Esri Australia blog
Apps for fast, accurate fire cladding audits
In the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, Australia is on notice to complete fire cladding audits to identify at-risk buildings. A common operating picture is essential for completing surveys quickly and accurately.
Speculative design for mobile GIS without a map
With the majority of websites now viewed on mobile devices, map designers need to find new ways to convey spatial information. Is it possible to deliver a fulfilling user experience without showing a map?
GIS health check – preparing for growth
A regular health check of your GIS environment can identify issues and make recommendations for future capacity and capability, safeguarding your organisation.
5 tips for GIS success in your organisation
What are the factors that set successful GIS strategies apart? Find out the key steps that help organisations drive GIS as a business-critical platform, gaining high adoption and making a real difference to decision making.
Key elements to success for GIS in education
US-based educator Joseph Kerski shares his insights into the key elements that can ensure successful implementation of GIS into education institutions, empowering students to solve real-world problems.
WA Deepwater Horizon emergency simulation
Exercise Ningaloo Challenge was Australia’s largest-ever offshore oil spill emergency exercise. ArcGIS allowed responders to work from a common operating system enabling them to manage and analyse data in real time.
Real-time fieldwork solutions for Main Roads Western Australia
With multiple features combined into one tool, field staff can record their findings on asset inspections, damage assessment, database management and report live updates without the need for software engineers or GIS specialists.
City of Adelaide responds to Grenfell Tower inferno
Following the catastrophic Grenfell Tower inferno in the UK, the City of Adelaide completed a comprehensive audit of non-compliant cladding on its buildings in record time using mobile GIS apps.
Super-charge your geospatial platform with IoT data
Adding a location aspect to your IoT data opens up the potential to optimise systems and processes, save time and costs as well as improve the quality of operations.
The Sturt Gorge web map transforming conservation efforts
What began as a spatial solution to a problem for an organisation with a limited budget quickly evolved into a blueprint for a wide-reaching conservation tool that could transform parks management and conservation.
Virtual Reality for smart cities and urban planning
Virtual Reality (VR) is transforming the way citizens and city administrators interact with new developments, through the unique perspective of 3D models that show what the eye cannot see.
Ozri 2017: The Science of Where brought to life across 3 cities
More than a thousand delegates gathered for the Australian Esri User Conference, hearing about the latest in GIS technology from international and local presenters. Laura Berman shares her highlights from the day.
Gaining insights from multidimensional data
The world is a huge, constantly changing system that is as unpredictable as it is beautiful. Through advanced scientific technology we can record information about our planet in near real-time.
Cleaning the Gulf of Mexico using GIS
The clean-up efforts following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is an example of how GIS technology can be used to assist in disaster response.
Location analytics driving infrastructure value
Location-based analytics can play a key role in helping organisations get the most from their network infrastructure. Find out how a business process called reliability-centred maintenance is driving the success of utilities around the world.
Esri Young Scholar's journey to the 2017 Esri UC in San Diego
Esri Young Scholar award winner Alan Pearse from the Queensland University of Technology shares his experience in San Diego at the world’s largest GIS event.
Tackling terrorism with apps
Geo-enabled smartphone apps not only warn the public of impending crises, but also harvest critical community updates to support government response.
How GIS in education could save the world
Teaching and learning with GIS is critical to empower people with a firm foundation in spatial thinking and analysis, to grapple with and solve the challenges facing the world.
Give your maps the edge with the power of 3D GIS
3D offers new insights in data and maps providing new and engaging ways of communicating spatial information. Platforms like QLD Globe transform the way audiences interact with spatial data.
Ozri 2017: delegates' five-minute guide to the top five highlights
Ozri 2017 program manager Laura Berman shares her experience at the world’s largest geospatial event, Esri UC in San Diego, and provides a sneak peek into Ozri 2017, Australia’s most influential GIS event in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
3 key steps for utilities to achieve digital transformation
Esri utilities industry team manager Bill Meehan outlines the steps Australian utility companies should take to face the challenges of digital transformation.
Geoscience Australia releases MH370 search data Story Map
The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mapped more than 700,000 square kilometres of seafloor. Data from phase one of the search is now available to the public through an interactive Story Map.
Esri’s strategy and vision for 3D GIS
Although our world is 3D, many plans and maps are still 2D. 3D maps improve spatial understanding and communication with both internal stakeholders and the public.
Building agile law enforcement with GIS
Global security expert Mike King outlines how GIS technology offers a complete agile law enforcement system by integrating existing networks with the latest technology for enhanced mobile capabilities and data intelligence.
5 reasons why students thrive with GIS for Schools
The GIS for Schools Program pledges to donate industry-leading technology to all Australian students. Discover the benefits of teaching and learning with GIS – from the perspective of Australian teachers.
