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  • Vancouver GIS Users Group
    e r g i s O R G Our Purpose The Vancouver GIS Users Group is a group of GIS professionals using geographic information systems for spatial data management analysis and visualization Formed to facilitate communication between people working in all areas of GIS the users group meets monthly to allow its members to learn more about current activities and technologies within the industry and to network with their peers

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  • Upcoming speakers
    end users This presentation will show various ways in which damage results can be shown and how the cartographic elements can change the perception of the results Bio Carol Wagner is a GIS analyst with the Geological Survey of Canada Natural Resources Canada and has been in the mapping business for almost 30 years Starting out in Remote Sensing analysis she worked for Ontario Hydro followed by some small consulting

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  • Meeting Information
    n c o u v e r g i s O R G Meeting Information The Vancouver GIS Users Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5 30 pm from September to May at the Geological Survey

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  • Past speakers
    several geo spatial modelling projects along with orthorectification georeferencing image interpretation and mosaicking of satellite and airborne data Naz leads the Canadian Mapping Group at CB Richard Ellis and also chairs the Metro Vancouver MapInfo User Group October 13 2010 Topic Come to UBC Library for a tour of the new GIS Research Data Lab The lab provides a space for long term project work by UBC students faculty and researchers who need access to GIS and statistical software Tom Brittnacher the GIS Librarian will give an overview of the library s GIS facilities and services followed by a tour of the lab Speaker Tom Brittnacher UBC Bio Tom Brittnacher joined the staff of UBC Library in August 2009 Originally from southern California Tom has a B Sc in Geography an M A in Urban Planning and a Master of Library and Information Science He worked for many years as a GIS Technician and GIS Analyst for consulting firms before moving into academia in 2006 Previously he was the GIS Librarian at the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee September 15 2010 Topic Taking a Geographic Approach to Forensic Investigation Speaker Clarence Lai P Ag BC Coroners Service The BC Coroners Service is responsible for the investigation of all unnatural unexpected and unexplained deaths as well as the identification of all human remains in the province In 2008 the organization was propelled into the spotlight when a series of feet washed up on different parts of B C s shoreline To aid the investigation the Coroners Service consulted with GeoBC Integrated Land Management Bureau to explore combining mapping with traditional investigation methods to enhance the process of identifying remains Working with GeoBC the Coroners Service developed an Identification Information Management Model that uses GIS to compile its information on missing persons and human remains with spatial data from a variety of sources Presenting information on maps has provided a new way to discover patterns and relationships that help the Coroners Service to effectively connect and resolve cases Web links ESRI Article BC Premiers Award Discovery Channel Bio Clarence Lai is a Spatial Information Analyst at the BC Corners Service For the last 2 years his primarily role has been to develop and implement geospatial tools and concepts to support the identification of all human remains in the province Prior to joining the Coroners Service Clarence worked with the Integrated Land Management Bureau supporting various natural resource management initiatives from protecting species at risk to emergency deployments for wildfire and flooding seasons Clarence holds a professional designation in Agrology and he also works closely with other Agrologists and planners to help support agriculture opportunities and reduce land use conflicts in various communities in the province May 12 2010 Topic Vancouver GIS Users Group May 2010 Show and Tell Vancouver GIS Users Group Show and Tell is our annual networking event This is a great opportunity to showcase your recent projects learn about your colleagues work and catch up with friends and meet new ones in a casual friendly environment April 14 2010 Topic Extending ArcGIS Desktop for Fish Habitat Identification Using Digital Elevation Models DEMs Speaker Frank Poulsen Systems Analyst ESSA Technologies Ltd raditional techniques for understanding aquatic habitat in streams have focused on manual measurement of instream conditions Such techniques are labour intensive and often costly to perform over the spatial and temporal scales utilized by aquatic species New remote sensing techniques such as airborne water penetrating Light Detection and Ranging LiDAR and boat mounted acoustic sensors can produce highly accurate Digital Elevation Models DEMs with continuous coverage of long segments of channels and stream networks Thus we now have the ability to describe the same