On day two of the 2010 GeoDesign Summit, Mike Dana discusses the integration of ArcGIS and an interactive pen display to support GeoDesign-like workflows.
00:01 Here we are, real-time sketch-based GIS database updates to support crisis command and mobile resource deployment.
00:08 I’m a smart enough person to have surrounded myself with people a lot smarter than me, so I’m actually just going to kick off and introduce this.
00:16 Matthew Baker and Tom Pattison from Esri will... will run the live demo here.
00:22 Really, what we’re going to take a look at is the technology integration between ArcGIS and Wacom pen displays.
00:29 And there are just a couple of key points that we’re trying to bring home.
00:34 Speed, intuitive, the ability to publish real-time updates, and publish those updates to mobile clients.
00:42 In this example, in a... in a fire emergency response circumstance, you’ll see that the workflow that these guys are going to show...
00:52 ...allows, you know, real-time deployment, people in the field, to consume real-time updates.
00:58 Again, ultimately focusing on speed and safety.
01:04 With that, I’m going to hand off to... to Matthew and Tom, but first I have to make sure that we... I give credit to Matthew for coming up with the concept...
01:13 ...of sketch, serve, and use.
01:18 Thanks Mike.
01:20 Am I on? Alright. You can hear me okay.
01:21 Well, I got to thank Tom for allowing me to go out and visit the Cal Fire headquarters at the recent wildfires in...
01:26 ...Yucaipa and Oak Glen.
01:27 And that was a real sort of vision into what is going on with GIS, and just sort of, I don’t want to say how behind...
01:33 But what state these search and rescue and wildfire people are out with GIS and that was a real eye-opener to me.
01:39 So, knowing what type of technology that we have right now, and the tools that we have available, it struck me that, well...
01:44 ...if there’s a way to do this simply and easily, using what we were going to have in 9.4, then we should try to implement it.
01:50 And hopefully this demonstration will show just that.
01:53 But I’m going to let Tom sort of introduce the concept of what’s going on in a wildfire situation and how this stuff can help us out.
01:59 I spent 30 years working in emergency management with BLM and the National Park Service, and I wish I would have had this technology...
02:06 ...ten years go because it is so simple and easy to use that nontrained first responders, like park rangers and firefighters, could easily use it.
02:14 So, let’s just show them how it works.
02:15 Alright. So yes... yesterday we took at look at our feature templates in 9.4 and this is sort of like our ArcSketch and our sketching and so on, ope, sorry.
02:25 I'm waiting for this to pop up and I'll launch this one more time.
02:26 What we’re looking at here is ArcMap and we’re looking at our World Imagery Service coming from ArcGIS Online.
02:32 So one of the basemaps we looked at yesterday. If I start editing, and I just have a simple toolbar which I've customized with a couple of little tasks.
02:39 Here’s all the features that come from the standard wildfire symbol sets.
02:43 Immediately I see that I get feature templates with them, which means that I can draw with them.
02:47 So, what’s... what's the scenario?
02:49 We had an arson fire that occurred over by Oak Glen, so let’s put the point of origin right here.
02:56 And then we had the uncontrolled fire’s edge coming down this ridge.
03:00 So that would be right along here?
03:01 Yep, just follow it all the way down.
03:04 Alright, and then starting there, we had a dozer line tied into the road.
03:09 Right there?
03:10 Yeah. All the way into the road.
03:13 And then from there it was all a controlled fire’s edge, going up the right flank.
03:18 [indistinct] line here?
03:20 Okay... Kind of a thing like that?
03:24 Okay. So, I’m sketching, big deal.
03:26 How does this get out to people? I save my edits.
03:29 I’m still editing, technically. But this data is tied into a map service.
03:32 And here, there’s a little Flex application running in a Web browser.
03:36 And this isn’t really doing too much complicated.
03:38 Right now I can see my different types of maps—topographic, street map, and so on.
03:43 When I make another call to the service, that is, I just make a quick little pan, that data shows up right away.
03:48 So this is a dynamic map service tied to my editing session, over top of a cached map service, so we’ve got two types of services out here.
03:57 So I can sort of get some control over what information I have.
04:01 I can get a better look at it. I can zoom in and zoom out.
04:04 I can turn off the different types of data that I want to look at.
04:07 And I can control the transparency of my data, my operational data, and I can control the transparency of my basemaps.
04:15 So, this is very lightweight. Right? Web browser.
04:18 Connection to the Internet would be the only limitation for the user of this, but we took a look at a nice satellite Internet demonstration about a month ago.
04:26 So that kind of tied that together.
04:29 And so we go back to ArcMap, back at incident command or wherever we might be, and something’s changed.
04:33 So, what’s the new situation now?
04:35 Well, let’s show them where the incident command post is. It's located here.
04:38 Okay. So, I'm going to drop this symbol right about... we say it's here?
04:42 Okay. I drop that in.
04:43 And then we’ll make this more manageable with some division breaks.
04:46 So, the first break is at the point of origin.
04:50 And the other break is down here where the dozer line comes in, and a third break would be midway in the completed line.
04:56 And, we’ll label them Division A.
05:00 So I’ll type in, Div A, right there?
05:05 Right. And then Division B will be down here.
05:08 Right down here? Right.
05:13 And then the last division, that will be Division Z because we always allow room for expansion.
05:20 Z or Zed, depending on where you're from.
05:22 There it is. It's that simple.
05:24 Okay. So I save my edits again, and that should pop up on the map.
05:27 We’re trying to fix how the labels get served out there, but that’s... that's to come.
05:31 So, whoops, where are we at here? Control would be the one...
05:36 ...I'm going to zoom out, so getting my Flex zoom orientation going here.
05:40 So anyway, that’s the idea.
05:42 Very quick, I think it’s very useful, very simple.
05:45 And based on my experience with first responders, if it’s not simple and easy to use...
05:50 ...the technology will not be deployed.
05:52 So, I think this is a great example of how nontrained personnel in GIS can actually use the technology to their benefit...
06:00 ...when time is critical and so much is at stake.
06:03 Great. Okay.
06:05 Thanks Tom, thanks Mike.
06:07 Okay, I just want to say...
06:12 I just want to thank the ...thank the guys for the demo and I... and I want to make it a point to call out to all of you.
06:17 I’m not sure what the viewing angle is there, but that whole thing is being done by drawing directly on the surface of an LCD screen.
06:23 And... and Tom and I have talked about this several times.
06:25 You can come in as long as it’s configured correctly.
06:27 You don’t really need to know much GIS.
06:29 Pick up your pen and begin to draw and serve this data back out there.
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