ArcGIS Pro 2.1 brings a blizzard of new features

ArcGIS Pro 2.1 brings a blizzard of new features

The latest update for ArcGIS Pro, Esri’s flagship desktop application has arrived. With so many new features, even the most observant eye might miss some of the exciting advances that have been made in this most recent update. This blog will take you through my selection of the new tool developments and features in ArcGIS Pro 2.1.

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Make your 2D data look 3D with ArcGIS Pro

Even if your data doesn't include the z values needed for 3D analysis, you can still create a 3D visualisation to help understand how the features sit in the landscape. At this year's Scottish Conference I included this in a short tech session on 3D in ArcGIS Pro. As well as looking at the visual impact of forest blocks, I also took 2D data representing a wind farm in the Scottish Borders and created a 3D visualisation of the site. The full details for the steps involved are in the help but I thought I'd take you through some of the questions you need to consider. 

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Have you heard the one about the GIS enabled dog?

Catching up on the videos from the Esri User Conference in San Diego is a great way to see what’s new and what’s coming. For me though, the highlight is the customer stories – seeing how the capabilities of ArcGIS are applied in real world situations. This year the story that caught my attention has drones, mobile GIS, 3D, public engagement maps, Norse history...  and a GIS enabled dog.

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ArcGIS Pro release makes it easier to get animated

I've been looking at ArcGIS Pro 1.3, released last week, which continues to expand the GIS capabilities in Pro. Support for geodatabase topology has been added, along with various additions and refinements to the analysis tools. You can now add and work with KML layers in you maps. Vector tile layers can also now be added to maps and scenes. As usual you can see the full details in the what's new page, illustrated with examples. A couple of other new features have allowed me to enhance some windfarm maps I'll be using this week, so I've focused on these. 

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Using the Environment Agency LIDAR Point Cloud data with the ArcGIS Platform

The Environment Agency have recently released the first delivery of their LIDAR Point Cloud dataset as open data. This release is part of the wider project which will see Defra release 8,000 datasets as open data this summer. The Environment Agency has used the data since 2005 to generate height models, mainly for flood modelling and coastal mapping. 

I have spent some time exploring the LIDAR point cloud dataset, now released as open data, to see how it can be used within the ArcsGIS platform with some simple use cases.

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