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  • September 01, 2019 2:06 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial issued a poll on August 14 seeking your input on program topic areas

    We've heard back and the results are below;

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario will be reviewing these topics of interest at our upcoming strategic planning session. Your feedback on this poll is much appreciated!

    Below are geospatial and Information focused topics identified from our BeSpatial'19 post-event survey:

    • Archiving information and digitizing things for future generations. Fun themes like ways of convincing higher ups to buy into a new GIS system or feature.
    • ArcGIS Online and ArcPro demos, other municipalities with their mapping process.
    • AR, leveraging open source software/ GitHub, municipal uses for lidar.
    • Banking industry.
    • BIM/CIM sessions or workshop.
    • Broad swath of speakers that will be working with GIS data (multi-agency dispatchers & responders - OPP, municipal police/fire/paramedics; Bell 9-1-1; CRTC TIF committee; NENA; Esri Canada; dispatch software providers).
    • Commercial business as a theme.
    • Data and application of GIS with data.
    • Education industry.
    • Employee Focused Forum.
    • Environmental topics, include sessions on emerging industries that will affect and/or collaborate with GIS, such as AI.
    • Field Data Collection, Internet Mapping, Methodology/SOP.
    • GIS Management sessions or balancing the advanced technology with departmental stability.
    • Lessons Learned - more content about mistakes we have made in the past / what are our concerns with the directions we are headed into the future / more information on how to educate public better / more information on how to get council and government on board with implementing new ideas.
    • Lidar and drones acquisition.
    • Lightning presentations... an hr session with ~5-10 minute presentations showcasing successful GIS projects.
    • Open Government Open Data AI/Machine Learning in the spatial world.
    • Privacy and data, Future of GIS, Transit / transportation planning, new or soon to release data science tools time saving methods community engagement / partnerships.
    • Smart Cities - How/who should be involved in smart cities
    • Unconventional/expanded uses of GIS software beyond mapping.
    • Utility focused presentations would add interest.
    • What’s trending? - impacts on business decisions Artificial Intelligence and Internet of things, for example and from a Geospatial perspective. Also, intelligence driven by information through analytics / Geospatial solutions.
    • Webinar or 1/2 Full day session opportunities - Sessions were very high-level due to their short time. Would like to see some longer sessions with more detail offered.

    If you have an presentation that would appeal to our geospatial and information community, please complete the presentation submission form or contact John to discuss. Program content is to be public sector and/or industry recognized and non-corporate aligned.

    If you are a private sector partner, please consider inviting a public sector client to co-present with you. Sponsored opportunities for the private sector are available.  

  • September 01, 2019 12:00 PM | Deleted user

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  • September 01, 2019 11:40 AM | Anonymous

    The province of Ontario has been undergoing a challenging search for new energy and water sources to meet community energy and water/wastewater needs while trying maintain existing infrastructure. Compounding this has been the changing ownership of utility companies through mergers and acquisitions. Increasing government regulations on these utilities to promote a cleaner environment, have also been a challenge.  Come and see how the Geospatial community has risen to meet these challenges.

    Utilities and Municipal Assets Featured Presentations:

    • Challenging the Infrastructure Gap - Assetic
    • LiDAR for Utilities - J.D Barnes
    • Using GIS for Infrastructure Risk Analysis - City of Kitchener
    • Bridging the Gap Between GIS & Asset Management to Enhance Decision-Making: Three Case Studies in Municipal Utility Asset Management - Public Sector Digest
    • Advanced Ability to service and maintain using the integrated suite of Go360 products - Envari. formerly Energy Ottawa
    • Using Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques for Municipal Infrastructure Asset Mapping and Monitoring - Tulloch Mapping

    Abstracts:

    Challenging the Infrastructure Gap - Assetic

    Topeka, Kansas had a problem. They needed to justify to the constituents that a tax increase would improve the road network in their municipality above current levels.
    They set forth to prove that increasing tax while also optimizing service level requirements would have a positive impact on the ability for tax payers to utilize their road network.
    This can be replicated across North American municipalities.

    LiDAR for Utilities - J.D Barnes

    Since it’s inception, LiDAR technology has been used to generate dense, richly-detailed datasets, from which it has become increasingly easy to extract salient features and generate 3D Models. Early versions required modelling, as native CAD design packages couldn’t handle the voluminous point clouds, however most CAD & Mapping software can now accept point cloud data directly, enabling more streamlined workflows.

