Professional Geomatics Associations & Groups in Canada

Professional organizations are great ways to network and discuss GIS topics with others in the same industry. Here are the professional geomatics related associations, groups and organizations in Canada …

Mount Royal University Unveils New-Age Mapping Tool

 

Mount Royal University Unveils New-Age Geospatial Software

Calgary-based experts are charting a bold new course in geographic education by introducing geospatial software designed for the next generations of tech-savvy learners.Mount Royal University Geospatial Software

During an event at Mount Royal University on Thursday, TECTERRA was honoured to partake in the unveiling of a new-age mapping tool known as WorldView Studio™. This software package, developed with support from TECTERRA, creates 3D maps combining multiple data streams (such as traffic flows, wildlife migration patterns and watersheds) on one digital platform to see how they interact with each other.

The WorldView software is fuelled by geospatial data provided by Canadian Geographic, and was adapted for classroom-based settings based on extensive research from Mount Royal Associate Professor Dr. Lynn Moorman.

“This is an easy-to-use tool that empowers students to better understand the world around them,” said Dr. Moorman, who teaches Earth Science at Mount Royal. “We know that geographic education is at a crossroads right now and it’s vital for educators to find new approaches to teaching geography in Canadian classrooms.”

TECTERRA contributed to this project through its Alberta Applied Research Funding Program.TECTERRA & geospatial software

“We believe that this project offers a great deal of societal value by building interest and curiosity about science and technology in school-aged children,” said Dr. Mohamed Abousalem, Chief Executive Officer at TECTERRA. “These children will be the future contributors to the Canadian economy, and science and technology represent a key factor in the future growth of our economy.”

WorldView Studio™ is a classroom version of The PIXYS Innovation’s WorldView™ digital Earth software.

“Canadians have always been leaders in the field of geographic information sciences and mapping,” said PYXIS Chief Executive Officer, Perry Peterson. “We are defined by our geography. So it’s not surprising that a breakthrough in technology — we call Digital Earth — will allow children of a very young age to search and explore their world,”

Dr. Moorman’s efforts to make geography accessible to our video game savvy kids is important, said Gilles Gagnier, Chief Operating Officer and Publisher of Canadian Geographic Enterprises. “We look forward to the day when we can deliver Professor Moorman’s GeoLiteracy Project to our 14,000 teacher members across Canada. Our students will only benefit from her trailblazing efforts.” View children interacting with WorldView™

Canadian Geospatial Directory

The Canadian Geospatial Directory contains basic information about the various Geomatics related companies found in and around Canada (with some from abroad) including many key aspects such as the companies basic info, contact info, web site info and geographic location.

We started adding content to the directory using our own database of 1000+ Canadian companies and organizations from coast to coast that work in the geomatics field. However, it is time for the Canadian Geomatics community to help us further fill out the directory by contributing more information to existing listings and adding new listings for companies and services that have yet to be included.

All this is free, so find out how you can help add information about your Canadian company or organization …

E-Book for International Geospatial Job Seekers

The International Employment Guide to Geospatial Careers in Canada is an e-book designed for international geospatial job seekers looking to move to Canada to work in GIS, remote sensing, surveying, geodesy, and geomatics engineering.

This guide brings together a wealth of information and expert advice in one easy-to-read manual.

5 most viewed Total Stations

Total Stations - Viva TS15 - Leica5 most viewed Total Stations

Total Stations - NPL-322 – by Nikon Geo-matching .com is a great website that features a variety of the latest equipment used in the geomatics sector, including total stations. This online service is a great way that allows users to compare various geomatics related product and read other reviews from actual people in the Geospatial sector in order to help them make a well balanced purchase decision.

Total Stations - S8 - by TrimbleGeo-matching is a product comparison style website for geomatics related devices and provides users with good overviews of Total Stations, UAVs, GNSS Receivers, and other hardware used in the industry. The total-station category now features, the GTS340Rs, RTS 330, NPL-332, FOCUS 35, KTS-470C, R10, and Pentax W-1500N.

Geo-matching also compares products such as digital cameras, LiDAR equipment, laser scanners, photogrammetric workstations and image processing software. If you have used any of these geomatics related products then you should consider visiting the site and sharing your experiences with total stations, so others in the geomatics community can benefit from your input.

Total Stations - Total Station BasicsThe top total stations viewed in February from the geomatics community on Geo-matching.com were:

  1. S8 by Trimble
  2. DS Series by Topcon
  3. NPL-322 by Nikon
  4. Pentax W800 Series by TI Asahi
  5. KTS-580 R Series by Kolida

It is interesting to note that Trimble views increased since the last time we posted the Geo-matching rankings, climbing to the top of the list and Leica dropped out of the top 5 all together. Personally we have always used Leica total stations

Keep in mind this top 5 list is based on website views, therefore you should really go to Geo-matching.com yourself, read the available material and user reviews; then decide for yourself which total station is best for you.


