Highlights of 2012

Posted on December 28, 2012 in Thinking

From all of us at AppGeo, we wish you a Happy New Year!

Our expanded portfolio of work this past year, the growth of our staff, and our investments in new technology reflect many of the internal and external factors shaping our industry.  Some highlights of AppGeo’s 2012 include:

  • Cloud Hosting – Our 2011 migration to cloud hosting for customer websites proved successful in 2012, enabling us to deliver exceptional performance to our clients.  An added benefit is that we’ve applied this valuable experience to help our clients choose among hosting options.
  • Mobile applications – The popularity of smart phones and tablets is driving demand for new and innovative mobile applications for viewing and collecting data, and we have continued to build applications for these purposes, including launching a mobile version of the GPV.  Supporting a mobile workforce requires more than user applications, however.  Behind the scenes, we’ve gained valuable experience designing  the infrastructure needed to support a department of transportation’s mobile workforce.
  • MapGeo Milestones –  Launched in 2011, our low-cost, subscription based MapGeo website for county and municipal government is now in use in seven states with more than 45 active sites.
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Minnesota DOT wins FHWA Excellence Award for ROW Mapping Application

Posted on October 23, 2012 in News

AppGeo extends its congratulations to Kevin Leonard and Roy Blanke of MnDOT’s Office of Land Management for receiving this Federal Highway Administration Excellence in Right of Way Award for Innovation.

MnDOT had the vision and the definition of more than 20 use cases by which mapping would add value to current Right of Way (ROW) work processes.  AppGeo is proud to have had the opportunity to work alongside  MnDOT staff on this project to geo-enable the Right-of-Way Electronic Land Management System (REALMS) in a manner that directly links mapping capabilities to the existing work environment and database system.  Our Team (including Minnesota-based Pro-West and Associates, and Rowekamp and Associates) worked with MnDOT to implement those use cases using AppGeo’s GPV technology, thereby making interactive mapping a seamless part of the existing REALMS work environment.  Going forward, AppGeo’s configurable GPV platform will allow MnDOT staff to continue to add mapping capabilities to REALMS in response to evolving staff requirements.

“This biennial awards program was developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to honor those who excel in improving the real property acquisition process while ensuring that property owner and tenant rights are protected.” (from the FHWA website)

Image credit:  http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/real_estate/practitioners/rowea/previous_winners/2012/pg01.cfm

380 Changes: Esri’s ArcGIS Server 10.1 and the SOAP API

Posted on August 1, 2012 in Thinking

When upgrading software, the challenge is to find the differences between old and new versions and identify which changes might cause problems.  We’ve been upgrading to ArcGIS Server 10.1 from 10.0 and thought we’d pass on what we’ve discovered with respect to the SOAP API.

Although we use the ArcGIS Server REST API for much of our web GIS work these days – it’s simple, lightweight and we prefer it for rapid development – we still have many legacy applications as well as our General Purpose Viewer that use the ArcGIS Server SOAP API.  These applications all use a common DLL that we built to wrap the SOAP API and extend it with convenience properties and methods.  With each new release of ArcGIS Server we have to update the web service references in this DLL to account for the new and changed features.  Sometimes these changes break existing functionality.  Thus it’s critical for us to know where those breaking changes will occur.

For the version 10.1 update we have run a complete comparative analysis of the SOAP API against version 10.0.  The linked AGS 10.1 SOAP API Changes spreadsheet documents 380 changes across the nine services common to both versions.  The good news: the vast majority of these changes are additions, so your existing version 10.0 code should not be affected by them. continue_reading…