven narratives, and engage a wider audience. With a variety of story map templates available, including Cascade, Journal, and Swipe, GIS professionals can choose the format that best suits their storytelling needs. They can incorporate images, videos, charts, and text to provide context, present analysis, and guide viewers through the map-based narrative.

    Related: Simplified Learning with ArcGIS Story Maps

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    Data sharing and publishing

    ArcGIS Online facilitates easy data sharing and publishing, allowing GIS professionals to disseminate their work to a broader audience. With just a few clicks, users can share maps, apps, and data with colleagues, stakeholders, and the public. This software provides options to control access and permissions, ensuring that sensitive data remains secure. GIS professionals can also publish their maps as web services, making them accessible to other GIS applications and enabling integration with other platforms. This seamless data sharing and publishing process foster collaboration and promote the use of spatial information across different domains.

    Related: ArcGIS Business Analyst: A Powerful Toll for Market Analysis and Planning

    Integration with other Esri tools

    AGOL seamlessly integrates with other Esri tools, expanding its capabilities and providing a comprehensive GIS ecosystem. Users can leverage ArcGIS Online’s web maps and data in applications like ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Collector, and ArcGIS Explorer, enabling smooth data transfer and synchronization. This integration allows GIS professionals to work seamlessly across different platforms, leverage the strengths of each tool, and enhance their analysis and data management workflows.

    In conclusion, AGOLserves as a powerful platform for GIS professionals to collaborate, create interactive maps, and communicate their findings effectively. Its collaborative mapping features, web map creation capabilities, storytelling tools, data sharing options, and integration with other Esri tools make it a versatile and essential tool for GIS professionals. By harnessing the power of ArcGIS Online, GIS professionals can foster collaboration, engage stakeholders, and unlock the true potential of spatial information in their organizations.

    If you’re looking to purchase AGOL, click here!

    Geocoding and Geoprocessing: Enhancing GIS Analysis with ArcGIS Tools and APIs
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    Geocoding and Geoprocessing: Enhancing GIS Analysis with ArcGIS Tools and APIs

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have revolutionized the way we analyze and interpret spatial data. Geocoding and geoprocessing are two fundamental techniques that enhance GIS analysis, enabling us to extract valuable insights and make informed decisions. ArcGIS provides a robust set of tools and APIs for geocoding and geoprocessing, empowering GIS professionals to perform advanced spatial analysis with ease. In this article, we will explore how these tools and APIs enhance GIS analysis and support data-driven decision-making.

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    Geocoding and Geoprocessing

    Geocoding: transforming addresses into spatial data

    Geocoding is the process of converting addresses or place names into geographic coordinates, such as latitude and longitude. It enables GIS professionals to map and analyze address-based data, such as customer locations, store networks, or service areas. ArcGIS offers geocoding capabilities through its Geocoding API and tools like ArcGIS Geocoding Services. These tools provide accurate and efficient geocoding services, allowing users to batch geocode large datasets or perform real-time geocoding to map and visualize address-based data. Geocoding enhances GIS analysis by enabling spatial exploration, proximity analysis, and spatial data integration, resulting in more accurate and meaningful insights.

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    Geoprocessing: analyzing spatial relationships and patterns

    Geoprocessing involves analyzing spatial relationships and patterns to derive valuable insights from spatial data. ArcGIS provides a comprehensive suite of geoprocessing tools and APIs that enable GIS professionals to perform advanced spatial analysis. These tools include spatial overlay operations, proximity analysis, terrain analysis, spatial statistics, and much more. With these capabilities, GIS professionals can perform buffer analysis, identify hotspots, calculate distances, perform raster analysis, and model complex spatial processes. Geoprocessing in ArcGIS empowers users to uncover hidden patterns, quantify spatial relationships, and derive meaningful information from spatial data, enabling informed decision-making.

    Related: What is Spatial Data?

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    ArcGIS tools and APIs: a powerful combination

    ArcGIS offers a range of tools and APIs that extend the capabilities of geocoding and geoprocessing, enhancing GIS analysis. These tools and APIs can be used to integrate geocoding and geoprocessing functionalities into custom applications, workflows, or automation scripts. They provide developers with the flexibility to tailor geocoding and geoprocessing workflows to specific requirements and create powerful spatial analysis applications. The ArcPy Python library, ArcGIS REST API, and ArcGIS Runtime SDKs are examples of tools and APIs that allow GIS professionals to leverage geocoding and geoprocessing capabilities within their custom applications.

    Geocoding and geoprocessing

    By combining the power of ArcGIS tools and APIs with geocoding and geoprocessing, GIS professionals can unlock the full potential of their spatial analysis workflows. They can geocode large datasets, visualize address-based data, analyze spatial relationships, perform complex geoprocessing operations, and create custom applications that leverage geocoding and geoprocessing functionalities. This integration facilitates data-driven decision-making, supports efficient resource allocation, and empowers organizations to derive valuable insights from their spatial data.

    In conclusion, geocoding and geoprocessing are essential techniques that enhance GIS analysis and enable informed decision-making. This combination empowers users to extract meaningful insights from spatial data, create custom applications, and unlock the full potential of GIS analysis. By leveraging geocoding and geoprocessing with ArcGIS, GIS professionals can transform their spatial data into actionable information and drive impactful change in their organizations.

    Harnessing the Power of Remote Sensing with ArcGIS
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    Harnessing the Power of Remote Sensing with ArcGIS

    Remote sensing, the science of acquiring information about the Earth’s surface without direct physical contact, has revolutionized our understanding of the planet. It allows us to gather valuable data from a distance, using sensors mounted on aircraft, satellites, or even drones. This technology has found its applications in various fields such as environmental monitoring, urban planning, agriculture, and disaster management. When combined with advanced Geographic Information System (GIS) tools like ArcGIS, remote sensing becomes a powerful tool for analysis and decision-making.

    ArcGIS provides a comprehensive suite of tools for managing, analyzing, and visualizing geographic data. With its integrated remote sensing capabilities, ArcGIS enables users to process and interpret remotely sensed imagery to extract valuable information. Here, we explore some advanced techniques in remote sensing that can be harnessed using ArcGIS.

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    Advanced techniques in ArcGIS

    Here are some advanced techniques in remote sensing that can be harnessed using ArcGIS:

    Image classification

    Image classification is the process of categorizing pixels in a remotely sensed image into different classes based on their spectral properties. This technique allows you to map land cover types, monitor vegetation health, detect changes over time, and identify various features on the Earth’s surface. ArcGIS provides advanced classification algorithms, such as maximum likelihood, support vector machines, and random trees, which can be applied to multispectral or hyperspectral imagery. These algorithms utilize spectral signatures and statistical methods to assign pixels to specific classes, creating accurate and detailed land cover maps.

    Change detection

    Change detection techniques enable us to identify and quantify the differences between multiple images acquired at different times. It’s particularly useful for monitoring land use changes, urban growth, deforestation, and natural disasters. ArcGIS offers powerful change detection tools that leverage pixel-based or object-based approaches. By comparing spectral, spatial, or temporal characteristics of the images, these tools highlight areas of change, allowing users to understand the dynamics of the landscape and make informed decisions.

    Terrain analysis

    Remote sensing data can be used to derive valuable terrain information, such as digital elevation models (DEMs), slope, aspect, and surface roughness. ArcGIS provides robust tools for processing and analyzing elevation data obtained from remote sensing sources like Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) or stereo imagery. These tools enable users to perform terrain classification, identify potential landslide zones, assess drainage patterns, and model hydrological processes. By combining remote sensing data with GIS-based terrain analysis, researchers and planners can gain valuable insights into the Earth’s topography and better understand the interactions between terrain and various phenomena.

    Related: Raster Analysis Using ArcGIS Pro

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    Object-based image analysis (OBIA)

    Object-based image analysis is an approach that groups pixels into meaningful objects based on their spectral, spatial, and contextual characteristics. It allows for more accurate and detailed extraction of information from remotely sensed imagery. ArcGIS incorporates OBIA tools that enable users to segment images into objects and extract relevant features. This technique is particularly beneficial for urban mapping, precision agriculture, and natural resource management. By considering the spatial relationships and contextual information of objects, analysts can extract valuable information such as building footprints, tree canopies, or agricultural parcels.

    Hyperspectral analysis

    Hyperspectral imaging involves acquiring imagery across a wide range of narrow and contiguous spectral bands. This technique provides a more detailed spectral signature of the Earth’s surface, allowing for the identification and characterization of materials with high precision. ArcGIS supports hyperspectral data analysis, enabling users to explore and analyze hyperspectral imagery. With advanced techniques like spectral unmixing, endmember extraction, and feature extraction, researchers can identify specific materials, detect subtle changes, and assess environmental conditions more accurately.

    In conclusion, the integration of remote sensing techniques with ArcGIS unlocks a world of possibilities for understanding our planet and making informed decisions. With ArcGIS’s advanced tools and capabilities, we can delve into the intricate details of remotely sensed imagery, extract valuable information, and gain deeper insights into our environment. Whether it’s classifying land cover, detecting changes, analyzing terrain, performing object-based analysis, or exploring hyperspectral data, ArcGIS empowers GIS professionals to harness the power of remote sensing to its fullest potential.

    Advanced Techniques Every GIS Professional Should Know
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    Advanced Techniques Every GIS Professional Should Know

    Geographic Information System (GIS) technology has transformed the way we analyze and interpret spatial data. As GIS professionals, we have the power to unlock valuable insights and make informed decisions by harnessing the advanced techniques of spatial analysis. By leveraging the full potential of spatial analysis, we can uncover hidden patterns, reveal meaningful relationships, and gain a deeper understanding of the world around us. In this article, we will explore some advanced techniques that every GIS professional should know to unleash the power of spatial analysis.

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    Advanced techniques every GIS professional should know

    Here are some advance techniques every GIS professional should know to unleash the power of spatial analysis:

    Spatial interpolation

    Spatial interpolation is a technique used to estimate values at unknown locations based on the values observed at known locations. It’s particularly useful when dealing with incomplete or irregularly distributed data. With spatial interpolation, GIS professionals can generate continuous surfaces or maps that represent the spatial distribution of a specific phenomenon, such as temperature, pollution levels, or population density. Popular interpolation methods include inverse distance weighting, kriging, and spline interpolation.

    Related: Harness the Power of Spatial Analytics

    Network analysis

    Network analysis allows GIS professionals to model and analyze complex networks, such as road networks, utility networks, or transportation systems. By considering the connectivity and relationships between network elements, we can solve a variety of spatial problems, including route optimization, facility location, and service area delineation. Network analysis techniques, such as shortest path analysis, network allocation, and network-based spatial clustering, enable us to make informed decisions that optimize resource allocation and enhance efficiency.

    Advanced techniques every GIS professional should know

    Geostatistics

    Geostatistics is a powerful set of techniques for analyzing spatial variability and understanding the patterns of spatial data. It combines statistical analysis with spatial relationships to model and predict values at unsampled locations. GIS professionals can use geostatistical techniques, such as variogram analysis, kriging, and co-kriging, to quantify spatial autocorrelation, map spatial uncertainty, and generate accurate predictions. Geostatistics is widely applied in fields like environmental monitoring, natural resource management, and precision agriculture.

