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40th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing

The 40th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing will bring together academics, practitioners, vendors, and policy makers from the geospatial community …

Download New Brunswick High Resolution Imagery

The Province of New Brunswick recently added a new online web application to their arsenal of online mapping and data tools. The new online web application allows the public to download high resolution digital aerial imagery acquired throughout New Brunswick available at a variety of image resolutions.

Canadian GIS Employment Resources

“One of the hardest jobs to do during your career will often be finding the job itself, especially in such a niche industry like Geomatics. However the increased use and exposure of the Internet has led to many great resources to help you out and we have taken the best resources and posted them here to help you. ”

Since 2005, CanadianGIS.com has been providing Canadians with the best employment resources available on the web. Here we maintain an updated ongoing list of employment sites or resources that provide Geospatial related Canadian jobs. If you see any missing from the list let us know …

Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

[List updated May 2016] Geomatics has become a pretty common term in Canada lately and includes many different disciplines such as  geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, cartography, land surveying, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), photogrammetry, geography and other related forms of spatial mapping.

Using acronyms and abbreviations is commonly practiced in the Geomatics industry and most of the time people just assume that everybody else knows what every acronyms and abbreviation stands for. Well that is obviously not the case most of the time and over the years I have created myself a little digital cheat-sheet of geomatics acronyms and abbreviations that I use with my work in my writing.

Here is a large collection of common acronyms and abbreviations that you may when working in the Canadian Geomatics industry.

Earth Observation for Water Resources Management

Earth Observation for Water Resources Management 400

Earth Observation for Water Resources Management

Earth Observation for Water Resources Management: Current Use and Future Opportunities for the Water Sector edited by Luis García, Diego Rodríguez, Marcus Wijnen and Inge Pakulski provides a series of practical guidelines that industry leaders can use to decide if remote sensing would be useful to solve their problems.

Water contributes to all aspects of economic and social development and although the use of remote sensing techniques for operational purposes in hydrology and water resources is not new, is has become a fast-growing industry.

“Water lies at the heart of economic and social development and is thus a critical factor in poverty reduction. Growing economies and populations require better water management to keep up with the demand for energy and food and to ensure access to safe water and adequate sanitation. Twenty-first century growth requires modern tools to help countries to understand their water challenges, risks, and options.

Remote sensing enables coverage over large areas and spans of time without heavy field personnel requirements, and its accessibility, reliability, and accuracy have improved dramatically in recent years. While both in situ and remote sensing measurements are subject to specific limitations, researchers have developed techniques that can combine or correlate data from both methods to benefit each other’s strengths.

Understanding the potential combinations of available options has been a challenge for many practitioners. For this reason, Earth Observation for Water Resources Management: Current Use and Future Opportunities for the Water Sector aims to shed light on the strengths and limitations of remote sensing in order to help specialists to provide decision makers with fast and reliable information.” Jennifer Sara, The World Bank Group

Earth Observation for Water Resources Management was the result of a collaborative joint effort involving the World Bank, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and the University of Arizona. It describes some key global water issues, perspectives for using remote sensing approaches, and why it is importance for water resources. The 11 chapter publication describes eight key types of water resources and various sensors that can help provide valuable information. The book concludes literature review on reliability statistics of remote sensed calculations.

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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 …

Digital Earth 2015 in Halifax

Digital Earth 2015 in Halifax

I first started attending conferences during University when it was required that we present our research work to professionals and other researchers in the Industry. Then the year I graduated was fortunate enough to attend the PDAC conference (now this was prior to the internet and my main focus then was to find a job in my field). PDAC is a large annual conference held in Toronto and the best conference I have ever attended. And I have been attending events & conferences ever since …. I find that although CanadianGIS.com and its social media accounts provide me great networking opportunities, it always better to have opportunities to meet other professionals in the geomatics sector and network one on one.Digital Earth 2015 in Halifax Nova Scotia

International Symposium on Digital Earth (ISDE), also known as Digital Earth for short, was held this past week (Oct 4th-9th) in Halifax. It’s goal is to bring global leaders from the geospatial community together to further discuss topics themed around “A One World Vision for the Blue Planet“.

Atlantic Canada is well known for having a rich history in the world of Geomatics

Digital Earth 2015 in Halifax Nova ScotiaAtlantic Canada is well known for having a rich history in the world of geomatics, tracing back to the post-war era when some of the earliest computer applications in surveying and mapping were developed, and integrated information systems for geographical applications began to be used.  This was also the second time that International Symposium on Digital Earth was hosted in Canada (the last time was 2001 in New Brunswick) since its inaugural start back in 1998 when former US Vice President, Al Gore gave his Digital Earth speech.

