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Online Toronto Historic Maps comparison tool

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 …

2016 Back to School Socials

2016 GoGeomatics Back to School Socials

2016 GoGeomatics Back to School Socials

Join the Geospatial Community as they come together to celebrate new-comers to the geomatics sector at the third annual Back to School Canada wide Social Event

GoGeomatics Back to School SocialsCanadianGIS.com have been involved in GoGeomatics Socials since 2010 when we helped start the first one in Ottawa, and are happy to again help support all the upcoming 2016 GoGeomatics Back to School Socials taking place in September.

GoGeomatics is inviting new and returning students to kick off the school year with other geomatics professionals at this free networking event. This is GoGeomatics way of welcoming the newest members of the Canadian geospatial community to the geomatics sector.

Everyone is welcome, from all areas of geomatics – from GIS, to remote sensing, to surveying, to cartography …  Events will be taking place in Halifax, Ottawa, Kingston, Niagara, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Nelson, Kelowna, and Vancouver – so find one near year and get out and meet someone else in the geomatics sector. Click the links above to RSVP, find out who else is  attending, see photos and comments from past events and much more.

Come share a pint with a great community, enjoy some free munchies, and have the chance to win prizes.

 

GIS Conference and Events in Canada

GIS Conferences and Events in Canada

[page last updated March 2016]

Attending professional GIS conferences or  geomatics related events is always a great way to stay current with what is happening in the geomatics industry and provides amble opportunity to enjoy a good time while networking and mingling with others in the geomatics sector. GIS conferences or geomatics related events - 2005 CIG Conference in Ottawa

Many professional organizations across Canada offer great geomatics related conferences and events every year, so we created the Canadian GIS Conference and Events section on CanadianGIS.com as a way to provide the geospatial community with free information about the various related conferences, events, workshops, training seminars and webinars that are being offered.

Our events section includes a variety events related to GIS, remote sensing, surveying, cartography, geography and all other geomatics disciplines (and from British Columbia to Newfoundland).

We are fortunate enough to be able to attend several GIS conference and events every year all across Canada so we also post summaries of past events (when we can) with photos for those that were not fortunate enough to attend but wanted to know how the conference or event turned out.

Listed below are some of the upcoming GIS conferences, events and webinars.  If you know of one that is not listed in our events section or are planning a geomatics related conference or event and would like to have it listed for free  and promoted out through the Canadian GIS & Geomatics networks then let us know.

[Note: This is a dynamic page that is updated regularly – so check back often]

2016 GIS Conference and EventsGIS conferences or geomatics related events

Past GIS Conference and Events

 

[This page was originally published May 2010]

Historical Maps of Toronto

Historical Maps of Toronto - Bird’s Eye View Chromolithograph
Explore Toronto’s past through Historical Maps

Historical maps of Toronto - Map of York 1812Historical Maps can be a great resource to help people learn more about certain geography at a particular point in time, help locate where our ancestors lived, or help us understand how a neighborhood or surrounding area changed over time. Because older maps were created by hand, they tend to be more artistic and visually appealing and thus can be attention grabbers.

Historical Maps have existed in libraries & various personal collections for years but thanks to advancement in digital technology and the internet, we have started to see more old maps being shared in the geospatial community.

The Historical Maps of Toronto blog created by historical maps enthusiast Nathan Ng provides simple and free access to a large selection of notable historical maps of the Toronto area that have been scanned from collections at the Toronto Library and the Toronto archives.  He started the site as a way to generate more curiosity for geography, and as a way to provide an easy entry point for people to discovery and further investigate historical cartography.

Maps on the site generally have public domain status (except where otherwise noted) and can be downloaded, printed and shared.

Some of the maps in the collection include:

Plus many more, click here for a full list of Historical Maps of Toronto maps available

Online Toronto Historic Maps comparison tool

Are you a resident of the Greater Toronto area and want to know what your community looked like 50 years ago?

