Welcome to the new Esri South Africa Blog!

Welcome to the Esri South Africa blog.
Welcome to the Esri South Africa blog

I am happy to announce that we are officially launching the new home of the Esri South Africa blog! This site is intended to provide some practical and useful information to our current Esri users and business partners as well as to the wider community. Keep coming back to see what’s new – we are striving to continually add content that addresses the practical side of the ArcGIS technology, from lessons learnt through our own experience in working with the products.

Please feel free to leave comments, queries, and suggestions in the feedback boxes and I encourage you to collaborate with the blog poster – typically, this will be the best person to ask questions about that particular topic.

The blog is also intended to let you get to know the staff at Esri South Africa. We are a diverse bunch of technical (and sometimes crazy!) people and all somehow ended up having a passion for GIS and technology.

Happy reading!

– Richard

Three Steps to Asset Management with ArcGIS Online and Collector

Three quick steps to do Asset Management with Collector and ArcGIS Online:

Step 1 (ArcMap) – Authoring your feature classes and tables:

What you need: ArcMap and an ArcGIS Online Organizational Account

  • Create a database in ArcMap
  • Create a (point) Feature Class to store your Assets
  • Create a Table to store your Assets’ Condition Assessments
  • Create a Table to store Maintenance Tasks associated with your Assets
  • Link them all together with Relationship Classes to create a 1:M link between Assets and Assessments and Assets and Maintenance Tasks

ArcMap Asset Management FCs

  • Add the Asset Feature Class and the two related tables to a map document and publish it as a service to your ArcGIS Online account

Step 2 (ArcGIS Online) – Authoring your Web Map for use in Collector:

What you need: An ArcGIS Online Organizational Account

  • Create a new Map in AGOL and add your newly created Asset Management service to it
  • Add a basemap of your choice to your Map
  • Save your Map

Step 3 (Collector) – Deploying your Asset Management application:

What you need: An iPhone or Android phone with the Collector for ArcGIS Application installed

  • Start Collector and log in with your AGOL credentials
  • Open the Map created in Step 2
  • Start performing your Asset Management tasks!

Collector 1

For some additional images relating to this post – please see here: Asset Management Images

Homework for the avid reader:

  • Add a Tracking Layer for Field Workers to the AGOL Web Map
  • Install ArcGIS Operations Dashboard
  • Create a Dashboard that monitors real-time field activities such as Field Worker positions, Assets that require maintenance etc

OPS Dashboard