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  • May 06, 2021 9:28 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Best Public Sector GIS

    2021 Gold Award: City of Guelph

    Innovation in GIS

    2021 Gold Award: City of Richmond Hill: Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) tool

    Best Web GIS

    2021 Gold Award:  Town of East Gwillimbury: Parks and Trails Web Story Map

    Visit  the Awards Page for more results announced at BeSpatial'21

  • May 06, 2021 9:25 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    2021 STUDENT BURSARY AWARD WINNER!

    View the Top 10 Submissions 

    For details on how you can apply for a 2022 awards, please watch for updates on the Student Bursary page

    Xuyang Han | York University

    Clustering Marine Automatic Identification System (AIS) Data Using Optimized Density-Based Spatial Clustering of Applications with Noise (DBSCAN) 

    Abstract: Today, maritime transportation represents substantial international trade. Sustainable development of marine transportation requires systematic modeling and surveillance for maritime situational awareness. In this research, we present an enhanced density-based spatial clustering (DBSCAN) method to model vessel behaviours. The proposed methodology enhances the DBSCAN clustering performance by integrating the Mahalanobis Distance metric that considers the correlations of the points representing the locations of the vessels. The clustering method is applied to historical Automatic Identification System (AIS) data by proposing an algorithm for generating a clustering model of the vessels' trajectories and a model for detecting vessel trajectories anomalies such as unexpected stops, deviations from regulated routes, or inconsistent speed. Besides, an automatic and data-driven approach is proposed to choose the required initial parameters for enhanced DBSCAN.

    Two case studies present outcomes from the openly available Gulf of Mexico AIS data and Saint Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes AIS licensed data acquired from ORBCOMM (a maritime AIS data provider). This work's findings demonstrate the applicability and scalability of proposed method for modeling more water regions, contributing to the situational awareness, vessel collision prevention, safe navigation, route planning, and detection of vessel behaviour anomalies for auto-vessels development towards the sustainability of marine transportation.

  • May 05, 2021 10:53 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Dear BeSpatial 

    We would like to thank you all for such a successful virtual event! I believe we had a record – over 290 folks online on day one, and over 200 on day two! Your support is greatly appreciated.

    We are so grateful to both of our BeSpatial Co-Directors: Wendy Baldin and Mohamed Nishath, and to our Web Co-Directors Melanie Warwryk and Jeff Norris. Honorable mention to Hanna Sjostrom. Not just for their leadership in the event and our virtual platform Pheedloop, but behind the scenes on the event days, along with our other board members, these folks were busy keeping the sessions going and fixing glitches. You all did such an amazing job!

    We truly appreciate all of our volunteers who helped make our event successful. From preparation in the months leading up, to help on the day of. Even though we were virtual, there was still much to do. Our volunteers really stepped up.

    To our speakers – your sessions were so interesting and thought provoking. You delivered so much information for folks to digest and consider as they move forward in their day jobs. We appreciate the effort you put in to your presentation. Thank you to our moderators who kept things on track.

    Our keynote speakers, Biju Misra and Alex Miller - inspiring with very timely messages. Thank you both!

    And for those who had a part in our event, big or small, we thank you.

    Our poll at the end of the day indicated a 60/40 split for virtual and in person for our next event. We will keep you informed about our decision.

    Warm Regards,

    Susan, Past President & Peter, President

  • May 05, 2021 9:43 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    The two days of BeSpatial'21 event had an amazing turnaround across all sessions and booths. Everyone from our speakers to sponsors to exhibitors had rich and insightful content to offer for our attendees. Thank you all for participating and hope you enjoyed gamification and the prizes you won! Congratulations again to all of our award winners!

    I'd like to take this moment to thank the board for organizing such an amazing event despite it being virtual (close to 400 registrations!) A special shout-out to our events team for making the event quite interactive. The interactive aspect wasn't just nice but necessary at a time like this, so thank you Jeff Norris Alex Brossault Hanna Sjostrom Andrew Lyszkiewicz Susan Muleme Kasumba Sandra M. Crutcher John Bacon Melanie Wawryk Catherine Fitzgerald (she/her/hers) Wendy Baldin and Mohamed Nishath !

    Thank you for organizing various programming, awards and promoting the event Iain Greensmith Marikka Williams, MSc, GISP Brooke Hickmott Krista Bullock and Paul Beach!

    Let's #BeSpatial again next year!

    Gaya - BeSpatial Communications Director

  • April 15, 2021 1:57 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Topic: Stop Preparing for the Future of Work

    Time:  12:10-12:45 PM

    Date: May 5 - Day 2 BeSpatial'21

    The workplace is a different arena than it was even a decade ago. Complicated times, complex technology, and thorny human issues have coalesced in recent years to create what often feels like a chaotic state of affairs, one that is difficult to plan for as it is to characterize. The book spotlights the revolutionary impact the changing workforce is having on today’s corporations. We apply our research, findings, and recommendations to target those who must work together to navigate the shifting world of work in the context of business survival, growth, and future relevance.

