Innovate’s GroupLayerlist Widget for Esri WebApp Builder – Quick and Easy Access to Customized Groupings of Layers

Innovate’s Grouped Layerlist widget addresses a common issue faced within the geospatial community and by Esri WebApp Builder users; it enables customized groupings of layers. Users can quickly and easily view the specific information that they need to visualize. The Grouped Layerlist widget is a widget for utilization within Esri’s Web Application Builder. This widget provides a layerlist that can be organized by custom themes/groups (e.g. Transportation, Gas, Railroads, etc.). When the Grouped Layerlist widget is configured in the Web Application Builder, themes/groups can be created and layers within the web map associated with the application can be grouped into those themes. Each layer within a theme has options for changing the layer transparency, enable/disable popups, change layer symbology, view attribute table, and showing item details depending on the layer type.For example, if a user needed to see all the data relevant to railroads, the Developer could easily create a new group titled, “Railroad.” They would then select from the list of available layers in the map what layers are related to Railroads and save. Now, users could select the “Railroad” option in the Grouped Layerlist rather than manually selecting individual layers every time.

Over the past year Innovate has worked with World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Norway to make this new widget a reality. Thanks to the generosity of the WWF, we have been allowed to make this widget available to the Web AppBuilder community. Below is a link to a short video to demonstrate how the widget works. We have also created a public GitHub repository, so others in the community can use the code at no cost!

The video is accessible here!
The Github repository is accessible here!

For more information on this widget please contact us at: Have a great summer!


Innovate and Esri – Improving Wildfire Mapping

In 2018, Innovate was awarded a prime contract with the Department of Interior (DOI) to support the development and Optimization of the Integrated Reporting of Wildland-Fire Information (IRWIN) Application. The interagency fire community depends on the IRWIN application to maintain data exchange operations year-round, 24x7x365. This requires the coordination and collaboration of multiple of stakeholders, internal and external of the OWF because it offers the community large scale, cross- agency technology.

Partnering with Esri, Innovate is helping the DOI attain clarity and collaboration with state and local partners on shared national wildfire issues via IRWIN to discover the reality of fire risk management including population and response metrics. Innovate provides operations and maintenance (O&M) services and supports IRWINs further development, modernization, and enhancement. This includes updating existing tools used for visualization and understanding of data integration, enhancement of existing tools, and providing new solutions used for visualization and understanding of data integration. IRWIN services are focused on the goals of reducing redundant data entry, identifying authoritative data sources, and improving the consistency, accuracy, and availability of operational data. By interconnecting systems, new and updated information is automatically available to the different interagency systems and to a dashboard to provide queries and reports.

For more information, check out Esri’s article: Improve Your Wildlife Maps with These New Layers.

Innovate Awarded CIO-SP3 Small Business

On May 11, 2020, Innovate! Inc. was chosen as one of the prime recipients by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Information Technology Assessment and Acquisition Center (NITAAC) for their Chief Information Officer – Solutions and Partners 3 (CIO-SP3)  Small Business contract. In addition, Innovate! is currently an 8(a) contract holder on the vehicle which allows clients to sole source awards without additional competition or justification under FAR Subpart 19.804-6 (b).

CIO-SP3 is a multiple award Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) with a ceiling value of $20 billion, and it can be used by federal civilian or Department of Defence (DoD) Agencies to meet scientific, health, administrative, operational, managerial and information management requirements. It was designed to provide general IT purchases across all agencies, and it gives Government agencies a mechanism for the quick ordering of needed IT solutions and services for the best value. CIO-SP3 offers government agencies an unprecedented breadth of IT that supports the Federal Enterprise Architecture, the Federal Health Architecture, and the DoD Enterprise Architecture, and it can be used to meet the requirements of agencies with Data Center Consolidation, Cloud Computing, Health IT, Mobility, and Cybersecurity needs.

Under the NITAAC program, agencies receive an easy-to-use, secure web-based e-GOS ordering system for automated task order completion, set-aside, management, and awardee selection and notification. The customer service center is able to deliver a 1-hour response time for any contractual, technical or procedural question, and it provides 1-day turnaround on free, comprehensive SOW/SOO assessment for every task order. Finally, there is no special “Delegation of Procurement Authority” required. Meanwhile, the GWAC offers streamlined ordering and procedures under FAR Subpart 16.505 save time, money, and resources.