    LiDAR has been and is being used extensively to acquire and map data for Utilities applications. Corridor Mapping, Asset Management, and vegetation encroachment are just a few of the applications to which it is being applied.

    J.D. Barnes has performed hundreds of LiDAR surveys since acquiring our first scanners in 2012. The LiDAR team has worked often with our Utility Surveys group to provide detailed datasets to clients in the sector, and more recently, with the acquisition of a Mobile LiDAR system, have started exploring that potential further. We’ll review the various aspects of the technology and examine some of the use cases.


    Using GIS for Infrastructure Risk Analysis - City of Kitchener

    • The City of Kitchener is determining reconstruction/rehabilitation priority scores of sanitary sewer pipes, storm sewer pipes, and road pavement.
      Bringing together GIS features, work order, inspection, and traffic data, and using Safe Software’s FME Desktop platform enables for the calculation of risk of failure and consequence of failure scores that are then used to determine the final priority scores.
      The output data is then available to Asset Management staff to aid in the determination of the lifecycle of infrastructure features, verifying the feasibility of maintenance/rehabilitation work, and for the planning of reconstruction or rehabilitation projects.

    Bridging the Gap Between GIS & Asset Management to Enhance Decision-Making: Three Case Studies in Municipal Utility Asset Management - Public Sector Digest

    • PSD will present three case studies of utilities and municipalities from across Canada at varying levels of asset management and GIS maturity. One example will be from a municipality who is at the beginning stages of their program development, working with their water utility to better capture GIS data for water, wastewater and stormwater assets in order to build their asset inventory. The following two examples will be from municipalities who are more advanced, using their GIS data to do more enhanced asset analysis and move into inventorying their natural capital assets. 

    Advanced Ability to service and maintain using the integrated suite of Go360 products - Envari

    This presentation will demonstrate how the integrated suite of Go360 products provide Envari with the enhanced ability to service and maintain the 72,000 streetlights in and around the City of Ottawa. Including automatic response to the identified problems originating from various sources such as 311 calls, LED Street Light Vision system (SLV) and third-party inspection defects identified from Go360 Audit & Compliance, as well as, the business value achieved through the implementation of Go360.

    Envari Energy Solutions, formerly Energy Ottawa, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.  In 2017, Envari expanded their infrastructure and service capabilities by incorporating AGSI’s Go360™ Audit and Compliance software to determine the asset health of the City of Ottawa’s streetlights.  In 2018, Envari selected the Go360™ Dispatch™ and CrewOps™ software for operational maintenance of the network and provide a complete asset health with history and measured maintenance response solution.

    “The Go360™ suite has provided us with a maintenance database that uses mobile workforce management, dispatching, auditing and inspections of the streetlight assets for the City of Ottawa. This allows us visibility to respond to issues within the system.  At Envari, energy efficiency is our primary business; the Go360™ suite offers increased efficiency which we greatly value.”

    Using Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques for Municipal Infrastructure Asset Mapping and Monitoring - Tulloch Mapping

    • This presentation by Tulloch provides a review of the municipal road assets and products derived from the latest engineering grade 3D mobile mapping systems.  The products reviewed include 3D roadway assets,  pavement condition, sidewalk quality deficiencies, line of sight analysis, road geometrics, engineering survey plans, and BIM.  These products can be used by municipal planning, maintenance, and engineering departments for making decisions about managing long-term growth, or managing long-term stagnation with respect to infrastructure, and municipally delivered services.  Case studies from the City of Mississauga and the City Ottawa are high lightened using recent mobile LiDAR and 360° HD imagery datasets
    • The presentation highlights the technology used and focuses directly on the results and applications of using the remotely sensed mobile LiDAR-Imagery data for municipal assets and introduces a possible method for updating.

    Stay tuned for more highlights on using Geospatial tools and techniques to manage Utilities and other municipal Assets.

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario's Western Region is excited to host a one day session focused on using Geospatial tools and techniques to manage Utilities and other municipal Assets. All interested in these topics are welcome.

