Posted on: August 30, 2019 at 8:50 AM    

This year seven members of our Spatial and Technology team attended the New Zealand Esri User Conference (NZEUC) 2019, held at Auckland’s Sky City.

Chris Morris and Sam McIntosh presented at the pre-conference Transport Special Interest Group. Chris’s presentation was about Civil Infrastructure Management involving the combination of GIS and Building Information Modelling.  Sam presented with Peter Willoughby (NZ Transport Agency) on the National Speed Limit Register project that our team are currently working on. At the Women in Spatial breakfast, Dale Harris presented on ‘Women in Urbanism’.

Steve Ford gave an insightful presentation on ‘Mega Maps for Safer Journeys’, which showcased the award-winning geospatial web application we created for NZ Transport Agency. This tool has been designed to assist road controlling authorities in undertaking speed management interventions, to save more lives on our roads.

Abley enjoyed being a premium exhibitor at the NZEUC again this year. It was a team effort to bring it all together and the booth provided a great opportunity to catch up with clients and industry peers.

The highlight for many attending the conference is the evening gala dinner. The theme this year “Summer of 69”, which was the year Esri was founded in Redlands.  The Abley team stepped up to the challenge and embraced the theme in their stylish hippy outfits!

Configurable Basemaps, Smart Mapping Styles, 3D, new StoryMaps, a new map viewer, bulk user administration, Org-to-Org collaboration, notebooks and ArcGIS Analytics for IoT integration are a few of the new and improved things to expect from AGOL.

ArcGIS Enterprise boast some notable enhancements.  Reduced memory (up to 95%) usage by improving the ArcSOC pooling, bulk publishing of services, webhooks, hosted python notebooks and machine learning and AI stand out as the leading platform improvements. Other significant areas of innovation are BIM and ArcGIS integration, ArcGIS Field Apps, Utilities Network, AI Deep Learning, JavaScript API and Runtime SDKs. For those that still work in ArcMap it’s time to move to ArcGIS Pro. 


We all enjoyed attending the conference.  The benefit in experiencing the latest ArcGIS technology demonstrated at the conference was well worth the investment.

Written by Daryl Anderson, Senior Spatial Developer