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  • March 25, 2023 4:08 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    AirTags "Lose your Knack for Losing Things" 

    "AirTag is an easy way to keep track of your stuff. Attach one to your keys, slip another one in your backpack. And just like that, they’re on your radar in the Find My app. AirTag has your back" -Quote from Apple

    We're excited to announce that early bird registration (up until March 31) will give you a chance to win a fantastic Air Tag (pack of four) or a $250 Visa gift card draw prize!

    Interest in the program is high with presentation spots quickly filling up  the 20+ sessions being offered. Bookmark the Programs Spotlight area for breaking news about our presentations

    BeSpatial'23 is a once a year opportunity that will provide you with professional development , valuable information and updates about what is happening in your field, a chance to visit with exhibitors to learn about their new products and services and networking with others in the geospatial and information community and much more... 

  • March 25, 2023 3:03 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Take a look! The preliminary program is now available!

    BeSpatial 2023, held virtually on May 2-3 will showcase a dynamic cross section of presentations and exhibitions drawn from our geospatial and information community. It’s a once a year engaging opportunity where you, your colleagues and your teams can listen, learn, network and also have some fun!

    Program and Speaker Highlights

  • March 25, 2023 2:47 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)


    Test your GIS knowledge at the first-ever Teranet Geospatial Trivia event and play to win! Join this fun and informative game featuring a series of questions, images, and sounds from around the World. Don't miss this chance to challenge your GIS and non-GIS knowledge and to top the leaderboard. 

    Prizes will be awarded to the top three participants:

    • 1st Place: $500.00 pre-paid MasterCard gift card* and Full Bragging Rights
    • 2nd Place: $250.00 pre-paid MasterCard gift card* 
    • 3rd Place: $100.00 pre-paid MasterCard gift card* 
    • 4th Place & Beyond: A half hour of fun and excitement with your friends and colleagues.
  • March 24, 2023 6:30 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Lesley MacKenzie, Director of Professional Services at Consortech kicks off Day 2, May 3 at BeSpatial'23

    Learn more about the latest trends and options to use the cloud as platform for geo-date processing

    These past couple of years, we have been asked the same questions by many clients: should we move our data processes to the cloud? Or, we are moving our infrastructure to the cloud, how do we move our data processing there as well? The adoption of cloud has been increasing in the past years as clients look for more scalable infrastructure. Even applications themselves are moving to the cloud, offered more and more as SaaS. With so many options and possibilities and scenarios, these are questions that raise multiple considerations, especially around how to shift those data processes to the cloud. 

    In this presentation, you will hear about the latest trends and some ways to use the Cloud as a platform for geo-data processes. We will look at different options and scenarios we have assessed for clients over the past few years and present some of the questions and considerations you may have.
    •    What are the benefits and limitations currently available?
    •    How will my current processes be impacted?
    •    How does this impact how I implement data processing?

    More information about the BeSpatial'23 Program

  • March 24, 2023 5:38 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    For the last several years, ESRI has released significant volumes of information concerning the coming end of life for ArcMap and the Geometric Network (GN) and the move to ArcGIS Pro and Utility Network (UN). Despite the impending timelines, few GIS decision makers have started to truly plan for a UN implementation. This presentation will focus on the ten major items to consider when planning to implement a UN solution.

    Learn more...

  • March 24, 2023 5:27 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    NG911 Municipal Data Preparation

    Local public safety operations for emergency service response has to be efficient, fast and effective. See how this is possible with Next Generation 911 (NG911). NG 911 is fast approaching.  Learn what it means, its requirements, components and benefits to the community.  We will explore the existing and new NG911 systems, public safety access points, real time data, obstacles and municipal data preparation.  An overview of the required NG911 geospatial data and its structure will be examined.

    City of Guelph and Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Database Development and Data Load for NG9-1-1

    The City of Guelph was selected, alongside its partner Esri Canada, as the Canadian city to lead the development of a next-generation emergency services geographic information system (GIS) database. This innovative partnership was awarded $1.017 million in federal grant funding and will support critical enhancements in public safety in Guelph and across Canada, as the country implements a modernized Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) emergency response system. Improved call routing through use of GIS point in polygon processes is one of the drivers of NG9-1-1.


  • March 23, 2023 5:42 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Ontario Elevation Mapping Program

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) was tasked to create a Provincial mapping program in support of the Ontario Flooding Strategy. Elevation data for regions across the province was decades old in some places. Severe flood events are becoming common-place. The financial burden to individuals, businesses and the province was growing. The need for high resolution mapping to support the flood strategy has been great.

    Land Information Ontario (LIO) Imagery Acquisition Program

    An overview of the Ontario Imagery Program including current and past acquisition activities, upcoming acquisitions, technical details and how to access Imagery. The presentation will also outline the benefits of the program.

    Giving Ontario an EDGE: Bio-economy market development through collaboration

    CRIBE's Forest EDGE helps to bridge the gap of information needed to grow Ontario’s Bioeconomy. Forest EDGE is a collaborative project, maximizing the strengths of different organizations to bring an intuitive web platform for economic development and investment attraction.

    Find out more...

  • March 23, 2023 5:39 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Running against time - Workflow enhancements using FME, ArcMap & python scripting to find creative solutions for today's problems

    Graphics & Visualization team in City Planning's mission was to build an automation tool capable of creating report maps connected to the development review process for community council. This project aligned to the City's Strategic priority of "Modernization", as well as technology innovation and paperless transaction. 

  • March 07, 2023 1:18 PM | Hanna Sjostrom, GISP (Administrator)
    MApps (Maps and Applications) People's Choice Award & Gallery

    It's not too early to start thinking and planning to exhibit in the 2023 Gallery! 

    You've worked hard to create a map or application for your organization and now is your chance to show it off to other GIS professionals and colleagues from around the Province at the annual BeSpatial'23 and program event!  Show off your best traditional Map design or create a layout to display your latest Web Application. Open for submissions until April 14th.

    For more details

  • March 01, 2023 11:59 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)


    • When: May 2-3 2023
    • Where: Virtual Event

    Call for Submissions is Open until April 02, 2023

    Educational Program - $500 BeSpatial bursary offering

    The BeSpatial Nathan Adams Student Bursary is an annual award that recognizes the contributions of students studying at Ontario post-secondary institutions to the geospatial and information community. This is a great opportunity for students to get name recognition and begin participating in community events.

    For more details Visit:  2023 Bursary

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