Aethon is currently deploying a fleet of next generation airborne and UAV-based LiDAR acquisition systems that will be deployed regionally across North America along with cloud based processing technology.
Toronto is the largest city in Canada with over two and a half million residents and it is the fifth most populated area in North America. It is considered the economic capital of Canada as well as is one of the top financial centers in the world. If you are moving to Canada to start your GIS career then chances are you are going to want to search for jobs in the Greater Toronto Area.
Over the years Ottawa has evolved into a political and technological center of Canada and considered one of the best places to live in Canada.
Ontario is the largest province in Canada and includes both the largest city in Canada (Toronto) as well as the Nations Capital (Ottawa). The economy in Ontario is the largest in Canada, and nearly twice that of Quebec. Therefore, you will find a majority of businesses from the geomatics sector located in Ontario, providing many geospatial related job opportunities.
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 …
The Carleton University BA in Geomatics exploring various applications in planning, environmental and resources management, hazard mapping, demographics, market analysis, and education. Practical experience will be gained in geomatics, cartography, remote sensing, and quantitative analysis.
DJI Phantom Drone Ottawa Aerial Footage
Downtown Ottawa is the central area of National Capital Region and like many other down towns it is also the commercial and economic center. Situated along the Ottawa River Valley across the river from Gatineau, Ottawa is a scenic city as evident in this breathtaking aerial footage captured with a DJI Phantom Drone taken along the Ottawa River and the Ottawa Canal.
[Source: NickskibikeFilms CandianGEO.info/Ottawa-drone-aerial]
Bathymetry is used to measure water depths to help model physical underwater terrain found beneath large bodies of water. Similar to the same way that LiDAR models are represent 3D features (or relief) of land terrain, bathymetric maps illustrate the terrain or land that is located under large bodies of water.
Download Bathymetry of Lake Ontario pre-made maps and GIS data …
Event: 3rd Annual Precision Agriculture Conference & AG Tech Showcase
Theme: Turning Precision Agriculture’s Potential into Profit
Venue: Best Western Lamplighter Inn, London Ontario
Date: Tuesday, February 02, to 03, 2016
The 3rd annual Precision Agriculture Conference and Ag Tech Showcase, was held at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn in London last week. London and surrounding Area is recognized as one of the most agriculturally productive and richest areas in Ontario. The theme of this year’s conference was “Turning Precision Agriculture’s Potential into Profit”
Precision Agriculture Conference & AG Tech Showcase
The aim of this year’s conference was to share the innovative and best practices on a wide range of topics such as sensors, managing big farm data, software, UAVs and agronomy that help agronomists and farmers to unlock the full potential of the resources. This Annual event is quickly becoming one of the largest gathering of Agriculture experts, professionals and farmers in Canada, with specific emphasis on encouraging networking, building new as well as strengthening existing relationships.
The conference was inaugurated with a welcome address by Joe Dales, Executive Vice President Farms.com Ltd., who underscored the growing need for sustainability in farming practices. This was followed by Paul Schrempf, who spoke about the market dynamics involving farmers and retailers and the lack of cross platform compatibility among VRT, UAVs, Sensors and Imagery.
Steve Redmond, Precision Agriculture Specialist at Hensall District Co-Operative gave a brief history of Precision Agriculture in Ontario and where they were in adoption of this technology, advent of GPS systems. This was followed by Tim Marquis’s presentation on using the services offered by Weather Decision Technology.
The Trade show part of the conference was opened to the public and represented by most of the well-known service providers for precision Agriculture such as 360 Yield Center, AgLeader, Agri-Trend, DU PONT, Farm Credit Canada, Delta, Deveron UAS, Farms.com, GPS Ontario, Haggerty Creek, Hensall District, Huron Tractor, LaserAg, Practical Precision, Unmanned Systems Canada, Trimble, and many others.
- Precision Agriculture Agronomy Session by Aaron, Stephanie, Jac Nault & Jason Webster.
- Managing & Harvesting Your Farm Data by Karon Cowan of AgTech GIS
- Financing Agriculture Technologies Panel by Dr. Amit, David Macmillan, Dan & Wade Barnes.
- Variable Rate Fertility Overview by Mike Duncan and Rick Willemse.
Following a short break. Jason Tatge, President, Farm mobile presented on “Farm Data Management”, in which he underscored why data is one the most valuable things a farmer harvests. That was followed by Agri-Trends Founder Rob Saik’s presentation on “Building a Dream from the ground up” and how his team has been working on building a network of Agri and Geo Coaches to help farmers.
