ArcGIS Local Government Solutions Showcase - Spring 2017 (Elgin, IL)

This past Friday, April 21st was another installment of our ArcGIS for Local Government Solutions Showcase in Elgin, IL. Thanks to all our participants and speakers who sacrificed a glorious day outside to talk GIS with us.  Here are a few links and explanations to the topics that were covered. 

This past Friday, April 21st was another installment of our ArcGIS for Local Government Solutions Showcase in Elgin, IL. Thanks to all our participants and speakers who sacrificed a glorious day outside to talk GIS with us.  Here are a few links and explanations to the topics that were covered. 

Smart Communities

Joe Araiza from Esri presented on the idea of Smart Communities and how it can impact local governments moving forward. By incorporating GIS into every facet of government, your organizations can start to look for trends in data and where potential issues may arise. The ArcGIS platform allows organizations unparalleled connectivity and the ability for office, field, and executive staff to communicate with each other in real time when handling projects.

What's new with Parcel Mapping:

Jonathan Hodel presented on what is new regarding parcel mapping.  By utilizing the Community Parcel tool in ArcGIS Pro, Jon was able to show the new ability of bringing one set of parcel data (i.e. from a City) and merge it with that of another agency (i.e. for a County). You can view a slide show of Jon's presentation HERE or check out the Community Parcels video.

Grundy County Comps Finder App:


The Comp Finder application was developed to automate the process of locating comparable properties based on both real estate characteristic similarities, and distances to a user supplied reference property. When a user runs the comp finder tool from within the application the resulting selection set can be defined as, a grouping of the most mathematically similar parcels that are also the most proximal to a given reference property.  This application was built out of a need to improve the efficiency of the county's assessment office in terms of the time it takes for them to process assessment complaints each year. In time the tool will also be released to the public so that county residents can also use the tool to see if their property is being fairly assessed.

Jordan Miller with Esri discussing how organizations can optimize field operations with ArcGIS Apps.

Jordan Miller with Esri discussing how organizations can optimize field operations with ArcGIS Apps.

Field Mobility and Integration with ArcGIS

Jordan gave us the latest on the various applications available from ESRI designed to facilitate mobile data access and collection. He explained the benefits and uses of each and when to use which application - for example, when you would want to use Survey123 vs Collector vs Explorer. He also covered Workforce and the ease of setting up tasks, monitoring field operations, and using Navigator for route planning. By doing this, Jordan was able to show how many specialty apps are available to streamline work, communication, and project management.

Build Your Own Web Apps:

Paul Stephenson from Cloudpoint Geographics discussed how organizations can produce webmaps via the Web App builder for ArcGIS. You can learn about this powerful GIS tool by revisiting Paul's presentation HERE.

Overview of Drones and UAV's:

Cloudpoint's resident drone pilot, Jonathan Hodel, discussed the benefits of incorporating drones into your organization's GIS.  You can view Jon's presentation HERE

ArcGIS Pro Unknown Unknowns:

Also, a big congratulations to Ron Rudd who was our office golf champion and winner of a new Cloudpoint Geographics golf hat!

Also, a big congratulations to Ron Rudd who was our office golf champion and winner of a new Cloudpoint Geographics golf hat!

Micah Williamson of Cloudpoint Geographics talked about what's new with ArcGIS Pro, where he sees it going, and how it will work for your organization.  You can learn more about ArcGIS Pro HERE.

Thanks again to everyone was helped make this event such a great success! we can't wait to do it again in a few months. Remember you can stay current on all things Cloudpoint by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or going to our website.

ArcGIS Local Government Solutions Showcase - Winter 2016 (Morton, IL)

This past Friday, December 16th was another installment of our ArcGIS for Local Government Solutions Showcase in Morton, IL. Thanks to all our participants and speakers who braved the blustery day.  Here are a few links and explanations to a few of the topics we covered. 

What's new with Parcel Mapping:

Jonathan Hodel presented on what is new in regards to parcel mapping.  By utilizing the Community Parcel tool in ArcGIS Pro, Jon was able to show the new ability of bringing one set of parcel data (i.e. from a City) and merge it with that of another agency (i.e. for a County).  You can view a slide show of Jon's presentation HERE or check out the Community Parcels video.

