GIS Weekly Review November 22nd, 2012

Leica Geosystems
Bentley Be Inspired 2012 videos available
November 20, 2012  by Susan Smith

Videos of keynotes from the Bentley Be Inspired 2012 Conference are available here with a login:

http://connected.bentley.com/viewSeminars.aspx?BEC_SS_ID=801

Esri’s Water Utility Mobile Map for iOS & Android
November 19, 2012  by Matt Sheehan


We mentioned in a previous blog post that we have started work on building a version of Esri’s Water Utility Mobile Map but targeting iOS and Android. We thought it might be interesting to share where we are in the development process. The video below shows the first phase of the work.

Let us just point out, we are not using Esri’s Water Utility Mobile Map layers at the moment. We are building a mobile app against the requirements we listed in our original functional spec article, using layers and services we have available. These we will switch when we have the core application completed.

Mobile ArcGIS Online App

Our goal is to make the mobile ArcGIS Online app clean looking and simple to use. It loads on startup a configuration file which sets UI elements. This is a file users can edit themselves. We’ve tried to avoid a cluttered interface, so maximum real estate is devoted to the map. Workflows we will make intuitive. The video shows how we have incorporated online and offline modes. So maps and layers are loaded either from the web, or from sources stored on the devices itself.

Mobile App for ArcGIS Online Next Phase

We will keep moving forward with the mobile app. Next we will be adding online and offline editing capabilities. That will form the centre piece of the next demo.

ArcGIS Online offers many possibilities for building mobile and Web based mapping applications. Applications targeted at GIS professionals and non-GIS users. As a GIS development company, we have focused much of our energy on building this next generation of applications targeted at, and integrated, with ArcGIS Online.

Geographic Changes and Configurable Workflows
November 19, 2012  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Today’s organizations are more progressive in the way they tap into geospatial solutions for driving smarter decisions.  And, as we have highlighted before, the key to being a forward-thinking organization is by being able to empower a large base of users that work between rigid desktop GIS and light-weight browser-based GIS systems.

Intergraph Geospatial 2013 includes a new version of GeoMedia Smart Client. Earlier this year, Joe Francica from Directions Magazine made the following statement about this significant offering:

“I found it to be more intuitive than most “lightweight” client interfaces that try to sell themselves as “robust” GIS solutions. … Organizations wishing to deploy GIS to a broader set of users should investigate Smart Client.”

GeoMedia Smart Client engages all users across an organization, enabling them to seamlessly integrate geographic changes into configurable workflows.

The new release provides noteworthy improvements, outlined in an on-demand webinar. These enhancements include the ability for users to make updates with waning or non-existent Internet connectivity, which is a challenge for organizations with a distributed workforce out in the field.  Thankfully, these employees remain productive as changes are uploaded upon connectivity again through a process that is seamless to the user experience.

In addition, the new release will allow for project-based conflict handling that can be added through the workflow definitions. Other new features include ERDAS APOLLO Essentials integration, workflow manager API enhancements and support for geographic coordinates and custom coordinate systems.

The new offering will be available in three product tiers, depending on each organization’s need:

  • GeoMedia Smart Client Essentials 
  • GeoMedia Smart Client Advantage
  • GeoMedia Smart Client Professional

Overall, GeoMedia Smart Client will further allow end-users to leverage advanced geospatial functionality via simple-to-use map-based tools, streamlining their processes and honing their expertise.  As a result, vibrant geospatial business workflows provide a level of sophistication not traditionally supported by legacy out-of-the-box horizontal software products.

Stay tuned for ongoing updates with regards to our new product launch.  In the meantime, please feel free check out our new microsite dedicated to this major Intergraph initiative here and let us know what you think.

StreetMapper surveys for the California DOT
November 16, 2012  by Susan Smith

The California Department of Transportation (DOT) consulting to Caltrans, is using StreetMapper to survey more than 7,000 bridges in California. StreetMapper is a mobile mapping system that in this case is being used by survey technology company Terrametrix who was contracted by Caltrans to do the survey.

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