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Please email Susan @Profile a 250 word profile about your company or a project that you are working on that might be of interest. Then, keep an eye on the e-News! Feel free to include your corporate logo.
GIS Leadership Academy- Profile of the month: August, 2019
The URISA GIS Leadership Academy trains future leaders to create winning organizations. Graduates have the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the challenges of changing economies and technologies. The Academy teaches the necessary skills to create effective teams, act with defined purpose, and align organizations on the path to success.
Overheard: During the very first coffee break on Day One of the GLA in Raleigh in May, one of the attendees noted that his participation already paid for itself with what he learned in the first 90 minutes. Quite the endorsement!
The GIS Leadership Academy is five-days of training during which participants will learn and discuss:
Make it Count!In addition to earning 5 days’ worth of Education Points for your GISP Certification or Renewal, this event was also approved for a whopping 37 AICP CM Credits! Click here to access the AICP-CM detail.
Why did you choose the URISA GIS Leadership Academy?
What do you hope to gain from your GLA participation?
Register Soon: The GLA includes numerous interactive exercises, team-building tools, and opportunities to discuss topics in a way you cannot do at a large conference. Note that course attendance is limited to about 50 participants to encourage such interaction. Right now there are seats available. But the training is expected to sell out. So register early to guarantee your spot.
Venue: Hyatt Regency Toronto (370 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1J9, Canada). The discounted room rate is $229 CAD (approx $170 USD) - with complimentary in-room internet access. The deadline for reservations is July 22, 2019, or until the reserved block is sold out.
Check out the details and make your plans soon: Get Started
Barry Wellar - Profile of the month, July 2019
Des Plaines, IL (July 5, 2019) URISA is pleased to announce that Barry Wellar, C.M., GISP will provide the closing remarks at the GIS Leadership Academy (GLA) in Toronto (August 19-23, 2019).
On March 14, 2019, former URISA President (1978) and Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa, Barry Wellar was inducted into the Order of Canada by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
Governor General Payette remarked:
"Barry Wellar is a trailblazer in the field of geographic information science (GIS). Professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa, he has been a strong advocate for the field’s recognition as a legitimate domain of scientific inquiry as well as a fundamental research tool. He pioneered the use of GIS applications in public-sector planning at all levels of government, particularly within the urban context. His leadership within the field, both in academia and industry, is extensive and lauded."
In 2011, Barry was inducted into the URISA GIS Hall of Fame. His contributions as a leader in the field are abundant and we are honored to have his participation at the GIS Leadership Academy in August.
The URISA GIS Leadership Academy has enjoyed steady and enthusiastic participation since it was first presented in 2007. Since then, more than 800 GIS professionals have attended the specialized five-day GIS leadership and management training program that focuses on:
The Academy is taught by GIS leaders (all are GISPs and accomplished in the field). Each GLA includes numerous interactive exercises, team-building tools, and opportunities to delve into topics in a way you cannot do at a large conference. Attendance is limited in size to encourage such interaction with each event capped at about 50 participants.
GeoIgnite - Profile of the month: June 2019
GeoIgnite is the new national conference for geospatial and Big Data that was held in Ottawa June 18th & 19th! This event gave attendees updates on the latest technology, digital solutions, and innovation. Bringing together government, business, and innovators, GeoIgnite 2019 will showcase “geo” products, services, and ideas.
Workshops include Open Source Geospatial tools and a PCI User group. There were also a co-located career event for students, graduates and job seekers.
Gathering together international thought leaders and decision makers, GeoIgnite is empowering business executives to connect. Visit GeoIgnite
Go Open Data Inc. - Profile of the month: May 2019
GO Open Data is a grass roots driven annual conference and this year is being held at the Toronto Reference Library on Friday May 3rd (Conference) and Saturday May 4th (Hackathon led by Civic Tech Toronto). GIS data is foundational to Open Data initiatives which have been increasing significantly over the past few years in Ontario. There are diverse topics been discussed including what do we need to do as a digital community, open data standards and foundational technology on open source.
Consortech - Profile of the month: April 2019
Consortech offers unique solutions that help organizations link GIS data with corporate applications through the use of a neutral ETL technology. As a Platinum partner for Safe Software, our certified FME professionals create intelligent connections between systems, databases and business groups. Consortech is a BeSpatial sponsor, exhibitor and workshop host. Welcome our newest BeSpatial Platinum Sponsor!
EagleView Technologies - Profile of the month: March 2019
When you need accurate data to make informed decisions for the present and future, EagleView is there.
We combine imagery that reveals the finest and most important details with computer vision to help you gain insights into any location—from anywhere.