    Hotspot analysis

    Hotspot analysis, also known as spatial clustering analysis, helps identify areas with significantly high or low values of a particular phenomenon. By analyzing the spatial distribution of data, GIS professionals can identify clusters or hotspots of events, patterns, or anomalies. Hotspot analysis techniques, such as Getis-Ord Gi* statistic and kernel density estimation, allow us to uncover spatial patterns that may not be apparent briefly. This knowledge is crucial for understanding crime patterns, disease outbreaks, urban development, and resource allocation.

    Multicriteria decision analysis

    Multicriteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) combines multiple criteria or factors to support decision-making processes. GIS professionals can use MCDA techniques to evaluate and compare alternative scenarios or locations based on various criteria, such as accessibility, suitability, or environmental impact. By assigning weights to different criteria and performing spatial overlay analysis, we can generate decision surfaces or maps that help prioritize and optimize spatial decisions. MCDA is widely used in urban planning, site selection, and environmental impact assessment.

    Advanced techniques every GIS professional should know

    3D analysis

    With the advent of 3D GIS technology, GIS professionals can now perform advanced 3D analysis and visualization. By incorporating elevation data, building models, and terrain information, we can analyze and simulate real-world scenarios in three dimensions. 3D analysis techniques, such as viewshed analysis, volumetric analysis, and 3D network analysis, provide valuable insights for urban planning, line-of-sight analysis, flood modeling, and infrastructure design. The ability to analyze data in three dimensions adds an extra dimension of realism and accuracy to spatial analysis.

    Related: Five Powerful Capabilities of ArcGIS 3D Analyst

    In conclusion, spatial analysis is a fundamental component of GIS that empowers professionals to extract meaningful information from spatial data. By mastering advanced techniques, you can unleash the power of spatial analysis.

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    ArcGIS Insights: A Comprehensive Data Analysis Tool for GIS Professionals
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    ArcGIS Insights: A Comprehensive Data Analysis Tool for GIS Professionals

    In the realm of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the ability to analyze and derive meaningful insights from spatial data is paramount. ArcGIS Insights, a powerful data analysis tool from Esri, empowers GIS professionals to explore, analyze, and visualize data in a comprehensive and intuitive manner. With its user-friendly interface, advanced analytics capabilities, and seamless integration with other Esri products, ArcGIS Insights has become an indispensable tool for GIS professionals. In this article, we will delve into the features and benefits of ArcGIS Insights, highlighting its significance in data analysis for GIS professionals.

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    Significance of ArcGIS Insights in data analysis

    Significance of ArcGIS Insights in data analysis involves:

    Data exploration and visualization

    ArcGIS Insights provides a dynamic platform for exploring and visualizing spatial and non-spatial data. The tool offers a range of visualization options, including charts, maps, tables, and infographics, allowing users to represent data in a visually appealing and easily understandable format. Through interactive dashboards, GIS professionals can uncover patterns, trends, and relationships within their data, enabling better decision-making and communication.

    Advanced analytics

    ArcGIS Insights empowers GIS professionals to conduct advanced analytics without the need for complex coding or scripting. With a vast library of statistical, spatial, and data science tools, users can perform a wide range of analytical tasks. From spatial clustering and hotspot analysis to regression modeling and geostatistics, this software provides the necessary tools to uncover valuable insights from diverse datasets. This enables GIS professionals to gain a deeper understanding of spatial patterns, make informed predictions, and support evidence-based decision-making.

    Related: ArcGIS Business Analyst: A Powerful Tool for Market Analysis and Planning

    Integration and data collaboration

    ArcGIS Insights seamlessly integrates with other Esri products, enabling GIS professionals to leverage data from various sources. It allows for the integration of both spatial and non-spatial data, such as demographic information, sensor data, or business data, providing a holistic view of the analyzed phenomena. Moreover, it supports data collaboration, facilitating teamwork and knowledge sharing among GIS professionals. Multiple users can work collaboratively on projects, share analyses, and create interactive reports, enhancing productivity and fostering a data-driven culture within organizations.

    Automation and workflows

    This software streamlines data analysis workflows through its automation capabilities. Users can create reusable models and scripts to automate repetitive tasks, saving time and ensuring consistency in analyses. With the ability to build workflows using a drag-and-drop interface, GIS professionals can create complex analysis chains without the need for programming expertise. This empowers users to focus more on data exploration and interpretation rather than spending excessive time on manual processes.

    Web and mobile accessibility

    ArcGIS Insights is accessible via web browsers and mobile devices, providing flexibility and convenience for GIS professionals. Users can access their data and analyses anytime, anywhere, making it ideal for fieldwork or presenting insights on the go. The web and mobile accessibility of this software enables real-time collaboration and decision-making, ensuring that GIS professionals have the necessary information at their fingertips to respond promptly to dynamic situations.

    ArcGIS Insights has emerged as an indispensable tool for GIS professionals, revolutionizing the way data is analyzed and visualized. With its user-friendly interface, advanced analytics capabilities, and seamless integration with other Esri products, this software empowers GIS professionals to explore, analyze, and derive meaningful insights from spatial and non-spatial data.

    Embrace ArcGIS Insights and unlock the full potential of your GIS analyses, propelling your organization towards data-driven success.

    ArcGIS for Forest Monitoring: An Essential Tool for Environmental Conservation
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    ArcGIS for Forest Monitoring: An Essential Tool for Environmental Conservation

    Forests are vital ecosystems that provide numerous benefits, including carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, and resource sustainability. However, with increasing deforestation rates and the pressing need for effective environmental conservation, monitoring and managing forests have become paramount. ArcGIS offers comprehensive tools and capabilities to monitor forests, assess their health, and support sustainable management practices. In this article, we explore how ArcGIS is transforming forest monitoring and enabling environmental conservation efforts worldwide.

    Related: Digitally Transforming the Future of Natural Resources

    How ArcGIS is transforming forest monitoring

    Here is how ArcGIS is transforming forest monitoring and environmental conservation:

    Mapping and visualization

    ArcGIS enables the creation of detailed maps that accurately depict forest cover, land use, and land cover changes over time. Thanks to high-resolution satellite imagery and ariel photographs, GIS professionals can generate precise maps that provide a comprehensive overview of forest ecosystems. These maps serve as a baseline for monitoring changes in forest extent, identifying deforestation hotspots, and evaluating the effectiveness of conservation interventions.

    Deforestation detection and analysis

    ArcGIS provides advanced spatial analysis tools that help identify and monitor deforestation activities. Through the integration of remote sensing data and historical imagery, GIS specialists can detect changes in forest cover, track deforestation rates, and quantify the extent of forest loss. By analyzing these data, policymakers, conservation organizations, and researchers can identify the drivers of deforestation, implement targeted interventions, and enforce environmental regulations to mitigate further forest degradation.

    Related: Climate Change is a Spatial Issue

    Biodiversity conservation

    Conserving biodiversity within forest ecosystems is crucial for maintaining ecological balance. ArcGIS facilitates the integration of biodiversity data, such as species distribution, habitat suitability, and ecological corridors, with forest monitoring efforts. By overlaying forest cover data with biodiversity information, conservationists can identify areas of high biodiversity value and prioritize them for protection. GIS tools also enable the identification of habitat fragmentation and assist in designing effective conservation strategies to maintain the integrity of forest ecosystems.

    Forest health monitoring

    Monitoring the health of forests is essential for early detection of disease outbreaks, pest infestations, and climate change impacts. ArcGIS allows for the integration of various data sources, such as remote sensing data, climate data, and ground observations, to monitor forest health indicators. By analyzing these data, forest managers can assess the vulnerability of forests, identify areas at risk, and implement timely measures to mitigate potential threats. Proactive monitoring using ArcGIS can lead to improved forest resilience and adaptive management practices.

    Community engagement and participatory mapping

    ArcGIS offers tools for community engagement and participatory mapping, involving local communities in forest monitoring and conservation efforts. By empowering local stakeholders to contribute data, knowledge, and observations, ArcGIS enables a more inclusive and collaborative approach to forest management. Participatory mapping allows communities to identify and report forest encroachments, illegal logging activities, or other environmental concerns, fostering a sense of ownership and enhancing the effectiveness of conservation initiatives.

    Monitoring forests with ArcGIS

    ArcGIS has revolutionized forest monitoring by providing a comprehensive suite of tools to assess and manage forests effectively. As we face escalating challenges of deforestation and environmental degradation, harnessing the power of ArcGIS is crucial in preserving our forests for future generations and achieving global sustainability goals.

    Embrace ArcGIS for forest monitoring and contribute to the vital mission of environmental conservation. Together, let’s safeguard our forests and preserve the incredible biodiversity they hold.

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    ArcGIS Business Analyst: A Powerful Tool for Market Analysis and Planning
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    ArcGIS Business Analyst: A Powerful Tool for Market Analysis and Planning

    In today’s competitive business landscape, making informed decisions is crucial for success. Market analysis and strategic planning play a vital role in understanding customer behavior, identifying growth opportunities, and optimizing business operations. This is where ArcGIS Business Analyst, a robust geospatial tool, comes into the picture. With its comprehensive features and advanced analytics capabilities, ArcGIS Business Analyst empowers businesses to gain valuable insights, make data-driven decisions, and stay ahead of the competition. Let’s explore how this powerful tool can revolutionize your market analysis and planning efforts.

    Related: Maps for Marketers

    How ArcGIS Business Analyst can revolutionize market analysis

    Here are ways ArcGIS Business Analyst can revolutionize your market analysis and planning:

    Uncover customer insights with location intelligence

    ArcGIS Business Analyst leverages location intelligence to unlock a wealth of customer insights. By combining demographic data, consumer spending patterns, and lifestyle information, you can gain a deep understanding of your target market. Visualize and analyze customer profiles, such as age, income, education, and interests, on interactive maps. Identify key market segments, their preferences, and behaviors to tailor your marketing strategies and maximize customer engagement.

    Related: ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst Extension

    Analyze market potential and competition

    Understanding market potential and competitive landscape is crucial for business growth. ArcGIS Business Analyst enables you to assess market saturation, identify gaps, and evaluate market potential. Conduct site suitability analysis to determine the best locations for new stores, branches, or distribution centers based on factors like proximity to target customers, competitors, and transportation networks. Gain insights into competitor locations, market share, and customer overlap to devise effective market entry strategies.

    Optimize sales territories and expansion plans

    ArcGIS Business Analyst allows businesses to optimize sales territories and expansion plans for enhanced efficiency and profitability. Using data-driven techniques, you can define territories based on customer density, sales potential, and other relevant factors. Balance workload across your sales teams, allocate resources effectively, and ensure adequate coverage of high-potential areas. Moreover, the tool enables you to evaluate expansion opportunities by analyzing market dynamics, customer behavior, and growth projections.

    Forecast demand and plan marketing campaigns

    Accurate demand forecasting and targeted marketing campaigns are essential for driving sales and revenue growth. With ArcGIS Business Analyst, you can analyze historical sales data, market trends, and external factors to forecast future demand. Identify growth areas, anticipate customer needs, and align your inventory and production accordingly. Furthermore, leverage the tool’s segmentation capabilities to personalize marketing campaigns, identify the most effective channels, and optimize promotional strategies.

    Related: Location – Driven Market Insights: A Roadmap to Intelligent Business Development!

