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Offline ArcGIS Editing in Web Browser

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014


If you have wondered about offline ArcGIS editing in a browser, wonder no more. Below is an Web application which uses either ArcGIS Server or ArcGIS Online layers to allow offline editing:


It is amazing what is now possible with mobile and cloud GIS

Friday, May 23rd, 2014


Let’s keep this mobile and cloud GIS theme moving forward. We’ve spoken in this blog about the realities, as we see them, of GIS in 2014. Chris Cappelli at Esri talks about muscle memory. Its a good analogy. Mobile and cloud GIS remain a tough sell. Do they provide anything new? In many ways no: if you have deep pockets anything is possible. But that is the point, few of us have deep pockets, and all of us are looking to do things better, quicker and cheaper. And that is what we get with mobile and cloud GIS.

You want proof?

Its time for demos I think. Let’s show what is now possible. From data collection, to focused customised, cloud based GIS Web apps to location analytics for business users. (more…)

Impressions from the mobile and cloud GIS front line

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014


Turmoil, resistance, adjustment, fear, confusion …. this is what I am sensing from the GIS community over the enormous changes we are experiencing in the industry.

From the non-GIS community, education is the main challenge. What does location intelligence bring me that I am not getting from my business intelligence system?

Change is good. Change is scary. But with change comes opportunity. In 2014 its all about realizing those opportunities. (more…)

So many ways to apply mobile GIS and yet ….

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Mobile GIS can be used in so many different ways. In combination with the cloud, this is a powerful new way to view, analyse and gather location based data.

And yet we remain in a world where paper and pen are still the main tools used in the field. In many organizations there is a reluctance to move to new mobile GIS technology. Many factors are behind this resistance:

1) Data security concerns.
2) Concerns over budget.
3) Worries over integration with existing business systems.
4) Lack of understanding of what is now possible.
5) Resistance to change.


Lowering Data Collection Costs for Pipeline Companies

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014


What are the biggest challenges today faced by pipeline companies when it comes to data collection and management?

Cost is maybe number one. Many of the current PODS systems are very expensive. Inefficiency and inaccuracy is a close second. Still paper and pen are an important part of how data is collected in the field. This then has to be collated and input into the central company system when back in the office. Often this can take weeks or even months.

Today using cloud and mobile technology, there are far better and cheaper ways to collect and manage field data. Imagine a real scenario faced by pipeline companies; tracking encroachments. The video below shows an iPad application which dramatically improves on old methods:


GIS opportunities … looking for nuggets of gold

Friday, May 2nd, 2014


If we all look in the same place we will never find those elusive nuggets of gold.

I read that sentence years ago, and it always stuck in my mind. To me it meant set your own path, don’t follow the herd. The most discussed and publicized opportunities are no longer opportunities. Discover the yet to be discovered.

As GIS comes out of the shadows, opportunities abound. The audience for, and applications of the technology has dramatically increased. But like gold the opportunities are not sitting on the surface, they are there to be discovered. Go where everybody else is looking and success may well be elusive. Read what the GIS community is discussing; hot topics and trends. New, focused conferences are popping up left and right. All very interesting, and no doubt valid, but …..


Getting data into and out of the field

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014


Field data collection has always been challenging. The options have been few: pen and paper or expensive rugged devices loaded with hard to use software. The process was always the same. Send your team out to gather data. At the end of the day pull all the data together (illegible notes, separate shapefiles, collections of digital photos). Collate. Analyse.

The pain Dr Smith!

Today this has been turned on its head. Today we have low cost mobile devices; smartphones and tablets, focused simple to use GIS mobile data collection apps and centrally available (cloud based) data repositories. Teams now collect their data, attach pictures and videos and upload directly to a single shared source or layer. Nothing could be easier. Plus this data is available across the organization in real time. (more…)

New Applications of GIS 1: Location Analytics in Banking

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014


Why title this post ‘New Applications of GIS’?

Location technology and GIS are being used in so many new and exciting areas, we wanted to write about new ideas and applications. Here we discuss applications of GIS in the world of banking, and in particular loans.

Reducing Loan Risk with Location Analytics

Loaning money is at the very heart of our banking system. If we wish to buy a house, a car, remodel; often we will turn to a bank for a loan. But any loan comes with risk to the bank. Thus the paperwork and background checks. Banks need to feel comfortable you are I will pay back this borrowed money. GIS and location analytics in particular are now playing a key part in helping banks in this decision making process.

Today most loan applications are made online. The process involves providing detailed information about your job, and background. Your application is then processed, with credit reports generated and algorithms run to qualify or disqualify your application. This is a person-centric approach. So where does GIS come in?

Location analytics provides the bigger picture. By generating data about where you live; your neighbourhood, banks are provided with a deeper, richer picture. Greater insight means better decision making. This in turn helps to reduce risk. (more…)

The 2014 GIS Revolution Video Series 2: Web GIS

Monday, April 7th, 2014


We are in the midst of a GIS revolution. In the first video in this series we introduced each of the pieces: desktop, Web, mobile and the cloud. This second video discusses Web GIS. Much is changing. Not only technically, but the design and approach. Today Web GIS serves a wide group of users. Web applications are being accessed from multiple different devices: smartphones, tablets and office based PC’s.

This video discussion covers:

1) The Basics – How is Web GIS changing? Here we talk about the new approach to the design Web based GIS applicatons

2) Mobile enabled – Is your Web GIS application useful and useable on a mobile device?

3) Getting started – How do you update existing projects or build new Web GIS applications for your users.


Retail and the ArcGIS Platform

Monday, March 31st, 2014


We are over-users of the word exciting. But truly these are great times to be working in the location services and GIS fields. Not only is location technology being used more widely and by ever more diverse groups of users, but new sectors and vertical are emerging. Retail in particular presents a fascinating world of opportunity.

Esri have put considerable focus on retail GIS. (more…)

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