aquatic habitats using automated techniques continuously over long sections of river channel ESSA is collaborating with the US Forest Service to develop a free suite of ArcGIS Desktop tools for processing DEMs repeatably reliably and at a low cost The goal is to facilitate the characterization of aquatic habitat and floodplain geomorphology to support aquatic habitat analysis ESSA will present the tools developed to date including the automated layout of cross sections Thalwegs and bankfull elevations I will also describe the method for detrending the DEM to remove the overall river valley slope and how this can be useful for rapid identification of flooding events and assessing off channel habitat Finally the story of how we developed a methodology for creating a centerline from the stream banks will be used to illustrate our problem solving approach Future enhancement includes exporting cross sections to hydrological models HEC RAS and possibly MIKE11 as well as outlining potential habitat such as pool riffle sections Bio Frank s specialty is combining environmental knowledge with strong technical skills He commonly uses ArcObjects to make ArcGIS solve tasks that it is not possible to do out of the box by developing extensions and geoprocessing tools Working at ESSA Frank developed a GIS model together with biologists to analyze the potential impact on available habitat from climate change on two species of concern for the Cariboo Chilcotin area in BC He is also involved in developing GIS tools for predicting stream habitat potential from LiDAR generated Digital Elevation Model DEM data for the US Forest Service He earned his Master of Science degree in Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark where he split his course work between environmental and computer science December 2 2009 Topic Using GIS to Model Wildfire Risk Speaker Claire Tweeddale B Sc Dipl T GIS P Geo GIS Analyst Forest Ecosystem Solutions Ltd This past summer in BC 3090 fires consumed more than 200 000 ha source BC Forest Service website http bcwildfire ca GIS can be used to predict areas at high risk of fire so that mitigation strategies such as brush clearing or other treatments can be done before a fire starts This presentation introduced three different GIS models that can be used to predict wildfire risk condition class calculation spotting algorithm and the Wildfire Risk Management System WRMS Condition class is useful on a broader scale to estimate fuel loading The spotting algorithm considers wind speed and direction to determine urban interface areas at risk Finally the WRMS model determines overall risk by calculating the probability and consequence of a fire For each model the input data and methodology will be discussed as well as examples of where they have been used Bio Claire Tweeddale obtained her undergrad at UBC in Physical Geography and 6 years later completed the GIS program at BCIT Since 2002 Claire has been working at Forest Ecosystem Solutions Ltd FESL FESL is a small consulting company located in North Vancouver that provides analytical services for resource industries forestry and oil and gas Government and First Nations clients At FESL Claire has been involved in many GIS analysis projects including Ecosystem Representation Analysis for Quesnel and Prince George TSA fire condition class mapping for the southern interior and fire probability mapping for the whole province She has also developed GIS tools such as the Wildfire Risk Management System WRMS dynamic model and the Pumping Limit Model Outside of work Claire enjoys playing soccer hiking and cheering for the Canucks November 4 2009 Topic Vancouver s City Council open data open standards and open source software Speaker Jonathan Mark Ph D GIS Manager City of Vancouver In May 2009 Vancouver s City Council passed a motion endorsing the principals of open data open standards and open source software This was done in the context of promoting open and transparent government as well as increasing access to City data and potentially saving money While a short document it has the potential to have significant impacts on the activities of the City in the coming time Bio Jonathan Mark is the City of Vancouver s GIS Manager and is in the Information Technology Department He has been in that position since 1990 In this role he and his Team are responsible for the City s corporate GIS infrastructure core software hardware and databases as well as the VanMap implementation Jonathan s work with the City has also included responsibility for systems in the Health Department Property Division and Stores Jonathan has presented many times at URISA Autodesk University and other conferences Prior to joining the City in 1984 Jonathan taught in the Urban Land Economics Division of the Faculty of Commerce at UBC He obtained his Ph D in Economics in 1977 October 14 2009 Topic A Conceptual Approach to Dynamic Sedimentary Basin Modelling using the Point Moment Method the London Clay Formation Case Study Speaker Sarah Elizabeth Pearce M Sc The subsurface modelling of urbanized dynamic sedimentary basins is important to inform structural planning A generalized approach called the Point Moment Method is presented to more effectively