Best in Breed, Cringeworthy, Pro is the Future, GeoLounge…AppGeo Project Manager’s Takeaways from the Esri User Conference
AppGeo’s staff participation in the Esri User Conference (Esri UC) dates back to 1991 when it was an intimate show in Palm Springs. This year, AppGeo sent two staffers, Project Manager David Breeding and Senior Consultant Andy Buck, to the Esri UC held last week in San Diego. Attending the Esri UC is a part of our commitment to our customers to stay up to date on all of the technologies that can help address their needs. We’re happy to share the insights and ideas David and Andy brought back from the conference to their colleagues and our current and future clients. We offer David’s reflections in this blog post.
Departments of Public Works staffs throughout the country are out in the field every day, taking care of our public infrastructure. Typically, their (digital) data is back in the office. It does not have to be. Sometimes departmental data needs to be freed from the confines of local servers and Local Area Networks; it needs a breath of fresh air.
In Gloucester, Massachusetts, this historic city also has historic infrastructure to manage, which makes it all the more critical for staff to have access to plans and documents at any location where work may occur.
To enable Gloucester’s Department of Public Works (DPW) workers to access drawings and plans for specific locations when outside the office, AppGeo developed a web application that is customized and optimized for mobile devices, primarily tablets.
“The tablet application has significantly reduced the amount trips and phone calls I have to make to get the utility information I need. Anything that makes my job easier I’m gonna like, and this tool makes my job easier,” said Bill Gilliss, Gloucester DPW, Superintendent of Utilities.
Gloucester Mobile Utility Application Screenshot Showing Selected Features (cyan pipes) with their linked plans (buttons on right)