Ozri 2018 abstracts

Urban analytics: the fuel behind Smart City Thinking
Dr Amen Ra Mashariki, Esri

This keynote session will demonstrate how urban analytics can be used to solve challenges such as new community planning, forecasting public transport demand and establishing robust economic policy.

The presentation will be led by Dr Amen Ra Mashariki, former chief analytics officer for the City of New York and the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA), a fellow at the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and currently global head of analytics at Esri.

Dr Mashariki will share insights into the progressive analytics strategies of cities around the world, including how the UK government partnered with Vodafone to translate citizen smartphone data into actionable intelligence that informs transport strategy. Dr Mashariki will also discuss how he has personally used analytics to solve urban challenges including: overhauling system failures highlighted during the September 11 attacks; stopping a deadly virus epidemic in New York; and uncovering millions of dollars of illegally-issued parking tickets.

The session will provide a new perspective for data-driven decision-makers to realise impactful urban policy outcomes by leveraging open data frameworks, inter-agency collaboration and advanced data visualisation.

The real-time GIS platform helping the US recover from disaster
Brian Keenum, American Red Cross

As one of the largest disaster recovery organisations in the world, American Red Cross responds to an emergency every 8 minutes. From small house fires to multi-state natural disasters, the organisation partners with hundreds of government authorities to understand where they’re needed, before dispatching a volunteer army of more than 40,000 to provide affected communities with clean water, safe shelter and meals.

The organisation recently completed a digital transformation strategy aimed at optimising their service delivery. Central to this program was establishing a world-class geospatial solution, to guide their operations and generate new efficiencies. 

The award-winning GIS solution, known as ‘RC View’, synthesises thousands of federal, state and local data sources into one dynamic picture that informs the decisions and actions of an 80,000+ strong workforce – as well as an extended network of government agencies and community partners. The insights derived from the GIS solution are vital during large-scale national disaster relief operations, in response to home fires, and in preparedness efforts for local communities throughout the United States.

In this keynote presentation, American Red Cross Senior Director Brian Keenum will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the revolutionary approach to disaster response and recovery – and share how a similar approach may be applied in Australia.

Going global: Local user story
Dr Adam Lewis and Steven Ackerly, Geoscience Australia

In the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, Geoscience Australia created an innovative GIS solution to support what quickly became the world’s largest marine survey. Beyond supporting search efforts, the ground-breaking project led to discoveries including the identification of new underwater volcanoes, mountains and trenches, and improving the accuracy of ocean depths by up to 2,000m. These critical insights will enable industries – including emergency services, petroleum, mining, telecommunications, commercial fisheries, and environmental research – to operate more safely and efficiently. This keynote presentation will take you on a deep-dive into the award-winning project, and share how the insights uncovered have also helped solve underwater mysteries including determining causes behind changing ocean temperatures and tsunamis, plus how the project has inspired the global Seabed2030 initiative, which aims to map the world’s entire ocean floor in high resolution by 2030.

AgriSearch and harnessing spatial within real estate and property valuation
Phil Woods, CoreLogic NZ

Rural property decisions can now be made with greater certainty thanks to an integrated rural property research application developed for Australia by CoreLogic using ArcGIS Online. AgriSearch is a comprehensive solution to improve rural property appraisal and valuation utilising critical data sources like property boundaries, soil, water, agricultural production and comparable properties to inform rural real estate decisions, valuation reporting, oversight and risk management. This presentation details the application’s development, design and use of the ArcGIS platform, interfacing with CoreLogic APIs (CLAPI) and custom development. The session will also explore the relationship between Geoscience, CSIRO soil and Bureau of Meteorology climate data sets against CoreLogic property data.

Bushfire risk mapping using Collector  [Sydney only]
Amy Steiger, Cardno

As rising temperatures and dry conditions increase the risk of bushfires, solutions are being found in greater visibility and transparency through technology. Find out how Cardno used Collector for ArcGIS to increase efficiency for bushfire risk assessment site visits to over 80 schools in NSW. Previously, the assessments by field teams would have been completed by hand on paper – a time-consuming, labour-intensive undertaking. Collector for ArcGIS streamlined the data collection process and ensured that mapping teams could commence work while field teams were still out of the office. The centralised database of comments, photos and risk information created a reporting process that was more straightforward and accurate, helping create a clearer picture of bushfire risk now and into the future.

