gis-l: ERAtools migration plans
Mon, 21 Feb 2005 15:51:33 -0500
I've been asked by Linc Clay to provide some information on the status =
migration plans for the ERAtools extension to ArcView 3.x and the =
ArcGIS training classes...
What is ERAtools?
Many FDEP GIS users (particularly those in the ERP program) are familiar =
the ERAtools extension to ArcView 3.2a. Those unfamiliar with the =
may visit http://depnet/wrm/special/gis/eratools/index.htm, look for
Environmental Resource Analysis extension to ArcView GIS (ERAtools), and =
more to learn about the powerful GIS analysis and data management tools =
extension makes available to desktop GIS users.
How much longer may ERAtools be used?
FDEP's GIS migration plans call for moving away from ArcView 3.2a. In =
ArcView 3.2a is no longer supported by BIS/GIS, and we expect that =
and ArcView 3.2a may no longer be usable within the Department when =
upgrades our GIS data library from the current version to ArcSDE 9.x
(scheduled for late summer or early fall of '05). Until then, folks
interested in using ERAtools may still have access to these tools by
installing ArcView 3.2a and the optional ERAtools configuration found at
What replacements are being developed for ERAtools?
We are working on 2 replacements for users of ERAtools--
The first replacement is to enhance GIS analysis capabilities in =
mapping sites like ERAonline (http://wrmims/eraonline) and Map Direct. =
GIS analyses available through these websites require no additional =
be installed on the user's machine and also require little or no =
Though these analyses do not offer the flexibility and robustness of =
currently available in ERAtools, we are working on making the analyses =
powerful and including more user options. Map Direct, currently under
development, includes some of these enhancements, and may be test driven =
visiting the WRM Data Portal at http://wrmims/dataportal, selecting =
Location or Search by Facility, making choices to open the map, and then
using the Analysis Point tool in the Map Direct window.
The second replacement we are working on is recreating some of the GIS
analysis capabilities of ERAtools in ArcGIS 9.x. The target audience =
these tools is GIS analysts, and the recent Geoprocessing and Python =
was a step towards developing these tools. We hope to have these tools
available by the end of this summer. =20
What does this mean to the upcoming Intro to ArcGIS I classes?
GIS users who were planning on attending these classes expecting that =
same tools currently available to them in ERAtools (e.g. Standard
Resources-At-Risk or Topic Query and Analysis) would be available in =
should not attend these classes. GIS users who regularly make =
maps, extensively create and edit their own GIS data, and/or perform =
GIS analyses should attend these classes. For more information on =
please visit http://depnet/gis/training.
Environmental Consultant, Florida DEP
(850) 245-8531 SC 205-8531