Good Vibes at the 2017 Esri Petroleum GIS Conference

The Esri Petroleum Conference (formerly known as “PUG”) has always been our staple industry event during the year, although due to external circumstances, the past few years have been quiet. This year, however, was one of the best local GIS events in recent history. Our own Mitchell Atwood summed it up nicely in his LinkedIn post:

“On behalf of LOGIC Solutions Group, thank you for a great Esri Petroleum Conference 2017 in Houston this week; always good to catch up with long term relationships and establish new ones. There is a nice vibe in the O&G industry and you can see the optimism in people’s faces. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of it.”

LOGIC highlights from the conference include solid presentations, fun times at the expo and overall, a great job by the Esri events team. Check out the finer points below.

Solid presentations from some locals.

There were a lot of sessions with valuable information and innovative ideas presented. We were specifically excited about the

Green Field Enterprise Web GIS Implementation at EnerVest - Value Created and Lessons Learned.

Bill Keller led this session by highlighting the value of Enterprise GIS and the role LOGIC played in making it happen.

As a Chief Geophysicist, Bill brings a ton of credibility and spoke to the value Enterprise GIS delivers to business like no other.

We also all unanimously enjoyed the plenary. It is extremely fascinating to see how well choreographed these events are. Obviously, lots of practice goes into the event.

 
Esri Petroleum  GIS Conference
 

High attendance made for a really fun Expo.

This was our 5th year at the conference and this year we had a lot of fun at our booth. Thanks to everyone that stopped by to chat widgets, learn more about our project with EnerVest or just say hi!

We had lots of cool swag but the crowd favorite (by far) was the LOGIC t-shirts –they went like hot cakes.

Hope you got one!

 
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The Esri team put on a great event!

From stellar sessions and solid hands on labs – the Esri team rocked the conference. One change that our team noted was moving the social to the last day of the conference. The turnout for the social was remarkable even though this was the first time the gathering was on the last day of the conference. This speaks directly to this year’s attendee energy level.

Our time at the Grove was a lot of fun as always. The weather was perfect and the food was delicious.

We weren't the only ones with smiles on, the George R. Brown Convention Center has had a delightful face lift since the last time we were there. Check out this neat sculpture that sits right outside the doors:

 
 

Not to be outdone by the George Brown, the new Marriott next door has a Texas shaped lazy river. Not bad Marriott, the LOGIC team co-signs on this!

 
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Always a good conference, looking forward to next year! The plenary videos and presentations should be released by Esri soon, until then, check out the photos!

 
2017 Esri Petroleum GIS Conference
 

FME World Tour 2017

Thursday, April 7th was the 2017 FME World Tour in Houston. Safe Software’s yearly road trip aims to promote and educate on the FME platform. We’ve been looking forward to the 2017 edition since last year’s FME WT! In addition to the LOGICians there (thanks Lisa), it was great to see so many local energy firms in attendance.

Here are some of our observations from the 2017 FME World Tour Houston.

Safe Software is continuing to invest in FME
FME is such a powerful tool for ETL (Extract > Transform > Load), data enrichment and data conflation for oil and gas companies, so I was happy to hear Safe Software is continuing to invest in their tool by growing the number of out-of-the-box connectors. They are also updating their already solid user interfaces, including the FME Server experience.

FME fosters a collaborative community
Safe Software continues to build upon the community aspect of FME through interactive and fun learning opportunities. This year, they asked folks to huddle into teams to answer technical questions in the hope of winning swag – something all conference attendees (including myself) love.  This activity definitely got everyone engaged and thinking about FME. The LOGIC team came home with a few topics to brainstorm.

LOGIC and FME in 2017
This week we’ll be presenting a paper at the 2017 Esri Petroleum GIS Conference, focusing on an FME implementation with our client, EnerVest. The Green Field Enterprise Web GIS Implementation at EnerVest allowed the GIS team to automate data downloading, cleanup, conflation, spatialization and loading into ArcSDE.  This type of FME engagement helps oil and gas companies focus on finding or producing oil and gas instead of manual data massaging or script writing.

