Coming Spring 2018


URISA Ontario Commits to Education - $500 Student Bursary Offering

Award will be Announced at the BeSpatial'18 Annual Event

Submission by April 6, 2018

Educational Contacts: View Letter  and Education Flyer with MApps

An annual educational program aimed to increase student participation from the post-secondary level.  URISA Ontario is recognized as 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 geospatial community. 

This is an great opportunity for students to be recognized in the field of GIS,  get name recognition and begin participating within the Ontario GIS community. 

The submissions are reviewed by the URISA Ontario Board of Directors and a winner is selected. The award is presented to the winner at the annual BeSpatial event. The top three submissions will be published on this webpage (see below) and also be recognized in one of the association's e-newsletters. The top ten submitters will be offered a complimentary one year student membership for the remainder of the year.

Top Three Presentations - BeSpatial 2017

Suitable Locations for Solar Panel Farm Development in the Niagara Region - Kyle Wittmaier

Flood Modelling Using Flooding Patterns and Spatial Autocorrelation - Dongchul Lee

Development of Environmental Thematic Spatial Data for Municipal Government Applications - Erik Wright

Application Guidelines

To be considered for this bursary, students are required to submit a paper (or a poster) detailing a GIS project completed as a requirement for their studies at a designated educational institution in Ontario. Papers should be no longer than 1,000 words and include a description of the project, its purpose and the solution that it provides. The use of maps to illustrate project results is highly recommended.

Please note that the bursary can only be awarded to a student once, however applicants who do not receive the bursary are free to apply again. Bursary winners may apply again and have the opportunity to win a 1-year complimentary membership, if selected as one of top ten submissions.

** Unfortunately, we are unable to accept submissions from doctoral students and/or group projects.

Please submit your bursary and/or questions to Irene, education director

2017 Student Bursary Winner

Kyle Wittmaier

Nipissing University, Ontario

Suitable Locations for Solar Panel Farm Development in the Niagara Region

This project was completed as part of the requirement for 2016 Esri GIS Scholarship. The objective was to identify the most suitable locations for setting up solar panel farms in the Niagara Region using GIS mapping techniques.

In recent years, Canada has invested heavily in renewable energy and the completion of this project would provide useful information in determination financial feasibility for establishing solar energy generation facilities.

Location of suitable sites was determined using GIS multi-criteria evaluation analysis tools. The three main criteria were: accessibility/boundaries, topographic factors, and existing land cover/use. All criteria were individually analyzed and then combined using the Weighted Sum tool before Boolean logic was applied to remove restricted development areas. The results show that there are three clusters of suitable locations present in the Niagara Region near the municipalities of Lincoln, Niagara Falls, and Fort Erie. These are the areas where future solar panel farm development should be considered.



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