• Future now: MRT Corp's ground-breaking fusion of BIM & GIS [Brisbane] - Aswadi Yusof, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd

    Currently under construction and targeted for completion by 2022, Malaysian Mass Rapid Transit Corporation’s (MRTC) Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line will serve an estimated population of two million. With a 13.5km subterranean segment, the 52.2km line will be serviced by 37 stations — 11 of which will be underground.

    The SSP Line Geospatial Portal is the first cloud-based GIS deployment portal in Asia to fully integrate BIM and reality modelling into ArcGIS Server. Serving topographic, geological, structural and environmental information related to the project site, the portal supports decision-making, enhanced project execution and reduced risk exposure, while delivering up-to-date and accurate information during the planning and design stages.

    MRTC also utilises Esri’s 3D web scene to host 3D reality modelling — created using a fusion of aerial photos and BIM modelling — and to access, inspect and visualise site incidents. The GIS platform makes the output available and accessible across project teams through a virtual view of site progress. 

  • Enterprising Geospatial - Acceleration, Integration, Innovation [Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane] - Brian Boulmay, BP

    BP is a global energy business with wide reach across the world's energy system. We have operations in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Asia and Africa. Starting in 1908 with the discovery of oil in Persia, our story has always been about transitions – from coal to oil, from oil to gas, from onshore to deep water, and now onwards towards a new mix of energy sources as the world moves into a lower carbon future.

    Within the Upstream business digital technology is at the heart of our strategy and is already changing the ways in which we find and produce energy, serve our customers, and interact with our teams and colleagues around the world. It is allowing us to find new ways to strengthen safety and improve efficiency, and it is opening up new business opportunities worldwide.

    Upstream Data Integration Director, Brian Boulmay, who headed up the GIS transformation efforts will outline how BP rolled out this digital initiative across the Upstream business. He’ll discuss how the One Map program delivered a common GIS platform that democratised data and revolutionised business decision-making capabilities. Brian will discuss how BP accelerated value for the business, integrated a variety of work processes and how they continue to innovate to meet the evolving industry needs.

  • Swells, Soundings and Sustainability... but 'Here be Monsters' [Brisbane] - Dawn Wright, Esri

    We have been mapping the oceans for hundreds of years, from the stick charts of the ancient Marshall Islanders to the initial soundings of the 19th-century Challenger expedition, to the multibeam sonars and robots of modern surveys. Today we map the oceans not only to increase fundamental scientific understanding of the ocean system, but also to protect life and property, promote economic vitality, and inform ecosystem-based management and policy. Towards this end, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide an overarching context for modern map development, drawing upon a vast wealth of maps and mapping experience that couples appropriate data with spatial analyses. At the same time, there is an overarching need for more compelling map design to help effectively communicate results and future predictions across a wide variety of specific questions. Indeed, modern-day mapping systems have become increasingly “intelligent,” and these “smart maps” are changing what we measure, how we analyse and evaluate systems, how we forecast, and even how we develop new regulations. Intelligent maps are addressing a myriad of challenges from the tracking of marine debris and marine mammals, to “geodesigning” the ocean to support multiple uses (commercial fishing, recreation, alternative energy, transportation, conservation), to the creation of scientific cyberinfrastructures for ocean observatories. Yet “there be monsters” – the major research challenges that continue to confound us. Despite the growing intelligence of mapping systems, we must cope with both the over-abundance and the paucity of ocean data (i.e., “big data” and “dark data”), data multidimensionality, the need to increase data resiliency and the ability to make data more accessible to many audiences. How do we address these major issues to create open and effective access to ocean science that will contribute to the global public good and ultimately to the sustainability of Planet Ocean?

  • StateStat: A smarter way of governing [Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane] - Gary Maguire, Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    During a visit to South Australia in 2018/19, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, shared his experiences with StateStat and entrepreneurial, data-driven government with the state's premier, ministers and department chief executives. Following the visit, the Chief Executive for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet gave the green light for the implementation of StateStat, a revolutionary, location-based analytics platform providing state executive leadership with a clear understanding of the effectiveness of key government-led initiatives.

