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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 ]


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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.

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