TECTERRA Board Names Jonathan Neufeld as CEO

February 14, 2017 (Calgary, Alberta)TECTERRA & geospatial software announced the appointment of Mr. Jonathan Neufeld as the Chief Executive Officer. Neufeld has been with TECTERRA since 2011 and served as interim CEO since May 2016.

“We are delighted that Jonathan has accepted the Chief Executive Officer role. Under his strategic leadership, TECTERRA will continue to extend is offerings to accelerate the commercialization of geospatial technology in a broad range of industries.” said Heather Herring, Chair of TECTERRA’s Board of Directors.

Most recently Neufeld held the role of Director of Commercialization Programs where he provided direction and leadership in the definition, execution and management of TECTERRA’s investment and support programs. Prior to this Neufeld held technical and leadership roles within geomatics firms, including domestic and international operations. Neufeld has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering both from the University of Calgary.

“TECTERRA is a unique organization with a mission to support entrepreneurs and technology focused companies improve their odds of success” said Neufeld, “I am humbled and excited for the opportunity to lead TECTERRA as we enter a new phase of support for technology driven companies who are solving complex problems across traditional and emerging market sectors.”

As the hub for geospatial technology innovation across Canada, TECTERRA offers start-ups, small, and medium size technology companies a suite of investment and support programs to help accelerate the development and commercialization of new technology.

About TECTERRA

TECTERRA is a geospatial technology innovation support centre that supports the Canadian development and commercialization of geomatics technologies. The first centre of its kind, TECTERRA works with industry, entrepreneurs, researchers, and government affiliates to enable the use of geospatial technologies in addressing local, national and global challenges. Since its inception in 2010, TECTERRA has supported 219 companies, including 91 start-ups; and has placed over 330 highly qualified professionals into jobs across Canada. Overall, the organization has generated $202 million in actual economic impact to date.

Contact: Sarah Clark Manager, Marketing and Communications TECTERRA

Popular Esri ArcGIS Marketplace App Reaches Milestone

Popular Esri ArcGIS Marketplace App Reaches Milestone

A milestone for Esri Business Partner, GEO Jobe, as Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online, now has more than 3,000 installations in organizations around the World.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dec. 12, 2016 – GEO Jobe is pleased to announce an important milestone event in the life of our popular Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online. Recently, the popular application designed for Administrators of ArcGIS Online within facilities, government, and organizations, has been installed in more than 3,000 Esri ArcGIS Online user accounts.

GEO Jobe Admin Tools for ArcGIS

These are public and private organizations, some with many users, who depend on Admin tools to provide user friendly and simple access to tools and functionality that enable professional GIS users to perform ArcGIS administrative tasks and maintenance on the backend. Admin tools is designed to result in considerable time savings for users, easily enabling customers of the Professional version to quickly justify the small expense.

Popular Esri ArcGIS Marketplace App Reaches MilestoneThe latest version of Admin Tools gives the ArcGIS Administrator, and heavy hitter, even more functionality and the ability to perform their job even better. Recently updated to V 1.0.12, we’ve increased the size of most of the Tools while adding important new features for user credit management, user entitlement and user access.

According to Esri Education Industry Curriculum Development Manager, Joseph Kerski, “To more effectively manage your ArcGIS Online organizational account, use the Geo-Jobe tools. The folks at Geo-Jobe offer several educational discounts, as well. You can copy groups, add multiple users, change permissions, view item dependencies, and do so much more, with these tools.”

We’ve constantly listened to our Global community of users in more than 3,000 organizations in the development and evolution of Admin tools. So, who uses Admin Tools? Our Global Community of users and customers include “power” users and ArcGIS Admins from enterprise facilities, airports, State, local and Federal government agencies, utilities, high schools (K-12 GIS), Colleges and Universities (higher Ed)facilities, environmental organizations, GIS consultants and more. Professionals in these sectors have tapped GEO Jobe to provide them with the tools they need to get the job done when time is limited. Tech writer, Troy Lambert recently said the following about Admin Tools in a recent article titled Essential Apps and tools for GIS Professionals – “This app grows with you and is available in the Free version, a Pro Version, and a Portal Version depending on your needs and those of your organization. Why waste your valuable time doing something that you can automate?”

