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May 2011

Service Pack 2 for ArcGIS 10 released

Esri released service pack 2 for ArcGIS 10 last week. It appears to have fixed many issues especially several working with the new parcel fabric.  The parcel fabric is not the only area that includes fixes. There are some for data driven pages, geoprocessing tools and more.

I will add one word of warning. I know of at least one person that has experienced problems editing after installing the service pack. Editing slowed to a crawl. He had to repair his geometry and everything seems to have returned to normal. I personally have not had any issues.

Here are a few issues Service Pack 2 addresses:

  • MapDoc.dataDrivenPages throws a poor error when the map document is not DDP enabled.
  • Alternating Scale Bar fills in solid black when zooming in.
  • Multi-ring Buffer tool clips output buffers if Dissolve: All is specified.
  • Add Geoprocessing History page to FGDC metadata style.
  • Run MultipleRingBuffer as a GP service crashes the server objects due to intermediate output not set up correctly in the script.
  • General GML elements used to describe units of measure, times, points, and polygons in metadata are handled incorrectly when importing and exporting between ArcGIS metadata and the ISO 19139 format.
  • The Snap Raster option should be honored by the Tin to Raster (gp) tool.
  • Along Line marker placement style for Representations does not work properly when published to a MSD.
  • When creating a schema-only layer package that includes a Parcel Fabric and a .lyr file (built from a sub-class), the .lyr file has a broken data source when un-packed.
  • ECW image files are shown as an invalid dataset.
  • Mosaic dataset renders incorrectly in Web applications when published as an image service.
  • Update ArcGIS Server .NET Help for 10.0 SP2.
  • Update ArcGIS Server Java Help for 10.0 SP2.
  • Concurrent editing of Parcel Fabric within separate child versions of Default hangs other edit sessions when the Modify command is used.
  • Planarize when used on a parallel offset does not break line if offset line is perpendicular to parent line.
  • Topology Loader tool for the Parcel Fabric fails to load certain parcels and incorrectly defines them as multi-part polygons.
  • All Parcel Editor dialogs should use field aliases from the database.
  • Parcel Explorer window gets disabled when working with the Parcel Fabric and cannot be recovered unless ArcMap is restarted.
  • Parcel polygon does not sync with parcel line-work after linepoint cracking has been preformed.
  • Parcel Remainder does not work on a parcel participating in a separate layer file if it is queried out of the default Parcels layer.
  • ArcMap crashes when deleting join links within the parcel fabric.
  • ArcMap and ArcCatalog crash when trying to open a particular DGN V8 CAD file.
  • Export to CAD does not honor the “Circle” field value for the CadType field which is used with Export to CAD.
  • The “level” field is not being used when Export to a DGN Version 8 file. If level values are defined they are not being created in the output DGN file.

Those are just a few of the issues addressed in Service Pack 2 for ArcGIS 10. For a complete list of issues addressed or to download the service pack go to: http://resources.arcgis.com/content/patches-and-service-packs?fa=viewPatch&PID=17&MetaID=1752.
The Service Pack for ArcGIS Desktop is 364 MB which is the largest.

Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP | Vice President, GIS/IT
KECK & WOOD, INC.
Direct (678) 417-4013 | Main (678) 417-4000 | Fax (678) 417-4055
Esri Certified Trainer | Esri Certified Desktop Associate

Esri Technical Certifications – Questions Answered

This week I attended Esri’s SERUG conference in Jacksonville Florida. I think SERUG went really well this year. Attendance was up from last year I believe. Presentations were great. It is always amazing to see what folks are doing with GIS and Esri Technology.

One of the hot button topics at this year’s SERUG conference was Esri’s new technical certifications. Renee Schreibman, Esri’s Southeast Training Consultant, had the job of trying to explain the new certifications and what it takes to earn one of the certifications. Renee did a great job explaining the program and answering questions. Here are a couple of highlights:

  1. If I earn a certification will I have to recertify with each new release of Esri? Looks like Esri is following the Microsoft model here. According to Renee, once you are certified you will not need to recertify with each new release. Only with major releases will you possibly need to recertify. In this case there will most likely be an abbreviated “Update your certification” type exam that would focus on the changes found in the new major release. Also you would still be certified on the past versions. This keeps with IT industry standard practices such as the Microsoft and Cisco certification Models.
  2. Do I have to take the associate exam before I take the professional exam? If you are looking to get certified on ArcGIS Desktop, you can skip straight to the professional exam if you feel you are at that level. Other exams currently under development for Developer and Enterprise may have a requirement for you to get associate first and then professional later.
  3. How many times can I take the exam and do I have to pay the $255 each time?  The last part is easy to answer. Yes you have to pay each time you take the exam. I should point out Esri does not make any money from those taking the exams. Most if not all of that fee goes to the Pearson testing folks. So now to the first part of the question, how many times can I take an exam. Basically you can take the exam 3 times. After the third time you have to talk with Esri and get permission to take it a fourth time.
  4. How hard are the exams? Based on my experience and what Renee said, these exams are not easy. They are designed to make sure you have a thorough knowledge of ArcGIS at the level you are being tested for. Esri wants these exams and certifications to mean something. When you earn one you have accomplished something to be proud of.
  5. What is the pass rate on the exams? Still too early to tell. These exams have only been out for a few months and Esri is still gathering data, however see question 4.  I have heard some number passed around on the beta exams but nothing concrete enough to say for certain. I will say it was not a super high pass rate on the beta exams if the numbers I have heard via the rumor mill are even close to correct. As stated with question 4, Esri wants these certifications to have meaning so they are not giving them away. You do have to earn them.
  6. Do I get told which questions I got wrong? No you only get told if you passed or failed
  7. Where can I take an exam? At pretty much any Pearson Vue authorized testing center. These are located all over the place. Go to http://www.pearsonvue.com/esri/ to locate a testing center near you and to register to take an exam
  8. Do I have to complete all the recommended training classes before I take a Certification Exam? No, you don’t. The list of recommended classes contain topics which might be included on the exams.
  9. If I have not upgraded to ArcGIS 10 yet can I still take the exams?  Yes you can but you will have a hard time passing. The exams are all built around ArcGIS 10. If you are not familiar with the new functionality such as Feature Templates, Dynamic Test and Data Driven Pages you will be at a severe disadvantage taking the exam.
  10. Does this compete with the GISP especially since they are considering an exam? No, the two are complementary. The Esri Technical Certifications only test on knowledge about using Esri products. A GISP exam, if implemented, would test on a more rounded and theoretical knowledge most likely based on the Dept. of Labor Geospatial Core Competency Model (GTCM).

So there you go, my brief summary of Renee’s presentation and some of the questions that were asked/answered during the presentation. Renee’s presentation will be posted to the SERUG website at some point soon. In the meantime you might want to go to http://training.esri.com/certification/ if you have any questions or are looking for more information. Of course I am always happy to answer questions or help to find answers.

Tripp Corbin, CFM, GISP
Vice President, GIS
Keck & Wood, Inc.
Esri Certified Trainer | Esri Certified ArcGIS Desktop Associate

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