Geomares PublishingGeo-matching.com is part of Geomares Publishing, a publisher of books, magazines, websites, in topics related to Geomatics & Hydrography.

Geomares Publishing, Nieuwedijk 43, 8531 HK Lemmer, The Netherlands, Phone +31 (0)514 561854, email: info@geomares.nl

OpenStreetMap User Community

The OpenStreetMap user community had it’s two millionth account created last week, reaching another milestone in the continuous growth of OpenStreetMap. A pretty big achievement for the opensource movement and a big step forward for the geomatics sector.

More details available at: https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2015/03/12/two-million-contributors/

 

OpenStreetMap free user guidesAlso check out some of these OpenStreetMap & Open Data related Topics:

 

DMTI Spatial & Intact Financial Awarded Technology of the Year Award

DMTI Spatial & Intact Financial Awarded Technology of the Year Award

This week, DMTI Spatial and Intact Financial were awarded the Technology of the Year award, Insurer category, at the 6th annual Insurance Canada Technology Conference (ICTC) for their work in implementing real-time location analytics technology at Canada’s largest insurance company.

DMTI Spatial and Intact FinancialThe risks presented by flood zones, elevation, or environmental factors can affect infrastructure development and insurance underwriting. To better understand these risks during the underwriting process, Intact Financial engaged DMTI Spatial to work on a solution that could easily integrate into their existing systems and processes.

Through DMTI’s location analytics tool, Intact’s 1,200 underwriters can now differentiate various risks based on the location and determine the most appropriate premiums. New quotes and active policies can, for the first time, be grouped to highlight concentration risks in a table form. Underwriters can also select a specific radius around a property to analyze. This function allows underwriters to view all properties within that radius (either active policies or new quotes being considered) in a table format.


TORONTO, March 13, 2015 – At the 6th annual Insurance Canada Technology Conference (ICTC), DMTI and Intact Financial Corporation were awarded the Technology Implementation of the Year award for their work in implementing real-time location analytics technology at Canada’s largest insurance company, resulting in a 15 per cent reduction in processing time. Judging for the ICTA is based on the positive impact that a specific technology or application of technology has had on business.

In 2014, Intact Financial tasked DMTI with building a real-time application that would integrate into the legacy underwriting systems and processes while allowing their team of underwriters to better understand the risks presented by existing and new policies during the underwriting process.

“We are honoured to be recognized as the ICTA Technology Implementation of the Year,” said Philip Kaszuba, President, DMTI Spatial. “As a leader in the insurance industry, Intact came to the project with a clear vision and a desire to leverage location to empower their underwriters with innovative analytical tools to better price and assess risks more efficiently. We’re excited by the results and strongly believe that this solution will help to meet evolving customer demands in the insurance industry.”

Leveraging DMTI’s Location Hub®, Intact implemented a mapping tool that provides a visual user interface within Intact’s underwriting systems, allowing underwriters to quickly identify risks and accelerate decision making. With this tool, underwriters can see properties on a map, street map data, existing risk layers, flood zones, elevation and proximity to water data and more.

“The entire underwriting community at Intact highly values the features associated with this new application,” said Alain Lessard, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lines, Intact Insurance. “The tool has a great visual component that makes it easier to see exactly where a risk is located and how it relates to other risks that Intact writes. We appreciate the efficiency it brings to the underwriting process, but more importantly, it helps us deliver on our promise to provide outstanding customer service and support by accelerating our decision making.”

The award-winning solution from DMTI Spatial has resulted in a 15 per cent reduction in processing time during the quoting process, making the payback period for this project six months. Contributing factors for this reduction included the ease of entering addresses as well as the reduction of errors when entering risk addresses. Further, the street map functionality quickly highlights concentration of risks in relation to environmental factors.

About Intact

Intact Financial Corporation (www.intactfc.com) is the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada. The company distributes insurance under the Intact Insurance brand through a wide network of brokers, including its wholly owned subsidiary, BrokerLink, and directly to consumers through belairdirect.

About DMTI Spatial

DMTI Spatial, a member of the Neopost group, is the Canadian market leader in location based information and data quality. For almost 20 years, DMTI Spatial has been providing industry leading location economics and Master Address Management (MAM) solutions to Global 2000 companies and government agencies. DMTI Spatial is the creator of market leading CanMap® mapping solutions, Location Hub® and maintains the gold standard for GIS location-based data in Canada. DMTI Spatial is headquartered in Markham, Ontario. Learn more at www.dmtispatial.com

GIS Software category added to Geo-matching

GIS software

A new category for GIS Software was recently added to Geo-matching’s product categories. Adtollo, a Swedish software developer and supplier was the company to list in the new GIS software category. Topocad, by Adtollo is 3D CAD based software used for surveying, GIS mapping,  and point cloud processing. The software is considered by many to be a complete package for all uses from the field surveys right up to the finished map designs.

