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)…

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…

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…

AE2S Attends the MN GIS | LIS Conference, Oct. 7-9, 2015

GIS Specialists Hope Records and Cinde Morris are excited to attend the MN GIS | LIS Consortium Conference in Duluth, MN this week. Come and say hello at our exhibitor booth and learn about our services!   Cinde Morris will be presenting “Don’t Divorce Your Career – Tips for Rekindling a Passion for GIS” on…

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…