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    Enhance site selection and real estate analysis

    For businesses in retail, hospitality, and real estate, selecting the right site is critical. ArcGIS Business Analyst offers powerful tools for site selection and real estate analysis. Evaluate potential locations based on factors like demographics, traffic patterns, accessibility, and proximity to amenities. Conduct spatial analysis to identify areas with untapped market potential or areas experiencing rapid growth. Streamline real estate decision-making, reduce risks, and maximize return on investment.

    ArcGIS Business Analyst provides businesses with a comprehensive suite of tools to conduct market analysis and strategic planning. By harnessing the power of location intelligence and advanced analytics, you can gain valuable insights into customer behavior, evaluate market potential, optimize sales territories, and drive business growth. In today’s data-driven world, utilizing a tool like ArcGIS Business Analyst is crucial to staying ahead of the competition and making informed decisions that lead to success. Embrace the power of geospatial technology and unlock the full potential of your business!

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    ArcGIS for Schools: Empowering the Next Generation of GIS Professionals
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    ArcGIS for Schools: Empowering the Next Generation of GIS Professionals

    Geographic Information System (GIS) technology has become an essential tool in various industries, from urban planning to environmental management. Recognizing the importance of introducing GIS to students at an early age, Esri developed ArcGIS for Schools—a powerful platform designed to empower the next generation of GIS professionals. In this article, we explore the capabilities and benefits of ArcGIS for Schools and how it’s revolutionizing education by fostering spatial thinking and problem-solving skills among students.

    Benefits of ArcGIS for Schools

    Here are benefits of ArcGIS for Schools:

    Enhancing spatial literacy

    ArcGIS for Schools provides students with the opportunity to develop spatial literacy—a fundamental skill in today’s data-driven world. The platform offers a user-friendly interface that enables students to explore, visualize, and analyze spatial data, such as maps, satellite imagery, and demographic information. By engaging with real-world data, students can gain a deeper understanding of the spatial relationships between objects and phenomena, leading to enhanced critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

    Access to comprehensive tools and resources

    ArcGIS for Schools offers a wide range of tools and resources to support students in their GIS learning journey. The platform provides access to ArcGIS Online, a cloud-based GIS platform that offers a suite of powerful mapping and analysis tools. Students can create their own maps, perform spatial analysis, and share their findings with their peers and teachers. Additionally, ArcGIS for Schools offers ready-to-use educational resources, including lessons, tutorials, and sample datasets, that can be seamlessly integrated into the classroom curriculum. These resources help educators incorporate GIS into various subjects, such as geography, science, mathematics, and social studies, fostering interdisciplinary learning and promoting spatial thinking across disciplines.

    Collaborative learning and citizen science

    ArcGIS for Schools promotes collaborative learning by enabling students to work together on GIS projects. The platform allows students to share maps, data, and analysis results, facilitating collaboration within the classroom and beyond. Students can engage in group projects, peer review each other’s work, and learn from one another’s insights and perspectives. This collaborative approach encourages teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills, mirroring real-world scenarios where GIS professionals often work in interdisciplinary teams.

    Furthermore, ArcGIS for Schools encourages students to participate in citizen science initiatives. Through the platform, students can contribute to real-world research projects by collecting and analyzing spatial data. Whether it’s mapping biodiversity, monitoring water quality, or studying urban patterns, students can actively engage in scientific inquiry and contribute to their communities while gaining valuable GIS skills.

    Career readiness and future opportunities

    By using ArcGIS for Schools, students develop a valuable skill set that aligns with the growing demand for GIS professionals in various industries. The platform equips students with the technical expertise to work with GIS software, analyze spatial data, and communicate their findings effectively. These skills are highly transferable and can open doors to future academic and career opportunities in fields such as urban planning, environmental management, geospatial analysis, and data science.

    Moreover, ArcGIS for Schools provides a pathway for students to continue their GIS education beyond the classroom. Esri offers educational licenses and resources for students and educators, allowing them to further explore GIS concepts and techniques. This continuity in learning ensures that students have the tools and knowledge to continue their GIS journey into higher education and beyond.

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    Announcement of an Acting CEO at Esri Eastern Africa
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    Announcement of an Acting CEO at Esri Eastern Africa

    The board of directors would like to announce the Appointment of an Acting CEO of Esri Eastern Africa. We request that you all join us in welcoming Mr. Samuel Kimani in our midst as of 2nd June 2023. Mr. Kimani will take on the position of an Acting. CEO, Esri Eastern Africa, replacing Mr. Clifford Okembo who has resigned to pursue other progressive career opportunities. The company thanks him for his contribution and support to both the business and our customers across the region.

    Mr. Kimani has been with the company since 2013 and has served in the senior executive role supporting the sales business. He has a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Geo-information Science and a National Diploma in Environmental Resources Management. Prior to Joining Esri EA, Mr. Kimani work for the Government Ministry of Environment at Kenya Forestry Research Institute for 7 years as a GIS Analyst. He has experience in use of GIS and Remote sensing, specializing in Natural Resources Management and has participated in developing various roadmap for GIS implementation.  He takes leadership role in Business development, Sales, Marketing, and overall Sales growth of the company.

    Mr. Kimani will be available in the company Nairobi Office, KUSCCO Center, Upperhill, Kenya.

    We request you to give him complete cooperation so that he can deliver the best of his services for the benefit of the company and our customers.

    Thank You!

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    ArcGIS for Electric Utilities; optimizing grid performance & maintenance
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    ArcGIS for Electric Utilities; optimizing grid performance & maintenance

    The electricity grid is the backbone of modern society, powering homes, businesses, and industries. Ensuring the reliable and efficient operation of this critical infrastructure is of utmost importance for electric utilities. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have emerged as a valuable tool for optimizing grid performance and maintenance. Esri’s ArcGIS platform, specifically tailored for electric utilities, provides a comprehensive solution to manage, analyze, and visualize geospatial data, enabling utilities to make informed decisions and enhance their operations.

    What is ArcGIS for Electric Utilities?

    ArcGIS for Electric Utilities is a specialized suite of tools and applications that leverage the power of GIS technology to address the unique challenges faced by electric utilities. By integrating geospatial data with operational systems, ArcGIS enables utilities to gain insights into their infrastructure, streamline workflows, and improve asset management.

    Related: ArcGIS Maritime Extension – making marine data accessible

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    How ArcGIS empowers electric utilities to optimize grid performance

    Here are some keyways in which ArcGIS empowers electric utilities to optimize grid performance and maintenance:

    ArcGIS for electric utilities ensures accurate asset management

    Electric utilities manage a vast network of assets, including power lines, substations, transformers, and meters. ArcGIS allows utilities to create a detailed and accurate inventory of these assets by capturing their locations, attributes, and condition data on a digital map. This geospatial representation of assets provides a comprehensive view of the entire infrastructure, making it easier to assess the health of assets, plan maintenance activities, and make informed decisions regarding repairs or replacements.

    Enhanced network analysis

    ArcGIS provides powerful network analysis capabilities that enable electric utilities to perform complex calculations and simulations related to their electrical network. Utilities can model power flows, analyze fault scenarios, and assess the impact of changes or upgrades to the grid. This helps utilities identify potential bottlenecks, optimize network performance, and plan for future growth or load changes. By leveraging GIS-based network analysis, utilities can make data-driven decisions to enhance grid reliability and efficiency.

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    Real-time monitoring

    Timely information is critical for efficient grid management. ArcGIS enables electric utilities to integrate real-time data from various sources, such as sensors, smart meters, and SCADA systems, into their GIS platform. This integration provides utilities with a comprehensive view of the grid’s status, including power outages, load conditions, and equipment performance. By visualizing this real-time data on a map, utilities can quickly identify and respond to issues, minimize downtime, and improve service restoration times.

    Effective workforce management

    ArcGIS offers tools for efficient workforce management, enabling electric utilities to optimize field operations and maintenance activities. By integrating GIS with mobile devices, field crews can access real-time information, including work orders, asset locations, and historical data, while in the field. This ensures that field teams have accurate and up-to-date information, reducing response times and improving the efficiency of maintenance tasks. GIS-based workforce management also facilitates better coordination between field crews and office personnel, streamlining communication and minimizing errors.

    Predictive maintenance

    ArcGIS enables electric utilities to move from reactive to proactive maintenance strategies. By analyzing historical data, sensor readings, and asset condition information, utilities can identify patterns and indicators of potential equipment failures. This allows utilities to implement predictive maintenance programs, scheduling repairs or replacements before a failure occurs. Predictive maintenance helps utilities minimize downtime, extend the lifespan of assets, and optimize maintenance budgets by focusing resources on critical areas.

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    Spatial analysis and planning

    GIS-based spatial analysis tools provided by ArcGIS enable electric utilities to analyze various factors that affect grid performance. Utilities can assess environmental impact, evaluate land use changes, and identify optimal locations for new infrastructure based on factors like population density, load requirements, and accessibility. This spatial analysis aids in long-term planning, ensuring that the grid is resilient, adaptable, and capable of meeting future demand.

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    ArcGIS Workflow Manager: Streamlining GIS Workflows for Greater Efficiency
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    ArcGIS Workflow Manager: Streamlining GIS Workflows for Greater Efficiency

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become an indispensable tool for organizations and industries that deal with spatial data. From urban planning and environmental management to logistics and emergency response, GIS helps professionals analyze and visualize geospatial information effectively. However, managing GIS workflows efficiently can be a complex task, especially when a process involves multiple team members. That’s where ArcGIS Workflow Manager comes into play, providing a comprehensive solution for streamlining GIS workflows and boosting productivity.

    What is ArcGIS Workflow Manager?

    ArcGIS Workflow Manager is a powerful extension of Esri’s ArcGIS platform that enables organizations to define, manage, and execute complex GIS workflows. It offers a centralized framework to coordinate and automate tasks, reducing manual effort, eliminating redundancy, and ensuring seamless collaboration among team members. By integrating this tool into their workflows, organizations can achieve greater efficiency, accuracy, and productivity in their GIS operations.

    Related: Five powerful capabilities of ArcGIS 3D Analyst

    How ArcGIS Workflow Manager enables organizations to streamline GIS workflows

    Here is how ArcGIS Workflow Managers enables organizations to streamline GIS workflows:

    Ability to design and configure workflows tailored to a specific need

    One of the key features of ArcGIS Workflow Manager is its ability to design and configure workflows tailored to specific organizational needs. With an intuitive graphical interface, users can define the sequence of tasks, dependencies, and decision points within a workflow. This flexibility allows organizations to standardize their GIS processes, ensuring consistency across projects and reducing the chances of errors or omissions. Whether it’s data collection, analysis, map production, or any other GIS task, Workflow Manager provides a structured approach to guide users through each step, ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks.

    Enables collaboration

    Collaboration lies at the heart of efficient GIS workflows, and ArcGIS Workflow Manager excels in enabling seamless teamwork. It offers a centralized repository for data, tools, and documentation, ensuring that everyone involved has access to the necessary resources. Team members can be assigned specific roles and responsibilities within workflows, and the tool provides real-time visibility into the status and progress of each task. This transparency fosters effective communication and coordination, allowing team members to work together more efficiently and address any bottlenecks or issues promptly.

