gis-l: ESRI User Conference Overview

Clay, Linc Linc.Clay@dep.state.fl.us
Fri, 20 Aug 2004 16:03:13 -0400


GIS Users,

This year's ESRI Users Conference announced continuing developments for
desktop, web, and mobile GIS applications, but few immediate impacts to =
DEP
GIS users.

ArcGIS 9.0 for desktop GIS users offers several new features and =
functions,
including advanced Geoprocessing, the return of command line utilities, =
and
cartography tools.  Advanced Geoprocessing brings back the AML =
capabilities
of command line ARC/INFO and adds to it a very nice "modeling tool" to =
help
define and implement a series of linked steps.  This will be very useful =
and
enable us to automate a number of manual tasks.  Also of note is the =
ArcGlobe
feature of 3D Analyst plus a number of new 3-D visualization =
capabilities.=20

However, we are recommending that DEP GIS users continue to use the =
current
platform of ArcGIS 8.3 until the stability release of 9.0.1 expected for
early fall is delivered (some stability and additional platforms).  The
expected release of 9.0.2 is early winter (stability commensurate with =
8.3,
plus Network Analyst extension).  The 9.1 release is slated for next =
summer.


If you want to test drive 9.0 but don't want the risk of instability, =
you can
do so via Remote Services.  Contact Richard Butgereit who is hosting a =
copy
(richard.butgereit@dep.state.fl.us 850/245-8531).  If you are willing to =
take
the risks, the 9.0 download is available via DEPNET and District GIS
Coordinators or IT TechReps have installation CDs.

ArcGIS Server is an exciting new technology to further leverage GIS use =
by
web users.  As the software is also both complicated and expensive, =
BIS/GIS
and DWRM will be working together to assess the role of this technology
within DEP.

ArcPad 7.0 also offers increased performance and features and functions,
especially when used in conjunction with geodatabases in ArcGIS.  ArcPad =
7.0
will be available later this year.

The folks who attended this year's conference are planning to host a
brown-bag seminar in mid to late September.  The date and time will be
announced once it is scheduled.

Linc Clay
FDEP/DRAM/BIS/GIS
2600 Blair Stone Rd, MS 6520
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400
Voice: 850-245-8295, SC 205-8295
Fax: 850-245-8263, SC 205-8263
Email: linc.clay@dep.state.fl.us