University of California
Informatics and GIS Program

ESRI ArcGIS User Workshop - Jan 2020 in San Francisco

Wow! It’s been awhile since I posted. That’s because Fall semester was a full one. I’ll update you all on that soon - it basically will be a summary of using Pro for class, which was terrific.

OK on to the workshop.

We started with the inspirational video showcased at 2019 ESRI User Conference, and a video welcome from JD. The theme of the workshop is “Amplify your GIS”, and he introduced the new concept “geospatial infrastructure” also developed in hot-off-the-presses paper with Michael Goodchild. All the ESRI GIS world is referred to as the Esri Geospatial Cloud, and a new key component are the geo-enabled workflows.

What’s New in ArcGIS. There is lots of new stuff in Pro: coding, visualizations, editing workflows; new stuff in AGOL, primarily the new Map Viewer (Beta); and new stuff in the Solutions Workflows. Highlights for me include:

What’s new in ArcGIS Pro – Professional GIS

  • Pro Extensions

    • New extension is LocateXT – unstructured data

  • New in Editor

    • Find and replace in the attribute table

    • Contingent values within Domains

    • Using Arcade for things like automatic calculation of attributes. They suggest we check it out

  • New in Visualization tools

    • Feature binning via the enable Feature Binning tool

    • Opens a new tab on the ribbon, creates dynamic polygons summarizing features found within. e.g. for large point datasets symbolized in hexagons

    • Match Layer Symbology to a Style: Quick way to have different styles  

    • The “Calendar Heat Chart” for data with temporal data

    • You can pie charts to polygon features, changing input and making pie charts variable; and make into 3D

  • New in Coding/Tools"

    • In 2.5, you can schedule your geoprocessing tools. WHAT?

    • You can turn geoprocessing history directly into a script, or Export model to a python file, or Export geoprocessing history directly to python

    • In 2.5, jupyter notebook can be run directly in Pro (from “Notebooks”) in the Catalog

  • Sharing

    • New Layouts: Import Layout Gallery: 12 default templates within a Gallery. You can add your own.

    • Printing: Printing is now done in the background; you can print in black and white; you can tile your larger maps.

    • Password protect your pdfs

    • New format: AIX files for Adobe Illustrator

    • Text boxes: you can now change the shape of your text boxes – reshape along a complex boundary, e.g.

What’s new in ArcGIS Online

  • Map Viewer Beta is the new thing

    • New Layout, with symbolization by field, by expression, (using Arcade) and filter data; New dot density symbolization choice;

    • More control over look and field of pop-ups (yay!), including adding text and images. Dynamic changes, yay!

    • Plus some slick links to Story Maps

What’s new in ArcGIS Solution Workflows

  • Showed us some great stuff from the Conservation Easement Solutions Workflow – migration from a paper-based solution to a digital workflow. There are many other examples

  • Use the ArcGIS Solution Deployment Tool

What’s new in ArcGIS for Developers

  • ESRI continues its work to extend the platform through:

    • Javascript API

    • App Builders – Web AppBuilder (new is Experience Builder, which is in beta testing now)

    • Some other stuff that I wasn’t fast enough to capture. But looks good.

Example GIS workflows

The presenters walked us through a few key sectors using GIS. Some great stuff came out for me to explore, including:

GIS for law enforcement

  • There is a “Crime Analysis” toolbar, BTW. Free and added to the ribbon. It contains lots of crime-relevant tools and some ways to efficiently update data from tables

  • The “Import Records Tool” seems very useful for anyone using large tabular data that updates regularly.

  • Apparently ESRI has quite a few staff/engineers with law enforcement backgrounds who have built most of these tools.

Public Works

  • Showed QuickCapture as an easy workflow to capture information about the condition of streets.

  • Once you have your problem areas, you can route them in AGOL via the “Plan Routes” Tool (uses credits!) in AGOL.

  • Those routes are used with the “Navigator” tool, and integrated with the “Tracker” app

AutoCad integration: you can now edit an ArcGIS hosted feature service in AutoCad. This is a big deal.

Parcel Editing and Parcel Fabric

  • Showcased the Parcel Fabric Administration, and Parcel Tasks

    • Parcel Fabric keeps track of all actions.

    • Update COGO; updates all the directions, areas, etc.


  • This is where ESRI has been building the Urban Solution Workflow

  • We’ve seen this example before at the 2019 ESRI UC; it’s from Boston, discussing planning for a new high rise building and its potential shading of Boston Common.

Lots of stuff to follow up on for IGIS and for projects. Happy 2020.

Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 9:00 PM
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