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After the event, members of BeSpatial / urisa ontario will be given access to the recorded Webinar. This will allow you to practice what you have learned with the instructions running in the background.

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BeSpatial / urisa ontario will be offering an exciting series of single-day or half day events and lunch hour webinars as presenters are confirmed. You are invited to submit a topical presentation for a webinar, program, workshop event.  

These events are opportunities for our membership to learn about best practices, network with industry experts, and get more information about emerging trends in the geospatial sector. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to share the successes and challenges of your organization. 

Vendors are encouraged to submit a case study presentation in partnership with a customer.

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Sample Presentation Topics

  • GIS management practices
  • Adopting new technologies/processes in small, medium, or large organizations
  • Managing the infrastructure deficit
  • Budget, accounting, and GIS
  • Automation
  • Adapting for Climate Change
  • Data Portals/Open Data
  • GIS in the Field
  • Collaborations and Partnerships

Held: February 20, 2020 Webinar

Mobile LiDAR Surveying For Municipal Infrastructure Asset Management Applications

Mobile LiDAR surveys have been adopted as a standard survey method for Canadian Transportation agencies and US DOT’s across North America. .. This presentation provides a review of the practical applications and products for municipalities derived from mobile LiDAR point clouds. 

Held: October 22, 2019

BeSpatial Webinar: It’s All About the Data – York Region’s Analytics Journey

Public sector organizations have a gold mine of data from many sources. Data is a valuable corporate asset that’s as critical as any - from people to infrastructure. And, it’s growing. Truly leveraging this asset typically means changing the culture and establishing new strategies, structures, and processes. Those organizations which are using analytics and already putting data at the heart of decision-making are well positioned to transform their program and service delivery. This session will highlight components of the recently released Analytics Playbook which provides a guide to support and advance the use of analytics across public sector organizations. Participants will also see how York Region is putting its data to work and becoming a data-informed organization across virtually all its lines of business - human resources, finance, roads, governance, emergency management and more. 

John Houweling is passionate about making a positive difference by helping organizations put their data to work. He loves working with his team to generate ‘aha moments’, change perspectives and create new possibilities using data. Over his career, John has frequently demonstrated how organizations can share data to break silos, transform services and eliminate costs. This pioneering work has helped put York Region in the forefront of governments deriving insight from their trusted data.

In 2011, John joined York Region as Director of the GIS Program, and evolved the team to make a larger impact - to become corporate leaders in data and analytics. Today, as Director of Data, Analytics and Visualization Services, the program is well-recognized as a model for municipalities.

Prior to York, he spent 15 years as Esri Canada’s Ontario Region Director helping build new markets and awareness for a burgeoning, new, data intensive technology. Prior to Esri Canada John worked in the Ontario public sector where he developed the framework for what is now Land Information Ontario – the province’s data sharing portal.

BeSpatial Webinar: The Next Generation of Growth Forecasts: A Data Science Approach

Held: September 25, 2019

This is a discussion whitepaper about reimagining both the technology and science of growth forecasting for population, housing, and employment for potentially any city around the globe.

This paper is a complete rethink of growth forecasting from the ground up. Growth forecasting is highly complex, and requires expertise from: statisticians, demographers, urban planners, economists, financial experts, transportation experts, developers, GIS professionals, data scientists, data visualization professionals and information technology professionals.

This whitepaper proposes a data science approach to the next generation of growth forecasting including predictive modelling that fits within a reimagined technology platform.

This thinking may lead to exploratory research into the proposed predictive modelling and a data science approach to address the problem of growth forecasting.

Steve Czajka is a Data Scientist, GIS/IT Professional (BES, OLS, OLIP) with over 20 years of experience in management, consulting, and development of leading edge ESRI based business solutions. Recognized for vision, innovation, creativity, enthusiasm, team motivation and a client focused approach. Managed an enterprise GIS for 14 years, Steve taught GIS at a University level for close to 10 years and has specialized in municipal government for over 15 years.

Past Years Webinars

LiDAR 301 Webinar - How do I do it? Software Applications

Held: December 6, 2018

We taught you what LiDAR is with LiDAR 101, your peers showed you how they use data in LiDAR 201 and now, we would like to show you how to manipulate your LiDAR data. Our three hour LiDAR 301 Webinar will show you how to use your data in ESRI ArcGIS, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Bentley MicroStation and Global Mapper.

Management and Development Dashboarding for a rapidly growing Municipality.

This webinar provided insights into how and why East Gwillimbury’s GIS developed and implemented this program.

Held: November 27, 2018

The Town of East Gwillimbury is experiencing dramatic urban growth (7,000 units of allocation available) that will persist over the next few years. The Town wanted to visualize, monitor and report on the status of development thereby assisting staff to effectively manage workflows: road patrols, snow removal, garbage collection, fire break allocations and monitoring.

LiDAR for Dummies: Published LiDAR Specifications and How To Use Them

Held: September 18, 2018

As LiDAR is becoming a main stream product for applications across various government agencies and private sector businesses, various specifications are being published to help procurers and users decide what to purchase. This webinar will introduce five publications that are available; ASPRS, USGS, Federal Airborne LiDAR Acquisition Guideline and the Ontario Specifications for LiDAR Acquisition. The presentation will begin with an overview of LiDAR, then will continue with the highlights of each specification and how to use them in a way that will benefit your project and your stakeholders.

The Webinar will be hosted by Mirjana Strajin, Application Development Coordinator from the City of Oakville/Program Director of BeSpatial/URISA Ontario, and presented by Susan Muleme Kasumba, Business Development Manager from Airborne Imaging, and Eastern Section Director of BeSpatial/ urisa ontario.

Implementation of an Enterprise-wide Common Street Address Database

Held: June 28, 2018 

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Peterborough Leverages Ecopia's Visual Recognition Solution for HQ Property Vector Map

Developing vector maps from geospatial imagery is slow, difficult, and inaccurate which hinders the creation of new unique maps necessary for commercial + government entities. The County of Peterborough used Ecopia’s data service to significantly reduce the time to create a building footprint layer for their online portal. Based on the accuracy of the results the information has also been circulated to other departments to assist in other areas of managing the county. Learn about how deep learning algorithms are significantly increasing the accuracy and efficiency surrounding automated feature extraction from immense amounts of Earth Imagery.

 Presented by Tammy Sikma, County of Peterborough, Manager of GIS and URISA member and Bill Singleton VP of Ecopia Tech.

Introduction to sUAS


What You Need to Know for Buying, Flying, Applying and Complying (in 30 minutes)

Small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), commonly referred to as drones, are currently transforming how business is done and products delivered in numerous markets. If you have been thinking of buying a sUAS but are not sure where to start or have already purchased an sUAS and don’t know what to do, this webinar has you covered. This webinar will touch upon the different types of sUAS, ancillary technologies, application opportunities, data processing options and most importantly what you need to know to fly safely and responsibly in a recreational or research/commercial setting. This webinar will pay particular attention to current Transport Canada regulations and the Special Flight Operations Certificate process.

 Trevis Gigliotti is the Executive Director and Founder of Principal Point Geospatial Solutions (PPGS). PPGS is a not-for-profit strategic consulting organization mandated to proliferate the adoption of geospatial technologies through research, outreach and action. Trevis also oversees the operations of Unmanned Aviation a drone flight-training provider. Trevis is an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist and has held a variety of roles in the geospatial industry over the past 17 years.

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