The largest GIS conference in Baltic States


Registration to the Baltic Esri User Conference is open! This largest GIS conference in the Baltic States will be organized virtually this year on 21–23 April.

The conference will brief the audience about newest ArcGIS developments and innovations, introduce to latest projects and share Baltic GIS users’ experience. It will be an unique opportunity virtually meeting colleagues from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, listening and posing questions to Esri experts and having a glance to what is coming next from Esri.

Why shall you participate?


  • Listen to Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, GIS industry World leader.
  • Get to know about new and upcoming ArcGIS developments, see demonstrations and comments from best Esri experts.
  • Find out about latest GIS projects in Baltic States.
  • Learn about user’s experience, see best practice ArcGIS examples.   
  • Meet virtually Esri employees, GIS professionals and enthusiasts.
  • Share your thoughts or pose questions to speakers and experts.
  • Be part of the “family” – the GIS community in Baltic States.

Agenda


April 21 | 10:00 -13:15

10:00

Conference Opening
Linas Gipiškis, Hnit-Baltic; Oskars Ribkinskis, Envirotech; Aivo Vard, AlphaGIS

GIS – Interconnecting Our World
Jack Dangermond, Esri 

Welcome and the conference opening by Directors of the three hosting organizations. A glance to challenges and opportunities for the GIS community in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Jack Dangermond, the founder and president of Esri, welcomes the conference and shares the Esri vision for GIS interconnecting our World - people, organizations, activities, and sciences. Esri offers a geospatial infrastructure, building modern GIS implementation patterns, leveraging services-based architecture and GIS portals. Individual systems are beginning to link together and share their data, interconnecting and bringing in services from external sources, uniting people and strengthening collaboration. GIS creates Digital Twins of the natural and built environment and uniquely integrates many types of digital models.
10:20 ArcGIS Technology Update Part 1
Focus - Mapping & Cartography
Expert team from Hnit-Baltic, Envirotech and AlphaGIS
Experts will provide demonstrations of the latest developments and new operational capacities in ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise and other Esri products. Useful hints and advices applying GIS tools in a variety of tasks and utilizing a range of different data sources: 2D/3D, imagery, field survey, statistics, business analytics, etc.
11:20
Coffee Break
11:30

GIS Development at Rail Baltica: What Solutions are in Place and What Lies Ahead
Vaidas Ulenskas, Urmas Alber, RB Rail
Lithuania-Latvia-Estonia

Rail Baltica's design guidelines require BIM documentation provided in IFC format. There were just a few simple requirements for transferring the data from IFC into asset register. The only out-of-the-box solution matching these requirements was provided by Esri.
Vaidas will present what GIS solutions have been implemented so far and what lies ahead, what challenges the GIS faces in this mega-project. Urmas will talk about GIS as an asset register in the Rail Baltica project and how BIM became the main source of information for a GIS-based register.
12:00

Management of Defects by ArcGIS in Office and Field – Simple, Adjustable, Efficient
Aivaras Urbanavičius, Jurgita Paltanavičiūtė, ESO  (Energy distribution operator)
Lithuania

ESO applies ArcGIS tools for an efficient management of defects in electricity distribution network. Those flexibly configured GIS tools, used in mobile devices, let promptly register defects in field and maintain the real-time defects’ dataset. Managers and supervisors monitor the progress of inspections in the office, combine the data with other information, leverage risks and take preventive actions. Presenters will share user experience from both office and field works. Moreover, ESO investigates to further utilization of spatial data as the adopted ArcGIS solution is user friendly, integral to other IS, scalable and expandable.
12:20

Application of ArcGIS Online Tools for Stakeholder Involvement and Decision Support in Addressing Land-Sea Interactions
Anda Ruskule, Marta Štube, Ivo Vinogradovs, Kristīna Veidemane, Baltic Environmental Forum
Latvia

Land-Sea-Act project aimed to develop proposals for balancing national interest in the offshore wind park development with that of local communities in preserving the landscape and boosting coastal tourism and recreation in the project cases study area in Southwestern coastal area of Latvia in the Kurzeme Region. Several ArcGIS Online tools were developed to support stakeholder engagement in project for addressing the land-sea interactions in the cases study area. This includes participatory GIS surveys for assessing coastal landscape qualities and important sites for recreation and tourism as well as development of a Land-Sea-Act map explorer, which collates the mapping results on ecosystem service supply in the case study area, and thus providing support in scenario building and decision support for balancing coastal development interests.
12:40

The Earth Is Not Flat: Estonia Goes 3D
Hanno Kuus, Estonian Land Board
Estonia

Public awareness and demand of three-dimensional (3D) data has been increasing quite a bit in recent years worldwide and similar processes are also happening in Estonia.
This talk gives an overview of undertakings to provide nationwide coverage of different 3D datasets, from data collection to visualization.
13:00 Questions & Answers session, Overview of the Day Presenters respond to attendees’ questions. Panel discussion on common issues and challenges.

