esri can really draw
esri can really draw
flicker by @gletham GIS

This past week saw the San Diego convention center bursting at the seams with self-professed Map Geeks. The first weekend involved the hosting of the Esri Business summit (housed at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel), with the User Conference picking up on Monday, June 29, 2016, at the Convention Center. Each day of both conferences came packed with exhibits, panels, and hands on training.

If you thought that the local company, which is based in Redlands, was busy only drawing street maps, then think again. What Ersi just spent a week proving is just how far they’ve taken their original software; not only have they been able to adapt it to aid in such endeavors as ocean mapping and archaeological scans, but with the development of their latest 3D technology, Esri has delved into the movies as well. If you’ve seen the new "Independence Day" sequel, then all you have to do is think about any of those city scape scenes that you enjoyed to understand how their technology fits into special effects.

According to Dominik Tarolli, Esri’s Global Business Development Manager 3D Geodesign, the Esri team helped with several of the city scenes, and all that was only possible because of the improvements with their latest 3D platform. While speaking in the final session of the Business conference, he discussed some of the other aspects of the software, as well as the fact that they will be hosting a free Webinar later in July to learn more about how this software can be used in the movie industry (or any other application you might think up). All you have to do is sign up on the Esri website once the webinar class is posted.

The User Conference followed up on this promising start to the overall conference with an exhibit floor section, and panel sessions, dedicated to start-ups, a section for hands on training, and an entire section of the exhibit floor (not to mention even more panels) dedicated to non-profits and government run nature programs that showcased how the software has helped them save lives (both humans, other animals, and forests alike). The Jane Goodall Institute, for example, spotlighted their success in working with local villagers to help rebuild the chimpanzees’ forest habitat. To help keep that progress going, they’ve also started a kid’s online class that will help teach children how to use the Esri software that is the backbone of their conservation program. Details on their future projects can be found on their Roots & Shoots website for anyone who is interested.