Well Nathan Ng has also taken his blog a step further by teaming up with Esri to create the Online Toronto Historic Maps comparison toolThis free web application provides people with the ability to compare different places in Toronto through time from 2013 back to 1818.

Historical  paper maps from the Toronto Library and the Toronto archives were scanned, georeferenced, mosaiked and then combined so that people could compare them with one another using a simple easy to use interface that anyone could use.

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Professional Geomatics Associations & Groups in Canada

Professional Geomatics Associations & Groups in Canada

[last updated Aug 2014]

After a much debated and detailed discussion on LinkedIn it was determined that many people are not aware of all the Professional Geomatics Associations that are available in Canada nor witch ones they should become part of (especially since some cost money and most can not afford to join them all).

Professional Geomatics Associations & Related Organizations in Canada

Therefore I started this new section on the web site to cover some of the organizations that I am either a member of or know about. The plan will be to cover at least one of these professional geomatics associations in more detail every month. ( if you see one that I have missed from the list, think your organization or user group should be added or have some information to add to one of these then feel free to let me know. )

Professional organizations are great ways to network and discuss GIS topics with others in the same industry.

Here is my current list of professional geomatics related organizations in Canada with links to their web sites and then links to more in depth coverage about each one as they are added monthly to the web site [you also use the groups category listing or search tools to find more information on these].

Hopefully this section of the web site will help people discover /join more professional organizations and / or locate local user groups.

Professional Geomatics Related Organizations in Canada

CAG – Canadian Association of Geographers http://www.cag-acg.ca

CIG – Canadian Institute of Geomatics http://www.cig-acsg.ca

CRSS – Canadian Remote Sensing Society – http://www.casi.ca/cdn-remote-sensing-society currently part of CASI (Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute) but in the process of breaking off on their own
CRSS Ottawa Chapter http://www.casi.ca/ottawa-crss

CCA – The Canadian Cartographic Association http://www.cca-acc.org

GANS – The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia http://gans.ca – Read more information about GANS

CGU – Canadian Geophysical Union, Geodesy Section http://people.ucalgary.ca/~geodesy/

NACIS – North American Cartographic Information Society http://nacis.org

MGUG… – Manitoba Geomatics User Group http://www.mgug.ca

AGG – Alberta Geomatics Group http://www.albertageomaticsgroup.ca

OARS – Ontario Remote Sensing Society http://www.oars.on.ca/

GIAC – Geomatics Industry Association of Canada http://www.giac.ca (More for companies and corporations, then individuals)

Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) – Alberta Chapter – GITA is a nonprofit educational association

PSC – Professional Surveyors Canada http://www.psc-gpc.ca

ACLS – Association of Canada Lands Surveyors http://www.acls-aatc.ca

Professional Geomatics Related Organizations not in Canada but related or associated with the Canadian Geomatics Industry

URISA – Urban and Regional Information Systems Association http://www.urisa.org

GITA – Geospatial Information & Technology Association https://www.gita.org

  • GITA Alberta Chapter

ASPRS – American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing http://www.asprs.org

Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) – http://www.cartogis.org/ mostly American based

SCGIS – Society for Conservation GIS http://www.scgis.org/ mostly US based

Geomatics Professional Networking Groups

Canadian GIS & Geomatics Group – http://GeomaticsGroup.ca online networking with other Canadians in Geomatics (over 1900 members)

GoGeomatics – provides several free regional chapters that at pubs monthly – GoGeomatics.ca

GeoGeeks Fraser Valley Group – http://www.meetup.com/GeoGeeks-FV/ – Read more about GeoGeeks

Vancouver GIS Users Group – http://www.vancouverGIS.org

[originally published July 2010]

If you see one that I have missed from the list, think your organization or user group should be added or have some information to add to one of these then feel free to let me know.

