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  • December 07, 2018 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    The recording of the LiDAR 301 - How do I do it? Software Applications webinar is now available through the Members area of the BeSpatial website.

    Originally presented on December 6, 2018, the webinar demonstrates the use of LiDAR data in Esri ArcGIS, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Bentley Microstation and Global Mapper.

    The webinar was presented by our Industry Partners Esri Canada, Tulloch and Blue Marble Geographics.

  • December 03, 2018 6:04 PM | Anonymous

    The recording of the Management and Development of a Dashboard for a Rapidly Growing Municipality webinar from November 27, 2018, a link to the Town of East Gwillimbury URISA Award Video, and the webinar handout are now available through the Members Area of the BeSpatial / urisa Ontario website.

    From the Members Area:

    Webinar - Management and Development Dashboard for a Rapidly Growing Municipality  Town of East Gwillimbury, November 2018

    Video Note: The Video that plays at the beginning of the Webinar is available as well: Town of East Gwillimbury URISA Award Winner

    Handout: The handout provides the more detailed workflows mentioned during the webinar.

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  • November 30, 2018 5:56 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Member, On behalf of the association Board, I am pleased to take this opportunity to share the immediate rebranding of the Urban and Regional Information System Association of Ontario (URISA Ontario) as ‘BeSpatial, The Geospatial and Information Community’. This rebranding does not change the existing membership or sponsorship options.  

    Click here to read the full letter

  • November 25, 2018 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    Visit the Awards and Recognition webpage to see how you can participate.

    Submit here

  • November 10, 2018 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    Interested in showcasing your GIS program? If your educational institution provides a unique and meaningful experience that will help the growth of future GIS professionals, please send us a profile of your program. Past submissions can be found in the news section of our website. Please email your submissions to our Eastern Section Director, Susan, to be featured on our website and eNewsletter.

  • November 09, 2018 2:17 PM | Anonymous

     "All data to be useful has to "be spatial"!

    We are excited to announce the venue and theme for BeSpatial'19.  

    Smart City - the role of the geospatial and information community in shaping and enabling the transformation to SMART! 

    "It's a great time to be in the geospatial and information community... geospatial solutions in a digital world  are more important than you may think! All data to be useful has to be spatial!"

    Two full days of sessions are planned to address the importance of geospatial and information, at all levels, to the successful realization of the Smart City. The approach will provide opportunities for GIS professionals and practitioners to showcase their initiatives along with insights from the management and executive levels. 

    Date: May 1 & 2, 2019
    Location: The Bayview Golf and Country Club
    25 Fairway Heights Drive, Thornhill, ON L3T 3X1

    Who Should Attend?

    The intended audience for this 2 day event includes public and private sector with participants from the federal, provincial, regional and municipal levels,  IT leaders, GIS professionals and practitioners, , economic development professionals, city managers, CAO’s, CFO’s, mayors, reeves, wardens, chairs and senior staff – from large, small, rural and first nations municipalities.  Other key stakeholders include community activists and visionaries from the private and not-for-profit sectors.


    The topics are of interest to various levels - executives, management, technical and across disciplines.  There are many diverse cross-discipline initiatives underway in areas such as planning and development, transportation, infrastructure, environment, open data, open government, data applications and tools (LiDAR, BIM, data collection sensors), monitoring, managing and analyzing everything spatial. Central to these initiatives is access to spatial information and analysis that is up-to-date and easily available to facilitate collaboration and achieve the efficiencies that a smarter city envisions. Following is a sample of one of our program highlights:

    Some critical topic areas to be addressed:

    • Legal and Political Challenges in Data Collection and Access
    • Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions
    • Community Broadband and Economic Development
    • Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities
    • Benchmarking Leading Practices in Service Delivery, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
    • Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

    If you want to be participate in one of these hot topic areas, the Call for presentations is Now open!

    Watch for more details coming soon about these special executive panel forums addressing "Challenges and Opportunities".  Other experts in the geospatial and information community are being drawn together to discuss various aspects of information management, Smart Cities and the global move to open and smart! 

    Keynote(s), Presentations, Panels, Workshops, Exhibits and Showcases

    The Geospatial and Information community is actively engaged in many diverse building block initiatives that are supporting and shaping the smart city. A broader understanding of the significance of these spatial initiatives within an organization is required to realize the benefits from this potential and enable a smarter city. The presentations will speak to the critical role that the geospatial and information community plays in the evolution of the smart city. 

    Call for Presentations are now open.  Contact: Sponsorship Opportunities  to receive more details

  • September 29, 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    GIS Day is a worldwide event held in November! Plan now! It's a day to celebrate GIS in your organization. For resources and ideas visit the GIS Day website.

  • September 26, 2018 1:00 PM | Anonymous


    Check them out in the Member's area !

  • September 02, 2018 3:38 PM | Anonymous

    Highlighting our BeSpatial and Information Community Partners

    Sponsor, Sustaining, Corporate and Education members, get featured in our monthly e-News!

    Member profiles will be included in e-News on a first-come first-served basis according to 2018 membership renewal.  Features to date include: AGSI, Consortech, Esri Canada, Hunter GIS, Tulloch Mapping Solutions, Teranet and Principal Point Geospatial, Eagleview Pictometry, Cansel GoGeomatics and Niagara College.  The following profiles are coming soon:

    • October - Niagara College
    • November - AOLS
    • December - SolidCAD

    Book now to secure your spot in 2018 and 2019.  Please email Susan and include a 250-word profile about your company or a project that you are working on that might be of interest.   Feel free to include your corporate logo.  Then, keep an eye on the e-News!

    Corporate and Regular members, interested in promoting your company on our site for the full year? Consider upgrading to a Sustaining or Sponsor level.  For more details, visit: Sponsors and Sustaining Options Page
  • June 02, 2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous
     GIS Innovation - Gold
    City of Sault Ste. Marie
    Automation of notification to customers for planned and unplanned water and electric events
    GIS Innovation - Silver
    City of Cambridge
    Online tools to track discarded injection drug debris for rapid response for public safety
    Best Web - Gold
    Oak Ridges Moraine Groundwater Program
    Public Mapping Portal
    Best Web - Silver
    Source Protection Programs Branch (SPPB), Land Resources Cluster (LRC) and Upper Thames Conservation Authority (UTRCA)
    Source Protection Information Atlas
    Best Web - Bronze
    Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
    Fish ON-Line
    Best Public Sector - Gold
    Town of East Gwillimbury
    Use of GIS technology to enhance the Town’s ability to visualize, monitor and report on the status of new developments by managing workflows

    Best Public Sector - Silver
    Town of Orangeville
    Newly set up GIS section with impressive advancements in just 2 years


    Best Public Sector - Bronze
    City of Brampton
    Launch of new public GeoHUB for Open Data, Citizen Engagement and Transparency

    GIS Leadership Award
    Andrew Lyszkiewicz
    2018 Student Bursary
    Nebyu Woldeyohanes
    Honours Geography Degree in Environmental Management, Nipissing University
    Studying Invasive Plant Distribution by Using GIS: Identification and Impacts of Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) on Lake Tana, Ethiopia.

    2018 App Winner
    Newmarket - Locate My Plow
    Nick Koopman - Town of Newmarket
    2018 Map Winner
    Growth Management Plan
    City of Kitchener Staff

    A special thank you to URISA Ontario's Executive Director Sandra Crutcher who received a standing ovation that was captured with a selfie!

    Many attendees walked away with a prize given out by BeSpatial's Exhibitors. The winner of the Early Bird Grand Prize, a Bose Bluetooth Speaker, was Melissa Allin from the City of Brampton!

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