Admin Tools provides some 60+ tools (90% of these tools are bundled in the Free version) that greatly simplify routine tasks. These include tools to perform the following tasks:

  • create and manage groups
  • tag, move, share, delete items
  • update web map urls
  • manage protection
  • manage user entitlements
  • update user credits and roles
  • delete and migrate users
  • import/export via CSV
  • email users
  • * much more!

Admin Tools is available to GIS administrators and other GIS professionals in Free, Pro, and for Portal (enterprise, on-premise) and can be found in the ArcGIS marketplace (marketplace.arcgis.com). See more at http://www.geo-jobe.com/admin-tools/

About GEO Jobe Founded in 1999, GEO Jobe (@geojobegis) is a geospatial industry leader that currently has the top three most popular apps in the ArcGIS Marketplace including Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online, Mapfolio, and the GeoPowered Cloud. While many geospatial firms focus on a specific industry, GEO Jobe has a focus on industry independent solutions and offerings such as providing software development and data hosting expertise and services.

GEO Jobe was an early adopter of the ArcGIS Online platform and always strives to extend and push the limits of what is possible using the platform. GEO Jobe has been an Esri business partner for many years and has received multiple awards from Esri including the 2015 Innovative Marketplace Provider and the 2013 Organization Use of ArcGIS Online award.

CaGIS Annual Map Design Competition

The Cartography & Geographic Information Society’s Map Design Competition, open to all map-makers in the United States and Canada for maps completed or published during the current calendar year (2016).

The purpose of the competition is to promote interest in map design and to recognize significant design advances in cartography. Submit entries by January 31, 2017.

Canada’s first urban heat loss map of over 500,000 homes

MyHEAT Inc. launches a new way to reduce the cost of heating and cooling their homes, or commercial buildings, while also contributing to the fight against climate change. The MyHEAT platform gives the ability to visualize and compare the heat escaping from every building in a town or city, and is available free of charge.

As of today the platform is live in Calgary, Okotoks, Airdrie, Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, with over 500,000 houses profiled. Additional Alberta communities will be added over the coming months, with a planned roll out across major urban Canadian cities over the next year.

Jeff McKenna receives International Open Source Software Award

Jeff McKenna of Gateway Geomatics in Nova Scotia was recently awarded with the 2016 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software during the FOSS4G 2016 conference in Bonn, Germany. The award for is awarded annually by OSGeo at the annual FOSS4G conference to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the GFOSS community.

new GIS Jobs Search and Posting Tools

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Recently  we incorporated the Canadian GIS and Geomatics employment website (GISjobs.ca) together with our Canadian GIS and Geomatics Resources site. After more than 10 years of running the sites, we felt that it was time that we brought everything together under one brand.

Now Canadian job seekers can search CanadianGIS.com for recent Canadian GIS and geomatics related jobs with the GIS jobs search tool and employers can post Canadian GIS job opportunities using the GIS job posting form.

We will continue to  provide value to employers who use our job posting service by promoting their job opportunities using our various expanding networking channels and social media accounts.

the Story behind GISjobs.ca

The original Canadian GIS jobs site started back in 2003 while I was completing my Applied Geomatics Research graduate diploma at COGS. At the time I was like most students perusing my next career move, however this time around, was a mature student with several years of experience under my belt and had already gone through the job hunting process several times.  Therefore, I was no longer at the stage where I applied for every GIS related job I could find and instead focused more on the jobs I was really interested in.

While at COGS I often received many job postings through my various networking channels and contacts I had established over the years, which I would often forward along to colleagues that I knew were also looking for geomatics related work.

what the GISjobs.ca web site looked like back in 2005At that time, there were several good GIS job related websites available on the Internet but none of them were dedicated to Canadian jobs, so it was usually a challenge to find GIS jobs, if you were looking to work in GIS and also stay here in Canada. There were plenty of jobs available but you had to work hard to find them and often know where to look and who to contact.

