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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!
Interested in showcasing your GIS program? If your educational institution provides a unique and meaningful experience that will help the growth of future GIS professionals, please send us a profile of your program. Past submissions can be found in the news section of our website. Please email your submissions to our Eastern Section Director, Susan Muleme Kasumba, to be featured on our website and eNewsletter.
We are excited to announce the venue and theme for BeSpatial'19.
Smart City - the role of the geospatial and information community in shaping and enabling the transformation to SMART!
"It's a great time to be in the geospatial and information community... geospatial solutions in a digital world are more important than you may think! All data to be useful has to be spatial!"
Two full days of sessions are planned to address the importance of geospatial and information, at all levels, to the successful realization of the Smart City. The approach will provide opportunities for GIS professionals and practitioners to showcase their initiatives along with insights from the management and executive levels.
Date: May 1 & 2, 2019Location: The Bayview Golf and Country Club25 Fairway Heights Drive, Thornhill, ON L3T 3X1
Who Should Attend?
The intended audience for this 2 day event includes public and private sector with participants from the federal, provincial, regional and municipal levels, IT leaders, GIS professionals and practitioners, , economic development professionals, city managers, CAO’s, CFO’s, mayors, reeves, wardens, chairs and senior staff – from large, small, rural and first nations municipalities. Other key stakeholders include community activists and visionaries from the private and not-for-profit sectors.
The topics are of interest to various levels - executives, management, technical and across disciplines. There are many diverse cross-discipline initiatives underway in areas such as planning and development, transportation, infrastructure, environment, open data, open government, data applications and tools (LiDAR, BIM, data collection sensors), monitoring, managing and analyzing everything spatial. Central to these initiatives is access to spatial information and analysis that is up-to-date and easily available to facilitate collaboration and achieve the efficiencies that a smarter city envisions. Following is a sample of one of our program highlights:
Business, political & legal challenges in bringing broadband into communities
Moderator: Lou Milrad, Public-Private Tech Lawyer & Advisor (a former President of BeSpatial / urisa ontario).
Learn about new ideas for social and digital inclusion and PPP financing.
Some critical topic areas to be addressed:
If you want to be participate in one of these hot topic areas, the Call for presentations is Now open!
Watch for more details coming soon about these special executive panel forums addressing "Challenges and Opportunities". Other experts in the geospatial and information community are being drawn together to discuss various aspects of information management, Smart Cities and the global move to open and smart!
Keynote(s), Presentations, Panels, Workshops, Exhibits and Showcases
The Geospatial and Information community is actively engaged in many diverse building block initiatives that are supporting and shaping the smart city. A broader understanding of the significance of these spatial initiatives within an organization is required to realize the benefits from this potential and enable a smarter city. The presentations will speak to the critical role that the geospatial and information community plays in the evolution of the smart city.
Call for Presentations are now open. Contact: Sponsorship Opportunities to receive more details!
Niagara College GIS-GM Program - October Education Profile:
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., OLS, OLIP
Professor and GIS-GM Program Coordinator
Niagara College students and GIS Professionals enjoying the GoGeomatics Back to School social, sponsored by BeSpatial / urisa ontario:
Call for submissions:
Educational Program - $500 BeSpatial Bursary Offering
An annual educational program aimed to increase student participation from the post-secondary level. URISA Ontario is considered Ontario’s leading association for geospatial networking, providing opportunities for the post educational job search, exposure to practical applications of geospatial technology, as well as, many different levels of involvement with a diverse community of geospatial professionals.
The BeSpatial Student Bursary program offers a $500 bursary for the student who wins the GIS project competition in the current submission year. This is a great opportunity for students to get name recognition and begin participating in URISA Ontario events.
For more details Visit: 2019 Bursary
SolidCAD is a new GOLD member, BeSpatial'19 Sponsor and Exhibitor. Thank you for your support!
GIS Day is a worldwide event held in November! Plan now! It's a day to celebrate GIS in your organization. For resources and ideas visit the GIS Day website.
Sponsor, Sustaining, Corporate and Education members, get featured in our monthly e-News!
Member profiles will be included in e-News on a first-come first-served basis according to 2018 membership renewal. Features to date include: AGSI, Consortech, Esri Canada, Hunter GIS, Tulloch Mapping Solutions, Teranet and Principal Point Geospatial, Eagleview Pictometry, Cansel GoGeomatics and Niagara College. The following profiles are coming soon:
Book now to secure your spot in 2018 and 2019. Please email Susan and include a 250-word profile about your company or a project that you are working on that might be of interest. Feel free to include your corporate logo. Then, keep an eye on the e-News!
Best Public Sector - Silver
Town of Orangeville
Newly set up GIS section with impressive advancements in just 2 years
Best Public Sector - Bronze
City of Brampton
Launch of new public GeoHUB for Open Data, Citizen Engagement and Transparency
A special thank you to URISA Ontario's Executive Director Sandra Crutcher who received a standing ovation that was captured with a selfie!
Many attendees walked away with a prize given out by BeSpatial's Exhibitors. The winner of the Early Bird Grand Prize, a Bose Bluetooth Speaker, was Melissa Allin from the City of Brampton!