How I prepared for the AWS Cloud Practitioner exam

I'm currently working on a cloud product which is utilizing the AWS cloud; so it was a great time to study for and take the AWS Cloud Practitioner Exam. Here are some of the details on how I prepared for the exam; but none of the details from the actual exam, just logistics. AWS Exam …

Automated Testing for Geospatial Applications

We really don’t want to break things that work, it's super frustrating. We test to make sure that any changes we make do not break another piece of the code in our applications. Of course manual or exploratory tests are important but the dream is to get this stuff fully automated. We make some changes …

Building a Raster Mosaic from LINZ Tiles

This is a quick note on cached tile services vs building a raster mosaic. Working with cached image services is a major time saver. It gives you the raster tiles most appropriate to the scale you require, when you require them. While a dynamic service would behave differently, I’m working with a cached tile service …

Developing on a NodeMCU board with Micro Python

I have a problem collecting rubbish and recycling saturation data. I’ve tried developing on existing ESRI apps to collect data and store it in the cloud. Its failed every time. These approaches failed because no one likes doing data entry on a phone or tablet, the guys who drive the truck. A clipboard is still …

The Power of Python Toolboxes

A lot of manual work can be avoided by using scripts to automate the processes. However, you inevitably end up with a lot of scripts to automate different pieces of a process. Python toolboxes provide a nice way to bundle these scripts for a complete solution to a process. It contains the whole process in …

Responding to an Emergency with Maps

In the immediate aftermath of the Kaikoura earthquake a well practiced response went into effect. Within a few days information about the event increased exponentially as the various agencies began reporting. The tide of information was overwhelming. Organisation such as Environment Canterbury began requesting GIS support to help make the relevant information visible to people …

Location Based To Do Lists

Location based to do lists move us towards a map centric way of getting things done. Yes, they improve efficiency but the benefits goes much deeper. They give our workers freedom They give our managers confidence They make our work more pleasant In short they are awesome. In this post we are addressing the messy …

Four Tips for Working with Workforce

Workforce takes operations from ad hoc paper based system or a disconnected collection of GIS features to a systematic flexible and programmable to do list. At its heart there is a focus on keeping work loads simple. That means seeing only the information you need to perform the tasks relevant to you.  I love this …

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