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.

UAVs have rapidly gained popularity for collecting data in agricultural, entertainment, business, environmental, and other applications. These devices collect a wide variety of spatially referenced data that can be collected for smaller projects at fraction of the cost of traditional aerial surveys. Come learn about how different players are using these technologies in the Kootenay region and beyond.


10:00 – 10:45 AM: Guest registration (front College entrance), booths and poster display

10:45 – 11:00 AM: Opening announcement (rm S113)

11:00 – 12:00 AM: Keynote speaker: Dr John Church, Cattle Research Chair, Thompson Rivers University (rm S113)

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch break (on your own in adjacent cafeteria) and poster session (Main Floor Centre Lounge: “The Pit”)

1:15 – 2:00 PM: Drone demo with Dr. John Church (College soccer field, behind Gymnasium)

2:15 – 4:00 PM: Presentation Session (more details TBA): (rm S113). Confirmed speakers include Harrier Aerial Surveys, Hummingbird UAV and SkyDrone UAV Services Inc. talking about various aspects of drone data collection. We will also have Ian Parfitt (Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre) talking about recent research projects.

4:15 – 500 PM: Refreshments, social, and Innovation Centre tour (Applied Research and Innovation Centre, Airport).

5:00 PM – onward: West Kootenay GIS Users Group Social at the Lions' Head Pub, Castlegar.


Dr. John Church (Cattle Research Chair, Thompson Rivers University): “Managing from Above: Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Precision Ranching”


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For more information and cancellations, contact GIS instructor, Rena Vandenbos at (250 365-1279) or Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre Coordinator, Ian Parfitt at (250-304-6524).

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