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    • March 30, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar


    Date: March 30, 2023, Noon to 1:00 PM


    Webinar will be led by Heather Page, Hung Giang, and Rajni Gupta

    Heather Page, Team Lead - Land Information Solutions Professional Services Team - Esri Canada

    Hung Giang, GIS Analyst - City of Mississauga

    Rajni Gupta, Manager - Data Management Group - City of Mississauga

    Heather Page is the team lead for Esri Canada's Land Information Solutions Professional Services Team. She is responsible for assisting Canadian customers implement and optimize their land administration and land records.

    Hung Giang is the GIS Analyst in the Geospatial Solutions section in the Information Technology department with the City of Mississauga. The Geospatial Solutions team consists of 40 GIS Professionals, Developers and Project Leaders providing GIS, Asset Management, Work Order, Field Inspection and Data Collection solutions to the organization. Hung has actively developed and supported various applications for data maintenance such as property, street centerline, address, stormwater, and planimetric information. Within the last year, he has helped migrate many of the existing CAD data and maintenance processes over to the ESRI Enterprise Platform.

    Rajni Gupta provides overall support to the Data Management Group who is responsible for maintaining the GIS datasets of Parcel, Address, Street, Storm Network, 3D Topographic Mapping, Landuse, Zoning and other datasets. She leads the team for migrating existing CAD Data Maintenance processes to Esri Enterprise platform.

    The City of Mississauga is the first organization in Canada to implement the ArcGIS Pro parcel fabric. Together with Esri Canada’s Land Information Solutions team, the City completed a digital land parcel modernization project to transform their parcel maintenance environment from a CAD based system to the ArcGIS Pro parcel fabric, successfully modernizing their parcel maintenance and publication activities.

    This presentation covers how the collaborative approach between the City of Mississauga and Esri Canada’s Land Information Solutions team ensured a successful outcome, from data migration through to implementation support, and provides current metrics and lessons learned. It also covers how ArcGIS Pro’s out of the box technology including Tasks, Attribute Rules and Branch Versioning were leveraged, resulting in improvements in daily maintenance activity efficiency and to overall data quality. Finally, it covers how the core ArcGIS Pro parcel fabric model and Canadian Parcel Data Model (CPDM) were configured and extended to best fit the City’s data and connect into existing business systems

    Interested in offering a Webinar?  Contact Wendy for details.

    • April 18, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Webinar

    GIS Capability maturity model 

    Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023, Noon to 2:00 PM


    Workshop will be led by Greg Babinski

    Greg Babinski is Marketing and Business Development Manager for the King County GIS Center in Seattle, where he has worked since 1998. Previously he worked for nine years as GIS Mapping Supervisor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland.

    He holds an MA in geography from Wayne State University. Greg is a GISP Certified GIS Professional. Greg is Past-President of URISA and founder and Past-Chair of URISA’s GIS Management Institute. In 2005 he founded The Summit,  the Washington State GIS Newsletter. Greg originated the URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model and participated in the development of the Geospatial Management Competency Model. Most recently Greg has focused on the application of GIS for issues related to equity and social justice. He is co-author of the URISA-Certified Introduction to GIS for Equity and Social Justice Workshop. 
    Greg’s Ethical GEO Fellowship allowed him to develop GIS for Equity and Social Justice Best Practices that further the aims of the Ethical GEO fellowship program.

    In addition to his work for King County, Greg is a GIS consultant, researcher, author, and instructor. He has spoken about GIS management across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Greg also taught GIS for Public Policy at the University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Administration. In his spare time, Greg likes hiking steep, narrow and dangerous trails that lead high above the clouds to awesome views.

    Goals and objectives of this workshop

    This workshop introduces a variety of GIS maturity models in common use throughout the geospatial community. It will focus on the GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM) as tool for GIS management, operations, and tracking. Through hands-on exercises, workshop attendees will complete an initial assessment of their own GIS operation.

