Get Smart! Smarter Communities with GIS

Event Details

On February, 22, 2018, the British Columbia Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA BC) hosted a one day seminar entitled:

Get Smart! Smarter Communities with GIS.

Date: February 22, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown 6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby

Join us on February 22, 2018 for URISA BC's one day seminar to see how Smart Communities are using GIS technologies to work smarter, not harder!

The latest advances in Geographic Information Systems and related technology devices have enabled organizations from all sectors to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of services, to reduce costs and resource consumption and to increase contact among organizations, government and citizens.

Realtime data, systems integration, predictive and advanced analytics, communication and feedback, 3D, BIM, sensors and IoT data are just a few areas of recent technology advancement. Come hear how communities are using GIS technology to work smarter!

WIN our Grand Door Prize!
All paid registrants attending this seminar who complete the post-seminar survey will be entered for a chance to win the main door prize - After an overnight stay, enjoy Sunday brunch for two at the Hilton Metrotown. Offering an array of pastries, meats, salads, and fresh fruits and topped off with a mimosa, what better way to spend a Sunday then relaxing over a meal in the Reflect Social Dining + Lounge.

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We have a dynamic lineup of speakers including:

  • Smart Communities - Stories Behind the Tech
    Presented by Sean Simpson - Director of Information Technology - City of Surrey
  • Engineering Infrastructure Risk – Using GIS to Develop a Detailed Criticality and Risk Inventory
    Presented by Jonathan Helmus, P. Eng - Assistant Director Engineering – Infrastructure & Development – City of Burnaby
  • Analyzing Wildfire Threats to Protect your Assets
    Presented by Piet Nooij - GIS Technology Manager – FortisBC
  • Integrating GIS and FME for Local Government Solutions
    Presented by Solomon Nimako – GIS Supervisor / Steve Lawdis – Senior GIS Analyst / Isaiah Aguilera – GIS Analyst - City of Rancho Cucamonga
  • Survey123 for Storm Event Response and Storm Event Preparedness
    Presented by Mike Esovoloff - Supervisor Mapping & Drafting, Engineering & Public Works Department – City of Coquitlam
  • Creating a Platform for Bold Ideas - Helping Communities Lead the Way
    Presented by Gerard Peets - Director General, Smart Cities Challenge – Infrastructure Canada
  • Burn Notice
    Presented by Doug Stewart – Volunteer - Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (BC/Yukon)
  • Right Decisions Yield “Smarter Communities”
    Presented by Len Garis - Fire Chief, City of Surrey. Adjunct Professor, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice - University of the Fraser Valley
  • Open Government - Maple Ridge Story
    Presented by Christina Crabtree - Chief Information Officer - City of Maple Ridge

Check back later for more information such as abstracts, agenda, newsletter, sponsors and more.

Come join us on February 22nd!


Speaker Biographies, Abstracts, and Presentations

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URISA BC thanks the SPONSORS and PRESENTERS for making this event possible.


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Cancellation Policy

URISA BC recognizes that on occasion plans change and individuals registered for our events may not be able to attend. However because URISA BC must make financial commitments prior to the event for meals and space, we have a cancellation policy. All registrants for an event who do not cancel at least one week prior to the event will be expected to pay their registration fee in full whether they attend the event or not. This policy applies regardless of when the registration on our site takes place. To cancel your registration, you must send an email to registration@urisabc.org. We will respond to your email indicating whether your cancellation has occurred by the cancellation deadline and whether fees are still payable. URISA BC appreciates your understanding.