 

MapYourProperty

Map Your Property

Map Your Property, an Innovative Mapping Application

Map Your Property (MYP), is an all in one innovative mapping application designed for property development and real estate industry. Ideal tool for urban planners and developers, it provides instant access to planning, environmental info and zoning maps. MYP makes use of over twenty-five opendata sets,  hundreds of maps and zoning information from the City of Toronto, Region of York, and Ontario Government.Map Your Property

Users simply enter their address into the search tool to begin and you then they are provided with different mapping layers overlayed ontop of their property, allowing you to determine its true development value. MYP is quick providing you your property details in only a few minutes thanks to powerful cloud data solutions.

MYP provides by-law zoning, floodplain, land use areas, and permitted uses using Ontario, Region, City, and Conservation Authority information.

Planning

Map Your Property

  • Municipal Official Plans
  • Toronto Bylaw 569-2013
  • Toronto Former By-Laws
  • Toronto Secondary Plans
  • Land Use & Zoning Policies

Provincial

  • Greenbelt Plan
  • Oak Ridge Moraine Plan
  • Protected Countryside
  • Growth Plan
  • Lake Simcoe Plan

WaterMap Your Property

  • Rivers
  • 1m contours
  • Floodplain (coming soon)
  • Top of Slope (coming soon)

Natural

  • Wetlands
  • Area of Natural and Scientific Interest
  • Wooded Areas

MYP currently only covers the City of Toronto and the York region but they are now working on expanding to include the entire Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Kitchener Waterloo regions. And are taking requests for other possible regions to cover.

Planning information is updated weekly directly from local sources such as the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, City of Toronto and the Region of York. For more information or to share your feedback go to MapYourProperty.com

 

DMTI Spatial & Intact Financial Awarded Technology of the Year Award

DMTI Spatial & Intact Financial Awarded Technology of the Year Award

This week, DMTI Spatial and Intact Financial were awarded the Technology of the Year award, Insurer category, at the 6th annual Insurance Canada Technology Conference (ICTC) for their work in implementing real-time location analytics technology at Canada’s largest insurance company.

DMTI Spatial and Intact FinancialThe risks presented by flood zones, elevation, or environmental factors can affect infrastructure development and insurance underwriting. To better understand these risks during the underwriting process, Intact Financial engaged DMTI Spatial to work on a solution that could easily integrate into their existing systems and processes.

Through DMTI’s location analytics tool, Intact’s 1,200 underwriters can now differentiate various risks based on the location and determine the most appropriate premiums. New quotes and active policies can, for the first time, be grouped to highlight concentration risks in a table form. Underwriters can also select a specific radius around a property to analyze. This function allows underwriters to view all properties within that radius (either active policies or new quotes being considered) in a table format.


TORONTO, March 13, 2015 – At the 6th annual Insurance Canada Technology Conference (ICTC), DMTI and Intact Financial Corporation were awarded the Technology Implementation of the Year award for their work in implementing real-time location analytics technology at Canada’s largest insurance company, resulting in a 15 per cent reduction in processing time. Judging for the ICTA is based on the positive impact that a specific technology or application of technology has had on business.

In 2014, Intact Financial tasked DMTI with building a real-time application that would integrate into the legacy underwriting systems and processes while allowing their team of underwriters to better understand the risks presented by existing and new policies during the underwriting process.

“We are honoured to be recognized as the ICTA Technology Implementation of the Year,” said Philip Kaszuba, President, DMTI Spatial. “As a leader in the insurance industry, Intact came to the project with a clear vision and a desire to leverage location to empower their underwriters with innovative analytical tools to better price and assess risks more efficiently. We’re excited by the results and strongly believe that this solution will help to meet evolving customer demands in the insurance industry.”

Leveraging DMTI’s Location Hub®, Intact implemented a mapping tool that provides a visual user interface within Intact’s underwriting systems, allowing underwriters to quickly identify risks and accelerate decision making. With this tool, underwriters can see properties on a map, street map data, existing risk layers, flood zones, elevation and proximity to water data and more.