    An excerpt from Lisa Taylor and Fern Lebo book “The Talent Revolution Longevity and The Future of Work”.

    Bookmark this management session in your event's Agenda!

  • April 15, 2021 12:08 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Leverage Talent, Optimize Performance

    How do you assemble world-class teams that are built to meet the increasing pressure and demands of the modern workplace?

    We'd like your participation!

    Hello BeSpatial'21 Registrant,

    One of the sessions during this year’s conference is titled “Leverage Talent, Optimize Performance”. During the presentation we will explore how a person’s instinctive traits affect their resiliency, ability to adjust to change and cope with evolutions in roles and responsibility.  You are welcome to complete a complimentary Predictive Index survey to gain insights into your own behavioral profile.

    The PI survey is two pages long and will only take you 5-10 minutes to complete. You will be asked to answer two questions and you simply pick the words that you think describe you. When you are ready to start your PI survey, click the following link and you will be taken to the login page:

    https://assessment.predictiveindex.com/bo/CrW/bespatial

    Stephen Flower is a Managing Principal with Predictive Success Corporation. He frequently speaks in business and professional circles for Canadian and American Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, and for non-profits. As a collaborative keynote speaker, Stephen energizes people by showing them how behavioral science can solve many of the challenges they face. He weaves real-world examples of business success into actionable plans that can be implemented immediately. Stephen practices what he preaches and spends his days helping organizations implement talent programs that am-plify their overall business strategy.

    Stephen is invited back repeatedly for his powerful message and his ability to connect deeply with leaders who are on a mission for productivity. When facing ‘people challenges’, leaders will find themselves reflecting on the knowledge imparted and the strategies recommended so that they can improve their achievement and create lasting results.

    Registration information

  • April 13, 2021 11:51 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Enhancing Utility Coordination Through Improved GeoSpatial Data Tracking

    Presenters:  Gord Reynolds, Vice President of Commercial Advisory and Strategy at Infrastructure Ontario and/ Alon GatLead of the Office of Utility Coordination,  Metrolinx

    In July of 2020 the Government of Ontario passed Bill 171, the Building Transit Faster Act (“BTFA”) to streamline the delivery of the province’s four priority transit projects. In response to this new legislation, Metrolinx partnered with Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Transportation to establish the Utility Coordination Program (UCP), a new initiative which oversees the development of utility relocation standards and the supporting process to improve the location, treatment and relocation of utility infrastructure. To support this program, Metrolinx also established the Office of Utility Coordination (OUC) which monitors compliance to the BTFA and operationalizes the program’s objectives of providing business insight, traceability, and geospatial visualization capabilities in what is referred to as the One Window.

    This session will focus on the best practices pertaining to the development and use of GIS-enabled insight management capabilities such as the OUC, in managing, tracking, analyzing and scoring utility coordination through the geospatial lens.

  • April 11, 2021 4:07 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

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    Since 1999, Geocortex products and services have addressed common GIS application development challenges. Geocortex Essentials and Geocortex Analytics offer pragmatic solutions to improve developer productivity, help solve complex business problems, and enable a better user experience when deploying Esri web GIS technology. The most popular capabilities of Geocortex Essentials can now be used in Esri’s Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS to allow you to accomplish even more with your Esri investment.

  • April 08, 2021 12:01 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)


    PSD offers industry leading consulting and software solutions for enterprise asset management, GIS and budgeting. Our CityWide Enterprise GIS (EGIS) is a fully-managed desktop, web, server, and mobile solution that combines powerful proprietary and open source software. EGIS is used by public sector organizations as a standalone GIS system or is seamlessly integrated with CityWide Enterprise Asset Management System (EAMS) for advanced infrastructure management. With an in-house team of former municipal GIS technicians, asset managers, and engineers, PSD's experienced consultants assist local governments, utilities and other government organizations with improving their GIS data, practices and outcomes. PSD also produces the annual Geospatial Maturity Index (GMI) Report, measuring the maturity of GIS programs and ranking the Top 25 GIS Programs in North America.

    Check out the Full list of BeSpatial'21 Sponsors

  • March 25, 2021 1:45 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

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    First Base Solutions (FBS) delivers high quality geospatial data and custom mapping solutions to organizations across North America. Visualizing complex information using orthophoto and spatial data enables organizations to save time and money, by efficiently managing projects, offering superior service and outdoing the competition with improved day-to-day decision making. FBS caters to organizations with diverse mapping needs, technical expertise and budgets.

    Check out the Full list of BeSpatial'21 Sponsors

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