    Date: October 29, 2019

    Time: 9am- 3pm

    Location: Homewood Suites by Hilton

    800 Jamieson Pkwy, Cambridge, ON

    Register
  • August 30, 2019 8:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UPDATE content below

    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!


  • August 01, 2019 8:05 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial Website Redesign

    Help us redesign our website. We are working with a team from Miami University to redesign our site and we need your input. Please help us organize the content on our website in to groupings that make sense to you. The activity shouldn’t take any longer than 10 minutes to complete.

    Click here to access the survey. 

  • July 14, 2019 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Dear fellow BeSpatial / urisa ontario members,

    I am so excited to be your new President. I had to think back, but the last time I was President, it was of Maids Hall, Women’s residence at the University of Guelph a long, long time ago! I have been working the GeoSpatial field since Graduating from Sir Sandford Fleming in 1998. I have worked in GIS software with Avenza, cartographic map production at Western University, photogrammetric map production at Triathlon, and for the last 10 years, LiDAR business development with Airborne Imaging.  

    My membership with BeSpatial Ontario, has always been a complement to my “day” job, especially through attending the AGM and various seminars over the years. I have been a member on and off for several years, however became Eastern Section Director in 2017. It has always been a way for me to stay connected with new technology and people in the industry. The key benefits of participating in an Ontario-focused geospatial and information community are to network with folks who have common challenges and share creative and new solutions to those challenges.

    BeSpatial Ontario services include networking and knowledge sharing opportunities with colleagues and industry partners. Membership privileges include discount on events, complimentary webinars, regional events, and an annual program event and workshop with over 250 participants, BeSpatial Ontario works closely with partner associations such as AOLS, GoGeomatics, Go Open Data, MISA to provide added value program offerings.

    During my two year term I would like to focus on 2 things:

    1. I am passionate about helping new graduates be successful in their careers. Over the next two years I plan to help raise our profile with students, increase our student membership by at least 70 more. I would like students to have the opportunity to network within the community and make lasting relationship that will help them in their careers.
    2. I am also interested in raising the profiles of our private sector  and consultant members. We need to hear about what you are doing in the GeoSpatial and information industry. I would like to see more webinars and seminars from these members, partnered with their clients, sharing their real time business solutions to others who would find value in the products and services available.

    I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at one of our events.

    Sincerely, 

    Susan Muleme Kasumba

  • July 13, 2019 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial'20 Presentations and Event photos are now available for viewing in the Members area. Please sign in to view.

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  • June 17, 2019 11:44 AM | Anonymous

     Back L to R:  Andrew Lyszkiewicz, Strategy & Outreach, Scott Barbacki, Communications, Mirjana Strajin, Programs, Melanie Wawryk, Western Section, Al Little, Immediate Past President, Kyle Murdoch, Northern Section  & Hanna Sjostrom, Member Services, 

    Front L to R: Catherine Fitzgerald, President, Khas Selvarajah, Communications, Irene Rubinstein, Education, Dianne Adams, Finance, Susan Muleme Kasumba, Eastern Section, Sandra Crutcher, Executive Director & Jasna Filipovic, BeSpatial.

    Missing: Brock Kingston, Northern Section, Jeremy Luymes, Web

  • June 01, 2019 12:33 PM | Anonymous

    URISA International’s GIS-Pro Conference and AGM 

    Please join our president, Susan Muleme Kasumba, at the URISA International's GIS-Pro Conference and AGM in Baltimore, MD September 27th to October 1st, 2020. This is a great opportunity to network with your geospatial counterparts from around the world (but mostly Americans). There are some great initiatives that we can learn from. 

    A message from our President: 

    I am also excited about the student and young professionals sessions. I am hoping to bring back our Vanguard Cabinet, with your support.

    I hope to see you there. Please email me if you have any questions.

    Your President,

    Susan Muleme Kasumba

    Click here to find the detailed conference agenda and a link to registration. 
  • May 06, 2019 5:06 PM | Anonymous

    Ian Williams, Manager of the Business Intelligence and Analytics unit, Toronto Police Services shares success stories on enhanced solutions utilizing its enterprise GIS. Presentations by Jan Kestle, President, Environics; Ed Rubinstein, Director, University Health Network and Dr. Tracey Lauriault, Carleton University add their perspectives to this popular session.


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