Year in Summary

December 11, 2018 8:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

2018 has been a busy year for BeSpatial / urisa ontario with many live events and webinars! As we approach the end of the year, perhaps you’ll find a few minutes to review a presentation or check out a recorded webinar from 2018.

In April, 2018, BeSpatial visited Thunder Bay for the Northern Ontario GIS Users Event, a first for the association. Presentations from the conference included:

In May, 2018, the Annual General Meeting and BeSpatial’18 conference was held in Mississauga.  Many of the presentations from the event are available in the BeSpatial’18 Presentation Archive. Check out a presentation you may have missed from the conference. Dr. Lauriault’s keynote presentation Towards Open Smart Cities is so full of useful information; it’s a great reference if you missed anything during her presentation.

Our Conference also included two exciting and informative workshops:

  • LiDAR 201 – Applications of LiDAR Data –Mobile, Bathymetric, UAV Point Cloud and more, these presentations covered many ways that LiDAR data can be used.
  • Preparing your Data for Smart Cities using FME 2018 – you had to be there to experience this hands on workshop!

In June 2018, the association hosted the webinar: Implementation of an Enterprise-wide Common Street Address Database.  John Bacon, City of Hamilton and Marc Curtis, AGSI explain the creation of an authoritative, integrated and maintained source for address data at the City.

Back to School in September had us hosting a back-to-school LiDAR Webinar: Published LiDAR Specifications and How to Use Them. Included in this session was a detailed description of the various specifications. In addition, we sponsored all of the Ontario GoGeomatics Back to School Socials and added over 60 new student members. 

In November, we hosted a webinar from the award winning Town of East Gwillimbury: Management and Development Dashboarding for a Rapidly Growing Municipality. Carolynne Saxton, GIS Coordinator from the Town provided an overview of their internationally recognized solution.

And just last week, the association hosted an applied LiDAR workshop, LiDAR 301 – How do I do it? Software Applications

All of the BeSpatial presentation archives are available through the Members Section of the BeSpatial website. 

2019 promises to be a busy year yet again.  The association will be hosting a ‘BeEmployed’ webinar on February 14, 2018.  This webinar is for students, recent graduates and those new to the geospatial and information community. This promises to be an amazing learning and networking opportunity for your colleague who is looking to break into Your industry! Please spread the word.

BeSpatial will be hosting an event centered around geospatial and information management in the health industry on February 20, 2019. We are still recruiting speakers – submit your presentation idea!

The Annual General Meeting and BeSpatial’19 Annual Meeting Program and Expo promises to be an exciting event. Save the Date: May 1&2 at the Bayview Golf and Country Club, Thornhill.  Have you considering sharing your work? Submit your presentation idea for BeSpatial’19!

On behalf of BeSpatial, we wish you Peace, Joy and Happiness through the holiday season. We look forward to connecting again in 2019!



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