Characteristics of the Australian Geo-Spatial Health Hub  [Sydney only]
Dr Neil Coffee and Mark Daniel, University of Canberra, Health Research Institute

National Australian Geo-Spatial Health Hub being implemented in Canberra for advanced spatial health research.

 The enterprise geodatabase is deployed in MS SQL and will integrate with SAP-HANA. Separate databases contain distinct themes: physical environment, built environment, social environment, health data and geocoding. A prominent feature is the integration of a hierarchical geospatial indicator classification system linking abstract constructs to measures through successive levels of sub-classification.

Portal-to-portal capability is exploited for cross-agency data integration with active partners in Australia and internationally in Montreal, Kuwait, Paris, and New Delhi.

Collector app mapping to assess effectiveness of invasive grass control  [Melbourne only]
Steve Taylor, ACT Parks and Conservation Service

The impact of invasive grasses can threaten the survival of indigenous flora and fauna, adversely affecting regeneration. Following the use of the Collector app over several years to map infestations and control of invasive plants in the ACT, sufficient data now exists to reveal trends in distribution and density of targeted invasive species after control work. With the data, ACT Parks and Conservation Service can show that with stable resourcing over a number of years, land managers can gain control of invasive grass infestations. The analysis also reveals how to improve both the accuracy of polygons and visual estimates of density.

EAP: A shared journey
Peter Crowe and Peter Roussos, South32 and Craig Carpenter, Esri Australia

Change is the only constant in the world. Businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs, reduce risks, optimise processes, increase profits and deliver greater outputs with a smaller budget and fewer staff. Such a quest often leads to change. South32 is an example of an entity created as a result of change – the demerger of BHP operational sites in Australia, Colombia and South Africa.

Over two years since its establishment, South32 has partnered with Esri Australia to plan and implement spatial technology across its newly formed business. This presentation sheds light on the details of this partnership and includes a case study demonstrating the benefits South32 have achieved by bringing together multiple business sites – with their varying processes, practises and cultures – using spatial technology.

Incendo – bushfire management of crown land in NSW  [Sydney only]
Glenn Barrett and Mark Noonan, NSW Crown Lands

One of the main requirements of effective bushfire risk management is easy access to spatial data from multiple sources, available to users in multiple settings. Using ArcGIS Online, the NSW Department of Industry, Lands & Water developed Incendo, a web application which enables the recording and maintenance of bushfire related data affecting Crown land. Key tasks include inspecting and maintaining fire trails and bushfire management zones, as well as monitoring and managing infrastructure assets, with Collector for ArcGIS facilitating efficient inspections over large areas, using smart devices such as iPads. Incendo facilitates efficient assessment of live bushfire incidents, RFS data, Crown lands data, environment issues, cadastre and property information. Operations dashboards display at-a-glance summaries with progress reports of inspections and treatments, while a weather dashboard displays information from the Rural Fire Service, plus weather information including live temperature readings and wind speed/direction. This presentation will show how Incendo supports more effective bushfire risk management to help protect the community and the environment.

Redland City Council GIS transformation  [Brisbane only]
Ian Read and Stephen Elliott, Redland City Council

The Redlands is known for its relaxed coastal lifestyle, strong community and outstanding cultural and natural attractions. Behind the scenes, Redland City Council improved its effectiveness through a partnership project with Esri Australia. Using Portal for ArcGIS, the council created a vision roadmap and spatial strategy, transforming its spatial service offering to the organisation and customers. Building on a long investment in ArcGIS and data management, the resulting agile development produced many efficiencies and benefits that delighted business lines and continues to deliver lasting value.

Seeing is believing: The science behind visualisation  [Melbourne & Brisbane]
Nicola Daaboul, Assetic

Ever wondered how to deliver traditional asset management practices balanced against community expectations and available funding? This session looks at a case study using visualisation techniques to achieve sustainable service provision, covering aspects of visualising long-term financial planning with sustainable asset management service delivery. Assetic prepared asset management scenarios for Transport Canberra & City Services (TCCS) to optimise investments in playspace assets based on current service provision and future asset utilisation. To add another dimension, Assetic partnered with the TCCS Esri team to visualise asset management options and service-planning impacts by combining suburban demographics with predicted asset performance in a shared view. This case study establishes the connection between service planning and asset planning by optimising asset investments over time to maximise customer service outcomes. Learn how Esri technology facilitates this connection through visualising the relationship between the processes, enabling asset managers to tell the infrastructure story, making asset management easy for the community and decision-makers to understand.