To further our FME knowledge, two of our team members will be attending the FME User Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, May 24-26th. The FME UC, is focused on technical “how-tos”, learning tips for your data, and getting answers to your trickiest integration questions. Let us know if you have any technical questions you want answered and we’ll do our best to get the info for you at the UC. Submit your questions to Todd. (todd.buehlman[at]logicsolutionsgroup.com)


If you haven’t been to an FME World Tour, make plans to join us next year, the event and accompanying community are awesome. Going forward, we have plans to continue utilizing and promoting FME as a powerful (and cost effective) ETL platform. Please let us know if you have any related FME questions. 

Attending Esri Developer Summit 2017

Author: Garima Vyas

I recently attended Esri Dev Summit 2017

and I must admit, I found the conference to be an amazing experience. Palm Springs is the best place to hold a conference in March. Such beautiful weather and views, I was sad to leave.

This was my first time attending the Dev Summit as a software user and the agenda did not disappoint. Even though I went to the conference with a predetermined set of favorited sessions in the Esri Events app, I did quite a bit of rearranging after watching the plenary on Tuesday, March 7 and then the keynote on Wednesday, March 8.

Here is Andrew Turner showcasing GeoBots - Ask Alexa:

 
 

Here are my top 7 conference highlights:

1. Internet of Things Sessions

There were several Internet of Things (IoT) based technical sessions. These sessions presented everything IoT, from the smallest known computer: Raspberry Pi to Arduino like microcontrollers. 

I was amazed by the amount of work the Esri Prototype lab has accomplished and the wide range of implementations using various gadgets. Nice job team!

To learn more, look for videos from the following sessions:

a) GeoEvent Server: IoT by Morakot Pilouk

b) IoT and Indoor Tracking with Raspberry Pi, by Mark Baird

c) Latest Innovations from Esri’s Prototype Lab

 
 

2. Virtual Reality Live Demos

Exploring Virtual Reality (VR) with ArcGIS: Rex Hansen, Pascal Mueller and Adrien Meriaux presented this Esri Technical Session where there were several demos and walkthroughs of how to create 3D content and experiences for GIS data. I was completely blown away by the live demos, one of my favorites was the Esri HoloMaps.

Here is one shot using snapchat spectacles:

 
 

3. Charging Stations

Although the bean bag chairs were deeply missed this year, the loungers with power plugs were very popular. I never once found an empty chair.

 
 

4. Thursday Night Party

Throw carnival in the mix of a dodgeball game, you only get some fun times. So many games and a couple of fun rides before the dodgeball tournament made for an exhausting conference, but I’m ready to go back next year!

 
2017 Esri Developer Summit
 

5. Esri Events app

I must give kudos to the Esri Events app. The app let me filter and categorize sessions based on technology, expertise levels, room or location of the sessions among other things. It also let me take notes which I later emailed and shared with colleagues. I could type and sync notes from my laptop, iPad or iPhone and not miss out on anything.

6. Food and Outdoor Lunch Areas

I was disappointed in the food at the conference. Very limited meatless options (cold wraps, salads or fruits). Next time, I plan to stock myself up with bars and other snacks. Walking an average of 6-7 miles from 8 am-8 pm everyday requires major fuel. Also, I was surprised that the lunch area didn’t feature more umbrellas since the Palm Springs’ sun was shining bright. The events team did try to help by walking around handing out sunscreen packets and reminding you to put the sunscreen on. However, a little more shade would have made lunching outside more enjoyable.

7. Plenty of Session Options

There was a lot going on at the conference simultaneously. I ran around attending as many sessions as possible and could only catch about 20% of the conference due to overlapping sessions. This is not necessarily a bad thing but I did have a tough time getting over my fear of missing out, #FOMO. I am working on my list of 20 remaining sessions by going over the videos and slides as they are added to the Esri Event's You Tube channel

Below is my personal gallery of photos captured. Enjoy!

 
Garima @ 2017 Esri Dev Summit
 

If you are considering going next year and have any questions, feel free to reach out to me garima.vyas[at]logicsolutionsgroup.com

 

LOGIC Celebrates 5 Years!

As LOGIC celebrates our five-year anniversary, we reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going.

 
 

Most of us began working together as far back as 2000 and later created LOGIC Solutions Group. With industry support, client backing and second-to-none consultants, this decidedly new business focused our core strengths – information management centered on GIS in Oil & Gas. Initially, we set up shop with a few executive offices in City Centre. During this time, (mostly spent back to back in small offices), we learned a lesson that has become the central pillar of our practice: trust is everything.

