Real-Time, Sketch-Based GIS Database

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.

Jan 7th, 2010

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00:01Here we are, real-time sketch-based GIS database updates to support crisis command and mobile resource deployment.

00:08I’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.

00:16Matthew Baker and Tom Pattison from Esri will... will run the live demo here.

00:22Really, what we’re going to take a look at is the technology integration between ArcGIS and Wacom pen displays.

00:29And there are just a couple of key points that we’re trying to bring home.

00:34Speed, intuitive, the ability to publish real-time updates, and publish those updates to mobile clients.

00:42In 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.

00:58Again, ultimately focusing on speed and safety.

01:04With 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.

01:18Thanks Mike.

01:20Am I on? Alright. You can hear me okay.

01:21Well, 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.

01:27And 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...

01:33But what state these search and rescue and wildfire people are out with GIS and that was a real eye-opener to me.

01:39So, 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.

01:50And hopefully this demonstration will show just that.

01:53But 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.

01:59I 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.

02:14So, let’s just show them how it works.

02:15Alright. 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.

02:25I'm waiting for this to pop up and I'll launch this one more time.

02:26What we’re looking at here is ArcMap and we’re looking at our World Imagery Service coming from ArcGIS Online.

02:32So 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.

02:39Here’s all the features that come from the standard wildfire symbol sets.

02:43Immediately I see that I get feature templates with them, which means that I can draw with them.

02:47So, what’s... what's the scenario?

02:49We had an arson fire that occurred over by Oak Glen, so let’s put the point of origin right here.

02:56And then we had the uncontrolled fire’s edge coming down this ridge.

03:00So that would be right along here?

03:01Yep, just follow it all the way down.

03:04Alright, and then starting there, we had a dozer line tied into the road.

03:09Right there?

03:10Yeah. All the way into the road.

03:13And then from there it was all a controlled fire’s edge, going up the right flank.

03:18[indistinct] line here?


03:20Okay... Kind of a thing like that?


03:24Okay. So, I’m sketching, big deal.

03:26How does this get out to people? I save my edits.

03:29I’m still editing, technically. But this data is tied into a map service.

03:32And here, there’s a little Flex application running in a Web browser.

03:36And this isn’t really doing too much complicated.

03:38Right now I can see my different types of maps—topographic, street map, and so on.

03:43When I make another call to the service, that is, I just make a quick little pan, that data shows up right away.

03:48So 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.

03:57So I can sort of get some control over what information I have.

04:01I can get a better look at it. I can zoom in and zoom out.

04:04I can turn off the different types of data that I want to look at.

04:07And I can control the transparency of my data, my operational data, and I can control the transparency of my basemaps.

04:15So, this is very lightweight. Right? Web browser.

04:18Connection 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.

04:26So that kind of tied that together.

04:29And so we go back to ArcMap, back at incident command or wherever we might be, and something’s changed.

04:33So, what’s the new situation now?

04:35Well, let’s show them where the incident command post is. It's located here.

04:38Okay. So, I'm going to drop this symbol right about... we say it's here?


04:42Okay. I drop that in.

04:43And then we’ll make this more manageable with some division breaks.

04:46So, the first break is at the point of origin.


04:50And the other break is down here where the dozer line comes in, and a third break would be midway in the completed line.

04:56And, we’ll label them Division A.

05:00So I’ll type in, Div A, right there?

05:05Right. And then Division B will be down here.

05:08Right down here? Right.


05:13And then the last division, that will be Division Z because we always allow room for expansion.

05:20Z or Zed, depending on where you're from.

05:22There it is. It's that simple.

05:24Okay. So I save my edits again, and that should pop up on the map.

05:27We’re trying to fix how the labels get served out there, but that’s... that's to come.

05:31So, 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.

05:40So anyway, that’s the idea.

05:42Very quick, I think it’s very useful, very simple.

05:45And based on my experience with first responders, if it’s not simple and easy to use...

05:50...the technology will not be deployed.

05:52So, 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.

06:03Great. Okay.

06:05Thanks Tom, thanks Mike.

06:07Okay, I just want to say...

06:12I 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.

06:17I’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.

06:23And... and Tom and I have talked about this several times.

06:25You can come in as long as it’s configured correctly.

06:27You don’t really need to know much GIS.

06:29Pick up your pen and begin to draw and serve this data back out there.

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