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...

A Summary of ArcGIS platform and products

Often times we are asked about the different solutions available from ArcGIS and how much they cost.  Here is a summary of the different products and what they can offer your organization...

ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS Desktop is not natively supported on Apple MacOS

ArcGIS Desktop is not natively supported on Apple MacOS

ArcGIS Desktop is currently available in two main formats (ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap) with three license levels: Basic, Standard, and Advanced (formerly ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo, respectively).  The latest release of the ArcGIS Desktop platform is 10.5.

  1. ArcGIS Desktop Basic- Visualize, build maps, edit data, import CAD, perform data conversions, generate maps, query data.  Cost is $1,500 for a single use license / $3,500 for concurrent.
  2. ArcGIS Desktop Standard- Allows everything found in the basic version but allows additional capabilities for multi-user platforms and editing enterprise level geodatabases.  This level is required to take advantage of many custom editing tools published by esri.  Cost is $7,000 for a single use or concurrent license.
  3. ArcGISDesktop Advanced- The advanced license level adds the ability to perform some heavy lifting geoprocessing & analysis tools such as Near (Analysis).  Typically these capabilities are only need by more advanced GIS users.  Cost varies depending on your organization.

Check out the ArcGIS Pro Kickstart Package


 

ArcGIS Enterprise (Server)

The Server level licensing is used to create and deploy enterprise level services that can be used by multiple users within an organization.  For example, a local government might have various departments and users accessing multiple GIS services throughout the organization and need to manage through one or more network servers.  There are two levels of this product:

  1. ArcGIS for Server Workgroup*- designed to support smaller project teams and departments. It has many of the same capabilities as the enterprise level but can only be installed on one machine.
  2. ArcGIS for Server Enterprise*- is designed to run and optionally deploy on multiple machines and support a user-defined multiuser database so that you can manage and deliver GIS services across your organization.

Visit the ArcGIS Enterprise Kickstart for training options on how your agency can use this service platform.

*At Version 10.5 ArcGIS for Server is being renamed ArcGIS Enterprise (Basic, Standard & Advanced) 

Check out the ArcGIS Enterprise Kickstart Package


ArcGIS Online

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The best way to describe the Online platform is a 'simplified' version of ArcGIS for Server.  This is esri's cloud-based solution that allows users to login and easily create, deploy, and share GIS data among users within their organization or anywhere in the world.  Users can be categorized in groups and given various permissions based upon their organizations preferred structure.  The cost is based upon the Tier level (1 or 2) as well as the number of user accounts for your organization:

  1. 5 users (Tier 2)- $2,500 per year (includes 2,500 credits)
  2. 50 users (Tier 2)- $10,000 per year (includes 10,000 credits)
  3. 100 users (Tier 2)- $17,500 per year (includes 17,500 credits)
  4. Additional Credits can be purchased for $100/1,000

Check out the ArcGIS Online Kickstart Package


Additional Options

There are a smorgasbord of extensions and optional solutions for the ArcGIS desktop platform that allow for additional analysis capabilities based upon your area of interest.  We all want to get the best value out of our software solutions so be sure to take your time in making the selection that is right for you.  Contact Cloudpoint for help with selecting the most appropriate GIS solution for your organization..

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.

5 Ways to Add a Finishing Touch to Your WAB App

5 Ways to Add a Finishing Touch to Your WAB App

The Web Map and Widgets are the foundation of creating apps in Web AppBuilder (WAB), but there are customizations you can make to add a finishing touch to your app and make it unique.

OpenFields ArcMap Add-on.

OpenFields ArcMap Add-on.

Farmland Assessment Tool for GIS users. 
We have developed a simple ArcMap (soon to be for ArcGIS Online & Pro) add on that will assist parcel managers with Farmland Assessment specifically in Illinois. And we're giving it away for free. 
Removing Roadblocks
The State requires and overlay of three separate layers for proper valuation and assessment: Parcels, Soils and Land Use.  It's a rather simple geoprocessing function of these layers that results in the required acreage calculation of each parcel polygon to be properly assessed

A Few Reasons for Pro

A Few Reasons for Pro

A fresh calendar year is upon us, and one of my goals this round is to give ArcGIS Pro a legitimate shot at being the go-to desktop GIS application. (TBD...)

As increasingly more development goes into ArcGIS Pro, we as GIS professionals are beginning to actually consider the gradual shift away from ArcMap. Many of us have dabbled with Pro by now, and many of us have been more or less disappointed by either our machines’ lack of drawing performance or the program's lack of familiar places or functions.

Using Mobile GIS to Get Big Bucks

Using Mobile GIS to Get Big Bucks

It's no secret to anyone who knows me, that when the temperature drops and the leaves start to change color, it's time to get into the woods.  Chasing whitetail deer through various counties of Illinois is something that I long for and a passion that helps me rest and recharge the batteries of life.  There is nothing that equals being able to silently enter the woods and have the wild slowly wake up around you. Hearing the first birds chirp in the soft morning light, followed by the crunching of leaves as two .....

