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In 1 week, Manage Your Field Operations in Real Time webinar discussing the ArcGIS Field Apps; presented by Jeff Shaner. Wed Oct 10, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. (PDT).


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Description: Realize the value of ArcGIS field apps to improve your asset inspection workflows. Learn how to use mobile apps to help coordinate, navigate, capture, and monitor field operations. In this webinar, Esri experts will demonstrate how ArcGIS apps for the field work together to optimize workflows.


Learn about:

  • Schedule and dispatch resources effectively.
  • Define routes to your projects and assets.
  • Capture data and offline in the field.
  • Empower stakeholders with easy-to-understand dashboards that support informed decision-making.


FYI, here's a great video from the Esri 2018 User Conference of the ArcGIS Apps for the Field: An Introduction technical session presented by Ismael Chivite and Chris LeSueur. A nice starting point to learn about the ArcGIS field apps to help plan, coordinate, run and monitor field operations. 


ArcGIS Apps for the Field: An Introduction




FYI, this is a nice primer video on the various ArcGIS Field Apps - which enables GIS in the field to support your business workflows.


ArcGIS Apps for the field - YouTube  (3 mins)




Hot off the presses ... checkout this whitepaper I wrote with the Esri Security team!!


Targeted at IT managers and GIS administrators, this document discusses:

- the Web GIS pattern;

- reviews the security models and concepts for ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, and the ArcGIS Mobile Apps;

- presents aspects of enterprise mobile app management (MDM technology), and

- concludes with a section on the various ArcGIS Mobile deployment patterns.


Description: This white paper helps guide IT managers and GIS administrators in deploying an enterprise GIS with a mobile field component. It discusses the Web GIS pattern with the ArcGIS Platform, enterprise mobile app management, enterprise security mechanisms, and concludes with a section on different deployment scenarios. The objective is to provide some background, tips, and guidance as they implement a secure enterprise GIS solution.


Get the whitepaper:



A great article published in Field Technologies Online which discusses how the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), the third-largest municipal utility in California, saved $40,000 on their mobile inspections using Survey123 for ArcGIS.


Mobilizing Inspections Saves $40000 

(registration is required to view the entire article, but worth it)



I have found that while Collector is generally quite user friendly and easy to use, there are still some users that struggle with some aspects of the data collection process. I have written a quick generic guide that outlines the data collection process from opening the app and collecting some data, to syncing. I have included lots of screenshots to illustrate each step. I am hoping that this will reduce user frustration, and also reduce my time spent training users, and processing data collection errors.


Currently I have only included instruction on collecting point data. Some things that I plan to add in the future are:


  • Instruction on collecting line and polygon data. Although I do not have many users collecting this sort of data yet, so it is not a priority at this stage.
  • Some detail on adjusting the required GPS accuracy.
  • Some detail on turning layers on and off.


Feel free to download it and use it. You may want to edit it and use it as a base for your own guide. I have attached .docx and .pdf files. If you do use it I would be interested to hear about it.