    Enterprise GIS is expensive to develop, maintain, and operate. Even small-to-medium-sized cities, counties, and regional agencies have invested millions of dollars to develop their GIS capabilities, and they can have large annual operating budgets. Many recent third-party studies have proven that GIS delivers significant financial return on investment (ROI) 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, their sustainability is uncertain, and ROI varies depending on the maturity of their GIS management practices.

    The GIS Capability Maturity Model will be described, along with its relationship to the USDOLETA Geospatial Management Competency Model.

    Workshop attendees will receive copies of the GISCMM. An exercise will be conducted during the workshop, during which attendees will be asked to perform an initial assessment of their agency by applying the GISCMM. This workshop will be of value to those interested in the development, implementation, and use of GIS management professional standards and best practices.


    IT directors/managers, GIS managers, decision makers, and operational personnel interested in understanding the overall state of their GIS operations.

    Topics Covered

    • What is a capability maturity model?
    • A survey of GIS capability maturity models
    • Origins of the GIS Capability Maturity Model
    • The Geospatial Management Competency Model
    • Theory of GIS Management
    • Development of the revised, peer-reviewed GIS Capability Maturity Model
    • Exercise: The GIS Capability Maturity Model—Step by Step
    • Methods of displaying and comparing results
    • Exercise: Attendee discussion and feedback

    Prerequisites and Recommendations

    No prerequisite. Recommended for GIS managers, consultants, and academics interested in understanding GIS management.

    What You Will Receive

    • 2 hours of instruction from Greg Babinski, who is a subject-matter expert and workshop author.
    • A copy of the workshop presentation and exercises.
    • Upon completion, a signed completion certificate which will indicate the educational credits/points earned.
    • An invitation to periodic GIS management Q&A sessions with the instructor and other workshop attendees.

    Note: Further GIS Management Academy workshops will be offered by Greg at BeSpatial' 2023 as part of your BeSpatial with workshops registration option.

    Interested in offering a Webinar?  Contact Wendy for details.

    • May 02, 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • May 03, 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Virtual

    BeSpatial'23 - 

    When: May 2 & 3, 2023

    Open Each Day: 8:30 AM until 4:00PM

    Where: Virtual - Early bird registrations - in effect and extended until March 31st.

    BeSpatial Spotlight

    Day 1 – Geospatial Creativity in Real Places 
    Day 2 – Creative Ways to Tackle Business Problems with Geospatial Data and Technology

    Note: Registration type - BeSpatial including workshop(s) is required to attend any or all of the three (3) GIS Academy workshops that will be held each afternoon of BeSpatial’23 over 2 days:

    Interested in submitting for an award? Details: here!

    Join your geospatial and information community to listen to this inspiring speaker and stay to participate in the 2 day event of presentations, exhibits and much more...

    This is a 1 full virtual event being offered May 2 & 3 over two 7 hour days.  One event registration will include full access to each day's 4 hour morning program streams that will focus on technical, business, management/executive presentations. Plus, there's our popular Industry partners EXPO and  presentation sessions along with visitations opportunities happening all day. 

