The Sessions

A New GIS Framework for Medicine Hat

The City of Medicine Hat has had a mature, robust GIS solution in place since the late 1990s. Following an I.T. reorg in 2012, the Systems Development and GIS areas merged into what became known as Application Services. Managed by the former GIS manager whose portfolio grew to include corporate GIS, Application Development, Continuous Improvement and Information/Records Management. With a reduced ability to focus on GIS and not having the dedicated time to lead corporate strategy and direction, GIS technology became increasingly fragmented across the city. Having developed a reliance on geospatial tools to guide business decisions, departments in turn hired their own dedicated GIS resources. Operating in isolation, GIS technology became ‘siloed’ with no clear strategy or direction. This changed in early 2018 when a plan to create a revamped, dedicated GIS department was presented to (and approved by) senior leadership. The new GIS department starts operations on July 1st/2018 and will implement a strategic GIS roadmap and governance model for geospatial technology. Our mandate will be to provide leadership, guidance and support to GIS users across all corporate and divisional boundaries. This presentation will be the story of the start of our journey.

Alberta Adaptive Contact (AACT) Database

The Alberta Adaptive Contact (AACT) database provide an online geospatial resource allowing end users the ability to access information on adaptive programming available in the sport and recreation community encouraging a clearly defined information resource pertaining to inclusive opportunities for participation at any point along the Long Term Athlete/Participant Development (LTA/PD) pathway. The end user is anyone interested in accessing participation-based information related to inclusive/accessible offerings, whether it is for a program, facility or service. For example, a soccer program that offers inclusive adaptive opportunities, or a yoga program that accommodates wheelchair accessible yoga instruction. The AACT Database provides a dashboard entry point allowing users to query data through a GIS platform. Continual data acquisition is processed through a geospatial artificial intelligence strategy generating continuous data updates around redundancies, data gaps and the ability to provide recommendations for areas of program and service needs. The corporate/not-for-profit partnership that is the AACT database provides a framework in which data essential to the adaptive community is not limited by government or not-for-profit capacity or sustainability concerns. Instead, the corporate commitment creates sustainable inclusive adaptive information solutions for all Albertans including participants, parents, caregivers, service providers, government agencies, sponsorship interests and other stakeholders.

Alberta Flow Estimation Tool for Ungauged Watersheds (AFETUW)

Alberta Flow Estimation Tool for Ungauged Watersheds (AFETUW), being developed through the Innovation Fund of Alberta Environment and Parks, is designed to delineate watersheds, estimate flow statistics, real-time flows and query water licence information for any watershed in the province. This easy-to-use tool will help water resource-related decision makers to efficiently and effectively protect the ecological health and integrity of streams within ungauged watersheds. The innovative web application integrates numerous state-of-the-art technologies. Some of which include a server-based geographic information system framework that connects to a science-based hydrologic pragmatic method, the corporate real-time streamflow data management system, and the enterprise water licence information database. This practical online water resource management tool provides a consistent, province-wide approach to estimating flows and querying water licence information for ungauged watersheds. This ensures efficiency and consistency in water management decisions among government and agencies. The beta version of AFETUW is now available to all the department’s staff for a one year trial evaluation period. Further enhancements and calibration of the tool are ongoing before it ‘goes live’ and is made available to the general public in the spring of 2019.

Alberta Modelling Expert System (MES)

Models play an important role in all aspects of modern environmental management by helping everyone, from modellers to policy makers to approval writers, diagnose and examine cause and effect conditions of past events and also forecast outcomes of future events. Alberta Modelling Expert System (MES), being developed by Alberta Environment and Parks, is a user-friendly, GIS-based web application designed to manage all the relevant modelling knowledge, information and data. MES helps: • Modellers to effectively and efficiently identify appropriate modelling tools to meet their objectives and determine data availability for models selected. • Decision makers access knowledge and information from completed modelling projects. • Promote information and knowledge sharing among modelling community of practice. The main characteristics of MES are: • Innovation: MES is an innovative system that helps modellers, planners, policy analysts, and decision makers to achieve their modelling objectives in an effective and efficient way. • Integration: MES includes modelling information and knowledge pertaining to all media, including air, land, water, and biodiversity that can be used to support integrated resource management. • Collaboration: MES provides a geospatial platform to the modelling community of practice which allows people to work together to tackle modelling challenges and share information and knowledge in the province.

