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    • March 05, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Webinar
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    REPORT MAPS MAKING THEMSELVES: REPORT MAPPING MODERNIZATION PROJECT

    Date: Tuesday, March 5,  2024, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (networking opportunity from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM)

    Presenter

    Webinar will be led by Dulini Ranayake and Valen Lau (City of Toronto).

    (biographies listed below)

    The Graphics & Visualization team within the City Planning Department has a mission to build an automation tool capable of creating report maps connected to the development review process for the Community Council. This project aligned to the City's Strategic priority of "Modernization", as well as technology innovation and paperless transactions.

    The Report Mapping Modernization Project is designed to automate report graphics for City Planning's community council. 60% of the Graphics & Visualization (G&V) unit's workload is spent producing report graphics for the development review process. With the hours saved in automation, our efforts can now be more productively spent in other types of projects such as work program studies, evidence graphics, 3D modelling & to explore innovative approaches for data visualization. With FME, automation has allowed us to produce these report graphics in just minutes. G&V staff quality control and ensure the graphics and maps are ready even before the client has submitted their request!

    Remain on the call after the webinar to network and socialize with your fellow BeSpatial members!


    Dulini Ratnayake - Program Manager, Graphics + Visualization, Urban Design, City Planning Division, City of Toronto

    As the Program Manager for Graphics & Visualization unit in City Planning, Dulini is responsible for leading a strategic planning and Architectural communication design unit focused in the use of visualization technology and tactics to improve public engagement and decision making in City Planning.

    Dulini joined the City in 2009 and has provided high level GIS technical support and training across the Graphics and Visualization team. She lead the division’s Heritage Register update process, 3D Massing open data work program and initiated the Southern Ontario Municipal 3D Visualization User Group. Dulini has created opportunities for citizen engagement that enhanced transparency and accountability to the public using interactive webmaps and online engagement platforms such as SocialPinpoint.

    Valen LauSupervisor, Graphics + Visualization, Urban Design, City Planning Division, City of Toronto

    Valen Lau works as a Supervisor for the Graphics & Visualization unit in the Urban Design section of City of Toronto's City Planning division. During his 7 years with the City of Toronto, Valen has taken lead for the division’s 3D Massing Model open data work program and initiated several workflow enhancements including the Report Mapping Modernization and its GIS production and mapping services.

    Valen joined the City in 2015 and has provided high level GIS technical support and training across the Graphics and Visualization team. He leads the division’s 3D Massing open data work program and initiated the Southern Ontario Municipal 3D Visualization User Group. Since joining the North York team in 2017, Valen has created opportunities for citizen engagement that enhanced transparency and accountability to the public using interactive web and virtual reality applications. Valen’s graphic skills have supported city-led projects such as TOCore, West of Downtown, Yorkdale Mall, and Bathurst-Fisherville.



    Interested in offering a Webinar?  Contact Wendy for details.

    • March 19, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Webinar
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    Coast to coast with eagleview

    Date: Tuesday, March 19,  2024, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (networking opportunity from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM)

    Presenters

    Webinar will be led by Stacie White and James Donaldson.

    (biographies listed below)

    From Vancouver to St. John’s and everywhere in between, come and see how municipalities across Canada are using EagleView’s oblique imagery to make better informed decisions.

    Remain on the call after the webinar to network and socialize with your fellow BeSpatial members!


    Stacie White

    Has been Regional Technical Manager at EagleView since 2021. Stacy Graduated from the University of Guelph, with a degree in Geography and a Post-graduate degree in GIS at Fleming College. Stacie lives in Barrie with her husband and dog and are expecting their first in the Spring.

    Fun fact: Stacie competed in the highland games in Scotland for dance (came third!)

    James Donaldson

    Has been District Manager at EagleView since 2023. James is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, with a degree in Geography and was Captain of the Men’s Rugby Team. James lives in Ottawa with his wife, two children and two shih tzu’s.

    Fun fact: World’s biggest Maple Leafs fan – will not rest until they’ve won the cup!

    Interested in offering a Webinar?  Contact Wendy for details.