A welcome reception was held at the trade show to encourage conference delegates to visit the trade show booths and meet Precision Ag experts, socialize with attendees, and network.
On the second day of the conference registration started early followed by breakfast and opening of the Trade show.
The early bird breakout session had two concurrent sessions about:
- Precision Agriculture Technology Results by Paul Raymer, Practical Precision.
- Introduction to LaserAg-Revolutionary New Soil Testing Systems and Workshop by Jacques Nault, LaserAg-Logiag Inc.
In the Opening main session, there were two presentations:
Lisa Prassack, a well-known Agri Food Innovation expert presented on “The future & potential of Technology in the Agriculture & Food Industry”, in which she underlined the importance of farmers storing their farm data.
Nevin McDougall, president Agro art Group, spoke about “Why Innovation & Sustainability Strategies Are Critical to Your Farm & Business Success”.
There was a Precision Agronomy & Research Panel Presentation by Noah Freeman, Jason Webster and Dale Cowan and then following a Coffee break there were breakout concurrent presentations on:
- Unmanned Systems: UAVs, Images, Services & Regulations by Felix Weber, Norm Lamothe and Charles Vidal
- Farmer Software & Technology Update by Chris Creek and Glen Kroeker
- Back to Basics – The Evergreen Revolution by Greg Patterson
- Precision Farm Machinery Update by Darryl Lacey and Greg Kitching
- Variable Rate Seeding Trial, Fungicide Trial & Trial Best Practices by Dale Cowan and Ben Gist.
A Luncheon Keynote Presentation about “Innovation & Agriculture Business Outlook for 2016” by J.P Grevis and Aron Gampel followed the lunch break. A Farmer Panel was moderated by Lisa Prassack in which four farmers from various parts of North America described their experience in Precision Agriculture and interacted with experts, following which, Wade Barnes, President, FarmersEdge presented on “What Farmers Are Doing in Western Canada / USA”.
The last breakout concurrent presentations were:
- Overview of FarmersEdge by Wade Barnes
- Future of Agriculture Imagery & Satellite Services by Andrew Pylpchuk
- BASF Compass Software Introduction by Andrew Elgersma and Neal Dilawri
- Full Season Nitrogen Management Solutions by Stephanie Smith
- Zone Smart, Soil Mapping, Management Zones by Nicole Rabe, Mike Duncan and Dan.
Finally, Joe Dales and Steve Redmond provided the Final Wrap Up presentation and highlighted the various proceedings and outcomes of the Conference and the future outlook of the Precision Agriculture industry.
There is an growing need of Skilled resources in Geospatial Technology who can use High Resolution imagery from Satellite, Airborne Imagery in Agriculture Applications , the outlook for the Precision Agriculture Industry is very promising and is poised to become a $4 Billion industry within a few years.
The Conference proved to be a major boost for the Canadian precision agriculture industry in general and Ontario in particular. Some of the new products launched in the conference such as the LaserAg, look very promising for the industry, the enterprising spirit of the speakers was amazing, the conference was well organized and conducted.
Contributing Author: Hari Shankar Reddy Yeruva, GISP is a Technology Evangelist on a mission to engage with professionals, educators and students that drive excitement around Geospatial Platforms. As an Evangelist he explores every possible opportunity to reach and inspire technical audiences to successfully discover, understand, deploy and operate the core and unique Geospatial Technologies within their chosen domains. He believes in the concept of “desperately learning” and that learning is imperative if we want to solve some of the challenges our world is facing.
— Farms.com Ontario Ag (@OntAg) February 3, 2016
— Farms.com Ontario Ag (@OntAg) February 3, 2016
— Joe Dales (@Joe_Dales) February 3, 2016
— Farms.com Ag News (@FarmsNews) February 3, 2016
Recently, someone contacted me looking for information on where they could find topographic map data for the Thunder Bay area, so I assumed that they must have already checked the Canadian data page, so suggested that they check out the Ontario Basic Mapping web site (OBM).
The Ontario Basic Mapping (OBM) site by the Geography Network is a great online resource with simplistic interactive interface that provides users tools to create customized map views and the ability to download various topographic base mapping data for the entire Province of Ontario. The site contains GIS layers created from 1:10,000 base maps from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources that people can download including layers for transportation, water, municipal, elevation, parks and conservation areas.
Today I have included more information about the OBM including a video on how to download free topographic data from the site.
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