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Nov 9

Time: 5:30

Location: This will be a hybrid in person and Zoom meeting. Members may attend in person at CBRE's downtown offices at 1021 West Hastings Suite 2500, or virtually through Zoom.

Topic: GIS Applications in Commercial Real Estate

Speaker: Naz Ali, Senior GIS Manager, CBRE Limited

Abstract: Identifying optimal locations is vital for any business looking to enter or expand in a market. By harnessing the power of massive mobile data and demographics we gain a deeper understanding of the competitive landscape and are able to improve the site selection process.

What about planning an office relocation? CBRE’s in-house application is an interactive, real-time planning tool displaying how different locations affect an employee commute experience.

Naz will showcase web applications that assist landlords, retailers and offices make better decisions.

Bio: Naz Ali is the Senior GIS Manager for CBRE Canada with almost 20 years of experience working in the GIS field, specializing in commercial real estate applications. She offers market analysis across several commercial property types - retail, industrial & logistics and office leasing. She has worked with retailers, restaurant operators, developers, and landlords to develop data driven methods that improve business decision making.

Here are details for attending in person or via Zoom.

In person:

CBRE Limited (located in MNP Tower)
1021 West Hastings Street, Suite 2500

Press ‘25’ on any numeric pad on the main floor which will indicate the elevator number to take to the 25th floor. There will be signs on the 25th floor to lead you to the main boardroom.

The main door to the building and the elevators are open until 6 pm.

Here are the zoom meeting details as we have Zoom screen in the boardroom and can host online participants.

Meeting Link: 

Dec 7

Time: 5:30

Topic: Using Stream Networks for Watershed Summaries in British Columbia

Speaker: Matthew Bayly - M.J. Bayly Analytics Ltd.

Abstract: Summarizing GIS data within a watershed requires thinking about upstream and downstream effect pathways. We will usually use watershed polygons with simple zonal statistics to characterize information across large basins. We can also use raster-based tools to summarize flow accumulation/direction etc. with a detailed DEM, but what if we want to produce upstream/downstream spatial summaries across large geographic regions while maintaining a high resolution with streamline vector data? In this presentation, Matthew Bayly will demonstrate the use of graph databases (networks made up of points, and edges) to produce upstream and downstream summaries continuously across a stream network. These processing techniques are valuable to summarize and visualize spatial variables at the level of the stream reach. Matthew will demonstrate several practical applications and then introduce an interactive web application being developed to predict dozens of useful attributes such as peak-flows, stream temperatures and cumulative effects from anthropogenic disturbances.

Bio: Matthew Bayly (M.J. Bayly Analytics Ltd.) is a Quantitative Biologist and Application Developer. His area of work and expertise resides in the realm of fisheries and aquatic science. Matthew works extensively with cumulative effect assessments in aquatic ecosystems, hydrology and fisheries population modeling and assessments. By following a science-first approach, Matthew works closely with clients and stakeholders to find right-sized solutions and leverage emerging tools and technologies.