Home' Position : Position Feb Mar 2015 Contents “ArcGIS Pro enables organisations
to seamlessly view their 2D and 3D data
side by side and, for many of them,
change the way they operate. Often just
seeing your GIS data in a 3D context can
be enough to gain new insights and ask
The capacity to quickly share content
on the web is another area in which 3D
can have an impact for organisations.
ArcGIS Pro facilitates the speedy
capture and publishing of 3D web scenes,
allowing users to share 3D views of their
content with managers, colleagues and
the wider community.
While admitting the 3D capabilities
may be a bit of a learning curve for some,
Mr Shephard believes organisations that
allocate time and resources developing
skills in this area will see substantial
returns on investment.
“Allocating time for key staff members
within your organisation to learn and
experiment with the application will help
them develop familiarity with viewing
their data in this new way,” he said.
“Investing resources informal training
will certainly also speed up that process.”
New Esri-approved ArcGIS 10.3 and
ArcGIS Pro training courses are about
to land in Australia, to ensure local users
can hit the ground running with the
Esri Australia training manager Kath
Sund says the Australian GIS communi-
ty has already shown a great interest in
developing 3D capabilities within their
“We expect ArcGIS Pro to be
enormously popular with desktop users,
and whilst it will feel intuitive to many,
there are lots of new features to learn,”
said Ms Sund.
“To help users get up to speed, we’re
launching a series of training programs
that are designed to help GIS profes-
sionals use ArcGIS Pro to complete their
projects and share their results quickly
“Users can take a two-day course with
essential ArcGIS Pro terminology that will
prepare them to efficiently complete many
different tasks related to mapping, edit-
ing, geo-processing, and analysis.
“We’ll also be offering some free online
webinars and tutorials that are essentially
a crash course of the new features.”
Australian users will also have the op-
portunity to learn the latest in ArcGIS Pro
at the Directions LIVE seminars, touring
the country from 28 April to 12 May.
Directions LIVE are free events for Esri
users where local experts explore the lat-
est applications of the ArcGIS platform.
To register, visit www.esriaustralia.com.
Of the platform itself, Mr Shephard
said regardless of a user’s specialty area,
ArcGIS Pro delivers more of the tools they
need, to produce better work, faster.
“For instance, you’ll fire up a project
and have all the maps you need, regard-
less of whether they’re 2D maps, 3D
scenes, or multiple layouts for print-
ing – there’s no need to open up another
program,” he said.
“If you need five maps for a project,
you can have five maps open side by side.
If you only need one map, just open one.
Need a 3D view? It’s right there, too.
“Similarly, all the tools, tasks, data-
bases, folders, styles are all available
inside the one app. The processes are all
designed to get the job done faster and
Another area he believes can have
significant impact on workflows is the
ability to create detailed and repeatable
tasks within ArcGIS Pro, improving the
integrity of data gathering and analysis.
“Once you’ve set the parameters for the
task, you can open up ArcGIS Pro, and
the tool prepares everything you need to
complete the job,” he says.
“It changes the active view, enables
the right tool, and leads you through
“This is a great way to formalise GIS
processes and, because you are repeating
the same steps each time, the integrity of
the data created or analytics processed
becomes much more reliable.”
Whilst excited by the overall capabilities
of ArcGIS Pro, it’s his specialty area of 3D
that Mr Shephard believes can have the
biggest impact on users across the board.
Previously, 3D visualisation required
additional software – at an additional cost
that users were required to run side-by-
side with the ArcGIS platform.
Consequently, many organisations chose
to forgo the capability to view their data in
3D, which meant they didn’t always generate
the most comprehensive analysis of their
information, according to Mr Shephard.
“The biggest thing from my point of
view is that the combination of 2D and
3D is now available for anybody to use,
anytime they want,” he says.
“You don’t have to fire up another app,
you just open another view and you can
look at your content in 3D.
“A lot of people who have never had ac-
cess to their data in this format are going
to gain new insights.
“For instance, councils may be able
to better understand their floodplain
mapping data in conjunction with their
“By being able to visualise the relevant
information in 3D, an area that may have
been ignored for flood analysis may sud-
denly become important.
“Further, it gives these organisations
the ability to identify potential strengths
and weaknesses in proposed urban
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