The Digital Utility of the Future – ActewAGL Operational Systems Replacement (OSR) Program
[Brisbane only]
Bernard Loader, Strada Associates

The convergence of technology is enabling more effective integration of key systems. Utilities need to be working toward building processes and a technology platform that supports an end-to-end digital framework across the business. This amounts to having a central geospatial interface for accessing both spatial and tabular data.

Optimising the number of representations of the network model and pursuing digital transformation across the value chain is critical to achieving digital asset management, digital field work, digital operations and digital customer interaction.

This represents the era of ‘The Digital Utility’ where data is used in real-time across the business. Data is now more critical than ever before.

This presentation looks at the Operational Systems Replacement (OSR) Program for ActewAGL, the first and only Australian utility company to have all GIS, SCADA, asset and outage management data entered into the GIS as the real-time single source of truth.

DELWP: A user story  [Melbourne only]
Pauline Kent and Salvo Salma, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victorian Government and Cam Barnard, Latitude

At Ozri 2017 DELWP presented the migration of its legacy MapShare web mapping infrastructure, an ArcIMS/IMF-based solution that was used for over 14 years. The software and hardware were at end-of-life and posed a significant risk and cost to the Department. 

The new MapShare environment has now been built, based on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products, Geocortex and ArcGIS Server, which are rich in out-of-the-box functionality and can be easily configured, maintained and supported, along with mobile mapping capability.

The new consolidated web mapping platform supports interoperability, re-use of functionality and workflows and industry standards for web mapping and feature services. It enabled DELWP to decommission the legacy ArcIMS-based Mapshare in June 2017.

This presentation will cover where DELWP is now on the journey in relation to web mapping and integration with other platforms, as well as touching on where the department’s future direction with emerging technology.

Enterprise collaboration using Esri Operations Dashboard  [Melbourne only]
Jim Carson-Jones and John Bormann, SA Water

With the majority of assets buried, under high pressure or being eroded by corrosive gases, the asset management for water utilities presents unique challenges.

SA Water provides world-class water and wastewater services to over 1.7 million South Australians, with pipelines capable of transporting water from the River Murray all the way to Ceduna.

SA Water began developing its GIS in 1986, starting with map sheets, to wider accessibility through ArcView licenses, then Eview and ArcIMS, to ArcGIS Server and GeoCortex today. Something that has always been missing has been the combination of the universality of the map, combined with the information power of charts and graphics. This is where Operations Dashboards in ArcGIS Enterprise excels.

From communicating customers’ attitudes on SA Water’s performance by mapping service requests live, to analysing data quality issues to optimise maintenance, Operations Dashboard is becoming core to SA Water’s transformation to a truly digital utility. The dashboard helps SA water employees become better brand ambassadors by visualising issues and projects affecting the suburbs in which they live, with the ability to adapt for diverse tasks, such as mapping assets located in different native title lands for Reconciliation Week.

SA Water’s GIS supports the strategy to keep the customer at the heart of everything the organisation does: delivery world-class water services for a better life.

Extending Survey123 to submit and review road work applications  [Melbourne only]
Geethaka Fernando, Transport Canberra and City Services, ACT Government

The traditional application and review process for the ACT Government’s Temporary Traffic Management (TTM) and road closures was a complicated and time-consuming process, requiring several paper forms. Find out how Survey123 streamlined this process enabling contractors and consultants to submit applications, with government personnel able to analyse and review the applications in the same app. Webhooks and python scripts were incorporated into the process to automate email responses and attachment downloads. Various other ArcGIS products were also built, utilising feature layers such as road closure maps, dashboards and condition reports. Hear how this solution saved many manual hours of work, improved efficiency and data integrity while improving the user experience.

GC2018 data sharing collaboration using ArcGIS Online  [Brisbane only]
Razi Mosadeghi, City of Gold Coast

As more than 4,000 athletes and half a million spectators visited the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the City of Gold Coast embraced the opportunity to drive a collaborative approach to planned operation across the city, through information sharing with external stakeholders. The City of Gold Coast is a leader in utilising GIS extensively for planning, operational and maintenance purposes through an internally integrated enterprise GIS system. Sharing information through ArcGIS Online improved outcomes for the community through more coordinated services and increased operational efficiency. The ArcGIS Online platform provided games partners access to a single point of truth for each database in real-time with the ability for users to contribute data updates. Consequently, the data delivery and stakeholder engagement was significantly improved during the planning phase and resulted in a better overall situational awareness during the games.