Benefits of upskilling your workforce with GIS training
The benefits of upskilling your workforce can generate quick returns on your technology investment. Here we look at the range of options available to build GIS knowledge and engagement in your team for best-practice GIS implementation.
Sustainable Development and the transformative power of GIS
The power of advanced GIS technology is helping the world examine the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and collate the statistics behind them, shifting the planet onto a sustainable, more resilient path by 2030.
10 tips for creating successful story maps
Transforming complex data into compelling, visually stunning information is easy with story maps. Follow these 10 tips to tell stories through visualisation and interaction.
ArcGIS 10.5 – the importance of identity
Authentication and identity are fundamental to the operation of all enterprise systems today. Find out the key reasons why leading organisations are realising that their Enterprise GIS is no exception to this.
SAR imagery enhances critical decision making
New SARscape features deliver more detailed image analysis to serve the needs of national security or disaster management agencies.
Driving through roadblocks with GIS innovation
Asset managers are using GIS technology to share data and collaborate on public works, leading to less disruption and reduced costs.
The rise of smart cities
New, better ways of governing are emerging from cities as they strive to become more liveable and sustainable places built on trust, respect, collaboration and measured performance.
A platform for smart government
As communities realise that a Geographic Information System is more than just a pretty map, smart governments are implementing location-centric platforms to drive strategic data-driven decision-making for smarter communities.
7 critical success factors for disaster mitigation
GIS technology is transforming disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. With intelligent preparation and data analysis, responders can implement targeted disaster plans to help save lives.
The top 3 trends in GIS technology: 3D, VR and AR
With greater collaboration and more advanced tools, the latest developments in GIS technology are bringing even more detailed visualisation and revealing new insights into maps and data.
Flood impact map created with publicly available data
During natural disasters, the ability to quickly gain a real-time view of the impact is crucial for fast, targeted response and recovery. This map shows the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie in April 2017.
GIS the catalyst for digital transformation of local government
As early adopters of GIS technology, local governments are leading the push for more open, mobile, and data-driven organisations.
Emergency service response powered by GIS technology is ensuring better public safety
GIS technology is providing predictive capabilities for handling natural disaster response and recovery. Learn how the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service uses GIS to improve its coordination of emergency response across the state.
If you’re not using GIS mobile apps, you’re not working efficiently
The concepts of real-time and mobility are key to creating integrated systems and achieving connectivity. This has made GIS mobile apps a valuable and versatile tool for the evolving modern company.
The Young Scholars university initiative solidifying geospatial science as a smart career choice
With GIS now seen as essential to making informed business and government decisions, the annual Esri Young Scholars Award is playing a vital role in promoting geospatial science as a career choice.
Open government starts with transparent information sharing
One of the most popular apps within the ArcGIS platform, Story Maps is increasingly being utilised by all levels of government as an open data tool to share community information, raise environmental awareness and attract visitors.
Why location-based insights are worth the attention of retail banks
In a bid to better understand customer needs, retail banks have begun leveraging location-based insights – because as communities have become more diversified, so too have their financial services requirements.
Track solar eclipses from the past and of the future
You can now track all 905 solar eclipses that have (and will) take place between 1601 and 2200 using an interactive web application. Learn about and explore your new guide to one of the most spectacular shows on Earth.
SAR imagery – the smart solution for road maintenance
The smart solution for road maintenance is in the sky – with SAR imagery making it possible to spot surface movement from a thousand kilometres away.
Harnessing the power of location with technology integration
The technology partner agreement between Esri and SAP makes harnessing the power of location achievable for any organisation – including yours – and the potential benefits of this integration can be immediate and dramatic.
Building safe communities – 7 questions you need to confidently answer
For public safety specialists and governments of every level, successfully building safe communities hinges on the ability to effectively respond to modern security challenges.
Geo-enable your organisation with an open platform
More businesses are asking the question: ‘How can we successfully geo-enable our whole organisation using an open platform, while working with an already complex mix of enterprise systems?’ The answer is here.
The advantages of working with an open platform
While open source is probably the interpretation of ‘open’ that attracts more media attention, interoperability, or the notion of an open platform, is typically of greater importance to most organisations.
Crowdsourcing apps mean more data and less work for you
Working together brings forth positive outcomes – we’re taught this from a young age – and with crowdsourcing apps, councils are able to benefit firsthand from strength in numbers.
A lightbulb moment in customer engagement for utilities
When it comes to customer engagement for utilities in Australia, Western Power are raising the bar – turning to new technology and web apps to improve overall service and responsiveness.
Disruptive apps like Tinder, Uber and Airbnb – what's the common thread?
At the core of many of the world’s most well-known and disruptive apps lies a common thread that could prove the key for more successful startups in the future.
Intelligent transportation systems within reach for any government
Intelligent transportation systems just became within reach for governments of every size, all around the world, with the announcement that hugely popular community-based traffic and navigation app Waze is partnering with Esri.
