Upcoming events

    • April 25, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay

    Join your Northern Ontario geospatial peers for a day of learning best practices, networking, new concepts and technology advances. Focusing on the use of GIS in Northern Ontario, this event will feature presentations from GIS practitioners across many private and public industries.

    If you are interested in contributing to the event, there are some speaking spots still open! We want to hear about your real world experience solving problems with a geospatial approach. 

    Submit your presentation idea

    Joining us from out of town? Stay tuned for details on a social event Tuesday evening, April 24, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00 pm

    Early Bird until April 1st!

    All registrations include a complimentary 1 year membership in URISA Ontario


    • May 01, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    A follow up to our sold out LiDAR 101 Workshop in Kingston last fall, LiDAR 201 is in response to your request for information about LiDAR applications and your request for a LiDAR workshop in the GTA. Once again, we are pleased to have presentations about Airborne, Mobile and Bathymetric LiDAR, and also UAV point cloud applications. 

    The focus will be how businesses and government organizations (municipal, conservation authorities, provincial and federal level) using LiDAR. We will then have LiDAR users present how they are specifically using LiDAR – and they will show examples on screen, including work-flow. You will learn how to get the most out of your LiDAR data! This session will be from 9-3 on May 1st, and will include a networking lunch.


    • May 02, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus

    The Geospatial and Information Community's Annual event

    Wednesday, May 02, 2018 @ University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus

    Early Bird Registration until April 13 
    The BeSpatial event is an annual event for the geospatial and information community. It offers industry training, program and an expo showcase that attracts attendees from a diverse cross-section of public and private disciplines: Geospatial (GIS) professionals and Information service (IT/IS) managers, engineers, surveyors, consultants, analysts, technicians, technologists, specialists, professors and students from throughout Ontario.

    You are invited to participate in making this year's event a great one! Here is how:

    Exhibition Opportunities

    Best Challenge Awards

    Bursary Award

    MApps (Maps and Apps) Awards

    Program Highlights (coming soon!)

    Sponsors and Exhibitors (coming soon!)

    Additional Sponsorship Opportunities - e-mail: BeSpatial

    We would love to hear from you. Please e-mail: BeSpatial with any questions!

    • May 03, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


    Preparing your data for Smart Cities using FME 2018

    Smart City initiatives aim to provide seamless intelligent services to citizen. These services are and will be largely data-driven, which will greatly increase the importance and role of data in their success. This brings data quality, processes and interconnectivity into play, as municipalities depend on an increasing amount of information to make decisions. Please join us for this full-day workshop which will outline how GIS/data professionals and managers can leverage ETLin the preparation of their data to successfully rolling out ‘’smart city’’ initiatives. 

    The hands-on exercises in the workshop will introduce GIS professionals to ETL(Extract, Transform, Load) processes for ensuring data quality and interconnectivity across their organization using FME (Feature Manipulation Engine). After introducing participants with some new ETL features in FME 2018, we will cover the following topics:

    • Implementing data quality processes
    • Breaking silos between systems through data integration
    • Democratizing data through advanced ETL (data dissemination, validation, preparation and distribution)
    • Distributing and sharing spatial and non-spatial data sets with various stakeholders
    • And finally, using Automation to implement these processes efficiently across the organization.

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