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Workshop on Advanced mapping in the Coastal Zone a Huge Success

The workshop on technology related to Advanced Mapping and Monitoring within the Coastal Zone to Support Sustainable Harvesting and Coastal Development was a huge success with attendance from over 90 participants from industry, government, and academia, many of whom were new contacts for the college. Feedback from participants was positive with indication that they appreciated the technical information of our group’s research capability as well as the leading edge nature of the new equipment and technology which will be at our disposal.

The workshop began with presentations on the new equipment and how the CFI industry partners planned to maximize the opportunities. This was followed by presentations of past projects conducted by AGRG. Two international speakers from Airborne Hydrography of Sweden and Leica Geosystems from the USA, addressed the capabilities of the topo-bathymetric lidar (Chiroptera II and the RCD30 and camera system. A time slot was allotted for NSERC and the National Research Council to explain their funding programs available to college applicants in an effort to encourage the participants to consider applied research partnership opportunities using the new technology. Four of the five project research partners, Leading Edge Geomatics, McGregor GeoScience Ltd., GeoNet Technologies Inc., and Acadian Seaplants, described the research direction they plan to pursue with NSCC. To ensure adequate time for networking, breaks were scheduled during the day encouraging conversations about the possible applications of the technology.

NSCC Senior Communications Officer, Kathleen Cameron, attended the event, tweeting highlights during the day, which were picked up by Global TV news. Since the heavy rains were a news item that day, a reporter arrived at the Delta to interview Dr. Tim Webster, NSCC’s Principal Investigator on the project for his assessment of flood prone areas in Nova Scotia and how this new technology can be used to assess and mitigate risk to property. A link to that news segment, “Powerful storm cripples Nova Scotia”, can be found at:

http://globalnews.ca/video/1151586/powerful-storm-cropples-nova-scotia

This news clip includes one of Dr. Webster’s PowerPoint slides depicting the data collection operation of the bathymetric lidar. In addition to this media coverage, photographs of the workshop are available as the event was documented by an NSCC photographer.

A weather event prevented some respondents from attending but the projection of 80 attendees indicated in the ROF application exceeded expectation. In retrospect it may have been advisable to utilize a video specialist to record the event and make the presentations and material available on the internet for those unable to attend. NSCC is grateful for NSERC’s funding through the ROF to host this event as it provided an excellent venue to launch the technology to the community.

“I want to congratulate you on putting on a well organised and well received workshop pertaining to bathy-lidar that was held on Febuary 14th at the Delta Halifax. To get over 85 people in a room these days is an accomplishment in itself. It was also good to have your private sector partners in attendance and making presentations. We need more of this collaboration in the future. Great work”, Dave Keefe, Executive Director, Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia.

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