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2015 Archives

When the lights go out: How to use Web maps for outage communications
By Brian Bell, Esri Canada’s Utilities Industry Manager, Electricity Today, December 2015

When an outage occurs, utilities must move beyond solely restoring service; providing status updates to customers through the channels and devices they use in their daily lives is equally essential. By establishing a framework for proactive outage communications, utilities will be able to effectively communicate with customers before, during and after power outages and ultimately enhance customer service, improve operational transparency, and provide significantly improved value to their shareholders and customers.

Transforming the real estate industry and valuation using technology / Transformer le secteur et l’ évaluation des biens immobiliers avec la technologie
By Michael Lomax, Esri Canada Director, Assessment, Canadian Property Valuation, Vol. 59 2015

The real estate industry, especially the valuation side, is about location, location, location. How many times have we heard that term expressed in our day-to-day work within the industry? However, the significant reality with the statement is that, although we know it is true, we have not really used systems, technologies and workflows that are ‘influenced’ by geography (location).

Mapping the way to smarter communities
By Karen Stewart, Esri Canada Industry Manager, Municipal Solutions, Municipal World, December 2015

Every community, whether urban or rural, can become a smart com­munity. Opening up data to the pub­lic is a good first step to achieving this goal. Instead of working harder, municipalities can work smarter by using existing GIS technology to re­lease data.

At the Speed of Light
By Gord McGuire, Manager of Geomatics & Corridor Management, City of Hamilton, ReNew Canada, March/April 2016

Read about how the City of Hamilton replaced 10,000 streetlights with LEDs on time and under budget—with the help of mapping technology.

Upload: Mapping my future through geography
By Cameron Lacelle, Port Colborne High School student, St. Catharines Standard, November 30, 2015

Cameron Lacelle is a Grade 11 student from Port Colborne High School in the Niagara Region. In this article, he shares how his geography class has provided him with inspiration and learning opportunities to better map out his future.

100 Years of In Flanders Fields Map Journal
November 2015

History goes high-tech with the launch of 100 Years of In Flanders Fields Map Journal, an ArcGIS Online-based, multimedia experience developed by the City of Guelph’s Information Technology Services in partnership with Guelph Museums. Launched in September 2015, the map journal uses interactive, content-rich maps to trace John McCrae’s life and the experiences that led to his writing of In Flanders Fields 100 years ago.

The map has been featured in the Remembrance Day coverage of the following news outlets:

Parks Canada CIO maps out the agency’s long-term data management strategy
By Shane Schick, CanadianCIO, October 29, 2015

By this time of year, going to one of Canada’s countless parks is an exercise in admiring the beauty of leaves scattering everywhere, but behind the scenes at Parks Canada, the real beauty is in how data is being more effectively brought together to map out its diverse terrain.

City of Waterloo Codefest a hit for the community
Exchange Morning Post, October 29, 2015

With just 36 hours to create a functioning mobile application and only three minutes to present their product, three teams were selected as the winners of Waterloo Codefest. City Tracker took the second place prize of $1,000. The app was built on ArcGIS mapping and visualization technology that is also used by the City of Waterloo to store and serve up its open data.

Mapping in the dark with Énergie NB Power
By Kathleen Davis, Intelligent Utility, October 22, 2015

Énergie NB Power, formerly New Brunswick Power, was formed by the provincial legislature in 1920 but actually traces its roots back to the early 1880s when the first power companies began selling electricity in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton. But being an old-school powerhouse hasn’t kept the company from upgrading for the modern energy consumer. The Canadian utility has recently revamped its Web site with more consumer-oriented, real-time information. Ian Eagles, GIS specialist, systems support, shares more about the interactive power outage map that has recently been added to the site.

How has Canada voted in the federal elections since 2000?
October 15, 2015

Esri Canada’s federal election results map has been featured in several news outlets:

Turn the lights back on with GIS and operations dashboards
By Brian Bell, Utility Industry Manager, Esri Canada, The Distributor, Fall 2015

Distribution utilities can never guarantee uninterrupted power. A heavy storm, a fallen branch, a car accident or even scheduled maintenance can easily down electric lines. While disruptions are inevitable, what sets an agile and leading utility apart from the rest is its ability to quickly restore service and minimize outages, improving overall reliability.

Best Cloud Solution at CDN Channel Elite Awards 2015
Computer Dealer News, September 15, 2015

At the 2015 CDN Channel Elite Awards, Esri Canada repeated as Gold Winners in Best Cloud Solution for its ArcGIS Online solution that creates a framework for proactive outage communications.

Esri Startup Antris Launches Lone-Worker Safety Solution
Safety Online, September 14, 2015

Antris, one of the first Canadian companies to join the Esri Startup Program, has launched AntrisPRO, a cloud application that helps organizations increase the safety of travelling, work-alone and at-risk employees.

B.C. wildfires: Testalinden Creek evacuation alert expanded near Oliver
CBC News, August 27, 2015

This news story includes an interactive map based on ArcGIS Online that displays wildfire locations in South Okanagan-Similkameen in BC.

Grand Pré company’s maps travel the world
By Wendy Elliott, The King’s County Register, August 25, 2015

Three of Lost Art Cartography's maps have been chosen by Esri to be featured in its annual map book. The map book recognizes important and innovative accomplishments of GIS users around the world.

Canada Day Map: Interactive map of Canada’s Nation Builders
GIS User, July 1, 2015

Just in time for Canada Day, Esri Canada created a Canada’s Nation Builders interactive map – an interactive visual means to exploring some of the key figures in Canadian history.

2015 Alberta Election Results App
Global News, May 6, 2015

Global News featured the Alberta Election Results app developed by Esri Canada in their elections coverage site.

Nepal Earthquake Map
CTV News Montréal, April 28, 2015

CTV News Montréal included an Esri Public Information Map to its online Nepal earthquake coverage.

Instagram images can now assist Calgary Emergency Management Agency response
By Robson Fletcher, Metro, April 27, 2015

The Calgary Emergency Management Agency has upgraded the software it uses to create real-time operating maps of disaster areas to integrate posts from the popular photo-sharing app Instagram. The city’s emergency mapping software – recognized in early 2013 for being among the best in the world – already integrates real-time information on pertinent things like the location of fire trucks, police helicopters, active road closures, and combines that with live video from traffic cameras or other city-controlled CCTV feeds.

Students team up to study Lake Winnipeg watershed (mentions Collector for ArcGIS)
Brandon Sun, April 10, 2015

Read about how students from Brandon, Manitoba and North Dakota used the Collector for ArcGIS app to collect data from water samples along the Lake Winnipeg watershed. The workshop is part of the OPEN Water planning project, which plans to combine aboriginal teachings, classroom study, field and geospatial technology to gain insight into how people, the land and water are connected.

U. of Waterloo team creates winning transit routing app
METRO Magazine (US), April 6, 2015

A team from the University of Waterloo won the Esri Canada GIS Centers of Excellence in Higher Education App Challenge. The three students developed PredictION, a transit modeling and routing application that helps citizens to visualize, analyze, and compare routes and service areas between existing and proposed transit systems.

Forensics class in demand here and abroad
By Shawn Conner, The Vancouver Sun, January 3, 2015

Learn about how Ryan Prox, a special constable with the Vancouver Police Department and adjunct professor, uses ArcGIS in teaching his course in forensic analysis at Simon Fraser University. His course gives students hands-on experience in data analysis and helps law enforcement industry practitioners move from reactive to proactive, intelligence-led policing.

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