characterize floodplain clay soils Progress on the problem of modelling 4D geoscientific data sets is achieved by the integration of borehole data into a GIS An iterative method that incorporates historic geomorphologic data microfossil data hydrology and expert scientific input drawn across disciplines is developed The inclusion of temporal elements allows for the modelling of dynamic erosional subsurface environments to be better understood X Y Z elevation data are modelled as vector points to which numerous attributes are attached natural neighbour interpolation is used to generate subsurface digital elevation models The Point Moment Method is applied to a case study of the London Clay Formation LCF with initial results revealing regional geospatial variation in the formation thickness and at one study site the spatial distribution of existing hollows which are the remnants of open system pingos Bios Sarah Pearce was born and raised in Vancouver British Columbia where she graduated from Kitsilano Secondary school s early French immersion program Langara College s Environmental studies diploma program and proceeded to spend a year working as a junior project scientist in a biochemistry lab within a environmental consulting firm She moved to Victoria BC in 2002 where she frequented the University of Victoria s Geography pedology and geospatial laboratories until she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Geography with distinction where her directed study involving GPS GIS and historic black and white and recent digital aerial photography was entitled Salt Marsh Habitat Assessment and Restoration Strategy in the Gorge Waterway and Portage Inlet After undergrad wildfire hazard modelling and GIS map generation became a summer field position which extended many years to include the generation of numerous wildfire hazard maps for urban and rural regions of BC Sarah Pearce was then accepted into University College London s Remote Sensing Masters of Science program where she lived in central London England during most of 2008 where she completed her MSc thesis entitled A Conceptual Approach to Dynamic Sedimentary Basin Modelling using the Point Moment Method the London Clay Formation Case Study Sarah Pearce now lives on the Sunshine Coast BC and is currently working on a remote sensing contract involving satellite imagery with the Arctic Sea Ice People of a Feather project which is an education and outreach initiative that combines Inuit scientific and film making approaches to document sea ice ecosystems September 9 2009 Topic Timber Supply Analysis Speaker Rueben Schulz Dipl T GIS M Sc FIT Resource Analyst Forest Ecosystem Solutions Ltd Timber supply analysis is a component of the legally mandated timber supply review TSR process in BC It begins with a classification of the land base subject to tenure vegetation type and management goals to determine areas available for harvesting Estimated tree volumes combined with the modelling of future growth and harvesting allow for a sustainable harvest level to be defined and the dynamics of the forest resources to be explored The goal is to capture current management and knowledge about an area One of the outputs from timber supply analysis is the possible state age class tree species and pattern of the forest over time which forms the basis for additional analysis such as carbon capture wildlife habitat or silviculture opportunities It also provides an opportunity to ask what if questions such as what happens to the available timber if the mountain pine beetle kills all the pine This talk will give an overview of the steps undertaken in a timber supply analysis and cover the wide range of data and assumptions used and describe where they fit into the analysis A brief mention of how GIS supports analysis and data collection will be made Bios Rueben Schulz completed a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Masters of Science at UBC and survived the GIS program at BCIT He has been working as a resource analyst GIS analyst and programmer for Forest Ecosystem Solutions Ltd FESL for the last three years FESL is a small consulting company located in North Vancouver that provides analytical services for resource industries forestry and oil and gas government and first nations clients At FESL Rueben has worked on analysis of the Prince George TSA Esketemc Community Forest Williams Lake and helped program a new version of the Wildfire Risk Management System WRMS Before moving to North Vancouver to work at FESL Rueben spent time running around the Chilcotin measuring trees Years ago he contributed map projection code to the open source Geotools library and one day hopes to find time to get involved in more open source GIS programming May 13 2009 Topic Vancouver GIS Users Group May 2009 Show and Tell Show and Tell is our annual networking event This is a great opportunity to showcase your recent projects learn about your colleagues work and catch up with friends and meet new ones in a casual friendly environment April 8 2009 Topic Lessons Learned in Implementing GIS in Developing Countries Speakers Karl Kliparchuk McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd Irene Hwang private consultant In 2008 we implemented