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McMaster University ESRI Development Centre

McMaster University ESRI Development Centre

McMaster University ESRI Development Centre

Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Program(s): Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Geography Degree with GIS Minor
Prerequisites: High School

Info:  The School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster has established a long history of teaching and research ESRI products. In 2008 McMaster became the first University in Canada that was designated an ESRI Development Centre(EDC).

The Graduate Diplomas and the GIS Certificate Programs are no longer being offered by the School of Geography & Earth
Sciences at McMaster University but they still offer GIS as a minor to either of their Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Geography Degrees. The minor in Geographic Information Systems allows students to study a combination of GIS and spatial analysis courses that are coupled with their Earth Science Degrees providing them an added edge over similar programs that are not fortunate enough to have an ESRI Development Centre at their school.

The McMaster GIS program emphasizes the development of a strong working knowledge of current ESRI GIS software and builds real world expertise and skills using state of the art desktop GIS tools and analysis for a wide variety of multi disciplinary applications.

Contact Info

1280 Main Street West
School of Geography and Earth Sciences
General Science Building Room 205
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 4K1
(905)525-9140 ext. 20118

See the GIS Course page  for more details.

 [sources: mcmaster.ca ]


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

Historic Bird’s Eye Views of several Canadian Cities

historic aerial image  of Halifax

Canada is certainly not an old country when compared to many others like France or the UK but it has been around long enough to have some very interesting history.

Here are some historic aerial images of major cities in Canada. It is interesting when you compare some of these with modern maps and aerial images, as then you can get a real appreciation on what urban sprawl looks like and how cities develop and spread over time.

The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) provide a service where you can obtain your own colour printed reproduction of any of the listed images below [note: the images that the links below point to are actually only thumbnails of the actual images that they repoduce]. Maps ordered are printed on acid free 70 lb paper with a size of about 55 X 70 cm. For more information about how to order historic map prints go to the ACMLA site

historic aerial image  of Ottawa 1893

 

Calgary, Alberta [1910] Dawson City [1903] Halifax, Nova Scotia [1879] Hamilton, Ontario [1894] London, Ontario [1872] Montréal, Québec [1889] Ottawa, Ontario [1876] Ottawa, Ontario [1893] Québec City, Québec [1905] St. John’s, Newfoundland [1879] Toronto, Ontario [1876] Vancouver, British Columbia [1898] Waterloo, Ontario [189?] Winnipeg, Manitoba [1881]

Also remember to check back to the new Historic Cartography section as more content is added weekly.

 

[image source: acmla.org]

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.

SMART (Spatial Mapping Academic Research Tools) Program

DMTI Spatial Supports Canadian Academia with SMART Program

For more than a decade, DMTI Spatial Inc. (DMTI) has been supporting Canada’s academic GIS community with the SMART (Spatial Mapping Academic Research Tools) program. The program assists a consortium of libraries at over forty Canadian universities and colleges, including the University of Toronto, York University and the University of British Columbia, reaching over 9000 students and faculty members annually.

The aim of the SMART program is to provide affordable access to data in support of social science, engineering, research, business and environmental geographic educational programs. Because of this program, Canada’s GIS students are able to work with many more hands-on, real-world examples, and be better prepared for their life after their post-secondary education is complete. The SMART program has helped individuals at member institutions with such impactful projects as determining emergency routes and plotting the best locations for hospitals and new energy sources. DMTI has lent continued support by providing licenses for its data products, including its CanMap® suite, to these institutions to use for teaching and research purposes.

“The SMART program really opened the door for academics wishing to use Canadian spatial data,” said Marcel A.J. Fortin, GIS and Map Librarian, Map and Data Library, University of Toronto. Mr. Fortin manages the program and plays an instrumental role in supporting the consortium of participating institutions. “Prior to the SMART program, there were few opportunities for university students and faculty to use quality Canadian mapping data for research and teaching. DMTI’s data is now very prevalent at SMART program institutions, being utilized in everything from first year lectures to more complex projects like advanced geocoding and the creation of 3D elevation models.”

“It was very generous of DMTI Spatial Inc. to provide Canadian academic institutions a suite of vector data, DEM, imagery and geocoding software through the SMART Program, especially at a time when geospatial data was not readily available or affordable,” said Trudy Bodak, Librarian Emeritus, York University. “At York University, the data was heavily used by graduate and undergraduate students for a variety of projects including plotting emergency routes, travel times and bicycle routes, and determining the best locations for new golf courses, hospitals and wind turbines. I always used this data as an example in my GIS Library instruction classes, because there is so much value and flexibility in using it for research analysis.”