    • March 26, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Webinar
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    GUELPH'S LONG AND WINDING ROAD TO NG9-1-1 GIS READINESS

    Date: Thursday, March 26,  2024, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (networking opportunity from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM)

    Presenters

    Webinar will be led by Jennifer Rolph and Sharon Koch (Esri Canada), and Mike Bartholomew (City of Guelph).

    (biographies listed below)

    The City of Guelph and Esri Canada have been working collaboratively to research, develop, and build a modern, innovative geodatabase based on new GIS data models (National Emergency Number Association (NENA) NG9-1-1) adapted for Canada’s Next Generation 9-1-1 Implementation.

    In this project the City of Guelph, Esri Canada, and other stakeholders worked on the requirements and created tools to create and maintain NENA standard based geospatial data, for enabling modernized mobile-sourced call location information, improved first responder vehicle routing information, and enhanced situational awareness. The implementation in Guelph was generic in nature so that a similar modernized data sharing approach can be implemented in GIS data provisioning agencies and Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) across the country.

    This solution will help to address Canada’s special NG9-1-1 GIS data requirements; provide the CRTC Emergency Services Working Group with NG9-1-1 GIS data best practices; and become the standard NG9-1-1 GIS data solution for governments, organizations that aggregate data, and NG9-1-1 GIS data producers across Canada. In this webinar we will provide an update on the project and discuss the next steps that Guelph is taking towards NG9-1-1 Readiness.

    Remain on the call after the webinar to network and socialize with your fellow BeSpatial members!


    Jennifer Rolph - Service Delivery Manager, Public Safety, Esri Canada

    Jennifer Rolph is a Professional Services Delivery Manager with Esri Canada’s Public Safety team. She brings 15 years' experience in GIS and project management with a background in municipal GIS, asset management, and natural resource consulting. She has a Master’s degree in GIS Applications and holds a PMP designation with a post-graduate certificate in project management from Fanshawe College. Jennifer has extensive knowledge of GIS technology including applications related to NG9-1-1 and is a participant in the CRTC’s Emergency Services Working Group. She is very excited to be part of the initiative to help Canada transition to NG9-1-1.


    Sharon Koch - Business Analyst, Esri Canada

    Sharon Koch is a Business Analyst with Esri Canada specializing in Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) and Public Safety. She is an Emergency Number Professional with NENA (National Emergency Number Association), participating in standards development related to NG9-1-1. She is also an active participant with the CRTC’s Emergency Services Working Group helping to develop the path forward for Canada’s move to NG9-1-1. She holds a Master’s in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University and is a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner. She has over nineteen years’ experience working in a 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point, answering calls, dispatching, supervising, and working on various projects. Away from the office, she is a mom with two teenage boys, and is always dreaming up the next adventure to take them on.  


    Mike Bartholomew - Program Manager, GIS and Data, Strategy and Design Information Technology, City of Guelph

    Mike has been working in the municipal and private GIS field for 30 years. For the last 18 years he has been employed with the City of Guelph’s GIS team where one of his key responsibilities is the administration of property and address information. Throughout his municipal career he has supported various Fire Services needs through data provision, acquisition, and system/user support and business process analysis. Through his passion for GIS and eagerness to share his knowledge and experience Mike has had the opportunity to travel to the eastern Africa countries of Mozambique and Tanzania as technical lead in the design, development, and implementation of GIS systems. He has currently begun adding Cyber Security to his portfolio after realizing the disparity between traditional IT security roles and future security needs within the industry.


    Interested in offering a Webinar?  Contact Wendy for details.

    • March 27, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual (Microsoft Teams)
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    BeSpatial's Young Professional Network presents

    Have your Survey123 and PDF Form Too: Unleashing the Potential of Survey123 with Microsoft Power Automate

    March 27, 12:00pm

    Ever wanted to ditch paper forms for a digital Survey123 setup, but hit a roadblock with your organizations preference for the document format and the accessibility and familiarity that comes with it?

    This webinar will demonstrate how to harness web hooks generated from Survey123 and seamlessly integrate them with Microsoft Power Automate.

    This integration empowers end-users to effortlessly access survey submissions in various non-GIS formats such as (Word, PDF), receive email notifications based on Survey answers and more.

    Host: Patrick Laforest

    • May 01, 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • May 02, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • Virtual
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    BeSpatial'24 - BePrepared

    don't wait to register!

