Conference Workshops


Workshops for the conference are “hands on” workshops.  There are two themes for the workshops – GIS and Remote Sensing.  Each theme has an introductory session and a more advanced session.  If you wish to participate in the introductory sessions you will need to bring a laptop (if you want to go through the materials), but for the more advanced sessions will make use of the computers in the GIS Lab at UNBC.

Below is a brief framework of the sessions

Introduction to accessing and using freely available Remote Sensing Data

  • 9AM: Recent case studies from British Columbia
    • Using EO Browser, Planet, Landsat/Sentinel Look, NASA Worldview
    • Tour of recent wildfires, floods, forest harvesting, and glacier change
  • 10AM: How to get more from online tools (After Coffee Break)
    • Exporting and downloading imagery
    • Integrating into presentations
  • 11AM visualization
    • Create animations, gifs and videos



Enterprise Spatial Data Collection/Management using Open Source tools 

  • 9AM:  Introduction to FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software 4 Geospatial) enterprise software stack
    • Description of software, libraries and APIs used in the stack
    • Explanation of server setup
    • Interactions of different pieces of software
      – Server OS
      – Relational Database install and setup PostGIS
      – Desktop – QGIS (database connections)
      – Web based data delivery
  • 9:30 AM: Working with Open Standard data types
    • OGC data models and standards
    • Personals spatial databases (Spatialite – GeoPackage)
    • encapsulated data in sharable format
  • 10:00 AM: Creations of Enterprise spatially enabled Relational Database (after coffee)
    • Tools for creation of databases
    • Addition of spatial data to database
    • Data analysis (overlays) inside the database
  • 11:00 AM: Versioning data with your Enterprise spatially enabled Relational Database
    • Plugins
    • Tables organization for versioning
    • Testing your versions
  • 11:30AM: Field Data collection using open source software (Geopaparazzi)
    • Android emulator
    • Forms
    • Data collection
    • import of data into QGIS
  • Required for this workshop:
    • Nothing – all work is performed on the GIS Lab workstations (we may have to double up a bit)

Introduction to mapping using Open Source Software – QGIS Desktop

  • 1PM:  Introduction to FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software 4 Geospatial
    • Description of integrative approach to software development
    • Methods of installing QGIS and related software
    • Installation of software on attendee’s laptops
    • Loading of a variety of vector data types
  • 2PM: Navigation of the software (After Coffee)
    • Panels
    • Menus
    • Processing Tools
    • Linkages to other software
    • Plugins
  • 3PM Create a simple map
    • Print Composer
    • Exporting a georectifiied Map
    • Creating a Web Map
    • Creating a 3D web Map
  • Required for this workshop:
    • Laptop
    • Installing QGIS prior to the workshop will be handy
    • We will be looking at QGIS 3.4 and 2.18

Analysis of Remote Sensed imagery using free online tools (involves computer programming)

  • 1PM: Introduction to GIT and Google Earth Engine
    • Large area mosaics, LandTrendR, Change over time, Image classification, etc.
  • 3PM: Introduction to time series analysis
    • Export time series data from Google Earth Engine and analyze using “R” statistical software