Your first Drone flight: Secrets to success

Your first Drone flight: Secrets to success

Cloudpoint Aerial Services is a division of Cloudpoint Geographics, providing professional GIS and mapping services in the fields of surveying, engineering, transportation, utilities, and remote sensing.  We are sharing some of our secrets of success to achieving professional, high-resolution aerial imagery using drones that will help you get up and running with your first drone (UAV) flight.  This list is not all inclusive but gives you some key points that you will want to accomplish for providing quality aerial services with professional results.

Prairie State Playlist: A Story Map Music Tour Through the Land of Lincoln

Our travels here at Cloudpoint take us to many places throughout the state of Illinois (as well as many other states). In the spirit of our connections to the Prairie State, as well as our varied tastes in music, here is a Story Map that focuses on a selected set of songs that contain Illinois place names in their titles-The Prairie State Playlist.

The Prairie State Playlist is constructed using Esri's Story Map Journal template. Maps of each location comprise the "Main Stage", while information and a link to the song are in the "Side Panel." The maps for the Prairie State Playlist were created in ArcGIS Online as webmaps, and then converted to apps using Web AppBuilder, which allows for a better interface and the inclusion of widgets such as a Legend, Basemap Gallery, etc. The webmaps alone can also be included as content in the Story Map, as well as videos, images, and web pages.

Please browse the Prairie State Playlist and enjoy the music tour through the Land of Lincoln. Along the way, you might pick up some information about Bob Dylan, Tornadoes, and an EPA Superfund site.

 

Mapping the Best Places to Work.

Mapping the Best Places to Work.

Sometime ago I read an article on the Forbes Magazine website about a yearly index they create that was screaming for a map. Every year demographers at Forbes comb through US Bureau of Labor Statistics data and the rate 'Best' small, medium and large US cities for job growth.  As I read the article I kept wondering, "Where are these in relation to one another?" and "Is there a certain concentration geographically as a whole?" So I got my hands on the dataset...

Flow Direction

Flow Direction

After a few years now of ArcGIS Online, there is still no support for non-simple line symbols. This means for utilities, or streams, routes or whatever line features you may be managing, you cannot easily display them with flow direction arrows as in Desktop. Please Note: Those with access to ArcGIS for Server can certainly publish map services that will support this type of symbology and can be displayed through ArcGIS Online. However there are probably many that do not have that option, so in this post I'll discuss a one method as a work-around to solve this...

Top 5 Geospatial Tips For your next vacation

Top 5 Geospatial Tips For your next vacation

This is a great website for planning your route and your stops.  It has an excellent interactive map that allows the user to turn on and off layers including, hotels, restaurants, campgrounds, points of interest, natural wonders, parks, gardens, and more.  It tallies your total mileage, travel time and includes an estimate for fuel expenses that updates as you alter your route.  Depending on what your interests are, just turn on the layers and you'll be sure not to miss anything along the way.

Extend your Apps with Custom Widgets in Web AppBuilder

Extend your Apps with Custom Widgets in Web AppBuilder

Cloudpoint has successfully upgraded a number of Flex mapping applications to Javascript applications in the past year using Web AppBuilder (WAB). Some of the components that make these apps stand out are widgets that improve the user experience with the app. . Esri packages a number of basic widgets in WAB, but some developers have designed custom widgets that extend the functionality of these applications. A number of these custom widgets were available in the Flex apps and we wanted to honor our client's wishes to provide the same tools and functionality. Here we highlight a few of the custom widgets we configured for our clients.

Leaving a legacy: Preventing the loss of Tribal Data.

Leaving a legacy: Preventing the loss of Tribal Data.

As employees accumulate years on the job, they begin to build up an internal database of information.  A common term for this is Tribal Knowledge. Tribal knowledge is used to describe the wealth of data that a long time employee has developed, obsorbed, and retained over time. This is a fantastic resource for your organization which can....

The more things change, the more they stay the same

The more things change, the more they stay the same

I have installed production ArcGIS Server systems over a dozen times (rough estimate not counting upgrades) at different locations and under different IT environments. It is a world of change from the old ArcIMS days and so much easier. No Apache Server, no Tomcat, no enabling user permissions to make changes to the environmental variables or setting the %JAVA_HOME variable (How many times did a Java update break our sites? Ugh!). That being said each install has its own idiosyncrasies and challenges...

10 ways to use GIS for Sidewalk and ADA Compliance

10 ways to use GIS for Sidewalk and ADA Compliance

Sidewalk inventories and ADA compliance are currently a hot topic among local agencies.  This post will provide you with some tips and ideas on how to use GIS to create and update your sidewalk inventory with the ArcGIS platform via the web and mobile devices.