September 6, 2018
Le 6 septembre 2018
Association News / Nouvelles des associations
CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium
Symposium du CCGA sur la prévention des dommages
Canadian Common Ground Alliance

Fairmont Chateau Whistler
October 30 - November 1, 2018
Whistler, BC

In 2016, there were nearly 12,000 excavation damages in Canada leading to estimated societal costs of $975 million. The 6th Annual CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium, held in Whistler, British Colombia this fall, is your opportunity to make a difference in the damage prevention movement. Over the course of three days, gain valuable knowledge at educational sessions covering critical topics, enrich your professional network through multiple social events, and envision the future by interacting with exhibitors on the forefront of damage prevention.

Flyer (pdf)
CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium
En 2016, près de 12 000 infrastructures ont été endommagées au Canada, dont les coûts sociaux s’élèvent à 975 millions de dollars. Le 6e Symposium du CCGA sur la prévention des dommages, qui se tiendra cet automne en Colombie-Britannique, sera l’occasion pour vous de faire la différence dans le mouvement consacré à la prévention des dommages. Il vous sera possible, pendant ces trois jours, d’acquérir des connaissances primordiales lors de nos ateliers de formation traitant de sujets essentiels, d’élargir votre réseau professionnel grâce aux nombreux événements sociaux et d’entrevoir l’avenir en interagissant avec les exposants ayant à cœur la prévention des dommages.

Prospectus (pdf)
FIG - 3rd Young Surveyors North America Meeting
National Society of Professional Surveyors - NSPS
October 17-18, 2018
College Park Marriott and Conference Center
East Hyattsville, MD

Read about the sessions in the flyer (pdf)
AOLS September Webinar
"Utility Infrastructure Awareness:
The Importance of KNOWing Before Your Dig!"
Association of Ontario Land Surveyors

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Damages to buried utility infrastructure continue to grow at an alarming rate. In 2017, there were over 5,100 reported damages, up 37% from 2016. What is most alarming, is that 61% of those 5,100 damages in Ontario had public locates completed. The team at Own Your Safety believe that to reduce this 61%, everyone with interest in an excavation project needs to understand the complex utility locate process. The Importance of KNOWing Before Your Dig includes:

URISA Webinar: LiDAR for Dummies
"LiDAR for Dummies Webinar:
Published LiDAR Specifications and How To Use Them"

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

URISA member - free
Non-member - $20

As LiDAR is becoming a mainstream product for applications across various government agencies and private sector businesses, various specifications are being published to help procurers and users decide what to purchase.

This webinar will introduce five publications that are available; ASPRS, USGS, Federal Airborne LiDAR Acquisition Guideline and the Ontario Specifications for LiDAR Acquisition.
In the Media / Dans les médias
GPS antenna on Porter County roof to guide surveyors, others
The Times
VALPARAISO — A new GPS antenna to be put on the roof of the Porter County Administration Center will help the surveyor’s office and others, but it’s really aimed at guiding unmanned vehicles, County Surveyor Kevin Breitzke said.
“We’re moving to an era of self-guiding cars,” Breitzke said.
Global positioning satellite systems are being used by surveyors as well as drivers, Pokemon Go players and others who need help finding their way around a community and beyond. Read more
Cottage purchasers need to know land boundaries of lakefront property
“Buy land,” wrote Mark Twain. “They’re not making it anymore.”
But he wasn’t quite correct. The famous author probably didn’t know about the legal principle of accretion, which is the gradual increase in the size of a parcel of land as a result of a lowering of adjacent water levels or the washing up of sand or soil to form new solid ground. Read more