  • In the hot seat with Esri's new deep learning capabilities [Sydney & Melbourne] - Tariro Taneka & Josh Venman, Esri Australia

    In the aftermath of a natural disaster, response and recovery efforts can be drastically slowed down by manual data collection and the reliance on human interpretation of imagery and site visits to assess damage and loss. Join two of Esri Australia’s leading technical experts as they showcase ArcGIS deep learning capabilities. Watch crisis response simulations and experience the new frontiers of disaster management. 

  • Data-driven decision makers can see what others can't [Melbourne & Sydney] - Patricia Cummens, Esri

    Technical literacy amongst the Earth’s population is at an all-time high. An abundance of data, rapidly advancing technologies, and apps for nearly every aspect of our lives - are all fueling our need as a race to be the authors of, rather than bystanders to, our planet’s yet to be written history.

    As awareness of our environment (both natural and human-designed) increases, so too does society’s expectations on government, community and industry leaders.  Today’s leaders are expected to deliver smarter ways of governing, more impactful change for our communities, and more sustainable growth across our industries.

    GIS is the foundational technology underpinning inventive approaches to data driven decision making.  It provides a platform to share and translate data into actionable insight, empowering a more results-driven and accountable style of leadership.

    In this presentation, Esri’s Patricia Cummens – Global Lead for Government Policy and Strategy – will share insights into the progressive work being undertaken by groups such as the White House, US Congress and US states, to leverage GIS to map a smarter way forward. She will discuss the groundbreaking work of local geo-innovationists at Geoscience Australia and show how GIS and Earth observation data is empowering decision makers to see what others can’t – in order to address some of the biggest challenges to face humanity.


  • Closing public works funding gaps with the power of GIS visualisation [Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane] - Rod Lovely, Assetic

    When the City of Topeka, Kansas learned the tax used to fund its pavement renewal projects was up for re-evaluation — at the same time as they were tasked with improving the average PCI (Pavement Condition Index) from 55 to 60 over the next 10 years — they had a very-real challenge on their hands. The City worked with Assetic to model different funding scenarios, resulting PCI ratings, and levels of service across a 15-year time span. The pilot achieved actionable insights within eight weeks. These were then presented to both council and taxpayers using Esri Story Maps. In this session you’ll learn how map-based visualisation of complex scenarios helped the City of Topeka to easily arrive at the optimal combination of investment and PCI whilst bringing a diverse group of stakeholders onboard.

  • The Safety of 'Where': Spatial data analysis for improving the safety of autonomous vehicles [Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane] - Simon Curtis, HERE Technologies

    By 2021, more than 21 billion connected devices will herald the beginning of an era that sees man and technology come together in unprecedented ways to empower every aspect of our surroundings — the era of the autonomous world with new potentials for businesses, society and humanity. Digital technology is evolving beyond our imagination, yet industry is still dealing with disparate data sources which slows down their realisation of full potentials. 

    This presentation explores how the move to a world of Highly Autonomous Driving (HAD) is supported by the collaboration of spatial data techniques and in-vehicle data. Explore the tactics and outcomes that have had a positive impact on both the approach to safety and in broadening the understanding of the importance of ‘where’ in the HAD industry safety debate.

  • Accurate field-to-office data sharing with ArcGIS apps and submeter GNSS receivers [Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane] - Jean-Yves Lauture, EOS Positioning Systems


    Accessing real-time GNSS locations on smartphones and tablets using Esri mobile apps such as Collector for ArcGIS enables reliable field-to-office GIS data sharing. In this session, Parks Victoria explains how Collector and the Eos Arrow GNSS receiver streamline natural-resource and cultural-heritage management across Victoria. They are joined by Eos Positioning Systems, who will explain popular topics around GNSS for GIS users including: constellation statuses and updates; differences between consumer, submeter, survey-grade and RTK receivers; what GNSS metadata is and why it’s important; how to prepare ArcGIS Online maps to support GNSS metadata; datum transformations — and more.


