Create an Army of Data Collectors!

Create an Army of Data Collectors!

No one knows the features of an area like the people who inhabit it. However, to collect city or county wide data, there would be a sizable investment of personnel, time, and money. But what if it didn't have to cost an arm and a leg? What if you could create an army of data collectors who knew the area, and were willing to help document problems with features or infrastructure?

Winter Hikes Around Lake Tahoe: Guest Blog

Winter Hikes Around Lake Tahoe: Guest Blog

Paul worked for Cloudpoint Geographics for 4 years as one of our most trusted GIS Experts. In November of last year, He moved out to Carson City to be closer to family and try that desert life. Paul is an avid outdoors person, disc golfer, Ultimate champion, and hiker. After dozens of Instagram pictures of hikes, all while we were experiencing a midwestern winter 1,500 miles away, We asked Paul to make a story map of his adventures...

Building a Hoops Tracker App with ArcGIS Solutions is a Three-Point Play

Building a Hoops Tracker App with ArcGIS Solutions is a Three-Point Play

Hoops Tracker is a Esri Story Map that displays information for the 2018 Class 1A and 2A Boys Basketball Tournaments in separate web mapping applications, paired with a view of IHSA's interactive ScoreZone web page and other IHSA links.

Top 5 differences between ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro

Top 5 differences between ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro

Are you an occasional Esri software user that is needing to ramp up your game?  Maybe its been a couple of years since you dabbled with the GIS software and you have a project that needs a little geospatial touch.  One of the questions you may find yourself asking is "What is the difference between ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro"? 

Using Esri's Story Maps to Map out Team USA!

As the first month of 2018 comes to a close, the sporting eyes of the world turn to PyeongChang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. I wanted to be able to show where members of Team USA come from so ...

Shadow IT & Shadow GIS

Shadow IT & Shadow GIS

There are two meanings here: 1. You might be building your GIS as Shadow IT, know the pitfalls and realities. 2. Beware your GIS 'clients' may be building Shadow GIS underneath you. 

Shadow IT is a real thing. It's talked about at conferences and even has a Wikipedia page. Essentially, it is when 'unofficial' tech infrastructure is built in parallel to the official IT department; sometimes sanctioned, sometimes not. GIS could exist as a Shadow IT in both positive and negative way

4 Ways to Enhance Your Survey Forms with Survey123 Connect for ArcGIS

 4 Ways to Enhance Your Survey Forms with Survey123 Connect for ArcGIS

Survey123 Connect for ArcGIS is a desktop tool that allows you to create and publish survey forms to ArcGIS for your data collection needs. Signing in with your ArcGIS Online credentials connects Survey123 Connect to your organization, and once you create a survey, the form and feature service are stored in ArcGIS Online. The survey form can be accessed and edited in the Survey123 for ArcGIS mobile app, or managed through the Survey123 for ArcGIS website. There are hundreds of ways to enhance your survey forms; here are a chosen few to check out.

Three Parcel Fabric Tricks that Will Save you Time

Three Parcel Fabric Tricks that Will Save you Time

Here are a few brief time-saving tips when performing parcel map maintenance tasks within Esri's parcel fabric.  You can find all of our ArcGIS parcel mapping tips and tricks by signing up at cloudpointgeo.com/parcelfabric.  For more information about migrating your data to the parcel fabric..

Tracking your projects with Esri's Operations Dashboard For ArcGIS

Tracking your projects with Esri's Operations Dashboard For ArcGIS

Given the wide scope of work that GIS professionals complete, it's important for organizations to stay on top of the progress of various projects that are going on. No tool allows you to do this better than the Operations Dashboard application from Esri. The Operations Dashboard allows organizations the ability to monitor work, track field work crews, and view the status of tasks related to specific projects.

1,874 Mile Road Trip Tools

1,874 Mile Road Trip Tools

Last Week, I (Micah) drove Paul's Ford Focus out to Carson City, Nevada while he drove his Ranger truck and Smoky the Cat. This was an easy drive, directionally speaking. Interstate 80 goes all the way to Reno Nevada just 15 miles north of Carson City. It's 1,874 miles from Peoria to Carson City.  (Aside from audio books, podcasts & windshield mounts) There are several maps apps & websites I used to help plan and document our 3-day journey

Going Native

Going Native

We all know that our web maps and mapping applications we create can be accessed via mobile devices, and the interaction is actually fairly seamless and smooth. But say you want to go one step further, and actually create a native app that is available from the app store of your choice - or that feels like it was designed for your device - where do you start?

Editing Related Records in Collector for ArcGIS

Editing Related Records in Collector for ArcGIS

Good relationships are important in Business, Sports, Personal Life...in anything, really. Good relationships are important with GIS data as well. Let's take a look at how relationship classes and related data can aid in the GIS data collection process.

A client from a Water Reclamation Department uses the Collector for ArcGIS app to edit Sanitary Sewer Network data. They requested additional attributes for a Lift Stations layer, as well as the ability to add multiple Pumps to each Lift Station. The solution to this request is a related table in a feature service that allows for editing via the Collector app. This is an overview of the process.

Easy & Quick NDVI Imagery for Small Areas with BIG Results

Easy & Quick NDVI Imagery for Small Areas with BIG Results

Our eyes don't see very much. Even less from far away. Technology has learned to augment our sight with sensors that can see other parts of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. This is especially important when it comes to plant health with NDVI. Part of the spectrum (Near Infrared) can actually visualize chlorophyll in plants. Cloudpoint is now happy to offer this service to our clients. One of our Certified UAS Pilots (we have 2) can fly a field, forest, golf course, subdivision or park and we can return a NDVI image of that area within 24 hours.

Where's the ROI in drone / UAV mapping & collection?

Where's the ROI in drone / UAV mapping & collection?

Have you ever wondered what drones can do for you?  In this post, we will take a look at some ideas on how your organization can save time and money with drone mapping.  The hype is over and now drone technology is making its way into today's mainstream technical workflows.

Dashboards - No Sweat

Dashboards - No Sweat

Most of us are familiar with this idea of dashboards. A quick overview of a set of data, system or project with supporting charts, dials or graphs that emphasize particular points about the data or view. There are some ESRI tools that have been around such as the Operations Dashboard, or the analysis-focused Insights. And now as of the June 2017 update, Web AppBuilder now has built-in functions for quickly creating configurable, informative dashboards on top of your web GIS.

Three New Technical Certifications

Three New Technical Certifications

Cloudpoint Geographics Inc. is proud to announce that Paul Stephenson, Matt Junker and Micah Williamson have all recently been awarded Esri Technical Certification which recognizes superior skill levels utilizing Esri’s software for geographic information systems (GIS). Paul and Matt were awarded the ArcGIS Desktop Associate Certification. Micah was awarded the Enterprise System Design Associate...

Mapping of a runner.

Mapping of a runner.

Earlier in my life, I never ran. I mean from bears, sure, probably I would have. I occasionally played a round-ball-type sport that required moving arms or legs quickly. If I had to actually run, I hated every second and  would never consider running for health. Well, circumstances change and different things matter as you approach mid-life. Two years ago I found...

But I have paper maps that work just fine...

Anyone who's following this blog has some awareness of GIS and what a powerful tool it can be. Throughout my various demonstrations or presentations, I am asked, "I have paper maps and CAD data, so why do I need GIS?" I usually respond with a standard set of answers: a GIS lets you edit information in real time, CAD is not to scale so your features aren't where you think they are, and so on.