Esri Australia blog
Flying high: the 2018 Esri Young scholar
Adrian Darmawan, a Bachelor of Geospatial Science student at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, is the winner of the 2018 Esri Young Scholar award for his innovative project that uses drones to assess landslide risk.
The secret weapon against drug trafficking
Assistant Chief Patrick Stewart from United States Border Patrol shares how GIS helped authorities seize 2 million pounds of cannabis.
3 ways location-based analytics makes New York more liveable
For a modern city to function efficiently, location data is core to transparent and effective decision-making. Dr Amen Ra Mashariki explains the role that location analytics plays in improving the lives of New York residents.
3 fundamentals for leading a smart cities program
Councils slow to translate smart city thinking into effectual actions risk loss of private investment, state and federal funding, and tech-connected citizens’ equanimity. These three factors are delivering fast wins to council leaders.
Top 5 mining geospatial tech trends
A new wave of automation is improving worker safety, raising productivity, and reducing operational costs in Australia's mining operations. See how advanced geospatial technology is helping organisations improve efficiencies at all levels organisation-wide.
Students use GIS to track cattle movements
A new program has launched in Australia where students use GIS technology to track herd movement and work with emerging agri-tech to bridge the digital divide.
Imagery analysis driving asset maintenance
Satellite imagery, deep learning and machine learning are leading to more accurate remote asset inspection and analysis, cutting costs and streamlining maintenance.
Esri Young Scholar 2017 – a year in review
Since winning the Australian Esri Young Scholars Award in 2017, Alan Pearse has been working on several projects as well as getting stuck in to his university studies. We caught up with him to chat about what he’s been working on over the last year, and what’s on the horizon.
How to optimise utility asset value with GIS
Location-based analytics plays a key role in helping organisations optimise their network infrastructure management. Find out how a business process called reliability-centred maintenance is driving the success of utilities around the world.
SmarterWX 2.0 release tips and tricks
The release of SmarterWX 2.0 includes enhancements to streamline public works planning, such as Live Connect, Planiter™ integration and a software developers’ API. In this overview of what’s new Gary Johnson shares tips to help get the most out of the platform.
Big spatial data keeping maritime safety afloat
Recent advances in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and Cloud computing allow organisations to take advantage of big spatial datasets with relative ease. See how quickly it can analyse millions of shipping data records.
Utility network modelling with ArcGIS 10.6
The new Utility Network Management extension brings advanced support for utilities to model, view, manage and analyse networks, preparing for real-world events and resulting in more efficient network management.
Big spatial data and Cloud computing
Recent advances in Cloud technology and distributed computing with GIS server software can significantly reduce the time needed to process big spatial data. See how the technology handles millions of geocoded address database records.
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 technology trends – 2017 review and 2018 forecast
What were the key GIS trends of 2017? And what’s in store for 2018? Gordon Sumerling looks at the advancements in technology driving GIS efficiency and effectiveness.
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.
Digital transformation for local government
The most successful leaders in digital transformation are equipped with the tools and resources to help them make decisions and effect change that improves efficiency, performance and profitability.
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.
UX design for GIS apps: creating the new Queensland Globe
To help DNRM upgrade the Queensland Globe interactive map, Esri Australia’s UX design team applied digital anthropology to deliver a seamless, intuitive user experience.
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.
6 essential tips for successful GIS implementation
When it comes to rolling out a new GIS, there are a handful of pitfalls that can derail even the best-laid plans. These are my top tips on how to successfully implement a Geographic Information System (GIS).
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.
Crowd-sourced data helps WA government improve road safety
The Western Australia state government is leveraging data captured by members of the community to assist with road safety planning aimed at reducing road fatalities.
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.
What are the five factors that define smart communities?
Most smart community discussions focus on technology, innovation, digital, connectivity, data and real-time sensors. With such a wide range of factors, how can you tell if your community is smart?
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.
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.
IOT trends driving transformation in the APAC utilities sector
Increased pressure on gas and electricity utilities to meet financial and customer service expectations makes IOT and geospatial analytics technology essential to future success.
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.
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.
Enterprise GIS data meets Augmented Reality
Augmented Reality (AR) adds even more detailed visualisation to maps and data. Find out how to bring your Enterprise GIS data into AR apps to supplement real-world views.
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.
Esri Young Scholars Award winner – bridging the gap between theory and practice
Queensland University of Technology research assistant and third-year B.Sc student Alan Pearse developed IDW-Plus, an ArcGIS tool to calculate land use impact on stream health.
