Students earning and online GIS degree should take a look at the 170 organizations receiving the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Awards. Announced at the annual Esri International User Conference, the SAG Awards acknowledge innovative and intelligent applications of GIS technology.
“Each year, the SAG Awards highlight extraordinary achievements and efforts to improve our world,” says Esri president Jack Dangermond. “At Esri, we are always deeply impressed with the work of our users. This recognition is well deserved for how they’ve applied geospatial technology to address the needs of their industries and communities. They are defining GIS best practices.”
The SAG Awards are also a great database of companies to seek employment with. The 2012 winners are a “Who’s Who” of organizations using GIS. Here’s a look at a few of this year’s SAG winners.
Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI), the producer of commercial modeling and analysis software for the space, defense and intelligence communities, earned a “Gold Tier Partner.” AGI earned the upgraded recognition for the increasingly complementary nature of its technology. Most recently, the companies’ products have been combined to allow AGI software web services to be hosted within ArcGIS Online.
The City of Huber Heights, Ohio, and Geographic Technologies Group received a “Special Achievement” in GIS for using Esri ArcGIS technology to boost emergency readiness, operational efficiency, regional collaboration, and customer service. It has been effectively utilized for a range of events, including the Huber Heights 4th of July celebration and the YMCA Marathon; disaster drills; successful crime analysis and prevention; community outreach; zoning violations; and permit analysis.
By integrating GIS in the 911 Dispatch Center, Huber Heights and GTG were able to incorporate automated vehicle location and routing. Also, Huber Heights and GTG were able to push out a mobile application utilizing ArcGIS Mobile and GTG GeoBlade to all police vehicle and fire apparatus. Organizations from around the world honored at the Esri UC span industries including agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities.
Frontier Surveying, also a Special Achievement winner, is building, deploying and maintaining an enterprise-wide, cloud-based GIS that staff and clients can quickly access and easily use. Using technologies such as ArcMap 10.1, ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS Online for organizations, AutoCAD, Trimble GPS Data Collectors and the Internet, the company seeks to meet the growing demand for spatial data assets and information sharing. On the awards website, the description of the business problem solved notes: “Beyond physical and virtual boundaries, ArcGIS Online for organizations is enabling our company to meet the mounting demand for our time and services by making geographic information available on call via self-service portals to customers via Esri’s managed cloud infrastructure. Still in its infancy, ArcGIS Online for organizations is already going viral at Frontier Surveying Company. It is quickly evolving as the depository where multiple users simultaneously access, store, add and edit spatial data and information.”
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet used Esri’s ArcGIS Desktop to develop the initial mapping and data structure, and then the map caching and mobile services were created using ArcGIS Server. The Esri stack was on version 9.3.1 and data is stored in SQL Server 2008 R1 using an SDE structure. This allowed them to deliver inventory ahead of schedule and at a fraction of initial outsourcing cost estimates.
AIR Worldwide needed to enhance the catastrophe risk-modeling platform for the insurance industry by combining spatial analytics and risk information to improve underwriting and risk management. It used Esri for easy and interactive visualization of exposure, hazard and loss information to facilitate better understanding of the overall risk. These technologies enabled exposure accumulation analytics, which is a critical component of deterministic risk analyses.