Geomatics Helps you Discover the World

Geomatics is a geospatial term that originated in Canada due to the similarity in origin with both official languages, English and French. It encompasses various tools and techniques from a multitude of geographic disciplines (geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, cartography, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), photogrammetry, geography, surveying, and other related forms of spatial mapping).

GPS control survey work in Nunavut e1397232627867 Geomatics Helps you Discover the World

I am a certified Geomatics Specialist with 15+ years experience in geographic sciences and during that time have been fortunate enough to work in almost all aspects of Geomatics (and in every province of Canada). 

Originally, I created tmackinnon.com to be my online career portfolio while studying Applied Geomatics Research at COGS but since then have been using it as an online place to share information with others about geospatial resources using samples, photos and other interesting information that I have learned from work experiences or during my travels. 

Below are a few short descriptions with links to the sites main categories (also included in the nav-bar above), the left hand column contains a drop down of all categories, links to latest additions to the site, a search tool and other related information. I am active in most geomatics related networks and professional organizations (GANS, CIG, CCA, CRSS etc.) as well as social media so feel free to connect with me through any of them and in the mean time, thanks for visiting my site.

 

 

Custom graphic map of Pictou County, Nova Scotia

Cartography / Map Design

The practice of creating maps or visual representations of a surface from above it is known as Cartography. Traditionally maps have always on paper, but since the introduction & wide spread use of GIS, cartography has evolved more into digital formats. In the cartographic section I include helpful online resources, information about cartography and samples maps.

Spatial Database Modeling of forest stands in Kejimkujik National Park

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GIS have become a rapidly growing field that allows people to solve & model real world situations by incorporating spatial and tabular data. GIS operates on many levels and has become an essential tool for most urban and resource planning and management organizations. In this section I include helpful online resources, information about  GIS, and various samples (I also have another website fully dedicated to GIS: CanadianGIS.com).

LIDAR of Dorval Via station in Montreal, Quebec

LIDAR

LIDAR uses high precision GPS with an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to determine accurate surface locations. The resultant measurements consists of geographic locations that can be further processed to produce different spatial data products. I have worked in all aspects of LIDAR during my career, from data acquisition (with both airborne and terrestrial scanners) to processing and product creation. This section includes information on LIDAR with lots of samples and 3D images.

RADARSAT

Remote Sensing

Remote sensing is the science of acquiring information about a surface without physically being in contact with it. The most common example of remote sensing is aerial photography however there are hundreds of  applications ranging from space-borne satellites to under-ground geophysical systems. In this section I include helpful online resources, information about remote sensing and samples.