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TECTERRA Board Names Jonathan Neufeld as CEO

February 14, 2017 (Calgary, Alberta)TECTERRA & geospatial software announced the appointment of Mr. Jonathan Neufeld as the Chief Executive Officer. Neufeld has been with TECTERRA since 2011 and served as interim CEO since May 2016.

“We are delighted that Jonathan has accepted the Chief Executive Officer role. Under his strategic leadership, TECTERRA will continue to extend is offerings to accelerate the commercialization of geospatial technology in a broad range of industries.” said Heather Herring, Chair of TECTERRA’s Board of Directors.

Most recently Neufeld held the role of Director of Commercialization Programs where he provided direction and leadership in the definition, execution and management of TECTERRA’s investment and support programs. Prior to this Neufeld held technical and leadership roles within geomatics firms, including domestic and international operations. Neufeld has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering both from the University of Calgary.

“TECTERRA is a unique organization with a mission to support entrepreneurs and technology focused companies improve their odds of success” said Neufeld, “I am humbled and excited for the opportunity to lead TECTERRA as we enter a new phase of support for technology driven companies who are solving complex problems across traditional and emerging market sectors.”

As the hub for geospatial technology innovation across Canada, TECTERRA offers start-ups, small, and medium size technology companies a suite of investment and support programs to help accelerate the development and commercialization of new technology.

About TECTERRA

TECTERRA is a geospatial technology innovation support centre that supports the Canadian development and commercialization of geomatics technologies. The first centre of its kind, TECTERRA works with industry, entrepreneurs, researchers, and government affiliates to enable the use of geospatial technologies in addressing local, national and global challenges. Since its inception in 2010, TECTERRA has supported 219 companies, including 91 start-ups; and has placed over 330 highly qualified professionals into jobs across Canada. Overall, the organization has generated $202 million in actual economic impact to date.

Contact: Sarah Clark Manager, Marketing and Communications TECTERRA

Canadian GIS and Geomatics Twitter Account featured in GoGeomatics Magazine

Promoting Canadian GIS & Geomatics on TwitterPromoting Canadian GIS & Geomatics on Twitter

Recently Canadian GIS and Geomatics was featured in GoGeomatics Magazine as top Canadian geospatial Twitter Account.

Check out “Interview with Ted Mackinnon: Promoting Canadian GIS & Geomatics on Twitter” – published January 4th, 2017

CaGIS Annual Map Design Competition

The Cartography & Geographic Information Society’s Map Design Competition, open to all map-makers in the United States and Canada for maps completed or published during the current calendar year (2016).

The purpose of the competition is to promote interest in map design and to recognize significant design advances in cartography. Submit entries by January 31, 2017.

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.

Canadian GIS Education Programs Map

Are you looking for GIS education programs in Canada? Check out some of these College and Universities across Canada that are offering GIS programs or Geography programs with GIS disciplines. You can reveal the schools contact info by clicking on any of the points. A small window will open up, click the small right arrow in the window to reveal the info (clicking the down arrow will bring you back to the map).


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GIM 2016 Geomatics Business Guide (free)

The GIM 2016 Business Guide contains a series of interviews with key players and experts in the geomatics industry (including the article Trends in the Geomatics Market for 2016 by T MacKinnon), geospatial company listings, extensive product and market reports, an events calendar and more. It is distributed among subscribers of GIM International, visitors of international trade shows throughout the year and is available free as a downloadable online edition.

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 Conference and Events in Canada

Attending a geomatics event or professional conference is a great way to keep update about what is currently happening in the Geomatics industry and also an opportunity to have a good time while networking and mingling with others.

Many organizations across Canada offer great conferences and events, so the Conference and Events section provides free information about the various GIS related conferences, events, workshops, training and webinars that are available to or could be of related interest to other Canadians.

Some upcoming geomatics related conference and events in Canada include …

Discover How Geomatics is Helping to Shape the World’s Future

Discover How Geomatics is Helping to Shape the World’s Future at the GIM International Summit

Discover How Geomatics is Helping to Shape the World’s Future at the GIM International Summit

Today’s global society is facing considerable challenges, but geomatics holds the answers! That may sound a little immodest, but the inaugural edition of the GIM International Summit, which is being held from 10-12 February in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, will set out to demonstrate that this innovative sector is the key to a brighter future for the world. For the event organizers, one of their top priorities is to highlight to policymakers the huge range of opportunities the geomatics industry offers.

To underline the relevance of geomatics in solving the world’s problems, the organizers have secured a number of high-profile international speakers at the event – each of them heavyweights in their particular sphere. Just some of the experts visiting the Dutch capital to speak at the GIM International Summit include Swedish academic and statistician Hans Rosling, Norwegian economist and author Morten Jerven, South African professor of urban planning Vanessa Watson, and leading climatologist Pier Vellinga. In their keynotes, they will each suggest how geomatics can play a role in their respective areas of expertise. Delegates will then discuss and explore the topics further from a practical perspective in a series of interactive workshops.

These sessions are designed to encourage attendees to examine various challenges facing our world today and devise new and innovative ways of tackling them using geomatics techniques and technology. Under the capable guidance of organisations such as Kadaster, the European Space Agency (ESA), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the University of Twente and the University of Wageningen, there will be workshops on climate change, migration, property rights, food security, social justice, urban planning, water and integration for geo-IT. Thanks to such a diverse programme, there will be plenty of opportunities for inspiration, stimulation and cross-pollination of ideas, resulting in a very rewarding experience for delegates and – hopefully – some truly game-changing solutions for global society as a whole.

The venue for the event, which is an initiative of GIM International, the global trade magazine for geomatics, is Hotel Krasnapolsky in the very heart of Amsterdam. For more information or to register for one of the last remaining places, go to www.gimsummit.com.

For more information please contact Mr Wim van Wegen, wim.van.wegen@geomares.nl.


Ultimate List of GIS Formats and Geospatial File Extensions

The Ultimate List of GIS FormatsHow well do you know your GIS formats?

Because an unknown GIS file format can be every GIS analysts worst nightmare.

In a GIS career, a person will encounter a wide range of GIS formats. GIS technicians manage, share and create data in various geospatial data formats. Here is the Ultimate List of GIS Formats & Geospatial File Extensions, some are common while some are not so common.

 

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