Canadian Geomatics
(GIS, LIDAR, Remote Sensing, Surveying & Cartography)

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

I am a certified Geomatics Specialist with 20 years experience in geographic sciences and have been fortunate enough to work in most aspects of Geomatics as well as every province of Canada.

Originally, I created tmackinnon.com as an online portfolio to help my career while studying Applied Geomatics Research at COGS but since then it has become a place on the web where I share information about geospatial resources using maps, literature, examples, photos and other interesting information that I have learned from my work experience or during some of my travels.

Below are a few short descriptions with links to the sites main categories on the site with links to some of the latest additions below.




Spatial Database Modeling of forest stands in Kejimkujik National Park

GIS 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.

The GIS section includes helpful resources, information about GIS, data sources, books and various samples.

Custom graphic map of Pictou County, Nova Scotia

Cartography is the practice of creating maps or visual representations of geographic areas. Traditionally maps have always been created on paper, but since the wide spread use of GIS, has evolved more into digital formats.

Click here to browse through a variety of mapping resources, cartography information, books and lots of maps.

LIDAR of Dorval Via station in Montreal, Quebec

LiDAR uses high precision GPS with an Inertial Measurement Unit to determine accurate surface locations. The resultant measurements consist of geographic locations that can be further processed to produce different spatial data products.

The LIDAR section includes information on LIDAR with lots of samples and 3D images.




Advocate Harbour Color Shaded Relief Map

Advocate Harbour Color Shaded Relief Map

A new large Color Shaded Relief Map has been created for Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia and posted for display at a local kiosk. The Color Shaded Relief model was created using a combination of PCI geomatica and adobe illustrator software.

Viva TS15 - Leica

Manuals for Leica total stations

Various user manuals that I refer to when working with Leica total stations.

Some I created and others from Leica.

Most Viewed UAVs for Mapping and 3D Modelling

Top 5 Viewed UAVs for Mapping & 3D Modelling

Geo-matching is a site that features some of the latest geomatics hardware such as UAVs for Mapping and 3D Modelling. This information then allows others to compare the various product specifications & read others reviews as a way to help them make better decisions.

The top 5 viewed UAVs for 2014 from the geomatics community from Geo-matching were … http://candiangeo.info/top-UAVs

how to install LAStools toolbox in QGIS

How to install LAStools toolbox in QGIS

Want to use LIDAR data with QGIS? Then use these simple step by step guide to help you install the LAStools toolbox into your free QGIS software.

Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

Using acronyms and abbreviations is commonly practiced in the Geomatics industry and most of the time people just assume that everybody else knows what every acronyms and abbreviation stands for. Well that is obviously not the case most of the time and over the years I have created myself a little digital cheat-sheet of geomatics acronyms and abbreviations that I use with my work in my writing.