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  • July 01, 2018 6:09 PM | Anonymous

    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-Pictometry is a Corporate member, exhibitor and BeSpatial presenter.

  • June 29, 2018 3:38 PM | Anonymous

    Highlighting our Industry Partners

    Sponsor, Sustaining or Corporate 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.  The following profiles are coming soon:

    • July - Eagleview Technologies
    • August - Cansel
    • September - Waiting for you!

    Book now to secure your spot in 2018.  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!

    Corporate and Regular members, interested in promoting your company on our site for the full year? Consider upgrading to a Sustaining or Sponsor level.  For more details, visit: Sponsors and Sustaining Options Page
  • June 02, 2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous
     GIS Innovation - Gold
    City of Sault Ste. Marie
    Automation of notification to customers for planned and unplanned water and electric events
     
    GIS Innovation - Silver
    City of Cambridge
    Online tools to track discarded injection drug debris for rapid response for public safety
     
    Best Web - Gold
    Oak Ridges Moraine Groundwater Program
    Public Mapping Portal
     
    Best Web - Silver
    Source Protection Programs Branch (SPPB), Land Resources Cluster (LRC) and Upper Thames Conservation Authority (UTRCA)
    Source Protection Information Atlas
     
    Best Web - Bronze
    Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
    Fish ON-Line
     
    Best Public Sector - Gold
    Town of East Gwillimbury
    Use of GIS technology to enhance the Town’s ability to visualize, monitor and report on the status of new developments by managing workflows
     

    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

     
    GIS Leadership Award
    Andrew Lyszkiewicz
     
    2018 Student Bursary
    Nebyu Woldeyohanes
    Honours Geography Degree in Environmental Management, Nipissing University
    Studying Invasive Plant Distribution by Using GIS: Identification and Impacts of Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) on Lake Tana, Ethiopia.


     
    2018 App Winner
    Newmarket - Locate My Plow
    Nick Koopman - Town of Newmarket
     
    2018 Map Winner
    Growth Management Plan
    City of Kitchener Staff
     
       

    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!


  • June 01, 2018 1:37 PM | Anonymous


    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!

  • May 09, 2018 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Posted Webinars

    BeSpatial June 28 Webinar to be posted soon! 

     - Implementation of an Enterprise-wide Common Street Address Database



  • May 01, 2018 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    The sun literally shone on this conference - it was the first day of true springtime weather in the Greater Toronto Area. The Communications, Culture and Technology building of the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, was an ideal venue for the day with its massive windows that let in lots of light and its easily accessible outdoor spaces. Appropriately for a meeting of spatial specialists, the interior layout of the building could be a fun challenge to one’s wayfinding skills.


    President Catherine Fitzgerald led a brisk Annual General Meeting with an overview of URISA and its achievements during the past year, and a look ahead to its goals. President Fitzgerald also announced that URISA will be re-branded to BeSpatial with the launch of a new communications campaign. All committees will offer opportunities for members to participate in this new direction.

    The conference had four themes:

    • Data Driven Decision Making and Data Management
    • GIS Strategy and Projects
    • Open Data and Imagery
    • Solutions Development

    View Presentations 

    There were 23 sessions in all and with each lasting 30 minutes, it was possible to attend a good mix of sessions according to one’s interests, with a lot of networking in between sessions.  Another option was to check out the exhibitions by Esri Canada, Teranet, Consortech, The Association of Land Surveyors, Cansel and First Base Solutions.

    BeSpatial ‘18 wrapped up with awards and door prizes and transitioned to BeSocial ’18 at the UTM campus pub.

    Be sure to complete the BeSpatial ’18 evaluation survey!  Your feedback will help us improve future events and can assist us in providing more value to the membership.

    BeSpatial Evaluation Survey

    Photos of BeSpatial ’18 can be downloaded from:

    BeSpatial Photos

    Mark your calendar for BeSpatial ’19 in May 2019!


    Keynote Speaker

    Tracey P. Lauriault of Carleton University presented the keynote “Towards an Open Smart City”.  A concept related to the Internet of Things, Smart Cities have large numbers of electronic data collection sensors throughout an urban area in order to better manage assets and resources.

    This engaging talk covered the many complex issues emerging from the development of Smart Cities, particularly transparency, privacy and data residency.  Currently, city governments do not control their city’s smart grids.  Most of the technologies are developed and owned by private foreign corporations, who collect different data and have different data structures.  While Smart Cities present vast opportunities for better understanding and managing urban processes – everything from traffic flows to crime and safety – care must be taken to ensure that the data collected is stored and shared in appropriate ways.  Who governs the Smart City? is a question that has yet to be answered.

    Professor Lauriault pointed out that all technology exists in a social, political and economic context, but is not necessarily suited to addressing social, political or economic problems.  Additionally there are concerns about public resources being diverted from social programs towards investments in Smart City technology.  Public-Private Partnerships may be an option for financing smart grids.

    Calling for greater participation among geospatial professionals towards the development of Smart Cities, Professor Lauriault said they are by training ideal partners for the project.  Data management and spatial analysis are our mainstays, and so we will have insights into the best ways to leverage the new streams of data from smart grids.



  • April 16, 2018 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    Toward an Open Smart City

    BeSpatial’18 Keynote: Dr. Tracey P. Lauriault

    Critical Media and Big Data, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

    Keynote: Towards an Open Smart City

     This keynote will critically focus on smart cities, examining how they are socially and technically constructed. We will discuss the research outcomes of the Canadian Open Smart Cities project funded by the Government of Canada GeoConnections Program and Led by Open North and the author in collaboration with the Canadian Internet Public Policy Clinic and University of Toronto. Examples will be drawn from five case studies namely about the cities of Edmonton, Guelph, Ottawa and Montreal, and the Ontario Smart Grid as well as number of international best practices. The recent Infrastructure Canada Canadian Smart City Challenge and the controversial Sidewalk Lab Waterfront Toronto project will also be discussed. It will be argued that no two smart cities are alike and may not live up to the promise of being better places to live. 

    Although an Open Smart City does not yet exist, it will be argued that it is possible, especially if the ideals and practices of open data, open science, open geospatial data infrastructures and open government are mapped onto them.

    Dr Tracey P. Lauriault, Assistant Professor, Critical Media and Big Data, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,

  • March 02, 2018 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    In addition to BeSpatial on May 2, there will be 2 full-day Interactive sessions being offered. Book the dates May 1-3 and Click on the Titles below for details as they become available!  BeSpatial registrants can take advantage of a special rate of $55 for either LiDAR or FME or both!

    May 1-  LiDAR 201 - Applications of LiDAR Data

    May 2 - BeSpatial’18 - Program sessions, Exhibits, MApps Gallery, Networking , Awards and much more...

    May 3 - Preparing your Data for Smart Cities using FME 2018

    Consider Submitting a presentation abstract for our Fall'18 or Winter'19 events.

    Submit a Presentation


  • March 01, 2018 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    Northern Ontario GIS Users Event

    Presented by URISA Ontario          Event Sponsors:

       


    Date: April 25, 2018

    Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

    Place: 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. 

    Limited Presentation opportunities still available:

    Submit your presentation idea

    Registration is OPEN!

  • January 07, 2018 12:14 PM | Anonymous

    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


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