Show people exactly who you are and where your focus is. They will either run for the hills or become lifelong friends and evangelists. So far, so good!

We diligently began hitting the market for consulting opportunities, hired on a handful of consultants, secured several pieces of business and began managing P&L statements that were more “L” than “P” in the beginning. Quarterly meetings were held at 4-top and 6-top tables with impassioned discussions of conquering the consulting world.

Slowly but surely, we increased momentum as more and more clients trusted us with their initiatives. We were also able to solidify LOGIC with top-notch, relationship-based consultants while continuing to strengthen our long term relationship with Esri and we furthered this relationship by securing offices alongside Esri Houston in 2013. Proximity allowed collaboration and partnering opportunities while our team continued to grow. At the same time, we were building a relationship with Safesoft’s FME, formalized a partnership focused on O&G workflows and presented a couple of client success stories at the FME World Tour.

We also started working with two supermajors on their strategic vision for geospatial data management. We began building out roadmaps and supporting projects for one and helped to implement a cutting edge, state of the art enterprise GIS solution for the other. When scaled, these larger deployments created domain knowledge and opportunities to deliver similar engagements with a handful of large mid-tiers, small operators and pipeline service providers.

We’re all in this together for the long haul, side-by-side. No matter where you are or what you’re doing.

2015: OUCH! We’ve all experienced an industry downturn of epic proportions.

We were able to put out wildfire after wildfire by being open, honest and communicating with our clients - these same clients have stuck by us as the industry continues to improve. With this openness, we’ve managed to remain profitable, retain long term relationships with our consultants, and provide a solid, fun place to work while continuing to provide value to our clients.

LOGIC is a team of both our consultants and our clients. Regular events and interactions give us insight into how we can grow our consulting practice, what direction they see the industry heading and how their communication needs and preferences are evolving.

As momentum shifts from crisis control to the new normal of lower commodity prices, companies are still figuring out how to operate in this phase of O&G history. Over the last year, we’ve added new talent to our team and expect that trend to continue as the industry improves.

What do 2017 and beyond hold?

By remaining true to our founding principles, our clients hold our business partnerships in high regard. Our drive to better serve our clients is setting the stage for new strategic partnerships and technologies for us to keep delivering cutting-edge solutions.

The industry will look different going forward, and so will we. Although we’ve gotten leaner and smarter, we’ll still be providing clients with continued value and deliver innovative information management and GIS for the oil and gas industry. We look forward to working with you!

Recent Projects: Highlights Of Our Work On The Website and Blog

 
 

The mini case studies are aimed at providing insight into the business and technical challenges facing your peers, the industry and our team. Each one will highlight the challenge, the solution, current project status and any realized benefits.

We’ll be covering the updates on the blog. Keep an eye out and reach out with any questions.

Global Database Upgrades for Major Oil & Gas Company

ArcSDE

is Esri's technology for accessing and managing geospatial data within relational databases. ArcSDE geodatabases allow you to use other Esri products, such as ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server, as well as custom applications to store, use, and manage all your GIS data in one database management system.

Recently our team led a global ArcSDE upgrade effort for a major oil and gas company. Over the course of the project, our team worked with dozens of offices around the world to remotely upgrade and test the involved databases using a mix of scripts and test plans.

As a result of collaborative planning and clear communication, the upgrade was completed with no hiccups or unexpected issues. Our client quickly regained use of ArcSDE to fulfill day-to-day needs with some additional features delivered by the upgrade.

Spatial Data Management Workflow Automation with FME for Super Major Business Unit

Our client manages an enormous amount of data. Ingesting, synthesizing and distributing data are the responsibilities of the Data Management team. Our team worked with the client to understand their goals, systems and data functions.

Enter Safe Software’s FME, which allows for the automated flow of data between applications. From there, we helped them build out a robust Extract, Transform and Load architecture that leverages Esri’s ArcGIS Platform, Python, SQL and FME suite in order to meet their daily data needs.   

The development of spatial data management workflows has allowed the large E&P to automate many data transfers, improve quality and enrich data for improved business function. The workflows are taking care of those data tasks we all face each day and is still operating while the team gets some much needed sleep – we are talking lifesaver status!