AMDSP New Funding That Should Help Reach Our Goals

AMDSP is a grass roots partnership consisting of Municipalities throughout Alberta. Our intentions have always been focused on sharing accurate and standardized data. Although we have major focus on critical emergency services we have continued to make our data open and available to industry throughout Alberta. The more value that the data provides our partners through utilization the faster we grow. Our growth has been steady over the years and we have recently attracted funding from the GOA. The Goal of the funding is to continue to stimulate growth, assist members and add more long term sustainability to the partnership. As we grow we need to continue to meet the needs of our partners and the user community along the way. We wanted to take this opportunity to communicate some of our successes with our existing and future partners!

ArcGIS Pro and the GIS Community of Practice at The City of Calgary

In 2018, The City of Calgary has tried a unique approach to raising awareness of GIS upgrades by using the GIS Community of Practice as a means to do a production trial for ArcGIS Pro. Implementing a dual desktop environment and transitioning users away from the traditional ArcGIS desktop environment must be done in a controlled way that reduces user confusion as much as possible. Participants in the program will be given 6 months to evaluate ArcGIS Pro and determine if it suits their business needs. Participants will share their experiences with this diverse group of people and will direct the path that The City takes with ArcGIS Pro.

Automating the creation of local spatial content from a Webservice source

There has been a growing demand for GIS users to have local content that is as current as possible for doing deeper analysis. Long gone are the days of processing a request manually and packaging up a delivery via CD, DVD or FTP. More users are expecting a live feed of information that gives them access to updates immediately. Webservices are a method of delivering content over the internet to users on-demand. With a properly defined API protocol, content can be streamed direct to users including complex spatial components. This session will demonstrate several workflows using FME from Safe Software , ESRI’s ArcGIS suite of tools, virutalization software from Denodo along with some Python code. In the end, users want the most current content in the most performant way possible. This session will explore solutions that are currently used across the Energy industry or that are being considered for use in the near future.

Breakfast & Keynote Speaker

For decades, we have designed our organizations to be operationally excellent. Today, the game has changed – the improbable is the new normal. We are now looking beyond efficiency, and focusing on evolution, particularly the geospatial community. Geospatial technology is increasingly playing a larger role as part of an organization’s digital transformation. Shawn Kanungo provides a bold roadmap for the future. From artificial intelligence to blockchain to voice technology, he will help to make sense of these disruptive technologies shaping the future of the geospatial industry. Disruption innovation is forcing everyone to rethink how they stay relevant. How do we survive? How do we disrupt ourselves before someone else does? Today, we need to be bold, brave and experimental. In this awe-inspiring talk, Shawn explores how this is the greatest time ever to be in geospatial. All the tools and technologies that we ever needed to be truly digital are accessible. It is the perfect time to reimagine the profession by recruiting more storytellers, business strategists and data scientists. He emphasizes how geospatial professionals should be the ones leading the digital transformation discussion within their organization.

Building Modern Geospatial Web Applications Using Free and Open-Source Software, Open Standards, and Open Data

With recent advancements in big data analytics, it is expected that modern geospatial web applications be able to process and visualize large amount of data, and to quickly respond to user interactions and queries. In this presentation, I will discuss how such applications can be built using free and open-source software, open standards, and open data at a low cost. As a case study, I will present the development of Township Canada (, which is a simple tool for exploring Canadian legal land descriptions on a map.

Coordinate Systems, Geodesy, and Geospatial Analysis… of Pizza

Why do we have so many different coordinate systems and types of coordinate systems, and which one is best suited to for use on a pizza? Since round pizzas are technically ellipsoids, how do you represent the location of the pepperoni? How do you represent the green peppers and cheese with spatial topology? What other ways can you find out what is on a pizza and where, and how does this apply to remote sensing, LiDAR and geodesy? These questions answered and more in a fun analysis that relates these topics to a pizza (yes that’s right, everyone’s favourite food). Learn about these fundamental spatial concepts, or just brush up on your pizza knowledge.

