Second winner in Competition to win ArcGIS for Desktop Training Day has been drawn!

Earlier today, Barb Angus, the Queensland Regional Office Manager of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), kindly agreed to draw the second (and last) winner in our Competition to win PolyGeo Training in ArcGIS for Desktop.

The competition closed on 15 January 2014 and attracted entrants from all states (except South Australia and the Northern Territory) as well as Canada, Finland and India.

To conduct the draw Barb was:

  1.  Provided with a numbered list of all individuals who responded to the ArcGIS for Desktop Training Survey 2013
  2. Asked to satisfy herself, by performing as many trials as she wanted, that a True Random Number Generator at RANDOM.ORG was indeed generating random numbers
  3. Asked to announce to me when she wanted the next number generated to be the winner

The winning number was 23, which made George Rowlinson of LandPartners the winner.  George’s prize is an ArcGIS for Desktop Training Day valued at $599 (including GST).

Many thanks to all of those who entered the competition but did not come away with a prize – better luck next year!

 

First winner in Competition to win ArcGIS for Desktop Training Day has been drawn!

Yesterday, Jack de Lange, the Special Projects Officer of the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA), kindly agreed to draw the first winner in our Competition to win PolyGeo Training in ArcGIS for Desktop.

The competition continues through December until 15 January 2014 with up to 9 more draws so, if you have not already, please enter ASAP!  You just need to check four multiple choice boxes.

To conduct the draw Jack was:

  1.  Provided with a numbered list of 24 individuals representing the first 20 Australian organisations (plus one Canadian) to respond to the ArcGIS for Desktop Training Survey 2013
  2. Asked to satisfy himself, by performing as many trials as he wanted, that a True Random Number Generator at RANDOM.ORG set to a range of 1-24 was indeed generating random numbers in that range
  3. Asked to announce to me when he wanted the next number generated to be the winner

The winning number was 9, which made Stephen Trent of Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) the winner.  Stephen’s photograph appears below shortly after receiving his voucher for an ArcGIS for Desktop Training Day valued at $590 (including GST).

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How I’ll celebrate International GIS Day 2013

This year I will celebrate International GIS Day on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at a daylong function organised by GIS People in Brisbane.

While there I hope to encourage involvement with the GIS Stack Exchange, GeoRabble, the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and the Brisbane Geospatial Network (BGN).

I will also have my laptop with me and am happy to demonstrate a Story Map developed using ArcGIS for Desktop about William Slight who was an early Australian map engraver (and my great-great-great-grandfather).

Naturally, I will also be suggesting that people enter the Competition to win PolyGeo Training in ArcGIS for Desktop!

Competition to win PolyGeo Training in ArcGIS for Desktop

PolyGeo is offering the chance to win ArcGIS for Desktop Training Days!

*** First winner is Stephen Trent (Qld EHP) ***

Early responders have more chance of winning!

To be eligible for the draws between now and 15 January 2014, you simply need to tick four multiple choice boxes (plus include your name, organisation and email/phone) in PolyGeo‘s ArcGIS for Desktop Training Survey 2013.
To reward early responders, the first draw for a Training Day (valued at $590) will occur when at least one response has been received from 20 Australian organisations.  Those who do not win remain in subsequent draws.
After that, for every additional 20 respondent organisations from Australia, another Training Day  will be drawn.

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Conditions:

  • Each individual respondent has ONE entry in the draw and can win a maximum of ONE Training Day
  • Contact details must be correct to be eligible
  • Training Day must be taken during the calendar year of 2014
  • Training Day is transferable within your organisation
  • The number of Training Days drawn will be:
    • ONE if 1-20 Australian organisations respond
    • TWO if 21-40 Australian organisations respond
    • THREE if 41-60 Australian organisations respond
    • etc.
  • Training Day can be used on any course which is confirmed to run – we will do our best, but cannot guarantee, to accommodate your first choice of course/workshops and locations.
  • Winners must provide own laptop (or PC) with own ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 or 10.2 license
  • Winners responsible for own arrangements and costs if travel required to attend Training Day
  • Training Day cannot be claimed as its monetary equivalent
  • Training Day can be claimed as Self-paced course
  • Respondents from organisations offering commercial ArcGIS Training are not eligible for the draw
  • Maximum of 10 Training Days to be awarded
  • Winners to be announced here, as they happen, before 31 January 2014

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #1: Improved Table Management

After an Australian Public Holiday that helped serve as a drumroll, the final set of improvements, and those I would most like to see in ArcGIS 10.2, are all related to Tables, in particular geodatabase tables:

Before leaving this countdown I will mention just one of the very many worthy ArcGIS Ideas that “missed my cut” which is 64 bit ArcGIS Desktop and currently “Under Consideration”.

With that I will handover to the Plenary presenters to hopefully fulfil more than just one or two of my wishlist.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #2: Export direct to Excel

Coming in at #2 is a simple and straightforward request that appears to already be Under Consideration:

This has already been requested by 1,238 people but to ensure it gets over the line sooner rather than later, if you have not already voted for it, be sure to add your voice to the ArcGIS Idea link above.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #3: ModelBuilder & Background Geoprocessing Progress Indicator

ModelBuilder is not the most fashionable part of the Geoprocessing Framework since the advent of ArcPy but it still plays a key role for those who want to visualise their processes in a way that code alone cannot.  Coupled with enhancement of the much maligned background geoprocessing progress bar (which seems to be Under Consideration for improvement) is enough for me to rank it #3.

PS I almost included “Save As” in Model Builder here but am pleased to note that this was implemented in 10.1 – thanks Esri!

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #4: Better PDF Support

At #4 are enhancements that I would like to see related to PDF support.  Most of these relate to “maps on demand” type Geoprocessing Services that I sometimes develop.

If you are keen to see any/all of the above implemented, then I encourage you to follow the links to find corresponding ArcGIS Ideas awaiting your vote.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #5: Definition Query Improvements

Coming in at #5 are two enhancements that I would like to see for Definition Queries, the first of which looks like it should be simple to implement and very popular:

If you are keen to see any/all of the above implemented, then I encourage you to follow the links to find corresponding ArcGIS Ideas awaiting your vote.

Top 10 Improvements I’d Like to See in ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop #6: Attribute Table window(s) Improvements

Coming in at #6 are just  a few key changes that I would like to see for the Attribute Table window:

If you are keen to see any/all of the above implemented, then I encourage you to follow the links to find corresponding ArcGIS Ideas awaiting your vote.