GIS-based site searches for pumped hydro energy storage  [Sydney only]
Bin Lu, Australian National University

Is it possible to supply all of Australia’s electricity through renewable energy? This presentation will show how GIS-based site surveys have uncovered locations across Australia suitable for pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) – identifying enough storage potential equivalent to 67,000 gigawatt-hours, far beyond the requirements to support 100% renewable electricity in Australia. This presentation will show how two typical site types – dry-gully and turkey’s nest – are modelled, and how a sequence of GIS-based procedures highlight the most promising regions and prospective sites for PHES deployments. As a result of the project, a national atlas of pumped hydro energy storage has been developed, identifying the locations that could potentially power Australia into the future exclusively on pumped hydro energy storage. 

Less is (not) more: Applying the small multiple design with the Esri Javascript API
Martyn Sutcliffe, Esri Australia

The dominant layout paradigm in web mapping is to fill a web page with a single map. Rarely do web cartographers and designers opt to use multiple maps, in a grid-like pattern, on a single web page. The one web page–one web map orthodoxy is too often blindly followed without considering other layout approaches like the small multiple, or grid of maps layout. In this presentation you will see how to apply the small multiple layout to web design challenges using recent advances in the 4.x release of the Esri Javascript API. One of those challenges is the ‘thousands of layers’ problem where the user is presented with numerous layers to toggle but given no way to visually compare and contrast those layers around their feature of interest. By showing new solutions to these challenges I seek to break old habits in web map design and inspire a new era of web mapping that fully exploits the layout freedom on offer to UI/UX designers.

SA Water: Mobile field office strategy  [Sydney only]
Craig Russell, SA Water and Cam Barnard, Latitude

As part of its commitment to delivering world class water services for a better life, SA Water embarked on a program of work to keep customers better informed of adverse events affecting water services.

A new web application called EventMap, built on the combined Esri/Geocortex platform, allows field crews to identify properties affected by an outage event, record details of affected assets and plot details of overflows for environmental and customer impacts.

Data on each event is sent directly to SA Water’s Customer Management System to send SMS or email alerts to affected customers. EventMap is central to SA Water’s Mobile Field Office strategy.

Thiess: A user story  [Brisbane only]
Katherine Lynch, Thiess and Cam Barnard, Latitude

In 2015, Thiess became the world’s largest mining services provider with 24 core operations across six countries. As a result, the need for a globally deployed enterprise GIS became evident and a project was carried out to provide a future-proofed, centrally governed GIS platform for Thiess operations.

At the heart of this platform is ‘Thiess BlueView’, a series of Geocortex web viewers designed to be mobile, secure, repeatable and scalable across global projects. Key drivers behind extending the Esri enterprise platform to utilise Geocortex products included the provision of detailed reporting tools, ease of data creation, and standardised workflows.

The Thiess GIS platform is the first in Australia to be developed in a Microsoft Azure cloud environment with Geocortex and ArcGIS Server federated to portal and secured by MS Active Directory, utilising multi-tier authentication methods.

Using the power of Cityworks and Esri for operational awareness at St. Johns County, FL  [Sydney only]
Phil Mogavero, Cityworks

Clear visibility of real-time weather information helps governments protect utilities, assets and the community. In the United States, St. Johns County, Florida leverages Cityworks and ArcGIS to support their asset performance, asset lifecycle, and emergency management initiatives. By combining Cityworks with Insights for ArcGIS and Operations Dashboard, the County receives a real-time view of inbound incidents during severe weather events, around the clock. The city can also view historical performance of assets, with the ability to identify those most at risk and prioritise them for rehabilitation or replacement. The presentation will explore how these smart techniques provide for a better and safer environment for its citizens.

An integrated approach to infrastructure design using GIS and BIM technologies  [Melbourne only]
Liz Fulton, Cardno

When it comes to developing and improving infrastructure for communities around the world, technologies – such as GIS, CAD and BIM – are essential. In recent years there has been a growing trend towards enabling greater synergy between these technology platforms, to ensure optimal infrastructure design.

In particular, the closer integration of GIS and BIM technologies – as announced recently by Esri and Autodesk – is seeing optimised designs, accelerated project approvals, reduced costs, smarter cities and more resilient infrastructure.

This presentation will showcase how leading infrastructure and environmental services company Cardno is working to closely integrate these technologies on numerous large-scale infrastructure projects to break down the ‘spatial wall of mystery’.