    Automates repetitive and time-consuming tasks

    By automating repetitive or time-consuming tasks, organizations can save valuable resources and increase productivity. The tool allows users to define rules and triggers that automate the execution of tasks based on predefined conditions or events. For example, once data is collected in the field and synchronized with the central database, Workflow Manager can automatically initiate subsequent tasks such as data processing, analysis, and reporting. This automation streamlines the workflow, reduces manual intervention, and accelerates the overall process.

    Comprehensive reporting and analytics capabilities

    Tracking and monitoring the progress of GIS workflows is crucial for organizations to identify bottlenecks, measure performance, and optimize their operations. ArcGIS Workflow Manager provides comprehensive reporting and analytics capabilities to monitor key metrics and generate insightful reports. Managers can gain visibility into the time taken for each task, identify areas of improvement, and make informed decisions to optimize resource allocation. This data-driven approach enables organizations to continuously refine their workflows, enhance efficiency, and meet project deadlines with ease.

    Seamless integration with ArcGIS platform

    ArcGIS Workflow Manager integrates seamlessly with other components of the ArcGIS platform, extending its capabilities and maximizing the value of GIS investments. It can easily integrate with ArcGIS Pro, Esri’s desktop GIS software, allowing users to execute tasks directly within their familiar GIS environment. Furthermore, the integration with ArcGIS Enterprise enables organizations to leverage enterprise-level infrastructure, security, and scalability for their workflow management needs. This integration ensures a smooth transition between different stages of the GIS workflow and eliminates the need for manual data transfers or redundant processes.

    ArcGIS Workflow Manager is a game-changer for organizations seeking to streamline their GIS workflows and enhance productivity. By providing a centralized framework for defining, managing, and automating GIS tasks, it ensures consistency, collaboration, and efficiency throughout the workflow.

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    ArcGIS Navigator: The Ultimate GPS Navigation Solution
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    ArcGIS Navigator: The Ultimate GPS Navigation Solution

    In today’s fast-paced world, where time is of the essence and efficiency is paramount, having a reliable GPS navigation solution is a must. Whether you’re a delivery driver trying to optimize your route, a field worker navigating unfamiliar terrain, or a traveler exploring new destinations, you need a tool that can guide you with precision and accuracy. That’s where ArcGIS Navigator comes into play – the ultimate GPS navigation solution designed to help you navigate the world with ease.

    What is ArcGIS Navigator?

    ArcGIS Navigator is a powerful mobile app that leverages the capabilities of the ArcGIS platform to provide robust and intuitive navigation tools. Built on the foundation of geographic information system (GIS) technology, ArcGIS Navigator goes beyond traditional navigation apps by incorporating rich spatial data and advanced routing algorithms.

    One of the key strengths of ArcGIS Navigator is its ability to seamlessly integrate with ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise. This means you can access authoritative and up-to-date map data, including streets, landmarks, points of interest, and more. With ArcGIS Navigator, you can confidently navigate even the most complex road networks, ensuring you reach your destination efficiently.

    Related: Simplify your data collection efforts with ArcGIS Survey 123

    Key features and benefits of ArcGIS Navigator

    Let’s take a closer look at some of the key features and benefits of ArcGIS Navigator:

    Advanced routing

    ArcGIS Navigator offers intelligent routing capabilities that consider factors such as traffic conditions, road closures, and vehicle restrictions. It helps you find the optimal route to your destination, saving you time and reducing unnecessary detours.

    Customizable navigation profiles

    The app allows you to create and customize navigation profiles based on your specific needs. Whether you’re driving a truck, operating heavy machinery, or walking, you can configure the app to provide turn-by-turn directions tailored to your vehicle or mode of transportation.

    Offline navigation

    Connectivity issues or remote locations shouldn’t hinder your navigation experience. ArcGIS Navigator enables you to download maps and data in advance, ensuring you can navigate even when offline. This is especially useful in areas with limited or no network coverage.

    Real-time tracking

    ArcGIS Navigator provides real-time tracking, allowing you to monitor your location and progress on the map as you navigate. This feature is valuable for fleet management, field coordination, and ensuring safety during operations.

    Integration with Workflows

    ArcGIS Navigator seamlessly integrates with other Esri apps and workflows, enabling you to streamline your operations. For example, you can use Navigator in conjunction with Collector for ArcGIS to efficiently collect data while navigating a specific route.

    Enterprise-level Security

    Data security is crucial, especially when it comes to navigation solutions used in enterprise settings. ArcGIS Navigator ensures the confidentiality and integrity of your data, providing enterprise-level security features and encryption protocols.

    Cross-platform compatibility

    Whether you’re using an iOS or Android device, ArcGIS Navigator is available on both platforms, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of mobile devices. This flexibility allows users to leverage the app regardless of their preferred operating system.

    ArcGIS Navigator is revolutionizing the way organizations and individuals navigate the world. By combining the power of GIS technology with a user-friendly interface, it empowers users to make informed decisions, optimize routes, and enhance productivity.

    So, whether you’re embarking on a cross-country trip, delivering packages across a busy city, or conducting field surveys in remote areas, ArcGIS Navigator is the go-to solution for all your navigation needs. Download the app today and experience the power of precise and reliable GPS navigation.

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    Exploring ArcGIS ModelBuilder for GIS Professionals
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    Exploring ArcGIS ModelBuilder for GIS Professionals

    Spatial modeling plays a crucial role in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by enabling professionals to automate complex geoprocessing tasks, streamline workflows, and extract meaningful insights from spatial data. With ArcGIS ModelBuilder, a visual programming tool, GIS professionals can create and execute spatial models without writing complex code. In this article, we delve into the power of ArcGIS ModelBuilder and how it simplifies spatial modeling, making it accessible to GIS professionals of all skill levels.

    How ArcGIS ModelBuilder simplifies spatial modeling

    Here is how ArcGIS ModelBuilder simplifies spatial modeling:

    Visual interface for intuitive model creation

    ArcGIS ModelBuilder provides a user-friendly, drag-and-drop interface that allows GIS professionals to build spatial models through a visual representation of their workflows. Instead of writing code, users can select tools from an extensive library and connect them together to define the data processing steps. This visual interface makes it easy to conceptualize, design, and modify models, even for those with limited programming experience. By eliminating the need for manual coding, ArcGIS ModelBuilder empowers GIS professionals to focus on the logic and structure of their models.

    Streamlined workflow automation

    GIS professionals often need to perform repetitive and time-consuming geoprocessing tasks. ArcGIS ModelBuilder excels at streamlining these workflows by automating complex processes. By stringing together, a series of tools and operations, users can create models that automate data conversion, spatial analysis, data integration, and more. This automation not only saves time and effort but also minimizes errors that may occur during manual execution. With ArcGIS ModelBuilder, GIS professionals can execute complex workflows with a single click, allowing them to focus on higher-level analysis and decision-making.

    Integration and reproducibility

    ArcGIS ModelBuilder integrates seamlessly with other components of the ArcGIS platform, enabling GIS professionals to leverage the power of different tools and extensions within their models. Whether it’s incorporating Python scripts, custom geoprocessing tools, or extensions like Spatial Analyst or 3D Analyst, ModelBuilder provides a unified environment for integration and customization. Additionally, the models created in ArcGIS ModelBuilder are highly reproducible. Users can save and share their models, allowing others to reproduce the same analysis, ensuring consistency, and facilitating collaboration among GIS professionals.

    Iterative model development and documentation

    ArcGIS ModelBuilder supports iterative model development, enabling GIS professionals to refine and enhance their models over time. As requirements change or new data becomes available, users can easily modify existing models without starting from scratch. This iterative approach facilitates model optimization and allows professionals to fine-tune their workflows for improved efficiency and accuracy. Additionally, ArcGIS ModelBuilder automatically generates model documentation, providing a clear record of the model’s purpose, inputs, outputs, and steps. This documentation aids in understanding, sharing, and maintaining the models, ensuring their longevity and usefulness.

    Whether you’re a seasoned GIS expert or a beginner, ArcGIS ModelBuilder opens a world of possibilities for spatial modeling, making it accessible and efficient for GIS professionals of all skill levels.

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    Spatial Data Science: Extract Insights and Make Data-Driven Decisions
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    Spatial Data Science: Extract Insights and Make Data-Driven Decisions

    In today’s digital age, vast amounts of data are being generated every second from various sources, ranging from sensors and satellites to social media and online platforms. The challenge lies in extracting meaningful insights from this wealth of information to inform critical decisions and solve complex problems. This is where the field of spatial data science comes into play, utilizing the power of ArcGIS to analyze, model, and visualize spatial data. In this article, we explore how ArcGIS empowers users to extract insights from spatial data and leverage them for making strategic choices.

    Related: Harness the Power of Spatial Analytics

    How ArcGIS empowers users to extract insights and make data-driven decisions

    Here is how ArcGIS empowers users to extract insights from spatial data and leverage them for making strategic choices:

    Seamless integration of geospatial and non-spatial data

    ArcGIS provides a comprehensive platform for integrating geospatial and non-spatial data seamlessly. It allows organizations to uncover relationships, patterns, and correlations that were previously hidden by combining diverse datasets. Spatial Data Science in ArcGIS allows users to overlay demographic, environmental, and economic data onto spatial layers, enabling a holistic analysis and a deeper understanding of complex systems. This integration lays the foundation for making data-driven decisions that consider spatial context.

    Advanced spatial analysis and modeling

    ArcGIS offers a wide range of advanced spatial analysis and modeling tools that enable users to extract meaningful insights from spatial data. With tools like spatial clustering, hot spot analysis, network analysis, and spatial regression, users can uncover patterns, trends, and spatial relationships within their datasets. By leveraging these capabilities, organizations can gain valuable insights into market dynamics, resource allocation, transportation networks, risk assessment, and more. Spatial Data Science in ArcGIS enables the development of sophisticated models that support decision-making processes and drive strategic planning.

    Interactive visualization and storytelling

    One of the strengths of ArcGIS is its ability to visually communicate complex spatial information. Through interactive maps, data visualizations, and storytelling techniques, users can effectively communicate insights and engage stakeholders. ArcGIS provides a user-friendly interface for creating compelling visualizations, allowing users to present their findings in a visually appealing and accessible manner. By visualizing data on maps, users can effectively convey spatial patterns, identify outliers, and communicate trends, fostering a deeper understanding among decision-makers and facilitating data-driven decision-making processes.

    Collaboration and sharing of spatial data

    ArcGIS offers robust collaboration and sharing features, allowing users to collaborate on projects, share data, and disseminate findings easily. Spatial Data Science in ArcGIS enables teams to work together on analyzing and interpreting spatial data, facilitating knowledge exchange, and fostering collaborative decision-making. The platform provides options for sharing interactive maps, geospatial datasets, and analytical workflows, enabling stakeholders to access and explore the insights generated by the Spatial Data Science processes.

    Spatial Data Science, empowered by ArcGIS, is revolutionizing the way organizations leverage spatial data to make data-driven decisions. It provides organizations with the tools they need to extract valuable insights, gain a competitive edge, and make informed decisions that drive success in a spatially interconnected world.

