For better decision-making: iVAULT 5.0 Web GIS

MISA BC Conference, Mission, BC – iVAULT 5.0 brings web GIS into the Information Technology (IT) mainstream.   This major new iVAULT release allows clients to use their web GIS publishing engine of choice, providing IT Managers with flexibility previously not available from web GIS.  iVAULT 5.0 has a new consolidated administrative interface, allowing our customers to seamlessly move between publishing engines from Esri, Autodesk, Google and the open source community.iVAULT5

The new active directory integration further eases web GIS administration by using existing credentials for logging into iVAULT. Finally, the new form designer provides easy configuration of iVAULT’s web forms allowing the IT Department to better support the user’s existing workflows.

IT Managers will also be pleased with iVAULT 5.0’s new integration engine to configure application-level integrations – eliminating messy data duplication.  In addition, with iVAULT 5.0’s certified application level integrations, our customers can rest assured that their supported integrations are being maintained with each new release of iVAULT and their integrated business systems.

Increased Return on Investment

Many of the improvements in iVAULT 5.0 provide the benefits of Web GIS at a reduced cost to the organization.

  • Liberate your application development from expensive consultants
  • Configure the Web GIS yourself
  • Deploy easily and fast
  • Reduce costs of desktop software licenses

Combine Distributed Data Sources

iVAULT 5.0 aggregates publicly available data from sources like Bing, Google, Esri and Open Street Maps together with your corporate data to facilitate your decision-making process.

  •  Use powerful analytics and work management capabilities to source revenue that has been hidden in your databases
  • Enable hyperlinking to web based document management systems to deliver service cards, as-built drawings, etc. to your web GIS

 Increase Community and Client Engagement

iVAULT 5.0 integrates crowd sourced data to provide the latest information through your web GIS.  Very quick and responsive, this can be the best way to source rapidly developing information in an emergency situation.

  •  Map social media feeds (Twitter, YouTube and Flickr)
  • Link to online map services from ArcGIS Online and Community Maps
  • Enable collaborative mapping. Share data internally and with customers
  • Work across browsers and operating systems

Deliver the reports you need through the Web GIS

Infrastructure information is important to many members of your organization.  Municipalities have gotten on-board with the document delivery capabilities of iVAULT to produce reports required to meet regulatory compliance like PSAB 3150.

  •  Search, query, edit, report, and view data from multiple business systems and locations using the iVAULT Web Module
  • Populate standard data into your database by editing forms
  • Produce reports easily, from mailing labels to asset inventories
  • Locate field assets and track maintenance from any location

 Make it Personal

 A personal experience is a better user experience.

  •  Personalize and brand your own Web GIS system
  • Manage access, reporting and editing of the database based on user login
  • Configure your own forms with the standard controls built in the form generator

 iVAULT has an innovative modular framework:

  •  Administrator Module: enables your organization to configure all aspects of the Web GIS
  • Data Editing Module: enhances your reporting, sharing and updating capabilities
  • Analytics Module: provides enhanced analytics tools for better decision-making
  • Integration Module: rapidly integrates your data and systems
  • Cloud Module: allows organizations to produce, edit, store and manage maps, data and other geospatial information through a cloud-based geospatial content management system
  • eCommerce Module: Save money, time and resources by monetizing your web-based GIS services.

Sign up for an Upcoming Free Webinar or visit http://ivault.pat.ca for more information


Pacific Alliance Technologies (PAT) is a leading provider of CAD, GIS, Web GIS and asset management software, specializing in the customization, implementation, training and support of these solutions. The company’s mission is “To develop and implement GIS and Asset Management solutions that will help sharpen your competitive edge, enhance strategic planning and decision making, and increase your organization’s productivity. We configure our solutions to meet your needs.”

iVAULT is PAT’s Web GIS solution that allows organizations to easily benefit from linking their existing data to a location. iVAULT is compatible with leading technologies: ArcGIS, MapGuide and Google. iVAULT is also easily integrated with financial and asset management software products.

 For more information, call  at 1.877.691.9171, ext.2 or email us at sales@pat.ca.

