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Tasmania State of GIS 2018

Tasmania State of GIS 2018

The Tasmanian State of GIS conference was held in Hobart on the 18th April 2018.  The venue was once again the RACV Apartment Hotel in Collins St Hobart.  This conference, run by the Tasmanian chapter of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) has an...
ESRI Developers meet at desert oasis

ESRI Developers meet at desert oasis

More than 2000 developers descended on the desert oasis of Palm Springs California for the 12th annual ESRI Developer summit. Although I have attended the ESRI International User Conference many times, this was my first developer summit and I was overwhelmed by the...
Basil Fawlty keynotes the Tasmanian ICT conference

Basil Fawlty keynotes the Tasmanian ICT conference

Well not really but that’s what it seemed like. In reality he was the Baker from Beechworth, Tom O’Toole, “one of the best motivational speakers in Australia” who performed for the student session at the TASICT 2016 Technology and Innovation Conference in Hobart....
Tasmania GeoRabble #7 in Hobart

Tasmania GeoRabble #7 in Hobart

Almost 30 geospatial enthusiasts attended GeoRabble #7 at the Republic Bar in Hobart on Thursday 10th November 2016. This was yet another light-hearted romp through the latest activities of an eclectic mix of local Tasmanian GIS connoisseurs. There was also one...
Reading netCDF files form the Bureau of Meteorology using Python

Reading netCDF files form the Bureau of Meteorology using Python

Python, the programming language, and netCDF, the file format used by the Bureau of Meteorology to publish weather forecast data, are an ideal combination. We recently were asked to develop a process that would extract the data from netCDF files and write it to a...
SSSI Tasmanian Regional Conference 2015 – Sensing Tasmania

SSSI Tasmanian Regional Conference 2015 – Sensing Tasmania

Change was in the air and it was palpable. Surveyors and GIS professionals were gathered for the SSSI Tasmanian Regional Conferences 2015 in Hobart. Michael Giudici convened an excellent line up of prominent speakers who reinforced that society and our industry are in...
Spot Gen 3 – Review of GPS tracking device

Spot Gen 3 – Review of GPS tracking device

I recently gained some insight into what it is like to be an animal taking part in a tracking survey. We have all watched a documentary or read an article about a GPS getting strapped around the neck of a cow, glued to the head of a seal or even the back of a bee....
Using ArcGIS Collector to capture your own field data

Using ArcGIS Collector to capture your own field data

With ArcGIS Collector it is now relatively easy to go out and capture the data you need using your iPhone, iPad or Android device. With the help of the GPS on the device, Collector can help you quickly find a feature near you or help you navigate to it. You can then...
Extract contents of an ESRI Map Package  (.mpk)

Extract contents of an ESRI Map Package (.mpk)

Map Packages are a great way of sharing data between ESRI ArcGIS sites.  Using ArcMap you create a package of your current map that bundles your map and all the referenced data into a single mpk file.  You can then send this mpk file to another Arcmap user, they then...
ArcGIS slow to open? Then disable online connection

ArcGIS slow to open? Then disable online connection

ESRI introduced online connection at ArcGIS 10.1. If you noticed that version 10.1 is much slower to start then this is likely to be the main cause. Each time you start ArcMap or ArcCatalog it connects to an ArcGIS Portal or ArcGIS.com. It repeats this every 10...