About Dianne Gray

Dianne completed a Bachelor of Science Honours in Earth and Environmental Sciences at UBC-Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, in 2010. She did geology work as an undergraduate and as a geologist for two years after graduation. She then attended BCIT in Burnaby, BC, in 2012, where she completed the GIS Advanced Diploma program with distinction in 2013, and returned to Kelowna in 2015. Her GIS work experience includes the mining, environmental, oil and gas, consulting, and wind energy sectors. Dianne became involved with GoGeomatics through attending the Vancouver socials for two years and began writing articles for GoGeomatics starting in 2013. In 2016, she started the GoGeomatics Kelowna group and is currently a group leader for this group.

Posts by Dianne Gray

Posted on August 8, 2017
Every summer in British Columbia, along with long days, sunshine, heat, and little rain comes an all-too-familiar reality: hundreds of wildfires. Some of them affect only uninhabited regions in BC, but many threaten communities, property, pets, livestock, and human lives.  During the fire season it is critical that accurate, relevant and adequate fire information be available to the public. People affected by wildfires need to get information quickly. These people include residents in evacuation areas, travellers, municipal government personnel, and emergency crews.  Unfortunately, there are many sources of fire-related...
Posted on October 4, 2016
GoGeomatics Kelowna's first Back-to-School September social was a huge success!    Among the attendees were a great group from Stantec, our local Kelowna GoGeomatics sponsor, and 2 members of Esri Canada, our nation-wide GoGeomatics sponsor.   Other attendees included several students from UBC-Okanagan, as well as GIS professionals both working and looking for work in GIS. Several activities took place during Kelowna's September social.  Everyone enjoyed a good round of free appetizers, and most attendees enjoyed beer or wine from the Mission Tap House and Grill pub.  There were several door prizes drawn for GoGeomatics T-shirts...
Posted on May 11, 2016
There are many GIS and geomatics certification options available to Canadians.  They have been discussed in detail in previous articles.  A summary of these different options is listed in the table below.  How they compare, how they differ, and the pros and cons of certification will also be discussed.  In addition to the certification options listed, it is also worth mentioning that the Canadian Remote Sensing Society (CRSS) is considering offering a certification program in the near future, but information on it is not currently available. Organization and Certification Sub-Categories Requirements Duration Application Fees...
Posted on April 25, 2016
Many GIS Certification options exist for Canadian geomatics professionals, including software-specific certifications. One popular software certification is the Technical Certification Program offered by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). This certification is specific to ArcGIS software. There are 3 field domains for exams: Desktop (ArcGIS Desktop), Developer (ArcGIS Desktop Developer or Web Application Developer), and Enterprise (Enterprise Geodata Management, Enterprise System Design, and Enterprise Administration). Holding Esri Technical Certification helps users to stay up to date on software and increase...
As a former Burnaby resident and fairly new to the field of GIS as a 2013 graduate of BCIT's GIS Advanced Diploma program, I became a regular attendee at Vancouver GoGeomatics socials for two years and appreciated the career networking opportunities offered by these events.  They bring together members of the GIS and geomatics community, in addition to providing speakers and presentations about current industry topics.   However, when I moved to Kelowna last fall, I found that there are many networking groups but none catered to GIS.  I want to help change that by creating a social networking group that caters to the GIS...
Posted on April 15, 2016
One of the GIS Certifications available to Canadians specifically is the Certified Geomatics Specialist certification available from the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG). Certification is offered in 6 areas: GIS/LIS, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Cartography, Geodesy, and Geomatics Management. At present, 17 Canadians are certified in GIS/LIS, 1 in Photogrammetry, 1 in Remote Sensing, 1 in Geodesy, and 5 in Geomatics Management. This form of certification provides recognition among Canadian peers within different areas of geomatics, can provide career advancement opportunities through recognition and networking within CIG, looks...
Posted on April 5, 2016
  Among the various types of GIS and Geomatics certifications available to Canadians, The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS) offers Certificates of Registration to geomatics professionals in the province of Ontario, who become designated as Ontario Land Information Professionals, or OLIP. These certificates are available in 4 areas: Geodesy, Photogrammetry, Hydrography, and Geographic Information Management. At present there are 53 Certificate of Registration holders in Ontario. Holding an AOLS Certificate of Registration can give a competitive edge for geomatics professionals in Ontario when searching for jobs, looks great...
Posted on March 16, 2016
  One type of certification available for GIS and Geomatics professionals is the ASPRS Certification program available from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Certification is offered in three main categories: Certified Photogrammetrist, Certified Mapping Scientist (in Remote Sensing, GIS/LIS, or LiDAR), and Certified Technologist (in Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, GIS/LIS, and LiDAR). Although the ASPRS is American, they certify members worldwide. At present there are 10 Canadians certified in the above specializations: 7 Certified Photogrammetrists, 1 Certified Photogrammetrist Technologist, and 2...
Posted on February 26, 2016
Professional certification is nothing new.  It is a requirement in many fields to help regulate professional practices in specific industries and maintain high standards of practice for professions, particularly those of responsibility where ethics and liability play a large role, such as doctors or engineers.  Certification in GIS is a relatively new concept that has evolved and developed since the 1990's, and there are currently a few different types of optional certification available to Canadians. The largest and most widely recognized of the GIS certification options is called the GISP, or GIS Professional, designation, offered...
Posted on February 22, 2016
What Students and Recent Graduates Can Do   Relating to another article I wrote, called "Career Challenges for Students and Recent Graduates in GIS", I drew awareness to the problem that in the fast-paced, unstable, and constantly changing job market that exists today, young people in GIS and many other disciplines are having difficulty becoming established in their careers. So if you are new to your field, how do you succeed in a technology career such as GIS? The 'soft' or transferable skills are probably the most important things taken away from school, particularly from university. University teaches you to adapt to...