 [Content provided by Pacific Alliance Technologies]

Geomatics Institute at Fleming

Fleming College Geomatics

Location: Lindsay, Ontario
GIS Programs: Specialist Geographic Information Systems – Cartographic Specialist, Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist, Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist (online)

Fleming College GeomaticsInfo: Lindsay, Ont., is home to the Geomatics Institute at Fleming College, located at the Frost Campus. Fleming has achieved an international reputation for innovation and excellence in Geomatics education, producing high caliber graduates, who are considered specialists in the field.

The Geomatics Institute is an ideal location for the study of Geomatics technologies. The campus is located close to the Greater Toronto Area, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Trent University. Both respected organizations have provided several academic and industry partnerships that support our academic initiatives, student applied projects and internships.

Fleming offers a choice of three graduate certificate programs: Geographic Information Systems – Cartographic Specialist, Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist, and Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist (online).

What Makes Fleming Geomatics Unique

Some of the unique benefits the Geomatics Institute at Fleming offers are:

  • Excellent, trained staff committed to the student learning experience
  • The very latest in leading edge software
  • Partnerships with Trent University and the Department of National Defence.
  • An award-winning academic reputation backed by solid relationships with industry and government partners who seek Fleming graduates
  • Constantly evolving programs ensure our graduates are well-equipped to meet the demands of industry and government in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.

Contact Info

200 Albert Street South
Lindsay, Ontario
K9V 5E6

Shawn Morgan, 705-324-9144 ext. 3012, shawn.morgan@flemingcollege.ca


If you are a student, facility or someone who has any more knowledge, feedback or comments to share about the GIS programs at Fleming College then I encourage you to share it . You can either use the contribute more info form or the comment functionality below.

 

[Note: This page was originally posted Feb. 5, 2009]

iVAULT for ArcGIS Streamlines Government Services in Canada’s North

 

Pacific Alliance Technologies is giving a presentation about iVAULT at Esri International User Conference titled  iVAULT for ArcGIS Streamlines Government Services in Canada’s North.

Date/Time: Jul 26, 10:15AM – 11:30AM
Location: Room 24 C (Esri International User Conference)
Description: This session highlights the benefits of online data delivery, including the opportunities and challenges from converting papers to digital records, and how to consolidate disparate databases for easier and more efficient access.
More details http://events.esri.com/uc/2012/infoweb/onlineagenda/?fa=ofg_details_form&ScheduleID=1915

Recently, I was contacted and asked to invite the Canadian GIS readers to join Pacific Alliance Technologies for a live sneak peak Free Webinar demo of iVAULT 5.0 for ArcGIS Server.

Learn how their Web GIS can enable your company to make better decisions and reduce costs. They will be demoing some of the most advanced and innovative functionality, including: Social Media Integration, GPS Location, System and Data Integration, Linking to ArcGIS Online and Community Maps, Enhanced Analytic Capabilities and much more.

Easy, Configurable and Affordable, iVAULT is the fastest route to Web GIS!

What: Free Webinar demoing of iVAULT 5.0 for ArcGIS Server
When: July 18 at 10 AM PDT
Registration link: Use this form on the to reserve your Webinar seat.

City of Terrace migrates to iVAULT MapGuide Open Source for web mapping

Challenge
The City of Terrace (British Columbia) hosted a public web mapping application that was developed on Autodesk MapGuide 6.5 technology. This site was used extensively by realtors, developers, the general public and internal staff to access maps, databases and reports related to geographic features.

Rocky Mountains British Columbia

In the earlier days of web GIS, the MapGuide 6.5 application was the best on the market for serving spatial data to the web due to its client side applet. However, over time, web technologies evolved and the client side architecture became a security risk and a development liability.  In 2008 Autodesk decommissioned the MapGuide 6.5 application. As a result the City wanted to enhance its online GIS services and provide increased functionality to internal staff using the latest server side MapGuide Open Source technology.