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    Five Powerful Capabilities of ArcGIS 3D Analyst
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    Five Powerful Capabilities of ArcGIS 3D Analyst

    ArcGIS 3D Analyst is a comprehensive extension of the popular ArcGIS platform that enables users to visualize, analyze, and model spatial data in a three-dimensional environment. With its robust set of tools and functionalities, ArcGIS 3D Analyst empowers professionals across various industries to extract valuable insights from their data. In this article, we will explore five key capabilities of ArcGIS 3D Analyst that can revolutionize the way you work with spatial data.

    Related: 3 Things ArcGIS Pro Can Do for You

    Capabilities of ArcGIS 3D Analyst

    Here are the five powerful capabilities of ArcGIS 3D Analyst:

    Create and analyze 3D terrain

    ArcGIS 3D Analyst provides a suite of tools to create and analyze 3D terrain, enabling users to understand the topography of a given area. You can generate elevation models from various sources, such as LiDAR data or contour lines, and create visually stunning representations of landscapes. This capability is particularly useful for applications like urban planning, flood modeling, and terrain analysis for infrastructure development.

    Visualize and navigate in 3D

    With ArcGIS 3D Analyst, you can seamlessly explore and navigate your spatial data in a three-dimensional environment. Whether you are examining a cityscape, inspecting a construction site, or visualizing underground utilities, the software enables you to interactively view and analyze data from any angle or perspective. This capability enhances spatial understanding and aids in effective decision-making.

    Perform 3D spatial analysis

    ArcGIS 3D Analyst offers a rich suite of spatial analysis tools designed specifically for three-dimensional data. You can conduct advanced analyses such as viewshed analysis, line-of-sight analysis, volumetric analysis, and surface interpolation. These analyses help in assessing visibility, identifying optimal locations, estimating volumes, and modeling various scenarios. The ability to perform these analyses in a 3D environment enhances accuracy and provides deeper insights into complex spatial relationships.

    Conduct 3D network analysis

    ArcGIS 3D Analyst allows users to perform network analysis in three dimensions. You can model and analyze transportation networks, utility networks, and other network systems in a 3D space. By considering the elevation and vertical connectivity, you can better understand how features interact with each other in a network, optimize routing decisions, and identify potential issues such as clearance constraints or obstructed views.

    Create dynamic 3D visualizations

    ArcGIS 3D Analyst enables you to create dynamic and interactive 3D visualizations that effectively communicate complex spatial information. You can produce flythroughs, animated tours, and interactive scenes to present your data in a compelling manner. These visualizations are invaluable for sharing insights with stakeholders, showcasing project proposals, or enhancing public engagement.

    Whether you’re an urban planner, environmental scientist, infrastructure engineer, or GIS professional, ArcGIS 3D Analyst can revolutionize the way you work with spatial data, unlocking new possibilities for understanding and visualizing the world around us.

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    Aegir Consult Awarded Esri’s System Ready Specialty 
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    Aegir Consult Awarded Esri’s System Ready Specialty 

    Aegir Consult is a technology firm that deals in geo-informatics, information systems, system integration and geospatial technologies to improve business efficacy and management operations. In December 2022, Aegir Consult was officially recognized as part of the ArcGIS System Ready Specialty. This accreditation is given to Esri partners who regularly adopt and incorporate new ArcGIS software releases into their solutions, services, or content. “This marks an important turning point in our partnership with Esri and highlights our continued commitment to staying current with Esri technology to provide industry-efficient digital transformations that will improve business efficacy and management operations,” said Victor Wahome the founder and CEO of Aegir Consult. 

    Victor Wahome, Founder and CEO Aegir Consult

    As a Bronze Tier Esri partner, Aegir Consult utilizes Esri’s ArcGIS solutions to increase business efficiency, promote innovation and drive the business decision support process. From Management reporting using ArcGIS Dashboards to edge computing using Field Maps and custom mobile apps, Esri’s technologies are central to our digital transformation agenda and the success of our customers in the East African region.

    One of our flagship program is the Infrastructure Location Intelligence System (ILIS) which is a geospatial enterprise-ready system solution that digitizes and automates utility infrastructure management processes including engineering design, wayleave acquisition and management, engineering construction, and many other related processes. Speaking during the launch of Infrastructure Location Intelligence System (ILIS), Victor said that Esri technology was at the forefront in helping Aegir Consult implement their ILIS platform which looks to engineer efficiency for every business process. Mr Wahome said that Aegir Consult’s focus area for this year shall be to deploy BIM-embedded solutions for one of it’s key business verticals in real estate management. “We intend to leverage key Esri technologies to achieve this goals and extend our services by integrating them into some of our existing workflows and ArcGIS Marketplace Solutions such as (ILIS).” 

    Read more: Infrastructure Location Intelligence System

    Esri-Aegir partnership

    Esri offers businesses an unrivalled GIS experience to manage their data, streamline their business processes making work more efficient and ensuring business growth through insights drawn from location intelligence. Thanks to the new product and service offerings from Esri’s ArcGIS Marketplace, Aegir Consult Limited is a leading provider of technology solutions for clients not only in sub-Saharan Africa but to the World. We believe that this recognition will enhance our company’s reputation and credibility in the GIS and infrastructure management industry. Aegir consult intends to exploit these successes to broaden its influence.  

    Contact us to find out more about Aegir Consult’s Esri ArcGIS System Ready Partnership, and lets help you make your projects a reality.

    Top Ten Reasons Why Professionals Should Get GIS Training
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    Top Ten Reasons Why Professionals Should Get GIS Training

    In today’s data-driven world, professionals across a wide range of industries need to be able to analyze and interpret spatial data to make informed decisions. This is where ArcGIS, a powerful geographic information system (GIS) software, comes into play. ArcGIS has become an essential tool for professionals in fields such as environmental science, urban planning, public health, business, and many more. However, to fully utilize the capabilities of ArcGIS, professionals need proper training. In this blog, we will explore the top 10 reasons why professionals need GIS training in Kenya. Whether you are an experienced GIS user or a novice, this article will provide insights into how ArcGIS training can benefit your career and help you gain a competitive edge in today’s job market.

    1. Enhanced data analysis

    GIS training equips professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to analyze and interpret spatial data. By mastering ArcGIS, professionals can conduct spatial analyses and generate actionable insights that can be used to make informed decisions.

    2. Better decision making

    ArcGIS training can help professionals make better decisions by providing them with a better understanding of the geographical context of their work. By visualizing data on a map, professionals can identify patterns and trends that might otherwise be missed.

    3. Improved efficiency

    With ArcGIS, professionals can automate many of their data management and analysis tasks, which can save time and improve efficiency. Training can also help professionals learn how to use the software to its full potential and streamline their workflows.

    4. Increased collaboration

    ArcGIS is widely used in many industries, so professionals who are trained in its use can collaborate more easily with colleagues and clients. They can share maps and data, work together on projects, and communicate more effectively using common terminology.

    5. Versatility

    ArcGIS is a versatile software that can be used for a wide range of applications. Professionals who are trained in ArcGIS can apply their knowledge to a variety of industries, including environmental science, urban planning, business, and public health.

    6. Competitive advantage

    By enrolling for training, professionals can gain a competitive advantage in their field. Employers value professionals who have experience and expertise in using the latest tools and technologies, therefore, training can help professionals stand out in a crowded job market.

    7. Cost savings

    GIS training can help professionals save money by improving their data management and analysis skills. By using ArcGIS to automate tasks and generate insights, professionals can reduce the amount of time and money spent on data analysis.

    8. Career advancement

    By gaining expertise in a high-demand technology, professionals can advance their careers and take on new roles with more responsibility and higher salaries.

    9. Improved mapping skills

    Training can help professionals improve their mapping skills and create more accurate and informative maps. By learning how to use ArcGIS, professionals can produce high-quality maps that are visually appealing and convey complex information in a clear and concise manner.

    10. Personal development

    GIS training can also be personally rewarding for professionals. Learning new skills and gaining expertise in a cutting-edge technology can be a fulfilling experience, and can help professionals feel more confident and capable in their work.

    In conclusion, ArcGIS training is essential for professionals who want to stay ahead in today’s data-driven world. By mastering the software, professionals can analyze and interpret spatial data, make better decisions, and collaborate more effectively with colleagues and clients. From enhanced data analysis to personal development, the benefits of ArcGIS training are numerous and significant. If you are a professional looking to gain a competitive edge and stay up to date with the latest technology in your field, ArcGIS training is an investment you won’t regret.

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    3 Things ArcGIS Pro Can Do for You 
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    3 Things ArcGIS Pro Can Do for You 

    ArcGIS Pro has a modern and intuitive user interface that allows users to work more efficiently with maps, data, and tools. It supports 2D and 3D visualization and analysis, allowing users to create and manipulate data in a three-dimensional space. 

    Some of the key features of ArcGIS Pro include the ability to work with a variety of data types, including raster, vector, and tabular data, the ability to perform advanced spatial analysis using geoprocessing tools, the ability to create and publish web maps and applications, and the ability to collaborate with others by sharing maps and data through the ArcGIS Online platform. 

    ArcGIS Pro is used by various organizations and individuals, including government agencies, environmental organizations, public utilities, and private businesses, for various purposes such as land use planning, emergency management, environmental monitoring, and natural resource management. It’s a powerful geographic information system (GIS) software application that can perform various tasks and operations.

    Related: 3 things ArcGIS Drone2Map can Do for You

    Capabilities of ArcGIS Pro

    Here are three things that ArcGIS Pro can do for you: 

    Create and edit maps 

    ArcGIS Pro allows you to create and edit maps with ease, using a range of data sources, such as satellite imagery, digital elevation models, and other geospatial data. You can add layers, adjust symbiology, and visualize data in 2D and 3D formats to better understand patterns and relationships. 

    Conduct spatial analysis 

    ArcGIS Pro provides a comprehensive set of tools for spatial analysis, allowing you to measure distances, calculate areas, and perform complex spatial modeling. This can help you gain insights into spatial patterns, trends, and relationships that need to be visible with basic analysis tools. For instance, you can use ArcGIS Pro to model flood zones, identify areas prone to landslides, or analyze transportation routes. 

    Collaborate and share data 

    ArcGIS Pro allows you to collaborate with others and share data in various formats, such as maps, apps, and web services. You can create web maps and apps that can be shared with stakeholders, including your team members, clients, or the public. This can help you make better decisions by gathering feedback and insights from various sources. 

    Related: Five Powerful Capabilities of ArcGIS 3D Analyst

    Overall, ArcGIS Pro provides a wide range of features and capabilities that can help you easily create, analyze, and share geospatial data. Whether you’re a GIS professional or just starting to explore the world of geospatial data, ArcGIS Pro is a powerful tool that can help you achieve your goals. 

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    Helping farmers see the bigger picture.
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    Helping farmers see the bigger picture.

    Any farmer knows that their success or failure can hinge on a single good season. But how often do they see the big picture before planting their seed? Think of your local farm as a small slice of the world. Before GPS, farmers relied on a map to tell them where they were, but not where they needed to be. That’s changing now that we have the power of GIS so we can actually see our farms from above. It helps farmers see their farms in an aerial view, which can help them identify issues that need immediate attention like crop yield or potential customers for their products.

    GIS technology allows farmers to collect, store and analyze data about their fields in the following ways:

    Data collection

    GIS can be used to collect data from various sources such as satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and weather sensors. This data can be used to create detailed maps of fields, including information on soil quality, crop growth, and weather patterns.