April 22 | 10:00 -13:15

10:00 Conference Day 2 Opening Opening, feedback from the previous day’s sessions, overview of the Day’s program.
10:05 Digital Twins
Chris Andrews, Esri
GIS creates Digital Twins of the natural and built environments. Digital Twins are abstracting and modeling everything. Chris Andrew from Esri presents how ArcGIS supports Digital Twins and provide a greater context to solve business challenges by creating relationships, uniquely integrating many types of digital models and streamlining workflows in BIM, SmartCities, Internet Of Things (IoT), Natural resource management and other industry driven activities.
10:35 ArcGIS Technology Update Part 2
Focus - ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, 3D content, GIS-BIM integration
Expert team from Hnit-Baltic, Envirotech and AlphaGIS
Experts will provide demonstrations of the latest developments and new operational capacities in ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise and other Esri products. Useful hints and advices applying GIS tools in a variety of tasks and utilizing a range of different data sources: 2D/3D, imagery, field survey, statistics, business analytics, etc.
11:30 Coffee Break
11:40

Advanced GIS Solutions in Vilnius City
Aurelijus Deksnys, Vilniaus planas
Lithuania

“Vilnius planas” (www.vilniausplanas.lt) arranged a collaborative ArcGIS hub based infrastructure amongst 15 municipal authorities for shared use and update of actual (real-time) data. Such open geospatial infrastructure proved its value enabling faster decision making processes and increased quality in a numerous of projects, development tasks and asset maintenance activities in Vilnius city.
12:00

Implementation of a Linear Reference System (LRS) in the State Road Network
Mairis Čukurs, SLLC Latvian State Roads
Latvia

Latvian State Roads use ArcGIS for more than 10 years to solve geospatial tasks and challenges. One of recent projects - implementation of Linear reference system (LRS). LRS is a method of storing geographic objects using relative locations on a linear object. One of the main uses of LRS is the type of geographic location registration events on a linear object. You will hear about our ArcGIS implementation experience, application for tasks and future plans.
12:20

GIS Shapes National Policy for Better Access to Culture
Vėjūna Žalelytė, Kurk LT  (Create Lithuania)
Lithuania

Big cities offer a vibrant cultural life. A variety of cultural services within easy reach contributes to our quality of life. But what about the rest of the country? Culture is a sector rarely measured, which means that we do not know what and where to improve. "Create Lithuania" worked with the Ministry of Culture to solve this problem. This presentation will show how we applied GIS to measure cultural services across the country, from big cities to rural villages. We created a spatial strategy to improve access to cultural services for the whole population.
12:40

What Are The Limits of 3D And Tallinn City Model?
Andres Maremäe, Tallinn Strategy Centre
Estonia

Brief overview of Tallinn City Model’s background, current state and future objectives.
Experience and conceptional thoughts about the limits of 3D city models and the purpose of having an advanced 3D model. Demo of the Tallinn City Model and some things behind the scenes.
13:00 Questions & Answers session, Overview of the Day Presenters respond to attendees’ questions. Panel discussion on common issues and challenges.

April 23 | 10:00 -13:30

10:00 Conference Day 3 Opening Opening, feedback from the previous day’s sessions, overview of the Day’s program.
10:05 ArcGIS Technology Update Part 3
Focus -  ArcGIS Enterprise,  ArcGIS Imagery, Utility network, Drone mapping, Deep Learning
Expert team from Hnit-Baltic, Envirotech and AlphaGIS
Experts will provide demonstrations of the latest developments and new operational capacities in ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise and other Esri products. Useful hints and advices applying GIS tools in a variety of tasks and utilizing a range of different data sources: 2D/3D, imagery, field survey, statistics, business analytics, etc.
11:15 Coffee Break
11:25

Making Spatial Planning More Accessible With Web GIS
Jaanus Padrik, Hendrikson & Ko
Estonia

