Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Esri UC 2011

Attended the Esri International User Conference in San Diego July 10-15. It was awesome. Production values very high. It was like a theme park for geographic information systems. There were about 30 tracks, including technical workshops and paper sessions, plus short demos on the exhibit floor.

Oh, and did I mention the technical support staff that would sit down with you one-on-one and solve your problems? There was also an area where you could sit down and do a 20-minute hands-on training session.

I made some new contacts and learned the bits I was missing during the technical workshops.

The social event was a food, music and museum night at Balboa Park, where most of the museums were open for us alone. Had a great time at the San Diego Art Museum, and loved the jazz ensemble at the open air theater.

I was staying at a hotel just down the street from the conference center, and walked down the sidewalk by the harbor each day to get there. The conference center is built a little like a cruise ship - decks on every side, and glass walls and ceilings.

The temperature was between 62 and 72 the whole time I was there, which was a great vacation from the near 100's I left at home. The hot tub jets at the hotel massaged my aching feet every night, and made it possible for me to walk miles again the next day. I could attend this conference every year, and never get tired of it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fast Forward

I got too busy to keep up with this. After the last post, I took a Remote Sensing class, made an A, and also the Capstone Seminar. Made all A's in the classes.

My fancy report covers and matching CD labels paid off, and my instructors recommended me for a GIS position in local government about a year and a half ago.

Sooo, not only did I finish the GIS Certificate program, but started a career as well. I'm busy building the GIS department from scratch, getting government departments cooperating to create an enterprise GIS. Work is progressing on foundation layers, and also on ArcGIS Server stuff like map services, and simple web applications. Still can't figure out the best way to serve my 6" aerial imagery - map cache? Server image extension? Maybe I'll find out at the ESRI user conference this July.

Also have to get server permissions fixed so that departments outside our domain can sign in and see everything.

Having lots of fun with it, lots of variety because I'm doing work for many different departments.