We’re transforming the way you work to give you the highest level of accuracy in a constantly changing world.
Whether you’re handling business as usual or responding to a catastrophic event, we’re with you every step of the way to bring you the answers you need. With our nearly 20 years of image capture experience and our advances in machine learning, computer vision, and property data analytics, you have the information you need to improve the lives of your customers and constituents.
At EagleView, our work is never done. We strive to put the best technology and most comprehensive information in the hands of every organization that makes people its mission. By looking at the world through a digital lens, we can all build a better future together.
Eagleview is a new GOLD member, BeSpatial'19 Sponsor and Exhibitor. Thank you for your support!
QSP Geographics Inc. - Profile of the month: February 2019
Celebrating over 30 years of successful operations, QSP Geographics Inc. delivers Geographical Information Systems (GIS), 2D/3D Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), Record/Asset Management, LiDAR and Survey Grade GPS customized end-to-end solutions in the following areas:
- Gas and Electric Utilities
- Fibre and Cable Utilities
- Waste and Water Utilities
- Government (Federal, Provincial and Municipal)
- Land Information
- Environmental and Forestry
Our experience working with top corporations locally, within North America and throughout the world has built an uncompromising reputation in various geospatial, field collection and CAD disciplines. We build long term partnerships with our clients by providing strategic insight through our consultative approach and deliver industry leading solutions via our investment in people, processes, equipment and technology. Our business practices are conducted with integrity, teamwork and respect for our clients and their business objectives. As a result, we have succeeded in business by adhering to our company’s core values of providing;
Quality - Our company delivers high quality final products to client specifications.
Service - We understand the importance of good communication with our clients and ensure excellent work.
Price - Our organizational and technical efficiencies result in extremely competitive pricing.
Geocentric Network - Profile of the Month: January 2019
The Geocentric Network is a new Canadian non-profit that supports the launch, growth and success of small geospatial businesses with targeted events, services, resources and networking opportunities. Connect with customers, meet other business owners, and take advantage of members-only content.
Who Should Join?
The Geocentric Network is geared toward people with a technical background who find themselves in a non-technical role at least some of the time. That includes freelancers, contractors, and small businesses who work with location data or technology. Membership is free for affiliate members, or $50/year for a general membership. General membership is only available to Canadian companies.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
Members can choose to be listed in our directory, which we market to potential customers. Large geospatial organizations can use the directory to easily connect with geospatial sub-contractors. If you'd like to be listed in our directory, join the network today!
SolidCAD Profile of the Month - December 2018For over 28 years SolidCAD has operated as one of the leading Autodesk Platinum Partners in Ontario. SolidCAD specializes in technology that supports multiple industries including Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Civil Infrastructure, and Manufacturing. We are an Autodesk Authorized Training Center, employing the largest team of industry technology experts across Canada, in all time zones and both official languages.
SolidCAD is a new GOLD member, BeSpatial'19 Sponsor and Exhibitor. Thank you for your support!
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS) Profile of the Month - November 2018
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS) is the governing body for Ontario Land Surveyors (OLS) and Ontario Land Information Professionals (OLIP). Established in 1892, the AOLS is one of the oldest self-regulatory and accrediting bodies in the province. It is responsible for the licensing and governance of its members and holders of Certificates of Authorization in accordance with the Surveyors Act and its regulations to ensure that the public interest may be served and protected.
The AOLS issues licences to Cadastral (Legal Boundary) Surveyors and Certificates of Registration to specialists in Geodesy, Geographic Information Management, Hydrography or Photogrammetry. The licensed Ontario Land Surveyor provides a professional opinion on the location of boundaries and can produce several types of survey plans. Professional surveyors are constantly using new technology, including GPS/GNSS and geospatial technology, to augment their measurement techniques. AOLS specialists (OLS, OLIP) can, among other things, produce nautical charts, create maps using photogrammetry and use specialized software to create and edit geographically indexed databases to generate maps and related statistical reports.
The demand for professional surveyors in Ontario is very high. Membership in the AOLS requires a degree in Geomatics Engineering, GIS/Geomatics or equivalent. This is followed by a minimum of 1-1/2 years of practical training and oral and written professional exams. The membership of the AOLS is made up of over 500 professionals whose combined skills in the various disciplines are recognized and respected worldwide. For more information, visit the AOLS Website: www.aols.org
AOLS is an 18 year+ Sustaining member, BeSpatial exhibitor and Affiliate Partner. Thank you for your ongoing support!
Niagara College GIS-GM Program: Education Profile of the Month - October 2018
An alternative to the traditional Master's Degree, the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Management (GIS-GM) allows for the development of an application based skill set that compliments existing experience and expertise within the student's chosen field.