So far, automated workflows have been applied to:

· IHS

· Drillinginfo

· P2/Tobin

· Rextag/HART

· Internal databases

Customized Portal Tools for Advanced Selection, Filtering, and Display Capabilities to Denver based Operator

This project included the need to optimize a smaller Portal for AcrGIS environment, and to provide a custom Portal Theme with an advanced selection and filtering tool. The result was a solution which stabilizes and adds advanced features to Esri Table Control, giving it more functional power.

The custom Esri Theme allows our client to easily spin up new Web Applications via Web AppBuilder.

Some benefits of the new environment include:

· Stable ArcGIS for Portal environment (no more random error messages)

· Advanced filtering of data on map

· Advanced visualization choice of the data

· Ease of Web Application authoring and deployment

Global Geospatial Data Management Assessment for Super Major with Detailed Roadmap and Implementation Deliverables

The LOGIC team led a geospatial data management assessment for an international integrated Super Major. The project began by analyzing the current spatial and related data management environment and resulted in providing a roadmap to move their GIS efforts forward.

The main focus of the assessment was Upstream, however with any comprehensive roadmap, Midstream and Downstream were taken into account. 

Here are a few highlights of the strategic assessment areas that were addressed.

A detailed implementation roadmap including timeline and budget were delivered at the completion of the assessment. 

·  Geospatial data governance:

· Governance structure, processes and procedures

· Roles and responsibility

· Data standards

· Geospatial data architecture:

· Data classification framework

· Data architecture

· Physical architecture

· Security

Please contact LOGIC today for further questions on any of the projects mentioned.

Hello World - 2016 is off to the races!

 
 

Written by:  Todd Buehlman, LOGIC Solutions Group

Hello World (tip of the hat to our coders out there). 2016 is officially off to the races! Of course, at near $30 oil and much indication it is going to get worse before it gets better, maybe some want to slink back to 2015…or better yet, 2014. 

Well, only time will tell.  Many think we may be able to clear the glut by early summer and some are hopeful that movement from Saudi Arabia and OPEC will speed a recovery along but that all remains to be seen.

Even while we in the O&G industry are looking for steady ground underneath us, Esri is moving forward with new WebApps, widgets, data types, administration tools and functionality on “The Platform”. ArcGIS Online continues to grow in terms of administrative and map making control.  In addition, as ArcGIS Online evolves, so does Portal and the rest of the WebApps and widgets we all want and need. All of which is good news. 

The LOGIC team is working towards our second widgets release (read more on our first release if you missed it). Our focus on GIS has not waned as our clients (you!) are busier than ever and trying to do more with less.  Enterprise GIS, Portal, Widgets and Safesofts’s FME will be our focus this year as we work to establish or stabilize our client’s environments, expand their capabilities with Portal and Widgets and help save time while improving data quality and richness with FME.

No one can see into the future, but as is always the case, this too shall pass. Hang tight, let’s get efficient and have a good time doing it!

Have a great 2016 from the LOGIC crew.  More blogs to come this year as we dive deeper into FME, Spotfire, more widgets and other hopefully salient topics.  Feedback or requests are always appreciated.

LOGIC’s Widget Library and The End of Platform “Bolt-Ons”

Without in-house expertise or ever tightening bandwidth, an enterprise Esri setup and configuration can be daunting.  The push to possibly shorten time-to-market, increase out of the box functionality or to manage lag time between major Esri releases for a company’s first Web Map can result in the purchase of 3rd party products that advertise to be a bolt-on and accelerator to the Esri framework.

Although the 3rd party tool may have done the trick for a particular instance, the environment now has an added layer of complexity that still needs to be maintained… and paid for.

Why not start managing Esri with Esri. Publishing powerful WebApps with Esri tools makes managing Esri from within the Platform free and easy. With ArcGIS for Server, Portal for ArcGIS 10.3+ and Web AppBuilder, you can leave behind those 3rd party tools. Setting up and maintaining the Esri tools for specific functions within your organization is now a breeze for in-house GIS departments or outside experts.

In addition to Esri’s pre-made tools, LOGIC is happy to debut our LOGIC Widget Library. Today, we released the first phase of cost effective widgets for the Oil & Gas market. Saving time on repetitive or multi-click tasks in a map in order to access business critical information lets geoscientists and Land Men make better and quicker decisions.

Our widgets are designed to take complicated or multi-step tasks and streamline them. We've done the legwork to make daily tasks for GIS departments and users easy and integrated. 

