Tracking Records that Matter

Broomfield Simplifies Cemetery Plot Management by Extending Web AppBuilder

By H Carlisle

In Michigan last February,  two sisters discovered, to their shock and horror, that the cemetery where they had buried their brother 15 years prior had lost him. No headstone, no records, nothing. They desperately tried to locate him, but their attempts have been fruitless. Heartbroken and dismayed, they are still dealing with the aftershock and harsh reality that their brother was somehow misplaced.

How does this happen? How does a cemetery lose vital information and misplace someone?

Arguably the biggest challenge is data management. Hard copy maps get lost, destroyed, or simply crumble over time. Records can be misplaced, and eventually the people who knew who was buried where also die.

Fortunately, geospatial data can change all of that.

In fact, Broomfield, Colorado will soon be home to a brand-new section of cemetery, and its interment staff is among the first to be equipped with an interactive tool to manage their data more efficiently with ArcGIS mapping at its foundation.

Argis Solutions has developed a customized Web AppBuilder widget that builds upon the current process for buying cemetery plots. It's a workflow app: first, a customer is shown which plots are available, indicated by a particular color. Next, when a plot is chosen, the app changes the plot's color and creates a PDF report detailing the legal agreement the customer will adhere to. Once the newly signed document has been scanned back into the system by the cemetery administration—and payment is received—the app automatically updates the plot with a new color to reflect its purchased status.

 Screenshot of Broomfield's New WebAppBuilder Widget

Screenshot of Broomfield's New WebAppBuilder Widget

The widget also allows the interment staff to perform surname searches, and family information will be geographically linked to real cemetery plots. All past records will be loaded into the map and made searchable as well, making this technology a powerful tool for tracking important information. This technology will empower the cemetery staff to quickly and efficiently find records, and their corresponding locations, allowing staff members to confidently provide the best service possible for those looking for plots.

While most cemeteries are accustomed to paper record keeping or static maps, having a searchable, dynamic, color-coded map capable of creating PDF reports and keeping track of the purchasing process will undoubtedly save time and frustration for all parties involved. This unique way of extending ArcGIS that embraces the workflow process for cemetery administration makes a lot of sense.

Practical, helpful, and available in real-time, this Web AppBuilder widget is just one more way Argis Solutions is helping a client meet their real-world needs by extending ArcGIS.

If you are interested in exploring how Argis Solutions can help meet your company's real-world needs, set up a call here. We want to hear from you!

Experience AR at the Esri UC 2018

Esri’s User Conference is something to be experienced in person. GIS professionals gather in the San Diego Convention Center for a week of geospatial thought leadership and thousands of hours of GIS learning. It is a great chance to discover how GIS is transforming our world. Augmented Reality is at the forefront of that transformation and Argis Solutions is the premier provider of Augmented Reality integrated with ArcGIS.

If you are going to the UC in July, it is a great opportunity to learn more how the Argis Lens is changing meter reading in the Esri StartUp Demo Theater, how North Carolina’s Project Zero in its final stages is making a difference in educating the community with the help of Argis Solutions’ consulting team, and most importantly, see real-world application for Augmented Reality and how it is changing the way we see our maps.

North Carolina’s Vision Zero Map:
Enabling Access to Traffic Crash Patterns

GIS for Safety Management

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Venue: SDCC - Room 24 BNCSU Project Zero Visualization Project

Co-presenters: Burke Foley and Brady Hustad

 Burke Foley

Burke Foley

 
 Brady Hustad

Brady Hustad

 

The main thrust of the NC Vision Zero initiative is to create a unified traffic safety vision that helps reduce risky driving behaviors by changing the overall traffic safety culture. The Vision Zero Map application accomplishes this by engaging ALL safety partners, including the public, as a way to bring this shared safety vision to reality. Safety educators especially will find the Vision Zero Map application and website a rich tool for educational purposes. 

Improved Meter Reading with Augmented Reality

Startup Zone Spotlight Theater

Date: Wednesday, July 11
Time:  2:30 pm - 2:50 pm
Venue: SDCC - Esri Showcase: Startup Zone Spotlight Theater
Presenter: Brian Collison

 Brian Collison

Brian Collison

 

The Argis Lens brings GIS data into the 3D world meter readers work in. Learn how integrating the ArcGIS implementation of the Lines, Hydrants, Meters Department in the City of Thornton, CO with Augmented Reality improves the productivity and improves asset documentation.

AR/VR Special Interest Group Meeting (SIG) 

Co-Sponsored by Argis Solutions

Date: Tuesday, July 10
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Venue: SDCC - Room 28 E  - AR/VR SIG

Presenter: Brady Hustad

 Brady Hustad

Brady Hustad

 

Rapid advancements in spatial awareness and display capabilities of mobile devices and headsets are powering innovative simulations and augmentations of reality with authoritative geospatial data. The ArcGIS Platform is critical for hosting geospatial data and operations, powering 3D capabilities, and enabling immersive mixed reality experiences. This meeting will include presentations from customers who build augmented, virtual, and mixed reality (AR/VR/MR) solutions on the ArcGIS platform.

Experience AR at the UC by visiting Argis at Booth Z2 in the Start Up Zone!

The Esri's User Conference takes place July 9 - 13, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California. We'd love to connect with you. Let us know you will be there.   

2-Dimensional vs Augmented Reality: What's Next for the Digital Map

2-Dimensional vs Augmented Reality: What's Next for the Digital Map

Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.  The composite view of AR brings that necessary connection between maps and the real world. It is the missing link to a seamless user experience. Users can make better decisions faster because they can immediately interpret their data in context with the world it is intended to represent. 