    Accessing real-time GNSS locations on smartphones and tablets using Esri mobile apps such as Collector for ArcGIS enables reliable field-to-office GIS data sharing. In this session, Pinnacle Arborpro explains how Collector and the Eos Arrow 100 GPS/GNSS receiver enhances vegetation management under powerlines. They are joined by Eos Positioning Systems, who will explain popular topics around GNSS for GIS users including: constellation statuses and updates; differences between consumer, submeter, survey-grade and RTK receivers; what GNSS metadata is and why it’s important; how to prepare ArcGIS Online maps to support GNSS metadata; datum transformations - and more.


    Accessing real-time GNSS locations on smartphones and tablets using Esri mobile apps such as Collector for ArcGIS enables reliable field-to-office GIS data sharing. In this session, Brisbane-based Emprise Group (aka Hema Maps) will explain how Collector and the Eos Arrow 100 GPS/GNSS receiver efficiently captures tourist information along outback roads and tracks. They are joined by Eos Positioning Systems, who will explain popular topics around GNSS for GIS users including: constellation statuses and updates; differences between consumer, submeter, survey-grade and RTK receivers; what GNSS metadata is and why it’s important; how to prepare ArcGIS Online maps to support GNSS metadata; datum transformations - and more.

  • Integrating and extending Esri field apps for works management [Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane] - Houtan Emad, Esri Australia

    Having a common view in both the field and back office makes the right things happen; the right worker goes to the right place with the right tools to do the right job -- avoiding costly errors and inefficiencies. Check out how to build best practice works management solutions using multiple Esri field apps. Learn how to manage people, processes, software and data products in real-time more efficiently.

  • Monitoring critical infrastructure stability with SAR data [Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane] - Cherie Muleh, Harris Corporation

    Of the roughly 3,500 tailings dams worldwide, over 300 collapse each year. Brazil’s Brumadinho dam had been certified as stable prior to its collapse in January 2019, however an earthquake led to a structural failure that resulted in more than 200 deaths. Would it have been possible to detect signs of instability in the dam? Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data analysis detected anomalous areas in the body of the dam and revealed movement prior to the collapse. Find out how SAR can be used for critical infrastructure monitoring to prevent disastrous collapsing of mines.

  • Making Better Business Decisions with your Spatial Data [Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane] - Michael Kaminski, OTB Spatial

    Have you wondered why some businesses or departments seem to be able to make better decisions or react faster to emerging situations? Or even how they are able to keep their data up-to-date and relevant? See how private enterprises and local governments are using the power of desktop, mobile, server and web technologies to drive better more responsive decision-making, enabling them to provide the best possible services to their clients and the public. Discover how you can apply the power of spatial information to make smarter data-driven decisions.


  • Behind the scenes of StateStat [Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane] - Gary Maguire, Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    South Australia’s StateStat will deliver an accurate and unbiased view of SA’s progress; providing direction on actions required to advance its economy. As a cross-government geospatial system, StateStat aims to improve access to government spatial information and support data driven decision-making outcomes. Explore the technology behind the platform in greater depth, its deployment on AWS and see how it leverages Location SA — the underlying collaboration and infrastructure that supports data sharing throughout government and to the wider community.

  • Shifting communities, industry and government engagements with Story Maps - a story of 'Great' achievement [Brisbane] - Marije Ten Napel & Catherine Neelamraju, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland Government

    Queensland Government’s Water Quality and Investigations Team communicates water quality trends from the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Catchment Loads Monitoring Program to public and industry stakeholders using engaging, interactive Esri Web Applications. Story Maps embedded with scientific narrative, interactive maps, dashboards and free data downloads communicate catchment water quality data further than PDF reports have ever reached in the past. Open data principles support informed, data-driven decision-making and encourage targeted industry and research collaborations. By supplying the best available science and knowledge, we can work with our partners to improve reef health and water quality in the GBR catchments.

