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  • 17 Aug 2017 12:05 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)
    Paul Illsley recently launched a Kings County Place Names Project website in hopes of gathering information that will reveal the origins behind the names of local communities and bodies of water.

    The information collected will be worked into a document that he plans to have added to the archives at the Kings County Museum. Paul hopes locals with information regarding place names in Kings County will seize the opportunity to share what they know for the benefit of future generations.

  • 21 May 2017 9:30 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Industry Immediately Recognizes Bluejack Consulting’s Business Model as a Game Changing Force in Atlantic Canada.

    Halifax, NS, Canada:

    Bluejack Consulting Inc., a high-end GIS Product and Spatial Intelligence firm has officially opened its doors in Atlantic Canada. Its business model is unique, and focused on specialized GIS services for all levels of government and private sector clients.

    “We never expected to make our mark this fast,” says new co-owner Chris Turner, “but we’re not complaining. We’ve personally been in the business for over 20 years: our clients trust our work, we have very clear direction, and a roadmap to get us there.”

    But, it’s not Bluejack Consulting that Chris credits for the current awards; “It’s the people who work there, the relationships they foster and their unique way of delivering value. We’re putting employees and partners first, and with that our clients will be well taken care of,” says Mr. Turner. “We’re not trying to impress anyone with corporate materialistic wants and needs, we’d rather invest the corporate assets back into our employees and partners.”

    Bluejack Consulting is both a GIS service and product development provider with a focus on delivering high-end products using Esri technologies. Esri is an international supplier of geographic information system software products that Bluejack Consulting and its partners have been customizing and configuring for over 20 years.

    Of the Company’s recent success, Keith Power, of MapDev Technology Solutions says, “It’s great to have them as a partner. There’s a trust between us founded on working together in the past, phenomenal integrity and core values. Between Bluejack and MapDev we have a solid team that covers the full spectrum for GIS Web Development, GIS Integrations and GIS Programming.”

    Bluejack Consulting Inc., is a Geographic Information Systems company based in Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a GIS and Spatial Intelligence firm that organizes its success around limited liability partnerships where experts come together to deliver high-end GIS products and services.

  • 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).

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