Improve Land or Easement Acquisition Projects with Workflow Manager

Normally GIS plays an important part in the Land or Easement Acquisition process by managing parcel information and preparing maps, but GIS can do more.  By leveraging the capabilities of Workflow Manager (Extension of ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server), a GIS centric platform can be created that is easy to operate, visually appealing, and able…

GIS Solutions for a Growing Issue

As our cities continue to grow at a seemingly endless rate our need to understand, monitor, build and replace infrastructure is becoming a main issue at every level of government throughout the country. Having a well maintained utility system ensures a quality of life for the community. Connecting policy makers and the public with quality…

New Lead GIS Specialist

I’d like to introduce you to our newest member of the GIS team, Carol Wickenheiser.  Carol started with us on July 5th in our Fargo office as a Lead GIS Specialist.  She will be working on the FM Area Diversion, RRVWSP, and various other GIS projects.  Carol’s hobbies are gardening, fishing, hunting, and spending as…

2016 ESRI International User Conference

This was my first year attending the 2016 ESRI International User Conference, and there was so much to learn, see, and do! There wasn’t a dull moment with a variety of things to attend from lightning sessions to social events. Listed below, is what I consider to be the highlights of this year’s conference. ArcGIS…

Four Highlights from the Upper Midwest GEOCON

Last week I attended the Upper Midwest GEOCON, which brought together GIS professionals from Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.     REST Best Practices REST Services can get out of control quickly, and cause all sorts of performance issues. Mark McCart at Iowa DOT gave a talk on creating an inventory (in just a simple spreadsheet)…

AE2S GIS and Rural Water

Grand Forks Traill Water District (GFTWD) has found success over the years in using a mobile GIS on an iPad to assist them in managing their infrastructure. Recently, they came up with a useful way of using a web application to collect the location of pipeline leaks.  When a leak occurs, the operator goes out…

Population Mapping and the Future of Image Interpretation

I’ve always been interested in the world’s population and how we can continue to meet basic needs in every corner of the globe. The image above and tile of the article “Facebook Is Making a Map of Everyone in the World” (http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/02/facebook-makes-a-new-map-of-everyone-in-the-world/470487/) caught my attention and I had to give it a read. This article…

Better Map Labels

One of the biggest challenges in making data dense print maps is the labeling process. Well placed labels make maps immediately more understandable. Fortunately, there are a few time saving techniques outside the default that might just change the way you label, without having to resort to annotation.   The Labeling Toolbar We all know that we can design with the…

How to Add Stationing to Line Features

  Ever wonder how to add stationing to line features in ArcGIS? In this blog entry I will give an example of how to accomplish just that! For a line feature to display stationing or hatchings, the feature has to be converted to a route. Add the “Route Editing Toolbar” to your display. Start an…

Happy GIS Day!

Isn’t it cool that there is a whole holiday to celebrate GIS? At AE2S, we think so. We’re doing a number of things to observe GIS Day. First of all, our staff will be participating in a Wonders of the World Imagery Contest, where participants will guess the locations of a series of aerial images and…