    Data storage

    GIS software can store he collected data in a central location allowing farmers to easily access and manage the information. This data can be stored in a database or a GIS software allowing farmers to query, sort and analyze the data.

    Data analysis

    GIS software includes tools to perform advanced spatial analysis on the data. Farmers can use GIS to analyze data to identify patterns, trends, and relationships, such as the correlation between weather patterns and crop growth. This can help farmers make informed decisions about planting, irrigation, and fertilization.

    Mapping

    GIS can create detailed maps of fields, allowing farmers to visualize their land and resources. These maps can be used to plan and optimize operations, such as identifying areas of poor crop growth, or identifying potential problems with soil quality.

    GIS technology allows farmers to gain a deeper understanding of their land and resources, and make more informed decisions that can improve crop yields, reduce costs, and increase efficiency.

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    Bringing Together the Power of GIS 
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    Bringing Together the Power of GIS 

    From left: Thylyn Kiptoo, Samuel Kimani, Clifford Okembo, Evelyne Lelei and James Nyaga

    Friday 16th September 2022, Esri Eastern Africa and GIS limited entered a Memorandum of Understanding. With this MoU, the two organizations to partner share knowledge and expertise pertaining to GIS knowledge and collaboration in developing and delivering relevant GIS based solutions and applications. This MoU is a bona fide intent of the Parties and sets forth a general understanding of the Parties in respect of the collaboration considered. 

    Speaking at the signing ceremony, Esri Eastern Africa CEO Mr. Clifford Okembo said, “It is now more crucial than ever to cooperate with the brightest minds and coordinate our efforts considering the current economic crisis facing our country to create research projects that consider the interests of all our stakeholder groups.” 

    The signing ceremony was done at Esri Eastern Africa Headquarters offices by Joakim Nyarangi, Technical Director GIS Ltd, and Clifford Okembo Chief Executive Officer, Esri Eastern Africa. Also present at the signing were Samuel Kimani, Chief sales Officer, Byron Anangwe Business Development Manager, Evelyn Lelei, Solutions Manager and Thylyn Kiptoo, Industry Lead Natural Resources from Esri Eastern Africa. GIS Ltd.’s Project Administrator James Nyaga was also present.  

    About Esri EA  

    Esri Eastern Africa is a professional geospatial solutions company which inspires, educates, and enables our customers with working GIS solutions in partnership with world leading geo-technologies from Esri Inc, Trimble, CHCNAV, Harris Corporation and Airbus.  

    About GIS LTD 

    GIS LTD is a consultancy company in Nairobi, Kenya that offers professional solutions in Land Management; Environmental and Socio-Economic Impact Assessment; Digital Mapping and other allied GIS applications with a vision to be a globally reliable professional planning, GIS and Environmental and Development consultancy company. 

    Esri Eastern Africa and Fahari Aviation Take to the Skies
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    Esri Eastern Africa and Fahari Aviation Take to the Skies

    Standing from left: Gerals Yegon, Eveleyn Lelei, Eunice Chapkemboi, Naima Sheikhan, Samuel Kimani, Byron Anangwe. Seated: Hawkins Musili MD Fahari Aviation and Clifford Okembo C.E.O esri E.A

    Wednesday 27 July 2022, Esri Eastern Africa, and Fahari Aviation (FAV) entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) towards closer collaboration. The MoU binds the collaboration between the two organizations on sharing knowledge and expertise on applied GIS knowledge and Aviation Technologies.   

    The development of Geo-spatial solutions and application of aviation technologies such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) will extend human potential and allow the execution of dangerous or difficult tasks safely and efficiently, saving time and money. The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) approved the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Kenyan airspace in March 2020. UAS will also play an important role in the economic growth of Eastern Africa. Applied use of UAS platforms is evident in photography, delivery of high value packages, precision agriculture, wildlife management, surveillance, and aerial mapping. 

    Speaking at the signing ceremony, which was held at Esri Eastern Africa Headquarter offices, Hawkins Musili, Managing Director at Fahari Aviation noted that the use of UAS will play an important role in the economic growth of the region as capabilities of the technology are limitless.  

    Hawkins Musili and Clifford Okembo

    Clifford Okembo, Chief Executive Officer at Esri Eastern Africa also acknowledged that there is a need for better decision making driven by location intelligence. The collaboration will enable customers to get the most value from their data.  

    Also present at the signing were Samuel Kimani, Chief sales Officer, Byron Anangwe Business Development Manager, Gerald Yegon, Sales Manager and Evelyn Lelei, Solutions Manager from Esri Eastern Africa. FAV’s Operation Engineer, Naima Sheikhan and Business Development Officer, Eunice Chepkemboi were also present.  

      

    Harness the power of spatial analytics
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    Harness the power of spatial analytics

    Imagine a world in which companies could improve their execution processes by dynamically calculating, assessing, and refining the way they dispatch their sales staff based on spatial location. Sounds like you’re reading the future or something, right?

    It’s a reality that is already happening in the world of e-commerce. Amazon is one of the leaders in this technology, with more than 100 million active customers worldwide. In fact, they have been able to do so much with this technology because they have access to real-time data about customer preferences and intent at every point of sale – across all channels – across thousands of products.

    So, if you are an e-commerce company and you want to leverage more efficiency in your operations process – here are five ways you can use this technology:

    1. Identify hidden costs and optimize your supply chain

    Spatial analytics technology can help you identify where products are stored, how much inventory is left, and how long it will take to restock a product. This information will allow you to determine how long it takes to restock an item and how much money your company will save by not having to buy more inventory.

    2. Optimize delivery routes and minimize delivery times

    If you have a warehouse in more than one city, you might need to determine the best route for delivering goods from your warehouse to customers’ doorstep. Spatial analytics technology can help you determine which cities are most efficient for delivering products within a specific time, whether that’s daily, weekly, or monthly.

    3. Improve customer experience with real-time tracking data

    Your customers expect that they can track their orders throughout the entire process – from when they place an order until when they receive their package at their home or office. With spatial analytics technology, you can use data points such as location or device type to track where your customers are always located so that you can send them notifications when their package is picking up from the post office or has arrived at their doorsteps

    4. Increase customer satisfaction

    The average consumer spends around $100 on online shopping every year, and they expect their online shopping experience to be seamless and efficient. Using spatial analytics technology, retailers will be able to understand how customers move through the store and where they spend more time or linger longer after making purchases. This information can be used to tailor the store layout and product display so that it appeals to the most popular customer demographics.

    5. Lower operating costs

    Spatial analytics technology helps retailers identify operational inefficiencies across all departments within their stores or offices, including transportation, storage, inventory management, order fulfillment, etc., which allows them to identify opportunities for cost savings that can be passed on to customers in the form of lower prices or service fees.

    Spatial analytics technology is not just for the customer oriented, revenue generating functions within a company. It’s also for those who are looking to improve the way their company operates on a day-to-day basis. No longer should operational needs be overlooked in the very important push to gain customer loyalty through innovative customer service, attaining more targeted marketing appeals, and streamlined customer interaction and experience.

    At Esri Eastern Africa, we provide clients with working GIS solutions. You can now buy ArcGIS products online.

    Know your options when it comes to GIS data formats
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    Know your options when it comes to GIS data formats

    Since you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume that you’re interested in implementing geographical information systems (GIS) within your organization. If you’re like most people, that means you have a large amount of data and want to know how to organize it within your software and use it effectively. There are several ways you can do this; some formats are better suited than others for specific tasks. This article will get you started by teaching you about several commonly used GIS file formats for vector data and raster data formats to help you choose the correct GIS data set format.

    File formats include:

    Vector GIS file formats

    Vector data is not made up of pixel grids. Instead, vertices and pathways make up vector graphics. Points, lines, and polygons are the three fundamental forms of symbols for vector data.

    Some example of vector data format

    Vector GIS file formats include:

    • Shapefiles: These are the most widely used GIS file format. They allow you to store point, line, and polygon data on one sheet of paper. You can view them in various mapping tools, but these tools require special software to view them.
    • Geographic JavaScript Object Notation (GeoJSON): The GeoJSON format is primarily for web-based mapping. GeoJSON stores coordinates as text in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) form.
    • Geography Markup Language (GML): GML allows for using geographic coordinates extension of XML. And eXtensible Markup Language (XML) is both human-readable and machine-readable.
    • Google Keyhole Markup Language (KML/KMZ): KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language. This GIS format is XML-based and is primarily used for Google Earth. 

    Raster GIS file formats

    Each pixel in raster data is a raster (also called grid cell). Raster formats can be square or regularly spaced. Rasters have pixels with a value (continuous) or class attached to them (discrete). Examples of these file formats may include:

    • ASCII Data Files: ASCII uses numbers (including floats) between 0 and 255 for information storage and processing. They also contain header information with a set of keywords.
    • PCI Geomatics Database File (PCIDSK): PIX files are raster storage layers developed by PCI Geomatics. It’s a flexible file type that stores all images and auxiliary data called “segments” in a self-contained file. For example, segments can include image channels, training sites, and histogram information.
    • Esri Grid: Grid files are a proprietary format developed by Esri. Grids have no extension and are unique because they can hold attribute data in a raster file. But the catch is that you can only add attributes to integer grids.
    Examples of raster data format

    Before downloading GIS data, it’s essential to understand the type of data format the specific dataset is available in. Some formats are more common than others and offer features that allow easier data manipulation once you download them.

    Esri Eastern Africa offers training programs to help you choose the suitable GIS data format. Click here to explore our training options.

    Simplify your data collection efforts with ArcGIS Survey 123 
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    Simplify your data collection efforts with ArcGIS Survey 123 

    Simplify and integrate your data collection efforts by using easy-to-use online resources, cutting-edge tools and technology platforms. Our data management services provide a turnkey solution that enables agencies to improve their methods of data collection and management.

    ArcGIS Survey 123 is a fast and easy way to gather outdoor survey data. Survey123 helps you collect data in the field—on the run with your mobile phone or tablet—with minimal equipment and training. With this mobile application, you can use pre-built or custom dialogues to quickly collect satellite imagery, aerial imagery, street level photo mosaics, and time lapse photography. ArcGIS Survey123 leverages the power of both mobile technology and cloud computing through a single solution that fits into your existing field bill.

    This app provides a variety of tools that are designed to make data gathering simple. For example, it allows users to create surveys with just a simple click and save them as templates so they can be used over and over again in different surveying situations

    ArcGIS Survey 123 helps you collect point locations, feature attribute descriptions and their attributes on topographic shape layer or ellipsoid shape layer in a single survey. It also helps you create surveys that link up with other data you might have.

    ArcGIS Survey 123 is a powerful tool to help you gather data, perform analysis and visualize the results. With it you can create field surveys and compile survey results quickly, through a point layer or on a 2D raster map. It is compatible with many other GIS software programs such as ESRI GPS Navigator, HP ArcView, MapInfo, QGIS, Oracle Spatial and more.

    If you are seeking a user-friendly, self-service, data collection app for exploring and collecting data on your next ArcGIS field collection project, Survey 123 is the obvious choice. Click here to buy this app online.

