Getting to the Point: Increasing Selectivity through Size and Color

It is often easy to get lost in a sea of data points. However, by utilizing different sizes and colors of points, you can create contrast which allows the reader to focus on a particular set of data.   Big thanks to our friends at Cartastrophe for inspiration and this great diagram: http://cartastrophe.wordpress.com/2009/08/14/way-over-in-british-columbia/Symbol SelectivitySymbol Selectivity…

Go Between CAD and ArcGIS Through Use of Shapefiles

Just like there are many ways to accomplish tasks in ArcGIS, there are many ways to accomplish tasks in CAD.  In addition, there are many ways to accomplish tasks that involve going back and forth between the programs.  This is a quick guide to the basics. From CAD to ArcGIS: Open an .mxd, and go…

Canada and the United States Share the Longest (Not So) Straight Border in the World

Here’s a well produced 5-minute video packed with trivial tidbits that’s recently been re-circulated throughout several GIS-related social media venues. The AE2S GIS Blog is sharing this because it’s quite fascinating to see how much surveying, a craft we specialize in, has evolved since this primitive attempt to carve a continent. The 49th parallel is…

Esri UC Speaker Will.i.am Champions Technology as a Way out of the Hood

Many casual hip-hop fans in the early 2000s enjoyed the Black Eyed Peas’ music, but those in attendance at Will.i.am’s keynote address the opening afternoon of the 2013 Esri User Conference arguably gained a significantly deeper appreciation for the musician, producer, and philanthropist. Although technically Sam Pitroda (the current adviser to the Prime Minister of…

AE2S Wins ESRI Special Achievement Award

Giving clients a living tool to continually adapt to and plan for changing conditions is one of the reasons why this week, AE2S won an ESRI Special Achievement Award at the ESRI User Conference in San Diego. Image Courtesy of ESRI Why AE2S was Honored As you probably know, the oil boom in northwestern North…

Project Highlight: Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Diversion

Located along the Red River of the North, the Fargo-Moorhead area is prone to flooding. In order to establish permanent flood protection, the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Diversion Project was created. The proposed project would involve the construction of a 35-mile long diversion channel located in North Dakota that would direct floodwater around the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan…

Cool Map: Generic Terms for Streams

Do you call that water flowing past a brook or a stream? How about an arroyo? It actually may be telling of where you are from. Derek Watkins put together “Mapping Generic Terms in the Contiguous United States,” shown below, which gives insight into how culture and environment come together. He took the the place…

GIS Tip: Get Happy with Better Toolbars

Did you know that you can customize your toolbars so that your most used functions are only a click away? We’ll use the Editor toolbar as an example. I like to Save Edits, Stop Editing, and Merge all the time. But I hate pulling down the editor menu every time! Go to Customize>Customization Mode, and…

GIS Tip: Loading ESRI Basemaps Faster with Defined Scales

Can’t get an ESRI basemap to load or tired of it taking forever to refresh? Try changing the scale setting to only use defined scales that Google Maps, Bing Maps and ArcGIS Online use for their tile cache generations. From my test it improved performance and loading times. See step below for set-up. Click the…