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High Resolution Mapping Along the Coastal Zone Workshop

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The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) and the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) Nova Scotia Chapter would like to invite you to a workshop at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Lawrencetown. This two day event will be of interest to industry, non-profit groups, associations, academia and all levels of government.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together experts from the geospatial community in remote sensing, cartography, surveying, artificial intelligence, engineering, and other geographic related disciplines.

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Day 1 Concentration on Topo-bathymetric lidar & Satellite data

Tues Feb 7.

9:30 Welcome, Michael Purcell, Academic Chair Annapolis Valley Campus (COGS), NSCC

9:40 Tim Webster, Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG)-NSCC. Review of 2016 field season and projects using the Chiropetra II Topo-bathymetric lidar sensor.

10:10 Keynote Speaker, Anders Ekelund, Vice President of Airborne LiDAR for Leica Geosystems. Mega-trends driving the need for shallow water mapping.

10:50 Refreshment Break

11:10 Kate Colins, AGRG-NSCC. Optimizing oyster aquaculture in Little Harbour, NS using hydrodynamic modelling and bathymetric lidar

11:35 Kevin McGuigan, AGRG-NSCC. R&D applications of topo-bathymetric lidar

12:00 Nathan Crowell, AGRG-NSCC. Lidar vs. photogrammetric point clouds derived in the coastal zone.

12:25 Candace MacDonald, AGRG-NSCC. Using topo-bathy lidar to map Rockweed in SW Nova.

12:50 Lunch provided in the COGS Cafeteria

2:00 Stephen Parsons, Canadian Hydrographic Service. Coastal Mapping Initiative in the CHS using Lidar, Satellite Derived Bathymetry and Multibeam Technologies

2:25 Lucas Fraser, Leading Edge Geomatics. Topo-Bathymetric Survey of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket for NOAA-USGS.

2:50 Natasha Fee, AGRG-NSCC-Acadia University. High Resolution Shoreline Vulnerability Mapping for Oil Spill Contingency Planning

3:15 Marc Skinner, Stantec Consulting. Eelgrass remote sensing triple-threat – assessment of simultaneously collected satellite, LiDAR, and sonar data.

3:35 Refreshment Break

3:55 Andrew Sherin, Atlantic Coastal Zone Steering Committee. Remote Sensing Technologies for Coastal Mapping in Atlantic Canada: Results and Opportunities from Two Regional Workshops

4:20 Cesar Fuentes-Yaco, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Contribution of satellite remotely-sensed ocean-colour to the planning of airborne Lidar bathymetry

4:45 Networking and Poster Display – Boardroom, Beverage Ticket and Cash Bar

6:00 Dinner in the COGS Cafeteria

7:00 Keynote Speaker, Jon Roos, Director of Sales in Canada Digital Globe. Advances in high resolution satellite mapping systems, early results from World View 4.


Day 2 Concentration on drones and marine based mapping

Wed Feb 8.

9:00 Welcome, Jeffery Taylor, Associate Vice President, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

9:15 Dustin Whalen, Natural Resources Canada. The acceleration of change – how UAV technology is being used to better understand coastal permafrost landscapes in the Mackenzie-Beaufort Region, NWT.

9:40 Keynote Speaker, Hugh MacKay, Executive Director (Canada East), GeoAlliance Canada. GeoAlliance Canada: Raising the profile of the geography, geomatics and geospatial professions in Canada and around the world.

10:20 Refreshment Break

10:40 Ian Holmes, Coordinator Topographic Mapping, Province of NS. Coastal Imagery, Lidar and Map Products available for Nova Scotia.

11:05 Danny Silver, Acadia University. Machine Learning using spacio-temporal data from agriculture, green energy and the environment.

11:30 Melanie Irvine & Gillian Roberts, Geological Survey Newfoundland and Labrador. Exploring the use of UVA’s in coastal environments, mining and geotourism in Newfoundland and Labrador.

11:55 Alfred White, Faculty Ocean Technology Program, NSCC. Highlighting the capabilities of ROVs, including the OceanServer IVER2 AUV and the VideoRay ROV.

12:20 Sean Thibert, SkySquirrel Technologies. High Resolution Mapping for Precision Viticulture

12:45 Lunch provided in the COGS Cafeteria

1:45 Jason Bond, Service NS. Enabling High Resolution Mapping through the modernized NSCRS.

2:10 Michael Bayer, Flitelab. Commercial AUV Operations and Challenges with underwater ROV imaging.

2:35 Tim Webster, AGRG-NSCC, Coastal erosion from aerial photos, airborne lidar, mobile lidar to now UAV; how the methods compare.

3:00 Refreshment Break

3:20 Troy Greene/Brian Pyke. Faculty Marine Geomatics Program, NSCC.  Marine Geomatics Spring Fieldcamp 2016: Breakwater Project with the Community of Little River.

3:45 Tim Webster, AGRG-NSCC. The development of a web-based Coastal Flood Risk Decision Support System

4:10 Tim Webster, Nova Scotia Canadian Institute of Geomatics Chair, Ted MacKinnon, President of the Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia. Final comments on the workshop & adjourn.

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