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 “A Glimpse into Geospatial Future”

- dedicated to geospatial data and technology implementation presentations

Keynote Speaker  - Biju Misra 

We are thrilled to announce Biju Misra, Director, Transformation/Operations at Enbridge, a recognized transformation and strategic leader as the keynote speaker on day 1 of our annual BeSpatial event.  At BeSpatial'20, Biju will share his perspective on transformative change, innovation and leadership. He will highlight the importance of teamwork and building high impact teams, critical to enable resilience as we tackle the challenges and opportunities entering the 2020s!

Insight Statement: We are living in times of unprecedented disruption changes in the world around us. Innovation coupled with globalization and interconnectedness is fueling disruption which in turn is driving change in how we live, work, and play. The pace of change is much faster than our ability to absorb. The pace of change will only keep increasing.

In this increasingly demanding and changing world, it is easy to become overwhelmed and have varying degrees of personal or professional setbacks. How we cope with setbacks in our lives play a major role in our mind and body well being. Building our resilience muscle is key to cope with setbacks and resilient people are able to leverage their skills to cope and recover.

Everyone reacts differently, however, the key is not to dwell on how far we have fallen but rather how high we can bounce back and be better and stronger than before. Resilient people don't let change or challenge stop their pursuit of their purpose and if anything, they keep going with a belief that tomorrow will be better than today. In many ways resilience is more about letting go and learning to grow. The positive side of all this is that resilience can be learnt through understanding and deliberate practice.

Day 2 theme is "Creative Strategies for Geospatial and Information Professionals" will emphasize strategic approaches to new technology implementations, location-based intelligence and workforce management.  Watch for details coming soon!

Presenter:  Paul Beach,  GIS Manager, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

Vault - Engineering Document Management System - City of Vaughan, 

Presenter:  Samir Patti, Business Analyst, City of Vaughan

The City of Vaughan is a medium sized municipality that has experienced significant growth over the last 35 years. During this time, a great deal of infrastructure was constructed to support the development. Vaughan is responsible for the operation and maintenance of approximately 3000 km of water main, sanitary and storm sewers and 950 km of road infrastructure. There are currently upwards of 50,000 engineering documents in the inventory.

With advancement in GIS and mobile technologies, there was a growing need to provide staff with a user-friendly, interactive and intuitive application that is available on web and compatible with all mobile devices... Since its launch, the end users have been able to save considerable amount of time while searching and retrieving the engineering documents. This new application has helped the residents directly by providing fast service at the counter and indirectly by bringing efficiency in operations and maintenance of assets in the field.

Developing a data sharing portal with FME and GeoCortex - Consortech & Region of Durham

Presenters: Lesley MacKenzie, Senior Business Analyst at Consortech and Rob Halko, GIS Supervisor at Durham Region

The Region of Durham, Ontario, hosts and manages a number of datasets and wished to share them with municipalities within the region through a web application developed on GeoCortex. With the help of Consortech, the Region of Durham was able to streamline requests from GeoCortex and provide a self-serve data sharing solution for key stakeholders in the Region.

In the backend, FME plays a pivotal role from processing requests from the web application utilizing the FME Server REST API to maintaining and updating shared data through automated scheduled tasks.

Want to borrow a 96 CPU 192 gigabyte computer? That'll be $8.88/hour. Using Amazon Web Services to provide temporary computing power for testing, data processing, and learning - Fleming College

Presenter: Shawn Morgan, Professor and Program Coordinator, Fleming College

Amazon Web Services (AWS) have transformed the IT industry, and is heavily used in GIS. But you do not need to be an IT expert to use AWS. In this presentation, we explore how AWS EC2 servers are used to provide each of the GIS students at Fleming College personal servers to learn how to administer, configure and implement ArcGIS Enterprise software. Attendees to this session will come away with ideas, best practices for running AWS EC2 servers, and how to best keep costs low. This session is also ideal for those who process lots of LIDAR or Point Clouds, need processing power sporadically throughout the year, or want to test new software without impacting existing servers or desktops.

Enabling better interoperability with road condition reporting - Grey County

Presenter:  Joel Meier, GIS Specialist, Grey County

Using a combination of Municipal 511, Survey123, Pandas, Python, and ArcGIS Online to allow us display road issues and road conditions to the public. I will explain the challenges we were facing and how a combination of software programs can work together using APIs and open source software.

Taking the Plunge into Open Source GIS -  PSD - Research, Consulting, Software

Presenter:  Cliff Patterson, Senior GIS Consultant, PSD

Public and private sector organizations are increasingly migrating to open source GIS, yet there is still reluctance by many to consider these solutions. Since the 1990s, open source software has grown to become an integral component of almost everything we do with computers, from sending an email to analyzing data on supercomputers.

In the GIS sector, mature open source projects like QGIS, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, and Geoserver have helped organizations eliminate annual licensing costs without sacrificing functionality. Yet, many organizations still perceive numerous barriers to open source GIS migration, from feeling “locked in” with their current solution to an overarching fear that their current workflows cannot be replicated. Through a comprehensive review of open source GIS solutions and services available through PSD’s new Enterprise GIS platform, insight is provided into how organizations can overcome the barriers to open source GIS.

The use of artificial intelligence in schedule planning for the Healthy Smiles Ontario program - Region of Peel

Presenter:  Hongcheng Zeng,  Business Intelligence Specialist, Region of Peel

Public Health is required, under the Ontario Public Health Standards, to deliver the Healthy Smiles Ontario program. As part of the program, dental hygienists are required to travel to all publicly funded elementary schools and perform dental screenings for students. The development of a scheduling system that ensures an equitable distribution of workload and travel distance for hygienists has proven challenging. Previously designed and tested scheduling approaches were complicated and time consuming and were unable to account for factors such as workload (impacted by various school and student population characteristics) and travel distance.

In 2019, in partnership with the Oral Health Team, the Health Intelligence and Analytics team in Peel Region successfully developed a novel artificial intelligence (AI) tool, derived from the cellular automaton approach, coupled with spatial analytical methods to address the scheduling challenge. The AI tool accounts for a variety of school characteristics and automatically searches for the optimal dates for the dental screening tasks, determining the best overall schedule for the dental screening among the hygienists. The application of the new AI tool resulted in shortening the annual planning time from five months to one month, distributing the dental hygienists’ workload almost evenly, and significantly reducing their travel distances.

Mapping Children’s Environments: A spatiotemporal analysis of how children use their neighbourhoods, Western University

Presenter:  Malcolm Little, Masters graduate student, Western University

Initiatives to get children active outdoors are critical due to unhealthy levels of sedentary behavior. We use novel GIS methods to study children’s frequented spaces. Engagement within different spaces is examined by day (weekdays vs weekends, fair vs poor weather days) to understand spatiotemporal patterns of children’s mobility and use of outdoor spaces.

Children aged 9-14 from across London ON participated in a study which included logging 2 weeks of locations via GPS. Data were processed with a GIS-Python tool that extracted routes and stops from GPS tracks, based on kernel density principles. A Random-Forest-based algorithm determined which GPS variables best predict whether children were indoors or outdoors. Hexagonal bins containing numerous environmental variables informed multiple spatial analyses.

Findings from 516 weeks of data from 449 unique participants revealed interactions centered on schools, homes, parks, strip malls, and recreation spaces. Mean differences between types of days were significant for Commercial, Institutional, and Residential spaces. Findings fill gaps in understanding how children use their neighborhoods, and can inform policies to promote outdoor activities.

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