Presentation will shed light on recent trends in how to make spatial data more interactive and appealing to general public and decision makers.
We will take a look at practical examples already in use and also some future ideas waiting to be implemented.
11:45

Aeronautical Information Provision for Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Flights
Kaspars Šmaukstelis, Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme (Air Navigation Services)
Latvia

Electronic Unmanned Aircraft Restrictions Viewer (eUARV):
  • The reason for creation and intended use.
  • System components and architecture.
  • Data maintenance – sources and workflow.
  • Functionality of the application.
  • Towards new information concept – UAS Geographical zones.
12:05

Ranking of Water Supply and Sewage Networks
Andrius Mackevičius, Vilnius Waters
Lithuania

Principles of rating of water supply and sewage networks, assess the latest data on the actual condition of the objects.
Operation of the asset status rating system using GIS, Stekas, Power BI applications.
12:25

Remote Sensing, GIS and Machine Learning in Mapping Seabed Habitats
Kristjan Herkül, Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu
Estonia

Overview of technologies and methods of mapping seabed habitats in the Estonian Marine Institute. Acoustic and optical remote sensing from ships, drones, airplanes and satellites. Procedures and tools in the ArcGIS environment.
Combining on-site measurements and remote sensing data for training machine learning models and generating spatial predictions.
12:45

ArcGIS for an Efficiency Monitoring of Cultural Heritage Objects – (New) Quality, Sustainability and Scalability
Robertas Motuzas, Department of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Culture
Lithuania

Department of cultural heritage under the Ministry of Culture monitors over 22 000 cultural objects (movable and immovable) in Lithuania. It is important to timely track transformations in objects and surrounding environment, predict activities, negatively affecting the cultural objects, and secure necessary precautions. The wide range of tasks is challenging for an organization with limited resources. The presenter will share experience on how ArcGIS helped to simplify and optimize the overall management of field checks and observations, brought additional measures increasing a quality of the collected information, efficiently processing the reports to well-structured data for performing a comprehensive spatial analysis, and properly examine an impact.
13:05 Questions & Answers session, Overview of the Day Presenters respond to attendees’ questions. Panel discussion on common issues and challenges.
13:20 Closing of the Conference Final summary remarks.

Speakers


Conference Hosts

Lithuania

Linas Gipiškis

Director of Hnit-Baltic

Latvia

Oskars Ribkinskis

Director of Envirotech

Estonia

Aivo Vard

Director of AlphaGIS

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Conference Speakers

Lithuania

Vaidas Ulenskas

RB Rail

GIS and BIM Coordinator

Estonia

Urmas Alber

RB Rail

BIM and AIM Coordinator

Lithuania

Aivaras Urbanavičius

ESO

Senior Engineer

Lithuania

Jurgita Paltanavičiūtė

ESO

Data Analyst

Latvia

Anda Ruskule

Baltic Environmental Forum

Project Manager - Environmental Expert

Estonia

Hanno Kuus

Estonian Land Board

Chief Specialist

US

Chris Andrews

Esri

Product Manager for 3D

Lithuania

Aurelijus Deksnys

Vilniaus planas

GIS Division Manager

Latvia

Mairis Čukurs

SLLC Latvian State Roads

Leading Project Manager

Lithuania

Vėjūna Žalelytė

Kurk LT

Project Manager

Estonia

Andres Maremäe

Tallinn Strategy Centre

3D Specialist

Estonia

Jaanus Padrik

Hendrikson & Ko

GIS Specialist

Latvia

Kaspars Šmaukstelis

Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme

Aeronautical Cartographer

Lithuania

Andrius Mackevičius

Vilnius Waters

Head of Infrastructure Planning and Technical Strategy Unit

Estonia

Kristjan Herkül

Estonian Marine Institute, UT

Associate Professor

Lithuania

Robertas Motuzas

Department of Cultural Heritage

Advisor To The Director at Departament of Heritage Protection

Latvia

Marta Štube

Baltic Environmental Forum

GIS Specialist

Latvia

Ivo Vinogradovs

Baltic Environmental Forum

Geoinformatics Engineer

Latvia

Kristīna Veidemane

Baltic Environmental Forum

Environmental Expert / Project Manager

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Tradition to meet


It was an unforgettable first Baltic Esri User Conference in Riga at 2018 – fruitfully benefitting the Baltic GIS community and showing how close and collaborative we all are. A lot of warm memories have been received. Due to users’ encouragements to meet again the Baltic Esri User Conference gradually turns to a traditional event.

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Organizers of Baltic Esri User Conference 2021


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