Manitoba has a moderately to strong economy based largely on agriculture, natural resources and the largest employers are typically government, crown corporations, hospitals and universities. The geomatics sector in Manitoba has been strong over the past decade offering a wide range of geospatial related jobs.
Looking for GIS jobs in Alberta? Try checking out some of the various employment opportunities listed here (this is a dynamic page so is updated often) or use the job search tools in our geomatics employment section …
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.
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 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.
Calgary is Alberta’s largest city and the third largest in Canada, the economic activity happening in Calgary is very hot these days and mostly involved with the petroleum industry, but the Geomatics industry also contributes to Alberta’s economic growth and here we have some of the latest GIS jobs in the Calgary area for you.
Old Man River Dam in 1949-51 (left) and 2013 (right)
Alberta Historical Orthophotos
Historical Orthophotos of Alberta contains georeferenced orthophoto maps consisting of aerial photography mainly from 1949 to 1951 with coverage for the whole province. It also contains various maps created with photos from 1961 to 1963. Each of the original maps covers a 1:50,000 NTS sheet at a scale of 1:63,360.
To download the georeferenced orthophoto maps you will need to use FTP software such as FileZilla (available free online). Metadata Download: http://www.abmi.ca/home/publications/351-400/376.html
Ftp server: ftp.public.abmi.ca
user name: web|anonymous
As many of you already know or perhaps may have recently discovered, CanadianGIS.com has been high-lighting places in Canada that have an online web mapping site or application in order to help better provide information to their residents.
Now this month the Town of Banff is featured as they too have now joined the spatial ranks of several other Cities and Municipalities in Canada with the launch of their own online mapping site (Simply check out the Web Maps category link or the site search tools along the right side to find many other great Canadian Online Map sites featured).
Their new Maps and Apps website created by the Town of Banff GIS and IT departments now provides free public access to maps and geospatial applications that help the Town of Banff provide better services and connect with it’s own citizens in a new way.
Through pre-made web served maps created from a collection of over 200 different layers of geographic information, people can find local services, learn more about projects, explore regions of Banff or create their own maps. The various geospatial applications also provide a new way to allow citizens to get more involved by providing them with interactive tools, such as better ways to report street light outages or problems with transportation.
Using Esri Canada’s Community Maps Program and ArcGIS Online, Esri’s cloud-based GIS solution, the Town of Banff has been able to serve detailed accurate base maps, provide several pre-made maps and value added applications. This mapping solution has allowed them to efficiently produce more than 25 free maps and applications (online, mobile & PDF) such as the Bike Banff mobile app or the interactive Heritage Walking Tour application. The pre-made free maps and applications make it easier for residents and visitors to quickly find the information they need to help make better decisions.
The maps and apps are organized around city services and the information you need to do business with the Town of Banff on a daily basis. You’ll find maps and apps provided by the Town’s departments of Corporate Services, Engineering, Operations, Planning, and Community Services.The site will also highlight innovators and innovations that demonstrate a more collaborative and open government.
The various maps and apps available on BanffMaps.ca are supported by the following browsers: Firefox 3.5+, Chrome 4+, Internet Explorer 7+, and Apple Safari 3+.
If you have an application that is not listed in the Maps and Apps gallery or can think of a great idea of one using Town of Banff data, then they have a section on the site where you can submit your map or application.
Town of Banff are also further exploring their mapping capabilities by planning to deploy several staff with iPhone smartphone devices, providing them with the ability to access and update GIS data from outside the office. This could provide value added management where staff can track snow-plow locations, report accidents and traffic congestion as well as many other time sensitive tasks.
Now while this site may not be as robust or great as some other online map applications that I have covered, it still is a pretty easy to use mapping site with plenty of free maps and applications making it easier for residents and visitors to quickly find the information they need to help make better decisions. So keep an eye on this site as it will no doubt grow much larger as more people discover it and get involved.
If you know of an online web mapping site that should be included in the CanadianGIS.com collection of Canadian Online Map Sites then I encourage you to contact me.
