Both RTK & RTN GNSS surveying can allow people to achieve relative positioning with centimetre (cm) precision, however there are several important factors that need to be considered and thus a need for a good guide of best practices (equipment calibration, errors, multipath, geometry, etc.).
As a Fellow of the RCGS, I want to share something with you, and to ask you to participate. The program, 10,000 Changes: Canada’s Commitment to Rethink Plastics, will be launching on June 27th, with a call to action for all Canadians to make a commitment to reduce plastic consumption, and challenge their family, friends and social media followers to do the same.
Every year the CCA announces awards, prizes and scholarships for Canadian post-secondary students involved in any forms of cartography or map-making. All entries should be accompanied by an official entry form
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.
“One of the hardest jobs to do during your career will often be finding the job itself, especially in such a niche industry like Geomatics. However the increased use and exposure of the Internet has led to many great resources to help you out and we have taken the best resources and posted them here to help you. ”
Since 2005, CanadianGIS.com has been providing Canadians with the best employment resources available on the web. Here we maintain an updated ongoing list of employment sites or resources that provide Geospatial related Canadian jobs. If you see any missing from the list let us know …
An online mapping tool of Toronto has been providing users the ability to compare locations in Toronto through various periods of time from 2013 back to 1818. Check out this neat online mapping application that helps promote historic maps of Toronto …
Helping Children Learn Cartography
Where in the world are you? Learn to read, understand and create maps
Recently at a yard sale, we discovered this simple book for kids that teaches them about the Art of Mapping called “Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids” and thought we would include it in our Geo-Books section for others to discover and use when they are trying to introduce kids to maps.
- Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids
- Authors: Laura Peetoom & Paul Heersink
- Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2011.
- 38 pages, paperback
- ISBN 978-1-4431-0493-7
- Grades 2-5 / Ages 7-10
- “Best Books for Kids and Teens” by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in 2012.
Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids
Children can learn to read, understand and create maps using this easy to follow Scholastic book by Laura Peetoom & Paul Heersink.
Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids helps introduce children to the basic elements used when reading a map including map scale, symbols, and colours. It makes use of vibrant colors, simple diagrams, and various pictures to help children easily understand the process of creating and reading maps.
It shows them how maps are made, how they work and teaches them how to read maps including basic principles of navigation and how early explorers were able to chart the world, and Canada in particular.
The book then goes beyond the basic elements of maps providing some deeper aspects of cartography such as the minimum amount of colors to use when creating a map to the meaning of contour lines on topographic maps. It also includes a special section about explorer David Thompson highlighting some of his achievements as a great Canadian cartographer. This is a really great resource to use when introducing your children to what maps are, and how to create one.
A map is a picture of a place, but not like a painting or a photograph, which shows us what a place looks like. A map is a picture of information about a place. (p. 4)
The earliest known maps of Canada were drawn by seafaring explorers from Europe. Our whole continent was a surprise to them. When they found it, they were looking for something else – an easy passage to India and China.
So early maps of North America highlight information useful to readers looking for a way through: the shape of coastlines, the location of waterways and how far they travelled into the land. (p. 14)
The word “map” comes from the Latin word ‘mappa,’ meaning cloth. In earlier times, maps were drawn on animal skin or cloth. “Cartography” was borrowed from French: ‘cartographie’ means “map drawing.” (p. 16)
Using acronyms and abbreviations is commonly practiced in the Geomatics industry and most of the time people just assume that everybody else knows what every acronyms and abbreviation stands for. Well that is obviously not the case most of the time and over the years I have created myself a little digital cheat-sheet of geomatics acronyms and abbreviations that I use with my work in my writing.
Here is a large collection of common acronyms and abbreviations that you may when working in the Canadian Geomatics industry.
7 Maps that show how important Canada is [source: Business Insider CandianGEO.info/1XWPndh]
GIS Conferences and Events in Canada
[page last updated March 2016]
Attending professional GIS conferences or geomatics related events is always a great way to stay current with what is happening in the geomatics industry and provides amble opportunity to enjoy a good time while networking and mingling with others in the geomatics sector.
Many professional organizations across Canada offer great geomatics related conferences and events every year, so we created the Canadian GIS Conference and Events section on CanadianGIS.com as a way to provide the geospatial community with free information about the various related conferences, events, workshops, training seminars and webinars that are being offered.
Our events section includes a variety events related to GIS, remote sensing, surveying, cartography, geography and all other geomatics disciplines (and from British Columbia to Newfoundland).
We are fortunate enough to be able to attend several GIS conference and events every year all across Canada so we also post summaries of past events (when we can) with photos for those that were not fortunate enough to attend but wanted to know how the conference or event turned out.
Listed below are some of the upcoming GIS conferences, events and webinars. If you know of one that is not listed in our events section or are planning a geomatics related conference or event and would like to have it listed for free and promoted out through the Canadian GIS & Geomatics networks then let us know.
[Note: This is a dynamic page that is updated regularly – so check back often]
2016 GIS Conference and Events
- February 2 – 3 (London, Ontario) –Turning Precision Agriculture Potential into Profit
- February 4 (Ottawa, Ontario) –PCI Geomatics User Group Meeting
- February 17 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – MGUG 2016 Winter Workshop and AGM
- February 24 (London, Ontario) – AOLS AGM
- May 4 (Mississauga, Ontario) – URISA Ontario’s BeSpatial 2016
- May 4 to 6 (Edmonton, Alberta) – ACLS Surveyors Conference & AGM Gateway North: Traversing the currents
- May 4 to 6 (Halifax, Nova Scotia) – CAG 2016 AGM
- June 7 to 9 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – Canadian Cartographic Association Conference
- June 7 to 9 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing
- October 19 – 20 (Montreal, Quebec) – Géomatique 2016
- October 31 – November 3 (Toronto, Ontario) – GIS-Pro 2016 URISA’s 54th Annual Conference
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