some phases of a previous user needs and data analysis for a mining company in Indonesia The mining company uses ArcGIS but was not being used in an optimal way In the implementation data from different departments and different formats were converted into a set of geodatabases Training was provided to users at the remote mine site and in the head office in Jakarta Technical issues which are taken for granted in North America can cause major problems in a developing country We will review what was accomplished the kinds of technical issues which you can encounter and some ideas for best practices in this type of situation Bios Irene Hwang has a B Sc degree in Physics from the University of British Columbia and an Advance Diploma in Geographic Information Systems GIS from the British Columbia Institute of Technology BCIT Irene has over 10 years of experience in GIS software development and implementation She is currently working as a GIS Senior Consultant Her areas of expertise include design and implementation of ArcGIS ArcSDE system architecture Geodatabase modeling GIS data migration use case development for requirements analysis system design and custom ArcGIS Desktop training Karl Kliparchuk has a Bachelors and a Masters of Science degree from the University of Alberta Dept of Geography He is also a certified GIS Professional GISP Among other GIS jobs Karl ran a Geomatics company Terratech Mapping Services Inc in Burnaby BC for 9 years before the company merged with McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd Karl is a Business Development manager for GIS and remote sensing projects at McElhanney He is also a part time GIS instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology March 11 2009 Topic The Glory and Disappointment of GIS Research Speaker Tom Poiker An academic has a ten percent chance of being remembered for what she would like to be remembered for and this presentation will show in graphic terms how this works with the author s example I present two cases of my own research one of which was celebrated beyond its merit and the other which got its due recognition but without any fanfare The Douglas Peucker algorithm Douglas and Peucker 1973 is a nifty idea for line simplification and is in widespread use in the profession but with a 50 line program it does not deserve the type of attention that it got all the way to articles even in 2008 The presentation gives a short overview of the technique goes through its history and mentions some professor student relations The Triangulated Irregular Network TIN is a data structure for the storing of surface data that fundamentally changed the digital description of terrain The paper goes through the arguments that were put forward to convince different groups myself granting agency students etc of the value of the research The talk is not so much about GIS as it is about aspects of an academic life and what one can learn from it It is a story and should not be mistaken as a scholarly paper However the first part IS a story about a scholarly paper and how academic work can have an afterlife Tom Poiker s Bio Early years in Austria and Germany PhD economic geography from U of Heidelberg 1966 1967 today Simon Fraser University Geography and Computing Science with short periods at other universities in the United States Australia New Zealand Austria and Germany Started with GIS in 1967 in research and teaching Known for TIN Triangulated Irregular Networks the Douglas Peucker algorithm and a few other developments Wrote some lasting papers and the first text in GIS In 1997 started UniGIS an online program 12 courses two years Retired since 2006 Changed spelling of name from Peucker to Poiker in 1979 February 11 2009 Topic Light detection and ranging LiDAR Speaker Azadeh Koohzare M Sc Ph D Project Manager McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd Light detection and ranging LiDAR is a relatively new technology developed to complement traditional photogrammetry and remote sensing technology Digital aerial image provides reflectance information for land cover while LIDAR data provide more accurate geometrical information The objective of this presentation is to introduce LiDAR and explore its application in power transmission line selection and design forestry and biophysical characteristic of the trees flood plain mapping geology mining and many other applications Some of the recent LiDAR projects that McElhanney has conducted will be also presented Dr Azadeh Koohzare s Bio Dr Azadeh Koohzare is a project manager in Vancouver McElhanney office She has over 11 years of experiences in geodesy geomatics and surveying throughout Canada and internationally Azadeh received her doctoral degree in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering from the University of New Brunswick UNB focusing on deformation monitoring using geodetic data She has worked as Associate Researcher and instructor at UNB prior to joining to McElhanney She has also worked since 2003 together with more than 100 Canadian scientists and engineers in the development of seamless height datum in Canada Azadeh has been involved in many national geodetic projects and worked closely with NRCan in their major geodetic projects