(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).
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.
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.
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 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.