Our widgets include:
  • Energy IQ Trusted Data Manager Integrator
  • Zoom To Land Grid
  • Advanced Elevation Profile
  • Advanced Production Summary
  • Tibco Spotfire Integrator
  • Tibco OpenSpirit Integrator  

Dig into the individual features and functions here


Now more than ever, the fact that companies continue to manage expensive bolt-ons that add layers of intricacy and overhead is coming under fire. The time has come to take the power of the Esri Platform into your own hands and start utilizing the innate capabilities of Web AppBuilder, Collector, Operations Dashboard, Navigator, ArcGIS Pro and the LOGIC Widgets.

LOGIC Solutions Group: 1 of a Small Group of Safe Software Partners in the US

LOGIC Solutions Group and Safe Software

LOGIC Solutions Group and Safe Software (makers of FME) are excited to announce we have established a formal business partnership to better serve the oil and gas community.  Our team is honored to be a Houston based Safe Software Solution Provider, focusing on Oil & Gas, and 1 of a small group of official Safe Partners in the US. LOGIC has FME Certified Professionals on staff with reference-able projects in the oil and gas industry with recent FME projects that have included SCADA, IHS and Drillinginfo data.

“We’re pleased to welcome LOGIC Solutions Group to our new Solutions Provider Program,” says Don Murray, President and Co-Founder of Safe Software. “We look forward to seeing the innovative projects that come out of this partnership.”

Why FME?

Connect virtually any data with out-of-the-box FME. With FME, incompatible systems are a thing of the past. FME allows you to move data between 300+ formats and applications, while preserving data quality throughout the conversion process.

Transform raw data to meet any need. Mash up data, perform complex operations and output to any format or data store; however it’s needed.

Think of FME as your data Swiss Army knife that includes hundreds of transformers and tools that perform powerful data manipulation tasks all while giving you visibility into your data quality and processes.

Automate and rejoice! All FME workflows are reusable and can be configured to run automatically whenever new data is introduced or scheduled to run at a specific interval.  And, with robust notifications and logging, you can quickly react and adjust accordingly.  Powerful stuff.

FME gives you a proven system for advanced ETL, but also allows you to add valuable analyses to your data in the process. For example, while spatializing data:

Why not look for patterns and add additional valuable attributes such as distance from the nearest pipeline or lease road? 

Or create aggregate, de-normalized layers for quickly ascertaining competitor activity in an area?  

How can LOGIC help?

Our technology team’s experience with oil and gas data sets and systems used to make data discoverable gives us proper industry context to help businesses achieve tactical and strategic objectives. With LOGIC, you have a trusted partner that can help identify data ETL to be automated, while augmenting the data and adding business value.

With spatial extract, transform and load (“ETL”) tools and empowering data technicians to not just move and load data quickly, but to yield maximum value, FME is the best of breed. 

Please contact LOGIC today to find out how we can help you with your ETL strategy and provide FME services to deliver undiscovered business data to your users; fast, accurate, and enriched.

 

Is Your GIS Healthy?

 
 

(Source: arcgis.com)

Written by: Todd Buehlman, LOGIC Solutions Group

Having accurate geographical information about land management, operations and processing is critical to making informed decisions. Key to delivering accurate information is the overall health of your GIS.

Our ArcGIS Health Checklist is geared to help you spot-check a few areas within ArcSDE, ArcGIS Server and Portal for ArcGIS that impact the overall system wellness. These are not meant to be comprehensive, but more of a “tips and tricks” list to keep your GIS healthy, fast and supportable in the future.

ArcGIS Health Checklist: 

ArcSDE

Appropriate Indexing – Don’t index everything, but index the right things in the right order. Over indexing adds overhead to your system.

Appropriate Nesting – Feature datasets are great for network datasets and other constructs that require the technology; however, using them for organization like folders can cause unwanted side effects.

Know The Differences – There are quite a few database platforms available for ArcSDE, know where each one is strongest and the reasons why to select one over another. There have been numerous side by side comparisons published between Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle for instance. Easy to find online.

Don’t Forget To Compress – Posting and compressing an ArcSDE database regularly is one of the most important things to consider when using ANY versioned data.

ArcGIS Server

Benchmark Your Services – Utilize industry standard benchmarking tools to set a bar and measure yourself against. Take note of what your users consider acceptable performance times and scale your services to match.  If national real estate service is performing poorly consider breaking it into multiple services that are “fit-for-purpose” or regional rather than have one large service.