City of Newcastle: Smart city strategy  [Sydney only]
Shane Conserdyne, City of Newcastle and Aerometrex

The City of Newcastle is undergoing dramatic change as part of its ongoing Smart City Strategy to make the city a more liveable, competitive and accessible centre. With investment from all levels of government, including $5m from the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, Newcastle is following an innovative path. One of the key building blocks is the ongoing development of the city’s digital twin, with council investing in the use of 3D technology including highly detailed and realistic photo meshes of the whole city, street-level imagery terrestrial point clouds and LGA-wide Lego brick models of every building. This session will outline how Esri technology facilitates rapid streaming of the models via the open i3s standard with availability as 3D web scenes for both public and internal use. The council is now leveraging the powerful capabilities of ArcGIS Pro for detailed analysis and planning and development assessment workflows. 3D is no longer seen as a “nice to have” – it is now accepted as crucial for all future developments and as a fundamental building block of the Smart City Strategy, delivering better planning, improving service delivery, and driving evidence-based decision making through inclusiveness and transparency.

Digital building environment – a model 3D cadastre  [Brisbane only]
Meghamala Roy Basu, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Queensland Government

With a view to improving land and property management decisions in Queensland, the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) created a modern, 21st century environment for Queensland’s core land, property, address and spatial data, as well as processes by land and spatial information area. An exciting project in 2017 created a Digital Building Environment of natural and built environment for a pilot area in South East Queensland and looked at improved delivery of the digital cadastre to allow for better decision making. This presentation will show how methods and tools were effectively developed to model, manage, transfer and visualise 3D property data from multiple sources.

Harris: The future for imagery analysis  [Melbourne & Brisbane]
Cherie Muleh, Harris

Optical Remote Sensing in the Amazon is very much limited to the dry season (May through September), which is why the Brazilian government is implementing a deforestation detection system in the Amazon with the use of orbital radar images. The monitoring of 950,000 square kilometers of the Legal Amazon Region demands specific analytical capabilities and automation strategies. 

Using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data and analytics to answer questions was once a complex and labour-intensive process. Visual workflow development and automated SAR analytics have removed the barriers of complexity. This presentation will introduce SAR analytics innovations in the context of multi-temporal change detection and data fusion related to illegal logging in the Amazon.

Seeing is believing: The science behind visualisation  [Sydney only]
Nicola Daaboul, Assetic

Ever wondered how to deliver traditional asset management practices balanced against community expectations and available funding? This session looks at a case study using visualisation techniques to achieve sustainable service provision, covering aspects of visualising long-term financial planning with sustainable asset management service delivery. Assetic prepared asset management scenarios for Transport Canberra & City Services (TCCS) to optimise investments in playspace assets based on current service provision and future asset utilisation. To add another dimension, Assetic partnered with the TCCS Esri team to visualise asset management options and service-planning impacts by combining suburban demographics with predicted asset performance in a shared view. This case study establishes the connection between service planning and asset planning by optimising asset investments over time to maximise customer service outcomes. Learn how Esri technology facilitates this connection through visualising the relationship between the processes, enabling asset managers to tell the infrastructure story, making asset management easy for the community and decision-makers to understand.

Spatially-enabling VicRoads  [Melbourne only]
Hossein Parsa and Dr Sheelan Sheikheslami Vaez, VicRoads

Spatial Solutions have been a crucial capability within VicRoads, with the Spatial department pioneering progressive capabilities within VicRoads and increasing the level of spatial literacy in the organisation. Th Esri platform combined with Agile development has increased the agility of service delivery. VicRoads is now demanding more than data and visualisation and requires actionable insights. In light of this, VicRoads have established a centre of expertise on Spatial Insights and Analytics. This presentation will look at how the centre has started building solutions with Esri Insights for ArcGIS and the Operations Dashboard.

Virtual Brisbane and land use activity  [Brisbane only]
Andrew Saad and Wilson Lowe, Brisbane City Council

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the current research and analysis functions of the Strategic Urban Planning (SUP) team of Brisbane City Council. The Virtual Brisbane project is a digital 3D model of the inner city used for strategic planning, development assessment and community engagement. Learn how the development of the Land Activity Brisbane application makes eight years’ worth of analysed and interpreted land-use and development information available to view. This application has been designed and built based on the business requirements of the SUP team and provides the ability to see how development has occurred and how land use is changing across Brisbane. Coinciding with the project’s 10-year anniversary, this presentation will look at the evolution of Virtual Brisbane with a view to its future, including the upcoming cloud platform, integration with land use and development activity information, plus emerging technologies such as virtual reality and drones.