911 GIS Enterprise
GIS Services Manager, Intrado Canada
Abstract: More and more GIS data are available for public. Accuracy and GIS data maintenance are most challenging for public safety, where the respond time for emergency call is crucial to save lives. Combined with the most advanced technology, a new GIS solution provides many advantages for GIS data distribution and maintenance for Public Safety.
An Online Interactive Transit Inventory through Google Map API
Senior Transportation Planner, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Abstract: As one aspect of the agency’s planning mission, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) aims to be a leader in technology innovation. The development of an online interactive transit inventory through a Google Application Programming Interface (API) is a project developed under the guidance of this aspect. The goal of the project is to provide planners an advanced tool which can enable them to query and view transit facilities and ridership information in geo-accurate online maps and provide them insights on factors that might influence transit ridership.
Building the City of Vancouver’s Open Data GIS Infrastructure Platform
Systems Analyst, City of Vancouver
Abstract: Open data initiatives over the last 2-3 years have been brought in positive changes in promoting transparency, business opportunities and citizen engagement in all levels of government, and they have been also driving technological innovations that governments seek for building a more open-data-ready technology platform that includes a front-end portal as well as back-end enterprise systems. This presentation will talk about the City of Vancouver experience in implementing the Open Data Initiative and building its technology platform by leveraging our existing enterprise system capabilities, focusing more specifically on publishing geospatial data and on improving city's GIS infrastructure platform for the initiative. Topics include the strategies and approaches we have taken, and opportunities and challenges we have identified during our past two-year implementation. We are very proud that the City has won the 2011 British Columbia Business Innovator award for its open data initiative (http://www.bcbusinessonline.ca/2011/04/04/city-of-vancouver).
Climate Change Adaptation Planning: Using Remote Sensing as Planning-Support Tool
LiDAR Applications Specialist, Terra Remote Sensing Inc.
Abstract: Climate change is a “hot” topic these days. It tends to invoke strong, often divergent, views on whether climate change is going to happen (to what extent and when), is happening, should be mitigated, should be ignored or has to be adapted to. The essential question that should be answered is: How can we strategically place investments in communities that mitigate future risks, increase community resiliency and address the uncertainties of climate change at the same time? Cutting-edge remote-sensing techniques including LiDAR and hyperspectral imagery are capable of providing decision makers with comprehensive information to make informed decisions.
Detecting Oil Seeps using Satellite Imagery
Geospatial Geologist, Vice Geographer, TDW
Abstract: Petroleum seeps have been important drivers of global petroleum exploration. They serve as direct indicators of gas/oil subsurface accumulations. Remote Sensing Imagery (RSI) and Geophysics interpretation is the key for understanding, without drilling, the subsurface hydrocarbon potential, genesis and quality. Detection of subsurface reservoir accumulations using RSI interpretation techniques had its beginning with the identification of macro seeps. However, with improved RSI resolution, it’s possible to detect subtle characteristics associated with petroleum reservoirs, such as micro seeps.
Emerging Technologies for Field Data Access and Capture
Director, GIS Services
Abstract: Field data capture solutions can eliminate technology boundaries for access to GIS data and allow for data collection by end users. Easy-to-use mobile data collection solutions provide for access to and creation of geospatial features and data by public works, planning, appraisers, emergency responders, operational managers, associated support personnel and the general public—many who have no background in GIS or databases. These solutions provide intra- and inter-agency coordination for workflow requirements as well as a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each.
Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve: Marine Systematic Conservation Planning Process
Resource Conservation Technician, Parks Canada
Abstract: The Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site is the first NMCA to be established in Canada under the 2002 NMCA Act. The focus of this presentation is on the GIS mapping and modelling was work done in support of the planning team throughout the interim management planning phase. Marxan, a decision-support tool, was used to assist with identifying areas of high biophysical importance, and consultations were later used to work with partners, stakeholders, and industry to identify the key marine areas for protection.
Increasing Spatial Data Accessibility
President, Safe Software
Abstract: This presentation will demonstrate how organizations can increase the accessibility of spatial data using data exchange technology. Through demonstrations and customer examples, attendees will discover how to easily upload and share data with the people who need it. Examples using XML to efficiently access and exchange spatial data will also be included.
Mapping and Back-Office Tools for Language Revitalization
First Peoples' Heritage, Language & Culture Council
Abstract: British Columbia is home to 203 First Nations communities and an amazing diversity of Indigenous languages; approximately 60 percent of the First Nations languages of Canada are spoken in British Columbia. The First People Heritage Language and Culture Council has a mandate to promote cultural revitalization across British Columbia. In 2009, we moved our Web-mapping system from Autodesk to Drupal. This allowed us to make better use of multimedia files in the maps. We also use the Drupal system to manage our grant applications. In this presentation, we will do a live demo of the system and describe the open-source system architecture.
New Reality, Augmented Reality and the Future of GIS
GIS Manager, CloverPoint
Abstract: We have come a long way from producing 2-D maps to developing applications based in three and four dimensions featuring augmented reality, but forward-thinking minds have always been limited by data and technology. Supported by many innovative thinkers (including Stantec Engineering and University of British Columbia), one vision for the future is to bring a new reality to the masses, where smart handheld devices become the new means for day-to-day tasks from surveying ground pipes to exploring BIM and 3-D campuses via seamless integration of hardware with environment, augmented reality and social media.
Ontario's Enhanced Forest-Resources Inventory Program
Manager, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Abstract: In 2006, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources initiated its fourth provincial Forest-Resources Inventory. After assessing the available technologies for imagery/photography, the program decided to go fully digital. This paper will provide an overview of the eFRI program: the design of the program, the inventory specification, the imagery products, the productions specifications and the status of the program.
