SXBlue Platinum, In the Field

It was finally time to get bundled up and test the SXBlue Platinum in nature. Not only to test the functionality, but with the recent -20c outside, to test the device in a traditional Canadian winter. Before heading out, it was time to setup the device with ArcGIS Collector (v17.0.4). Just in case, the device comes with a great quick start guide to explain the status lights, and how to pair with iOS and Android. It goes even further and helps you setup the SXBlue Platinum with ArcGIS Collector which was a great reminder on the “Provider” adjustments that […]

By |February 7th, 2018|Spatial|0 Comments

SXBlue Platinum, an Introduction

The SXBlue Platinum is one of the newer members to Geneq’s SXBlue family. As discussed below, there is really more than one Platinum – with 3 packages and some additional options available. This first post on the SXBlue Platinum is an introduction to the device, not an in-depth review. The goal is to help explain the features and capabilities of this little blue box. Once the -30 degrees C (-22 F) cold snap ends I’ll get my butt outside to do some field testing with ArcGIS Collector and related apps.
What is the SXBlue Platinum?
What is the SXBlue Platinum? Well, […]

By |January 14th, 2018|Spatial|0 Comments

Multiple Field Key to Single Field Key for Relates using ArcPy

An issue with multi-field unique keys (composite key) is that we can’t use them to setup a join or relate between objects (Feature Classes or Tables) in ArcMap. In this article we will use Python and the ArcPy module to update a unique Multiple Field Key to Single Field Key for Relates using ArcPy.
Multiple Field Key to Single Field Key for Relates using ArcPy?
Python scripting isn’t the only way to do this as there are some OOTB tool combinations that can give us the same result. As well, there are some ArcMap/Pro tricks and database objects that can all […]

ArcMap Layers to LYR Files with Python

A tiny Python script to show how to export ArcMap Layers to LYR Files with Python. Although it’s a short script, it shows how easy it is to use Python with ArcPy to jump into ArcMap layer properties. To add some variation, we will only export layers that sit at the root level of the map’s table of contents. The child layers are still exported inside their parent LYR file.
Pretty basic requirements for this task and based on using almost any version of ArcGIS 10.x (tested on 10.3.1 and 10.5). The goal is to export LYR files by looping through […]

By |October 30th, 2017|Developer|Comments Off on ArcMap Layers to LYR Files with Python

Secure Map Service to Shapefile with Python Part 3

This post is inspired by the many emails I’ve received on the first two posts in this series. This article will address the most most popular question so far: How to work with a secure map service to Shapefile. Short answer, tokens!
Before We Begin
We aren’t covering Part 1 or Part 2 again, but we will continue to build on those concepts. Secure services use the same approach as before with one additional parameter that passes a security token with each request. So once we have the token, the original posts can be used for the rest of the plumbing.
What Are […]

Collector for ArcGIS update

Collector for ArcGIS has its first feature update in 2017. The list of new features includes a few community request items we should all be excited for.
What’s New in Collector for ArcGIS
This release is known as 17.0.1 (all platforms) and 17.0.2 (Android only added bug fixes), includes:

Rename Attachments: A very popular request and a great addition to Collector for ArcGIS. You can now add the attachment (photo, video, etc.) and then change the generic attachment name to your liking.
GPS Averaging: Having a small issue with the name of this new feature (GNSS v GPS), but that aside, another […]

By |June 11th, 2017|Spatial|Comments Off on Collector for ArcGIS update

Web GIS metrics and patterns with Google Analytics

Scouring through some blogs the other day I came across an article from Esri regarding the “Most frequently used Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS widgets in publicly available apps”.  Web GIS metrics aren’t discussed very often, so definitely worth a read. It’s actually a review of 10,000 public apps and most popular widgets in use. I would typically read the article, make a mental note or two, and move on – but this article led me to ask myself a few questions: How do the tools we add to the apps relate to web GIS metrics/analytics? What tools are used […]

By |April 27th, 2017|Analysis|Comments Off on Web GIS metrics and patterns with Google Analytics

ArcGIS Javascript API 3.20

Phew. The long hiatus of posting updates is over. As expected, the world continued to move on without me. This includes an update to Esri’s ArcGIS Javascript API 3.20.
ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.20 is Here
Not too much in this release, although I always appreciate bug fixes! But let’s start with the unique alien updates.

Starting at ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.20 there are Planetary measurements and scale bars. You read correctly. I can’t find a reference on the ideas page to see how many up-votes this had, but I guess there must be some demand. That’s right, you can now use many […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Developer|Comments Off on ArcGIS Javascript API 3.20

ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.19

As we are all waiting in line at the mall to buy some final holiday gifts, ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.19 and 4.2 were released so we could start updating our code while sipping back some rum and eggnog (eggnog is optional).
What’s New in ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.19
A few of the bigger changes include more support for vector tiles and the additional of Arcade expression language.

Vector Tiles are now supported in all ArcGIS-supported spatial references. This addition will help more of us get starting using the vector tile approach as it seems to be the future of basemaps. One downside – you […]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Developer|Comments Off on ArcGIS JavaScript API 3.19

iOS ArcGIS Collector 10.4 with the Bad Elf GNSS Surveyor

I’ve wanted to try ArcGIS Collector with the Bad Elf series of devices to see how it stacks up against some other external GPS/GNSS. I’ve read some great reviews, but needed to try it with Collector to see for myself. Well, send Larry from Bad Elf to the rescue.  His confidence in the Bad Elf devices is very high, so much so, he sent me a Bad Elf GNSS Surveyor to test out. And now – I understand where his confidence comes from.

Update 2016-11-08: GNSS/GPS hardware pricing corrections.
Setting up the Bad Elf GNSS Surveyor
The setup was straightforward on the […]

By |November 5th, 2016|Spatial|Comments Off on iOS ArcGIS Collector 10.4 with the Bad Elf GNSS Surveyor