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Applications designed to: 1) Establish an Authoritative Asset Inventory, 2) Get to your information quickly from any device, and 3) Reduce Transit Time.


This use case examines modern data collection techniques and ways to improve inspection efficiency by keeping Field Inspectors in the field and Project Managers focused on project metrics and progress. 

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Coastal communities flood!!  And driving around them during flooding can be difficult and dangerous.


We’re a non-profit organization that accelerates innovation around coastal resilience solutions and we're offering up to $500,000 to create a next generation traffic app that offers drivers real-time flooding and re-routing information.  Think real-time flood info for Waze - including road closures.


We want teams who can develop and demonstrate a real-time version of this system.

Visit for more details, or email me at .


Paul Robinson

Coastal communities flood!!  And driving around them during flooding can be difficult and dangerous.


We’re a non-profit organization that accelerates innovation around coastal resilience solutions and we're offering up to $500,000 to create a next generation traffic app that offers drivers real-time flooding and re-routing information.  Think real-time flood info for Waze - including road closures.


We want teams who can develop and demonstrate a real-time version of this system.

Visit for more details, or email me at .





Paul Robinson

Executive Director of RISE

Attribute Rules were introduced to the GIS community in January 2019 with the release of ArcGIS Pro 2.3 and ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7.  The focus was and still is improving data quality and reducing erroneous data entry.  While Geodatabase Domains do this through pick lists and validation through range domains, there is nothing stopping an editor from picking the wrong value.  Also, many DOT's attach information onto their asset inventory such as the county, District, Maintenance Region, and other administrative boundaries.  Many DOT's even do this through post-processing.  


What if there was a way to do this in real-time while an Editor is creating a new feature or even moving an existing feature or updating its attributes.  I present to you Attribute Rules.  The Attribute rules are designed to support 3 types of workflows.  

  1. Automatic population of attributes.
  2. Perform QA checks on existing features.
  3. Constrain Invalid Edits.


They are applied to your data residing in an Enterprise Geodatabase and are just another complex behavior like domains and subtypes.  They support two workflows which include evaluation at edit operations using immediate calculations to populate an attribute dynamically or they can be used as a constraint to specify permissible values. The second workflow they support is evaluation of data by a validation service allowing the user to apply them to a batch calculation to populate attributes and validation to validate existing data.


Attribute Rules allow you to make the data smart, so the editor doesn't have to necessarily know where they are when they are editing a bridge.  As long as they create the bridge point, Attribute Rules can, for example, intersect the bridge point with a county and pull out the county name and insert it into the county name field on the bridge layer.  So as long as you know what the authoritative data sources using arcade expressions you can make your data smart.


The best part in all of this is that wherever you make edits, in Pro, Web App Builder, Event Editor, Survey123, Collector or any other app that supports editing, the database will always honor your attribute rules and apply them no matter the client making the edit.


Here is a video I put together to illustrate how it works.  Over the next few months, I'll update this blog with videos on Constraints and Validation Rules. To sweeten the pot I've also attached all of the arcade expressions I used in the video to give you a head start on your own efforts to implement Attribute Rules. Also here is a nice article in the help and a deeper dive video than mine on Attribute Rules from the 2019 Developer Summit.


A use case in Seaports for Lease Management. Quickly identify parcel information, visualize lease expiration dates, and expand customer outreach. For more information please reach out to the Ports team: Matt Gipson (Account Executive) or Jordan Bush (Solution Engineer).


ArcGIS Maritime

Enterprise GIS

ArcGIS Dashboards

"The Michigan Bridge Conditions Dashboard provides up-to-date information on more than 11,000 bridges throughout the state, including locally-owned bridges...Users can sort data on the dashboard based on bridge location, status, ownership, and quality rating."


Link to article:  MDOT's new interactive map lets you check on bridge status throughout the state | Michigan Radio

Link to Esri Story Map/Dashboard: 

Capitalizing upon the success of Spike’s integration with Esri’s Survey123 for ArcGIS mobile app, ikeGPS is pleased to announce that we will begin working on an integration between Spike and Esri’s premier field data collection app, Collector for ArcGIS. Integration development between the two apps is planned for late 2019 and is forecasted to be ready in time for the 2020 field season.