Overcoming Challenges in Marine Spatial Planning
Senior Principal, Swiftsure Spatial Systems
Prefurbia: The New Sustainable Model for Growth
President, Rick Harrison Site Design Studio
Abstract: Our world is built upon regulatory minimums that are automated by technology to create quick subdivisions. Prefurbia, instead, harnesses technology to create wonderful places for people to live, work and play—by creating models that reduce infrastructure (approximately 30 percent), while increasing functionality and eliminating monotony.
Spatial Modeling to Assist in Patient Evacuation During Mass-Casualty Situations
Dept. of Geography, Simon Fraser University
Abstract: The survival of persons critically injured in incidents involving mass casualties is directly related to their access to timely and appropriate treatment. The management of mass-casualty evacuation priorities has been underexplored from a spatial perspective. To mitigate this absence and enable more informed decision making, a Web-based spatial decision-support system has been developed. The model incorporates driving time to each hospital, hospital capacity and capability as the basis for decisions about the facility to which each patient should be sent. The analysis and visualization associated with the model incorporates spatial network analysis for calculating travel times.
Supporting First Nation’s Consultation through Automated Report Generation
Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria
Faculty of Law, University of Victoria
Abstract: Coastal BC First Nations are re-establishing their roles as managers of their Traditional Territories. Mapping systems are a key support: for use in the field, the stewardship office and in Council chambers. Effective consultation is a challenge for small governments, like First Nations, because human resources are scarce and the number of projects to track and assess is large. In this session, we demonstrate a consultation tracking and automatic-reporting system that queries BC Government spatial databases.
Taxonomy, Interoperability and Public Safety
Senior Consultant, Refractions Research
Abstract: The exchange of information among organizations is of critical importance during the various phases defining the management of an emergency event. To allow for effective coordination, a common model of entities must be put into place. Organizations in a given domain can be expected to agree to a common taxonomy. This is useful, but may become problematic when participants from different domains must collaborate. Finding a successful approach will allow for more effective use of technology and ultimately contribute to saving lives. This paper looks at some practical examples and how they relate to national, North American and NATO directions.
The BC Arts Community of Practice: Interactive Web Maps and Relationship Diagrams
The Power of 2.5D Data: Your Hidden Geometry
Graphics Planner, City of Vancouver
Abstract: A challenge in being able to take advantage of the growing interest in 3-D as a visualization and analysis tool is access to 3-D data. GIS professionals might not know it, but they likely already have full-fledged 3-D models hidden in existing 2-D GIS data resources. Discover how it’s possible to give these familiar and trusted resources new life and a substantial boost to their functionality by seeing how new applications such as Autodesk LandXplorer can generate geometry-on-demand based on your attribute-rich 2-D data such as 2-D building footprints (2.5D).
Using GIS to Access and Fuse Social Media for Public Safety
Public Safety Industry Analyst, ESRI Canada
Abstract: A few years ago, information about a disaster or major event was typically discovered via the television, radio or newspapers. Recent advancements in GIS, mobile platforms and social media have changed all that; information from around the world is instantly available. Popular social-media tools like Twitter, Facebook, Flicker and YouTube are becoming the primary forms of communication and information exchange. In the context of public safety, this presentation will discuss the consumption of social media content via a Web browser, using GIS as the platform to access and fuse information during emergencies.
Vancouver’s Open Data Program
Technology Planner, City of Vancouver
Abstract: In May 2009, Vancouver City Council passed a motion referred to as Open3, declaring that the city of Vancouver will endorse the principles of open and accessible data and will freely share with citizens, business and other jurisdictions the greatest amount of data possible while respecting privacy and security concerns. This presentation explores Vancouver's journey toward achieving an open data program that’s sustainable, measurable and value-added to the open data community. This presentation will examine challenges and trends in the open data movement and explore possible next steps for Vancouver.
Vancouver's Web GIS Experience: An Update and New Lessons Learned
GIS and Topobase Support Manager, City of Vancouver
Abstract: The city of Vancouver has extensive experience with the MapGuide family of products over the past 12 years. This includes MapGuide sites (both 6.5 and MGE) that support hundreds of users as well as sites that are special-purpose and supported the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. This session will provide an update on Vancouver's experience with Web GIS specifically and GIS generally. This will include a detailed description of how we use MapGuide and our plans for moving forward as well as the lessons we learned over the years and with the newer products.
Various Uses of GPS Cameras to Manage Assets
Mobile GIS Specialist and Instructor, GIS Services
Director, GIS Services
Abstract: Using GPS cameras as a GIS field datalogger has spanned the needs of field managers to GIS technicians. Looking at this diverse group, what are the differences in setup and application? In this presentation, we will be reviewing the setup and management process for assets as it deals with the Ricoh camera (although this can apply to other field datalogging solutions). We will also look at managing the GPS photography for long-term use. With best practices, we get a better idea of how to use the photography for various field applications.
Why Doesn't My Reality Look the Way I Designed It?
GIS Analyst, City of Vancouver
Business Development Manager, Mobile Mapping, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
GIS Technician, City of Vancouver
Abstract: Local governments and other organizations that build, manage and maintain infrastructure often share a common dilemma. Detailed design drawings are passed onto crews in the field to build something, but due to some issue that comes up, something is changed during construction. Often the field crews don’t have the time to capture the change, so the original design gets passed onto the GIS operator who puts the data into the system “as-designed” as opposed to “as-built.” This can lead to problems down the road. How might an organization like the city of Vancouver address these issues?