On April 23, 2012 thousands of electors headed to the polls for Alberta’s 28th provincial election. In all 87 candidates were elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 4 more then 2008 due to an increase in the provinces growing population. The Progressive Conservative party won a majority with 61 of the 87 elected ridings.
More information about Alberta general elections can be found at the Elections Alberta website. Instead I will continue to discuss Alberta’s 28th provincial election but as it relates to mapping, but what does a provincial election have to do with mapping?
Well… ESRI Canada has what they refer to as a Public Map Gallery that is a collection of custom web maps created by their mapping team featuring Canadian community maps, Canadian election results, and various census data. Here they leveraged some of their online spatial tools and features available together with public domain data to create an interactive online mapping application of Alberta’s Changing Political Landscape.
The online interactive political map can help people visualize the results from Alberta’s past three provincial elections all together in one interactive browser window. A similar online mapping application like this one was also created for the last federal election in 2011.
“The Esri Canada Mapping Team who is responsible for the construction of a series of Canadian Community Maps and web applications hosted on ArcGIS.com. The Esri Canada Community Maps Program provides a cost-effective and efficient framework for organizations to share their geographic information with the public.” http://maps.esri.ca/gallery/
Using the interactive mapping application of Alberta’s Changing Political Landscape a person can view results from Alberta’s 2004, 2008, 2012 elections and when they zoom into an area of interest in one map window, all the other windows will zoom to the same level automatically making it very easy to compare the results from place to place.
An additional information tool is provided that allows people to click on any electoral riding and the basic information for that one appears below the map, containing information such as the elected party, the MLA, the electoral district name, number of electors, voter turnout etc. To check out the online Alberta map for your self go to http://maps.esri.ca/ElectoralMaps/AB_GeneralElections/
Do you know about any Canadian online web maps that are not covered by CanadianGIS.com? Then let me know and I will look into adding it to our database.
GeoAlberta – Ga3 – Geospatial – anywhere, anytime for anyone
Date: May 7-9, 2012
Location: Coast Plaza Hotel – Calgary, Alberta
Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org or see the registration page
Details: GeoAlberta has become the Premier Geospatial Information Conference for Geomatics professionals in Western Canada. This years event titled “Ga3 – Geospatial – anywhere, anytime for anyone!” will be the 10th Anniversary and planned to reflect the new Geomatics world around us.
“Geospatial information has become part of everyday life and is a growing world wide phenomenon. No longer is Geospatial Information the preserve of highly skilled professionals, instead many people in society use it on a daily basis, sometimes unknowinly.
Real-time, interactive and mobile GPS/GIS technologies has created new real-time geographic analysis and real-time geography. Such developments have led to advances in the ways spatial information is collected, mapped and used by an expanding user community. They are now at the heart of a vast array of real-time interactive mobile computing, geolocation applications and asset management, along with wireless geographic services that are revolutionizing the role of geography and geospatial information in everyday society.
Discover how it all works together from traditional mapping and survey technology to new web technologies and smart devices. Learn from industry leaders how geospatial information is emerging, evolving and imminent in today’s society.”
The 10th GeoAlberta Conference will be titled “Geospatial – anywhere, anytime for anyone” to reflect the changes in how Geospatial Information is used and how it is available all the time. It is expected that close to 450 professionals will come together in Calgary this May to discuss Geospatial Information, celebrate and explore new opportunites. The event is made possible thanks to combined efforts of four Western Geomatics associations: the Alberta Geomatics Group, GeoEdmonton, Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) Alberta Chapter and Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Alberta Chapter.
Registration begins in February with members of the four Western Geomatics associations mentioned above able to save up to $200 if they register before the early bird deadline and speakers and presenters can save up to half of their registration fees.
They are also promoting Cartography contest where schools can submit maps that they have generated for a chance to win money. The competition is open to students or in Grade 9 thru 12. The top maps will be exhibited at the GeoAlberta conference with chances to win up to $1000.
Help celebrate GeoAlberta’s 10th Anniversary by attending or presenting at this years GeoAlberta – Geospatial Information Conference in Calgary. For more information, direct requests to email@example.com or check out the conference web site for updates.
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