Wetlands Platform Update Integrates Advanced Esri Mapping Capabilities, Allows Scientists to Delineate Wetlands with Greater Efficiency
Ecobot, the developer of transformative environmental data reporting software, announced today its newest software update, integrating enhanced Esri GIS mapping and data capabilities.
As a result of a partnership between Ecobot and Esri, announced one year ago as an Emerging Partner with the Startup Program, enhanced ArcGIS integrations are now available within Ecobot. Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, offers the most powerful mapping and spatial analytics available. The partnership enables the addition of familiar geospatial modeling, mapping, georeferencing, and data collection capabilities within the wetland delineation app. These new capabilities will further automate and speed the process of wetland delineations, allowing Ecobot customers to support paperless mapping of wetlands by enabling scientists and engineers to walk the perimeter of a wetland, dropping virtual flags with a tap to the screen.
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In addition, the Ecobot natural resources platform includes comprehensive reference materials, automated calculations, and instant generation of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wetland Determination forms, along with Esri-ready shapefiles.
“With no manual effort, map features collected in the field can now be dropped directly into ArcGIS Pro. This will revolutionize how our industry works,” says Jeremy Schewe, PWS, Ecobot’s co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, who has been using Esri tools for over a decade.
To date, the platform has saved Ecobot customers upwards of 3,700 hours and over $300,000; the addition of Esri ArcGIS technology is expected to slash project time and costs by an additional 5-8%.
“Ecobot has been used to prepare more than 6,000 USACE forms for jurisdictional determinations,” says Lee Lance, Ecobot’s co-founder and CEO. “It is truly gratifying for our team to hear from our customers, who represent some of the most successful engineering firms in the world, that the use of Ecobot creates a significant competitive advantage, helping them win new business by improving workflow and reducing errors.”
“Accurate and efficient wetland mapping and data collection by scientists is critical to sound construction practices, especially in an era of climate change, when sea rise and heavy precipitation events are predicted to rise across the country,” says Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist at Esri. “We are thrilled to see one of our Emerging Business Partners taking advantage of our larger partner network to deliver Esri technology inside of a critical tool.”