Clean Up After Yourself – Be aware of your server performance and plan to expand accordingly, the number of services you host out can affect your performance even if the services are not being used. 

Portal for ArcGIS

Register Your Portal

items with appropriate metadata for ease of search – make sure your services are discoverable and easily added to maps.

HTTPS and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) – Decide your security model up front. Portal will default to HTTPS (secure, encrypted) even within your firewall upon installation.  A little planning up front can pay off exponentially.

Groups and Gallery Viewers – If you are using Gold Standard style data management it is important to let the users know which data is “golden”.  The use of special groups, users or well-organized gallery apps can also be helpful.

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There are many layers to successfully managing a multi-server GIS architecture and sometimes seemingly simple tasks can get complicated. Remember to have a well thought out plan before getting started in the Platform.  Let us know if LOGIC can help you install or optimize your Esri Platform.

Spotfire [is] the new GIS

 
 

(Source: TIBCO Spotfire® data visualization and analytics software)

Written by: Todd Buehlman, LOGIC Solutions Group

I will always be a GIS geek. There is nothing like Jack getting up and talking about the “notion” of this or that at an ESRI UC plenary.  I like just saying “UC plenary” because it conjures up great San Diego weather, the press of ~15,000 like-minded GIS folks and the passion behind nearly 40 years of innovation with ESRI software. 

The Energy Forum

Recently I attended the Houston Energy Forum presented by Tibco, which focused onTibco Spotfire and Tibco OpenSpirit technology suites. To be honest I haven’t felt so jazzed about technology in a while. 

The atmosphere brought back great memories from when folks were overly enthusiastic about ESRI conversations around the “The List” (an informal, but treasured document noting user issues and requests). Passionate users would wave their hands in the air to make sure their gripe about 7th level wizard label shadows not turning upside down correctly was captured and set to be worked on by the ESRI team. We got some of that hands-on user enthusiasm at The Energy Forum… and that is a good thing. It’s a direct sign that the software is alive, dynamic and driving passion from its users.  Tibco users are engaged and that engagement will help to make Spotfire even better over time.

What the hype is about?

While I am no “Data Scientist”, it’s clear what the hype is all about.  Like GIS, Spotfire allows users to see patterns that they would not readily see in a spreadsheet (without substantial pivoting of tables, hoop jumping and artistry).  Spotfire provides a visual analysis as well as the ability to easily drill into and interrogate the data of interest.  And, of course, the beauty lies within the capability that Spotfire combines the two.  Together, Spotfire and GIS are even more powerful, providing deep insights into oil and gas data. So, while I think Spotfire is the new GIS, GIS is also still the new GIS. 

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LOGIC Solutions Group has the skill and experience to help your team implement Tibco solutions.  We will work with your line of business users and your GIS team to identify quick wins and strategic initiatives to accelerate the process.  Please contact us today to discuss how we can help.

ArcGIS Earth – 3D Made Easy and a Conspiracy Theory

ArcGIS Earth is Esri’s latest technology offering that holds the promise of a lightweight, high-performance 3D data visualization engine for the enterprise. Though this is true, there are some interesting nuances to consider as well as a question to be answered.

 
 

First, let’s review what’s in question…or rather my conspiracy theory: if Google is working with Esri to transition users away from Google and Esri now has something that looks a WHOLE LOT like Google Earth…could Esri’s new technology be Google Earth at its core? Which makes sense.  If Google and Esri are working so closely together, why would Esri re-create the wheel? Ok, so maybe not earth shattering (please excuse the double-entendre) but could answer why ArcGIS Earth works with KML

(Keyhole Markup Language) out of the gate.

So, where does ArcGIS Earth fit into the enterprise? The Esri website Common Questions section of the ArcGIS Earth page, tells us where this is headed. 

How does ArcGIS Earth fit with the rest of my ArcGIS technology stack?

“ArcGIS Earth is a fully supported app on the ArcGIS platform. It joins the ranks of other Esri apps such as Collector for ArcGIS, Esri Story Maps, and Esri Maps for Office, to deliver value to both GIS and non-GIS users in your enterprise. Like those apps, it is fully integrated with the ArcGIS platform, allowing you to take advantage of data you already have in ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS.” 

- Esri Website

Will it be free?

