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LA County’s Recap of the 2013 ESRI Conference

At our recent eGIS Committee, meeting, we discussed what we had learned and been impressed with at the 2013 ESRI Conference, which concluded last week.  I have tried to compile the responses that I received into some basic categories, so that you can scroll down and see what you liked.

If you want to add your ideas, please comment below!

New Capabilities

Generally – we saw a lot of interest in the new ArcGIS Professional – a number of folks noted this.  Here’s a video: http://video.esri.com/watch/2533/unveiling-the-new-arcgis-professional-application-with-jim-mckinney-and-jack-dangermond

Christine Lam, eGIS Group

The GeoEvent Processor. You can receive real-time streaming data as well as perform continuous processing and analysis. The demo was about tracking an ambulance – as soon as it crosses a threshold that you’ve defined (e.g. arrival within 5 minutes of a hospital), then the staff will automatically receive a text/email alert. You can also monitor live tweets, filter them based on a keyword(s), and the resulting tweets will be displayed on a map. The GeoEvent Processor does require an additional license.

Vijay Manghirmalani, DHS

I spoke with a Geoprocessing Product Engineer by the name of Mr. Kevin Hibma to suggest that they provide a distance matrix tool that would be very useful to me.  This is to suggest that if we would like something in their product we can directly speak to the developers rather than suggest something on their website.

Mauricio Luceroa, Agricultural Weights and Measures

I was very impressed how Microsoft Excel spreadsheets has the capability to create maps without using desktop GIS software application. In addition, we are able to retain the data directly within Excel, that means that any changes to the spreadsheet can be immediately reflected in an updated map

Nick Franchino, Dept. of Regional Planning

I liked ArcGIS Professional – a beta product later this year.  Not slated to replace ArcMap just yet; a true 64-bit architecture that looks to combine ArcMap, ArcToolbox and ArcScene into one app, taking advantage of the newest underlying technologies.  I also like the Storytelling Maps – templates for ArcGIS Online – we’ll be doing more with those in the near future.


Data and Data Models

Rona Tintut, DPW

This time at the ESRI conference, I found “GIS use in the Airport Industry” session interesting. I saw….

  • demo on how the extension manage and analyze airport (infrastructure) data, using automated export data tool on FAA reports/submissions.
  • demo on 3D Aerodrome software (by EUROSTARS program) with the realistic representation of airports in both 2D and 3D, was very nice.

More info on 3D Aerodromes, check this site – http://www.3d-aerodromes.eu/index.php/en/gallery-menuitem-en

John Hickok, DPW

We all greatly appreciate our managers allowing us to Travel to the ESRI User Conference for the day.

My highlights were spending time with ESRI’s onsite geodesists at the ESRI Product Information Center! As Land Surveyors-in-Training, we appreciate understanding how GIS data accuracy is handled.

Thierno Diallo, DPW

What I found interesting among other things:

Ground-based vehicle mounted Lidar survey/infrastructure condition assessment technology and services offered by 2 private firms: Sanborn and RBF Consulting

A stream flow map developed by Esri Applications Prototype Labs, which models the flow of major rivers in the USA based on the USGS stream gauge network dataset and the World Hydro Reference Overlay map. (see links : http://blogs.esri.com/esri/apl/ and http://maps.esri.com/sldemos/flow/default.html )

Carrie Wiley, DPW

DPW is mapping out the LA County Airport Data (currently 2D only) and would like to utilize the Aviation Toolbox (Obstruction Identification Surface Tools) and 3D visualization when the 3D data becomes available. ArcScene / 10.2 allows you to share the 3D visualization to the web and make it interactive.

I’ve requested the 3D visualization example from ESRI from the Aviation session and will send your way if/when I receive. I can also start looking into what it takes to acquire the Aviation Toolbox.


David Ahia, DPSS

David focused on 3D mapping – and on City Engine: http://www.esri.com/software/cityengine




Noureddine Rahbany – Sheriff

Protecting the Home and Family from Crime

-Home Burgs Study

-Sight lines of burglars with 3d modeling of “visible” windows and doors

-Human Trafficking

Public Safety Special Event Planning

-Big Bay Boom IAP – here’s the map service: http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=44f22a176e364b5187012de6cecda03c

-Special Events Template – http://video.esri.com/watch/618/how-to-use-the-public-safety-special-event-planning-template

GIS Platform

ESRI Maps for Office: http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgisonline/apps/esri-maps-for-office

Geo Event Processor: http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgisserver/extensions/geoevent-extension

Collector App: http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/smartphones/collector-app

Spatial Stats


Application Development


Richard Ledesma, DPSS

Here are some of my observations about the UC this year.

As I mentioned in the meeting yesterday, one of the big surprises for me was the beta release of the Mac OS X SDK:


(I have an old Macbook pro, but have not yet played around with the SDK.)

I thought I heard there would be a Mac version of Desktop, while I was at the OS X SDK session, but I may have been mistaken because I can’t seem to locate any documentation for that on the Esri site.

The other SDk that caught my attention was the beta release of Qt.  According to the Qt site, “Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework for developers using C++ or QML, a CSS & JavaScript like language. Qt Creator is the supporting Qt IDE.”

I spoke with the Ersi engineer at the Qt island during a break and asked about the benefits of this framework over other SDKs and he said that because Core Engine is written in C++, the use of Qt has some inherent advantages when it comes to performance.  I can see this would help some of the County departments that do huge amounts of analysis or operate very large data sets.  The other benefit of Qt is that it is cross-platform compliant, and the code should be usable on all major platforms.

Lastly the SDK’s and API’s (specifically the JavaScript API) have become more standards based and platform agnostic.  I think the reality that most computer users today operate in the mobile space, on multiple types of devices and platforms, has a lot to do with this.  I guess Esri has been doing that for some time but I really noticed it more at this year’s conference.

Tao Li, DPW

I was most impressed by the presentation on JMeter.

ESRI uses it routinely to do load test during development and to replicate issues under load.

The software is complete free.

Here are two links that explains how to set up JMeter for testing.  (NOTE – WE JUST TESTED THIS AND IT IS A GREAT TOOL!)


Mark Greninger, CIO

Desktop licenses now get a username and 100 credits in ArcGIS Online, and Portal for ArcGIS: http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/portal-for-arcgis now comes as part of ArcGIS Server advanced, allowing us to “host” an on-premise version of ArcGIS Online.  There were some notes about the fact that using portal will improve the fine-grained security controls that we need.


1 comment to LA County’s Recap of the 2013 ESRI Conference

  • dchiang

    Your beloved old APR project file(name) is back! Though in ArcGIS Pro it will be called .APRX (kind of following the ASP.NET .aspx convention I suppose).

    There were rumors of a Mac version of ArcGIS last year, but the SDK makes more sense. Esri had already begun with the iOS SDK. Let developers build apps with a SDK/API is much faster than creating a full blown ArcInfo for Mac desktop. Data and service hosting for GIS is still the greater future revenue stream.

    Big Data Analytics integration with GIS is very exciting, especially as it may integrate with the new GeoEvent Processing extension for Server to process live data for emergencies. Perhaps an entity as large as LA County can find some use for this emerging topic (all coming together with NOSQL, more online hosted secure apps and data and services, etc.)

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