  • Location SA: A journey through Cloud and Portal [Melbourne & Sydney] - Bert Bruijn, Location SA

    SA Government agencies share spatial data through Location SA – a collaborative initiative enabling shared GIS infrastructure and a variety of web data services which supports SA government and community information applications.

    Go on a journey to see how Location SA has implemented Cloud and Enterprise Portal for ArcGIS infrastructure to build a common platform for the development of public service solutions. Discover collaborative implementation strategies for new data services and understand how Location SA enabled the roll out of state initiatives like StateStat.

  • Transition to Esri Enterprise: a deep dive into lessons learned [Melbourne] - Zoltan Kelly, Melbourne Water

    After years of using ArcGIS Enterprise for a subset of integrated applications, Melbourne Water is now commencing a two-year transition to an Esri Enterprise platform for all its spatial solutions. Understand the approach, challenges, and opportunities found by taking a bottom-up approach to identifying business needs and see how the program of work is a business-led initiative encompassing workflows, governance, capabilities, and content built to ensure its success.

  • Clear for take-off: the enterprise GIS solution supporting Melbourne Airport's landmark expansion project [Melbourne] - Dustin Edge, Melbourne Airport

    Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) – APAM – is currently embarking on the largest construction works program in its history which includes a third runway, new taxiways, terminal expansion and landside road access improvement. One of the challenges when working within an operational airport is the ability to access critical infrastructure to complete construction works.

    Using the APAM Enterprise GIS platform, project teams can schedule construction works and develop an approval process for runway closures, taxiway closures and downgrades, gate closures, and roadway closures allowing for a safe and coordinated programme that complies with the operational requirements of the airport. Discover how a centralised spatial asset register is empowering decision-makers in a fast paced, high-risk and complex environment.

  • Switched on: throwing a light on ArcGIS mobile apps workflows [Sydney & Brisbane] - Simon Chinnock, Energy Queensland

    Energy Queensland’s Maintenance Programs team is tasked with coordinating several ad-hoc data-collection surveys. To streamline the process, the team uses ArcGIS mobile apps, including Survey123, WorkForce and Explorer. Starting with the survey specifications, the team leverages these apps to map the different integration pathways. When designing the workflow, the focus is on the end-user experience to enable effective data collection and accurate analysis. ArcGIS Online is also used to monitor survey progress and internal reporting. Join this session for a look at best-practice application of field apps for utility maintenance.

  • Transformative GIS: Introducing NSW's ePlanning Program [Sydney & Brisbane] - Gino Cavallaro, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

    The ePlanning Program, an initiative of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, is streamlining the NSW planning system by developing a suite of digital planning services that can be accessed from a single online location; the NSW Planning Portal. Join this session to learn how DPIE is delivering an integrated digital planning services platform to the people of NSW - linking 128 state councils and more than 30 State government agencies.

  • Getting strategic with GIS adoption [Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane] - Kate Ramsay & Tariro Taneka, Esri Australia

    Digital transformations are even more difficult to pull off than traditional change efforts, however industry research shows that the existence of adoption programs generally ensures a higher success rate and allows organisations to benefit from the full potential of new technologies. Find out more about best practices and the core aspects of a GIS adoption and get a deeper understanding of the process to help you start conversations within your organisation -- and with Esri Australia.

  • What's new with ArcGIS Enterprise [Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane] - Simon Jackson, Esri Australia

    Get an overview of everything new in ArcGIS Enterprise and see how to create a tailored experience that supports easy discovery of maps, apps and other content using ArcGIS Enterprise Sites. Discover portal-to-portal collaboration capabilities, smart mapping and get a closer look at how data is shared across government departments and agencies.


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