Argis Lens + Esri: Winning Combination

Congratulations to the team who used our AR application, the Argis Lens, at CODE4PA Hackathon last week and won the  “Best Use of #Geospatial Tech Using #Esri” category. Argis Solutions is excited to see the implintation of GIS into the educational sphere. Watch the whole video

Final 5 minute version of Harrisburg University's team HackU presentation pitch for Code4PA 2017.

Mitigating Risk by Visualizing Hidden Assets with AR

Esri recently released a new case study titled Mitigating Risk by Visualizing Hidden Assets with Augmented Reality, which details how Argis Solutions is providing real return on investment for Whiting Petroleum’s One Call Department. This paper delves deeper into how Whiting is using the field ready Argis Framework and Lens to improve their geospatial data on remote wellpads.

Not all Data is Created Equal

How AR Changes Data Collection

By C. Anderson

The aim of creating geospatial data is to document the world around us as accurately as possible, so as to communicate clearly and in some cases, predict possible outcomes. To do this GIS managers create data to represent their company’s assets. We recently caught up with Chris Anderson, VP of Augmented Reality, and he shared some of his thoughts on how AR is changing how we create GIS data. 

I recently reviewed GIS data for one of our customers who has some experience working with our Argis Lens in the field, but was having difficulty with their geospatial data.  What I found was that though the data was great for a 2D map; however, it was inaccurate when it was used in the world of 3D, namely, Augmented Reality.  How did this data become so inaccurate?  

In most cases GIS data on well sites are hand drawn, possibly through redlining. The practice of redlining is drawing on the screen and later converting the drawing to a feature class in Esri’s ArcGIS Desktop that stores attributes, geographic location. The purpose of the redline is to act as a markup feature for communicating geographic information to the GIS editors.  This method would cause inaccuracy of placement of the data for field operations especially if they were not quality checked after they were drawn and before they were introduced as production data.  5 meters (~16ft) is a long distance when viewing it in person. It can mean the difference of an asset being on one side or the other side of a road. Keep in mind that redlining is normally done using an aerial photo and back in the day those photos may have been 10ft resolution while now you can normally get 2.5ft for the right price. The point being that you have already included a certain amount of error because you weren’t using survey grade GPS points.

I also noticed that the 3rd party pipelines appear to have been digitized for better viewing on 2D maps by placing them 15-20 feet apart. When I was a mapper it was common practice to digitize one line and then duplicate and offset the other lines. Needless to say this removes the possibility of line crossings that may or may not occur. This was a great solution for working with a 2D map where accuracy of 10+ feet is fine and shows well on an aerial photo or a scale of 1:2400 or more, but it can become an issue when viewing in the real world through Augmented Reality. Even with the ability to adjust your position in Argis Lens it still may prove insufficient to displaying its true location. An example to better describe this is if a line is digitized along a road but digitized on the incorrect side or crossing the road when it should only be on one side of it. At certain scales such as 1:2400 this would not be an issue because the line would still indicate where in the world it is; however, if you are standing on that road, and attempting to physically locate it, 10ft+ can make a huge difference (assuming 2 lane road with a standard 12ft lane).

With AR, a new level of detail and accuracy is needed with digitized assets. If you are in a similar situation, we recommend cleaning up the locational inaccuracies of the data with the knowledge of field technicians, GPS units, and collection software used in conjunction with the GPS like Tri-Global’s Utilipad which can integrate with locators and ease the collection burden.  Argis Solutions is the most knowledgeable about improving current 2D quality GIS data and translating it into functional 3D, augmented reality, ready data.

AR is coming to the locate field. It will improve accuracy because those knowledgeable field technicians can step directly into the map and document changes, and location of underground assets. Preparing your data for this technology is not only money well spent but it is the way of the future. Don’t let yourself fall behind.

Chris Anderson is the VP of AR at Argis Solutions, with over 20 years in the field of GIS, a GISP, and a member of the Esri community based out of St. Louis, MO.

Interpret Views AR through the Argis Lens

 View from the Argis® Lens at the Interpret Offices

View from the Argis® Lens at the Interpret Offices

Robert Poynter, Graduate GIS Consultant at Interpret, recently tried out the Argis® Lens. Check out his take on it and how AR will become the industry standard.  

Augmented reality is the next big step for location intelligence. Just as basemaps helped define and communicate spatial data on a 2D plane, augmented reality does the same with the world around you. We’re no longer limited to looking down - we can look forward, under, above and through. This is a fast-moving and competitive industry on the edge of a major boom, and we’re excited to be a part of it!

I’ve been trialing a new app called Argis® Lens from a small Colorado start-up, Argis Solutions LLC, to explore and visualise Christchurch’s storm water system. While polygons and lines don’t always look too exciting on a screen, the experience of being inside the layer is more entertaining. Using a feature service on a dev server, I’m able to add layers to my scenes on an iPad and then walk around in them. The interface is simple and intuitive, offering the user a variety of options and inputs – camera height, visibility distance, a grid for referencing, and the ability to navigate across the entire map from an office chair if the weather’s rough.

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Practical Application of AR

Practical Application of AR

Argis Solutions is the most practical application of AR available in today's market with expert interpretation of geospatial symbology and application. It is one of those cutting edge technologies that can be shared with today's workforce now and make a major difference in how that team communicates and interprets how the data looks in the real world.