BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact

"It's a great time to be in the geospatial community... geospatial solutions in a digital world are more important than you may think!

All data to be useful has to be spatial!"

BeSpatial is well known event in the geospatial and information community.  This year BeSpatial is a 2 day event scheduled for

May 1st and May 2nd, in Thornhill at the Bayview Club. 

Please note: The Call for Presentation is extended to February 25, 2019

Day 1 will offer a selection of presentations highlighting the role of geospatial and information to support Smart initiatives.  

Some topics to cover are:

 1.       Governance

2.       Technologies

    3.       Case Studies

    a. Smart data privacy, ownership, accessibility a. Sensors a. Examples of Smart initiatives
    b. Smart data value models b. Integrating technologies                  b. Smart Strategies – examples              

    c. PPP initiative funding models and

    c. Storage space technologies and

    c. Smart benefits and opportunities                                     
    d. Digital strategy and guiding principles toward becoming Smart d. Presentation  
    • Open Data – how key is it to becoming smart 
    • Business Intelligence - analytics for evidence based decision making
    • LiDAR
    • Cloud Services
    • GIS input into evidence based decision making
    • Emergency Management from various public and private sector perspectives: planning, transportation, conservation authority, engineering, utilities
    • 3D Visualization
    • Transportation Modeling

    Day 2 BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum:

    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

    Interactive Q&A

    • What is the Importance of Business Intelligence Analytics in the Smart Community?
    • How does geospatial infrastructure underpin the Smart Community?
    • What are the Smart City Challenges and Opportunities
    • How to fund Smart?
    • Innovative Approached to Services – benchmarking leading practices
    • What about Data Ownership and Privacy?
    • Where's the Value in Public Private Partnership
    • Future Shock is Now! How the change in the urban/rural dynamic and its impact on who gets what?

     BeSpatial invites you to showcase your GIS achievements, best practices and challenges by presenting at this year’s conference!

      Submit a Presentation Abstract

      For further information, please contact: Mirjana, Programs Director

      The following topics are open topics for conference and/or webinar presentations.

      Geospatial and Information Community
      • How does asset management support addressing public safety concerns?
      • Sustaining Municipal Revenue: what happens when you run out of new land?
      • Transportation & Transit: planning, mapping and management of transportation GIS
      • Planning for optimal growth and sustainability
      • Addressing: more than just a number on the side of a building
      • Map Cartography: Telling a story with maps. Design, techniques and tricks. 
      • Economic Development: growth neighbourhoods, promoting new business, resident attraction and retention
      • Public and Environmental Health: flu mapping, disease tracking, supporting healthy community and SMART initiatives
      • Civic engagement: GIS to promote citizen engagement, managing crowd-sourced and volunteered data.
      • Open government: case studies of geospatial and information initiatives to support open government.
      • Leveraging open source solutions: open application development, open data standards.
      Emergency Management

      • The geospatial and information enabled Emergency Operations Centre
      • Flood Planning: Before, During and After
      • Emergency Response planning, management and sustainability
      • Optimizing response times

      • Innovative approaches to asset management
      • Responding to major storm events & climate change
      • Planning new utilities infrastructure: tactical and public consultation
      • Public Safety
      • Handling the infrastructure deficit

      • Conservation: watershed improvement, conservation and restoration
      • Habitat, wildlife, environment and infrastructure management
      • Alternative Energy: planning and management of wind, solar and other alternative energy projects.
      • Climate Change: carbon monitoring, and atmospheric studies
      • Green infrastructure, LEED, and facilities environmental management
      • Innovative use of Drone technologies
      • Legal restrictions and implications of UAVs 
      • Integration between web mapping and other systems
      • Open Data: Managing the post-implementation “now what?” phase
      • Bringing mapping and analytics into mainstream data flow
      • The value of partnerships: Public/Private, Local/Regional/Provincial/Federal
      • GIS Return on Investment (ROI): measure it, document it, communicate it
      • Leveraging shared geospatial and information investments: consortiums, data sharing agreements and more
      • GISP Certification: the ins and outs of becoming a Certified GIS Professional
      • Identifying 'champions' in your organization to propel your technology ideas forward
      • RFPs that work: tailoring an RFP to encourage the right proposals for the job
      • Education: how to cope with reductions in training budgets and still keep your staff on top of their game
      • System Integration: integrating information between major enterprise systems.
      • Managing a Bring your own device policy for geospatial and information (GI) services
      • Business process re-engineering: business intelligence at its finest. How do organizations re-engineer themselves to be more agile in ever-changing markets?
      • "New" Uses for geospatial and information services (GIS): Share your innovative applications.
      • Managing geospatial and information services (GIS) professionals: hiring, recruiting and retaining

      Solution Central: Technical Presentations
      • Practical asset management solutions
      • Implementing ADL and Vehicle Locate systems
      • Cloud Services: hosting and publishing geospatial and information in the cloud.
      • GIS Architecture: what are the best practices in designing an enterprise system?
      • GPS Data Collection: data capture best practices, getting the data to your end user.
      • GIS Software: technology tools and tips.
      • Geospatial and information services Future: next generation GIS applications.
      • Application Development: for the desktop, mobile and/or the cloud.
      • Mobile applications: from tablet to smartphones, what is the best way to utilize mobile technologies with your GIS?

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