Field Notes

Field Notes

The Field Notes Podcast is focused on communicating and exploring all things Field Operations at Esri. We’ll explore a variety of topics that showcase the range and use of mobile GIS technology. The ability to take your data, forms, and maps into the field using a cellphone or tablet has changed the way organizations have approached field workflows—and we want to dive into as many as possible!


November 9, 2022 30 min

On this episode, we’re joined by Dan Colbert and Jeff Ryan from Trimble. They talk about the value of high-accuracy data collection and share best practices for using GNSS receivers—covering everything from preparing a data collection project to practical tips while working with receivers in the field.

  • 2:57—Difference between GPS and GNSS
  • 4:27—Examples of when high-accuracy data collection is necessary
  • 7:00—Additional valu...
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    High-accuracy data collection is often a requirement when adding and inspecting assets on a map. While your phone can provide a location accuracy of a few meters, high-accuracy GNSS receivers can ensure submeter, or even centimeter level accuracy when collecting data.

    On this Field Snack, we break down the basics of high-accuracy data collection—covering basic definitions and terminology, the ArcGIS data model for GPS metadata, and...

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    David Webb is a GIS Solutions Developer for the engineering firm, Meshek & Associates. We first met David at the User Conference, where he stopped by our booth every day to discuss the latest features and capabilities of Esri Field Apps. In David’s role, he is tasked with developing mobile solutions for clients that help integrate modern GIS capabilities into their city workflows. It was a pleasure to sit down with him and talk...

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    In this episode of Field Notes, we dive into creating and using maps for mobile navigation. We sit down with Katherine Fuller to learn how her team at San Diego Gas and Electric uses mobile map packages (MMPKs), route layers, and custom locators in ArcGIS Navigator to route to assets, view attribute information, and respond to emergencies in the field. 

    Additional Resources:

  • ArcGIS Navigator Overview page
  • Prepare Navigator (help to...
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    August 10, 2022 20 min

    Another Esri User Conference is in the books, and it was a whirlwind to say the least! It was wonderful spending a week devoted to GIS in sunny San Diego, and it was fantastic talking to so many customers about Esri Field Apps. Hear from some of those voices on the latest episode of Field Notes.

    The following are additional resources mentioned in this episode of Field Notes:

  • Esri User Conference Website
  • Plenary recordings
  • What'...
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    The Chicago Field Museum partners with the community on a variety of science projects, including an effort to restore the Eastern Monarch Butterfly population (which has declined 80% in the past two decades). We sit down with Mark Johnston and Karen Klinger, GIS analysts for the museum, and discuss how they employ community science to gather data, restore habitats, and raise awareness of conservation issues in Chicago and beyond.

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    Welcome to our first Field Snack: a short form episode that delivers bite-sized information.

    On this inaugural episode, we talk about the biggest Esri event of the year: the User Conference (UC). There is so much going on with Field Operations at UC 2022, and we break it all down in this episode. Hear from the presenters themselves, find out about different events taking place throughout the week, and learn how you can share your s...

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    In this episode of Field Notes, we sit down with Levi Cecil, GIS Specialist for Portland Public Schools, and discuss how he and his team use floor-aware mapping, ArcGIS Survey123, and ArcGIS Field Maps to prioritize and maintain school sanitation during these unprecedented times.

    The following are additional resources relevant to this episode of Field Notes:

  • Create a floor-aware map in Field Maps (help topic)
  • Floor-aware map and flo...
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    Last month we packed up our podcasting gear and traveled to Palm Springs, CA for the Esri Developer Summit. It was a jam-packed week filled with informative tech sessions, inspiring demos, and incredible conversations with Esri customers (some of which you’ll hear on this episode!).  We also met for the first-time in person! Listen to our live experience of the 2022 Dev Summit and hear firsthand from users of Esri Field Operations....

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    Dr. Christine Wacta is an architect and facilitator at the Savannah College of Art and Design. On this episode of Field Notes, Dr. Wacta talks about her personal journey with GIS and the importance of incorporating geography into her architecture classincluding using ArcGIS QuickCapture to collect data about the urban environment.

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    We’re kicking off Season 2 of the Field Notes podcast with Martha Rodgers, CEO and Founder of Bay Park Data Solutions. Martha and her team develop GIS solutions for non-profit organizations, including the focus of this episode: the Global CHE Network. In this episode, Martha talks about the common requirements for developing apps for non-profits and how ArcGIS AppStudio was perfect for creating an app for Global CHE (with little to...

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    March 31, 2022 1 min

    Welcome to the Field Notes podcast, where we explore all things Esri Field Operations. 

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    The first season of Field Notes has officially come to a close. On our final episode of the season, we talk about our favorite moments from the past six episodes and reflect on all we’ve learned. We’ve had the opportunity to interview some fantastic guests on our first season, with one theme tying them all together: everyone is a mobile worker. Visit the episode announcement blog post to fill out the survey and access the resources...

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    December 2, 2021 30 min

    On this episode of Field Notes, we interview the lead of ArcGIS Solutions, Scott Oppmann, and discuss the variety of solutions that Esri offers, the importance of citizen engagement to help improve communities, and how GIS continues to grow in its integration with mobile workflows. 

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    October 29, 2021 25 min

    Scott Sambell is the founder of Ethos Environmental and our latest guest on the Field Notes podcast. Scott lives and works in New Zealand where he and his trusty dog, Milly, work to eradicate invasive species from island ecosystems. This effort involves a wide range of GIS technology, including drone imagery, heat sensing, offline data collection, location tracking, and much more. Listen to the latest episode of Field Notes to lear...

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    September 21, 2021 23 min

    In this episode of the Field Notes podcast, we sit down with Elvis Takow, a Solutions Engineer on the Esri Natural Resources team. Elvis discusses the role of GIS in commercial agriculture and how it’s used to select sites, inspect crops, combat climate change, and more. 

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    August 12, 2021 19 min

    In this episode of the Field Notes podcast, we talk about our highlights from UC 2021. From the Plenary sessions to the User Presentations, there were some great stories centered on Field Operations. 

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    July 20, 2021 20 min

    In this episode, Josh and D'Maia sit down with Marika Vertzonis and talk about the history of using forms and GIS in the field and how mobile apps continue to evolve and streamline data collection. What do the census, vending machines and crocodiles all have in common?  Find out in this episode. 

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    June 8, 2021 31 min

    The first episode of Field Notes is a conversation with Jeff Shaner, the Lead Product Engineer for the Field Apps team. We talk about the evolution of field apps and how we’ve landed on our newest product, ArcGIS Field Maps.

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