AE2S Deploys Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS makes it as easy as possible for non-programmers to build powerful GIS apps that run on any device, no coding required. Given that esri is phasing out additional updates for ArcGIS for Flex, this new application platform encapsulates much of that coveted widget technology, enabling organizations to develop new tools within the intuitive framework.…

AE2S GIS Helps City of Williston Map for the Future

AE2S recently created conceptual capital improvement plan maps for the City of Williston, North Dakota in the midst of extreme expected population growth.   The Williston Herald really brought the issue of financing this growth into the local news limelight, in the article “City looking at $1 billion in added costs” on July 29th, 2014:   “Unprecedented growth is…

Live GIS Data

I found it really interesting that we can now add live (real-time) traffic and weather data from ArcGIS Online into ArcGIS Desktop, Web, or Mobile applications. http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2014/09/04/content-included-with-your-online-subscription/?utm_source=esri&utm_medium=email&utm_term=60601&utm_content=article&utm_campaign=AGOL_news_09_2014

Easy Access to Free Imagery

If you work in GIS or Engineering, by now you’ve heard of and probably used the USDA’s NAIP Imagery. Did you know you can add USDA’s NAIP mosaics directly into ArcGIS? From the USDA site: “For each state, the most recent year of NAIP Imagery DOQQs is available on an ArcGIS server. The state based…

Bringing AutoCAD Surfaces into ArcGIS

Let’s just say you’ve done a lot of manipulation of a surface in AutoCAD, and you would now like to see it in ArcGIS. Jon Lefers at AE2S is a pretty good resource to turn to when it comes to working between AutoCAD and ArcGIS. And he is nice enough to share his methodology. This…

Interoperability of GIS and CAD using Google Earth

Did you know that you can easily clean up Google Earth linework in ArcGIS? Google Earth is a good tool for engineers and non-GIS users to draw linework, but is limited in snapping and splitting functionality. For example, the Western Area Water Supply Project in North Dakota was created to increase the supply to rural…

Why GIS is Critical to Flood Risk Management

I received my monthly American Society of Civil Engineers magazine yesterday in the mail, and the lead article was titled “Defending New Orleans”, which described the flood risk reduction measures that the Corps of Engineers is currently constructing and nearly finished. The figures are jaw dropping.  $14 billion price tag.  A single pump station capable…

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…

ArcGIS Viewer for Silverlight: The Query Tool

Would you like to be able to create a custom query within the ArcGIS Silverlight Viewer? In this example, we show how to create a custom tool to query Township, Section, and Range. 1) Download the “Query Tool Add-In” from ESRI. It will be an .xap file. 2) Go to “Settings”. 3) Go to “Upload…