From 10,000 feet to 1 inch: Bringing GIS indoors

What is ArcGIS Indoors?

ArcGIS Indoors is a map-based software application that enables property owners to manage all of their facilities across an entire campus in one, centralized, location. With Esri’s latest release of ArcGIS Indoors, their flagship mapping platform now offers a new solution to deliver improved strategic planning, facility operations, and workplace productivity not to mention a host of other benefits. Property managers and facility operations personnel looking for an interactive map-based solution to manage their campus and building data can take advantage of this technology to track and maintain information such as status, condition, inspection history, and asset information for all of their facilities.

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How Does it Work?

  1. Develop a Strategy- Create a plan on what facility information will be collected and maintained or what data is already being collected and how that can be integrated. Data can easily be integrated into the system from your existing work order management system.

  2. Build the Maps- The next step is to acquire building floor plan information. This can consist of importing CAD drawings (2D or 3D) or contracting a geospatial firm to provide data collection services to quickly ramp up and prepare the data.

  3. Train staff- Enable staff members and managers to interact with the software and begin gathering facility information.

  4. Implementation- Users begin gathering data and carrying out tasks by inputting that into the software via mobile devices or web browsers.

What Else can it Do?

  • search map for people by name or room name

  • provide routing information to visitors or delivery services- requires Indoor Positioning System (IPS)

  • maintain fire escape routes and emergency plans

  • monitor office space, vacancies, and room availability

  • manage work orders for inspecting or replacing fixtures and equipment

  • analyze foot traffic patterns for high occupancy areas

ArcGIS Indoors is a complete system for indoor mapping used to create a connected workplace. It provides a common operating picture for executives, workplace services personnel, and other employees and visitors to understand, manage, and use their workplace environment. For more information on how we can help you implement an indoor facility management strategy, contact us or call 877-377-8124.


ArcGIS Enterprise on AWS

ArcGIS Enterprise on AWS

Have you seen all those clever and funny AWS commercials? For the normal GIS person adding yet another platform to learn and use can be a bit daunting. Don’t fret, we are not abandoning you, to put your mind at ease yes, we can handle that for you BUT for those of you who are D.I.Y. Geogeeks; below are some tips.

Need Work Order management with Your GIS? Introducing Esri's Workforce for ArcGIS

Workforce for ArcGIS is one of Esri's native GIS applications that allows you to take advantage of a streamlined work order management system that is built directly on top of your GIS platform. This tutorial provides a basic overview of the application both from the desktop browser as well as a mobile perspective.

Folks, I’m here to tell you that Workforce for ArcGIS will revolutionize the way you conduct business between field workers and office staff. When we speak of disruptability, this is a game changer. Especially since most organizations of this type already have some type of Esri GIS platform already in place. Today, I want to share with you my top three reasons why this application will completely change your way of conducting business.

  1. Real-time Communication

    With a web-based application, the interaction between office staff and field workers is instantaneous. When the remote worker makes an update on their mobile device it is reflected in immediately to the office staff. This includes examples such as, ‘On break’, ‘Not available’, ‘On my way’, ‘Can’t get to it today’. The dispatchers can then make immediate decisions on how to re-assign or re-shuffle the work load to other workers if need be.

  2. Time Tracking of Labor Hours

    We know that time is money, and this is the same thing whether you are working in the office or conducting onsite work at various locations in the field. When you have the ability to capture start and stop times for simple day-to-day tasks, you now have powerful, time-based data to build on. Use this information for performing cost estimates, billing customers, or budgeting for future work.

  3. Trust the Process….

    Another goal that managers often have is to ‘processize’ their workflows. This creates efficiencies and repeatable workflows that can be easily taught to others and even documented for future growth. With a solution such as Workforce for ArcGIS, you can now have a built-in process to execute work orders and have a complete history in your work order management. And oh yes, did I mention this is all integrated with your GIS? So you not only have time logging, but add location to that and the sky is the limit with the amount of decisions you can make from that information. Establish the process and follow it through to see tremendous success.

There is no doubt if you give this work order management application a solid try, you and your staff will both be hooked. Its ease-of-use is unmatched by any other offerings available and it automatically integrates with your GIS because it uses your GIS platform as the backbone. No more expensive modules to connect components to each other, or finagling with software vendors to unlock key software tools. This is straight out-of-the-box Esri technology and can be easily configured to work with your current ArcGIS Online account. If you are ready to launch your organization into a new era of real-time connectivity and a stream-lined work order solution, contact us about our Workforce for ArcGIS kickstart package or any of our professional GIS services.

Help for the Helpers: NG911 GIS Grants

Help for the Helpers: NG911 GIS Grants

Chances are you or someone you know has used 9-1-1 in a life-threatening situation. It has happened in my family. All ended well because of an incredible number of caring people who are really good at their jobs. I got to meet some of them and am forever grateful for them. But I will never meet the person who was there at the beginning, the 9-1-1 dispatcher. And until I started working on 911 GIS data projects, I never gave the technology behind this system a second thought. Many times someone is able to give the location of the incident or person in distress. But what if something goes wrong during the phone call? Would the dispatcher have the tools to determine the person’s location when calling from a cell phone and quickly send the appropriate services? If a person is able to text but not speak would she be able to do so? This is a portion of what Next Generation 911 (NG9-1-1) can do for us.

Coming Soon...Esri Introduces New ArcGIS User Types

Coming Soon...Esri Introduces New ArcGIS User Types

Esri will migrate User Levels to ArcGIS User Types in the next ArcGIS Online release in December 2018. The User Types will provide ArcGIS Users a focused set of capabilities and apps to accomplish business needs in their ArcGIS Organization.

ILGISA 2018 Review

ILGISA 2018 Review

Well Folks, sometimes busy is just too busy. While we are thankful for the work, We also want to keep you up to date with some of the things we have been doing. Below are a few random images from earlier this week when all the full-time staff attended the Illinois GIS Association annual conference in Lisle. Also, we wanted to have a location to post the presentations that Micah and Erin gave.

The Escapades of Erin the Engineer: UC Edition

The Escapades of Erin the Engineer: UC Edition

ESRI knows how to put on a show and San Diego seems tailor-made for conferences.  If you get a chance to go – do it! The sheer number of sessions and demonstrations assures you will walk away having learned something.  The number of people there (18,000+) from around the world guarantees you will meet new people (and not once have to explain what GIS is). At the same time, it is small enough that you can meet up with people you already know and by the end of the week recognize a handful of new faces. And last but not least, San Diego is a fabulous host city. There’s more to do than you will have time for. And the party at Balboa Park is something you have to experience yourself. 

Are You ArcGIS Pro-Ready? Check Your System Settings.

Are You ArcGIS Pro-Ready? Check Your System Settings.

Are you ArcGIS Pro-ready? System Requirements Lab has provided a tool (available here or at the system requirements page for ArcGIS Pro)  that produces a detailed report in a matter of seconds showing how your system stacks up to the minimum and recommended requirements for running ArcGIS Pro. Please watch this video for more information on how you can easily check your system requirements for Pro.

Coffee Shop review form in Survey123

Coffee Shop review form in Survey123

I happen to know a very good barista. I'm biased of course, but my son started informally doing reviews of other coffee shops as he visited them. Living in Eau Claire, there are a lot. He kept all these reviews in his leather-bound journal for later. (a real rustic one, with the long leather straps, like Hemingway) . He said it was mostly for his own notes. You know, because he enjoys it. 

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