    How GIS can be used to better plan your next camping trip
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    How GIS can be used to better plan your next camping trip

    Whether you’re a parent or a camper, one thing’s for sure: your next camping trip is going to be amazing! You’ll want to make sure the trip is as relaxing and spontaneous-free as possible, with no unnecessary stress. Which is why you should get as much information about the area in advance so that you can target the camping experience just right. GIS can be your best friend when planning an outdoor adventure. This article will point out how it’s possible to use geographic information systems (GIS) to plan your next camping trip and get more accurate results than any other option available right now.

    To help you plan your next outdoor adventure, we’ve put together some tips for how geospatial technology can be used to better plan your next camping trip:

    1. Use online maps to find local hiking trails and destinations

    Maps can point out places of interest and provide you with insights on what to expect. Studying these maps, allows you to spatially orientate yourself to the surrounding environments, making it possible to navigate your way through different types of terrain.

    2. Plan your route beforehand and take notes on what you need to bring

    GIS maps include satellite imagery of the area enabling you to see exactly what it looks like without having to drive there first. This can help you plan your route beforehand.

    3. Find out which stores sell what you need before you head out

    You’ll be able to see how far away any landmarks, water sources or stores are from your campsite, which means that you won’t have to waste time looking for them before setting up camp.

    4. Locate your friends

    With GIS, you’re able to locate where your friends in case you get separated during a hike.

    In the end, it all comes down to one thing: would you plan your next camping trip any differently if you had access to GIS data? If the answer is yes, then consider getting a hold of our ArcGIS products from Esri Online Store. It doesn’t matter how much you don’t know about GIS—all that matters is that you can plan with it in mind. And when it comes to planning for future trips, knowledge of what’s going on around you before and after your trip matters more than ever.

    Become a successful GIS analyst
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    Become a successful GIS analyst

    As a GIS analyst, you’re at a unique point in your career. It’s exciting, challenging, and as vital to the successful operation of your organization as it is exciting. You want to ensure that every decision or action you take will improve the GIS workflow and make life easier for others who work with GIS. Here are seven tips that can help you become a successful GIS analyst:

    • Be a student of geography and geospatial information systems (GIS)

    As a student of geography, you learn a lot about GIS. This can help you understand how GIS works because then when some questions or problems need solving, they will be easier for you to understand because of your knowledge of how the software works behind the scenes!

    • Be curious about how technology works and how it can be used

    Curiosity allows you to get involved. Getting involved will help you become more familiar with GIS and its applications. It will also help you meet other people with similar interests, which can be a great way to learn more about the field and make new friends.

    • Be patient. It takes time to learn new software and develop your expertise.
    • Build a strong foundation of theory and practice in GIS, including spatial analysis, cartography, database design, geoprocessing, and programming.
    • Learn how to use ESRI products like ArcGIS (desktop or mobile), ArcMap (desktop or mobile), Esri Connect (online), or ArcGIS Online (web-based).
    • Master data management skills in the form of ETL processes such as database design, data cleansing, data transformation, and data integration with other systems such as point cloud processing or 3D laser scanning systems for building models from LiDAR data sets. The thing about GIS is that it’s not just about analyzing data but also about managing it too!
    • Learn how to create maps using various tools.

    Every job is different, and no one method is right for everyone. It’s important to stay current with the latest technologies and software, participate in online communities and groups, or volunteer to take on projects outside of your comfort zone. You can also compete in Kaggle competitions, find mentors or leaders in the GIS field to help you along your journey, and pursue opportunities outside of your day-to-day regular job.

    Join our training program to gain a solid grounding in GIS, data manipulation and analysis.

    ArcGIS Maritime Extension – making marine data accessible!
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    ArcGIS Maritime Extension – making marine data accessible!

    ArcGIS Maritime is a complete system for managing and producing maritime data and products compliant with the International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) S-57 and S-4 standards, as well as MIL-PRF-89023 performance specification for Digital Nautical Charts (DNC). It provides tools that allow to ingest S-57 data into the Esri platform. 

    ArcGIS for maritime consists of two module which include: Bathymetry and Charting

    ArcGIS for maritime: Bathymetry
    ArcGIS for maritime: Bathymetry:

     
    ArcGIS for maritime: Charting
    Deals with underground water study i.e., depths Focus on navigable water surface. 
    Store, discover, model and manage bathymetric data. Create, maintain and publish charts for navigational and marine purposes. 
    ArcGIS for maritime: Charting

    ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry. 

    Bathymetry is the study of under water depth of ocean floors or lake floors. It is equivalent to hypsometry and topography. Some of the data collection methods include using SONAR (Sound navigation ranging) devices, LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) Technologies. 

    ArcGIS Bathymetry GIS enables bathymetric data management by providing an easy-to-use, scalable solution that leverages the power of ArcGIS. Its ability to support a broad range of data types, combined with the visualization and analysis tools in ArcGIS, increases the value of your bathymetry data. Bathymetry offers intuitive user interfaces and geoprocessing tools that are suitable for novice and advanced GIS users. Customized metadata streamlines data access and enables quick generation of custom bathymetric surfaces through targeted data selection and prioritization. Information can be extracted quickly, eliminating unnecessary duplication.

    Uses of bathymetric data 

    1. Nautical Charts: These charts are used to guide mariners so having accurate information about the depth of water and potential underwater hazards is essential for safe maritime transportation, especially for large ships. 
    1. Studying coastline changes: Scientist use this data to study effects climate change and to monitor beach erosion, sea level rise and land sinking. 
    1. Hydrodynamic models: It is used to create models that can calculate currents, tides, water temperature, and salinity in an area. These models can also be used to predict tides and currents, as well as hazards like coastal flooding and rip tides. 
    1. Studying marine life: It is used to study the habitats of benthic (bottom-dwelling) organisms. Bathymetric maps can help scientists determine where fish and other marine life feed, live, and breed. Bathymetric data is also used to create maps of coral habitats to assist in conservation and monitoring. 

    ArcGIS for Maritime Charting. 

    ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting is a complete system for managing maritime data and products can be used in the production of IENC, ENC etc. It can be used for the creation and maintenance of traditional standards-based nautical products, such as electronic and paper charts, as well as to generate innovative products that enable groups of people inside and outside your organization to mine the rich content available in maritime data. Data is stored in Nautical Information system.  ArcGIS Maritime is a system of recording where you store and manage bathymetric and nautical assets while ArcGIS maritime server is a system of engagement where you share products and services to many users. 

    Industries that make use of this data include:  

    • Hydrological departments- during the production of nautical charts or navigational charts. 
    • Oil & Gas-During mining 
    • Defense-Submarine deployment. 
    • Other industries include coastal engineering, ports, Survey company, marine sciences, habitat mapping, coast, and marine spatial planning etc.

    You can purchase ArcGIS Maritime Extension online. Click here to make your purchase.

    Five tips to get started in GIS
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    Five tips to get started in GIS

    GIS is a fast-growing field and is set to continue its growth with projected job growth at between 20% and 30% over the next five years. Preparing for a geographic information systems (GIS) career can be difficult, especially if you don’t have any experience in using a map application. Even if you have previous experience using digital maps and applications, there are additional aspects that come into play when working with GIS data. Here are five tips that can help you get started in Geographic Information System (GIS).

    1. Know your software

    The GIS software out there seem endless with examples such as Esri ArcGIS, Google Earth Pro, BatchGeo, Google Maps API and many more. Understanding the software that best suits your needs can help you set your foot in the right direction. There are two basic categories of GIS software: commercial and open-source. Commercial GIS software involves a paid license, either through subscription or a one-time perpetual license. Open-source GIS software is free for anyone to use.

    2. Understand the basics

    It’s important that you understand the basics of GIS before you dive into the world of mapmaking. This includes knowing what your data looks like and how to work with it in a way that makes sense for your needs. If you want to create maps or visualizations, it’s important that you understand how all of these things fit together as well as how they relate to each other.

    3. Get familiar with tools

    In order to make use of your data, it’s important that you have an understanding of some basic tools and programs available to you. You’ll need some kind of software package or program that can help you manipulate your data so that it will serve your needs. You’ll also want to know how different layers interact within these programs so that everything is properly connected together (and so that everything is properly connected together!).

    4. Invest time, money, and effort

    Be prepared to invest time, money, and effort into learning new software. Understand the basics of GIS, including spatial analysis and mapping. Use open-source tools to work with your data, as this will save your time and money.

    5. Use open-source tools

    Using open-source tools, or free technology, can be a great way to create maps or data visualizations. This option is good if you have limited funds and skills to create your own program. Open-source technologies like Java and Python give you the freedom to do anything, but it can be hard to work with others on data and maps as well as harder for people to find and use your project if you choose this route.

    GIS can be a very powerful tool for researchers and has the potential to impact humanity in more ways than you might think. It’s time for you to give GIS a try. You may not master it overnight, but at least you will know that you have taken your first step towards better understanding our amazing planet. And sometimes all it takes is a little push to get started. So, what are you waiting for?

    At Esri Eastern Africa we provide you with ArcGIS software, you can also enroll in our training program to kickstart your career.

    Propelling organizations to greater heights
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    Propelling organizations to greater heights

    How good is your location? Is it time to kick your agency into high gear? With Geospatial Intelligence, you can uncover significant business opportunities and improve your customer experience across channels. GIS is the modern way to create reliable and compelling location intelligence that can help you reach higher levels with a wide range of benefits for your agency.

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    Here are ways in which location intelligence can help an organization:

    • Location intelligence can help organizations increase revenue by providing accurate information about demand and supply for a specific product or service. By knowing how many customers are available for a particular store or restaurant, it is possible to determine if an additional location should be opened or if current locations should be expanded.
    • Location intelligence can also help an organization make better decisions about how to spend its resources. For example, if customers are visiting a particular store but not buying anything, it may be wise to place more employees there and improve customer service so that customers will feel comfortable spending money at that store. Location intelligence can also be used by insurance companies so they can determine which area has the most accidents and therefore need more car insurance coverage in that area.
    • It enables organizations to deliver better customer service by knowing exactly where their customers are located and helps them make better decisions about where to open new stores.
    • Location intelligence can also be used to help governments respond to crises, such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Organizations like the United Nations have used location analytics to help deliver aid in areas where there is poor infrastructure or communication networks, such as remote areas of Africa or South America.
    • Location intelligence is also useful for businesses that want to keep track of their employees’ whereabouts during the day. For example, if an employee’s morning commute takes longer than expected, it’s possible that she has been stuck in traffic on her way into work — something that can be easily monitored using location analytics tools.

    The ability to track how people use products or services has become an important part of how companies market them. As companies look for ways to connect with consumers in new ways through digital channels, they are leveraging location intelligence to provide insights into consumer behavior at a granular level—providing valuable information about what drives purchase decisions so that brands can develop more targeted ads, offers and promotions.

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    Talk to us about your experience with using ArcGIS products in your organization in the comment section below.

    And the Special Achievement Award in GIS Goes To…GSE!
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    And the Special Achievement Award in GIS Goes To…GSE!

    Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) was awarded the 2022 Special Achievement Award in GIS during the Esri User Conference in San Diego on 11th July 2022. Jack Dangermond president, and founder of Esri announced the SAG award during a plenary session. This award is given to users around the world to recognize outstanding work with GIS technology.   