Graduates of the Niagara College GIS-GM program are highly motivated and superbly qualified individuals that are valuable additions to a diverse range of businesses and agencies that employ geospatial sciences. Three semesters of advanced course work over a one 10-month period are required to successfully complete the program, with courses ranging from Data Acquisition (Surveying and Remote Sensing), through Spatial Analysis/Modelling to Applications and Software/Web Development.
The cornerstone of this graduate program is the Applied Thesis Project. Students create formal proposals to address real-world challenges brought forward by real-world ‘clients’. Projects are managed with formal Project Control/Tracking techniques to assure that solutions are delivered on-time and within the proposed budget. Applied Thesis Projects are significant challenges from a technical/analytical perspective, requiring innovative applications of geomatics science.
“I have been very privileged to be a part of this innovative program that has given young and new geospatial applications scientists an opportunity to experience what is often their first professional experience in our field!”
— Ian Smith M.Sc., B.Math.
Professor and GIS-GM Program Coordinator
Niagara College students and GIS Professionals enjoying the GoGeomatics Back to School social, sponsored by BeSpatial / urisa ontario:
GoGeomatics - Profile of the Month - September 2018
GoGeomatics is the largest and most popular communications hub promoting the Canadian geospatial community. GoGeomatics hosts over 100 fun, free, networking events each year in cities across Canada.
The GoGeomatics Canada Groups are professional networking groups for everyone who involved with or interested in GIS, remote sensing, surveying, engineering, programming, and geography. The first networking group came together in 2012 in Ottawa as a geomatics jobs networking group. We got together for coffee and discussed job-hunting strategies and opportunities. This group soon became the more formal Meetup group we have today. That group went on to inspire others in the community to form their own groups. The GoGeomatics socials have spread across Canada. Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Kingston, London, Niagara, Ottawa, Peterborough, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Kitchener-Waterloo, Regina, and Fredericton. We are coast to coast!
GoGeomatics is proud to work with groups like BeSpatial / urisa ontario to support our sector as one of the sponsors for the “Back to School” September sessions.
GoGeomatics is a an affiliate Sustaining member and BeSpatial / urisa ontario promoter.
Cansel - Profile of the Month - August 2018
For over 50 years Cansel has helped organizations in the engineering, surveying, construction, mining, architecture, manufacturing, printing, utilities, forestry, and government sectors measure, analyze, design, and build more efficiently and profitably. Cansel’s national team of professionals combine software, hardware and services to provide tailored solutions to improve your workflow, from field to finish.
Cansel is a 10+ year Corporate member, BeSpatial exhibitor and event presenter. Thank you for your ongoing support!
EagleView-Pictometry - Profile of the Month - July 2018
EagleView-Pictometry provides patented image capture processes and 3-D modeling software, along with property-centric analytic tools and platforms that empower end-user workflows in support of property claims, risk management, construction, emergency response, tax assessment, and corridor mapping.
Eagleview-Pictometry creates geospatial information solutions for government, law enforcement and utility/infrastructures organizations. Specializing in digital metric oblique aerial imagery, Pictometry helps organizations improve operational efficiencies and provides more geospatial information. Oblique imagery is aerial imagery captured at an angle of 40 to 45 degrees, designed to provide a more natural perspective and make objects easier to recognize and interpret. Oblique aerial images captured from the north, south, east, and west directions offer a 360-degree view of every property and parcel. These images are geo-reference and measurable including the ability to measure height, area, vertical area, slope, and more. Eagleview is a Corporate member, event presenter and BeSpatial exhibitor. Thank you for your ongoing support!
Principal Point Geospatial Solutions (PPGS) - Profile of the Month - June 2018
Principal Point Geospatial Solutions (PPGS) provides aerial video, imagery, two and three-dimensional geospatial data products for engineering, environmental, and industrial applications via aerial, satellite, terrestrial data collection systems and other related geotechnologies. Our predominant focus is on small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) where we offer aviation administration, program development, Special Flight Operation Certificate (SFOC) applications, flight operation and data collection/processing services. PPGS can fly custom sensors, tailor solutions to customer specifications or provide customized sUAS consultation and training services (i.e. Transport Canada Pilot Permit Exam Prep, command and control, mapping data collection).
In addition to traditional ground control survey based projects, PPGS offers Post-Processed-Kinematic (PPK) based flight operations and corresponding data products. PPK flight operations allow for precise flying and high end positional accuracy data products without the need for ground control.
PPGS’ data processing services include analytical mapping, metric/interpretative photogrammetric feature extraction, point cloud classification, bare earth elevation models, contours, surface breaklines, planimetrics, volumes, change detection, habitat mapping, drainage and land cover/use mapping. Standard products include orthorectified image base maps, point clouds, terrain/surface models and vector data. Our flight operation and processing workflows have been developed and vetted by an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist.
