May 9, 2019
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Peter Sullivan receives Champlain Award 2019
Peter Sullivan Receives the Champlain Award

Professional Surveyors Canada is pleased to announce the presentation of the 2019 Champlain Award recognizing outstanding leadership and contributions to the Canadian land surveying profession to Mr. Peter Sullivan, CLS, ALS (ret), MBA of Edmonton, Alberta.
The Champlain Award was presented to Mr. Sullivan by Hal Janes, Chair of Professional Surveyors Canada before a national audience of land surveying professionals at the National Surveyors Conference in Halifax Nova Scotia, May 1-3, 2019. Read more
Peter Sullivan, lauréat du Prix Champlain
Géomètres professionnels du Canada (GPC) est heureux d’annoncer que le Prix Champlain 2019 a été décerné à M. Peter Sullivan, AATC, ALSA (ret), MBA, Edmonton (Alberta), pour son leadership et ses contributions remarquables à la profession d’arpenteur‑géomètre au Canada.

Le Prix Champlain a été remis à M. Sullivan par Hal Janes, président de Géomètres professionnels du Canada, devant un auditoire d’arpenteurs‑géomètres professionnels du pays lors de la Conférence nationale des arpenteurs-géomètres, qui s’est déroulée à Halifax, en Nouvelle‑Écosse, du 1 er au 3 mai 2019. Lire plus
Association News / Nouvelles des associations
Recording of April 25, 2019 webinar:
Fate of the U.S. Survey Foot after 2022: A Conversation with NGS
Dr. Michael Dennis, National Geodetic Survey
Two feet is great for people, but not so good for standards. Since 1959, two definitions of the foot have been used in the U.S. One is the “international foot”, adopted nationwide at that time. The other is the “U.S. survey foot”, a renamed perpetuation of the 1893 definition intended as temporary. Although the U.S. survey foot is longer by only 2 ppm (0.01 foot per mile), having both in use at the same time creates real problems with real costs.  Read and listen more
Geolgnite Conference 2019
GoGeomatics Canada

Major speakers are announced:

  • Keith Masback Chair, National Geospatial Advisory Committee Keynote!
  • Nadine Alameh CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
  • Sanjay Kumar CEO, World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) & Geospatial Media Inc
  • Prashant Shukle Director General, Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO)
  • Amina Deiab Senior Director, Economic Policy, Economic Development and Trade, Government of Alberta

