Are Supply Chain pros using ArcGIS Pro technology? Do you think our SCM students should learn this? ArcGIS is a technology that can help companies manage risk. Nationally, almost zero SCM graduates will have this on their resume.

I had a GIS analyst reach out to me & ask: Is there a business geography specialty group that addresses supply chain issues? Where could people find GIS supply chain problem sets? I think he sees GIS+SCM as being very timely.

I reached out to a GIS geography colleague & the feedback was…There is a Business Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG).

There are a lot of interesting examples of Supply Chain issues & GIS at the ESRI website.

Some of the interesting best practices involve dashboard type views of interruptions:

There are also advanced operations in ArcGIS Enterprise:

As for problem sets, there are often interesting datasets and suggestions for solving complex problems on GitHub. A quick looks shows a lot of Python type modeling for Supply Chain on GitHub.

In terms of teaching, most of these topics are beyond our intro level GIS course. However, we also teach GEOG 5690: GIS Workflows, where students learn more about dashboards & origin-destination analysis, & work on 4 mini-projects w/ a data type of their choosing. We will teach a Project Mgmt & Programming course (GEOG 4670/6670) that could also be useful to SCM students.

Here are some entries in the GIScience Body of Knowledge/encyclopedia that might be helpful to have students read:

Also, if you want to find where the business geographers publish, they typically aim for ‘applied geography’ journals:
Our Intro GEOG 3010 – Fundamentals of GIS
An intro course that covers the use & application of geographic info systems (GIS). It combines an overview of general principles of GIS & practical experience in map creation & the use of spatial information, including fundamental aspects of measurement, representation & analysis. Intro GIS focuses on the basics of working w/ both vector & raster data, as well as the societal aspects of GIS (emerging uses, interaction w/ new technologies, data standards, public access to info).

We upgraded the course to ArcGIS Pro, which works better in online environments; we are going to have a dedicated Mac-user office hour period, for Mac users that will have to use remote desktop or some kind of Windows-on-Mac system; & we are using COVID and racial disparities data through the semester so that students really get a handle on some of this real data w/o relying on the interpretation of others. Students will also have access to all of the ESRI tutorials on how to build COVID dashboards (& other dashboards of that type).

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