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  • 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!


  • 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.

    Topics

    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

    Latest

    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!


  • May 01, 2018 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    The sun literally shone on this conference - it was the first day of true springtime weather in the Greater Toronto Area. The Communications, Culture and Technology building of the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, was an ideal venue for the day with its massive windows that let in lots of light and its easily accessible outdoor spaces. Appropriately for a meeting of spatial specialists, the interior layout of the building could be a fun challenge to one’s wayfinding skills.


    President Catherine Fitzgerald led a brisk Annual General Meeting with an overview of URISA and its achievements during the past year, and a look ahead to its goals. President Fitzgerald also announced that URISA will be re-branded to BeSpatial with the launch of a new communications campaign. All committees will offer opportunities for members to participate in this new direction.

    The conference had four themes:

    • Data Driven Decision Making and Data Management
    • GIS Strategy and Projects
    • Open Data and Imagery
    • Solutions Development

    View Presentations 

    There were 23 sessions in all and with each lasting 30 minutes, it was possible to attend a good mix of sessions according to one’s interests, with a lot of networking in between sessions.  Another option was to check out the exhibitions by Esri Canada, Teranet, Consortech, The Association of Land Surveyors, Cansel and First Base Solutions.

    BeSpatial ‘18 wrapped up with awards and door prizes and transitioned to BeSocial ’18 at the UTM campus pub.

    Be sure to complete the BeSpatial ’18 evaluation survey!  Your feedback will help us improve future events and can assist us in providing more value to the membership.

    BeSpatial Evaluation Survey

    Photos of BeSpatial ’18 can be downloaded from:

    BeSpatial Photos

    Mark your calendar for BeSpatial ’19 in May 2019!


    Keynote Speaker

    Tracey P. Lauriault of Carleton University presented the keynote “Towards an Open Smart City”.  A concept related to the Internet of Things, Smart Cities have large numbers of electronic data collection sensors throughout an urban area in order to better manage assets and resources.

    This engaging talk covered the many complex issues emerging from the development of Smart Cities, particularly transparency, privacy and data residency.  Currently, city governments do not control their city’s smart grids.  Most of the technologies are developed and owned by private foreign corporations, who collect different data and have different data structures.  While Smart Cities present vast opportunities for better understanding and managing urban processes – everything from traffic flows to crime and safety – care must be taken to ensure that the data collected is stored and shared in appropriate ways.  Who governs the Smart City? is a question that has yet to be answered.

    Professor Lauriault pointed out that all technology exists in a social, political and economic context, but is not necessarily suited to addressing social, political or economic problems.  Additionally there are concerns about public resources being diverted from social programs towards investments in Smart City technology.  Public-Private Partnerships may be an option for financing smart grids.

    Calling for greater participation among geospatial professionals towards the development of Smart Cities, Professor Lauriault said they are by training ideal partners for the project.  Data management and spatial analysis are our mainstays, and so we will have insights into the best ways to leverage the new streams of data from smart grids.




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