    The early bird registration deadline is Sunday March 31st. 

    When: May 1 & 2, 2024

    Open Each Day: 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM

    Where: Virtual 

    Note:  Registration with the workshop option will close on April 29th.  Registration without the workshop option closes April 30th at 5:00PM.

    BeSpatial Spotlight

    Day 1 – Geospatial Preparedness 
    Day 2 –  Preparing for business opportunities when engaging with Geospatial Data and Technology

    Note:  Registration type including the workshop(s) option is required to attend any or all of the workshops offered at BeSpatial.

    The Awards Ceremony will take place on May 1, 12:05 - 12:25PM.  See Schedule for more Details: here!

    Join your geospatial and information community to listen to this inspiring speaker and stay to participate in the 2 day event of presentations, exhibits and much more...

    This is a 1 full virtual event being offered May 1 & 2 over two 9 hour days.  One event registration will include full access to each day's 4+ hour morning program streams that will focus on technical, business, management/executive presentations. Plus, there's our popular Industry partners EXPO and  presentation sessions along with visitations opportunities happening all day. 

    Early Bird Registration Now Open!

    The 2024 Annual General Meeting virtual event BePrepared (May 1st and 2nd, 2024) will provide an opportunity for geospatial and information professionals to showcase their achievements, best practices and discuss challenges in preparing for and adapting to the predicted and unpredicted changes in the future.

    Register Here!

    The early bird registration deadline is Sunday March 31st; don't wait to register!