in Canada Azadeh is currently the project leader of all R D activities in the LiDAR department at McElhanney as well as managing many engineering surveys projects involving GPS conventional methodologies and LiDAR January 14 2009 Topic Mashups and Web2 Technology how three GIS Applications are built using them Speaker Yosri Diab Geographs Corporation This is a technical presentation it shows the details of three examples that use this new technology Three GIS Applications are explained with Code Sample to show how they are built using the Web2 0 Technology StatsMap Maplet a Google Mashup up that brings the US Census statistics for the whole USA How it is built how it works and how we can Mashup another Maplet on the same Application A part of the code is shown to explain how the Maplet works geoColor Explorer II An Application for unsophisticated user or a decision Maker Usually a Decision Maker does not have the time or want to learn GIS However he she wants to Map his Excel Address File quickly and efficiently Beside behind the scene Geocoding other GIS Functions like Thematic Analyses are an integral part of the Software The software maps the data on a flash Layer while Google Map is displayed on the same time on another Layer A flowchart of the Software is explained as well as part of the ActionScript Code is explained This Software can be downloaded for a 30 day Trial geoflash Explorer II This Application is a Client Server GIS Application PHP and MySQL and the database are stored on a Server the Client side Computer runs the Flash Player ActionScript Program Google Server is accessed to display the Google Map on a Layer separate from the User Flash Layer Yosri Diab s Bio Graduated from McMaster University M Eng In Engineering and Concordia University Computer Science M Sc After several years with S M A Societe de Mathematique Appliques in Montreal and Canadian National Railways as a Computer Analyst and Project Leader Yosri Diab founded in Montreal Micro Logic Applications MLA MLA started as Software Development firm then expanded to Hardware and turn key system for CAD Computer Assisted Design and then to G I S Geographic Information System The company had grown to 25 employees During this period Yosri developed different Software mainly as an add on to AutoCAD and other CAD Software In 2001 Yosri Diab moved to Vancouver He is the Founder and Chief Technical Officer of Geographs Systems Inc a GIS and Internet Mapping Software Development Enterprise Mr Diab has over 30 years of experience designing new GIS systems programming and leading highly qualified professionals in the field of GIS Mapping software development He has extensive experience in Geographic Information Systems Street Routing Internet Mapping Google and Flash Mashup Computer Graphics Geocoding and Driving Directions Most recently Geographs Corporation has created a new and highly innovative platform called GeoFlash Explorer and an innovative Mashup called CensusTrax that combines this platform with Google Maps the US Census and Yahoo s Geocoding service December 10 2008 Topic RADARSAT 2 Mission Overview and Applications Speaker Gordon STAPLES MDA The Canadian SAR satellite RADARSAT 2 was developed through a public private partnership agreement between the Canadian Space Agency CSA and MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates MDA RADARSAT 2 is a follow on of the highly successful RADARSAT 1 mission 1995 present and like its predecessor was designed to meet the needs of commercial government and scientific end users RADARSAT 2 launched in December 2007 features an advanced high resolution C band SAR based on active phased array antenna technology that allows imaging in several user selected modes including Stripmap ScanSAR and SpotLight with a choice of polarization resolution and swath width In addition an experimental along track interferometry mode was developed The first part of this presentation will provide an overview of the RADARSAT 2 mission and objectives imaging modes mode performance and data formats with particular attention to the quad polarized and the high resolution modes The second part of the presentation will provide examples of RADARSAT 2 imagery that show a variety of marine and terrestrial applications and include marine surveillance defence agriculture mapping resource management DEM generation sea ice and geology Bio Gordon Staples received the M Sc degree in physical oceanography and the B Sc degree in honours physics from the University of British Columbia He joined MDA in 1993 and is currently Senior Technology Manager Strategic Development for Geospatial Services In this role he is responsible for RADARSAT 2 polarimetry research management of research projects development and delivery of radar training and strategic technical initiatives November 12 2008 Topic GIS and Lands Information in the Public Sector Speaker Rosa Munzer Rosa spoke to us about her personal experience with GIS and lands information the public sector Bio Rosa Munzer is a career public servant with over 20 years of project management regulatory program delivery and communications experience in five ministries the Legislature and BC Hydro She is best known as the project manager