Developing a national map of subsurface infrastructure

In its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, the American Society of Civil Engineers assigned an overall grade of D+ to U.S. infrastructure. Addressing the problem of bringing national infrastructure up to a standard where it becomes an enabler of economic expansion rather then a drag on the economy is hindered by a lack of systematic information readily available to decision makers of the inventory of infrastructure assets, their location, and condition. Geospatial data and technology are key to providing an accessible platform making it possible for decision makers to have a uniform view of national infrastructure. The economic argument for the benefits of accurate 3D maps of underground infrastructure is well-founded. The value of mapping underground infrastructure is gaining increasing attention at the national level. France has embarked on a program to map all critical underground infrastructure. The Netherlands has mandated a national database for sharing information about underground infrastructure. An initiative for a national infrastructure map has just begun in the U.S. This presentation will focus on why the time is right for a discussion to begin in Canada with the objective of developing a national infrastructure map including subsurface infrastructure.

Developing GIS webtools with R and Shiny

R is a powerful language and we have taken strides integrating it into our GIS workflows and product development. The goal of this presentation is to share techniques used in executing GIS tasks in the R environment and the capabilities of providing GIS web services with Shiny ( From raster processing to common feature buffering, switching from an ESRI ecosystem to a pure R solution came with its trials and tribulations. The GIS Program went from knowing basic R to building full-fledged web tools in 6 months. Our web tools are designed for land-use planners to predict how woodland caribou habitat will change under different management scenarios in west-central Alberta. These scenarios can both add and restore features on the landscape, such as cutblocks, wellsites, wildfires, roads, pipelines, seismic lines, and buildings. Delivering GIS products through R’s Shiny platform is a modern way for our partners to interact and consume the science being developed at fRI Research. We would like to share our story of what we learned throughout the building process by presenting our Caribou Webtools, version 1.0.

Feasibility of Customizing & Implementing a GIS-Enabled Trauma Registry in Western Kenya

One referral hospital and two district hospitals were assessed in Western Kenya using adapted WHO Guidelines for Essential Trauma Care and the Australasian Trauma Verification Program, and a trauma registry form was developed with a local steering committee. Non-identifiable select data will be overlaid on a geospatial information system (GIS) mapping platform with other relevant data sets (e.g. relative distance of injury locations to health care facilities, geographical characteristics of land, major roadways, population density data, etc.); trauma hot spots, referral patterns in between the three study hospitals and other facilities, and relevant travel times will be analyzed. This analysis will help to better understand where patients are being injured most often, which health facilities they use, and how they transport to those centres, along with understand where patients are being injured most often, which health facilities they use, and how they transport to those centres, along with other relevant geospatial questions.

Field Design and Staking Solution – a Co-operative Electric Utility Case Study

Field Design and Staking Solution – a Co-operative Electric Utility Case Study

Field Design and Staking Solution – a Co-operative Electric Utility Case Study

Field Design and Staking Solution – a Co-operative Electric Utility Case Study

FME Implementations in Western Canada

Want to know more about Safe Software’s Feature Manipulation Engine (FME)? Ever wondered how FME could be used to transform your data and support your workflows? Then come and join our session at GeoAlberta where we at Martin Newby Consulting (MNC) will share how FME has been successfully implemented in mapping and GIS projects across four western provinces. Here you’ll learn about the various ways in which FME has been used to solve real-world data challenges and get valuable insights as to how FME can be used to support your workflows. The projects highlighted in this session will showcase FME solutions built to support: • AltaLIS mapping programs • British Columbia’s parcel mapping program • Manitoba Hydro’s GIS cadastral base • Saskatchewan’s survey plan checking web app MNC is an Authorized Business Partner of Safe Software and our team of GIS experts includes a Certified FME Professional (one of only 24 across Canada!). Come explore how FME can be used to support your data solutions today…

Geospatial Development at Edmonton Public Schools

The presentation will highlight EPSBs use of geospatial technologies and their development since 2016. Mapping and spatial analytics for data-driven decision making, geocoding tools, use of story maps to engage, and classroom presentations on mapping, GIS, and data.

