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GIS and Geomatics Jobs on LinkedIn

For years now LinkedIn has proven to be a powerful online career tool that people have been including in their job hunting arsenal of tools. Besides some the more obvious features that it provides (such as online portfolios, resumes available 24/7, job postings and recruiters) it has allowed people to network with others in the same industry much easier, often connecting with people well beyond their geographic regions.

The Canadian GIS & Geomatics group  for example has grown to over 2000 members in the past year, and contains a wide range of active geomatics people from Newfoundland to British Columbia who have a wide range of backgrounds, knowledge and experience (GIS, Cartography, Remote Sensing, LIDAR, Surveying etc.).

BA in Geographic Analysis at Ryerson University

Ryerson University Geographic Analysis

Ryerson University Geographic Analysis

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Programs: Undergraduate Program – Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Analysis

The BA in Geographic Analysis program is offered by Department of Geography. It is a program that emphasizes the application of geographic skills in a research and problem solving environment. The goal of the program is to provide students with a unique combination of theory, analytical techniques and computer skills which will enable them to work effectively and independently in a variety of employment and graduate research settings after graduation. The program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Specializations:

  • Retail/industrial location
  • Recreation studies
  • Environmental and Resources Management
  • Urban Analysis
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


Contact Info

350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 2K3

info@geography.ryerson.ca (416) 979-5000 ext. 5038
Sally Wong, Program Administrative Assistant sally.wong@ryerson.ca

See the Course Web Site for more details.


If you are a student, facility or someone who has any more knowledge, feedback or comments to share about the GIS  at Ryerson University then I encourage you to share it . You can either use the contribute more info form or the comment functionality below.


Niagara College

Niagara College GIS Certificate

Location: Niagara on the Lake, Ontario
Program(s): GIS Certificate
Prerequisites: University degree or College Diploma

Niagara College GIS CertificateAt Niagara College they combine GIS, remote sensing and geodatabase management together throughout the three terms. The one year GIS Certificate program at Niagara on the Lake Campus includes a thesis project that students work on for the whole term while working along side with employers to help design and implement real world GIS projects.

Niagara continuously updates their GIS program to meet the changing and evolving needs of the Geomatics industry. A full year long thesis project is required where students get to work with real employers designing and implementing real world GIS skills on a real world project. The Niagara College offers a $750 bursary to eligible students who are enrolled in full time Graduate Certificate Program such as the GIS program.

“When deciding to go back to school at the age of 36, I wanted to get into the Niagara College GIS / Geospatial Management program. When I found out that I needed to have a degree or relevant work experience to get in; I spent 5 ½ years in university to obtain a BSc. in Geography.

This program is THAT highly regarded.

While centered mostly on ESRI software and products, this program also provides experience in MapInfo, Manifold, AutoCAD Map 3D, ERDAS Imagine as well as various elements of programming. The best part of this program is the year long thesis project in which students apply to and partner with industry to provide real world GIS solutions to real clients.

While the program can sometimes be demanding, students will be incredibly prepared to enter the workforce. I do not know one person who ever regretted taking this program. The skills I learned in the program I use every day. ” Darren Platakis – Niagara College GIS Graduate

See the Course Web Site for more details.

[sources: niagaracollege.ca / wikipedia.org / Darren Platakis]


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GIS at Fanshawe College

 Fanshawe College GIS Graduate Certificate Program

Fanshawe College GIS

Location: London, Ontario
Program(s): GIS Graduate Certificate Program & a GIS / Urban Planning Diploma
Prerequisites: University degree or College Diploma / High School

Info: The one year Fanshawe College GIS Graduate Certificate Program at the School of Design is actually an eight month intensive program that prepares graduates from College or University for employment opportunities in a wide range of industries that everyday utilize both spatial and tabular data sets. Their program is hands on project based and industry leading software intensive training, Students gain a solid foundation of GIS skills coupled with leading edge industry techniques to

learn the skills that can provide spatial solutions.

In Fanshawe’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program, you’ll learn a complete range of GIS skills to help you increase your marketability. This eight-month intensive program will prepare you for employment in a wide range of land-based industries that require expertise in the use of spatial and tabular data.

Career Opportunities for graduates are to become GIS Specialists, GIS Programmers, Spatial Database Specialists, or GIS Analysts in either the GIS software industry, various levels of government of any private industry that makes use of spatial geomatic technologies. Their web site states that this program is open to International Students.

