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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 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 17, 2021 12:41 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    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.

    Check out the Full list of BeSpatial'21 Sponsors

  • February 18, 2021 10:39 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Teranet is Canada's leader in the delivery and transformation of statutory registry services with extensive expertise in land and commercial registries. Our innovative commercial solutions connect industry professionals and communities with reliable data, actionable insights and practice management applications – enabling them to make better decisions and improve overall efficiency. As a trusted provider of Master Data Management (MDM) solutions and services to government, utilities, and commercial enterprises; Teranet enables customers to improve their decision-making processes by providing reliable property information, location intelligence capabilities, and a world-class customer experience.

    Teranet clients can access the most authoritative and dependable source of parcel mapping, ownership and easement data, and registered plan images. Our systems provide on-demand and direct access to reputable, adaptable, and trustworthy land registry and land related data via a user-friendly customer interface. Our core purpose is to be the most authoritative and reliable provider of spatial mapping services and land registry data to our customers.

  • February 08, 2021 1:40 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

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    Esri Canada provides geographic information system (GIS) solutions that empower people in government, business and education to make informed and timely decisions by leveraging the power of mapping and spatial analytics. GIS facilitates operational awareness and multi-agency collaboration.

    Municipal, provincial and federal governments leverage Esri technology to improve service delivery, accountability and fiscal management. Location analytics reveal patterns, risks and opportunities that can enhance infrastructure/asset management, economic development, land use planning, census and elections, routing and dispatch of government services. This technology also enables greater transparency, allowing residents to access more information online.

  • February 08, 2021 1:31 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    “Digital transformation in cities needs a human heart and a digital brain”. Geospatial infrastructure is the core of this brain. Future systems, first and foremost, must serve the needs of the people who live there. 

    Alex Miller is president and founder of Esri Canada, the leading geographic information system (GIS) company in Canada, founded in 1984.

    Visit our Spotlight section for more information on our keynote speakers...

  • February 01, 2021 1:37 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Grab your favourite morning drink and join us for the Keynote speakers - Biju Misra and Alex Miller as we kick-off the morning sessions.

    Biju Misra, Director, Corporate Business Systems and Automation COE, Enbridge is a recognized transformation and strategic leader as the Day 1 keynote speaker at our annual BeSpatial event.

    Biju will share his perspective on transformative change, innovation and leadership highlighting the importance of teamwork and building high impact teams, critical to enable resilience as we tackle the challenges and opportunities entering the 2020s!

    May 5 - Day 2 Keynote - Alex Miller, president and founder of Esri Canada, the leading geographic information system (GIS) company in Canada. With more than 400 employees and privately owned, Esri Canada became a Platinum Club winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2019. Mr. Miller is a pioneer in transforming geography and mapping into a 21st century digital tool used by millions around the world.

    Check out the Schedule!

    Join your colleagues at your geospatial and information community’s BeSpatial’21 annual event. Don't miss this once a year, unique opportunity and register today! May 4-5 is just weeks away!

    View the spotlights on keynotes, session presenters, sponsors and the exhibitor directory plus You can now view the current sessions.

    There are presenter and sponsor profiles, various awards, an EXPO, a Maps Gallery, a YPN -Young Professional Network event, a BeSocial get-together, prize draws and much more!

    There's also a workshop and NG9-1-1 townhall!

    Register today!

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