Lee County- Preparing Precinct Data for 2020 Census:

DownloadThomas O'Malley is GIS Analyst for Lee County, Illinois. He presented on preparing his data for the upcoming 2020 census.  Thomas completed his task by utilizing  ArcGIS Online, WebAppBuilder, VEMACS, voter data, and ArcGIS Tools, and was able to get several branches of the County to work together interdepartmentally. You can learn about Thomas' process by reviewing his presentation HERE

Grundy County Comps Finder App:

Dave Ostrander is the GIS Manager for Grundy County, Illinois and he has created an amazing tool for comparing data about homes and parcels that are in geographic relation to each other.

Build Your Own Web Apps:

Paul Stephenson and Matt Junker from Cloudpoint Geographics discussed how organizations can produce webmaps via the Web App builder for ArcGIS. You can learn about this powerful GIS tool by revisiting Paul's presentation HERE.

A Lunch Review of OpenFields:

During lunch we discussed and released a free tool we are calling “OpenFields”. It is a tool used in ArcGIS Desktop ArcMap at any level for farmland assessments in Illinois. While it does not perform any valuation calculations, the tool performs the necessary geospatial analysis to create a text file (.txt) or Excel spreadsheet (.csv) to import into your County CAMA system. The tool is available for download here: Download Or if you are so inclined, see the source code on Github.com

Overview of Drones and UAV's:

Cloudpoint's resident drone pilot, Jonathan Hodel, discussed the benefits of incorporating drones into your organization's GIS.  You can view Jon's presentation HERE.

ArcGIS Pro Unknown Unknowns:

Micah Williamson of Cloudpoint Geographics talks about what's new with ArcGIS Pro, where he sees it going, and how it will work for your organization.  You can view Micah's presentation HERE.

Thanks again to everyone was helped make this event such a great success! we can't wait to do it again in a few months. Remember you can stay current on all things Cloudpoint by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or going to our website.

ArcGIS Local Government Solutions Showcase- Summer 2016 (Rockford, IL)

Jon Hodel provides a recap of the ArcGIS for Local Governments Solutions Showcase held in Rockford, IL on June 17, 2016.

Whether you came for the learning or the amazing food, this showcase was an excellent example of how we really 'cater' to the audience's needs.  Half way through the program we juggled the agenda as the attendees wished to hear a bit more about the parcel fabric.  We want these events to be all about you learning how the latest GIS solutions can directly impact your line of work.

Then in the afternoon we expanded on ArcGIS GeoEvent Extension for Server which connects with virtually any type of streaming data feed and transform your GIS applications into frontline decision applications.  Tim Hensley, with esri, was able to show how location-based events in the field can trigger instant email alerts to the users in the office to help facilitate workflows.   Best part is, you don't have to be a skilled developer to make this work as its all configurable through the extension.  

We are planning to host a series of these events at various locations so chances are you will have an opportunity in the near future to join us.  These events are designed for local government officials and department heads and are totally free.

To learn more or to stay informed on future events please visit cloudpointgeo.com/showcase

ArcGIS Local Government Solutions Showcase- Winter 2015 (Morton, IL)

Local Government Solutions Showcase

Our first showcase was on December 18th, 2015 in Morton, IL. Thanks to all our participants and speakers who braved the blustery day.  

Here are a few links and explanations to a few of the topics we covered. 

Local Government Information Model:

The LGIM is quickly becoming the standard for Esri to push out applications and know how to expect your data to act. Searching the data dictionary for keywords will help you determine whether your item is a feature class, attribute field or domain value. Link to the Data Dictionary here or further information on the LGIM

Parcel Fabric:

We enjoyed a informative discussion on the Parcel Fabric from Esri staff. Worthy of note, the fabric requires a standard or advanced ArcGIS Desktop license. Most participants are convinced that it is helpful but moving to the parcel fabric is where the struggle remains

ArcGIS Online Credits:

Do not be afraid of ArcGIS Online credits, it should not keep you from using AGO and the Esri Cloud. Here is an Esri website to help you understand better when credits will be charges and when they will not. I think you will see that more often than not there is no credit charge for what you want to do. 

Survey Results:

Every respondent (100%) felt that the showcase was beneficial to their job. As well we received very positive feedback on the quality of material and knowledge of the speakers.  Here are some other interesting results of our survey.