GIS & Asset Managment Moving into the Future

Presentation will discuss the future needs of municipal GIS, specifically in regards to infrastructure management

Implementation of a City Wide Address Database

The City of Hamilton has many service delivery applications for resident addresses. For example, street addresses are solicited in a free form method and not validated against a common address database. Thus, the City has numerous instances of address databases, used on a daily basis, that are not accurate or consistent. In many cases, addresses are misused and often invalid causing a breakdown of communications. Leading to embarrassment for the City, anger by the residents and in some cases legal action. The challenge is to establish a single valid address database that will service delivery applications. Also challenging will be determining which are the best addresses, the adoption the new database and cleaning up existing databases. The City engaged Angus GeoSolutons to help collect business requirements, design and implement the solution. The technical solution consisted of a consolidated database model, application database cleanup, address maintenance tool, redlining tool for identifying address issues and a method to deliver addresses to other service delivery applications. Also a sustainability model to ensure that addresses are maintained accurately and on a timely basis by identified stewards. The address model would ensure that new or updated addresses are available to other service delivery applications.

Implementing Field 2 Finish Workflows for a Large & Diverse Organization

With up to 150 field crews working coast to coast each day, ensuring all crews follow a common procedure is a major undertaking – how about ensuring all 650 staff follow a common procedure to guarantee all projects use a common workflow? WSP Canada partnered with Trimble Geospatial to implement Trimble Access, Trimble InSphere & Trimble Business Centre into our existing workflow to help automate many of the steps that happen from project creation to project delivery. How did we do it? What other software’s did we integrate? What did we do? How did we drive adoption? What lessons did we learn? We’ll share those with you as well as insights on how WSP Canada utilizes geospatial products to ensure we are providing a world class solution to our clients, in an efficient and quality focused environment.

Leveraging the Power and Potential of Spatialized Socio-Economic Information within the Government of Alberta

As the full potential of leveraging spatialized socio-economic data, tools and techniques continually develops across the Geospatial industry, the Government of Alberta (GoA) is responding by developing a Statistical Spatial Framework to empower these capabilities internally for the benefit of all Albertans. This presentation will discuss the components of the Statistical Spatial Framework project, showcase recent GoA projects on which this strategy has been deployed, and demonstrate how it has overall improved both the GoA’s policy and decision making capabilities, thus enhancing the quality of life for many members of the public.

Lunch (Ballroom) & Keynote: The Canada Forum on Geospatial Standards

Lunch and Conference Closing Keynote (Ballroom)

Lunch, Conference Opening and Keynote (Ballroom): From Diskettes to Data Lakes: How Where We’ve Come From Informs Where We’re Going

If where we’ve come from informs where we’re going, then a wealth of information is available to tell us what is coming next. Drawing on 25+ years of having a front-row seat watching the Geospatial IT Industry evolve and adapt, Safe Software co-founder Dale Lutz will explore emerging trends and consider their implications for the future of the industry and our work. Warning: the pace of change is exponential and “for safety, you should be in good health and free from back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure.

Machine Learning Approach to Discontinuous Permafrost Mapping Using LiDAR and ALOS Derived Digital Elevation Models, Boreal Zone of Alberta, Canada

This presentation outlines a methodology that integrates field observations with Landsat best pixel mosaics, climatic data, and terrain information to predict the spatial distribution of near-surface permafrost across Northern Alberta using a machine learning approach.

Machine Learning Approach to Discontinuous Permafrost Mapping Using LiDAR and ALOS Derived Digital Elevation Models, Boreal Zone of Alberta, Canada

This presentation outlines a methodology that integrates field observations with Landsat best pixel mosaics, climatic data, and terrain information to predict the spatial distribution of near-surface permafrost across Northern Alberta using a machine learning approach.

