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CIG symposium

01/19/2009
01/20/2009

Canadian Institute of Geomatics 2-day Symposium at COGS in Lawrencetown on Feb. 19-20 entitled "Advances in Positioning Technologies and Applications to Mapping".

The 2 day event will cover the latest in precise positioning technologies and how they are used for mapping and the applications of these data.

Day 1 will cover GPS high precision positioning techniques (theory and equipment) with presentations from COGS faculty and the suppliers of Leica and Trimble equipment. The coupling of GPS and Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) for navigation will be discussed for land, airborne and marine based vehicles.

This precise positioning technique GPS-IMU navigation has enabled advances in high resolution data collection including: 1) mobile mapping (camera and LiDAR systems mounted on a land vehicle), 2) airborne mapping (LiDAR and camera systems mounted on an aircraft), and 3) marine mapping (multibeam bathymetry and sonar systems mounted on a vessel). Experts from TerraPoint (one of the leading airborne and mobile mapping LiDAR companies), AGRG, and BIO will present on these topics.

In the late afternoon and evening of the first day you are invited to bring your hockey gear to get some exercise for the body in the Lawrencetown Rink after a day of exercising the brain. This will be followed by a social hour and dinner at the Mid Valley Motel (reduced rate for delegates of the symposium).

Day 2 will begin with an overview of Canada's Radarsat 2 polarimetric radar satellite, and radar interferometric techniques for precise measurements of change as related to critical infrastructure. These topics will be presented by the experts from the Canadian Space Agency and C-CORE (tentatively). This will be followed by an update from a representative from Digital Globe on the latest high-resolution optical satellites eg. quickbird etc.

The afternoon will be dedicated to demonstrating applications of these new high-resolution data sources with presentations from AGRG and TerraPoint confirmed.

Depending on the number of hockey players and teams, a "final" game may be required to crown the first CIG NS Branch Champion.

A registration form will follow in the near future with additional details of the agenda and costs (Free to CIG Members and Presenters). In the mean time, please distribute to anyone you think may be interested in such topics and obviously  COGS graduates (a reunion is far overdue) who are looking to head south to the warmer weather in Lawrencetown and lace up the skates in the Youth Arena once again.

We have some space available, so if you think of a suitable presentation please let me know. We hope to see you at COGS in Feb. for some learning, fun on the ice and socializing.

Tim Webster

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