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Surveying the Forgotten Coast
The Times FL
A British map published in 1823, but based on earlier charts by George Gauld, shows a lighthouse at West Pass on St. George Island (see arrow on bottom map on Figure 1.). No lighthouse was built there in the Territory of Florida until 1833.....
No true surveys of the Gulf Coast were done for the first 250 years after Ponce de Leon first landed in Florida. Read more
Hydrocarbures: la porte reste ouverte aux forages dans les cours d’eau
Le Devoir
Contrairement à ce qu’a soutenu à maintes reprises le ministre Pierre Moreau, le gouvernement Couillard n’a pas complètement fermé la porte aux forages pétroliers et gaziers dans les cours d’eau, a constaté Le Devoir. Québec prévoit toujours une mesure d’« exception » pour se garder le droit de les autoriser. Lire plus
Surveying with Drones: The Key Differences Between Aerial LiDAR and Photogrammetry
The following is a guest post from Dustin Price, licensed land surveyor and operations manager at Landpoint: a surveying, aerial data and technical services provider.
There has been an influx of new and, in some cases, game-changing surveying technologies that have popped up over the past few years. Arguably the biggest of these technologies is unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which has allowed surveyors to collect data in a fraction of the time it would take using traditional methods. The rise of UAV surveying has also created a choice for those that need aerial data: LiDAR or photogrammetry. Here are a few key ways in which these two technologies are different. Read more
Trans Mountain: Ottawa mis en échec
Le Devoir
C’est fait. Les Canadiens seront propriétaires du pipeline Trans Mountain dès vendredi, après avoir versé 4,5 milliards de dollars à la pétrolière texane Kinder Morgan. La transaction, qui ne tient pas compte des coûts d’expansion de l’infrastructure, a été officialisée au moment où la Cour d’appel fédérale annulait jeudi le décret du gouvernement Trudeau autorisant le démarrage du projet d’exportation de pétrole des sables bitumineux. Lire plus
Do you know how many types of LiDAR are there?
GeoSpatial World
LiDAR has various applications in surveying, sensors, drones and laser scanning. So people are fairly acquainted with this technology, which is among the major emerging technologies driving the age of automation.
But there are many different types of LiDARs based on their functionality and inherent characteristics. Let’s have a look at the classification of LiDARs and how different types of LiDARs have different uses. Read more
Mobile Mapping and the Role of the Geomatics Specialist
GIM International
The demand for detailed, up-to-date 3D maps of cities, roads and large buildings is steadily growing. This demand is nourished by the ongoing exponential decrease in the cost of collecting point clouds (PCs). Read more
International News / Informations internationales
The Welshman who went up a mountain but came down a hill:
Surveyor discovers the Fan y Big peak in Brecon Beacons actually FAILS 'mountain test' as it is downgraded
Fan y Big has lost its mountain status after an eagle-eyed surveyor measured it and found it didn't meet the stringent criteria.
It is situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park and is part of the high ridge that heads east from the highest mountain in South Wales, Pen y Fan. Read more CNN News Article
The Behind-the-scenes Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue
How GIS Aided the Rescue Mission in Tham Luang Nang Non
GIM International
as the world became captivated with the challenge of rescuing the 12 soccer boys and their coach from deep within the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system in Thailand, GIS was applied to understand and share knowledge about the cave. The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) collaborated with Esri Thailand Ltd. and GIS Ltd. to create a team of mapping and GIS experts at the Geohazard Operation Center. This team supported the rescue mission by applying GIS technology to create cave passage maps and analyse the topography and hydrology of the area. Read more
Surge in online survey scams, warns leading chartered surveyor
A warning to people selling their homes to beware of internet-based scams offering cut-price surveys has been sounded by a leading chartered surveyor in Scotland.
Eric Curran, managing partner of DM Hall - one of Scotland’s largest independent firms of chartered surveyors - says the scams have come to light thanks to the Scottish sales system under which Home Reports are required by law by all vendors.  Read more
JCG seeks specialized surveying plane to set precise EEZ
The Japan Coast Guard is planning to introduce for the first time an airplane specifically for surveying to enhance its ability to determine the low-water line, which is used as the baseline to calculate the extent of Japan’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone. Read more
Tech News / Nouvelles techno
Canadian Company Has a Foot in the LiDAR Race
Here’s a $70,000 question: what technology component is the biggest barrier to making autonomous vehicles (AV) affordable for the every day consumer? The answer, unequivocally, is LiDAR.
Traditionally, LiDAR sensors are built with mechanical moving parts that cost tens of thousands of dollars, are difficult to miniaturize, and are susceptible to the bumps and vibrations of a moving car.
But what if there was a version of LiDAR that was stably mounted, safer, and manufactured at a fraction of the cost? This is what solid-state LiDAR (SSL) brings to the AV industry: LiDAR-on-a-chip. SSL can reduce the cost of this piece of vital AV technology from tens of thousands of dollars to, some experts project, a few hundred. Read more
How Big Can a Solar-Powered Drone Be?
It's a brilliant idea: Put solar panels on a drone so it doesn't need a battery. Without a battery, you could fly a drone as long as the sun keeps shining. It's awesome (assuming your motives are pure). That's exactly what students at the National University of Singapore did.
But if you watch the video, you'll notice right away that the drone is as thin as a sheet. The real question then, is what size and mass could this vehicle be and still run completely on solar power? I'm going to answer the question and give you a solar-powered quadcopter calculator. But first, let's look at the physics and ideas that factor into this equation. Read more
Intelligence artificielle: Thales mise sur Montréal
Le Devoir
Bien qu’elle soit présente dans 56 pays à travers la planète, la multinationale Thales a choisi Montréal, et le Canada, pour implanter son nouveau centre de recherche en intelligence artificielle (IA). Baptisé cortAIx (Centre opérationnel de recherche et technologie en agents intelligents et experts), ce dernier a démarré ses activités en début d’année 2018. Entretien avec le directeur général, Siegfried Usal. Lire plus
Upcoming Events / Prochaines activités
2018 MGUG Fall Conference
Manitoba GIS User Group
October 17, 2018
Club Regent Event Centre
Winnipeg, MB

FIG - 3rd Young Surveyors North America Meeting
National Society of Professional Surveyors - NSPS
October 17-18, 2018
College Park Marriott and Conference Center
East Hyattsville, MD

CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium
Symposium du CCGA sur la prévention des dommages
Canadian Common Ground Alliance
October 30 - November 1, 2018
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Whistler, BC

Geomatics Atlantic 2018
Theme - Oceans of Data
Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia
November 14-16th , 2018 
Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
Halifax, NS

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