From our Team
In Search of the Big Picture – a Green Map for more effective conservation efforts in the Creston Valley
By Yann Troutet on 2020-01-20 00:00
Saving Wilderness! It has long been a motto of the conservation movement. But how? And where? Sure: anywhere and by any means is better than just talking about it. But what if you could find a way to conserve those areas that matter the most?
Object Classification using Spectral Signatures
By Colin Jaeck on 2019-08-12 07:00
When I began working for the SGRC, I was given the task of analyzing multi-spectral drone imagery from cutblocks. The objective was to provide Government and industry partners with an accurate means of assessing biomass quantities left behind from logging operations.
The Hunt for Innovation
By Stantiago Botero on 2019-07-30 18:20
Our world today is rapidly changing. From climate fluctuations to the rapid expansion of technology, we are faced with questions on what to do next.
Using GIS to Assist Stewardship Groups in the Columbia Basin
By Katie Ericson on 2019-07-09 17:50
For many, the most loved feature of this area is the abundance of water, whether it be for sustaining life, the beautiful forests and wildlife or the recreational activities that bring us joy. If you live in a rural area, you likely get your water from the creek nearby. With this valuable resource comes many threats, like pollution or degradation from forestry being too close to the water source.
Musings of a Rural Resident
By Mark Trueman on 2019-07-02 15:21
I entered the ADGIS program in the fall of 2018 wide eyed after a 25 year hiatus from formal academic learning. As an expedition river guide for most of my working life, I spent much of my time in the absence of technology (sometimes intentionally). As such, the world of GIS and data analysis has been a significant change in pace and in many ways an entirely new world for me to explore.
Everybody Does Data Differently
By Jessica Fulcher on 2018-09-24 22:11
I was hired with the SGRC to work on their Open Data for Open Government Project. This is a three year project exploring open data best practices, policy and delivery option in a rural setting (please visit this website for more information https://www.ruralopendata.ca/). I was excited about this opportunity. One of the main themes I pulled out of my coursework during the ADGIS program was the importance of the availability and usability of data.
The Sublime Alpine
By Karen Godbout on 2018-08-28 21:14
Most people are familiar with the expression, “Can’t see the forest for the trees.” I would best be described in the reverse, “Can’t see the trees for the forest.” I’m very good at thinking in terms of the general, the overview, the big picture. Not that I’m especially lacking in attention to detail, but I typically find the sum much more interesting than its parts. Thus, my first thesis research question went something like, “What is special about landscapes where people are willing to expend huge effort in order to experience something meaningful?” The unanimous response I received after every enthusiastic delivery of this clearly exciting idea was, “So, ... what are you actually going to map?”
Closing the Gap Between GIS Professional and Our Clients
By Maggie Finkle-aucoin on 2018-08-27 18:35
How do we as GIS professionals start to bridge the gap of knowledge that exist between our technology and processes and our clients and their perception of our work and abilities? It is a question that I found myself wondering quite a few times throughout the process of my co-op with the SGRC.
Hunting for Data… Literally
By Joe Plessis on 2018-07-23 17:39
I always thought growing up in a place as wild and adventuresome as British Columbia that there was a significant backing of wild lands management and wildlife conservation. Oddly enough as I got older things just kept getting worse. British Columbia is allegedly infamous for having one of the worst most underfunded wildlife management organizations in all of North America, fortunately with a recent change in provincial government things are slowly getting better but the province is still very far behind.
A Successful GIS Day 2017
By Justin Robinson on 2017-11-17 19:03
Another successful GIS Day at the college has passed. This year our theme was “Data for Good” and we had some excellent student posters come out of it.
GIS Day & OSM Week Event!
By Justin Robinson on 2017-11-08 21:54
We're celebrating GIS Day and OSM Geography Awareness Week 2017 at Selkirk College!
Open Data Webinar
By Justin Robinson on 2017-09-06 21:10
What is open data? Why is it important to economic development? How can local government work collaboratively to make their data open? What are the challenges and opportunities for open data in the Basin-Boundary region?
Drone Surveying: The Devil in the Details
By Evan Amies-Galonski on 2017-07-21 15:00
After completing the ADGIS program at Selkirk College in April 2017, I was fortunate enough to score one of the 5 Co-op positions at the SGRC. Joey Plessis and I were selected to work as a team on the RDCK Parks UAV Project.
The Fine Art of Open Data: A GIS Survival Guide for the Arithmophobic
By Karen Godbout on 2017-07-14 15:00
I began the BGIS program at Selkirk College in September 2016. This was a mid-life choice, being more than ready to develop in a new direction after years working as a library assistant and taking numerous, unfocused undergraduate courses.
Trail Asset Management: What do we have and where is it?
By Laura Nessman on 2017-07-07 17:00
From a management standpoint, it makes good planning sense to know what you have. Increasingly more pressing, however, is the question of where? Where are the things we have?
By Ian Parfitt on 2016-12-13 18:58
The 4th International Open Data Conference, also known as IODC 16, was held in Madrid, Spain on the 6th and 7th of October 2016. Besides the two days of the official conference, 28 pre-events were held from the 3rd to the 5th, creating a weeklong open data celebration in Madrid.
Open Data for Open Government in Rural BC
By Ian Parfitt on 2016-08-30 19:29
In April of this year Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced the results of the second competition for grants from the Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF). It was a day I had long been waiting for and when I got a text message from my Dean saying that there was some good news I could feel my heartbeat accelerate.
Drones and Kids
By Eric Hoodicoff on 2016-07-22 21:49
Students from various schools in the West Kootenays visited the Selkirk College Castlegar campus in the spring of 2016. Selkirk hosted “Experience Selkirk Day” on May 19th which brought in around one hundred 10th graders looking into the possibility of continuing their education there after high school graduation. Another younger group of around 50 students (grades 4-8) also toured the college for “Mini U Day” on June 15th.
SGRC Drone Project Takes Off
By Ian Dennis on 2016-04-20 22:07
The SGRC Drone program lifted off with its first project this week. Integrated Environmental Planning students were restoring habitat around a pond close to the Hugh Keenleyside Dam in Castlegar, BC. The plan was to use the drone to produce imagery of the site before and after restoration, and the pre restoration mission was flown last week.
Infrastructure Management for Small Communities Workshop
By The SGRC on 2016-04-19 18:47
The SGRC is hosting an Asset and Infrastructure Managment Workshop and you're invited!
GIS Day 2015
By The SGRC on 2015-11-18 16:42
Join us to celebrate GIS Day, November 19th, and explore this years focus: The Rise of The Drone, Emerging Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Applications.
Mapping Population Changes and Health Services in the West Kootenay Boundary Region
By Kailee Woodbeck on 2015-09-25 15:04
Total Populations by local health areas in the West Kootenay- Boundary Regional Hospital District
Mapping Potential Agricultural Areas with Remote Sensing
By Kailee Woodbeck on 2015-04-20 19:29
Supervised classification results of orchards and farmland.
New Web Presence
By Justin Robinson on 2015-04-20 19:00
The Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre is proud to release its new web presence and branding