Solution
The City purchased iVAULT MapGuide with the Administration module to replace the existing MapGuide 6.5 application. iVAULT is a web based application that allows organizations, to quickly and easily publish GIS content to the web. You do not need a background in programming to use iVAULT. It allows organizations to easily benefit from linking their existing data to a location and visually see the asset you are managing adding value to your business processes.

The City benefitted from the service-oriented architecture of the iVAULT Administrator to provide a fast, scalable, and cross platform web GIS application to realtors, developers, the general public and internal staff.  iVAULT makes use of open source components to support rich access to spatial data in both vector and raster formats and provides a full suite of tools for map interaction, reporting, analysis, editing and printing. Using MapGuide Studio, the City was able to produce visually stunning cartographic maps and serve those maps to a wide audience. Pacific Alliance Technologies current hosts the new TerraMap site http://terrace.pat.ca and have written very elaborate FME (Feature Manipulation Engine) scripts. This keeps the data in the development environment within the City of Terrace current, along with the live hosted environment within the PAT collocation.

Resultslogo Pacific Alliance Technologies
The City now has a fully supported and integrated web based GIS system that facilitates quality decision making.  With iVAULT, the City benefits from improved strategic and financial planning.  It also provides reliable and meaningful access to the City’s spatial and attribute data. iVAULT’s “Self Service” approach to GIS, has introduced efficiencies in the City’s workflows and provides easy access and increased utilization of City’s existing the  resources. iVAULT provides a solution that facilitates the provision and maintenance of timely, accurate and complete data and is scalable for future integration with additional data sources.  The easy to use Administration module replaces custom development with point and click configurability- empowering Terrace staff to administer the site themselves.Pacific Alliance Technologies, a member of StarDyne Technologies, provides proven CAD and GIS solutions and services for local and regional governments. Easy, flexible and affordable, Pacific Alliance’s solutions enable government staff to manage, query and analyze spatial, attribute and Asset and Financial information. Delivered via a web browser, data is integrated from multiple sources to deliver a solution that streamlines Asset Management and facilitates self-service for the public. With a combined 120+ years of technical experience, Pacific Alliance is lauded in the industry as a GIS technology and service provider.

For more information about Pacific Alliance Technologies, visit http://ivault.pat.ca or www.pat.ca. call them at 1.877.691.9171, or email sales@pat.ca.

[Case study republished with permissiom from Pacific Alliance Technologies]

Get Rolling in 2012 with HTML5 & ESRI Technology

Event: Free Webinar – Get Rolling in 2012 with HTML5 & Esri Technology
Date: March 8, 2012: 10AM PT
Location: Webinar – Virtualy anywhere
Registration:  see the registration page

Description:  Latitude Geographics are planning on providing another free webinar due to the great turnout and response that they had for the last one. Latitude Geographics first developed Geocortex software in 1999, and since, Geocortex has evolved through several generations of Esri mapping and GIS technology. In that time, Geocortex has proven to be a success story, with organizations all over the world recognizing the value of an off-the-shelf (OTS) approach in helping them achieve GIS and web based mapping requirements.

“Computing is becoming increasingly ubiquitous; accessible via an expanding array of devices, delivery platforms, and form factors. HTML5 is a standard that will help make this reality more manageable for content authors. Although HTML5 remains too early stage for many types of production applications, opportunities exist to start leveraging HTML5 in ways that capitalize on its strengths, while ensuring maximum longevity and applicability of development investment.”

This 30-45 minute webinar should apeal to GIS administrators, GIS managers and analysts currently using ArcGIS Server platform. It will have an emphasis towards mobile users and work flow driven web browser based applications, while focusing on specific technology strategies and a more recommended general approach for getting started with HTML5 and ESRI technology.

 

CloverPoint introduces LINE OF SIGHT

Company: CloverPoint
Sector: GIS Software developer
Address: 152 Dallas RoadCloverpoint Logo
City / Town: Victoria
Province: British Columbia
Postal Code: V8V 1A3
Phone Number: 1.250.384.3537
Website: CloverPoint.com
Contact info: info@cloverpoint.com

Company Profile: CloverPoint has been a leader in spatial software development and IT consulting since 1992. As a development specialist, they have both developed new web-based technology, including the Insight Asset Management Suite, and implemented GIS based solutions to solve their client’s challenges.

