Regional District to illustrate the GISt of geographic technology

An open house will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Mission Creek Park to educate residents about various Geographic Information Systems uses.

Firefighters, emergency crews, residents and volunteers were rightfully hailed as heroes during the Trepanier fire relief effort last September.

But there was another, unsung, hero of the rescue effort: Geographic information systems (GIS) technology.

Thanks to GIS, Regional District of Central Okanagan staff were able to speed up emergency operations to help those in need.

“How do we know who to evacuate? That’s where GIS tools come into play,” said Richard Bruneau, information services manager with the Regional District.

“We can look at the area of effect, we can set up evacuation zones, we have the information about people and their addresses, so we can make contact with those people and make sure they know when they can come back.”

Additionally, the technology allowed concerned members of the public to view maps of the Trepanier region affected by fire to get a better sense of the areas in danger.

According to Bruneau, GIS has many other functions in everyday life as well.

“Things like Google Earth and Google Maps have really helped (educate) people, but most people still just think about them as maps. They don’t think about information and making decisions and how you can use the spacial world in all aspects of your life.”

The Regional District will celebrate GIS technology Wednesday, Nov. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Environmental Education Centre in Mission Creek Regional Park.

The open house—held on International GIS Day—is being sponsored by the National Geographic Society and will aim to educate visitors on the importance of GIS.

Bruneau said another goal is to highlight advantages of taking up a career in GIS.

“It’s kind of a new technology—infant compared to a lot of other technologies that are out there. I’d love to see more people take it up as a career choice.”

Representatives from the Regional District, City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, Interior Health, Urban Systems and Ecora Resource Group will be on hand to illustrate examples of how GIS is used in various industries.

“There will be some demos, some opportunity to play, some opportunity to ask questions and just sort of get exposed to what GIS is and how it’s used.”

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

 

Just Posted

Okanagan Wildfires: An afternoon update on wildfires and evacuations

A Sunday afternoon look at the major wildfires impacting the Okanagan and Similkameen.

VIDEO: Sailing under the sun at the BC Games

Maple Bay in the Cowichan Valley was host to dozens of athletes sailing on small prams to planing dinghys

BC Wildfire holding steady on Okanagan Complex

Evening update on Okanagan fire situation

Wild fires blaze in the Okanagan, in your words

We have compiled a community photo album of your wildfire photos

Power couple speed into top spot at L’Alpe de Grand Blanc at Big White

The professional riders have been training all year

BC Games: Day 3 wrap and closing ceremonies

The torch in the Cowichan Valley has been extinguished as Fort St. John gets ready to host the 2020 BC Winter Games

Police confirm girl, 8 others injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Reel Reviews: Floundering inferno

We quote Charlie Brown: “Good grief!”

UPDATE: Five taken to hospital following one of two Coquihalla accidents

One airlifted in critical condition, four taken via ambulance in stable condition

Ottawa fails to find alternative buyer for Trans Mountain pipeline by deadline

The feds had announced it was purchasing the $4.5 billion pipeline earlier this spring

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

Most Read