Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Oak Ridge gets enterprise access to Esri products

Oak Ridge National Lab has signed an enterprise agreement with Esri that will make it easier for the research facility to use the company's products.

The contract unifies all the platform's capabilities under one agreement for a fixed annual fee, allowing the lab to add licenses as needed. It will give ORNL unlimited access to ArcGIS Online, the collaborative cloud-based GIS platform that lets users create and share maps, scenes, apps, layers, analytics and data.

With the agreement, ORNL will no longer have to go through the lengthy process of determining needs, requesting quotes, filling purchase orders and updating licenses.

“The big benefit for us is improved access to Esri technology,” said Mark Tuttle, a team member in the Geographic Science and Technology division at ORNL. “We don’t have to go through the process of scoping out what our needs will be for the next 12 months. We have it readily at our disposal when we do need to grow and when we do need more access.”

Tuttle said Esri products have been used for close to 30 years at the lab. The technology is used for everything from public utility management, disaster response infrastructure modernization, population modeling, and smart grid technology.

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Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.

Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

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