Blending An Emerging Technology With Autism

Paul Braun at Continental Mapping has come up with an extremely innovative way to combine two unlikely things: drones and kids with autism. I had the pleasure of hearing what Paul and the kids accomplished at the Wisconsin Land Information Association conference, and this week, we are featuring Paul’s inspiring story as he joins as…

No One Wants to Look at Your Ugly Map

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending at the WI Land Information Association Annual Conference. One of the topics that has interested me for a long time is how we as map makers communicate. And sometimes we say things we don’t mean to. Or we don’t know how to say the things we want…

NDSPLS 2013 Map Award Winner

Last week, the North Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors held its annual convention in Grand Forks.  During the awards banquet AE2S’s own Casey Berg was a selected as the 2013 Map Award Winner.  He submitted a drawing of a plat that contained lake lots at Sump Lake (Located Southeast of Devils Lake, ND). Congratulations…

GIS Day Contest Winner

Our winning entry is a representation of Cass County in North Dakota, and came from Kallie Dodds, the daughter of AE2S’s own Eric Dodds. Kallie, we love how you included both transportation and hydrography, not to mention important items like the airport (nice symbology!). Congratulations, and we hope everyone had a fantastic GIS Day this…

Happy GIS Day!

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. …

Highlights from the Minnesota GIS/LIS Conference

When I travel to a conference, sometimes it’s the little things that strike me and change my perspective. This year, when attending the Minnesota GIS/LIS Conference in Rochester, it was something much larger that was my main highlight. Len Kne (Associate Director at U-Spatial at University of Minnesota) and Kris Johnson (Research Associate at University…

CAD into GIS to Go Beyond

As the GIS and Engineering industry technologies mature, we are starting to see a merge of the two industries. This is Engineering CAD data being converted or built to be used in a GIS system. This merge has happened because of the ever-present search for efficient workflows and accurate representation. I’m sure many in the…

Improving Your Legend

ArcGIS always places a little symbol, called a patch, next to the text name for your layer. Did you know you can override the default to access a greater variety of legend patches that better communicates what your layer is?   In Legend Properties, make sure you are on the Items tab. Then just double…

Project Highlight: See Oil Activity Over Time

You have probably heard about the oil and gas boom that the United States is currently experiencing. The AE2S GIS team has put together a map that shows the growth in activity over time. The result is the AE2S Water Solutions Oil Activity Web-Map, which was created with the ArcGIS API for Flex Viewer. This…