responsible for delivery of the Integrated Land and Resource Registry ILRR and she has had managed 5 different lands systems Rosa has been invited to speak at numerous information technology conferences including the International ESRI Users conference the Northern GIS Conference Future of Geometrics Policy in Canada Workshops and the BC Land Surveyors Annual Conference PowerPoint Presentation October 08 2008 Topic Implementing Geospatial Technology at the RCMP Speaker Robert Schultz Geomatics Coordinator RCMP E Division Informatics Branch Geospatial technology is being applied in a variety of ways within the RCMP in BC Robert will discuss his role as the Geomatics Coordinator for the RCMP in BC explain how he uses GIS and highlight some applications including Computer Aided Dispatch Crime Analysis and the challenges of integrating and sharing data in a secure data environment Bio Robert Schultz has been the Geomatics Coordinator in the RCMP E Division Informatics Branch for four years and working in the GIS field for a total of eight years September 10 2008 Topic FME Server Bringing Spatial ETL to the Masses Speaker Don Murray President Safe Software Since 1996 Safe Software s FME product has been providing a spatial etl solution on the desktop FME Desktop technology is now the defacto Spatial ETL technology shipping in 100 s of thousands of products from a growing list of Spatial vendors such as Autodesk ESRI Intergraph and MapInfo Safe Software has now released it s FME Server 2008 which brings the power of ETL to server environments Using FME Server organizations are able to take data sharing to a new level thru both data streaming and data download Users are also for the first time able to easily share spatial etl tasks with anyone that has access to a web interface This presentation will give an overview of FME Server 2008 as well as give many demos showing a variety of tasks that can be done with FME Server April 9 2008 Topic The Old Ball and Chain Speaker Dan Shannon Engineering Manager TELUS Network Operations Utilities and Local Governments were early adopters of GIS technology Early deployments were expensive and difficult to deploy As a result many implementations were successful largely because they clearly defined and limited what would be managed and how it would be represented Modern geospatial applications need not be constrained to choosing between form and content However many if not most enterprise geospatial systems in service today carry with them limitations they inherited from their initial design from years ago What are the challenges that early adopters of GIS are facing as they attempt to take advantage of newer capabilities What has improved and what has not Bio Dan Joined TELUS BC Tel at the time in 1981 He is currently responsible for the development and use of systems and tools supporting Outside Plant Planning and Engineering at TELUS In previous positions Dan has served as Manager Data Operations for TELUS Geomatics as an Outside Plant Engineering Manager Conduit Engineering Manager and Drafting Supervisor He also served as a conduit inspector and surveyor Prior to joining what was then BC Tel Dan worked at BC Hydro and as a surveyor for BC Rail Dan serves as a Director with GITA and represents TELUS as President of the Integrated Cadastral Information Society He is also a member of the NAIT Geomatics Technology Advisory Committee and is currently is on the CSA Committee to develop the Standard for Mapping of Underground Utilities May 14 2008 Vancouver GIS Users Group May 2008 Show and Tell This is our annual networking event It s a great opportunity to showcase your recent projects learn about your colleagues work and catch up with friends and meet new ones in a casual friendly environment You are invited to present your projects in a variety of ways a poster a map you made earlier this year leaflets from a recent public information campaign printouts from a web site a sideshow on your laptop Anything you can think of that will catch people s attention and help start a conversation about your work It doesn t need to be fancy it s okay if it only took you ten minutes to assemble and it doesn t matter if you already presented it elsewhere but please credit the original event if that s the case Please we request that presentations are project based rather than vendor presentations there are other forums for those March 12 2008 Topic A brief overview of how exploration data is recorded managed modelled and extrapolated into information reports Speaker Craig Mackay Reporting standards for listed Canadian exploration and mining companies are specified in National Instrument 43 101 Central to this process is the need to manage and share large volumes of quality assured exploration data from different sources Computer databases are in various storage and modelling roles an essential component of the audit trail This is a brief overview of how exploration data is recorded managed modelled and finally extrapolated into quality assured information reports for market investment Bio Craig s background is in the earth sciences and for more than 20 years he has pursued a career in management of spatial information technology and its application to geo information