How to Build an Empire with Data Standards

Standardized datasets create a connection between silos of information. Geography and data are the basis of a GIS. Marrying the two depends on something being similar to both items. For example, address data is a common denominator in many data sets. Everything has a location, and every location has an address. Sometimes one of the…

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…

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…

MN GIS/LIS Conference Summary & Links from My Presentation

It was the 25th Anniversary of MN GIS/LIS Consortium’s existence, and it was a fantastic conference. ESRI’s Jack Dangermond gave a detailed keynote on the future of GIS. One thing that resonated with me was his statement: “We are entering a period of Cartographic Enlightenment”. I’ve been in GIS since 1994, and indeed, we have…

Ground to Grid Problems No More

This time saving tip comes to you from Brett Morlok, a project engineer in our Water Resources practice, to which I’ve added some additional details.   Do you want an easy way to manage features that in that are in ground coordinates when everything else in ArcGIS is in grid? If you are new to the idea…

Suitable Accuracy for Mobile GIS Apps on iPads –

Finally, a solution has been developed to provide mapping grade accuracy for collection of data and navigation with GPS through the iPad.   Recently, Trimble released the R1 GNSS Receiver, which is able to connect to the iPad through a Bluetooth connection.  In my opinion, this is a monumental advancement for mobile GIS through significant accuracy…

10 Revelations at the 2015 Esri User Conference

  While there were so many amazing moments (such as being surrounded by about 15,000 other GIS people seeing myself in a LiDAR point cloud, meeting #gistribe people in person, learning how to juggle at the Thursday evening party, and being humbled by maps and thinkers), here are what I consider the best parts of my…