Fanshawe College also offers a GIS / Urban Planning Diploma that does not require a College or University background. This program focuses on the many uses of land and resources found in both rural and urban areas. Students learn how to design ideal communities, plan and co-ordinate land development, build and maintain geographic databases, using a combination of GIS, CAD and graphic design technology. The program is considered to be hands on providing industry experience through paid co-op work terms.

Graduates of this program tend to work in all different levels of governments, different land development companies, as well as many planning and consultant agencies. Some students even qualify for further education with the Urban and Regional Planning degree program through Ryerson University.

Contact Info

1001 Fanshawe College
London, Ontario
N5Y 5R6
GIS Program: Rick Oskirko (519) 452-4430 ext. 4322 roskirko@fanshawec.ca
GIS / Planning Program: Russell Schnurr (519) 452-4430 ext. 4322 E-mail: rschnurr@fanshawec.ca
See the GIS Course page or GIS / Planning Program page for more details.

 [sources: fanshawec.ca ]


If you are a student, facility or someone who has any more knowledge, feedback or comments to share about the GIS programs at Fanshawe College then I encourage you to share it . You can either use the contribute more info form or the comment functionality below.

Ontario Medical Association turns to DMTI Spatial

OMA Turns to DMTI to Develop Province-Wide Routing Table for Physician Incentive Research

By: Phil Kaszuba, Vice President & General Manager, DMTI Spatial

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) needed to build a province-wide database to perform multiple pieces of analysis regarding all doctors and facilities in Ontario. This initiative was partially driven by the needs of various incentive programs that use a “rurality index” that measures where doctors were located in relation to the population and health centres. Driven by a federal mandate handed out to all provincial medical associations, the OMA needed an effective way to assess access to care in rural areas of the province, in order to then place doctors closer to their patients and facilities.

Phil Kaszuba, Vice President & General Manager, DMTI Spatial

The OMA approached DMTI as they had previously established a strong relationship with them to obtain data such as Postal Boundaries. Not only was DMTI up to the challenge of helping the OMA with this project, but their Professional Services Department was able to develop a new custom algorithm to complete the routing in a time previously believed impossible. As a final product, DMTI delivered a reliable, centralized database in the form of two routing tables.

The first table provided the shortest driving distance between any two postal codes in the province. The second provided the shortest total time between any of these same points. These tables consisted of over 142 billion records, the largest data delivery in DMTI’s 18+ years, and one of the largest in GIS history. This centralized database will allow the OMA to perform numerous economic analyses, including meeting the federal mandate of determining appropriate physician incentives in rural areas.

The full case study can be found at: http://bit.ly/Wecupa

[source: email from DMTI Spatial]

Memorial (MUN) GISciences Diploma Program

Memorial University of Newfoundland GISciences Diploma Program

Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN)

Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland
Program: GISciences Diploma Program

MUN GISciences Diploma Program

The diploma program in Geographic Information Sciences (GISciences) at Memorial is an intense 30 credit program offered to students that are currently registered in a Bachelor of Arts or in a Bachelor of Science Degree (Also can be offered to students whom have already completed a degree at another recognized university (see their web site for more details) .

The program is made up of a from a variety of cartography, geographical information systems, and remote sensing courses along with two field courses that help provide students with real world opportunities to apply skills and knowledge learned in class.

Students will learn to compile geo-referenced databases, design and produce maps, analyze data in geographic information system environments, produce digital elevation models, and extract information from aerial photographs and satellite images.

GISciences Diploma Program - 1919 Geological Map of Newfoundland

Graduates leave the GISciences program understanding and appreciating how cartography, geographic information systems and remote sensing are integrated with one another into the field of Geomatics.

Contact Info

Department of Geography
Memorial University
St. John’s Newfoundland
A1B 3X9
geog@mun.ca (709) 864-7417

See the Course Web Site for more details.

[source: mun.ca ]


If you are a student, facility or someone who has any more knowledge, feedback or comments to share about the GIS program at Memorial University of Newfoundland then I encourage you to share it . You can either use the contribute more info form or the comment functionality below.

Geomatics at Ryerson University

Ryerson University Geomatics

Ryerson University Geomatics

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Programs: Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Analysis, Post-Graduate GIS Certificates, Master of Spatial Analysis (MSA), Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in Civil Engineering (with a Geomatics Engineering option)

Ryerson University located in Toronto, Ontario is probably best known as a public research University. The university is composed of 31,000+ undergraduate students, 2,200+ graduate students, and 65,000+ continuing education students. The institute has built a solid reputation over the years and is well known for the programs that it offers with the majority of them emphasizing applicable hands on skills and training. As a result, Ryerson University has established it self with a reputation for producing career ready graduates ready for the work place.