ArcGIS Earth will be another powerful tool in the “Platform” offering. For those companies that have been thinking there will be a “free” version of ArcGIS Earth where their users can browse enterprise content, current signs are pointing to no. The ArcGIS Earth offering will likely require a named ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS for Portal user just like all of the other Platform offerings coming from Esri. 

And, that is OK.

Mainly, because Esri will surely be expanding on the simplicity of Google Earth to add the ability to pull in Web Map Services like the ArcGIS Online background layers or your internal Portal’s business layers.  Esri will add the ability to overlay internally authored Web Maps and Widgets down the road making the ArcGIS Earth tool more valuable and powerful than ever. 

So long flat files!

Imagine GIS professionals within Oil & Gas organizations authoring powerful Web Maps and pushing those to the Google Earth-like maps on everyone’s desktops, avoiding KML and flat files while ensuring those users are consuming “gold standard” data?

So, where does ArcGIS Earth fit into your organization?  It is another powerful tool in your Esri Platform tool belt…and boy is it cool.

Zero To Enterprise 2.0

In early 2013, LOGIC presented its first Zero to Enterprise position brief that helped guide organizations through the Enterprise GIS maturity path.  With Zero to Enterprise 2.0, the power of the Esri Platform is fully integrated into the recommendations of the maturity life cycle analysis.

This brief helps you quickly determine where your organization is along the path and acts as a guide to achieving value from the Platform with an eye on attaining a strategic GIS environment. 

In nearly all of our client conversations, we hear the need for a mature GIS to support the enterprise with improved search and discoverability, collaboration, and decision making that provides a single, trusted source of the truth via an intuitive map interface. Spatially aware, exceptionally delivered, Zero to Enterprise 2.0 is here. 

Download the brief here and contact us to have a discussion on where you are on the GIS maturity life cycle between Zero and Enterprise. 

 
 

Zero Touch GIS

Enterprise GIS

Most organizations utilize spatial data and systems and may not realize that they are using a type of Geographic Information System (“GIS”). Other organizations might have a robust GIS servicing the entire enterprise in various capacities from robust desktop data management to lightweight field mobile devices.  Enterprise GIS represents a mature, governed ArcGIS Platform that brings key company maps and data sets into user’s hands via desktop, web and mobile on demand. Maps for everyone.

A mature GIS supports the enterprise with improved search and discoverability, collaboration, decision making and provides a single, trusted source of the truth via an intuitive map interface.  The GIS is valid, accurate, complete and trusted, but it is still multiple clicks away.  Users generally have to actively seek out and interact with GIS professionals or overly complex query and analysis tools to answer the really interesting questions.  The information sought must be actively pulled from systems and resources as opposed to the right information in the right context being pushed to the user at the right time.

Zero Touch GIS

While it is sometimes rare for companies to have a powerful and robust Enterprise GIS, once achieved, the ability to supply a “Zero Touch GIS” is possible.  Zero Touch GIS refers to a system where the right data is begin pushed to the user at the right time in the right context.  The user does not have to send an email, chase down a land person to build them a map, put a ticket in a queue, open ArcMap Desktop or open a web map and start filtering or querying to get a map product.  As users access maps on their phone, tablet, web or desktop, the map that displays is already in the right context, displaying just the data that the user needs and expects.  Layers don’t have to be turned on or off, query or filter data sets don’t requiring modification, and symbolization is correct.  The map has the right content, context and pre-calculated analyses.

Organizations can achieve this level of service by continuing to build close relationships with the line of business and becoming the “trusted advisor”.  By proactively anticipating user needs instead of reacting to requests, a better understanding of the data behind the analyses and maps will result.

The GIS team is now anticipating user needs.  They are pre-processing and high-grading data so that when the business user opens a map, they don’t have to query, interpret or mash up data, but instead the answer they are seeking is already on the map.  The competitor analysis is already there, the top ten performing and bottom ten performing wells are already there, the platforms assets endangered by the coming storm are already there. 

Next Steps

LOGIC Solutions Group has the skill and experience to help your team achieve Zero Touch GIS.  We will work with your line of business users and your GIS team to identify quick wins and strategic initiatives to accelerate the process.  Please contact us today to discuss how we can help.

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After months of hardwork, client meetings and taking a hard look at how we wanted to talk to folks about our GIS and Information Management practice, we are happy to announce the launch of our new website.

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