Upcoming events

    • October 22, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • 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.

    • October 29, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Homewood Suites by Hilton 800 Jamieson Pkwy, Cambridge, ON

    Don't Miss the Utilities and Municipal Assets Event on Oct. 29 in Cambridge!

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario invites the geospatial and information community to the upcoming event in Cambridge, ON. Presenters will share how they are meeting challenges in the municipal utilities sector.

    The province of Ontario has been undergoing a challenging search for new energy and water sources to meet community energy and water/wastewater needs while trying maintain existing infrastructure. Compounding this has been the changing ownership of utility companies through mergers and acquisitions. Increasing government regulations on these utilities to promote a cleaner environment, have also been a challenge.  Come and see how the Geospatial community has risen to meet these challenges.

    Stay tuned for more highlights on using Geospatial tools and techniques to manage Utilities and other municipal Assets.

    Utilities and Municipal Assets: This week's featured presentations

    Bridging the Gap Between GIS & Asset Management to Enhance Decision-Making: Three Case Studies in Municipal Utility Asset Management - Public Sector Digest

    Cliff Patterson, Senior GIS Consultant  Chris Vanderheyden, Senior Asset Management Consultant 

    PSD will present three case studies of utilities and municipalities from across Canada at varying levels of asset management and GIS maturity. One example will be from a municipality who is at the beginning stages of their program development, working with their water utility to better capture GIS data for water, wastewater and stormwater assets in order to build their asset inventory. The following two examples will be from municipalities who are more advanced, using their GIS data to do more enhanced asset analysis and move into inventorying their natural capital assets. 

    About the Presenters

    • Cliff Patterson holds a PhD in Surveying from the University of Otago, New Zealand, where his research examined the processes of tropical deforestation and agricultural intensification in Belize through a land cover change science approach. Before coming to PSD in 2019, Cliff worked in the conservation sector in Ontario where he developed an open source GIS platform and a UAV mapping operation, worked as an independent GIS developer, and taught college courses on webGIS and database development. Cliff is skilled in GIS development, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, photogrammetry, and field survey methods, and he is a strong proponent of Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) and open data.
    • Chris Vanderheyden joined PSD in 2016, where he works with clients to implement PSD’s Asset Management Roadmap initiatives by assessing and planning asset management programs and plans. He provides valuable insight using leading analytic practices, designs and leads iterative learning and development cycles. He analyzes and leverages client infrastructure data and information to assist asset performance management, and levels of service. He also completes infrastructure needs assessments and risk management Lifecycle analysis and forecasting.

      Chris formerly served Oxford County in Corporate Services GIS Asset Management and Public Works Engineering. His role in GIS Asset Management involved maintaining and analyzing municipal infrastructure data, identifying inconsistencies and/or gaps and improving overall data quality and integrity. He also designed waste and storm sewer infrastructure, road reconstruction, water treatment facility process diagrams, schematics diagrams, and GPS infrastructure data capture and inspection. 

    Using GIS for Infrastructure Risk Analysis - City of Kitchener

    David van Riel, GIS Technologist

    The City of Kitchener is determining reconstruction/rehabilitation priority scores of sanitary sewer pipes, storm sewer pipes, and road pavement.
    Bringing together GIS features, work order, inspection, and traffic data, and using Safe Software’s FME Desktop platform enables for the calculation of risk of failure and consequence of failure scores that are then used to determine the final priority scores.

    The output data is then available to Asset Management staff to aid in the determination of the life-cycle of infrastructure features, verifying the feasibility of maintenance/rehabilitation work, and for the planning of reconstruction or rehabilitation projects.

    About the Presenter

    David van Riel has been with the City of Kitchener for the past 14 years and works primarily with infrastructure assets (gas, sanitary, storm, and water).

    Advanced Ability to service and maintain using the integrated suite of Go360 products: Case Study - Envari

    David Garland, Project Manager, Street Light Maintenance, Envari

    This presentation will demonstrate how the integrated suite of Go360 products provide Envari with the enhanced ability to service and maintain the 72,000 streetlights in and around the City of Ottawa. Including automatic response to the identified problems originating from various sources such as 311 calls, LED Street Light Vision system (SLV) and third-party inspection defects identified from Go360 Audit & Compliance, as well as, the business value achieved through the implementation of Go360.

    Envari Energy Solutions, formerly Energy Ottawa, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.  In 2017, Envari expanded their infrastructure and service capabilities by incorporating AGSI’s Go360™ Audit and Compliance software to determine the asset health of the City of Ottawa’s streetlights.  In 2018, Envari selected the Go360™ Dispatch™ and CrewOps™ software for operational maintenance of the network and provide a complete asset health with history and measured maintenance response solution.

    “The Go360™ suite has provided us with a maintenance database that uses mobile workforce management, dispatching, auditing and inspections of the streetlight assets for the City of Ottawa. This allows us visibility to respond to issues within the system.  At Envari, energy efficiency is our primary business; the Go360™ suite offers increased efficiency which we greatly value.”

    About the Presenter

    In the Manager of Street Light Projects role, Dave Garland is responsible for all aspects of construction and maintenance of the City of Ottawa’s 72,000 streets lights including: asset management, cost controls, implementing and developing new lighting business opportunities with ENVARI (formerly known as Energy Ottawa.) Mr. Garland has more than 40 years of experience in the electricity distribution in the areas of system control, SCADA, planning, design, construction and operation. 

    Using Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques for Municipal Infrastructure Asset Mapping and Monitoring - Tulloch Mapping

    Scott Paterson, Business Development Manager

    • This presentation by Tulloch provides a review of the municipal road assets and products derived from the latest engineering grade 3D mobile mapping systems.  The products reviewed include 3D roadway assets,  pavement condition, sidewalk quality deficiencies, line of sight analysis, road geometrics, engineering survey plans, and BIM.  These products can be used by municipal planning, maintenance, and engineering departments for making decisions about managing long-term growth, or managing long-term stagnation with respect to infrastructure, and municipally delivered services.  Case studies from the City of Mississauga and the City Ottawa are high lightened using recent mobile LiDAR and 360° HD imagery datasets
    • The presentation highlights the technology used and focuses directly on the results and applications of using the remotely sensed mobile LiDAR-Imagery data for municipal assets and introduces a possible method for updating.

    About the Presenter

    Scott Paterson is currently the Business Development Manager for Tulloch Mapping, responsible for nurturing new clients and applications for Tulloch’s municipal and transportation engineering services.  Scott has over 30 years’ experience in surveying and mapping, remote sensing imaging and GIS sectors.  For the past 17 years Scott has be involved with airborne and mobile LiDAR applications.

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario's Western Region is excited to host a one day session focused on using Geospatial tools and technique to manage Utilities and other municipal Assets. All interested in this topic are welcome.

    Date: October 29, 2019

    Time: 9am- 3pm

    Location: Homewood Suites by Hilton

    800 Jamieson Pkwy, Cambridge, ON

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