First Calgary Financial chooses DMTI Spatial for address quality and Location Intelligence

First Calgary Financial chooses DMTI Spatial

DMTI’s unique location-based web services provide vastly improved accuracy and more targeted marketing opportunitiesDMTI Spatial

Markham, ON – April 30, 2013.  DMTI Spatial Inc. (DMTI), Canada’s leading provider of Location Economics solutions, announced that it has been chosen by First Calgary Financial to provide an address quality solution for its new data warehouse initiative.  First Calgary Financial will be using DMTI’s Location Hub® software to clean, validate and geocode all customer and prospect addresses before they are loaded into its new data warehouse. They will also be using this SaaS offering to maintain rigorous data quality over time and further enrich their customer information with additional insight to better measure risk and uncover new opportunity.

“In building our new data warehouse, we wanted to ensure we had the highest quality information being inputted,” said John Dundas, First Calgary Financial’s Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations. “The accuracy and services DMTI provides will standardize our master database and help us pursue a more focused approach to market First Calgary Financial’s products and services.”

“We are very pleased that First Calgary Financial is using Location Hub in their data warehousing initiative to ensure that all of their systems and processes are working with high quality location information from the start,” offered Phil Kaszuba, DMTI’s Vice President and General Manager.   “The continued adoption of Location Hub by Canada’s financial institutions for their most trusted initiatives validates our reputation of having the most comprehensive, accurate and reliable location information in Canada.”


About DMTI Spatial Inc. 
DMTI has been providing industry-leading enterprise Location Economics solutions for almost two decades to Global 2000 companies and government agencies.  DMTI’s world-class Location Hub platform enables real-time decisions by uniquely identifying, validating, analyzing and maintaining a universe of location-based data.  Through a strong partner ecosystem, DMTI enables its customers to use location as a frame of reference to enrich customer, prospect, vendor and infrastructure insight with a wide variety of attributes to better identify risk and opportunity.

About First Calgary Financial
Recognized as one of the Most Admired Corporate Cultures in Western Canada, First Calgary Financial’s 500 employees are proud to be living, leading and learning in Calgary.   As the home of the No Fees for MeTM free chequing account, we provide full financial services through 16 branch locations; telephone, internet and mobile banking; a Contact Centre; Independent Business Banking and Automated Teller Machines.  First Calgary Financial is the ninth largest credit union in Canada with over $3 billion in assets and more than 70,000 members in the greater Calgary area.  More information about First Calgary Financial is available at firstcalgary.com

NSCC Obtains a Bathymetric LIDAR To Unlock the Mysteries Off Nova Scotia’s Shores

Middleton, NS – Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) will become the only college in Canada with a research bathymetric Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) device that can unlock the mysteries off Nova Scotia’s shores thanks to the support of a national innovation award and industry partners.

bathymetric LIDAR The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced today that the government will invest $798,906 through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in a research project that will capture the treasure trove of information that exists in the shallow waters off Nova Scotia’s coastline — known as the “white ribbon gap” due to the challenges of mapping this area.

“The possibilities are as vast as the waters we will be charting,” says NSCC research scientist and PhD in Earth Sciences Tim Webster. “Our team will be able to map seabed topography by air, unearthing a wealth of data to support initiatives in areas including sustainable harvesting practices, aquatic vegetation health, wave predictions to better define storm surge detail, and nautical hazards plotting.”

Industry partners investing in the research project, including McGregor GeoScience Ltd., Acadian Seaplants Limited, Leading Edge Geomatics, GeoNet Technologies Inc. and Nova Scotia Power Inc., are relying on the project’s equipment and research to be of benefit to their specific business needs.

“Acadian Seaplants’ stewardship of the rockweed fishery will advance even further because we will use the latest imaging technology and high-tech software to identify, much faster, where the rockweed is and how much is there,” says Acadian Seaplants Limited, Vice-President of Research, Alan Critchley.“NSCC’s expertise and new technologies will augment our sustainable resource management practices and enable the adoption of the most advanced scientific tools to safeguard the marine resource.”

The project scope includes the purchase of a new laser system, two new GPS receivers, a boat and extra staffing support. The bathymetric LIDAR equipment is able to measure the subsurface topography in oceans, rivers and lakes, offering a safe, cost-effective and efficient means of collecting data in difficult-to-access areas.