Making Canada’s Oil & Gas Grid Data Sets Readily Available

Canada’s Oil and Gas grid provides the cadastral framework for managing mineral exploration and mining in Canada’s North and offshore area. The digital data are maintained by the Surveyor General Branch and are readily available to the public. However, the smallest units in the system are not so readily extracted from the public data repository, partly because of the sheer number of units (over 20,000,000), and their format (currently only available in ESRI Shape file format). We developed a map service, a geo-processing service (projecting units on-the-fly from geographic coordinates to UTM), and a web application to facilitate the downloading of units through an interactive web mapping solution. It makes it easy for users to select units interactively and download them as DXF or Shape files. The presentation explains all three parts of the solution: a map service in a nut shell, a brief explanation of a geo-processing service, and a real-life demo of the web application. Our solution might inspire others to develop similar venues for their users.

Milsoft GIS and Engineering Analysis Solution – a Co-Operative Electric Utility Case Study

Milsoft GIS and Engineering Analysis Solution – a Co-Operative Electric Utility Case Study

Panel Discussion

Real-Time Innovative GIS Solutions: Kenow Wildfire Emergency Response Mapping

FortisAlberta, an Alberta electrical distribution company, has recently seen an increase in demand for geospatial data visualizations and analytics to enable enterprise-wide evidenced based business decision making. This presentation will highlight FortisAlberta’s implementation of an Esri Web Portal application to deliver real-time mapping solutions to aid in the coordination of restoration efforts and Emergency Operations Centre decision making for the Kenow wildfire in Waterton National Park.


SAIT & FortisAlberta Forge a Partnership to Put New Ideas on the Map

The SAIT Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems program provides students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in one of the fastest growing sectors of information technology. A group of enthusiastic students partnered with FortisAlberta’s progressive and innovative GIS team to help jumpstart GIS initiatives. The students will demonstrate their industry-driven project while FortisAlberta will summarize resultant benefits from the development of new solutions to meet business challenges.

Social Event

“Please join us in the North Foyer of the Westin on the second evening of the conference to celebrate the 15th edition of your GeoAlberta Conference.”

To purchase your social tickets please see the registration desk.


Spatial Business Intelligence for Efficient and Effective Parks & Roads Services

While municipal governments have traditionally been data rich, they have also been information poor. Data and information silos, either in terms of linkages among various databases, updates or in terms of communications among various data stakeholders, are typical issues. The ability to extract, use and present various data in a meaningful, timely, integrated, and accurate manner to support operational as well as strategic decision-making around achieving their mandates has been a challenge. The presentation will provide a concise discussion of GIS data management and processes, spatial relationships and patterns, and easy-to-understand visualization within the framework of Spatial Business Intelligence for better Parks & Roads Services decision making. The use of various spatial data management, mining and visualization tools, including FME (Feature Manipulation Engine), Google Fusion Tables, R, and Tableau, to provide operational and strategic supports to different audiences ranging from field crew and analyst to senior leadership will be discussed. The presentation will also demonstrate how technology is being used to make spatial data more accessible for staff with little to no experience working with GIS or spatial software. The presented techniques and tools are adaptable for implementation by other organizations.

The FME Architecture Behind the New Altalis System

With the implementation of the new Altalis system, Altalis continues to distribute a variety of spatial data products in various formats that span Alberta and elsewhere. To fulfill translation requests, a number of factors determine the automated workflow, such as by a data update or delivery task, by product, by format, and more. We will showcase how we used Safe Software’s FME Workbench and FME Server as a core component of the application platform to perform the translations.

The Geography of Being Born Too Small

Where one lives and where one starts out in life – even during fetal development – are determinants of lifelong health. We examined whether babies born to mothers living with more ambient health hazards were smaller than babies born to mothers living in relatively healthier environments. A baby born “too small” is considered an adverse birth outcome because it may lead to infant mortality, physical/cognitive disabilities, and chronic health problems. These are costly events that require further understanding of the prenatal environment. Alberta has higher percentages of small newborns in Canada. To understand the importance of the shared exposures of the outdoor environment with the occurrence of small newborns, we mapped and modelled the distributions and patterns of births in Alberta from 2006-2012 and linked them with environmental data from public databases. We applied kernel density, focal statistics, and emerging hot spot analysis in GIS to generate maps of the birth outcomes, air pollutants, and land-based health hazards. We identified that area-level socioeconomic status, land use, and several industrial emissions were associated with small newborns and critically ill small newborns (those admitted to neonatal intensive care units). Our findings preclude causation, but we are expanding the importance of prenatal environmental health.