Ryerson University offers a number of various options to people who want to pursue a Geomatics career with several programs witch we cover here briefly. If you are in the Toronto area and want to study Geomatics then you should contact the web sites and contact people mentioned to find out more information to help aid your decision.

Contact Info: Each program has a different contact person, so click on the program below that you wish to obtain the contact information for:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Analysis
  • Post-Graduate GIS Certificates
  • Master of Spatial Analysis (MSA)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in Civil Engineering (with a Geomatics Engineering option)

Ryerson University Geomatics

Submit an Online Web Mapping Site

Online Web mapping involves designing, implementing, generating and delivering maps to end users via the Internet through common web browsers, allowing people to use maps interactively with out needing high end software. Web GIS is very similar to web mapping but provides analysis, data processing, publishing and other GIS abilities. Often these two terms are used synonymously, even if they are not exactly the same product. None the less both have been increasing exposure over the past few years, a major accomplishment for the GIS industry and since Web mapping can not exist without GIS, (and for simplicity) we have combined these all into one category here on the site.

internet with globe - web mappingOur web mapping section examines the various online web mapping and web GIS applications that have been created all across Canada.

Some of ones that we have covered are ones that we use on a regular basis, some that we stumbled across and some have been submitted to us by others. So as you browse through the our Web mapping section category you will find that are a wide array of online mapping applications with Canadian content being offered via the internet from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.

Some notable one that has been covered so far includes:

 Plus many more that you can find here

Our aim is to continue covering all the great Online Web mapping in Canada so we would love for others to submit online web mapping applications that either they have created themselves or ones that they are aware of but we have yet to cover on our site. Simply use the form below …

For better decision-making: iVAULT 5.0 Web GIS

MISA BC Conference, Mission, BC – iVAULT 5.0 brings web GIS into the Information Technology (IT) mainstream.   This major new iVAULT release allows clients to use their web GIS publishing engine of choice, providing IT Managers with flexibility previously not available from web GIS.  iVAULT 5.0 has a new consolidated administrative interface, allowing our customers to seamlessly move between publishing engines from Esri, Autodesk, Google and the open source community.iVAULT5

The new active directory integration further eases web GIS administration by using existing credentials for logging into iVAULT. Finally, the new form designer provides easy configuration of iVAULT’s web forms allowing the IT Department to better support the user’s existing workflows.

IT Managers will also be pleased with iVAULT 5.0’s new integration engine to configure application-level integrations – eliminating messy data duplication.  In addition, with iVAULT 5.0’s certified application level integrations, our customers can rest assured that their supported integrations are being maintained with each new release of iVAULT and their integrated business systems.

Increased Return on Investment

Many of the improvements in iVAULT 5.0 provide the benefits of Web GIS at a reduced cost to the organization.

  • Liberate your application development from expensive consultants
  • Configure the Web GIS yourself
  • Deploy easily and fast
  • Reduce costs of desktop software licenses

Combine Distributed Data Sources

iVAULT 5.0 aggregates publicly available data from sources like Bing, Google, Esri and Open Street Maps together with your corporate data to facilitate your decision-making process.

  •  Use powerful analytics and work management capabilities to source revenue that has been hidden in your databases
  • Enable hyperlinking to web based document management systems to deliver service cards, as-built drawings, etc. to your web GIS

 Increase Community and Client Engagement

iVAULT 5.0 integrates crowd sourced data to provide the latest information through your web GIS.  Very quick and responsive, this can be the best way to source rapidly developing information in an emergency situation.

  •  Map social media feeds (Twitter, YouTube and Flickr)
  • Link to online map services from ArcGIS Online and Community Maps
  • Enable collaborative mapping. Share data internally and with customers
  • Work across browsers and operating systems

Deliver the reports you need through the Web GIS

Infrastructure information is important to many members of your organization.  Municipalities have gotten on-board with the document delivery capabilities of iVAULT to produce reports required to meet regulatory compliance like PSAB 3150.

  •  Search, query, edit, report, and view data from multiple business systems and locations using the iVAULT Web Module
  • Populate standard data into your database by editing forms
  • Produce reports easily, from mailing labels to asset inventories
  • Locate field assets and track maintenance from any location

 Make it Personal

 A personal experience is a better user experience.