This bathymetric LIDAR is unique in that it can be mounted in an aircraft to look down into the water or can be turned sideways and mounted on a boat to measure the detail of the coastline. Repeat surveys can accurately measure erosion after storms or provide important information to infrastructure projects along the coastline, such as cable landing sites.

The award is part of a $12.5-million funding announcement for applied research and business innovation from the foundation’s College Industry-Innovation Fund.

“Canadian colleges are an important player in our national innovation ecosystem,” says Gilles G. Patry, president and CEO of the CFI. “The team at NSCC is showing what colleges can achieve when they have the state-of-the-art research infrastructure they need to conduct top level applied research.”

About CFI
The Canada Foundation for Innovation gives researchers the tools they need to think big and innovate. By investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions, the CFI is helping to attract and retain the world’s top talent, to train the next generation of researchers, to support private-sector innovation and to create high-quality jobs that strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians. For more information, visit innovation.ca.

About NSCC
NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia’s economy and quality of life through education and innovation. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, NSCC offers over 100 programs in five academic schools. These programs reflect the labour market needs and opportunities of the provincial economy and set graduates on a course for career success. According to NSCC’s 2012 Graduate Follow-up Study, 86% of NSCC graduates are employed, most in their field of choice. Of those, 94% live and work in Nova Scotia. For more information about NSCC, go to www.nscc.ca.

[images source: agrg.cogs.nscc.ca]

Ontario Medical Association turns to DMTI Spatial

OMA Turns to DMTI to Develop Province-Wide Routing Table for Physician Incentive Research

By: Phil Kaszuba, Vice President & General Manager, DMTI Spatial

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) needed to build a province-wide database to perform multiple pieces of analysis regarding all doctors and facilities in Ontario. This initiative was partially driven by the needs of various incentive programs that use a “rurality index” that measures where doctors were located in relation to the population and health centres. Driven by a federal mandate handed out to all provincial medical associations, the OMA needed an effective way to assess access to care in rural areas of the province, in order to then place doctors closer to their patients and facilities.

Phil Kaszuba, Vice President & General Manager, DMTI Spatial

The OMA approached DMTI as they had previously established a strong relationship with them to obtain data such as Postal Boundaries. Not only was DMTI up to the challenge of helping the OMA with this project, but their Professional Services Department was able to develop a new custom algorithm to complete the routing in a time previously believed impossible. As a final product, DMTI delivered a reliable, centralized database in the form of two routing tables.

The first table provided the shortest driving distance between any two postal codes in the province. The second provided the shortest total time between any of these same points. These tables consisted of over 142 billion records, the largest data delivery in DMTI’s 18+ years, and one of the largest in GIS history. This centralized database will allow the OMA to perform numerous economic analyses, including meeting the federal mandate of determining appropriate physician incentives in rural areas.

The full case study can be found at: http://bit.ly/Wecupa

[source: email from DMTI Spatial]

International Women’s Day March 8th: Issues & Leadership in the Canadian Geomatics Community

GoGeomatics Canada is focusing on women in the Canadian geomatics community during the month of March.  In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th GoGeomatics Magazine will feature interviews and articles by women about women in our field.  Some contributors from last year will be coming back to share their thoughts on current issues relating to employment and leadership in geomatics, as well many new voices will be heard.

GoGeomatics Canada Women with globe for International Women’s Day March 8th

International Women’s Day has a very real meaning.  In Canada and much of the western world it is often taken for granted the equal status that women hold in our society.  However this is not the case in many other places around the world where women can face discrimination from the establishment and even within their own families. In many places they are taught by society, from day one, that they are inferior to men.

By sharing various stories and points of views from women in the Canadian geomatics community GoGeomatics aims to show that they are present and well accounted for in all areas of our society especially in the technical fields.  As well by talking to women who are leaders in geomatics we let the world know that women in Canada are taking on challenges and issues of great importance.

Our month long focus is also a reminder that women matter to society. That they have the right to be heard, despite what governments, society, or families tell them in other parts of the world.  GoGeomatics Canada believes that to remember and honor all the ways women make a difference in our community helps those who may yet struggle to reach the same level of acceptance and stature.