Digital Earth is meant to be an event that virtually represents our dynamic planet, encompassing all of its natural and social aspects together in a geographic framework for research and everyday applications. It provides a venue that allows the geospatial community come together to work towards sustainable development ensuring that what most of us take for granted will be here for future generations.

Digital Earth in Halifax explored a wide variety of geographic related theories, technologies, applications and achievements focused around planetary sciences, information technology, computer sciences, social sciences and big data.

Above is a video we created by combining photos & videos (ones we took as well as others from social media)

The five day conference was packed with multiple presenters from all over the world.  Three to four concurrent sessions took place at the same time several times a day, each with speakers taking up to 20 minutes each to present and discuss their topics. Keynote speakers (13 in all) took place in the larger main conference room and lasted between 40 minutes to an hour.NASA at Digital Earth 2015 in Halifax Nova Scotia

With almost 150 presentations, some presenters were able to speak several times. The down side of having so many presentations occurring in overlapping time slots meant that there were times when you had to choose to attend one presentation over another (and thus missed out on some of the talks).

Half way through the conference there was an Education Outreach program that was open to the public, providing hands on activities and scientific excursions aimed to help people better visualize our planet.

The Canadian Geographic Education provided one of their iconic giant floor maps and the Canadian Space Agency (with NASA) provided an opportunity to interact with some Astronauts as a way to get a better understanding of how large our Planet is and at the same time understand how small it is in comparison to the Universe.

Jeremy Hansen and Reid Wiseman together provided an amazing presentation about how big Canada is, and Keynote Dawn Wright from Esri at Digital Earth 2015 in Halifax Nova Scotiawhat it is like to live on the International Space Station. NASA provided detailed digital representations of geographic data on their large high definition hyper-wall (screen made up of 9 smaller screens).

Other social events included some pre-conference workshops, Student Career workshop, Opening and closing Receptions, a Pub Night, Celebration Ceilidh, Student Sociable, Mentor Lunch, and various tours to scenic areas across Nova Scotia.

Considering the wide array of speakers and broad topics covered, the action packed agenda, and the abundant opportunity to network, I think Digital Earth was a good conference. I myself attend several conferences and events in the geomatics sector every year and was fortunate enough to attend Digital Earth in Halifax and certainly would go again if it returned to Canada.

Below is a slide show of photos from Digital Earth 2015 in Halifax

Below are some tweets from Digital Earth 2015 in Halifax

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E-Book for International Geospatial Job Seekers

The International Employment Guide to Geospatial Careers in Canada is an e-book designed for international geospatial job seekers looking to move to Canada to work in GIS, remote sensing, surveying, geodesy, and geomatics engineering.

This guide brings together a wealth of information and expert advice in one easy-to-read manual.

PCI Geomatics Supports KazEOSat-1

PCI Geomatics has implemented support for KazEOSat’s sensor model

PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, announced today that it has implemented support for KazEOSat-1, an Earth Observation satellite owned and operated by the Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS), a division of Kazcosmos.PCI Geomatics - KazEOSat-1

KazEOSat-1 is capable of producing imagery of up to 1-meter panchromatic and 4-meter multispectral. The satellite was launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana in April of 2014, and reached operational readiness in July 2014. The sensor will produce imagery for the Kazakstan government to support decision making and policy in critical areas such as resource monitoring, resource management, land-use mapping, and environmental monitoring.

PCI Geomatics has implemented support for KazEOSat’s sensor model, which required modifications to both Geomatica and GXL. KazEOSat-1 was built by Airbus Defense and Space, and provides positional information that can be imported to build geometric models for the imagery. Geomatica and GXL have the capability to build precise satellite geometry models to properly position the imagery on the earth’s surface. The models can be further refined through the collection of a few ground control points to create highly accurate orthorectified imagery, Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and mosaics.

KazEOSat-1 can support three imaging modes – image strip, stereo imaging, and mosaic imaging. In addition, the sensor onboard KazEOSat-1, the New AstroSat Optical Modular Instrument (NAOMI), is capable of imaging in panchromatic, and four multispectral bands – Blue (445-520nm), Green (530-600nm), Red (620-690nm), and Near Infrared (760-890nm).

About PCI

PCI GeomaticsPCI Geomatics is a world-leading developer of software and systems for remote sensing, imagery processing, and photogrammetry. With more than 30 years of experience in the geospatial industry, PCI is recognized globally for its excellence in providing software for accurately and rapidly processing both satellite and aerial imagery. PCI has installed more than 30 thousand licenses, in over 150 countries worldwide.

Find out more about PCI at www.pcigeomatics.com