This year looks to be very promising for CloverPoint, with their first major release of 2012, they have added a new edition to their already popular Insight product – ‘Line of Sight’!

Line of Sight is a tool that is going to assist with physical security, infrastructure security, national security, infrastructure planning, insurance and risk assessment, amongst many other important functionality.

With security always a major fore front for CloverPoint, this addition provides a new form of security now visible in the Insight 3D functionality. Line of sight functionality is truly a major advancement and a big step forward for CloverPoint. Being able to see a person’s vision in real-world space will continue to help with different security measures and keep security as an important factor across all industries.

Take a look at the video of CloverPoint’s latest addition to Insight:

CloverPoint’s staff specializes in integrating convergent technologies into solutions that directly address the needs and goals of the people that use them. For additional information about CloverPoint, visit their website CloverPoint.com,  call Rohit Bhatia at 1-888–457-2724 or email at Rohit@CloverPoint.com

Simon Fraser University Bachelor of Science GIS

Simon Fraser University GIS

Simon Fraser University GIS

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia
GIS Programs: Certificate in Spatial Information Systems / Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geographic Information Science

 The Certificate in Spatial Information Systems (SIS) is comprised of nine undergraduate level courses. It can be taken in conjunction with an undergraduate degree or on its own. Students with a previous degree or proficiency in specific areas may be exempted from certain courses but at least 50% of the courses in the program must be taken at SFU to fulfil the requirements of the certificate.

Simon Fraser University GIS - Campus

The Simon Fraser University GIS program is comprised of nine undergraduate level courses. It can be taken in conjunction with an undergraduate degree or on its own. Students with a previous degree or proficiency in specific areas may be exempted from certain courses but at least 50% of the courses in the program must be taken at SFU to fulfill the requirements of the certificate. British Columbia is an international leader in developing SIS products, applications and research. The installation and maintenance of the SIS lab as a state of the art facility has allowed SFU to feed this growing industry with qualified individuals who have learned the fundamentals of spatial information systems.

The B.Sc. in GIS is offered though the Faculty of Applied Sciences in partnership with the Department of Geography and the School of Computer Science. The program combines the theoretical, practical and intellectual issues surrounding the use of Geographic Information System technologies. Graduates are exceptionally well qualified to contribute to a rapidly growing industry. They learn how to model data effectively; how to visualize those models using computing graphics; and how to program in object environments. SFU students are encouraged to participate in Cooperative Education to experience these and other career opportunities.

Contact

8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5A 1S6

778-782-3321 / geog-info@sfu.ca for further information

See the GIS B.Sc. Course page or GIS Certificate page for more details.

 [source: sfu.ca]


If you are a student, facility or someone who has any more knowledge, feedback or comments to share about the GIS programs at Simon Fraser University then I encourage you to share it . You can either use the contribute more info form or the comment functionality below.

ArcGIS Server & Bing Maps Token Service Update

I received a notice from ESRI Canada recently about Changes that are being made to the Microsoft Bing Maps Token Service next spring and thought that I should share it with others in the GIS community incase someone did not receive it or was not aware of the changes taking place with ArcGIS Server and Bing Maps.

ESRI LogoThe change is mainly related to the move over to ArcGIS 10 Server and should perhaps only affect customers that still using ArcGIS 9.3.1 Server with Bing Maps services. The previous version accessed Bing Maps using a unique Bing Maps user id and password to retrieve a maps token. On March 30, 2012, this Bing Maps Token Service is being discontinued by Microsoft and will be shut down. After this date, all user ids and passwords will no longer be valid, and any applications that were connected to the Bing Maps Token Service will no longer work.

All ArcGIS Server users will then use a Bing Maps key and an ArcGIS Server client that supports Bing Maps keys. A Bing Maps key is a unique identification string and is used in place of the token when making requests. Customers either need to upgrade to ArcGIS 10 Server or request a Bing Maps key from ESRI Canada customer care. Those that upgrade to ArcGIS 10 Server will notice that a Bing Maps key is already included.