Past events

February 27, 2024 BeAdaptive - virtual event - Seneca Polytechnic Newnham Campus
February 21, 2024 GIS Management: Geospatial Business Management Challenges
February 15, 2024 Making Tracks: Sharing the Progress of Road Operations Across the Town of East Gwillimbury
February 07, 2024 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Drones in Canada
January 30, 2024 Creating lasting geospatial partnerships
January 17, 2024 GIS Management Academy™ - GIS Code of Ethics for GIS Professionals
December 20, 2023 BeSpatial Ontario - Geoliday Trivia
December 14, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network presents – GIS Holiday Trivia!
November 28, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's GISP Exam 101
November 09, 2023 More than the Numbers - ForestEDGE: a first in-kind geospatial platform
November 02, 2023 GIS Management Academy™ - GIS Equity and Social Justice
October 30, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Mentorship Program
October 26, 2023 The City of Welland CCTV Inspection and Rehabilitation Program Development
October 24, 2023 Leveraging Geospatial Data for Health and the Environment
October 17, 2023 Automating Land Planning Applications using ArcGIS Pro
September 21, 2023 GIS Management Academy™ - Introduction to the Locus Charter for GIS Projects, Programs, and Professionals
September 19, 2023 GIS and Digital Water: Transforming the Global Water Industry,
September 12, 2023 Canadian Open Data Society & LinkDigital Present an Open Data Revolution
June 29, 2023 'Learn what I Learned' - A BeSpatial Eastern Regional Event
June 06, 2023 GIS Management Academy™ - Introduction to the Locus Charter for GIS Projects, Programs, and Professionals
May 02, 2023 BeSpatial'23 BeCreative
April 18, 2023 GIS Capability Maturity Model
March 30, 2023 City of Mississauga Migrates to the ArcGIS Pro Parcel Fabric
March 27, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Working with APIs in GIS
March 17, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's MApps Contest
February 16, 2023 BeSpatial February Webinar: A Cloud Based Data Library for Managing Municipal Survey and Asset Applications
January 26, 2023 BeSpatial January Webinar: Region of Peel: Census Information Hub
January 17, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Introduction to FME in GIS
December 08, 2022 BeSpatial December Webinar: ClickUp - A Project Management Tool
December 07, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Open Source GIS with Cliff Patterson
November 23, 2022 BeSpatial November Webinar: How the Broadband One Window Online Map Based Platform...
November 03, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's GISP Exam 101
October 26, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Professional Development and Advancing Your Career
October 19, 2022 BeSpatial October Webinar: Hamilton's Enterprise GIS Roadmap: How to Measure Progress and Report Successes
September 28, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Back to School Social & Mentorship Launch
September 22, 2022 BeSpatial September Webinar: Addressing the Housing Affordability Crisis with Geospatial Data
June 09, 2022 BeSpatial Webinar: Federal Airborne LiDAR data acquisition Guideline and the USGS LiDAR Base Specification
May 04, 2022 Workshop: Application Integration in a SAAS context using FME
May 03, 2022 BeSpatial'22 BeConnected
April 07, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network presents – GISP Exam 101
February 17, 2022 BeSpatial Webinar: VertiGIS (Geocortex) Studio for Forestry & Extractive Industries
November 17, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: Open Data: Driving Economic Development
October 28, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: Using High-Resolution Imagery and AI-led Vector Creation to Transform Municipal Data Procurement
October 07, 2021 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network presents – GIS Trivia Day!
September 29, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: Work Task and Infrastructure Projects completed with Go360 Dispatch and CrewOps powered by Location Warehouse and municipal data
June 17, 2021 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network presents – GISP Exam 101
June 02, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: 6 Steps to a Better Business
May 20, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: Source Water Protection Program
May 05, 2021 Build your own Esri Operations Dashboard using open data and FME
May 04, 2021 NG9-1-1 Townhall
May 04, 2021 BeSpatial'21 Going Virtual
March 22, 2021 BeSpatial YPN’s Talk to a Geospatial Hiring Manager
December 17, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Alternative Data Collection and Surveillance using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
December 14, 2020 BeSpatial YPN December Virtual Social - Ask me anything!
December 07, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Visualizing Urban Density
October 20, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: NextGen 9-1-1 and GIS
October 14, 2020 BeSpatial Northern Region Webinar: Spatial Data to Drive Value Chain Development: Economic Fibre Supply Model Case Study
September 23, 2020 BeSpatial: A Special Virtual Program Event with AGM meeting
September 21, 2020 BeSpatial Young Professional Network Fall Social
August 25, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Enabling better interoperability with road condition reporting
June 23, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Taking the Plunge into Open Source GIS
June 03, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Clarity from Chaos: Maps and Apps that Drive Decisions
May 12, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar - Preparing and Validating your data for Next Gen 9-1-1 standards using FME
May 05, 2020 BeSpatial: COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall
April 23, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar - Enforcing Cannabis Ordinance Using Satellite Imagery
February 26, 2020 Esri Canada GIS Partner's Session for BeSpatial's Western Region
February 20, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar - Mobile LiDAR Surveying For Municipal Infrastructure Asset Management Applications
December 04, 2019 BeSpatial Webinar - Peer Success Stories: Unlocking the Secrets of Maturity-Driven Strategy
October 29, 2019 Utilities and Municipal Assets
October 22, 2019 BeSpatial Webinar: It’s All About the Data – York Region’s Analytics Journey
September 25, 2019 BeSpatial Webinar: The Next Generation of Growth Forecasts: A Data Science Approach
May 02, 2019 FME Workshop - server technology - PM session
May 02, 2019 Intro to FME Workshop - AM session
May 02, 2019 BeSmart _Executive Forum!
May 01, 2019 BeSpatial'19 - Day 1 or 2 Full Days!
February 20, 2019 BeHealthy Event
February 14, 2019 BeEmployed Webinar
December 06, 2018 LiDAR 301 - How do I do it? Software Applications
September 18, 2018 LiDAR for Dummies Webinar: Published LiDAR Specifications and How To Use Them
June 28, 2018 Implementation of an Enterprise-wide Common Street Address Database
May 03, 2018 Preparing your Data for Smart Cities using FME 2018
May 01, 2018 LiDAR 201 - Applications of LiDAR Data
April 25, 2018 Northern Ontario GIS Users Event
November 08, 2017 Learn What I Learned
September 22, 2017 22nd Annual Geodetic Picnic
September 22, 2017 2017 Open and Smart Communities Forum
September 19, 2017 Back to School - LiDAR 101
May 04, 2017 FME and Asset Management Workshop
May 03, 2017 BeSpatial 2017
October 31, 2016 GIS-Pro 2016
May 05, 2016 BIM Workshop by Consortech
May 04, 2016 BeSpatial 2016
April 28, 2016 Peterborough Leverages Ecopia's Visual Recognition Solution for HQ Property Vector Map
April 14, 2016 Introduction to sUAS
October 20, 2015 Asset Management

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