June 18-19, 2019
Ottawa Conference and Event Centre
Ottawa, ON

Early bird registration until May 15

Full Day Open Source Geospatial Workshops
OSGeo Ottawa, Local Chapter
June 17, 2019
Ottawa, ON
In the Media / Dans les médias
5 homes evacuated after excavator hits gas line in southwest Calgary
Gas leak happened at 77th Street and Weston Drive S.W.
Homes have been evacuated and roads closed in a southwest Calgary neighbourhood after an excavator hit a gas line.
The call came in around 4:15 p.m. Monday, Calgary fire battalion chief Bruce Barrs said.
Five homes were evacuated in the 300 block of West Ranch Road.
An excavator hit a six-inch gas line, causing the leak. As of 6 p.m., ATCO Gas crews had shut down gas to the area and stopped the leak. Read more
Fuite de gaz majeure à Ottawa
Une fuite de gaz majeure a forcé l'évacuation de plusieurs immeubles du centre-ville d'Ottawa, mardi après-midi.
Le bris pourrait être dû au chantier de construction d'un nouveau système de train léger, en construction sous le centre-ville. Lire plus
Emergency responders were evacuating people in Durham, N.C., when a gas explosion killed 1
The cars near the site of a gas explosion that killed one person in Durham, North Carolina, on Wednesday look like they've been in accidents.
Windows are blown out. Air bags are deployed. Some have dents and dings. The roads are awash in glass, so much so they glisten. The air reeks of dust and pollen.
Some 60 emergency responders and cleanup people are on the scene of the blast, which happened hours earlier after someone smelled gas. 
Another person who works nearby said firefighters entered his building and told employees that workers had hit a gas line, and "we heard the big explosion right after they told us they may evacuate us." Read more
Fuite de gaz à Gatineau : le périmètre de sécurité est levé
Une fuite de gaz dans le secteur Hull a forcé l'évacuation de résidents mercredi matin à Gatineau.
La fuite était due aux travaux d'excavation en cours sur le boulevard Saint-Joseph. Une pelle mécanique a percé une conduite de 8 pouces, selon Gazifère. Lire plus
Surveying Florida’s Integrated Highway Solution
Combining mobile and aerial LiDAR with ground surveying creatively contributed to widening a Florida road near an operating airport on a very tight schedule.
Inside Unmanned Systems
From Disney World to game day for the NBA’s Magic, Orlando’s 2.5 million-person metro area is generating growing demand for increased roadway capacity. But any surveying that involved closing Central Florida Expressway SR 417-149 to widen it would pose major driving issues. Similarly, working with LiDAR would need to negotiate traffic flow and safety, as well as restrictions on UAS flights. Read more
Sauble boundary case set to move ahead
Owen Sound The Sun Times
A dispute over where the boundary of the Saugeen First Nation reserve ends at Sauble Beach could go to trial later this year.
Saugeen First Nation Chief Lester Anoquot said Monday that it is still not known exactly when a trial could begin, but they have tentatively set September aside for the trial in Ontario Superior Court in Toronto. Read more
The Lore of Lost Cities - Imagining The Lost City Of Z
British explorer Percy Fawcett was last seen in 1925 embarking on a voyage that would take him to the heart of the Amazon rainforest. After years of working as a surveyor across the region, Fawcett had become convinced that a secret lay in the heart of the jungle, not just a city, but a profound site of human history. Fawcett named this place The City of Z! Read more
Geodata Provides the Basis, But Collaboration is Key
the American Surveyor
Basic principles for smart city solutions already exist / A multidisciplinary approach is required/ Open data is vital for cross-industry platforms / INTERGEO 2019 asks what the geospatial sector contributes to smart cities?
Karlsruhe/Munich, 29 April 2019. Municipal authorities are well aware when autumn starts. In the future, they will also know exactly where in a city each and every tree is located, its height and trunk diameter, and even the amount of leaves it will shed – useful information from a waste disposal perspective.  Read more
Seaway at 60: Cornwall photographer documented construction
The Kingston Whig Standard
A Kingston man has shared a treasure trove of photographs of the construction of a portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
James Malcolm, the owner of Trailhead in Kingston, brought the photos to the Whig-Standard this week.
His father, Carl Malcolm, was a surveyor/photographer from the 1950s and 1960s who worked for Ontario Hydro. His task in the late 1950s was to document the preparation and construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway around the Cornwall area. Read more
International News / Informations internationales
UK drones map Chernobyl's 'Red Forest'
BBC News
Chernobyl's "Red Forest" - one of the most radioactive locations on Earth - has just been surveyed by UK scientists using a suite of drones.
The robotic aircraft flew novel sensors that have given Ukrainian authorities more up-to-date information on the sites with the greatest contamination.
The Red Forest is just 500m from the Chernobyl nuclear complex. Read more
Intel's Mobileye to map huge amount of road data in collaboration with Britain's mapping agency
Ordnance Survey (OS) and Intel subsidiary Mobileye have launched trials to map roadside infrastructure in Britain.
In an announcement Tuesday, Ordnance Survey – the national mapping agency of Britain – said its work with Mobileye would "unlock the innovation of artificial intelligence-powered automotive technology for an array of markets." Read more
Tech News / Nouvelles techno
Cloud database removed after exposing details on 80 million US households
The cache included information on addresses, income levels and marital status.
In a blow to consumers' privacy, the addresses and demographic details of more than 80 million US households were exposed on an unsecured database stored on the cloud, independent security researchers have found.
The details included names, ages and genders as well as income levels and marital status. The researchers, led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, were unable to identify the owner of the database, which until Monday was online and required no password to access. Read more
La course à internet dans l'espace
L'affolement a gagné le secteur spatial depuis que l'homme le plus riche du monde, Jeff Bezos, a laissé filtrer son dernier projet baptisé Kuiper : 3236 satellites à 600 kilomètres d'altitude pour arroser la Terre d'internet à haut débit.
Offrir un internet à ultra haut débit jusque dans les déserts numériques est aussi le but de la société OneWeb, qui doit commencer cet été en Floride à fabriquer deux satellites par jour, pour une constellation de plus de 600 satellites censée être opérationnelle en 2021.   Lire plus
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