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The Value of Geospatial Information in Economy

The video below contains an interview with Ed Kennedy, an Associate with Hickling Arthurs Low Corporation, who helps explain the value of geospatial information in economy and the significant role of the Canadian geomatics sector. In the interview, Kennedy identifies the Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Value Study, that was aimed to help update the profile of the geomatics sector in Canada and identify changes in the geospatial market.

The Value of Geospatial Information in Economy base on the the Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Value Study

The Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Value Study provides highlights and key results from work carried out by Hickling Arthurs Low Corporation on behalf of Natural Resources Canada. This research represents the most comprehensive assessment of geomatics and geospatial information in Canada to date.

In the study, geospatial information was used to estimate the Canadian economy, based on in depth case studies of 14 different sectors of the economy and an expert panel made up of people from both the geospatial community and the economics community. The Geomatics Sector produces geospatial information and makes use of it possible for other sectors through geospatial services and technologies. The geomatics sector includes a wide range of organizations from industry, government and academic institutions.

What does the summary report tell us?

  • In 2013, about 2,450 private sector geomatics firms contributed $2.3 billion to the Canadian economy.
  • The use of geospatial information contributed $20.7 billion – or 1.1% of national Gross Domestic Product (GDP), $19 billion to Real Income, and generated approximately 19,000 jobs to the Canadian economy in 2013. Regional distributions of GDP and Real Income by region are available in the report.
  • The uptake of “open” geospatial data (data available a minimal or no cost and for use without restriction) provides an estimated additional $695 million to GDP and $635 million in real income in 2013.
  • National scale productivity impact estimates attributed to the use of geospatial information (measured by percentage change in industry output) are most significant (>1.0%) for:

Click here to download a digital copy of the 287 page Canadian geomatics environmental scan findings report referred to in the interview below.

The Value of Geospatial Information in Economy

Top 5 Skills for a Successful Career in GIS

Top 5 important GIS skillsWhat are the top 5 important GIS skills that a successful professional in the geomatics sector should have?

According to Wikipedia, GIS is a broad term that can refer to a number of different technologies, processes, and methods. It is attached to many operations and has many applications related to engineering, planning, management, transport/logistics, insurance, telecommunications, and business. Therefore, GIS and location intelligence applications can be the foundation for many location-enabled services that rely on analysis and visualization.

Top 5 important GIS skills for a Successful Career

Joseph Kerski from Esri has created a 3 part video series where he presents new ways of thinking about important GIS skills in your career because  “skills alone will not guarantee success, but are a fundamental part of it … “. 

[Post originally published October 2014]

Top viewed GNSS Receivers

GNSS Receivers

Most viewed GNSS Receivers

Top 5 GNSS receivers on Geo-matching .com (based on user views)

Geo-matching provides a variety of the latest geospatial technical equipment used by professionals in the geomatics sector such as GNSS receivers.

Kronos GNSS systemsThis free online comparison service allows users to compare different geomatics equipment that has been peer reviewed from others in the Geospatial sector, and is a great way to help people decide what hardware they should consider purchasing.

Geo-matching is a product comparison style website for geomatics related devices and provides users with good overviews of total stations, UAVs, GNSS receivers, and other hardware used in the industry. K9-T GNSS

The GNSS category offers a variety of hardware including a variety of models such as the ProPak 6 by NovAtel, T300 by ComNav), APS-NR2 by Altus Positioning, UB370 High Precision, GR-5 by Topcon and the LT400HS by CHC Navigation.

If you have any experience with geomatics related GNSS hardware then you should consider visiting the site and sharing your experiences, so others in the geomatics community can benefit from your input.

The top GNSS receivers based on views from the geospatial community on Geo-matching.com were:

  1.  X91 GNSS – CHC Navigation
  2. V30 – Hi-Target
  3. A30 – FOIF
  4. Zenith 25 – Geomax
  5. R10 – Trimble

However we think that you should keep in mind this top 5 list is based on website views and you should really go to Geo-matching.com yourself, read the available material and user reviews; then decide for yourself which total station is best for you.

Check out some more top 5 lists from Geo-matching.com that feature geospatial technical equipment:

Top 5 Total Stations 

Top 5 UAVs for Mapping and 3D Modelling

Gamma Spectrometers


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