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…

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…

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…

Canada and the United States Share the Longest (Not So) Straight Border in the World

Here’s a well produced 5-minute video packed with trivial tidbits that’s recently been re-circulated throughout several GIS-related social media venues. The AE2S GIS Blog is sharing this because it’s quite fascinating to see how much surveying, a craft we specialize in, has evolved since this primitive attempt to carve a continent. The 49th parallel is…

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…