GoGeomatics hopes that you will join the Canadian geomatics community during the month of March by reading and engaging in the discussions that arise as we talk to other women in Canada about geomatics and their leadership in our community.

If you have a story or a point of view that you would like to share with the geomatics community in Canada please contact Deanna the  GoGeomatics Community Manager.

DMTI Spatial chosen as provider of geospatial data to the Federal Government

DMTI Spatial chosen due to high quality and comprehensiveness of its location-based data

 

 

DMTI Spatial Inc. (DMTI), Canada’s leading provider of Location Intelligence solutions, announced today that it has been awarded the Domestic Vector Data Set contract by Public Works and Government Service Canada (PWGSC).  The initial one year contract includes an option for the Government of Canada to extend the term by up to four additional one year periods, for a total potential value of $2.9 million.  They were awarded the contract after an extensive competitive procurement process and evaluation period, and was chosen due to the high quality of its CanMap® geospatial datasets.DMTI Spatial

This contract provides various federal government departments with critical location-based information to help make important policy and planning decisions affecting the lives of all Canadians.  Departments initially using DMTI’s data under this contract include the Department of National Defence, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.  DMTI’s data has been of assistance to numerous government initiatives in the past, including supporting the operations of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2010 G20 and G8 Summits in Muskoka and Toronto.

“This major contract win demonstrates confidence in our data from the highest levels of government,” said John Fisher, DMTI Spatial Chairman and CEO.  “DMTI’s data has proven to be of tremendous value to the government of Canada in the past and we are pleased to continue to support their needs on making key decisions.  This selection in the Federal Government’s competitive process underscores DMTI Spatial’s leadership role in Location Intelligence solutions.”

About DMTI Spatial Inc. 
DMTI has been providing industry-leading enterprise Location Economics solutions for almost two decades to Global 2000 companies and government agencies.  DMTI’s world-class Location Hub platform enables real-time decisions by uniquely identifying, validating, analyzing and maintaining a universe of location-based data.  Through a strong partner ecosystem, DMTI enables its customers to use location as a frame of reference to enrich customer, prospect, vendor and infrastructure insight with a wide variety of attributes to better identify risk and opportunity.

Converting between UTM, MTM and LAT/LONG

If you ever find yourself in need of quickly getting values converted from Geographic to UTM / MTM (Modified Traverse Mercator) or UTM / MTM to Geographic then here is a a free online converter tool that we use provided by Canadian Spatial Reference System.

Memorial (MUN) GISciences Diploma Program

Memorial University of Newfoundland GISciences Diploma Program

Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN)

Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland
Program: GISciences Diploma Program

MUN GISciences Diploma Program

The diploma program in Geographic Information Sciences (GISciences) at Memorial is an intense 30 credit program offered to students that are currently registered in a Bachelor of Arts or in a Bachelor of Science Degree (Also can be offered to students whom have already completed a degree at another recognized university (see their web site for more details) .

The program is made up of a from a variety of cartography, geographical information systems, and remote sensing courses along with two field courses that help provide students with real world opportunities to apply skills and knowledge learned in class.

Students will learn to compile geo-referenced databases, design and produce maps, analyze data in geographic information system environments, produce digital elevation models, and extract information from aerial photographs and satellite images.

GISciences Diploma Program - 1919 Geological Map of Newfoundland

Graduates leave the GISciences program understanding and appreciating how cartography, geographic information systems and remote sensing are integrated with one another into the field of Geomatics.

Contact Info

Department of Geography
Memorial University
St. John’s Newfoundland
A1B 3X9
geog@mun.ca (709) 864-7417

See the Course Web Site for more details.

[source: mun.ca ]


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

Pacific Alliance Technologies Reinforces Their High Level Professional Team

Reinforcing their high level professional team with Shawn McLeod and Steven Eder joining Pacific Alliance Technologies in Vancouver.  Shawn McLeod has joined their team as a Director of Services, he has a Bachelor of Geography in Spatial Sciences and is a Certified GIS Professional.

Shawn has extensive experience in GIS and Asset Management.  He spent the last 13 years as the GIS Manager with the District of North Vancouver and 5 years prior to that as a Technologist within that organization.  He built a progressive GIS Dept for them and earned them 5 awards in leadership, innovation, and excellence in IT including the prestigious United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction, the UBCM Leadership in Innovation Award for Technology and the 2009 Esri Award of Excellence.