    The Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) is an autonomous institution, with accountability to the MOMP. It is responsible for carrying out basic geological mapping, mineral exploration, and related geological activities. The GSE also provides services such as data dissemination, and drilling and laboratory analysis. 

    GSE uses GIS technologies to produce high-quality geoscience data and make it available to all interested parties. Geological mapping and mineral exploration are used to collect geoscience data. These activities allow for a thorough understanding of the quantity and distribution of geo resource potential (such as mineral and geothermal energy). For pre-field base map preparation, geological mapping, map harmonization tasks, geodata digitization, modification, and analysis, GSE uses GIS programs. GSE launched its new ArcGIS business site last year, and it’s now utilizing web GIS technologies to make the data easily accessible to the stakeholders. 

    GSE implemented ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS desktop (Arc map), and ArcGIS Enterprise to solve the following problems: 

    1. The quality and quantity of geosciences data production has improved 
    1. Better data handling, storage, and management 
    1. Easily accessibility of data to the stake holders promoting investment 

    In attendance at the Esri User Conference in San Diego were Clifford Okembo, Esri Eastern Africa’s CEO and Samuel Kimani, Chief Sales Officer at Esri EA and they received the award on behalf of GSE. 

      

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    Powering Data Online

    In the energy sector, it’s essential to maintain a precise asset inventory that includes accurately mapped electric utility assets such as poles, transformers, cable lines, and substations. GIS makes it more simpler to handle asset data and gives you access to infrastructure insight. With this technology, members of the Energy Sector GIS Working Group in Uganda now have the perfect collaboration and geographic data sharing platform.  Staff members can now readily access their own data across the organization and access data from other constituent organizations which form the group. What’s more, members of the public too can readily access basic GIS datasets that the group has published.

    The Challenge

    The Energy Sector GIS Working Group in Uganda brings together GIS professionals working in the energy sector in Uganda with membership drawn from the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development, Renewable Energy Association, Uganda Electricity Transmission Company, UMEME, Uganda Electricity Generation Company, Electricity Regulatory Authority, and the German International Development Agency. Prior to the formation of the group, each of these organizations managed its own GIS datasets separately.

    However, the separate management of data led to a series of challenges which included:

    • Difficulties in data sharing arising from incompatibility occasioned by dissimilar formats and coordinate systems.
    • Limited collaboration in projects because of difficulties in data sharing.
    • Low accessibility and discoverability of basic but useful GIS datasets by the public.
    • Duplication of effort in data collection.
    How did GIS help?

    Members of the group used Esri technology to create an ArcGIS Online organizational account where geographic data from respective organizations is standardized, organized, and curated and made accessible to users in the organizations and the public. “Setting up ArcGIS Online for the group was easy. Setting up user accounts and generating the first web map took less than a day and proficiency scaled up with time. “Said Martin Kretschmer, a member of the group. They set up an Open Data site on ArcGIS Online through which they easily share their GIS data with the public. Furthermore, they adopted the ready-to-use ArcGIS Online Apps, namely Operations Dashboard App to monitor, track and report real-time data feeds of field activities and Collector for ArcGIS App to collect and update data in the field.

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    Why use ArcGIS Online?

    ArcGIS Online is a collaborative web GIS engineered as a system for your entire organization. It allows you to collaborate with others in your organization, quickly create interactive maps and other geographic content then publish and share them in Esri’s secure cloud. It comes with ready to use Apps and content.

    Here is why ArcGIS Online is important:

    • Collaboration made easy: Members of the working group set up private and public groups enabling interaction with their organizational data and sharing standardized content related to common activities. This helped them control access and increasingly gain common operating picture on projects and events.
    • Supporting business functions: In UMEME for instance, GIS data is used in many of the core business functions such as customer service, billing, network planning, monitoring, and reporting. ArcGIS Online has enabled them to easily create and share maps throughout the organization supporting multiple functions.
    • Significant time savings: Geographic data and map users cross the groups organizations are no longer tied up with the time-consuming tasks of searching and cleaning up data because key data sets that are often used are being made available on ArcGIS Online where they can be easily discovered.
    • Decision support: Investors, government, and other agencies interested in the energy sector in Uganda are using GIS data made available through the open data site to plan new projects, develop feasibility studies, and monitor investments.
    • Maximizing field workforce efficiency: Collector for ArcGIS and Operations Dashboard Apps are enabling organizations in the working group to improve coordination between field and office, improving management and productivity of their field crews.

    Learn more about how GIS is helping in promoting sustainable agriculture and sustainable infrastructure

    Kenyatta University Launches a GIS Lab
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    Kenyatta University Launches a GIS Lab

    Kenyatta University is amongst the first African university to benefit from Esri 100 African Universities initiative which encourages the study of GIS among students at 100 African Universities. The support enables the universities to integrate GIS into their functions and tuition in most departments to enhance teaching and learning.

    With the provision of the license from Esri, Kenyatta University launched a GIS lab to promote knowledge of GIS and Remote Sensing and help students and employees learn its application and have a better understanding of it. The university installed ArcGIS licenses in several computer laboratories to provide students who might not have access to their own computers with training opportunities and a classroom atmosphere for instruction and research.

    The lab will also enable students to use maps, statistics, reports, and charts to visualize in a variety of ways that highlight links, patterns, and trends, enhancing students’ awareness and understanding of the world and the processes that shape it.

    Discover how GIS is expanding education and career opportunities

    Buy Online!
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    Buy Online!

    With COVI9-19 accelerating the digitization of customer and supply chain interactions, digitally enabled products are being embraced by many.  To stay competitive in this new business and economic environment, requires new strategies and practices. Therefore on April 19, 2022, Esri Eastern Africa launched its online store which allows ArcGIS customers across the region to enjoy easy access to Esri’s products including core GIS, apps, and extensions. 

    Speaking at the launch, Clifford Okembo, the Chief executive officer of Esri Eastern Africa said “We noticed that most consumers have gone online to buy things, from groceries to electronics. This was accelerated by the COVID 19 pandemic when most professionals worked from home. We have added an online store for our customers to find it easier to buy our products and solutions. This shall bring about efficiency and convenience in the buying process.”

    Estore provides consumers with the fastest and easiest way to purchase ArcGIS products for personal or organizational use.

    Latimar Amukohe from the Digital Sales had this to say, “Estore simplifies the sales process, people don’t necessarily have to wait for the licenses to be ordered and sent to them. If a customer has ArcGIS Creator license, and requires an extension, for instance, ArcGIS insight, there is no point for the consumer to go back to the salesperson to start the sales process again, the customer can simply purchase the extension from the online store, and it will be added to ArcGIS Creator since he/she is already an existing user.”

    Have you checked out our online store yet? What are you waiting for? Click here to learn more about our online store and make your purchase.

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    A pillar of research!

    Kenyatta University one of the top public universities in Kenya. The University has a population of approximately 30,000 students and more than 5000 academic and support staff distributed across its 13 campuses distributed across the Eastern Africa region. The University embraced use of GIS in teaching and Research in 2012 and has successfully become a GIS lighthouse within the Eastern Africa region.

    Enhancing the campus experience

    To help the university management and administrators, the University has used the Esri ArcGIS online Platform to map utilities and show directions to various locations with the vast university grounds.

    Esri 100 African University and Kenyatta University

    Thanks to the Esri 100 African Universities programme which is a 10- million dollars initiative launched by Esri to support and enhance the study of Geographic Information System (GIS) among students in 100 African Universities, Kenyatta University received an Education Site License in May 2013 entitling it to unlimited access to Esri technology. Prior to this the university only had a 31-license Educational Teaching and Research Lab Pak and 4 Educational Teaching and Research Lab Kits. The support enables the universities to integrate GIS into their functions and tuition in most departments to enhance teaching and learning. The initiative is made possible by an Esri Site License. The site license provides the university with unlimited access to Esri Desktop, Mobile, Server, Online and Developer technology as well as access to ENVI Remote Sensing software, Trimble GPS’, Esri Press Books, training and education, and technical support. One of the recipients and a shining torch of the Esri Site License is Kenyatta University

    From Paper to Empowerment

    Prior to the implementation of the site license there was very limited use of GIS in research by students and faculty and hardly were maps featured in academic project reports. Though GIS featured prominently in many of the degree program curriculums’, much of it was taught theoretically with very limited hands-on training. Thus, majority of the students graduated without demonstrable skills in GIS putting them at a great disadvantage in the job market. Overall, there was a dearth of competent ArcGIS users across the university and only 15 computers in the entire university had ArcGIS software installed on them.

    Exceeding Expectation

    Implementation of the site license has totally turned around the situation and the profile of GIS has risen and gained support the university management. Availability and accessibility of ArcGIS software has grown markedly with the number of users growing from 15 computers to 548 computers spread in computers labs across the university including the main library and on student laptops. Teaching of and with GIS has grown from the initial two departments (Geography and Environmental Planning and Management) to Engineering, ICT, Agriculture, Public Health, Hospitality & Tourism, Environmental Studies & Community Development, and Recreation Management & Exercise Science. The university is now a regional and sub-Saharan education site license reference account providing a real case study on how to successfully implement a site license.

    Find out how GIS is expanding education and career opportunities

    Esri EA exhibits at the non-revenue water management symposium
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    Esri EA exhibits at the non-revenue water management symposium

    On May 9th and 10th, Kenya Water Institute (KEWI) with support of partners held the Non-Revenue Water Management Symposium in PrideInn Flamingo Beach in Mombasa. The theme was “Closing the last mile to SGD6 (Sustainable Goal Development).” Esri Eastern Africa was among the attendees of the symposium.

    The symposium brought together managers of water service providers (WSPs), scholars, technology experts, policy makers, development partners, water utilities, institutions of higher learning, water associations, civil society, private sector, and investors to share experiences on the globally accepted standards for the water management of NRW.

    What is NRW?

    You may be reading this, and asking yourself what is NRW? Well, Non-revenue water (NRW) is water that is pumped and then lost or unaccounted for. In developing countries, approximately 45 million cubic meters of water are lost daily, with an annual economic value of more than US$3 billion.

    Water is central to economic and social development. It is necessary for maintaining health, growing food, generating energy, managing the environment, and creating jobs. Water availability and management have an impact on whether poor girls are educated, cities are healthy places to live, and growing industries or poor villages can withstand the effects of floods or droughts.

    How GIS helps

    Intelligent water management begins with GIS. Location is critical in the water industry, from the plant to the tank to the tap and back to the plant for treatment and discharge. GIS enables the integration, coordination, and analysis of disparate hardware and software, workers and processes, departments, and datasets, across space and time. GIS serves as the foundation for digital water transformation by managing the entire water cycle

    Esri EA’s main goal for attending the symposium was to create awareness about GIS and educate people on the importance of increasing the efficiency of their organization by implementing digital solutions that provide insight to decision-makers.

    Water resource managers can use GIS technology to visualize and analyze topographic, hydrographic and hydrogenic data for assessing water quality, estimating water availability, planning flood prevention, understanding the natural environment, and managing water resources.

    Access to safe, dependable water is critical. Water is critical to national and local economic well-being as well as the protection of life and property. Effective management of our most valuable resource is critical for long-term sustainability.

    Discover how GIS is transforming the future of natural resources

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    A contemporary strategy for public health readiness