The GIS Management Institute and the GIS Capability Maturity Model

Enterprise GIS is expensive to develop, maintain, and operate. Many small- to medium-sized cities, counties, and regional agencies have invested millions of dollars to develop their GIS capabilities. Recent third-party studies have proven that GIS delivers very significant financial return on investment to organizations that deploy it as an enterprise business-support tool. However, almost no GIS operation would be considered to be 100% implemented. In fact, most enterprise GIS operations lack important resources to meet all of their potential business needs, the sustainability of many of these programs is uncertain, and the return on investment (ROI) for these agencies is variable depending on the maturity of their GIS management. This presentation describes the URISA-led initiative to use the GISCMM (published in 2013) as a key component of the new GIS Management Institute®. The URISA GISCMM will be described, along with its relationship to the GIS Management Institute®, including development of the GIS Management Body of Knowledge. The current development status of the GISCMM will be discussed and future uses and activities outlined. These will include development of new GIS management best practices and the offering of an enterprise GIS accreditation service.

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Using Hexagon Smart M.apps for Data Visualizations

The City of Edmonton has many resources available to aid in the creation visualizations. This presentation will explore the use of Smart M.App technology from Hexagon Geospatial and how the City has shifted the paradigm of how and what maps communicate. Smart M.App is a lightweight and dynamic ecosystem that allows for the combination of content, business workflows and geoprocessing to generate an interactive visualization consisting of maps and dashboards. Ron will discuss the hosted solution that has been implemented and some of the solutions that have been created. To wrap up the presentation there will be a live demonstration on how to create a Smart

Wetland Probability Classification in the Parkland Natural Region of Alberta

The most inclusive wetland inventory in Alberta at present is provided by the Alberta Merged Wetland Inventory (AMWI). The latter is an amalgamation of data from different sources and timelines. The need for a more comprehensive wetland classification system for the provincial government gave Hird et al. (2017) impetus to apply a boosted regression tree (BRT) machine-learning framework to digital topographic and Earth Observation data for the Boreal Forest region. Building on this wetland probability classification technique, the purpose of our capstone project was to apply this scalable methodology to a small study area within Alberta’s Parkland region. The project employed more traditionally used optical and radar satellite imagery with topographical inputs, within the framework of a BRT probability occurrence model for wetland delineation. A combination of Google Earth Engine, System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses (SAGA), and ArcMap were used to generate indices. R Statistical software was used for the BRT machine-learning algorithm to identify the variables producing the highest probability of wetland occurrence. BRT model results revealed that topographic variables (often omitted for wetland classification) were better wetland indicators for the both the Boreal Forest and Parkland region. Long-term natural resource management may benefit from this approach.

What 21 Million Map Activities a Month has Taught Us About Web Mapping

For the last three years, the Sparkgeo team has been helping web cartographers build better maps using Maptiks. In that time, we’ve been listening very carefully to how people use maps they find on the internet. This talk will look at some broad user patterns across all varieties of web maps. We will look at how users interact with cartographic features and tools. Hopefully, you will leave this session with some tips and tricks to refine the mapping experiences you build. Additionally, we will address some broader industry patterns around the public adoption of web maps

Workshop 1 (3 hours): Keeping Pace: Making Use of Imagery Data from Satellites, UAVs, and Archival Scans

“Learn how to process imagery from satellites, drones, and digital archives, and integrate them into your data workflows. Rasters can come from many sources and are essential for background maps, spatial analytics, data visualization, and more. You’ll see how to analyze and transform raster properties and geometries, work with large volumes of up-to-date imagery, and create cloud-based workflows to deliver data automatically. We’ll walk through several examples showing you how to prepare simple mosaics and 3D surface models, plus how to save the PDF data you thought you would never get back.