Academia from coast to coast now continue to benefit from DMTI Spatial and their efforts to liberate access to Canadian GIS data.

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]

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

Humber College Online GIS Certificate

Humber College Online GIS Certificate

Humber College Online GIS Certificate

Location: Toronto, Ontario
GIS Programs:  Fundamentals of GIS Certificate

The Fundamentals of GIS Certificate program from Humber College is designed for every day practitioners such as office managers, technical professionals, and or support staff responsible for managing and using GIS data sets.Humber College Online GIS Certificate

It has been designed to appeal to many people from various disciplines such as urban planning, transportation, engineering, natural resources and business industries. 

The program is delivered via online format only so students can be located virtually anywhere in Canada and still upgrade their GIS skills while maintaining an everyday job.

 

Contact Info

205 Humber College Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario
M9W 5L7

ceappliedtech@humber.ca (416) 675-5094


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 Humber College GIS program then I encourage you to share them. You can either use the contribute more info form or the comment functionality below.

 

Geomatics Institute at Fleming

Fleming College Geomatics

Location: Lindsay, Ontario
GIS Programs: Specialist Geographic Information Systems – Cartographic Specialist, Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist, Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist (online)

Fleming College GeomaticsInfo: Lindsay, Ont., is home to the Geomatics Institute at Fleming College, located at the Frost Campus. Fleming has achieved an international reputation for innovation and excellence in Geomatics education, producing high caliber graduates, who are considered specialists in the field.

The Geomatics Institute is an ideal location for the study of Geomatics technologies. The campus is located close to the Greater Toronto Area, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Trent University. Both respected organizations have provided several academic and industry partnerships that support our academic initiatives, student applied projects and internships.

Fleming offers a choice of three graduate certificate programs: Geographic Information Systems – Cartographic Specialist, Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist, and Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist (online).

What Makes Fleming Geomatics Unique

Some of the unique benefits the Geomatics Institute at Fleming offers are:

  • Excellent, trained staff committed to the student learning experience
  • The very latest in leading edge software
  • Partnerships with Trent University and the Department of National Defence.
  • An award-winning academic reputation backed by solid relationships with industry and government partners who seek Fleming graduates
  • Constantly evolving programs ensure our graduates are well-equipped to meet the demands of industry and government in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.

Contact Info

200 Albert Street South
Lindsay, Ontario
K9V 5E6

Shawn Morgan, 705-324-9144 ext. 3012, shawn.morgan@flemingcollege.ca


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

 

[Note: This page was originally posted Feb. 5, 2009]

NOAA Interactive Weather Map

Weather StationThis link to an online web map was emailed to me recently and although it contains mainly American weather stations there are a good number of Canadian ones on there as well so I thought I would share it. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is an an Operating Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce that provides a National Weather Service.

The Weather Service provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.

Their operational server maintains a current database of meteorological and hydrological data, historical data, and written information generated by the NWS or other official sources.

In addition, their server accesses in real-time a selection of current weather observations, forecasts, and warnings from U.S. government sources for use by the national and international community.  They also offer many other Weather services on their website such as storm watch, alerts, local and regional information and much more.

NOAA weather map service

Moving the cursor over one of the symbols on the map will reveal data for the weather station of that area and is usually clickable, opening another web page with more information, details and measurements. It would be nice if they could expand a little further north to include all of Canada but in the mean time if you are located in Ontario, the Prairies or the Southern Rockies then maybe you can make use of this interactive weather mapping tool.

NOAA weather map service - Prince Albert SASK

Niagara Falls Online Maps & Data Downloads

Ever since I reviewed the GEONB online mapping application by Service New Brunswick (SNB) and started to investigate various Canadian Open Data Sources, emails have been flooding my inbox with information about other Canadian GIS resources that I should share with all the CanadianGIS.com viewers [Thanks for that! And keep them coming!].

So in an effort to fulfill  those requests, I have been taken some time to review some of the various technology and available data sets from across Canada and continue reviewing them in the GIS data section of the web site throughout the next few months. For one, to learn how well other sites compare (since SNB has set the bar pretty high) and then also to ensure that information about these great GIS resources are shared with others in the Canadian GIS community who can make use of them After all it is one thing to have great GIS information available but it is even better when people know about it.

