If you or your organization don’t have access to ArcGIS Online (AGOL), but you still want to get your hands dirty with it, you have the possibility to sign up for an ArcGIS Developer account (here: https://developers.arcgis.com/en/sign-up/). You get access to all kinds of SDKs, you get 50 credits per month, but the best is: you get your very own ArcGIS Online organizational account. There is only one member of your organization (yes: you), but otherwise you’re able to use almost every feature of ArcGIS (for development purposes).
As you might guess: my AGOL is located at ahgvn.maps.arcgis.com.
ArcGIS Online for ahgvn
It’s a small thing, but hey, it might save you some time.
Since the acquisition by Esri, I have been wanting to get my hands dirty with CityEngine. But only recently a good opportunity arose. I was asked to construct a 3D model of the underground for an area in the municipality of Hoogeveen. This also happens to be my last name, so I could this one not let me pass by!
CityEngine is a wonderful piece of software, but to get started with it can be quite a challenge. The learning curve is steep. So I want to share some of the lessons learned. It really helps if you are acquinted with the Eclipse environment, upon which CityEngine is based. Eclipse comes in many guises, Aptana (see also this post) and the Adobe Flash Builder being two that are sometimes used in GIS related activities.