Please see below the list of sessions at the Esri UK Scottish Conference.

ArcGIS Online analysis tools

Alasdair Hind: Esri UK

ArcGIS Online is a great way to make GIS data available to different audiences. Alongside this, it also provides analysis tools to allow users to gain further insight from the data. This session will look at how these intuitive tools can be accessed and used. We will also take a look at how some of the ArcGIS Online tools can be in ArcGIS for Desktop to access specialist analysis.

Increasing engagement and public outreach through Story Maps

Stewart McCall: South Ayrshire Council

This presentation will look at how South Ayrshire Council has been using Story Maps to improve engagement both externally with the public and partners and internally with staff. Story Maps initially offered the opportunity to link development policy narrative with maps, imagery, video and social media to tell the story of our Local Development Plan in a user friendly, policy-focussed manner. The benefits and potential of this approach were soon realised by others across the organisation and a range of diverse Story Maps has now been created with their use and application spreading to non-traditional GIS users.

In 2014 Network Rail commissioned a fully classified national LiDAR survey of the entire rail corridor within the UK. Over the last year Network Rail have been using GIS technologies to interrogate the LiDAR data and generated over 800,000 cross sections involving 81 million spot heights to provide a complete asset inventory of earthwork assets. This presentation will provide an overview of how that work has been accomplished.

Forester Web as an effective collaboration tool

Morag Hawkins: Forestry Commission

As Britain’s largest land manager, the Forestry Commission has the duty of care for nearly 900,000 hectares of land. At the heart of our approach is the importance of balancing the environmental, economic and social benefits of forests and the recognition that our forests serve a wide range of objectives. This complexity of land management requires specialist multi-disciplinary teams to collaborate in order to achieve our goals from strategic to local levels. Forester web, the Forestry Commission corporate web based GIS is pivotal to enable the efficient collaboration of multi-disciplinary teams bringing together complementary objectives and helping to shape our national forest estate for future generations.

Keep it simple - Web Apps for Non Developers

Oliver Penman: Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council’s web mapping applications were utilising software that was nearing ‘end of support’ by 2015. With only a few months to completely change all existing internal and external web mapping applications it was decided that a hosted AGOL solution was the preferred option. The challenge was to design and create applications with a consistent look and feel giving access to accurate secure data . This presentation will explain how this was successfully achieved without writing a single line of code.

Understanding the effect of wind farm development on sensitive bird species is a key challenge faced by wind farm developers, during the planning process. Find out how past experience is now shaping the wider industry statutory guidelines and join Tom Hartley to discover how an innovative modelling approach, combined with expertise in bird behaviour, is helping to remove objections and progress development projects more quickly.

ArcGIS Pro and 3D

Alasdair Hind: Esri UK

ArcGIS Pro provides a modern desktop GIS experience that is closely integrated with the wider ArcGIS platform. Pro also brings 3D GIS alongside 2D in a single application. This session will look at the 3D capabilities of Pro: from visualisation, to editing and analysis of data in 3D.


Alasdair Hind: Esri UK

The UK governments are promoting BIM (Building Information Modelling) as a process for creating, managing and delivering digital information as part of construction projects. The long term goal is to make the operation of the built environment more efficient through the use of digital information. BIM is already transforming the way data is managed in major construction projects. This session looks at the role of GIS as one of the software tools in the BIM process from design, through construction and on into the operation phase.

Mobile Solutions

Carmel Connolly: Esri UK

This session will provide insight into mobile solutions available with the ArcGIS Platform, including Survey123 for ArcGIS, Collector for ArcGIS and Workforce for ArcGIS. The benefits and functionality of the apps will be highlighted as well as how they can be integrated with each other and the rest of the ArcGIS Platform maximising your investment in ArcGIS.

Flood Event Data Capture using out-of-the-box ESRI software

Karen Pinkerton & Kirsty Jack: Scottish Environment Protection Agency

This year’s devastating floods in Scotland saw rivers reach record levels. Karen and Kirsty were part of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) flooding response, and ran a trial pilot for the Agency using ArcGIS Collector to capture flood event data. SEPA’s ability to capture the extent and impact of flood events, in near real time, has greatly improved the range, quality and confidence of its data. SEPA anticipates that this will help build on and develop the Agency’s understanding of flood impacts. Join SEPA to find out how the use of mobile GIS will feed invaluable insight into the National Flood Risk Assessment, Flood Risk Management strategies and Flood Warning service.

Dropped kerbs caught with the Collector

Mike Steven: City of Edinburgh Council

The City of Edinburgh Council has dabbled in mobile data collection for a number of years but since the release of the Collector for ArcGIS, we’ve been undertaking more mobile data collection projects (four so far using the Collector). This presentation will discuss our mobile data collection in general and the Collector projects completed so far, focussing on our latest project. Transport Policy received funding to improve the accessibility of Edinburgh for disabled people. They wanted to survey all of the dropped kerbs, raised tables and guardrails throughout the city so we used the Collector to capture these features.

Web AppBuilder

Emma Sandison: Esri UK

Web AppBuilder is an integrated part of the Web GIS portal (ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS) and is proving very popular for many different use cases. It empowers users with no programming experience to quickly and easily build and deploy new custom web applications that include sophisticated GIS functionality. This session will introduce Web AppBuilder and show you how!


Martin Wright: SPEnergyNetworks

The Online Curtailment Analysis Tool (OCAT) is accessed via a web portal on an SPEnergyNetworks website to provide visibility of distribution network capacity for renewable generation applicants to quickly identify whether a project may be cost effective or not. It not only provides indicative costs to connect to the SPEnergyNetworks network, but also the level of curtailment, or amount of energy that the proposed generator may produce based upon historical data. OCAT will not only help the developers to quickly evaluate their options but will enable SPEnergyNetworks to efficiently meet its regulatory obligations and quality of service towards its renewable energy customers.

Norfolk County Council is using Esri’s ArcGIS platform to help it arrange the most suitable transportation to school for pupils with special educational needs. This pioneering initiative is not only improving safety for children, but also helping the local authority to achieve a cost savings target of £500,000.