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Vancouver Historic Maps and Plans

The City of Vancouver Archives (official repository for the records of the City of Vancouver) contains over 4000 Vancouver historic maps and plans that they have repaired, restored and scanned in JPG and TIF formats (TIF versions available for download via FTP), and made them freely available to the public to use. The collection is searchable and view-able in full resolution through their online database.

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.

 

Vancouver Map Flyover

Vancouver Map FlyoverVancouver Map Flyover

Check out this neat short film created by the talented people at Shortt and Epic using an old 1970’s relief map of Vancouver from the 1970s that was hung on the walls in the Department of Geography at UBC for many years.

[source: http://candiangeo.info/Vancouver-Map-Flyover]

 

 

The Department of Geography at UBC decided it was time to dispose of a relief map of Vancouver that had hung on its walls since the 1970s. My friend Jessica posted a picture of it on Facebook and I knew I had to have it! I picked it up immediately and the next day I sent Jessica this video to thank her for the lovely gift.

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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.


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]

iVAULT Web GIS Mobile

iVAULT Web GIS Mobile is released!

Vancouver, BC – June 3rd, 2013 – Pacific Alliance Technologies announced today that they have released  iVAULT Mobile and that it has has exceeded clients expectations. iVAULT Mobile was first released to some of their clients and who tested and provided  feedback that was incorporated into the final version.

“I like how iVAULT Mobile feels and it is working extremely well” – Richard Bennett, Geomatics Manager – City of Lloydminster

“iVAULT Mobile has significantly increased information accessibility by connecting to millions of iOS devices. It puts a large amount of detailed information on a very portable device” – Lionel Wang, GIS Coordinator – City of Port Coquitlam

iVAULT Mobile allows access to organization’s Web GIS from anywhere. Using iVAULT Mobile in the field, users are able to:iVAULT Web GIS Mobile on iPhone

  • Zoom to current location and view nearby assets
  • Create, edit, and analyze CAD and GIS data
  • Provide easy and timely data collection
  • Maintain the corporate database from the field
  • Increase productivity of the mobile workforce
  • Improve efficiency and accuracy of field operations
  • Increase citizen engagement

Workflows

With iVAULT Mobile, your business workflows can be enhanced by connecting them to field assets.

  • Some municipal operations that iVAULT Mobile can support and enhance:
  • As-built inspection
  • Bylaw infraction
  • Fire hydrant maintenance
  • Meter reading
  • Public service requests
  • Other processes include:
  • damage assessment
  • wildlife/health reporting
  • emergency response

Features

  • Full Administrator to set up your mobile site for various roles in a point-and-click interface
  • Take advantage of Mobile-specific tools, like GPS and camera, for your GIS needs
  • Work seamlessly on smart phones and tablets
  • Overlay your data on Google maps
  • Spatial tools: Bookmarks, Generate Buffer, GPS Location, Load User Layer, Measure, Quick Maps, Global Search, Redlining, Select In View, Select Nearest, Zoom To XY, Locate And Inspect Assets, Add Events, and much more.

Built with HTML5 and currently optimized for the iOS platform.

iVAULT Web GIS Mobile on IPADAbout iVAULT:
iVAULT is PAT’s web-based mapping solution that allows organizations to easily benefit from linking their existing data to a location. iVAULT is compatible with leading technologies: ArcGIS, MapGuide and Google. iVAULT is also integrated with our StarDyne sister companies’ software: Diamond, WorkTech, Vadim, Tempest – along with other leading financial and asset management software products. With iVAULT you can find, report-on and analyze your assets in the context of the neighboring historical and as-built information along with data from any of your business systems. http://ivault.pat.ca/

About Pacific Alliance Technologies:
Pacific Alliance Technologies (PAT) is a leading provider of CAD, GIS, web-based mapping and asset management software, specializing in the customization, implementation, training and support of these solutions. The company’s mission is to develop and implement GIS and Asset Management solutions that will help sharpen your competitive edge; enhance strategic planning and decision making; and increase your organization’s productivity. We configure our solutions to meet your needs. http://pat.ca/

Contact Information:
Ronnie Wahi, General Manager
rhw@pat.ca
(604)676.6000
Toll-Free: 1.877.691.9171

1917 Vancouver Mission Route Map

1917 Vancouver Mission Route Map

Above is a scan of a Vancouver Mission (British Columbia) Route Map  taken from The Automobile Blue Book published in 1917.

This map is one of many public domain images from PCL Map Collection that are not copyrighted so you are free to download them and use as you wish.

[Source: University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin www.lib.utexas.edu]

DMTI Spatial chosen as provider of geospatial data to the Federal Government

DMTI Spatial chosen due to high quality and comprehensiveness of its location-based data

 

 

DMTI Spatial Inc. (DMTI), Canada’s leading provider of Location Intelligence solutions, announced today that it has been awarded the Domestic Vector Data Set contract by Public Works and Government Service Canada (PWGSC).  The initial one year contract includes an option for the Government of Canada to extend the term by up to four additional one year periods, for a total potential value of $2.9 million.  They were awarded the contract after an extensive competitive procurement process and evaluation period, and was chosen due to the high quality of its CanMap® geospatial datasets.DMTI Spatial

This contract provides various federal government departments with critical location-based information to help make important policy and planning decisions affecting the lives of all Canadians.  Departments initially using DMTI’s data under this contract include the Department of National Defence, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.  DMTI’s data has been of assistance to numerous government initiatives in the past, including supporting the operations of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2010 G20 and G8 Summits in Muskoka and Toronto.

“This major contract win demonstrates confidence in our data from the highest levels of government,” said John Fisher, DMTI Spatial Chairman and CEO.  “DMTI’s data has proven to be of tremendous value to the government of Canada in the past and we are pleased to continue to support their needs on making key decisions.  This selection in the Federal Government’s competitive process underscores DMTI Spatial’s leadership role in Location Intelligence solutions.”

About DMTI Spatial Inc. 
DMTI has been providing industry-leading enterprise Location Economics solutions for almost two decades to Global 2000 companies and government agencies.  DMTI’s world-class Location Hub platform enables real-time decisions by uniquely identifying, validating, analyzing and maintaining a universe of location-based data.  Through a strong partner ecosystem, DMTI enables its customers to use location as a frame of reference to enrich customer, prospect, vendor and infrastructure insight with a wide variety of attributes to better identify risk and opportunity.