Past events

March 27, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Working with APIs in GIS
March 17, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's MApps Contest
February 16, 2023 BeSpatial February Webinar: A Cloud Based Data Library for Managing Municipal Survey and Asset Applications
January 26, 2023 BeSpatial January Webinar: Region of Peel: Census Information Hub
January 17, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Introduction to FME in GIS
December 08, 2022 BeSpatial December Webinar: ClickUp - A Project Management Tool
December 07, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Open Source GIS with Cliff Patterson
November 23, 2022 BeSpatial November Webinar: How the Broadband One Window Online Map Based Platform...
November 03, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's GISP Exam 101
October 26, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Professional Development and Advancing Your Career
October 19, 2022 BeSpatial October Webinar: Hamilton's Enterprise GIS Roadmap: How to Measure Progress and Report Successes
September 28, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Back to School Social & Mentorship Launch
September 22, 2022 BeSpatial September Webinar: Addressing the Housing Affordability Crisis with Geospatial Data
June 09, 2022 BeSpatial Webinar: Federal Airborne LiDAR data acquisition Guideline and the USGS LiDAR Base Specification
May 04, 2022 Workshop: Application Integration in a SAAS context using FME
May 03, 2022 BeSpatial'22 BeConnected
April 07, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network presents – GISP Exam 101
February 17, 2022 BeSpatial Webinar: VertiGIS (Geocortex) Studio for Forestry & Extractive Industries
November 17, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: Open Data: Driving Economic Development
October 28, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: Using High-Resolution Imagery and AI-led Vector Creation to Transform Municipal Data Procurement
October 07, 2021 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network presents – GIS Trivia Day!
September 29, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: Work Task and Infrastructure Projects completed with Go360 Dispatch and CrewOps powered by Location Warehouse and municipal data
June 17, 2021 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network presents – GISP Exam 101
June 02, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: 6 Steps to a Better Business
May 20, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: Source Water Protection Program
May 05, 2021 Build your own Esri Operations Dashboard using open data and FME
May 04, 2021 NG9-1-1 Townhall
May 04, 2021 BeSpatial'21 Going Virtual
March 22, 2021 BeSpatial YPN’s Talk to a Geospatial Hiring Manager
December 17, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Alternative Data Collection and Surveillance using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
December 14, 2020 BeSpatial YPN December Virtual Social - Ask me anything!
December 07, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Visualizing Urban Density
October 20, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: NextGen 9-1-1 and GIS
October 14, 2020 BeSpatial Northern Region Webinar: Spatial Data to Drive Value Chain Development: Economic Fibre Supply Model Case Study
September 23, 2020 BeSpatial: A Special Virtual Program Event with AGM meeting
September 21, 2020 BeSpatial Young Professional Network Fall Social
August 25, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Enabling better interoperability with road condition reporting
June 23, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Taking the Plunge into Open Source GIS
June 03, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Clarity from Chaos: Maps and Apps that Drive Decisions
May 12, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar - Preparing and Validating your data for Next Gen 9-1-1 standards using FME
May 05, 2020 BeSpatial: COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall
April 23, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar - Enforcing Cannabis Ordinance Using Satellite Imagery
February 26, 2020 Esri Canada GIS Partner's Session for BeSpatial's Western Region
February 20, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar - Mobile LiDAR Surveying For Municipal Infrastructure Asset Management Applications
December 04, 2019 BeSpatial Webinar - Peer Success Stories: Unlocking the Secrets of Maturity-Driven Strategy
October 29, 2019 Utilities and Municipal Assets
October 22, 2019 BeSpatial Webinar: It’s All About the Data – York Region’s Analytics Journey
September 25, 2019 BeSpatial Webinar: The Next Generation of Growth Forecasts: A Data Science Approach
May 02, 2019 FME Workshop - server technology - PM session
May 02, 2019 Intro to FME Workshop - AM session
May 02, 2019 BeSmart _Executive Forum!
May 01, 2019 BeSpatial'19 - Day 1 or 2 Full Days!
February 20, 2019 BeHealthy Event
February 14, 2019 BeEmployed Webinar
December 06, 2018 LiDAR 301 - How do I do it? Software Applications
September 18, 2018 LiDAR for Dummies Webinar: Published LiDAR Specifications and How To Use Them
June 28, 2018 Implementation of an Enterprise-wide Common Street Address Database
May 03, 2018 Preparing your Data for Smart Cities using FME 2018
May 01, 2018 LiDAR 201 - Applications of LiDAR Data
April 25, 2018 Northern Ontario GIS Users Event
November 08, 2017 Learn What I Learned
September 22, 2017 22nd Annual Geodetic Picnic
September 22, 2017 2017 Open and Smart Communities Forum
September 19, 2017 Back to School - LiDAR 101
May 04, 2017 FME and Asset Management Workshop
May 03, 2017 BeSpatial 2017
October 31, 2016 GIS-Pro 2016
May 05, 2016 BIM Workshop by Consortech
May 04, 2016 BeSpatial 2016
April 28, 2016 Peterborough Leverages Ecopia's Visual Recognition Solution for HQ Property Vector Map
April 14, 2016 Introduction to sUAS
October 20, 2015 Asset Management

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