  •  Personalize and brand your own Web GIS system
  • Manage access, reporting and editing of the database based on user login
  • Configure your own forms with the standard controls built in the form generator

 iVAULT has an innovative modular framework:

  •  Administrator Module: enables your organization to configure all aspects of the Web GIS
  • Data Editing Module: enhances your reporting, sharing and updating capabilities
  • Analytics Module: provides enhanced analytics tools for better decision-making
  • Integration Module: rapidly integrates your data and systems
  • Cloud Module: allows organizations to produce, edit, store and manage maps, data and other geospatial information through a cloud-based geospatial content management system
  • eCommerce Module: Save money, time and resources by monetizing your web-based GIS services.

Sign up for an Upcoming Free Webinar or visit http://ivault.pat.ca for more information


Pacific Alliance Technologies (PAT) is a leading provider of CAD, GIS, Web GIS and asset management software, specializing in the customization, implementation, training and support of these solutions. The company’s mission is “To develop and implement GIS and Asset Management solutions that will help sharpen your competitive edge, enhance strategic planning and decision making, and increase your organization’s productivity. We configure our solutions to meet your needs.”

iVAULT is PAT’s Web GIS solution that allows organizations to easily benefit from linking their existing data to a location. iVAULT is compatible with leading technologies: ArcGIS, MapGuide and Google. iVAULT is also easily integrated with financial and asset management software products.

 For more information, call  at 1.877.691.9171, ext.2 or email us at sales@pat.ca.

 [Content provided by Pacific Alliance Technologies]

Comparison of Free Online Map Sites ‘Bing Maps vs Google Maps’

Comparison of top Free Online Map Sites - 'Bing Maps vs Google Maps'

Online web mapping for most people is still a relatively new concept; however it has actually been around now for many years now, long enough that a good majority of us now take it for granted. And like many other great products from our modern society there are always various versions or brands that tend to shine and become more popular than the others.

They have evolved so much over the past few years that I am sure you have noticed that even more people have them with them everywhere they go via, GPS navigation units, net books, tablets, smart phones and other portable devices. And hopefully you have already discovered the web mapping section on CanadianGIS.com about the many great Canadian online web maps that are out (and grows every month) to help make our lives easier.

 Ottawa - Ontario - Google Maps View 1I remember when I first started out in GIS, how it was always challenging to explain to people what I did for a living (and that I did not actually just make the road maps they bought at the gas station).

Now days it has been much easier to explain to people what GIS is thanks to the rather recent increased knowledge about GIS and Geomatics due to more people using the basic free online mapping services like Google or Bing Maps.

Therefore I thought it was time to look at perhaps the two most common free mapping services that most of use all the time to see, how they compare to one another and how they have evolved over the past few years.

 Google Maps – maps.google.ca

So I will start off with Google Maps since I am sure most of us have come across a map generated in google or a website using Google before.

Google Maps is a web mapping service that powers many online map-based services, such as the main Google Maps website, Google Ride Finder, Google Transit, and embedded maps on thousands of websites that use Google Maps API.

Google Maps as we know it know started off as a little C++ program designed by two brothers Lars Rasmussen and Jens Rasmussen from the company Where 2 Technologies. Originally it was a stand-alone program that you needed to download and was not a web based product like it is today. In 2004 Google acquired their company and then transformed the mapping software into an interactive web application.

The first version released in 2005, was based on raster tiles organized into quad tree schematic layouts with the data loading done via XML & HTTP requests. Google uses JavaScript to serve the map data into your browser application. Perhaps the big thing that made Google’s product stand out from the others was when they provided code that allowed other users to integrate maps into their own websites (e.g. CanadianGIS.com).

Vancouver - Google Street View 1

Google Maps offers street maps, and a routine planner that can be configured for the method you are traveling (whether it is by foot, car, bike, or via public transportation). It also has an urban business locator for numerous countries in the world.

In 2007, they added Streetview, which provides users with a 360° captured view of streets in most major towns and cities. Basically a system was designed with multiple cameras that were mounted to the roof of vehicles that could capture data on all sides of the vehicles as the vehicle drove down the street.

Some areas are obviously covered better than others, but the project continues so more areas are covered as time goes on. They also incorporate satellite imagery and aerial photography in many places as well (whenever data sets are available); with the ability to produce quick Hybrid style maps containing map layers, labels and imagery fused together into one mapping product.

The Google Maps application has been pretty rock solid providing others the ability to show case their own mapping data without the need of purchasing high-end GIS mapping software.

Next up will be Microsoft’s Bing Maps. Click Here to continue reading …

 

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