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March  13, 2019


Time: 5:30 PM

Topic: Nerdy Bike Maps

Speaker: Aaron Licker, Licker Geospatial Consulting

Abstract: Using open street maps, osmnx, networkx, anaconda and jupyter to precisely map millions of messy GPS to a logical network of bike routes for value-added planning and analysis.

Bio: Aaron Licker is currently principal of Licker Geospatial Consulting Ltd. a small but mighty GIS consulting firm that provides excellent GIS services to a wide array of clients generally in the urban planning field.

Aaron is also a level 10 GIS nerd who derives great joy from: cleaning errant vertices, going a full day without an ArcGIS fatal error, crushing huge data into small bite sized chunks of information, and keeping his juniors well caffeinated.



April  10, 2019


Time: 5:30 PM

Topic: Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in Engineering design, visualization and stakeholder engagement.

Speaker: Brendan Walashek, GIS Division Manager, McElhanney

Abstract: When you blur the lines between concept and reality, something surprising happens. You create clarity.

Get your point across and communicate your ideas with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) visualizations. Adding AR and VR to your public consultation, client and partnership meetings enables virtual what-if scenarios, enhance collaboration, build stakeholder consensus and minimize misunderstandings. Brendan will demonstrate the workflows, the hurdles and the solutions in providing AR/VR to the Civil, Engineering, Planning and a multitude of other sectors in the GIS arena. Whether it be on a mobile phone, tablet, or headset - each technology has its strengths. Brendan will demonstrate AR, VR and MR on various devices on the market showcasing what is possible and what McElhanney is excitedly working on. Some of the technology showcased will be the Microsoft HoloLens, HTC Vive and mobile phone/tablets.

Bio: Brendan Walashek has over 18 years’ experience in GIS and web mapping applications, as well as 3D visualization. His expertise covers a wide range of GIS custom applications, internet-mapping solutions, mobile GIS, and 3D visualizations for various applications (proposed highway design, impact assessment, and perspective viewshed analysis). Brendan is also the Division Manager for GIS Services for McElhanney, as well as the Geospatial Lead on AR/VR/MR applications.



May  8, 2019


Time: 5:30 PM

Topic:  Managing Environmental Monitoring and Landscape Change Information in the NWT – Case Studies using Web Applications

Speaker: Sharyn Alexander, CASLYS Consulting Ltd.

Abstract: Caslys has worked with the Government of the Northwest Territories on a variety of projects capturing anthropogenic and human disturbance footprints on the landscape, as well as the development of custom web applications to house and manage environmental monitoring and research information. These web applications, the Inventory of Landscape Change (ILC) Map Viewer and the NWT Discovery Portal, allows a wide range of users to access environmental monitoring information, scientific and traditional knowledge methods, and an up-to-date inventory of disturbance and other changes on the landscape. The collection and distribution of this data provides the foundation for monitoring and assessing cumulative effects and is a critical piece to the success of regulatory environmental assessment, wildlife and habitat management, forest management planning, and cumulative effects management and modeling. In addition, this information also benefits Indigenous governments and other stakeholders by providing a picture of current and historic development that have occurred in the NWT.

Bio: Sharyn Alexander is a Geomatics Analyst with over 14 years of experience in mineral exploration and mining with a focus on GIS and database management. Sharyn has been very active in the creation of the disturbance dataset in the NWT that captured development footprints using existing baseline GIS data, aerial and satellite imagery. She has excellent knowledge of cartographic principles and design, and her expertise includes the generation of digital and hard-copy mapping products, spatial analysis and processing, geodatabase design, and web mapping. She also has experience in preparing and editing technical reports, web content, and improving workflows through standards document development. Sharyn holds a BSc and MSc in Geology, and an Advanced Diploma in GIS.