For more information on using Bing Maps with ArcGIS Server can reference the ArcGIS Online and Bing Maps guide or contact ESRI technical support at 1-877-441-0337 or support@esricanada.com.

ESRI Canada User Conference – Toronto

Event: ESRI Canada User Conference – Toronto
Date: October 6-7, 2010
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Details: ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.

On-line Registration:  on-line registration

See official conference web site for more details on programs and events

GIS Tracking Technology Shines in the Light of Healthcare History

GIS Tracking Technology Shines in the Light of Healthcare History

It’s universally known that technology has changed the medical field forever. Even a trip to a rural doctor’s office reveals equipment the patient could see in any major city. This awareness has helped the general public to finally become aware of the skill levels possessed by care providers. For generations, most people not in the field assumed that a neighbor with an associate degree in nursing simply changed bedpans and took temperatures. Today, however, both nurses and doctors are directly involved in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to protect the public from some potentially lethal threats. Nearly a century ago, this wasn’t the case.

The Stakes
GIS Tracking Technology Shines in the Light of Healthcare History - medical symbolIn 1918, several soldiers at what is now Fort Riley, Kansas reported sick with what at first appeared to be routine flu symptoms. No one knew at the time, but these soldiers were the first of tens of millions worldwide who would contract a newly evolved strain of influenza. Over the next fifteen months, at least 50 million humans perished as a result of the fast spreading, quick killing pathogen. The name of the pandemic itself, the Spanish Influenza, illustrates today how the lack of accurate geographic tracking was a major factor in the worldwide death toll.

Scholars have since pinned down the initial outbreak as having begun at Fort Riley and then spread rapidly by soldiers moving from training camps to what would soon become occupation duty in Europe. From ships, train stations, military bases and ports across the globe, the virus spread, mutated and spread again, being recognized as a pandemic only after it has established itself in Spain, by no means the location of patient zero.

Desperate health officials in the United States Army led the American effort to track and contain the epidemic. Despite truly heroic efforts, the influenza mutated once again, only then becoming misleadingly dormant for decades. In 2009, another potentially catastrophic flu pandemic was identified. By then, however, GIS was a part of the World Health Organization’s arsenal to prevent the carnage of 1918-1920.

A Step Ahead of a Killer
Officially known as the H1N1 flu, though colloquially called Swine Flu, the virus spread virtually worldwide during its roughly year and a half emergence. Unlike its deadly counterpart of the early 20th Century, medical personnel were able to track outbreaks worldwide, buying time enough to employ defenses such as school and other closings to mitigate the spread of the virus and the implementation of mass vaccinations. Nurses and doctors were, from the very start of the flu breakout, a computer click away from up-to-date information from the World Health Organization and national health departments on where the spreading was occurring, if the virus had mutated and how best to respond.

GIS Tracking Technology Shines in the Light of Healthcare History - Global influenzapositive Flu Transmission Zones

Armed with first-rate information provided and by GIS tracking technology, nurses went into communities and educated officials and ordinary citizens about the facts about the virus. The relatively low death rate – over 25,000, including 428 Canadian citizens [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_flu_pandemic_in_Canada] – led to calls of “overkill” on the part of the health community, a conclusion that may well have been a luxury provided by technology at the front lines of a war contained.

Dichotomy of Success
That such an impression of overblown responses seems to defy the knowledge of what havoc an unchecked pandemic can wreak may be, in part, due to the high degree of success provided by GIS and the medical community. But as more and more GIS devices are used to save lives on smaller scales, the value of such technology may be best seen by less than global standards. With future generations of nursing and medical doctors sure to learn how to use GIS technology with the same degree of skill as they use their stethoscope, recognition of its importance is assured. Among the teams of professionals called upon to thwart the lethality of the next major health threat, nurses and doctors will be joined by those in the geomatics field as they fight real killers.


About the author: Lindsey Paco is a freelance author who writes about career search strategies and social media. She lives in the Indianapolis area where she enjoys cycling. [http://www.coloradotech.edu/Degree-Programs/Associate-Degree-In-Nursing]