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Sea Turtle Solutions: Using ArcGIS to Protect an Endangered Species

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Partnering with Quantam Spatial, Argis Solutions uses a JavaScript web application developed with the Leaflet library to minimize adverse impact to sea turtles during dredging. 

By Alyssa Grant 

Watching footage of baby sea turtles struggle out of their eggs and clumsily head for the ocean, you find yourself holding your breath, cheering for them as they face daunting odds of survival. An estimated one in 1000 to one in 10,000 hatchlings reach adulthood. There is even more to root for—some sea turtle species have incredibly long migrations that take them several years and thousands of miles. These statistics underline the challenges the sea turtle faces and why it is endangered. 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has been working with scientists and the dredging industry to identify ways protect endangered sea turtles while still allowing the important work of dredging to continue. Dredging, a form of excavation, offers valuable environmental benefits: beach reclamation, flooding prevention, as well as contaminant remediation. The question to answer: How could dredging operations safely co-exist with minimal harm to sea turtles? Recognizing the value of a digital approach in answering this question, BOEM approached Quantum Spatial (QSI), partnering with Argis Solutions, to assist them in solving this unique problem.

A massive aggregation of data related to the turtles' behavior on the Atlantic coast was gathered from publicly available data sources and scientific turtle studies conducted by QSI. BOEM’s goal was to use this data to determine the best locations and times of year to dredge.

QSI and Argis Solutions worked together to standardize the data for use in the solution. Recognizing the adeptness of ArcGIS at communicating GIS data quickly and clearly, they created a JavaScript web-based application developed with the Leaflet library in which users could actually view the estimated population of any given species, in any given area, at any given time. Now BOEM is able to plan dredging projects based on data rather than using arbitrary dredging windows.

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It is a simple, intuitive solution that protects endangered sea turtle populations while allowing dredging companies to continue their work. Even better: Users with little experience operating technology of this kind can easily interpret the data, assess the risk, and adjust accordingly. Protecting endangered species like sea turtles will continue to be a  complex global challenge, but creative digital solutions like this one are a big step in the right direction.

We've Been Featured Again in DP-Pro Magazine!

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DP-Pro, a publication for damage prevention professionals, has highlighted Argis Solutions’ collaboration with Indigo Beam and the City of Houston to create this cutting-edge system of data analysis using machine learning (ML) and computer vision (CV).  

The City of Houston’s investment in the developing technologies of CV and ML has streamlined their process for determining the pavement conditions of their massive 15,000 road lane miles. The use of CV and ML reduces the need for human analysis of large data sets, continuously improving itself as more data is captured. 

 The system continues to be fed thousands of images and videos, allowing operators to make quality decisions regarding their roadways. 

The benefits for the City of Houston include better cost analysis and quotes for resurfacing projects and a more sophisticated evaluation of various needs, like neighborhood assessment, allowing for better operational efficiency, citizen satisfaction, and potential for predictive planning. 

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.   

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.