Sessions at Geomatics Atlantic 2012 on Tuesday 12th June Workshops

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  • Attaining recognition in the GIS Profession: Professional Certifications and Designations

    by Chad Amirault and James Boxall

    Sobey Building, Room 255

    Purpose: The primary purpose of this workshop is to provide awareness of the available certifications and designations that are internationally recognized and have become mainstream in the US and Western Canada.

    Description: Across the world, GIS is a recognized profession. Not unlike an Engineer or a Project Manager, to become a professional in that profession, one's expertise must be endorsed by a credible 3rd party. A professional designation signifies recognition of an individual's skills.

    In other regions, GIS certifications have become a key for employers and those generating RFPs to measure certified quality. It has been recognized as part of the whole standards process from ISO TC/211. Our competitiveness depends upon maintaining skills and being recognized as working on a level playing field. Certification is as important in academia as it is in government and the private sector.

    The process of certification is thought to be long and difficult, and without a return on investment. This workshop will help to dispel that view. Participants will be guided through the application process with the workshop leaders, and input from colleagues and potential mentors.

    There will also be an opportunity to develop an action plan supporting certification activities. What role should our professional associations play in the certification process in our region? How can educational institutions and employers help with the process? Participants will also be presented with materials for both CIG and GISP processes to obtain and maintain the certification.

    Participants are encouraged to bring their C.V./resume and documents that they can use to begin the application process (i.e. attended training/conferences and awards/publications, etc.).

    Outline: The workshop will be facilitated using the following high-level outline.

    30 min – Industry Trends; what other regions are doing and what we should be doing to catch up. Discuss the effects of not following the industry trends.

    15 min – The Options; what programs are available, from whom and how much do they cost? Looking at the wider variety of certifications (Chartered Geographer, Professional Cartographer, Fellow of RGS, etc..) and associated costs.

    15 min – The Benefits; what are the benefits to you as a practitioner and to your employer.

    30 min - The Process; how to apply and how does the application process work. Discuss how criteria are measured and begin defining individual measures.

    30 min – floating break (pass out lists of conferences, workshops, events, courses, online activities that count, and what points are attached to those) informal Q&A

    30 min – Filling in the blanks; with guidance and together (if they feel comfortable)

    15 min - Action plan; what can we do and who will lead to help us maintain it.

    At 9:00am to 12:00pm, Tuesday 12th June

    In Sobey Building, Saint Mary's University

  • Lidar and ArcGIS: From Data Delivery to GIS Inspection, Layer constructions & Analysis

    by Dr. Tim Webster and Bill Kidman

    Sobey Building, Room 260

    Lidar has become the tool of choice for acquisition of high resolution elevation models. We will go over the theory of lidar, some typical specifications (including point spacing and expected accuracy), and what to ask for in terms of deliverables from the data provider. We will then move to hands-on training utilizing the new Esri ArcGIS 10.1 lidar capabilities. We will examine LAS (standard binary format for lidar) point files and other visualizing tools, and then move one to producing derived layers from the lidar points. In addition to constructing detailed bare-earth DEMs, other models including a Digital Surface Model (DSM) that incorporates all of the valid lidar returns will be built. We will discuss the pros and cons of different methods for building the raster grids. Other products can also be generated from a single lidar survey include the Normalized Height Model (DSM-DEM) which gives us the height of objects above the ground, as well as a lidar intensity image. We will then present a variety of applications of lidar including: flood risk mapping (coastal and rivers), line–of–site analysis, watershed delineation, and change detection. We will end with an open discussion about applications of lidar and potential activities in the region.

    At 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 12th June

    In Sobey Building, Saint Mary's University

  • Ice-Breaker Reception

    by Dr. Dave Coleman

    Brief remarks on 25 years of Geomatics Atlantic!

    At 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Tuesday 12th June

    In Sobey Building, Saint Mary's University

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