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Esri pulled together a virtual event that connected the GIS community during a disconnected time in history. With over 85,000 registrants (up from a typical 19,000 live attendees), we formed the largest GIS gathering in the world. In addition to providing inspiring plenary sessions, product updates, technical workshops, and customer presentations, the event included special touches like an online Esri merch store, virtual 5k, networking component, and virtual exhibit hall to give attendees access to all the added fun common to a live event. (By the way, if you missed GISinc’s virtual booth, check it out here!)

Here are 10 Esri UC announcements our tech team thinks you should know about:

  1. ArcGIS Online has many new enhancements like the new home page configuration and branding capabilities: Notebook Server, ArcGIS Indoors now part of Online, improvements to the recently released Analytics for IoT, Living Atlas updates and additions, and many more. Link
  2. ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1 is available for download. Many improvements have been made to content and user management and much anticipated content migration tool enhancements and redesigned user experience. Updated SDK, services with SOEs and SOIs can now use a shared instance. Updates were also made to the new Map Viewer, although still in beta. The new StoryMap platform is now part of Portal along with Experience Builder. Notebook Server now allows notebooks to be scheduled through tasks in the improved management experience. New monitoring page has been added to GeoEvent Server Role, and so much more. Link
  3. Developers can look for the new ArcGIS Pro SDK 2.6, JS API 4.16 and improved deep learning models with arcgis.learn. Link
  4. Esri introduced the new ArcGIS Field Maps, in beta now but a Phase 1 release is set for September. Look for Explorer, Collector, and Tracker type capabilities and functions in the first release. Phase 2 will introduce work management capabilities like workforce mobile and phase 3 will bring turn-by-turn navigation like Navigator mobile. Link
  5. The Esri imagery team is working hard with new tools for Oriented Imagery functionality within ArcGIS Pro and Web Application Builder. The Oriented Imagery add-in/widget support standard frame, panoramic, and omnidirectional cameras seamlessly within their platform. This gives users the ability to create (or ingest) a Google street view type application with their own imagery specific to their project location. The most exciting thing about this is the ability to support interior space mapping with conflation of related imagery. Mensuration, discover-ability, and virtual environment modelling just became a thing! Link
  6. Voxel layers in ArcGIS Pro 2.6+ allows users to visualize and explore multidimensional temporal and spatial layers as 3D volumetric scenes. The capabilities for an analyst to further exploit their data has never been easier. From space-time cubes, subsurface geology, atmospheric phenomenon, or oceanographic trends, the roadmap is looking great for visualizing, and more importantly, finding quantitative answers to questions (some you didn’t know you needed to ask). Link
  7. New in ArcGIS Pro 2.6 is link analysis. Like the link analysis toolkit in Insights for ArcGIS, the functionality has been ported directly into the desktop application giving users the ability to discover and evaluate relationships between various entities. The immediate application for this today would be in contact tracing for COVID-19, though the utility of querying relationships from multiple data sources and visualizing them in an analytical platform are endless. Link
  8. Four new raster functions have been introduced to support Change Detection and Classification workflows with imagery. CCDC Analysis, Detect Change Using Change Analysis, Compute Change, and Trend to RGB. Previously, change detection models took imagery specialists a significant amount of time of exploitation and configuration to give initial answers. These four tools all offer direct time-saving methods to finding answers involving multitemporal change or, at the very least, establishing a best-practices workflow for your source imagery.
  9. A couple of file formats are being leveraged that offer analysts and end-users new faster ways of working with their data. Indexed 3D Scene Layers (*.i3s) is being introduced with the release of ArcGIS JavaScript 4.0 API as a way to quickly work with 3D layers in near real-time. Network Common Data Form (NetCDF, *.nc) is a file format for storing multidimensional scientific data. This format functionality is being utilized by voxels, deep learning models, Empirical Bayesian Kriging 3D and other geostatistical analytical tools! Link
  10. The plenary recordings, customer presentations, technical workshops, and more will still be live on the Esri UC website until January 2021! Take advantage while you can. Link

While we all really missed seeing the Esri community’s smiling faces…and breathing in that wonderful California shore air…we are thankful Esri pulled something virtual together this year.

The countdown is on for Esri UC 2021! Mark your calendar for July 12-16, 2021, for your trip to sunny San Diego!



In case you missed it...GISinc had a lot of fun preparing for the virtual event. Check out these fun videos starring our GISinc family below: 


Topics: GIS Implementation