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.
Geoscape: Australia’s National 3D Dataset
See how Geoscape, Australia’s world-leading 3D Geographic Information System (GIS) dataset, makes maps with unprecedented detail and depth, creating new business and policy opportunities across the country.
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.
Collaborative GIS technology streamlines city works
With the launch of Smarter Planning Perth, Western Australia is at the forefront of using GIS technology to streamline processes, leading to a future of collaborative, efficient public works.
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.
3D GIS technology: Australia’s renewable energy future
3D GIS technology is helping a team from ANU map potential sites for a carbon-free renewable energy solution using a pumped hydro model that relies on wind and solar photovoltaic energy.
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.
Next-generation emergency response
Emergency services expert Mike King explains why getting resources out into the field is key to greater cost-savings and reducing response times.
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.
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.
Data-driven decisions – a journey, not a destination
Hunting for new value in your data is a journey, not a destination. Learn about the importance of visualisation when it comes to data-driven decisions, and the unique role geography plays in exploratory data analysis.
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.
The top 10 trends in the (local) world of GIS
What are the top trends in GIS for 2017? How can you leverage these to help your business better connect, serve and grow? Read about the advancements and shifts set to shape local industry.
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.
What the release of ArcGIS 10.5 means for your enterprise
ArcGIS 10.5 ushers in a new era for enterprise GIS users – with improved products and capabilities making the Web GIS pattern simple to implement for any organisation.
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.
Best practice tips for collecting drone imagery
As more organisations introduce drones into their operations, more people are asking about collecting drone imagery in the field. It’s a task that’s becoming easy to do, but the technology you choose is vital to doing it right.
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.
3 reasons why startups need to be location aware
For businesses, what’s the advantage of becoming location aware? And how can you use smart technology to achieve this awareness? These were two of the questions posed to a couple of location solutions experts recently.
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.
Why location is vital for optimising your business processes
A new era in location enablement has arrived, with smarter technology integration capabilities strengthening the potential ROI of traditional business intelligent systems. But how can this benefit your organisation?
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.
Upgrading legacy systems is easier than you think
Why aren’t more companies in the energy sector upgrading their legacy systems? Most simply consider the process too problematic, however, with location-based analytics, it doesn't have to be this way.
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.
What’s the million-dollar secret to streamlining logistics?
A new approach to optimising transport fleets is streamlining logistics for global freight companies – delivering unprecedented efficiencies and cost savings.
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.
Could satellites be the secret to detecting water leaks?
Innovative water utilities are using techniques that are out-of-this-world to detect leaks in their water networks – leveraging imagery captured from satellites orbiting the earth.
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.
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.
3 reasons we need smart communities
‘Smart communities’ is the latest buzzword for cities using Big Data analytics to ensure local governments are creating living, breathing neighbourhoods, rather than sterile silos.
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.
5 questions to ask your Big Data analyst
Asking geographic questions is something we as humans do all the time. It's a capability that has served us well since the early days, when knowing where a sabre-tooth tiger's lair was in relation to your cave proved very valuable.
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.
What business strategy lessons can you learn from the Pokémon craze?
With Pokémon Go rapidly taking over the virtual world, business leaders are keen to find out how they can leverage location-based technology to augment their own reality.
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.
Find out where Australia imports its food from
Does Australia get more meat from New Zealand or the Netherlands? This interactive map shows you where we import our food from, so you can make more informed decisions relating to what ends up on your plate.
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.
Mapping environmental change for maximum impact
Salmon have returned to a Washington river after the removal of two century-old dams, and a stunning new map has documented this fresh chapter for the Elwha.
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.
The new tool giving retailers a competitive advantage
With the Internet of Things made up of an estimated 16 billion wirelessly connected devices around the world, the challenge for retailers now is to extract value from this mass of continuous streaming data.
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.
The new urban planning trend transforming city design
The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has revealed the jewel in its Smart Nation strategy crown – the highly anticipated first phase of its national 3D mapping project.
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.
Why it’s time you invested in Big Data analytics tools
Location-based analytics has changed the fortunes of many of the world’s data rich, information poor retailers – connecting data to the real-world and using geographic context to deliver actionable business insights.
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.
Tips for a location-centric approach to sharing your information
Is a map the answer, or should you be presenting users with the answers? Learn when it's right to use a location-centric approach to share your information.