in multi stakeholder environments He holds post graduate qualifications in GIS Remote Sensing and Business Administration February 13 2008 Topic Mapping First Nations Land Use and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Speaker Bryan McPherson GIS Coordinator Musqueam Indian Band Bryan will discuss the steps involved in creating a GIS data warehouse that incorporates cultural heritage and traditional use information The presentation provides a look at the techniques used in the 2D representation of pre contact conditions historic landscape changes and modern land use conditions for First Nations lands Visualization of traditional lands and proposed use sites for community planning purposes will be presented Bryan will also discuss options in creating a web based open source GIS for mapping traditional use resources Bio Bryan McPherson is a GIS Coordinator for the Treaty Lands and Resources Department of the Musqueam Indian Band He has 10 years experience working with GIS including contracts with the U S Air Force and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and is a graduate of the Sir Sandford Fleming College GIS Program in Ontario January 9 2008 Speaker Dr Darren Ham Geoscientist with Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Darren was talking about a recently completed project on reservoir sedimentation in the Philippines As part of a larger study to evaluate the expected longevity of a major hydroelectric reservoir a unique GIS based model was developed to estimate the relative contribution of sediment from different sub basins in the upstream watershed This information was used in turn to evaluate different mitigation strategies for sediment reduction and management Implications for land use planning and management in tropical regions will also be presented Bio Dr Darren Ham is a Geoscientist with northwest hydraulic consultants He has eleven years of professional experience in the fields of river geomorphology and GIS mapping and analysis His expertise includes river sedimentation and erosion topographic modeling GIS based analysis and interpretation of geomorphic processes and application of remote sensing technologies for mapping and measuring landform dynamics December 12 2007 Topic Map Making 101 Or How to take an idea for a walk Speaker Jeff Clark lead map maker principal at CGC and founding partner at Spatial Vision Group Is the Internet going to kill the traditional map Most people in GIS circles are familiar with the question as it has been asked regularly for the last decade So what s the answer If anything the field of cartography has died while the practice of map making is truly alive What s the difference between cartography and map making The answer lies in the definitions This presentation provides a proper burial for the field of cartography and a send off for the practice of map making As part of the send off a discussion of current map making techniques will be presented These are some of the techniques used to create the innovative at least by Canadian standards Bivouac Backcountry Series Garibaldi Park topo map a detailed 1 50 000 scale map of the glacier filled Garibaldi Park of British Columbia Bio Clark Geomatics Corporation CGC was established in 2001 to provide services to the geographic information technology sector Jeff Clark lead map maker principal at CGC and founding partner at Spatial Vision Group is the driving force behind the cartographic work Jeff has a corporate background in geophysics remote sensing and geographic information technology along with 20 years worth of experience with all things map like Clark Geomatics offers custom design cartography and geographic information technology solutions November 14 2007 Topic Pictometry A revolutionary visual information systems Speaker Allan Ladouceur MDA Geospatial Services Pictometry offers both oblique and nadir imagery a significant advantage compared to traditional nadir only view Pictometry takes previously complex technologies adds a wealth of viewing features and makes it affordable and easy to use The result is a revolutionary way to use aerial imaging that was unheard of just a few years ago There are endless applications for Pictometry From 9 1 1 dispatching centres security and emergency management agencies and first responders to engineering firms community planning agencies and transportation departments Pictometry provides visual information that lets you see everywhere measure anything and plan for everything Allan has an advanced diploma in Geographic Information Systems GIS from the British Columbia Institute of Technology BCIT and two advanced diplomas in Cartography from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay Ontario He has over twenty five years of experience in spatial data creation maintenance analysis and presentation He has worked a broad range of GIS applications including government military natural resources and property management October 10 2007 Topic A GIS for Prospect Management Speaker Jim O Leary Tech Earth Services How would you manage a group of tracts that have multiple owners and are available for various forms of exploration over given periods of time Your solution must account for Many to many