Products in the GIS software category will compare general software specifications, as well as details about storage, interoperability and data analysis. Click here for more details, or to add your own GIS Software to the category,

Geo-matching (www.geo-matching.com) is an independent geomatics and hydrographic product comparison website featuring detailed comparisons with user reviews for more than 800 products. The site helps guide users through the maze of product specifications and provides them the opportunity to compare products from different suppliers and read other professionals’ reviews in order to reach a balanced judgment before buying.

Geo-matching brings together the highly valued Hydro International and GIM International product surveys all in one place. Just some of the categories on offer include Digital Aerial Cameras, GNSS Receivers, Mobile GIS Systems – Hardware and Software, Mobile Mappers, Photogrammetric, Imagery Processing Software, Point Cloud Processing Software, Remote Sensing Image Processing Software, Terrestrial Laser Scanners, Total Stations, and UAS for Mapping and 3D Modelling.

Visit www.geo-matching.com to browse through the products, upload a product or leave a review. Feel free to contact sybout.wijma@geomares.nl for more information.

PCI Geomatics Supports KazEOSat-1

PCI Geomatics has implemented support for KazEOSat’s sensor model

PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, announced today that it has implemented support for KazEOSat-1, an Earth Observation satellite owned and operated by the Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS), a division of Kazcosmos.PCI Geomatics - KazEOSat-1

KazEOSat-1 is capable of producing imagery of up to 1-meter panchromatic and 4-meter multispectral. The satellite was launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana in April of 2014, and reached operational readiness in July 2014. The sensor will produce imagery for the Kazakstan government to support decision making and policy in critical areas such as resource monitoring, resource management, land-use mapping, and environmental monitoring.

PCI Geomatics has implemented support for KazEOSat’s sensor model, which required modifications to both Geomatica and GXL. KazEOSat-1 was built by Airbus Defense and Space, and provides positional information that can be imported to build geometric models for the imagery. Geomatica and GXL have the capability to build precise satellite geometry models to properly position the imagery on the earth’s surface. The models can be further refined through the collection of a few ground control points to create highly accurate orthorectified imagery, Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and mosaics.

KazEOSat-1 can support three imaging modes – image strip, stereo imaging, and mosaic imaging. In addition, the sensor onboard KazEOSat-1, the New AstroSat Optical Modular Instrument (NAOMI), is capable of imaging in panchromatic, and four multispectral bands – Blue (445-520nm), Green (530-600nm), Red (620-690nm), and Near Infrared (760-890nm).

About PCI

PCI GeomaticsPCI Geomatics is a world-leading developer of software and systems for remote sensing, imagery processing, and photogrammetry. With more than 30 years of experience in the geospatial industry, PCI is recognized globally for its excellence in providing software for accurately and rapidly processing both satellite and aerial imagery. PCI has installed more than 30 thousand licenses, in over 150 countries worldwide.

Find out more about PCI at www.pcigeomatics.com

Land Applications of Radar Remote Sensing

Land Applications of Radar Remote Sensing

Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) is a type of radar data that can be used to generate 3D images of terrestrial object, such as topography. SAR images have multiple applications in remote sensing and topographic mapping of surfaces.

Land Applications of Radar Remote Sensing [Free Book]The images are created from radio pulses that are transmitted towards a target area, then received and recorded. The pulse waves are usually transmitted and received with a single beam antenna, and the wavelengths used can be anywhere from a meter to a few centimeters.

The book Land Applications of Radar Remote Sensing demonstrates the use of SAR with topography and land cover. The authors go into extensive details on speckle and adaptive filtering, as well as digital elevation models (DEMs) and terrain modeling.

Land Applications of Radar Remote Sensing [Free Book]

This remote sensing book is completely free to read online as well as download in PDF format.

Chapter 1 Land Applications of Radar Remote Sensing [Free Book] - Synthetic Aperture Radar DataAdaptive Speckle Filtering in Radar Imagery
Chapter 2 Large Scale Mapping of Forests and Land Cover with Synthetic Aperture Radar Data
Chapter 3 Estimation of Cultivated Areas Using Multi-Temporal SAR Data
Chapter 4 Combining Moderate-Resolution Time-Series RS Data from SAR and Optical Sources for Rice Crop Characterisation: Examples from Bangladesh
Chapter 5 Change Detection and Classification Using High Resolution SAR Interferometry
Chapter 6 High Resolution Radargrammetry – 3D Terrain Modeling
Chapter 7 Fusion of Interferometric SAR and Photogrammetric Elevation Data
Chapter 8 Mapping of Ground Deformations with Interferometric Stacking Techniques
Chapter 9 SAR Data Analysis in Solid Earth Geophysics: From Science to Risk Management
Chapter 10 Dikes Stability Monitoring Versus Sinkholes and Subsidence, Dead Sea Region, Jordan

 

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