Founded in 2014, PPGS leverages over 50 years of collective, applied, domain specific expertise in aviation and geospatial technologies. PPGS holds a standing SFOC for all of Canada which, allows flight operation execution without project specific filing delays. PPGS works predominantly with organizations that seek to expand into adjacent disciplines or investigate new methodologies. Principle Point is a new Corporate member and Consultant's Corner exhibitor.
Teranet - Profile of the Month - May 2018
Teranet is an international leader and pioneer in electronic land registration systems and commerce.
Teranet is the exclusive provider of Ontario’s online property search and registration. We developed, own and operate the Ontario Electronic Land Registration System – one of the most advanced, secure and sophisticated land registration systems in the world. Teranet also provides online access to Ontario’s Writs System.
In Manitoba, Teranet owns and operates The Property Registry, providing certification of titles to land, maintains land records and offers reliable information of financial interests in personal property to the public.
• Teranet also offers a complementary suite of innovative solutions for a number of key industries, including real estate, financial services, law, and government and utilities.
• Teranet continues to grow its global footprint. A Teranet affiliate entity holds an interest in Foster Moore International Ltd, a New Zealand-based global market players in the government register sector.
• Teranet is owned by OMERS Infrastructure, a leading global infrastructure investment manager and the infrastructure arm of the Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System.
As a trusted provider of master data management (MDM) solutions and services to government, utilities and commercial enterprises, Teranet enables customers to improve efficiencies and enable smart decision making by providing reliable property information and location intelligence capabilities through a world-class customer experience.
Through our featured solution, Teranet Xchange, customers gain access to critical property data from the most authoritative and reliable source of parcel mapping, title data and document images available.
· Access data from the premium digital cadastral mapping solution in Ontario
· Automate the data dissemination process with direct data access for customers and sub-licensees
· Access to Registered Plan Images with a direct link to the parcel mapping.
· Ability to locate and map your registered easements.
Learn More…(link to: https://www.teranet.ca/) Teranet is a 25+ years, Platinum Sustaining member of URISA Ontario, a BeSpatial exhibitor and Sponsor and presenter at numerous events. Thank you for your ongoing support!
Tulloch Mapping Solutions Inc. - Profile of the Month: April 2018
Using state-of-the-art technology and an experienced team of leading LiDAR industry experts, Tulloch Mapping Solutions offers high-accuracy mapping solutions for the transportation, municipal, and utility sectors. It is our mission to be the leading provider of high-accuracy mobile LiDAR solutions and value-added deliverables using mobile LiDAR and other complementary survey and mapping technologies.
A high-accuracy mobile LiDAR system and unparalleled expertise in operation, post processing and adjustments distinguishes Tulloch from the competition. We are committed to building effective long-term relationships with our clients by providing excellent service in a timely and cost-effective manner. Capable of survey grade accuracy of 1.5 cm, Tulloch’s mobile LiDAR system is ideal for high-accuracy surveying of roads, rail and municipal assets. Tulloch Mapping Solutions deliverables meet Ministry of Transportation design and engineering specifications. The mobile LiDAR system is comprised of a combination of both laser scanners and a 360-degree Ladybug imaging system. The mobile LiDAR surveying system can safely capture complete 360° coverage of corridors typically in two passes at speeds of up to 100 km/hr.
Tulloch Mapping Solutions has extensive mobile LiDAR surveying experience for roads, highways and rail. The team has completed over 200 major projects across Canada and the United States. Our end deliverables are municipal plans and MTO B- and C-Plans, in any common formats such DWG, InRoads, DGN, and Shape.
Tulloch Mapping Solutions Inc. is a LiDAR event presenter and a new Corporate member. Thank you for your support!
Hunter GIS. - Profile of the Month: March 2018
Hunter GIS has been developing comprehensive GIS solutions for the municipal, utility and resource management sectors since 1985. We offer our clients a complete range of turnkey GIS implementation services, including software development, data conversion, systems integration, outsourcing, transitional web hosting, application service provider, technical support and consulting. Hunter GIS is a member of the EsriTM, Latitude Geographics (GeocortexTM) and AutodeskTM Developer Networks and is a leading developer of applications and solutions for EsriTM ArcGIS Enterprise and AutodeskTM Infrastructure Map Server and MapGuide Open Source. Further information on Hunter GIS Applications can be found at www.hunter-gis.com.
Hunter GIS. is a 20+ Corporate member of URISA Ontario and BeSpatial Exhibitor. Thank you for your ongoing support!