Niagara Falls Open Data & Online MapsAmong some of the recent responses was an email from the City of Niagara Falls providing me with information about their Interactive Mapping Service  (IMS) known as the Falls Viewer, Niagara Falls Open Data sets and various GIS accomplishments by the Information Systems division. So I took some time, read the provided information, explored the website, tested out the online applications, downloaded some files and this is what I learned:

Niagara Falls, Ontario is located a historical Canadian city located on the Niagara River in the Golden Horseshoe region. It covers a land area of approximately 212 square kilometers including both urban and rural regions; it was incorporated in 1903 and has over 82,500 residents. This historical border city is most known for the world famous set of waterfalls, the American falls and the Horseshoe falls. These bring mass amounts of visitors to the region making it on of the major tourist attractions in the world.Niagara Falls Ontario oblique aerial photo

The City of Niagara Falls state that they are committed to improving services to their citizens, providing transparency and showing accountability with the most innovative and cost effective methods that they can provide. One of their newest initiative is to provide Niagara Falls Open Data (the capacity to provide online access to internal data in a standards compliant Web 2.0 way) on-line. They have designed their website to support the publication and distribution of public information in both viewable IMS,  and also in downloadable SHP & PDF formats. They are small but they hope that their efforts in the open government arena will help make them stand out from other municipalities.

A versatile Information Systems division creates and maintains GIS data for the municipality. They take advantage of the best software resources for their projects including Manifold, Autodesk Map 3D and Symposium plus various in house developed software applications. Windows operating systems are utilized with a SQL Server as the main database platform and most of their applications are running in 64 bit mode.

Buildings in the city of Niagara Falls Ontario CanadaThey no longer run ESRI products because they have found that they were no longer cost effective for their size, however the main data format for data exchange is still the industry standard shape file. The GIS department currently supports over 400 layers of information from various sources – mostly in-house research/information with some outside agency support. Property and addressing layers are maintained internally and unlike many other municipalities do not rely on Teranet / MPAC for anything except Quality Control. All data layers are based on UTM Zone 17 N coordinate system using NAD 83 datum.

Their website provides users with a variety of pre-made maps available in PDF format (such as a base map, zoning maps and a street map), a data catalogue of various downloadable data sets and also an Interactive Web Mapping Service called the Falls Viewer where users can create their own maps in their browser. There is also an Address Finder search tool where users can locate valid street addresses displayed on a location map as well as a Street and Address Master List where you can quickly look up the street address.

Niagara Falls Open Data & Online Maps

Niagara Falls Open Data & Online Maps - Falls Viewer online web map

The Falls Viewer (located on a separate domain – fallsviewer.ca) is a simple to use online mapping application that allows users to create customized maps of Niagara Falls using a wide range of provided data sets. They provide the option of using either a base map background or using a black and white orthophoto.

There are custom tools that allow you to add text and draw features, a select tool for selecting features in existing layers, a buffer tool, measure tool and many more. You have the ability to print your custom map or use the permalink option to generate a custom link to the map you have created, to share with others or to come back to in the future. They also provide plenty of useful help in the form of FAQ and video tutorials.

There were a few things that I didn’t like about the online viewer, I couldn’t figure out how to change any of the color of the layers , there was no option to export data from the viewers or import other data sets. However other then that it contained just about everything that you would come to expect from an IMS, therefor thumbs up to the efforts of the Information Systems division for implementing a great little web mapping application for the City of  Falls.

There are several  downloadable Pre Made Maps of Niagara Falls for those that need a map quickly or are not interested in making their own customized maps. And for us GIS users who have access to GIS software applications, they have also a open data catalogue with a multitude of data sets available in UTM Zone 17N, NAD 83 (see the Open Data FAQ for more details on the terms of use).

So it is pretty obvious that the GIS folks at the City of Niagara Falls have done a great job with their efforts of supporting open government initiatives by providing Canadians with data sets to use in their own GIS software applications and also for providing the Falls Viewer for those that do not have access to GIS software. If you have a need for data in the Niagara Falls region or just want to play around with available data sets then I recommend that  you take some time and check out the data sets and applications provided.

For more information about the Niagara Falls Open Data initiative, refer to their FAQ section, the Terms and Conditions or contact them directly (opendata@niagarafalls.ca) with your questions, concerns or input. They have mentioned that would love to have your input and feedback in order to continue providing great information and services .

[image sources: niagarafalls.ca]

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