April 12, 2017

FME World Tour 2017

Thursday, April 7th was the 2017 FME World Tour in Houston. Safe Software’s yearly road trip aims to promote and educate on the FME platform. We’ve been looking forward to the 2017 edition since last year’s FME WT! In addition to the LOGICians there (thanks Lisa), it was great to see so many local energy firms in attendance.

Here are some of our observations from the 2017 FME World Tour Houston.

Safe Software is continuing to invest in FME
FME is such a powerful tool for ETL (Extract > Transform > Load), data enrichment and data conflation for oil and gas companies, so I was happy to hear Safe Software is continuing to invest in their tool by growing the number of out-of-the-box connectors. They are also updating their already solid user interfaces, including the FME Server experience.

FME fosters a collaborative community
Safe Software continues to build upon the community aspect of FME through interactive and fun learning opportunities. This year, they asked folks to huddle into teams to answer technical questions in the hope of winning swag – something all conference attendees (including myself) love.  This activity definitely got everyone engaged and thinking about FME. The LOGIC team came home with a few topics to brainstorm.

LOGIC and FME in 2017
This week we’ll be presenting a paper at the 2017 Esri Petroleum GIS Conference, focusing on an FME implementation with our client, EnerVest. The Green Field Enterprise Web GIS Implementation at EnerVest allowed the GIS team to automate data downloading, cleanup, conflation, spatialization and loading into ArcSDE.  This type of FME engagement helps oil and gas companies focus on finding or producing oil and gas instead of manual data massaging or script writing.

To further our FME knowledge, two of our team members will be attending the FME User Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, May 24-26th. The FME UC, is focused on technical “how-tos”, learning tips for your data, and getting answers to your trickiest integration questions. Let us know if you have any technical questions you want answered and we’ll do our best to get the info for you at the UC. Submit your questions to Todd. (todd.buehlman[at]logicsolutionsgroup.com)

If you haven’t been to an FME World Tour, make plans to join us next year, the event and accompanying community are awesome. Going forward, we have plans to continue utilizing and promoting FME as a powerful (and cost effective) ETL platform. Please let us know if you have any related FME questions. 

March 28, 2017

Attending Esri Developer Summit 2017

Author: Garima Vyas

I recently attended Esri Dev Summit 2017 and I must admit, I found the conference to be an amazing experience. Palm Springs is the best place to hold a conference in March. Such beautiful weather and views, I was sad to leave.

This was my first time attending the Dev Summit as a software user and the agenda did not disappoint. Even though I went to the conference with a predetermined set of favorited sessions in the Esri Events app, I did quite a bit of rearranging after watching the plenary on Tuesday, March 7 and then the keynote on Wednesday, March 8.

Here is Andrew Turner showcasing GeoBots - Ask Alexa:

Here are my top 7 conference highlights:

1. Internet of Things Sessions
There were several Internet of Things (IoT) based technical sessions. These sessions presented everything IoT, from the smallest known computer: Raspberry Pi to Arduino like microcontrollers. 

I was amazed by the amount of work the Esri Prototype lab has accomplished and the wide range of implementations using various gadgets. Nice job team!

To learn more, look for videos from the following sessions:
a)    GeoEvent Server: IoT by Morakot Pilouk
b)    IoT and Indoor Tracking with Raspberry Pi, by Mark Baird
c)    Latest Innovations from Esri’s Prototype Lab

2. Virtual Reality Live Demos
Exploring Virtual Reality (VR) with ArcGIS: Rex Hansen, Pascal Mueller and Adrien Meriaux presented this Esri Technical Session where there were several demos and walkthroughs of how to create 3D content and experiences for GIS data. I was completely blown away by the live demos, one of my favorites was the Esri HoloMaps.

Here is one shot using snapchat spectacles:

3. Charging Stations
Although the bean bag chairs were deeply missed this year, the loungers with power plugs were very popular. I never once found an empty chair.

4. Thursday Night Party
Throw carnival in the mix of a dodgeball game, you only get some fun times. So many games and a couple of fun rides before the dodgeball tournament made for an exhausting conference, but I’m ready to go back next year!

2017 Esri Developer Summit

5. Esri Events app
I must give kudos to the Esri Events app. The app let me filter and categorize sessions based on technology, expertise levels, room or location of the sessions among other things. It also let me take notes which I later emailed and shared with colleagues. I could type and sync notes from my laptop, iPad or iPhone and not miss out on anything.

6. Food and Outdoor Lunch Areas
I was disappointed in the food at the conference. Very limited meatless options (cold wraps, salads or fruits). Next time, I plan to stock myself up with bars and other snacks. Walking an average of 6-7 miles from 8 am-8 pm everyday requires major fuel. Also, I was surprised that the lunch area didn’t feature more umbrellas since the Palm Springs’ sun was shining bright. The events team did try to help by walking around handing out sunscreen packets and reminding you to put the sunscreen on. However, a little more shade would have made lunching outside more enjoyable.

7. Plenty of Session Options
There was a lot going on at the conference simultaneously. I ran around attending as many sessions as possible and could only catch about 20% of the conference due to overlapping sessions. This is not necessarily a bad thing but I did have a tough time getting over my fear of missing out, #FOMO. I am working on my list of 20 remaining sessions by going over the videos and slides as they are added to the Esri Event's You Tube channel

Below is my personal gallery of photos captured. Enjoy!

Garima @ 2017 Esri Dev Summit

If you are considering going next year and have any questions, feel free to reach out to me garima.vyas[at]logicsolutionsgroup.com