“The entire underwriting community at Intact highly values the features associated with this new application,” said Alain Lessard, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lines, Intact Insurance. “The tool has a great visual component that makes it easier to see exactly where a risk is located and how it relates to other risks that Intact writes. We appreciate the efficiency it brings to the underwriting process, but more importantly, it helps us deliver on our promise to provide outstanding customer service and support by accelerating our decision making.”

The award-winning solution from DMTI Spatial has resulted in a 15 per cent reduction in processing time during the quoting process, making the payback period for this project six months. Contributing factors for this reduction included the ease of entering addresses as well as the reduction of errors when entering risk addresses. Further, the street map functionality quickly highlights concentration of risks in relation to environmental factors.

About Intact

Intact Financial Corporation (www.intactfc.com) is the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada. The company distributes insurance under the Intact Insurance brand through a wide network of brokers, including its wholly owned subsidiary, BrokerLink, and directly to consumers through belairdirect.

About DMTI Spatial

DMTI Spatial, a member of the Neopost group, is the Canadian market leader in location based information and data quality. For almost 20 years, DMTI Spatial has been providing industry leading location economics and Master Address Management (MAM) solutions to Global 2000 companies and government agencies. DMTI Spatial is the creator of market leading CanMap® mapping solutions, Location Hub® and maintains the gold standard for GIS location-based data in Canada. DMTI Spatial is headquartered in Markham, Ontario. Learn more at www.dmtispatial.com

Would you support a National Geospatial Student Union

Last September we were one of several sponsors who helped make the GoGeomatics Back to School Socials (which took place in numerous cities from coast to coast including Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Niagara, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver) a success.

GoGeomatics Managing Director, Jonathan Murphy had his team of group leaders ask attendees to participate in a career survey. One of the questions on the survey was “Would they support a Canadian National Geospatial Student Union if it provided opportunities such as co-operatives, job opportunities or internship positions?” (See actual questions asked here). 83% of the 200 participants responded that, they would support a Canadian National Geospatial Student Union.

Mr. Murphy told us that he added this question to his country wide survey because he feels that Canada does not have a credible organization that represents the interests of student and young professionals within the geomatics sector.

Would you support a National Geospatial Student Union?

National Geospatial Student Union - Geomatics students talkingWhen he was a student, he noticed there was a significant gap in the geospatial community, just like there is now even though there are several groups and associations that argue that they do represent Canadian geomatics students. However when you examine membership and the boards of these organizations you notice that they include members further on in there careers with different agendas.

Not only has GoGeomatics discovered that there is over whelming interest from students and young professionals to form a union that could unite students all across Canada but they have also found out that key members of industry and government, are willing to support such a group.

GoGeomatics knows that they can accomplish such a task on their own,so are seeking volunteers in the geospatial community that are interested in joining a steering committee to further explore creating such a student union. They are looking for a balanced group of people, not just students.

If you are interested in joining the steering committee or finding out what GoGeomatics thinks a Canadian National Geospatial Student Union would do the Canadian geomatics sector, then check out Mr.Murphy’s latest edition to the GoGeomatics Magazine for details.


University of Toronto – GIS for Environmental Management

 

University of Toronto GIS for Environmental Management

Programs: Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management ProgramUniversity of Toronto GIS for Environmental Management - School of the Environment, University of Toronto
Duration: 1 year (4 courses)
Location: (Anywhere in Canada – Online Program)

GIS has become a well known method for communicating spatial information and these days we tend to see more and more geomatics based applications pop up as GIS continues to spread out into more industries. A relative new term to geomatics would be ‘Environmental GIS’; one that is often used to describe using geo-spatial methods and tools to help develop and manage environmental strategies. The University of Toronto offers a Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management program that helps students build a solid foundation of GIS and Remote Sensing concepts and theory while developing skills related to environmental management.