Esri Canada - Profile of the Month: February 2018
Esri Canada provides enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions that empower organizations to make timely, informed decisions by leveraging the power of geography, The Science of Where. Governments worldwide leverage ArcGIS, Esri’s mapping and spatial analytics platform, to improve service delivery, accountability and fiscal management.
One of the many ways you can use ArcGIS is to provide online community access to information. With ArcGIS Open Data, your organization can release data and promote transparency, innovation and economic development. It enables you to create interactive open data catalogues or portals within minutes, providing an efficient and effective system for sharing data with the public. More importantly, the application allows you to go beyond open data—getting from download to impact–which is open data’s true goal.
Many organizations in Ontario, including Durham Region, City of Brampton, City of Kitchener, City of Mississauga and Toronto Police Service, to name a few, open their data using Esri technology. Learn more at esri.ca. Esri is a 30+ years, Platinum Sustaining member of URISA Ontario, a BeSpatial exhibitor and presenter at numerous events.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
CONSORTECH. - Profile of the Month: January 2018
Founded in 1989 and based out of Montreal, CONSORTECH is an industry leader in data integration, processing, and automation with cutting-edge expertise in geospatial and enterprise data. Our company helps government entities and private organizations better manage their land and infrastructure, while leveraging the existing IT architecture in place.
Consortech offers unique consulting services that help organizations take complete advantage of all their data through the advanced use of a neutral ETL technology. As a Platinum partner for Safe Software (FME), our certified FME professionals create intelligent connections between systems, databases and business groups. We take existing manual data tasks and create automated data workflows and services that save significant time, resources, and money.
Our mission is to help organizations gain better access to high-quality and enriched data on which they can confidently base decisions for the benefit of their communities. Smart Cities, Open Data and Digital Connectivity (IoT): Consortech stands out because of its ability to open up new opportunities by increasing the value of underutilized data. CONSORTECH is a 7+ years, GOLD Sustaining member of URISA Ontario, a BeSpatial exhibitor and Workshop presenter. Thank you for your ongoing support!
AGSI - Profile of the Month: December 2017
Angus GeoSolutions Inc. is the leader in Canada for verified, complete and geographically accurate building level address data. Our unique information satisfies enterprise needs ranging from detailed engineering to work dispatch, marketing analytics, customer service, outage management and more.
A complete land base solution offers roads, rail, water bodies, points of interest, and land ownership parcels. AGSI also integrates and supplies 3rd party data such as 6-digit postal codes, demographic data, residential and business phone numbers, cadastre and imagery. All information is continuously maintained, for the most comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate spatial data warehouse available in Canada.
AGSI’s data is live via AGSI’s web based Go360 cloud based address validation and geo-coding software engine. The Go360 cloud based platform is leveraged by diverse organizations with complex business problems. Go360 provides address validation, building level geo-coding, data appending, and engineering analytics and fulfills any reporting needs. Our end client organizations range from Canada’s largest Telco’s, insurance and banking, electric / gas utilities, marketing, law enforcement, homeland security, military, E911 dispatch and all levels of government.
Public awareness programs are enabled with a complete spatial data set defining their right-of-way (ROW) extents. AGSI’s data in conjunction with AGSI’s Go360 web-based platform provides information on private and public land owners that are adjacent and adjoining to the program’s federal ROW lands. Employees access AGSI powered map data overlaid with asset data, sites and valves. This data can be drilled down to individual parcels providing physical parcel information such as legal land description, address and coordinates.
AGSI is a 10+ years, Corporate member of URISA Ontario, a BeSpatial exhibitor and presenter. Thank you for your ongoing support!
R&B Cormier Inc. - Profile of the Month: November 2017
a Canada based Natural Resource Contracting and Consulting firm based in Sault Ste. Marie, and North Bay, Ontario. The Contracting division supplies satellite, radar and airborne imagery, operational field services, and three dimensional land mapping. The Consulting division specializes in carbon and biomass analysis, including timber and non-timber product research. Since 1989 we have gained a reliable reputation in providing cost effective information in some of the most remote international resource projects.
Staff and associates include professional foresters, geologists, seasoned field technicians, research divers, photogrammetrists, GIS and remote sensing technologists, forest management auditors and business analysts, and alternative energy specialists.
Currently and in close partnership with the City of Vaughan and their forestry department they are using a low carbon footprint and remote sensing and biometric approach to map and classify all urban street trees and forested spaces owned by the City at high accuracies and much lower costs than field or lidar.
R&B Cormier Inc. is a Corporate member since 2017, a BeSpatial exhibitor and presenter. Thank you for your ongoing support!