Learn more about how you can participate in beta testing in the Spike-Collector working group here.

ESRI Mobile Data Collection Users Group Webinar Feb 21st, 2019 - Recap

Here is the schedule for the next ESRI Mobile Data Collection Users Group. 

If you would like share how you are using mobile technology, or any tools related to mobile data collection please let us know as we are always looking for future presenters.


Here is a link to the recording:


Thank you.

Shawn Blaesing – Iowa DOT,

Sean Dolan – ESRI,

Tom Brenneman – ESRI,


Presenter: Adrian Sellars - GIS Program Manager, Utah DOT -

Presenting on the Traffic Count group Workforce, Collector, Survey123 workflow.  This project from scratch as per request to help put ATR (automatic traffic recorder) data into one place where it get's updated, location inspections are generated against it, and new sites can be added.  The past workflow used a MS access database, google sheets, paper inspection forms that were then entered by hand, and a separate GIS database showing their locations.  It is now all GIS based and updated/maintained using ESRI mobile applications and ArcGIS Online 

Presenter: Cricket VonJames – IT Manager, Stormwater Program, Nevada DOT, -

The mobile application Collector and GIS maps are used to conduct stormwater inspections, which can be viewed by office staff in real-time. This has given NDOT the capability to more efficiently and effectively to perform inspections of outfalls, industrial facilities, maintenance facilities, and stormwater assets.  It has also assisted in their ability to investigate illicit discharges.

Presenter: Ishmael Chivite – Senior Product Manager, Survey123, ESRI -

Presenting up updates to Survey123.

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In October 2018, I published a blog post on ingesting Waze data into ArcGIS Online.
Below is a technique for automating traffic study and incident reports utilising this data.


Screenshots from ArcGIS Insights' workbook


Deleting duplicate features

As you may have figured out, there are duplicate features in the corresponding feature layers when using this method. This is due to the python script copying events from feed at 4-minute intervals; whilst an event (accident, road closure, traffic jam, etc) may stay on the Waze XML feed for a much longer time.

  1. Add feature layers into a local Geodatabase using the copy features Geoprocessing tool in ArcGIS Pro.
  2. Use delete identical Geoprocessing tool to delete duplicate features.
    Please make sure to select UUID field for the Traffic Alerts feature layer, and select fields UUID, Speed, Delay and Length for the Traffic Jams feature layer - whose values will be compared to delete identical records.
  3. Publish these as web layers back into ArcGIS Online for analysis.
  4. Use the following ArcGIS Insights Models against newly created web layers (Traffic Alerts & Traffic Jams).
    1. Animal Incidents
    2. Faults
    3. Accidents
    4. Reported Jams
    5. Traffic Jams
    6. Traffic Irregularities


Cheers! - Gee Fernando


Click on the video below to view some insights of our findings (Canberra, Australia).

The December 2018 update to ArcGIS Online introduced a new user type licensing model to better match team members with the capabilities and apps they need to complete their work. As you start planning your 2019 field season, consider how this new model will help you fine tune the capabilities you need and get the most out of the licenses you purchase for your field workforce.


Read more here:  Taking User Types to the Field 

"According to Roberto Avila, CDOT’s GIS applications and  data services unit manager, undertaking such a project the old way—using laptops and pen and paper—would literally have taken the agency months.  By switching to tablets equipped with Spike and Survey123, the inventory collection times went 'from months to minutes.'"


Read more here:  Featured Project: Transportation Department Saves Time with Unique Application of Spike by ikeGPS | Sign & Digital Graph… 

Esri is proud to announce the 18.1.0 release of Collector for ArcGIS on the iOS platform!  Developed in parallel with existing minor releases this year, supported by over 2,000 beta participants, this release is very special.  Available as a new download from the App Store, Collector has been rebuilt from the ground up with several key new enhancements and features:


  • Better maps 
  • Improved user experience 
  • Streamlined offline workflows 
  • New capabilities and tools
  • 3D data collection