Steven Eder joined Pacific Alliance Technologies as an Account Manager.

Steven has 25 years of experience in technical sales environments with SAP (formerly Business Objects / Crystal Decisions) and Xerox.  He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Sciences and Geography, and has a passion for mapping.  With a ‘customer first’ approach to business, Steven will provide PAT customers with innovative, customized solutions that will streamline your GIS and Mapping processes and reduce the costs of running your GIS department.  Renowned as a champion of his customer’s interests, Steven will ensure that your project is successful.logo iVault

Pacific Alliance Technologies (PAT) is a leading provider of GIS, web-based mapping, architectural, and engineering 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.

iVAULT is PAT’s web-based mapping 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 integrated with our StarDyne sister companies’ software: Diamond, WorkTech, Vadim, Tempest – along with other leading financial and asset management software products. With iVAULT you can find, report-on and analyze your assets in the context of the neighboring historical and as-built information along with data from any of your business systems.

As an Autodesk® Value Added Reseller and Premier Solutions Provider, Pacific Alliance has helped hundreds of firms throughout Western Canada implement and train their staff on Autodesk CAD, GIS, and AEC solutions, such as AutoCAD, Map 3D, MapGuide Enterprise, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Architecture and the full Revit product line – Architecture, Structure and MEP.

Contact:

Pacific Alliance Technologies
24 East 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5T 1E8
www.pat.ca
ivault.pat.ca

[Press Release submitted via email and published with permission from PAT]

Looking for all COGS graduates

Attn: COGS Alumni Network

Bob Maher has begun to research ‘the story of COGS’, a personal project for Bob and his wife, Heather who arrived in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia back in 1980 when he joined Bruce Peveril to teach the first Advanced Diploma program in Scientific Computer Programming.

COGS NSCC logoOver the next six years, the ‘survey school’ known as the Nova Scotia Land Survey Institute (NSLSI) was transformed into the College of Geographic Sciences. It was a time of creativity and innovation in technical education with new programs in Business Computer programming, Computer Graphics and GIS to complement the Remote Sensing program. NSLSI was officially renamed COGS (as most people know it) in 1986.

As background research, Bob and Heather have started to interview staff who remember those years of transition. In addition, they are compiling class lists, by program and by year. This has led to the concept of a COGS Alumni Network.

Are you a COGS graduate ?

One of primary outcomes of any learning institution are its graduates. One can compile the view from the teachers’ perspective but this may be quite different than the students’ perspective. Using social media, Bob and Heather want to reach out to the COGS alumni community. We are interested in photographs, articles, stories and feedback on this project.

You can connect directly at either maher.rv@gmail.com or heather.maxine@gmail.com or through http://www.thestoryofcogs.ca (started but expected to expand further over xmas) – a new web site where anyone can track the project

Regards;

Bob Maher and Heather Stewart

 

Note: See Full Memo at  http://www.thestoryofcogs.ca/cogs-alumni-network

[Notice republished with on behalf of B. Maher & thestoryofCOGS.ca]

No Expensive Development Needed: Configure your Web GIS

What: Free 30-minute webinar about Web GIS through the iVAULT Administrator Module
When: Thursday, November 29, 2012 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM PST

Plan to attend a free 30-minute webinar where you can learn how easily your organization can configure a Web GIS Portal without any additional development cost. iVAULT is a self-service Web GIS application that can help you make better, more informed decisions for your organization. Without any consultancy services, a Web GIS can be configured by your organization through the iVAULT Administrator Module.

Enhance security, increase analytics capabilities and personalization and integrate with third party involvement by:

• Managing role-based access for user groups and configure access to specific attributes, map layers and reports for each group
• Configuring your brand, site layout, task panel, languages, tool bars, and database searches
• Connecting to Bing, Google, Yahoo, Open StreetMap, Esri and other base map services
• Setting up detailed database searches and enable application-level integrations

 

Do you want to learn more?  Register now and don’t miss this opportunity. To find out more and register see https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/884235279 or visit iVAULT Website for additional information: http://ivault.pat.ca