The Story of our Story Maps – Part 1 of 3

Last year at Exprodat we decided to hold an internal competition that would couple the keen minds of our staff and our deeply ingrained love of (quality) maps. In days gone our map competitions elicited a few high quality entries, but due to the limitless possibilities of available data and the necessity of using ArcGIS…

Re-evaluating your GIS

Look around, and you’ll find GIS everywhere – in obvious and less obvious ways. From Google Maps to air traffic control, from parcel tracking to land use analysis, geographical information systems have come to underpin every major aspect of our economy, including oil and gas. GIS is no longer a standalone concept or system, it’s…

Tips for web-based map design

The focus on web mapping application is back, or maybe it never really went away. As we use browser-based mapping technologies more and more I think it is time to discuss what, in my experience, has been important in web-based map creation. In this blog I suggest some things to consider when publishing from a…

Converting Models to Scripts - Cleaning Tips

Models to Scripts: Cleaning Tips

Introduction In my current role, scripting is by far my favourite activity. I’ve always enjoyed language, and in the same way I enjoy writing and reading other’s scripts. Although reading, understanding, and altering scripts written by others can often be seen as an area where the drudgery must be mitigated or avoided, I enjoy trying…

Advanced Labelling with Python

Advanced Labelling with Python

There can be times when data which is available to you may not present information exactly as you would like.  Variations in units are common. In many cases, you can simply create a new column and calculate a converted value. What happens when you don’t have write access to the data? Suddenly you have an…

Our Esri 2015 UC Q&A Highlights

Our Esri 2015 UC Q&A Highlights

There’s only a few days left before the 2015 Esri User Conference (UC) in San Diego, and Esri has released the UC Q&A, which aims to answer common questions about Esri’s products and services, and also sets the scene for the UC. It’s a comprehensive document; the PDF download stretches to 169 pages; so here (in…

Tip 29 Using ModelBuilder Iterators

Tip 29: Using ModelBuilder Iterators

Build once, process many! In a previous blog it was discussed how you can use ArcPy to perform batch geoprocessing instead of using the ‘batch’ option for a tool. There is however a 3rd way you could consider that is far quicker than using the ‘batch’ option, plus you don’t need to know any Python!…