CIO-SP3 Small Business Contract Holders have gone through a comprehensive review process prior to award, which includes dimensions such as technical capabilities, past performance, price and cost. This enables contract officers to use simplified evaluations at the task order level, resulting in significant savings in time, money, and resources. Furthermore, ceiling rates were negotiated at the Master Contract level to be the best available, so agencies start with the most competitive rates available; however, competition will only help to lower those rates further. Finally, contract holders were rated in and awarded the contract in up to 10 different task areas, for a total of 10 years.

For information, please visit Innovate’s CIO-SP3 page or reach out to our team:

Innovate Presents at the 2020 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) GIS Virtual Workshop

Innovate team members were among the select contractors to present at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) GIS Virtual Workshop.  Attended by over 100 EPA staff, Innovate IT/GIS Director Frank Roberts and GIS Analyst/Developers Jenny Herring and Rob Homsher delivered the following presentations to the group: 

Title: “Be the Hub You Want to Be”  Rob Homsher 

Summary: How and when to use ArcGIS Hub to pull together content for projects or initiatives, and easily share data with targeted audiences.

Title: “99 Problems, GeoPlatform Accounts Ain’t One” Jenny Herring 

Summary: Learn about how to use and how to get access to the GeoPlatform Account Request tool to rapidly set up accounts and group access for emergency responses and large projects.

Title: “Sample Today, Map Tomorrow” Jenny Herring 

Summary: Explore the Region 9 Scribe Data Explorer, a browser-based web application to search for and interact with projects from EPA ERT’s analytical and sampling Scribe Database system.

 Title: “Where the Sun Don’t Shine: How to See Your Sub-Surface Wells”  Frank Roberts 

Summary: Visualizing Underground Wells, Aquifers and Sampling Results through 3-D visualization in ArcGIS Pro

Esri Honors Innovate with the “Collaboration Partner” Federal Small Business Specialty Award

Washington D.C. — Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, honored Innovate for our extraordinary application of GIS software during the annual Esri Federal GIS Conference with the “Collaboration Partner” Federal Small Business Specialty Award. This award acknowledges companies that use Esri technology to help the U.S. government run more efficiently and transparently through innovation. Innovate was recognized for our consistent engagement with the Esri service teams, leveraging Esri technology to support customers, and participating in Esri events.

One such project example is the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Integrated Reporting of Wildland Fire Information (IRWIN) application where Innovate is the prime contractor working in partnership with Esri. The fire community depends on the IRWIN application to maintain data exchange operations year-round, 24x7x365. Innovate is providing operations and maintenance (O&M) services and supporting IRWIN’s further development, modernization, and enhancement leveraging Esri technology. Esri provides slices of technical expertise to optimize this critical, interagency application.

Innovate is a woman-and-minority owned small business providing expertise in Geospatial, Information Technology, Cloud Advisory, and Business Management Consulting services. We provide services to a range of partners including Federal, State, Tribal and local government clients and private industry. Innovate is a Silver Partner company in the global Esri Partner Network that has demonstrated innovative and creative ways to solve our client’s greatest challenges, using geospatial analytics tools.

Innovate’s Frank Roberts and Michael Blair Present at the Esri Federal GIS Conference 2020

Mr. Michael Blair Presents at the 2020 Esri Federal GIS Conference

More than 5,000 attendees from across the geospatial industry including government thought leaders and GIS practitioners to commercial GIS innovators attended the Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, DC. The conference is dedicated to tackling GIS issues facing the federal government, showcasing advances in GIS technology, highlighting the latest tools, leveraging ArcGIS apps, and presenting ground- breaking projects.

Innovate’s Frank Roberts (Senior Geospatial/IT Project Manager) and Michael Blair (Geospatial/IT Project Manager) were selected to present alongside Esri staff at several professional development workshops. Our teammates were selected based on their subject matter expertise in the geospatial industry, bringing over 20 years of relevant experience. For each presentation, Innovate offered one of our federal government projects as an example of Esri technology in action. Frank and Michael presented across the following topics:

  • Sharing 3D Content and Apps: provides a use case of and lessons learned on sharing 3D data within ArcGIS Online
    Innovate Project: EPA – 3D California Central Basin Aquifer Visualization
  • Geocoding and Geoenrichment: the use of geocoding and geoenrichment to identify vulnerable locations to school-age populations via analysis of broadband availability
    Innovate Project: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) – GIS Professional Services
  • Distributed Collaboration: Sharing Data Across Systems: provides a use case of and lessons learned on sharing data across multiple organizations with ArcGIS Online
    Innovate Project: EPA and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) – Shared Space
  • Exploring Your Data with Smart Mapping: how to extend web mapping through the use of web application builder to develop a customized user focused web mapping application
    Innovate Project: Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) – GIS Support

Mr. Frank Roberts provides expertise during the Q&A portion of the, “Distributed Collaboration: Sharing Data Across Systems,” professional development workshop

Innovate! Inc. Achieves CMMI Level 2 Certification

Innovate!, a premier Cloud and GIS Platform Integration Services Company, is proud to announce that it had been appraised at Level 2 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)®. The appraisal team, led by Multi-Dimensional Maturity (MDM), performed a CMMI Institute Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) for the Innovate! Business Enterprise Service Team. Based on the results of the SCAMPI, Innovate was determined to be operating at CMMI-SVC Maturity Level 2, the Managed Level.

