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  • 07 May 2017 9:52 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    The following Tender Opportunity have been posted on the Nova Scotia Public Tender Opportunities web site.  To view a specific tender, click the corresponding link below:

    Tender ID: 17-037

    Tender Description: Acquisition of Lidar Data  CONTACT: General Procurement Line - 902-490-4170 Tender Agency: NS PUBLIC SECTOR: Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Tender Start Date: 5/2/2017 Tender End Date: 5/19/2017 Tender Category: Surveying and Mapping Services Tender Link:

  • 12 Feb 2017 10:00 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    If we want to change our attitude towards the earth, it’s resources and our place on its surface, we must become more informed about our ‘geography’; not simply latitude and longitude, but rather ourselves and the processes that affect our behavior. bobmaher_19jan17

    Geography, in an holistic sense, is physical, biological, economic and social. It is spatial and temporal: neighborhoods, regions, countries and global; hours, days, years, decades, centuries, lifetimes and beyond.

    What matters is that we creatively communicate and understand our geography through our spoken language, our writing, art, music, and technology. This means ‘geography education’.

    Continue reading this article and many other geography related articles by Bob Maher. His new blog is for anyone who has an interest in geography education.

  • 09 Feb 2017 10:34 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

     Anders Ekelund from Swedish company Leica Geosystems, who developed the LiDAR technology used by an NSCC research group led by scientist Tim Webster. They kicked off a two-day conference at COGS in Lawrencetown on coastal zone mapping Feb 7-8, 2017. (Heather Desveaux)

    Over hundred geomatics related professionals and students specializing in the field of geomatics are at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Lawrencetown this week to take a closer look at topics, trends and technologies used in high resolution mapping areas where land meets the sea.

    “This work is critical, especially to to enhance and help Nova Scotia’s rural economy when it comes to development of our coastal resources,” said Tim Webster, who is the lead scientist with the Applied Geomatics Research Group at NSCC Middleton campus and chair of the N.S. Canadian Institute of Geomatics.

    A workshop called high resolution mapping in the Coastal Zone features speakers from Sweden, Ottawa and the AGRG presenting information to provincial and federal government officials, students and the private sector.

    Click here to read the full article featured in the Chronicle Herald by Heather Desveaux 

  • 16 Dec 2016 8:19 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)
    Sedna's Epic Expedition

    Sedna Epic Expedition

    A team of passionate sea women divers will embark on journey, snorkeling over 3,000 kilometres through frigid arctic seas from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Kitrina Godding, who presented at the GANS GIS Day event last month is one of the women on the Sedna Epic Expedition project.

    Kitrina is an offshore surveyor, became fascinated with the water at a young age and has continued to have a passion for the ocean throughout the years. She became scuba certified in 2007, has participated in numerous clean-up dives and has dove in 4 different countries to date. 

    Kitrina Godding testing her drysuit at Halifax's Black Rock Beach, before she heads to Iqaluit for an Arctic diving expedition.

    The opportunity and challenge provided by the Sedna Expedition was brought to her attention by close friends and she immediately wanted to join the team. Kitrina has been a member and volunteer in the female youth Guiding movement for 18 years and is looking forward to working alongside the youth of Iqaluit.

    Kitrina relocated to Boca Raton, Florida upon graduation from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) and worked as a nearshore surveyor conducting beach erosion surveys. 

    During this time she was also a support diver with the Marine Biologists at the company. Kitrina has experience with Real-time Kinematic and Differential GPS, Single and Multi-beam hydrographic data collection, Side Scan Sonar, Seismic, Magnetometer and Sparker surveys. Kitrina conducted studies in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Her most current job role consists of operating navigation software which monitors underwater equipment installed on remotely operated vehicles for the purpose of taking geographic positions on seismic survey nodes. 

    Kitrina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Geography from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia as well as an Advanced Diploma in Marine Geomatics from COGS in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia. 

  • 31 Oct 2016 11:07 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Students are invited to produce a creative map that focus on the theme of

    The Maritimes: a Region of Fascinating Weather

    The Creative Art/Map Competition for Nova Scotian Students is meant to to promote student’s creative representation of their province, to enhance their cartographic awareness, and to make them more conscious of Nova Scotia’s Maritime Environment. And have some fun while doing it!

      Nova Scotian teachers/students may submit maps, on the theme “Nova Scotia - A Region of Fascinating Weather”.

      Categories of competition: 
      1. Primary – Grade 2 - Creative Maps
      2. Grade 3 – Grade 5 - Creative Maps
      3. Grade 6 – Grade 8 - Creative Maps 

      Rules & Guidelines for contest can be downloaded here ...

      Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place entries in all categories

      Deadline for submission: December 16, 2016

      For More Details see

    1. 07 Oct 2016 8:11 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

      Many questions related to issues in Nova Scotia such as climate, poverty, disease, migration, water, energy, and biodiversity all demand geographical analysis. Geographical information has significant impact on all of us: it helps generate economic benefit, influences government policy, delivery of services, and improves our overall quality of life.

      The study of geography helps young people develop the knowledge and understanding to become better informed citizens and providing them with the skills to pursue a range of careers. However contrary to what many people believe learning geography related skills is not limited to K-12 education programs since most of us retain more information through hands on opportunities.

      Geocaching is a modern day treasure hunt that utilizes maps and a GPS (or a smart phone) to help people locate items left by others at designated locations. Last May GANS held a geo related scavenger hunt event at the Museum of Natural History. 

