GeoAlberta – Location Based Services, 3D GIS (again), and more.

I spent most of last week with Jeff Warwick at the 10th Annual GeoAlberta Conference in Calgary BC. Despite having been relegated to an area of Calgary that was nearly impossible to navigate on foot, I left the conference inspired to make the world a better place through the power of social-spatial engagement. For me, a conference is always about meeting new people and re-acquainting with old friends. If you didn’t get a chance to attend (or you did, and owe your boss a synopsis of the highlights), read on!

Peter Batty (Ubisense)
Twitter: @pmbatty
Blog: http://geothought.blogspot.com
Peter kicked off the conference with an awesome keynote speech about trends in the Geospatial Industry. Peter opened my eyes to the plethora of web-based mash-up and cartographic tools available for simple visualization and data display. Despite the fact that he had the same Google ‘One Day’ video in his presentation as I did, I still really enjoyed his insight. I think that the Ubisense-CloverPoint connection will, at some point, produce something amazing. He also tapes his presentations (brilliant!). So, lucky for you, you can view his presentation here

Chris Moore (Edmonton)
Twitter: @_Chris_Moore
Blog: http://www.chrisj-moore.com/
Chris Moore, a member of the Panel of Speakers,  delivered the Wednesday morning keynote address. The things he has done as CTO for the City of Edmonton are truly forward-thinking. This is a man who takes OpenGov to heart. Don’t miss a chance to hear him speak, especially if you are in the public sector. His view on IT costs as infrastructure investments to be celebrated – as opposed to capital expenses to be avoided- brought a smile to my face as I envisioned the ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of a successful future IT project.
View his presentation (bonus point for using Prezi) here

Dale Lutz (SAFE/FME)
Twitter: @DaleatSafe
Blog: http://blog.safe.com/
Dale’s witty presentation on the evolution of Geospatial from Pixels to Point Clouds summarized the history of the industry in 7 days, and left us with some thought-provoking ideas for the future of spatial decision-making. It could have used a few more Star Trek references though. Did you know FME supports 278 different formats? What is your prediction for the next release? View his presentation here

Jonathon McIntyre (i-OPEN)
Twitter: @JohnnieGIS
Jonathon McIntyre is a familiar face for us West Coast folks, but it was great  to have the opportunity to have a few beers with him and chat in an informal setting. His 30,000 foot presentation on managing GIS development projects was funny, quirky and loaded with helpful tips and useful resources. View his presentation here

Mike Schlosser
Twitter: @engis
Blog: http://geoexpressions.blogspot.ca/
Mike’s presentation about 3D GIS literally made we want to march up to my room and download Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler. His catch phrase, “explore what could be in the context of what is,” really struck a chord with me and directly relates to the work that I do. His case studies were nothing short of stunning. Indeed, he made a 3DGIS believer out of me.
View his presentation here

Ed Parsons (Google)
Twitter: @edparsons
Blog: www.edparsons.com
For those of you who don’t know – Ed Parsons is Google’s Geospatial Technologist. Seeing Ed live is the dream of many a geo-geek. I had the opportunity to interact with him through the panel presentation. Just being that close to spatial greatness is inspirational. He provided insight on Location based technologies as well as a few hints as to what Google is focusing efforts on. I agree wholeheartedly Ed– If it’s not ‘open’ it doesn’t exist.
Watch the panel presentation here. And thanks again to Peter Batty for the footage!

Once I write something logical to go with my Prezi I will post that here as well for all the eager eyes out there.

GeoAlberta Round Deux – Watch out Calgary

Well, I have officially come full circle since I started this Blog.

One year ago I started this blog after attending GeoAlberta, and I am scheduled to present again next Tuesday May 9th at 9:00. This year is extra special because it marks the 10th Anniversary of GeoAlberta. Every year there is a new ‘theme’ at GeoAlberta, and this year’s theme is Ga3 – Geospatial Anywhere, Anytime, for Anyone.

I can dig it.

It is no secret that mobile and cloud based technologies are becoming more and more prevalent. But are we using these technologies to their full potential, or just incorporating them because they are available? If you want my opinion, or to just see some sexy case studies come to my presentation ‘Not Your Grandmother’s Cloud’.

So, register for the conference if you haven’t already, check out the schedule for the week, and make sure you connect with us via e-mail or twitter when you are there!