An appraisal at maturity level 2 indicates Innovate! is performing at a “managed” level. At this level, projects have ensured that processes are planned and executed in accordance with policy; the projects employ skilled people who have adequate resources to produce controlled outputs; involve relevant stakeholders; are monitored, controlled, and reviewed; and are evaluated for adherence to their process descriptions.

Innovate! Management’s demonstrated commitment to business and technical excellence and CMMI Maturity Level 2 helped to ensure this success. Auditor Dr. Richard Waina commented, “All levels of the organization are involved in and focused on continuous improvement. Every individual’s commitment to process discipline and improvement was quite evident.”

“Obtaining CMMI Level 2 certification demonstrates the investment that Innovate makes in our processes and people to ensure on-time client delivery with the highest level of quality. CMMI Level 2 adds to Innovate’s already rich culture of process and quality improvement,” noted Tom Perkowitz, Innovate’s Quality Manager.

About Innovate! Inc: More Than a Consulting Company
Innovate! provides expertise in Geospatial, Information Technology, Cloud Advisory, Management and Business Consulting services. The talent pool at Innovate, led by renowned industry leaders, consists of a multi-disciplinary team of analysts; information management and technology specialists (IM/IT); geospatial professionals; technical experts; regulatory specialists; road and transportation safety experts; and project and program management consultants. Innovate, established in 2002, is a woman and minority owned “green” small business providing results-driven solutions to solve mission-critical problems. Innovate! has an award-winning history of delivering state-of-the-art services and solutions to Federal, State, Tribal and local government clients and private industry.

Media Contact or for more information:

Stacy Roux Business Development Manager, 703.922.9090 x749

About CMMI:
CMMI Institute is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people process, and technology. CMMI Institute promises to inspire cultures of continuous improvement that elevate performance and create a sustainable competitive advantage.

Innovate! Awarded US Army IGI&S Contract

Innovate! was awarded the Installation Geospatial Information and Services (IGI&S) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to provide Installations, Energy and Environment (IE&E) geospatial capability and support to the Army and Department of Defense (DoD) entities. The Army’s Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (OACSIM) established the IGI&S Program for the Army’s IE&E domain of the Army Geospatial Enterprise (AGE).

The IGI&S Program helps make geospatial information of installation features readily available in standardized formats and consolidated in an authoritative data source. This enables utilization by echelons up to Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) offices to support installation management business processes, inform force protection, respond to encroachment issues, meet regulatory requirements, enable optimum use of facilities, and enhance installation, energy, and environmental management in order to support mission needs.

Our geospatial-based solutions offer new approaches to today’s more complex geospatial challenges expanding infrastructure. The Innovate! team looks forward to this opportunity to partner with the US Army and further develop the IGI&S program!

Innovate’s Annual Green Halloween Party

An important component of Innovate! is valuing our environment and leading by example of what it means to operate a “green” and environmentally conscious organization. The “Green Halloween” is an annual event that has grown in popularity each year bringing together partners, clients, and friends to network while enjoying each other’s company. Voluntary donations were collected to support the Global Cooling Network, an Innovate! sponsored 501 C3 non-profit.  The mission of the Global Cooling Network is to preserve forested lands in their natural, undeveloped state.

At this year’s event we shared food, sampled hand-picked tequilas, and enjoyed conversations with all who attended! Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you next year! Happy (Green) Halloween!

Michael Blair, Innovate! Senior GIS Manager, Presented “How Unique Is Your Search? Dynamically Expand Your Query,” at the North Carolina ArcGIS Users Group September 19th

Mr. Blair delivered his presentation on the Query widget, which is great for predefined searches, but has certain limitations.  There is the question about what do you do when you want to find data across multiple attributes and many unique values per attribute? Innovate! solved that problem by developing a custom tool to make use of a unique value data query to serve the values dynamically through a web service. The tool then consumes the response and builds a multi-selection search interface for the user to be able to select individual field values across multiple fields. To expand the tool’s reach and use, Innovate! added a geographic filtering function that allows the user to define an area to search against, in addition to the field values.