Please note: There will not be any devices or software’s onsite for this session.

Please bring your own laptop to participate

Workshop 2 (3 hours): Introduction to Digital Twin and VR Visualization Presenters

Several technology advancements are paving the way for augmented and virtual reality to dramatically change a wide variety of industry workflows.  Taking advantage of the changes coming to your enterprise requires understanding of what is possible now, what will soon be possible, and when and how to implement the changes that will have the greatest impact on the safety, productivity, and effectiveness of your teams.

Alex Jackson, Past President, Alberta Chapter of the VR/AR Association will host and provide some background on the XR industry – it’s growth and development in Alberta and around the world – and help tie together perspectives from 3 successful Alberta providers as they bring these technologies to industry.

Joseph Hlady, of IMA, will present a case study example from Lux Modus to provide an overview of the digital twin concept helping to power ARVR and speak to the importance of the geospatial component for digital twinning of assets spanning large geographies, specifically transmission systems, mines, and road infrastructure.

David Nedohin of Scope AR will provide examples of augmented reality applications used in training and real-time instruction and support.

This is followed by a panel style discussion with the presenters who can speak knowledgably on ARVR directions, implementation techniques and pitfalls, business case and ROI, data management trends and more.

Workshop 3 (4 hours): Exploring Your Data Using Augmented & Virtual Reality

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (XR) offer informative new ways to view and explore geospatial data—and today, this requires no more than your smartphone. Learn how to convert ordinary data into models and scenes for XR with the help of FME. You’ll build a 360° spherical view, realistic 3D model, and spatially referenced scene, and send them to your smartphone for visualizing in XR.

  1. You’ll leave with the knowledge you need to explore your company’s data in augmented and virtual environments.

Please note: There will not be any devices or software’s onsite for this session.

Please bring your own laptop to participate

Workshop 4 (4 hours): Strategic Planning for GIS Programs

Strategic planning is a vital tool for all geospatial programs, at any stage of development. An effective strategic plan is crucial to ensuring that a GIS program gets started right. As a GIS program matures, strategic planning methods are important tools for program management, program review, responding to change, and solving problems. An effective strategic plan will help you win program approval and funding, ensure that program goals and return on investment are achieved, and keep a program on track in a changing environment. This URISA Certified Workshop teaches strategic planning methods and tools in the context of developing and managing a GIS program. Participants will learn how to successfully select and apply appropriate methods for a variety of situations.

Workshop 5 (1.5 hours): If you’re a data scientist, you’re really a data wrangler

Data wrangling is 80% of what a data scientist does. It’s where most of the real value is created, yet it’s thankless, difficult, and poorly understood. In this talk, we will discuss data wrangling in the context of the overall analytics process. We’ll then propose an approach to data wrangling using examples from hockey analytics that will reduce risk, improve your analysis, and get you home by suppertime.

Workshop 6 (3 Hours): Using LiDAR for Terrain Analysis, Volume Calculation and Change Detection

In recent years, it has become increasingly apparent that the availability of LiDAR data is expanding at a rate that is out-pacing the requisite knowledge and skills needed to effectively utilize the data. As a commodity, LiDAR is the raw material that is used for a wide variety of spatial processes, from terrain analysis to feature extraction. Using Global Mapper and the accompanying LiDAR Module, we will begin this workshop by exploring various procedures for improving the quality of LiDAR, including automatic ground point detection, noise removal, point cloud reclassification, and filtering. We will then shift our attention to the process of transforming LiDAR into an accurate surface model, which in turn offers the means to analyze spatial and temporal patterns in the terrain. Using the resulting digital elevation model, we will then follow a series of workflows for calculating volume, measuring and visualizing change, delineating watershed patterns, modifying or flattening a terrain surface, and creating contour lines. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to LiDAR and its application for terrain analysis.

Note:  A trial of Global Mapper and sample data will be provided at the start of the session for attendees who wish to follow along on their own laptops.

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