Canadian GIS and Geomatics

Often we are supplied with coordinates in decimal degrees but need to use Degrees, Minutes, and Seconds instead. Luckily, there are several solutions that you can use, here is a simple coordinate converter tool that I use.

Google Earth Time Zone Clock

Time Zones in Google Earth

Here is a neat little Google Earth file that has often been helpful on many of my field trips when trying to remember where time zones start and stop. Just open the file in Google Earth, then point and click your location to get info on that time zone.

The file overlays a custom polygon time zone map, then allows the user to click anywhere in the world to produce a pop up bubble
containing a running clock with the time zone (GMT) and the current time for that area, although does not seem to make the daylight savings adjustment.

It uses a combination of KML & Javascript to automatically calculate and display the time for the associated time zone. You can download the file here for free or here you can download my working copy here if the other download link does not work (as it appears to not have been updated in a few years).

[Source: barnabu.co.uk]


Every now and then I come across some little utilities that help to make things easier while working in the field and these pages are mainly my way of sharing them with others while creating a go-to place where I can easily find them when I need them. If you know of any other mapping related utilities like this then let me know and I may include it here on my site with the others.

Ottawa Renovations: Before and After

We recently decided to move back East close to where we grew up. But to do that meant we would need to sell our house in Ottawa and buy another one in Nova Scotia. The housing market here in Ottawa has been pretty strong for many years and was still pretty hot when we listed our house despite various slow downs in the real estate markets all across the country. Check out some of our handy dandy work in this photo gallery …

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UTM Zones in Google Earth

UTM zones in Google Earth

Here is a neat little Google Earth file that has often been helpful on many of my field trips when I needed to know what UTM zone I was working in. Just open the file in Google Earth, then point and click your location to get info on that time zone. Before I found this neat little resource I was using a large JPG image that showed the zones witch I have available here.

I originaly found this file on Google but have not been able to find the original download source (have found other versions) so you here you can download my working copy here .


Every now and then I come across some little utilities that help to make things easier while working in the field and these pages are mainly my way of sharing them with others while creating a go-to place where I can easily find them when I need them. If you know of any other mapping related utilities like this then let me know and I may include it here on my site with the others.