Success Stories

See real-world stories of GIS in action. Learn helpful best practices for successful geospatial app planning, implementation, and deployment using ArcGIS developer tools.

Saturday in the Park Natural Resources | JavaScript

The Trust for Public Land has developed a web application to help park advocates and city planners locate neighborhoods underserved by parks and analyze the best potential locations to invest in new facilities.

  • ParkEvaluator uses routing services to generate a 10-minute walkable service area around a potential park, and analyzes the population that would benefit from the new park.

  • Demographic data provides insight into the characteristics of the people that live nearby proposed park locations.

  • PDF reports are generated containing the map and other pertinent information.

DC Public Gardens Education | Android & iOS

The U.S. National Arboretum mobile application provides an interactive map and quick guide to the exhibits, tours, and visitor services offered at the Arboretum. Users can search for information about collections, dedications, and plants at the Arboretum.


“AppStudio takes care of some of the hard factors of application development … it fits nicely into our enterprise.”

Blue Raster Esri Partner Developer

An Innovative 2D/3D Open Data Platform Government | JavaScript

The newly released Queensland Globe application is a world-class example for open data – enabling anyone on any device to intuitively browse and explore more than 600 layers of government data in both 2D and 3D.

  • Queensland Globe visualizes data in both 2D & 3D using the ArcGIS API for JavaScript.

  • Leverages ArcGIS API for JavaScript widgets and custom-developed widgets to create a slick user experience.

Mapping Music Royalties Media & Entertainment | Android & iOS

Société des Auteurs Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique (SACEM) a French non-profit, recruited Sword Group and Esri France to assist in the design and development of a mobile app for employees of SACEM to use for tracking and collecting music royalties owed to them. They developed the mapping component of the mobile app using the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android.

  • View the locations of client businesses and geocode locations that haven't been captured yet.

  • Identify royalty collection information for specific client locations.

  • Collect and edit feature attributes including client information, royalty payments, and licensing rights in the field.

Tracking Ocean Traffic Transportation | JavaScript

One Earth Future uses exactEarth ShipView™, a modern, easy-to-use web-based viewing application to track ships in near real-time and plot them on a familiar set of map layers to enhance their viewing experience. ShipView is used to quickly get the status of maritime traffic currently traversing our oceans.

  • ShipView uses the ArcGIS API for JavaScript’s client-side geometry engine to help define regions of interest to find and track ships by providing real-time area and length measurements

  • ArcGIS Online Basemaps and other ArcGIS layers can be used in the application to bring context to ship movements and patterns alongside organizational or publicly available data sets

  • Modifying saved regions of interest is made easy by using the ArcGIS API for JavaScript’s intuitive Edit Toolbar

Saving Time in San Francisco Utilities | JavaScript

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) leverages Web GIS technology to improve operational efficiency by streamlining reporting on maintenance and construction projects.

  • SFPUC personnel sign into their web app using their ArcGIS Online identity (via OAuth2). Once signed in, staff can access secured inspection data that is associated with their account.

  • Inspection data is created and updated in the field using Collector for ArcGIS, and stored in hosted feature services within SFPUC’s ArcGIS Online organization.

  • Water maintenance staff monitor service requests and inspections that are visualized on the map using Feature Layers. Inspections can be filtered by date and status to find and edit inspections of interest.

Safer Roads in Ice and Snow Climate | JavaScript

Thanks to the Winter Service Management System, the operational planners of the Motorway and Road Maintenance in Bavaria are able to react much earlier to icy conditions. The system bundles a large number of permanently incoming data, analyzes it, compiles it into a complete picture, and predicts the formation of black ice, packed snow and slush in the next few hours.

  • Winter Service Management System visualizes maintenance vehicle locations and tracks over time using the ArcGIS API for JavaScript.

  • Multiple layer types are combined on the map to enable a common operating picture and continuous prediction of dangerous road conditions.

  • Pop-ups display live webcam feeds and pertinent information about the selected location.

“By employing a modern GIS, based on technology developed by Esri and con terra, winter road maintenance controllers now have all the decision-relevant data they need, displayed ready for use on a single screen.”
Harald Claußen Senior building director and section head North Bavarian Motorways Directorate

Hooked on Fish Reporting Natural Resources | Android & iOS

Fishidy is a waterway location-based app used by over 750, 000 people who love to fish. Users can find local real-time fishing reports, log catches and spots on interactive fishing maps, and connect with local anglers.

  • Chose from a variety of ArcGIS Online basemaps to give content to your geospatial application.

  • Search for nearby waterways based on your current location.

Navigate an Ocean of Datasets National Government/National Science | JavaScript

NOAA’s Water Column Sonar Data map viewer provides easy discovery and selection of 33 terabytes of sonar data. Excellent query tools help you identify data of interest and provide file-level selection to ensure you get the information you need.


Planning for Restoration and Conservation Conservation | JavaScript

The Chesapeake Conservancy has developed a web application that lets users create, compare, and download prioritization maps to identify restoration and conservation opportunities for species habitat in the northeast United States. The application leverages datasets made available through partners in the Nature’s Network collaborative facilitated by the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

  • Uses a geoprocessing service based on ArcPy and Pandas to analyze and prioritize selected watersheds for conservation and restoration.

  • Provides a slider for dynamically filtering watersheds based on their prioritization ranking.

  • Lets users compare multiple analysis results using a layer swipe widget.

Conserve EveryDrop of Water Natural Resources | Android & iOS

California has been battling water shortages for years now. The primary intervention strategy for water agencies across the region in combating this problem is reducing water consumption and water waste. To aid in this effort, Esri partner CitySourced has created EveryDrop, a water conservation website and app that engages citizens by giving them an easy way to report water waste and educates them in ways to better conserve water.

  • Uses ArcGIS Runtime SDKs for Android and iOS to create new georeferenced incident reports of misuse of water resources.

  • Uses ArcGIS Enterprise as a system of record for water use data, and enables collaboration between citizens and water management authorities.

  • Integration with Operations Dashboard to provide a single operating picture for citizens and knowledge workers.

Optimizing Road Travel Time Transportation | Android & iOS

GoTime is an app provided by MassDOT (Massachusetts Department of Transportation) to complement roadside travel time signs found on highways in Massachusetts. Users can select, view, and favorite real-time travel signs to display congestion information for a specific segment of roadway.

  • Cross-platform development streamlines the application building process, which means quicker time to market.

  • Utilizes Esri basemaps from ArcGIS Online, leveraging Esri’s hosted infrastructure.

  • Integrates and synthesizes the ArcGIS Platform capabilities with crucial data feeds from Department of Transportation servers and systems, supporting real-time decision making.

“Time spent on the redundancy of note taking in the field then transferring those notes to a spreadsheet from an office PC is estimated to have been cut in half by the EPIC app.”
Jason Eklund GIS Coordinator Kittitas County

Manage Exotic Plant Inspections Government | .NET

The mission of Kittitas County Noxious Weed Control Board is to protect and preserve the agricultural lands and natural resources of the county from degrading effects of exotic and invasive noxious weeds. To accomplish this goal a comprehensive prevention and early intervention program was designed. The program promotes strong communication between parcel landowners and directors of the Noxious Weed Control Board. This fosters a cooperative and coordinated effort in the management of noxious weeds by enhancing public awareness through educational efforts.