Foothills Research Institute Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Presented by: Julie Duval GIS Specialist
Staffing 3 full-time GIS Program staff 1 seasonal GIS Technician/Assistant 4 full-time FRI staff regularly using GIS 4-6 seasonal staff requiring the use of GIS Supported with 4-ArcInfo & 4-ArcView
licenses, and 2-Spatial Analyst &1-3D Analyst extensions.
GIS/ Information Management FISH
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Reach Upstream Area (km2)
Reports, Results Analysis
Loading, filtering Metadata
Information Management Data Holdings: • Over 5 Terabytes of data! ‐ FRI files and documents ‐ GIS thematic data and imagery, including LiDAR • Data is stored in a highly secure data centre, in Canada.
Cloud Computing: • Hosted desktop accessible from anywhere that has an open internet connection.
GIS Program Goals Disseminate technology, tools and knowledge
to partners and beyond • Workshops & training • GIS communications and outreach • Innovative GIS technology • Partnerships in data sharing and data management
Some of our deliverables Grizzly Bear Program: Design and management of Grizzly Bear
Management Database and GIS tools Integrate 8 years of Microsite Vegetation data
into one single functional database Integrate the many DNA inventories and
results into the Grizzly Bear Management Database
Some of our deliverables GeoConnections - FRI Mapper: ď‚Ź The project resulted from challenges
experienced with the exchange of information across various boundaries/jurisdictions e.g., Federal/provincial datasets etc. ď‚Ź Features: Create new layers, density
calculations, uploading shapefiles, disturbance modeling, field collection, security
Some of our deliverables GIS Day: Communicating GIS through events such as
GIS Day Inviting local school groups to experience
hands-on GIS and GPS technologies Setting up displays at libraries, schools and
other events to promote GIS and FRI.
Some of our deliverables Ecotour Maps of the Foothills Research Institute Study Area: Produce an interpretive guide – TransCanada
Ecotour for the highway 16 and 93 corridors including side trips encompassing FRI research. Exploring Online Ecotour Maps – exploring the
use of Google Maps
What’s next… More prominent use of web-based mapping
applications Increased inter-agency collaboration with data
and applications FRI has the potential to be a “one-stop shop”
for data and applications