      The event provided a hands on opportunity to learn geography while using geographic applications (via smart phone or tablet) to create ArcGIS online maps. 


      Join GANS at the Canadian Museum of Immigration on Pier 21

      This month we would like you to join us at the Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax to learn about Canadian Immigration Heritage and what it was like for people arriving in Canada to make it their new home.

      Open to non-members as well so tell your neighbor's and friends! 

      The event includes a tour of the exhibits, the movie 'In Canada' and a geo-scavenger hunt. Kids will get an introduction to geomatics by entering their geo-hunt results onto an ArcGIS Online web map using a smart phone or tablet. 

      Whether you are a parent, grandparent or a kid-at-heart, GANS invites you to join us for a fun-filled afternoon October 16th! 

      If you do not have children of your own, then you can still join us, come help influence the younger generation with your geographic knowledge or learn about Canadian Immigration Heritage at the Pier 21 museum.

      • 12:45 Arrive at the museum and come check in at classroom, where you can leave your coats, etc.;
      • 1:00-1:30 30-minute tour of the museum exhibits.
      • 1:30 - 2:30 Explore the museum with your family as you hunt for the solutions to clues. Pop back to the classroom to enter your results on the map;
      • 2:30 Return to the auditorium to see the digital world tour created from our hunt results;
      • 3:00+ Enjoy the museum – the movie In Canada is included in your admission.

      To register for this event please contact [email protected] to reserve your spot

      The registration fee is free for Adults & children are only $8

      The fee includes admission to the museum for the day, so you can explore at leisure and take in some of the museum’s regularly scheduled events.

    2. 03 Oct 2016 8:38 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

      Image result for Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth ObservationGeoConnections is focusing funding towards projects that address the following themes:

      • Innovative adoption and further development of CGDI in Canada’s urban environments (also known as Smart Cities); and
      • Innovative adoption and further integration of sensor data with the CGDI in Canada’s Arctic (also known as Sensor Web or Internet of Things).

      Interested proponents are invited to submit an expression of interest letter to GeoConnections no later than October 14, 2016.

      Please visit this web page to download the Invitation for Projects documentation.

      GeoConnections would appreciate if you could share this information with your stakeholders.

      GeoConnections | GéoConnexions

      Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation | Centre canadien de cartographie et d’observation de la Terre

      Natural Resources Canada | Ressources naturelles Canada

      560 Rochester Street | 560 rue Rochester

      Ottawa (Ontario) Canada K1A 0E4

      [email protected]

    3. 26 Aug 2016 8:55 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

      On behalf of the Nova Scotia geomatics community, GANS would like to congratulate Jeff McKenna (a GANS corporate sponsor, former GANS VP and board member) on his recent international recognition.

      Jeff, a proud member of the Nova Scotia geospatial community was honored to receive the 2016 Sol Katz OSGeo Award during the FOSS4G-2016 conference in Bonn, Germany, in front of 900 attendees (including the head of Google Maps, the head of Esri dev and education, and the whos-who of GEO). 

      The award is presented in recognition of Jeff's deep passion for FOSS4G and relentless effort to promote OSGeo Foundation around the world. He has been involved in OSGeo since the foundation was formed in 2006. 

      "Today, it isn't about one company or one standard or one software for geomatics, it is about being open and sharing.  Finally, the world gets it. " (Jeff McKenna, Gateway Geomatics).

    4. 09 Aug 2016 9:38 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

      Call for Proposals: Monitoring Technologies for the Resource Sector $50K in matching funds available to help commercialize innovative remote sensing technologies.

      Since 2012 LOOKNorth has invested over $2.2 million and supported 24 Technology Validation Projects with 34 partners across Canada, leveraging more than $5 million in cash and in-kind support from industry and from other funding bodies. We are now soliciting proposals from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), researchers and academics based in Canada, for projects that promote commercialization of remote sensing and in-situ monitoring technologies that support sustainable development of Canada’s natural resource sector and are of high priority for industry end users.  

      The full proposal document, which outlines eligibility criteria, the evaluation and approval process and the priority development areas for end users, can be downloaded at

      To be considered for funding approval at the October 2016 quarterly meeting of the LOOKNorth Board Committee, full proposals must be received by 6 September 2016. Contact LOOKNorth Program Director Neil Cater (709.864.7808 / [email protected]) for more information or to discuss a potential project.

    5. 15 Jul 2016 10:55 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

      Anyone can now explore Canada’s remote Sable Island, thanks to Google

      Parts of Sable island, the crescent-shaped island located about 290 km southeast of Halifax, can now be seen on Google Street View.

      With just a few clicks, curious people can explore the inaccessible island’s windswept sand dunes and vast coastline.

      HALIFAX—Whether they’re at a desk or on the couch, anyone with an interest in visiting the windswept dunes of Nova Scotia’s remote Sable Island can now do so without getting sand in their shoes. 

      Parts of the crescent-shaped island, situated roughly 290 kilometres southeast of Halifax, can now be seen on Google Street View. 

      From Google Maps, one click triggers a dizzying switch from the generic blue and green shapes of the map to crisp, 360-degree photographic images. Dozens of seals can be seen lounging in the white sand and blue surf on the expansive shoreline, and horses nibble on sparse grass among the shifting sand dunes.

      Click here to continue reading ... 

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