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Posted on August 17, 2017
Join the Canadian geospatial community as we welcome new and returning students to our sector.  This year we are proud to announce that 12 groups are hosting Back to School Events.  We hope that  you, your company or organisation can join us at these fun free networking events. Click the Meetup Info links below for detailed information about your local event. Last year over 400 people participated in the socials. These are the most popular networking events in Canada for our sector. We get together for drinks and conversation and build a stronger geomatics sector one connection at a time. It's the role of good and effective...
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Posted on August 15, 2017
Have you ever felt lost when someone started talking about precision agriculture?  When people think about a GIS intensive environment, they probably imagine a bustling office where the inhabitants are using technology (i.e. their computers) to enhance their clients or customers lives. It is not surprising then, that most of us often do not often associate GIS with farming. Using technology to grasp the utilization of a vast amount of crop land actually makes sense because technology is constantly being used to enhance every aspect of our lives. In the most simplistic terms, it is the way that location technology (i.e. Geographic...
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Posted on August 10, 2017
The Breaking News Last year, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists announced that a year prior, one of their members (Süddeutsche Zeitung) had been sent the contents of a massive leak from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. This leak revealed that for years the firm had been helping people and companies all around the world avoid taxes by channeling wealth through overseas shell companies, most notably in the British Virgin Islands and Bahamas. The clients came from over 100 countries, including Canada. CBC and the Toronto Star are the two Canadian members of the ICIJ and both produced some stories in the...
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Posted on July 7, 2017
Hi COGS Grads: this is a nice manner to share “where you are” for a number of reasons: to help students get ideas about where possible jobs and opportunities are; to help each of us stay in touch with classmates, friends, and connections regarding “where” we work, and; to depict methods of pinning points on a map (zoom out for heat map, zoom in to show scale-dependent rendering, make use of various mapping elements (bookmarks, layers, basemaps, collecting “where” data through Google Form, managing that data in Google Sheets). Participation is voluntary. From June to early July 2017, 20 grad added their info to our "where...
Funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Canada Research Chairs program, and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation Research Technicians Initiative, Dr. Yun Zhang and his EarthView3D project team in the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at UNB developed ground-breaking technology and a software system to generate seamless global 3D images and 3D line maps for realistic virtual reality (VR) visualization. Using a VR tool, one can travel virtually all over the world exploring the ocean floors, mountain ridges and valleys, and even one's own neighbourhood in realistic 3D without ever leaving home. The project was...
The College of Geographic Sciences (COGS) held the 2017 COGS Industry Expo on March 23 in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia. COGS has a long-standing tradition of hosting an annual career fair and inviting industry professionals to present new technologies and equipment. This was my third industry expo, and by far was the best attended. Approximately 250 people visited the expo. While winter weather had an impact on the attendance of some participants, there still a strong showing from both private and public sectors seeking to showcase their organizations and geospatial technologies.  This year the event was rebranded as an Industry Expo...
1866: a twenty three year old blacksmith from rural Annapolis County who  could neither read nor write. 1888: a five year old in India, having lost both parents to cholera, finds himself living in Scotland with relatives. By age 34 the blacksmith had earned a BA from Acadia University, and an MA and a PhD from Boston University, both degrees in a single year. By age 34, the five year-old has studied at Glasgow Technical School, emigrated to Canada, been a prospector and mining engineer in Alberta, joined the Canadian Army and finds himself tunneling under 1ST World War German trenches. J.B. Hall, born in Lawrencetown in 1843,...
GoGeomatics Canada has built a thriving geospatial community by creating networking opportunities for our participants. We achieve this by holding free informal monthly networking events at pubs across Canada. You can join us at any of these cities: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Kingston, London, Niagara, Ottawa, Peterborough and Area, Toronto and Vancouver. These monthly socials are free and open to everyone from all areas of geomatics – business owners, professionals, students, and job seekers. We discuss geospatial related topics such as jobs, careers, technologies, remote sensing, surveying, and...
What About COGS The Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) is one of the best colleges in Canada for learning GIS.  As a COGS graduate myself I am writing this article to help future students make up their minds about going to COGS. Over the years there have been many articles about COGS in the GoGeomatics Canada magazine. One of my favorites is the Myth of COGS.  Another resource is a book called, ‘The Story of COGS,’ written by Bob Maher and his wife, Heather Stewart. A brief history of COGS can be found in the '2015-2016 Graduate Profiles' produced by Dave MacLean and the Advanced Geomatics Diploma students. This is a great...
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Posted on February 27, 2017
Dr. Tim Webster, is a renowned research scientist with the Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) in Middleton, Nova Scotia. He is one of the top researchers in the geomatics sector, specializing in flood risk mapping, shoreline delineation, and landscape evolution utilizing LiDAR and other remote sensing techniques. The AGRG was founded in 2000, through financial support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The team consists of a team of research scientists, research associates, as well as a variety of interns and graduate students. They began using various geomatics tools and techniques for environmental research in the...
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