Therefore I decided to include a small section on my personal web site (that I was using to show case my geomatics skills) where I would post some of the jobs that were sent to me to help others who were having trouble finding Canadian GIS related jobs. This made it easier for me and helped ensure I didn’t miss anybody when I was forwarding emails with job opportunities.

I eventually stopped posting GIS jobs after I graduated and secured full time work at PCI, however people would still email me job opportunities and often various colleagues would also still email me to see if I knew of any good jobs.  GISjobs.ca - 2012 site

I then decided to start up the small GIS related jobs section again but this time would make it a completely new site with functionality that would employers to post jobs, providing job seekers with a place to find Canadian related jobs.

The look and functionality of the site often changed over the years but the focus always remained the same, provide a place on the web where job seekers and employers could come together to share GIS job opportunities available in Canada.

Now 13 years later, I am still getting job opportunities come my way and the Canadian GIS and Geomatics employment website continues to provide Canadians with a place to find GIS and geomatics related jobs here in Canada.

 

Smartnet Expands through Merger with Pleiades Reference Station Network

Leica Geosystems Smartnet Expands

Merger gives GPS/GNSS users access to a broad array of tools and increased support from the industry-leading network RTK correction service.

Leica Geosystems Smartnet Expands through Merger with Pleiades Reference Station NetworkLeica Geosystems today announced that SmartNet North America (Leica Geosystems Smartnet www.smartnetna.com), the industry-leading high-precision, high-availability network RTK correction service, has merged with the Pleiades reference station network in Western Canada, operated by Pleiades Data Corp. and Spatial Technologies. The merger gives surveyors, engineers, contractors, GIS professionals and other GPS/GNSS users in the region access to the growing array of tools and enhanced support available from SmartNet North America.

The Pleiades network operates and supports more than 30 GPS reference stations throughout Alberta and British Columbia and is the trusted RTK network for professionals in Western Canada. The merger with SmartNet will strengthen the network by giving users access to a range of additional tools, including full network quality monitoring and a comprehensive user portal with live status maps and rover management. Users will also be able to take advantage of future expansions and enhancements to SmartNet. The network will continue to be supported by Spatial Technologies, the exclusive sales and authorized warranty service center for Leica Geosystems solutions in Western Canada.

“We are pleased to be able to support Pleiades network users with the SmartNet commitment to excellence,” said Wendy Watson, director of reference station operations–GNSS reference networks for Leica Geosystems. “We are working closely with Spatial Technologies to ensure that we continue to address the needs of the Alberta and British Columbia markets and will expand and enhance the network as needed to provide users with outstanding service.”

“Pleiades users will still have access to the same reliable, accurate and accessible RTK network they depend on for maximum productivity, but now they will have the added confidence of knowing that the network is supported by the industry-leading SmartNet service,” said Richard Andrews, vice president of Spatial Technologies. “The merger between Pleiades and SmartNet is a win for all professionals in Western Canada that use GNSS.”

For a map of current Pleiades stations, visit http://spatialtechnologies.ca/pleiades-reference-station-network.html. For more information about the SmartNet service, visit www.smartnetna.com or follow SmartNet on Twitter at @smartnet_na.

SmartNet North America – Any Constellation. Any Application. Open to All.
Launched in 2010, SmartNet is the first commercial GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) network to allow for a single connection point for coverages across North America. SmartNet currently contains more than 650 sites, providing both GPS only and GPS and GLONASS coverage to 26 states and 5 Canadian provinces. Built on the most advanced GNSS reference station software platform in the world, Leica Geosystems GNSS Spider, SmartNet provides high-precision, high availability network RTK corrections for any application throughout North America.

SmartNet is part of Hexagon, a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.

Leica Geosystems – When it has to be right

Revolutionizing the world of measurement and survey for nearly 200 years, Leica Geosystems creates complete solutions for professionals across the planet. Known for premium products and innovative solution development, professionals in a diverse mix of industries, such as aerospace and defense, safety and security, construction, and manufacturing, trust Leica Geosystems for all their geospatial needs. With precise and accurate instruments, sophisticated software, and dependable services, Leica Geosystems delivers value every day to those shaping the future of our world.

Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity improvements across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

GEO Jobe GIS Recruits New Chief Marketing Officer

GEO Jobe GIS, developers of Admin Tools, Mapfolio, and geopowered cloud for Esri’s ArcGIS, welcomes Glenn Letham as new Chief Marketing Officer. Glenn comes to GEO Jobe with over 20 years of experience in marketing, social media strategy, community management, technology evangelism, writing, blogging, GIS project management, data capture and mapping services, and data analysis.

Geo Community Projects Portal to be Launched August 2016

GeoAlliance Canada - Geo Community Projects PortalGeo Community Projects Portal to be Launched August 2016

GeoAlliance Canada will soon be launching their community projects portal, a valuable piece of digital infrastructure that they hope will allow their members to refine project ideas, build teams, and seek out funding. The portal will provide a neutral platform for project teams to share documents and collaborate. Project submissions must fall into one of three categories: data access, education and capacity building, or sector identity.

All eligible submissions will be considered by an appointed Project Review Committee, and GeoAlliance Canada will support approved projects in the following ways…

• By connecting project leads with potential team members across the country and across the sectors and disciplines that make up the Canadian geospatial community;
• By connecting people with similar ideas and encouraging them to work together to reduce duplication and share resources where it makes sense to do so;
• By providing a detailed evaluation of each project proposal, with feedback to help the project lead develop and refine their idea;
• By supporting external funding applications made by project teams;
• By providing communications and marketing support through GeoAlliance’s cross-country, cross-sector outreach;
• By providing oversight and accountability to help project teams meet their milestones;
• By administering a dedicated budget for community-led projects.

The portal and Project Review Committee are being launched by GeoAlliance in a bid to reduce unnecessary duplication of efforts across our community and increase the overall investment in projects that benefit our community. The portal is designed to be flexible and scalable over time. By focusing our collective energy on feasible, high impact projects, we will raise the profile of the geography, geomatics and geospatial professions across Canada.

 

Click here to find out more details such as how will the portal operate … (Note: Project leads must belong to an organization that is a GeoAlliance Canada member in good standing)

What3words – Making Addressing Easier

What3words … because words are much easier to remember

What3Words is a relatively new geocoding system that is actively being used around the world to help make it easier to describe the spatial location of an area. According to the United Nations about 75 percent of the world (almost 4 billion people) has not been properly addressed, making it hard to locate where people live, something that we take for granted here in Canada.

What3words - Making Addressing EasierThis geocoding system differs from other alphanumeric location systems and GPS navigation by encoding geographic coordinates into 3 common dictionary words instead of long strings of numbers (for example, the center of Parliament Hill is situated at scales.balance.bonds). The three words have no combined contextual meaning but are simply three words derived from a database used to describe a specific location. Unlike most traditional mobile mapping applications that rely on postal addresses, this one makes use of a grid containing 57 trillion squares, each 3 m x 3 m with a unique 3 word identifier and covering the entire planet.

What3Words provides an online mapping application and mobile web apps for smart phones (Android os and iOS) that people can use to identify any location on the globe using distinctive three word combos. Considering at least 5 billion people on earth do not have a proper home address, What3Words could be considered a useful tool for people living way from the modern grid.

What3words - Making Addressing EasierWhat3Words also provides API code to web developers so that they help the geospatial community by developing handy third party applications. By default the What3Words website runs off of Google maps, however now Esri has made the service available in ArcGIS Online and for ArcGIS for Desktop, so you can use the application with other base maps and even your own data. To configure the What3Words Locator for ArcGIS see the instructions provided here.

To determine what your 3 word address is, or determine where you are Located using the What3Words geocoding system simply:

  1. Go to the What3Words website – https://map.what3words.com
  2. Either your current address or GPS coordinates into the search box found at the top of the map, or use the mouse with the map to navigate to your location (e.g. enter 301 Front Street W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6 and you will be at dearest.rebounds.grandson)
  3. Find your unique 3 phrase What3Words address appear at the bottom of the screen

You can also type any three words into the search box on what3words.com and it will navigate to that unique 3 m x 3 m block (e.g. type cool.geography.maps into the search box and you will end up somewhere along the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland).