The 2017 workshop titled Beyond the Desktop was held at the NSCC Centre of Geographic Sciences on June 19-20-21 and focused on lectures and hands-on lab sessions.  This years' special guest presenter was Rob Oikle, Geomatics Researcher - Carleton University, who delivered the keynote address as well as a lab session, on behalf of Dr. Fraser Taylor and Amos Hayes - Carleton University.  Thank you to all the attended and those that contributed in making the workshop a success.

  • Keynote speaker
    Rob Oikle, Geomatics Researcher - Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, Carleton University
  • Nunaliit Atlas Framework
    Rob Oikle, Geomatics Researcher - Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, Carleton University
  • Open Source Online Mapping
    Jeff McKenna, President - Gateway Geomatics
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
    Scott LeBlanc, Planning Technician II - NS Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Provincial Data Products
    Ian Holmes,  Coordinator Topo-database, Internal Services - NS Geomatics Centre
  • Demystifying Esri ArcGIS Online
    Tonia LeBlanc, GIS Officer - NS Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
  • Survey 123 for ArcGIS
    Dave MacLean, Faculty - NSCC Centre of Geographic Sciences
  • QGIS
    Ed Symons, Faculty - NSCC Centre of Geographic Sciences
  • Atlantic Infrastructure Management Network - AIMnet Solution
    Daisy Foster, Managing Director - AIM Network with co-presenter Tjaart Van den Berg, President, Landinfo Technologies Inc.
  • Open Source GIS Alternatives +  Round Table Discussion
    Tyler Veinot, GIS Technician - City of Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility


What People are Saying About Our Workshops

"It's so challenging to keep up to the ever changing industry, these workshops are great to be exposed to these things."
(2017 workshop at NSCC COGS)

"Exceptional value."
(2017 workshop at NSCC COGS)

"Thanks very much for a great and engaging workshop!"
(2016 workshop at NSCC COGS)

"Networking with other people in similar rolls is always helpful
and sharing stories, experiences, and current projects."

(2016 workshop at NSCC COGS)

"Lab sessions are great for hands on experience of new technologies."
(2016 workshop at NSCC COGS)

"Hugely informative - so much great info!"
(2015 workshop at NSCC COGS)

"Overall, everything was useful."
(2015 workshop at NSCC COGS)

"I learned that GIS is more than parks, trees, and roads."
(2014 workshop at NSCC COGS)

"A good mix of topics, venues and lab/boardroom presentations."
(2013 workshop at NSCC COGS)

"This was by far the best conference yet."
(2013 workshop at NSCC COGS)

 "Excellent workshop with variety of topics, lab work and presentations."
(2012 workshop at NSCC COGS)

 "Great opportunity to network with peers."
(2012 workshop at NSCC COGS)

"...thoroughly enjoyed this workshop, learned a lot!"
(2011 workshop at NSCC COGS)

"Your format is great, hard to improve upon. This workshop has been
more helpful than any other I have attended to date."

(2011 workshop at NSCC COGS)

"Simply do what you're doing. Great work."
(2011 workshop at NSCC COGS)


About Our Workshops

Our workshops typically take place in June at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (NSCC COGS) in Lawrencetown (Annapolis Valley), Nova Scotia.
Occasionally, workshops are held in other locations within the Atlantic Provinces depending upon membership distribution and facility availability.

Some of the topics covered at past workshops include:

  • Integrating CAD Data with ArcGIS
  • Leveraging ArcGIS Solutions for Asset Management
  • Field Mapping Technologies
  • Supervised Land Use Classification
  • Working with LiDAR Data
  • What's New in ArcGIS & ArcMap Editing Tips and Tricks
  • ArcGIS Tools for Evaluating and Managing Watersheds
  • ArcGIS Viewshed Analysis
  • ArcGIS VBA Customization and Applications
  • Working with NS Community Counts Data
  • SketchUp Training (Basic and Advanced)
  • Statistics Canada GeoSuite Data and ArcGIS
  • Digital Elevation Modelling
  • Hydrological Modelling
  • River Flood Gradient Modelling
  • Storm Surge Flood Modelling
  • Municipal Water Supply Watershed Planning
  • Establishing and Maintaining Riparian Forest Buffers
  • Desktop Security Awareness
  • EMO - Emergency Scenario Training
  • Tours - NS EMO/EOC, NS Registry of Deeds, NS Geomatics Centre

AAPT workshops are sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs and organized and operated with the assistance of the NSCC COGS.