Can a drone improve your bottom line?
For sharp-minded execs, drones are the new black – with one business estimating their drone and location-based analytics strategy will deliver cost savings of 60 per cent.
How to transform 200 years of topographic maps
It isn’t possible to travel back in time – however, an impressive web app showcasing the modern history of Dutch topographic maps manages to crack open a curtain to the past just a little.
The crime analysis technology securing our streets
Location-based crime analysis technology has fast emerged as the smart weapon for law enforcement agents tackling today’s dynamic security challenges.
Locating a starting point to correct communities in crisis
Using advanced location-based analytics to deliver context about communities in crisis, Black Eyed Peas founding member will.i.am is looking to transform lives through education, inspiration and greater opportunity.
Is this what’s missing from your digital transformation strategy?
How can you remain competitive in the digital age? Have you started on the road to digital transformation? Find out the number one question you need to ask to ensure you can modernise your processes and perform at the top of your game.
3 tips to boost your supply chain management
A new approach to managing supply and distribution networks is driving efficiencies, cutting costs and improving customer satisfaction. Discover how you can use these latest techniques to optimise your supply chain management.
The technology creating a new way of smart government
The old ways of governing with ideology, bureaucracy and hierarchy are fading. According to 61st Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, the smarter way of governing is not about excuses – it’s about open data and real results.
Why Abu Dhabi’s transport system is a global best practice
From enabling the public to intuitively report traffic issues, to providing all staff with a single real-time view of all agency data – here’s why Abu Dhabi’s transport spatial information framework is a global best practice.
When near enough is not good enough in risk assessment
When will another flood hit Australia? Which properties will summer’s cyclones strike? How much damage will the next major bushfire cause? These are just some of the risk assessment questions insurance companies are asking of their data.
A new look Olympic medal tally
With the 2016 Rio Olympic medal tally dominated by the usual suspects like the USA and China, it’s great to see new faces joining the winners on this medal map, with Singapore, Fiji and Puerto Rico all securing their first gold medals.
3 ways to drive greater ROI from your transport analytics
A common question posed by transport leaders tasked with overseeing smart transport initiatives is how to generate greater returns from existing data reservoirs. Read the answers here.
How to use drones in emergency response
When it comes to emergency response, drones are changing the way organisations operate – going where people can't to collect and capture critical data from dangerous locations.
Understand the essential elements to building smart communities
Smart communities are safe, healthy, liveable, prosperous and well run. Stabilising these common traits are five core capabilities.
How Big Data analytics can inform your smart transport strategy
With Australia’s population set to soar to 30 million by 2031, the pressure on authorities and commercial enterprises to deliver intelligent transport systems has never been greater.
Make sure you choose the right commercial property
“It’s no longer acceptable [for leadership] to say, ‘I am not a technology person’,” according to Jones Lang LaSalle Australia’s head of IT. Find out how this attitude is helping commercial real estate agents make better choices.
14 million reasons to use real-time fleet management technology
By introducing advanced fleet management technology into their operations, US-based gold, silver and copper producer Freeport McMoRan have revealed they’re positioned to shave $14M off their operating costs each year.
The uprooted – mapping Syria’s refugee crisis
Syria’s civil war is one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time, with sectarian violence and famine forcing more than 50 million people to flee the country – the largest number of displaced people since World War II.
See the platform driving foreign and local investment in SA agriculture
An innovative online portal is providing venture capitalists with insights into South Australia’s prime commodity investment opportunities.
Driving value from drones – some lessons from the resources sector
Drones are increasingly transforming the operations of many of the world’s leading resources companies, offering new efficiency savings in areas including planning, exploration and environmental impact assessment.
Watch your ROI snowball from one enterprise data solution
Referencing a council park dataset for this example, one of Australia's most respected geospatial experts explains how your Big Data ROI could snowball dramatically off the back of a single enterprise data solution.
This insurance fraud solution deals with deception instantly
Financial services fraud has hit peak levels, costing over $2B and affecting more than a million Australians. The good news is there’s a solution available to stem the tide of insurance fraud.
The disruptive retail technology removing data blind spots
The most disabling data blind spots in traditional BI tools are caused by the inability to clearly identify patterns and trends. Location-based analytics is here to provide the complete picture.
Monetising telco data – it’s simpler than you think
Telco data is being created by billions of devices simultaneously, so it might seem like a herculean task to monetise that information. However, a solution is available to streamline the process.
Get to know Esri’s Jack Dangermond – the man taking maps mainstream
No one would describe Jack Dangermond as a household name. Yet this unassuming tech giant has pioneered a ubiquitous technology that underpins many of the world’s latest business innovations.
The only map to understand the unbelievable EU referendum result
Brexit shook the foundation of the establishment, but how did the EU referendum result come to be? See the polling trends that changed the trajectory of a nation.