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Weekliii Round-Up: News on UAV Standardization and ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Beta

It has been a busy week - what with the Esri Petroleum GIS Conference in Houston, TX and more. We know it must have been just as hectic (if not more!) for you so we have rounded up our favorite #DailyBrainCandiii and #MeetTheProduct posts from this week. Take a breather and read on!

Desktop view of spatial data tour in Esri ArcGIS Pro.

It has been months since we have seen an update to Esri's newest desktop Geographic Information System (GIS) application. Now, we are in for a treat! The company has started rolling out entry to the ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Beta, allowing users a look at new color schemes, full motion video, new exploratory analysis tools, and much more.

Data is big business and so is the software we use to visualize it. While many professionals diving into the application of spatial data prefer the ArcGIS platform developed by Esri, there are those who rather employ their data alongside a system that is touted for its prowess at the visualization of such a mass of information. That software? Tableau. Learn how you can do the same with those file formats you typically employ in ArcGIS – like Feature Classes – in this week’s #MeetTheProduct post.

Have you jumped on the technological bandwagon that is unmanned aircrafts? Whether this technology is referred to by its moniker of UAV, UAS, or sUAS, there are standards to which the collection of imagery via these methods should be upheld. Keeping in mind things like checklists and georeferencing, find out what it takes to get this business off the ground – all poor puns intended – in this week’s #DailyBrainCandiii post.

As we live our daily lives – everything from searching Google for a new car or finding directions to the nearest coffee shop – we inadvertently gather data points along the way. While much of this data is useless to us as an individual, it can prove very useful when put in the spotlight of consumerism.

Because of this, is it time to begin establishing a more defined Code of Ethics as they pertain to the gathering and application of this data?

Better yet, can this concept of geo-ethics be useful in industries like the Natural Resources sector – or even within our own businesses in general? While we may not yet know the answer, this week’s #DailyBrainCandiii post may just have an argument for the latter.


#DailyBrainCandiii and #WeekliiiRoundUp are inspired by brain candiii, a division of Integrated Informatics that develops Geographic Information System (GIS) training for Energy and Natural Resources professionals.


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