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…

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…

Back to School with GIS

Coinciding with school starting up again, let’s showcase just some of the many worldwide examples of GIS education proliferation. Directions Magazine (an all things location blog) discusses a high school GIS course in Jacksonville, Illinois that provides a chance to fast-track juniors and seniors and dive into a real world application. This one semester class…

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…

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…