relationships between contracts and tracts Maps that show different views of tracts for the same area of land Documents that are associated with a given contract for a given map Reports that are associated with all contracts for a given map Permissions for users to view certain maps in certain areas Sound confusing Sounds like a job for MapGuide In this month s meeting Jim O Leary demos an application that he created for an oil gas and mineral management firm in Louisiana The application is written in PHP and JavaScript and uses the MapGuide Enterprise APIs as well as a free DHTML package called TafelTree September 12 2007 Topic A Survey of Open Source GIS Speaker Paul Ramsey Refractions Research Open source software is sweeping the enterprise IT world with products such as Linux Apache and JBOSS receiving industry awards and taking up prominent positions in many organizations Open source is also entering the geomatics industry There is a large collection of mature open source technologies available for geomatics professionals to solve problems and build spatial data infrastructures This session will provide an overview of available open source software products What tools are available What is their maturity level What are their dependencies What capabilities does the state of the art in open source provide May 09 2007 Topic Addressing Faux Pas I Have Known Speaker Bob Janowicz GIS Innovations 4 topics One updates to the GIS Professional Certification rules What is new for re certification and what is being contemplated with respect to competency Two NG911 Next Generation E911 what is it all about and why Three Katrina lessons learned with respect to GIS and emergency preparedness Four a light hearted look at Addressing Blunders I Have Known While NENA URISA has been working up a formal guide on how to address places this presentation describes some of the awkward addressing items we have come across over the last decade It can also be

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  • Positions
    time GIS Analyst to join our team of professionals at our Edmonton branch The successful applicant will be expected to work closely with engineers in our Edmonton office and also work remotely with GIS geomorphologists and engineering professionals in our Vancouver office Many of our engineers are well versed in the capabilities of GIS and regularly utilize and apply it to their day to day project work thus the importance for the applicant to have effective communication skills with other staff members In addition we are looking for a self starter who takes initiative and is able to work independently NHC offers motivated individuals the opportunity to expand their career interests into other areas of work that complement our water resources engineering business The successful candidate will have knowledge of GIS related software applications databases programming languages and web applications In addition they would fully understand projections and would not be challenged when having to integrate different datums and coordinate systems into a GIS application The nature of the work will vary However we are currently working on several large flood hazard studies and require immediate support on GIS to facilitate our project work on numerical hydraulic modelling floodplain mapping based on model results generating map series identifying assets at risk within the floodplain and examine channel stability Other types of work may include Gathering and digitizing data from various sources Mapping watershed boundaries and extracting watershed characteristics Generating maps for final reports and supporting field data collection Acquire and integrate aerial imagery into project deliverables Update and maintain numerous GIS datasets and templates Gather compile migrate and convert data sets for project needs from a variety of internal and external sources Position Requirements The following are required skills and knowledge Degree or diploma from an accredited program in GIS

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  • Resumes
    v e r g i s O R G Add your Résumé The Users Group now posts resumes and job openings for GIS related positions in the Lower Mainland Contact Doug Hrynyk to add your résumé HTML and plain text

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  • Sponsors
    v e r g i s O R G Sponsors We wish to acknowledge the generous support of the following businesses and individuals that have contributed to assist with the group s operating expenses Imaginit Technologies Golder Associates McElhanney Consulting

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  • Links - Local GIS related sites
    MapInfo User Group British Columbia Institute of Technology BCIT GIS home page Links to GIS user groups student resumes and projects course calendar Natural Resources Canada Links to Canadian Forest Service Geomatics Canada Energy Mines and Resources Geological Survey and lots of other Federal Government services DB2 technical information and training resources including DB2 disaster recovery and application development GoGeomatics Canada Geomatics and GIS Jobs and Careers Site GIS Certification

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