GIS Day 2019

GIS Day 2019 - Be the Force That Inspires Change

When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Where: MacOdrum Library, Room 252​


Schedule of events:

Drones and Sandbox installation and demo

Time: 10am-2pm (details to come on this)
What is a sandbox? Check out this video demonstration of an Augmentated Reality Sandbox


GIS Workshops (registration recommended)

Spatial Data Collection Strategies using Opensource Tools. 

Time: 10am-12pm
Please Register (recommended).

Description:  QField allows you to efficiently work on your GPS and GIS data outdoor using projects prepared with QGIS desktop. In this workshop you will learn to prepare a QGIS project with base layers, vector layers and forms ready to be used on your field trip.  You will use Android tablets or smartphones to collect some simple features outdoors and then learn to access these data via QGIS.  Participants will require access to a laptop computer with QGIS installed, and an Android tablet or smartphone with QField installed.  Sharing of devices is encouraged and participants are welcome to work in pairs or groups and to share available devices.  If you have a laptop and/or Android devices available to use, please install GQIS and QField in advance of the workshop.

OpenStreetMap & Mapathon

Time: 12:30-2:30
Please Register (recommended) - Includes Free Pizza Lunch!​

Description:  Join our Map-a-thon and learn to make positive change mapping with Open Street Map! The map-a-thon is an organized gathering of people to add data to the OpenStreetMap. You can improve maps in your local area, help response teams on the ground during disaster, or contribute to the missing maps project for ongoing or future humanitarian responses. Please bring your own laptop and a mouse (for easy point, click, and drag).


Speaker Series

Time: 2:45pm – 4:00pm; coffee & tea 2:30pm

Title: Creating a Digital Map of the National Capital area and Digital Mapping of Cyprus Heritage Conservation Efforts: Two examples of Carleton Immersive Media Studio projects

Presented by:

Red Narvasa: Red Narvasa is a third-year student in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies at Carleton University. He is currently leading the development of an urban model of the Ottawa National Capital Region at CIMS.

Lara Chow: Lara Chow is the Associate Director at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) — a research centre associated with the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University. She has led several research teams for projects at CIMS including the Centre Block BIM, Library of Parliament BIM, and the development of an urban model of the National Capital Region of Ottawa.

Michelle Duong: Michelle is a current Master of Architecture student who has studied architectural conservation, architectural history & theory, and classics. She is also a research assistant at CIMS, currently on the Nea Paphos Documentation team, working to process data that was digitally captured in Paphos this summer.

Abstract:  The CIMS group will give a presentation on The National Capital Model, an irregularly shaped area that stretches from Lebreton Flats to Rideau Hall, and spans both sides of the Ottawa River. The CIMS group will also present on the creation of the first detailed digital map of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nea Paphos in Cyprus to guide future conservation efforts and improve visitor understanding and experience.

Title: Creating interactive maps of historical transit routes of Ottawa

Presented by: Jeff Blackadar​: Jeff Blackadar is a part-time MA student in the Department of History, pursuing an MA in History with Data Science

Abstract:  Jeff will discuss a project that he completed last year, which includes the creation of a series of web maps using GIS files of OC Transpo mass-transit routes spanning 1929-2015 provided by the MacOdrum Library. The web maps also Include census data showing the percentage of household automobile ownership for the years 1962-1974. The R language was used to process .shp files, store their elements into a database and output geojson files for use with generated Leaflet web maps

Title: Development of historical aerial photo mosaics to track forest disturbances using object-oriented classification on the Dokis First Nation following the timber surrender of 1908

Presented by: Riley Cormier​. Riley is a first year MSc student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Abstract:   In the early 1900’s, after much pressure, the Canadian government acquired the timber rights on the Dokis First Nation lands after the passing of Chief Dokis in 1908. Using aerial photos from 1928,1929, and 1935 digital air photo mosaics were created to map forest changes and compare forest coverage to the current status of the Dokis First Nation’s forests.

Title: Ticks and Lyme Disease in Eastern Ontario: Assessing Public Understanding and GIS Modeling of Tick Habitat Suitability with Integration into a Mobile Application.

Presented by: Sarah Singh. Sarah holds a Master of Science in Health: Science, Technology and Policy from Carleton University and is currently working as a Digital Analyst at a tech startup in Toronto. Sarah has worked in various health-care disciplines ranging from clinical research in exercise physiology, nutrition and community health, and infectious diseases.

Abstract: Sarah’s presentation will loosely discuss her master’s thesis project on assessing the public’s understanding on ticks and Lyme disease in eastern Ontario and using GIS modeling for tick habitat suitability. She will also be discussing the techniques and modeling methods used in order to develop a species habitat suitability model for disease-surveillance purposes.

Title: GIS Mapping of Wet Snow Cover Area in Apex River Watershed, Nunavut

Presented by: Yulia Antropova. Yulia is a 1st year PhD student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Abstract:  Mapping of wet snow during the spring melt period is important in order to understand and predict snowmelt runoff and the resulting freshwater resource supply. In this study, we use spaceborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) observations to map wet snow cover area in GIS. In support of SAR observations, optical Planet satellite images were used to derive ground-truth snow-covered and snow-free areas. Classification of SAR images based on a threshold approach shows high overall accuracy of 85.9% when compared against Planet images in the beginning of snowmelt period.

Reception and Refreshments 4-5pm.



Content last reviewed: November 5, 2019