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RADARSAT Data and Mosaics

Canada’s first Earth observation satellite, was declared non-operational earlier this year. RADARSAT 2 launched in 2007 was designed to replace RADARSAT 1 and is used for a variety of applications such as sea ice mapping, ship detection, agricultural monitoring, pollution detection, geological mapping, land use mapping, and much more.

Here are links to several RADARSAT data and mosaic images that you can download completely free.

GIS jobs in Manitoba

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.

GIS jobs in Alberta

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 …

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.

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.

Breathtaking Aerial Views of Calgary

Breathtaking Aerial Views of Calgary Drone Footage

Breathtaking Aerial Views of Calgary (via Drone Footage)

Calgary, situated along the Bow River is a cosmopolitan city with numerous skyscrapers as this breathtaking aerial footage of Calgary captured with a UAV shows …

Check out this link for 10 more aerial views of Calgary

GIS jobs in Calgary

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.

Historical Orthophotos of Alberta

Alberta Historical Orthophotos - Old Man River Dam in 1949-51 (left) and 2013 (right)

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
password: anonymous
path: /GISProduct/HistoricalOrthophotos

[Source: ABMI.ca]

 


1921 map of Alberta

Large historic map of Alberta taken from Putnam’s Handy Volume Atlas of the World that was published in 1921

Town of Banff Online Maps and Apps

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.

Town of Banff

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.

 

Town of Banff Online Maps

 

 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.