The one year certificate programs is comprised of two required core GIS courses and two other geomatics related courses, all offered through distance education online over the internet.

“The School of the Environment at the University of Toronto specializes in innovative, completely on-line, distance education courses and certificate programs for working professionals. Our applied and professional programs are developed in collaboration with industry experts and taught by leading industry practitioners ensuring current and leading edge knowledge and skills. Courses are developed for mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs who need to enhance their expertise, internationally educated professionals augmenting credentials for the Canadian context and recent college and university graduates seeking to advance their careers, enabling all to excel. Make informed decisions: impact your profession. “

University of Toronto GIS for Environmental Management - University of Toronto - 3D GIS image

3D view in a case study from one of the courses of the Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management Program showing a 100 m raster buffer around streams.

Graduates of the Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management Program may also become eligible for the Environmental Professional in Training designation under the national certification program for Canadian environmental professionals. Certification is a highly discussed topic these days in many geomatics networks and can help establishes your professional credibility at a national level demonstrating to potential clients and employers that you have a unique combination of skills, practical knowledge, education and experience.

“Certification is crucial in the environmental sector where green-washing makes it difficult to separate the self-proclaimed experts from the real ones. It demonstrates an individual’s professionalism, commitment to the field, and desire to remain on top of current practices. It is also a measure of a professional’s competencies against verified standards, which set them apart from others in the industry.”

The program is designed for those that are new to GIS with no background knowledge of geomatics (although it never hurts to have some knowledge) so there are no prerequisites except a basic understanding of computers and Windows operating systems. In the first course students receive an introduction to digital mapping and spatial analysis techniques through GIS and then the other courses build upon that knowledge. Esri ArcGIS 10 software running on the Centre for Environment’s GIS server is provided to students so that they can access their course-work from virtually any computer with an internet connection and not need to worry about any troubles involved with installing GIS software on their own computer. The popular Esri ‘Virtual Campus’ online courses are also provided to students to use in the program.

All courses are self paced within a defined schedule led by an instructor that provides lectures and guides students through the material, assignments and training. Online courses offer flexibility and convenience for people who have started careers and families and do not have the luxury of being able to go back to school full time. This way they can study at their own pace and cut travel or relocation costs while adding geomatics skills and knowledge to their existing portfolio.

Contact Info

Donna Workman – d.workman@utoronto.ca (416)978-7077

Web Sitehttp://learn.environment.utoronto.ca/home/distance-education/programs/geographical-information-systems-(gis)-for-environmental-management.aspx or see the University of Toronto See the Course Web Site for more details.

[source: email & utoronto.ca]

 


GIS Conference and Events

GIS Conference and Events in Canada

Attending a professional GIS conference or  geomatics related events is always a great way to stay current with what is happening in the geomatics industry and provides amble opportunity to enjoy a good time while networking and mingling with others in the geomatics sector. Canadian GIS Conference and Events - 2005 CIG Conference in Ottawa

Many professional organizations across Canada offer great geomatics related conferences and events every year, so we created the Canadian GIS Conference and Events section on CanadianGIS.com as a way to provide the geospatial community with free information about the various related conferences, events, workshops, training seminars and webinars that are being offered.

Our events section includes a variety events related to GIS, remote sensing, surveying, cartography, geography and all other geomatics disciplines (and from British Columbia to Newfoundland).

We are fortunate enough to be able to attend several GIS conference and events every year all across Canada so we also post summaries of past events (when we can) with photos for those that were not fortunate enough to attend but wanted to know how the conference or event turned out.

Listed below are some of the upcoming GIS conferences, events and webinars.  If you know of one that is not listed in our events section or are planning a geomatics related conference or event and would like to have it listed for free  and promoted out through the Canadian GIS & Geomatics networks then let us know.

[Note: This is a dynamic page that is updated regularly – so check back often]

Past GIS Conference and Events

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