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GISmo

Solutions Ltd.

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GISmo Solutions Ltd. is located in Edmonton,Alberta, Canada.

GIS Technology Implementation

It was founded in 1996 by a group of experienced Geographic

A complete range of services is provided to assist

Information Systems (GIS) specialists servicing the natural


resources sector.

We specialize in application software

development and services to provide cost efficient solutions to


meet our clients business needs.
Our specialists come from a variety of backgrounds including

clients in planning, implementing and efficiently


using appropriate GIS technology.

Software Development
Automation using high level programming
languages (C, VB, JAVA) and within GIS vendor
environments (especially ESRI) is provided for

software development, engineering, and forestry. We have

efficient operation of clients business.

extensive experience with a variety of GIS tools and digital data

Data Services

sets. GISmo's principal consultants have been working with

Cost efficient creation of quality information and

market leading GIS products from Environmental Systems


Research Institute (ESRI) for over seventeen years. We bring
significant knowledge in implementing, custom programming
and augmenting capabilities of ArcInfo / ArcGIS software and
extensions on all hardware platforms for a variety of public and
private sector clients.

spatial structures to support our clients in critical


business needs.

Business Solutions
GISmo provides complete integrated solutions
through cooperation with domain experts,
scientists, and other Information Technology
specialists.

Suite 1000, 10707 - 100 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. T5J 3M1 Ph:(780) 428-8088 Fx:(780) 428 0405
www.gismo.com email:info@gismo.com

GISmo

GIS Technology Implementation

Solutions Ltd.

Overview

With rapid advancements of GIS technology, many clients have

Past Projects:

found that managing timely and cost effective upgrades of hardware

Analysis of user business requirements

and software environments may present a significant challenge.


Clients face difficulties in analyzing and confirming the cost benefits
of their purchases of information technology and costs of
maintenance for vendor solutions.
GISmo consultants work with clients on their technology
implementations and assist in defining the balance between
software choices, critical versus desired business solutions and
available funding. This support allows clients to implement business
driven technology upgrades rather than chase the most recent

Hines C reek B lock P lanning Process

(MD)

P1 C ollect Pr eliminary R es ources E2 A


P1 .1 Clie nt Re ques ts T S A available S tands
P 1.2 C ontractor E xtracts Available S tands from AV I
P 1.3 C ontractor P repares Ortho map with S tand
numbers and shades by C over G roup

Q1: C onfirm AV I vers ion


with DMI

P 2 S trategic Level S tand As s es s ment


P 2.1 C lient provides a s hort lis t of candidate stands
forblock design
P 2.2 C ontractor C reates S hort listed S tand S patial
file
P 2.3 Volume Assessm ent data is provided to client
P 3 S ilviculture and E co Linework P rocess E 5A
P 3.1 S trategic level Models are applied to S hort
listed S tands
P3 .2 Co mplexity Ra nk is ca lculated
P 3.3 B ase data is establis hed for area and
formatted to HC s tandards
P 3.4 Contractor produces Map illustrating
Co mplexity rank
P 3.5 C omplexity Data is used to define non merch

Q2: C onfirm S elec ted


S tands are compatible
with volume calculations
after retention and non
merch areas are defined

P4 Initial B lock Co mpos ition


P 4.1 C lient S ubmits initial list of stands and
associ ated block numbers
P 4.2 C ontractor P roduces Initial B lock Map

Quality control systems for spatial integrity

System Migration

trends insoftware and product developments in GIS.

Data
Loading
Application

user

(ARC/INFO coverages/T ables)

ARC/INFO
SDE
Application

GEODA TABASE

Process involves:

Within
Spatial
Table

RDBMS
(ie. Oracle)

SDE
Internet
Application

Analysis of user requirements and available options

Internet
Application
Interface

Internet

Internet
Extraction
Application
(Shape files,
Attributes)

System Migration extends from translation of minor utilities


to comprehensive upgrade of repository sytems

Evaluation and integration of hardware and software

User training

Tower Maintenance and Relocation Analysis

Migration of legacy systems into modern technology


and updated vendor software environments.

User training focused on use of new technology in

clients environment.

Place a New Point onto a


geographically defined
theme
Choose an existing tower
point and alter tower height
and elevation

Enter a lat/long co-ordinate or


X/Y co-ordinate in UTM/TTM or
Long/Lat

Training manuals and workshops are important to


successfulGIS implementations
GISmo Solutions Ltd
Suite 1000, 10707-100 Avenue Edmonton Alberta T5J-3M1
Tel: (780) 428-8088 Fax: (780) 428-0405
www.gismo.com

GISmo

Software Development

Solutions Ltd.

Overview

Our software development focuses primarily on supporting the ESRI

Past Projects:

environment, with extensive programming in C/C++, Visual Basic,

Automation of intensive business processes

JAVA, and also the integration of component software. Specialized


skills allow us to design, maintain and utilize Oracle/SDE
repositories and to develop complex data structures and processes
to facilitate effective use of digital spatial data. GISmo develops
Quality Assurance, scientific modeling and decision support
applications for a variety of clients in the natural resources sector.
GISmo consultants closely work with clients during the initial stages
of the project to properly outline the objectives, scope and work flow.
Comprehensive communication management protocols are used

Quality control systems for spatial integrity

Mobile data collection devices

by GISmo to ensure tight execution of projects.


Software development activities support:

Automation of labor intensive processes in the


creation, management and analysis of GIS data

Customizing of business process applications through

the integration of hardware and software solutions


Re-write of applications for updated vendor software

Several Development environments are utilized in order to achieve


project objectives.

Integrated software product

environment and enhanced rebuild of legacy systems.


Solutions extend to:

Applications for portable data collection activities

Design and implementation of data repositories


including ORACLE, Spatial Database Engine (SDE),
and Enterprise/Personal Geodatabase

Support for infrastructure, hardware, networks,


communication devices

Custom user training focused on developed or GIS


vendor software

VB.NET technology is used to facilitate image handling environment


for feature updates such as Bathymetry and Dispositions.
GISmo Solutions Ltd
Suite 1000, 10707-100 Avenue Edmonton Alberta T5J-3M1
Tel: (780) 428-8088 Fax: (780) 428-0405
www.gismo.com

Data Services

GISmo
Solutions Ltd.

Overview

GISmo provides services to enforce data contents, integrity and

Past Projects:

functionality of various natural resources inventories and data

Conversion of scanned print overlays into


Quaternary Geology GIS set

layers. These include historical vegetation databases, integrated


geoadministrative boundaries, structured and attributed road and
hydrography networks, hydrologically corrected DEM and
delineated classified watersheds. We support our clients with the
creation of high quality, structured data by utilizing our specialized
in-house applications.

Activities supported:
Conversion of data from various CAD formats and
scanned raster data into Geo-referenced and
topologically correct GIS information.

Hydrological correction / DEM flow enforcement


on streams.

Collection of access, hydrography, update information


from image format data sets and integration into
comprehensive attributed and topological repositories.
Enforcing data integrity, functionality of various GIS
data sets, hydrologically corrected DEM, classified
delineated watersheds, regions, routes and event
modeling

Access Update from IRS Imagery

GISmo Solutions Ltd


Suite 1000, 10707-100 Avenue Edmonton Alberta T5J-3M1
Tel: (780) 428-8088 Fax: (780) 428-0405
www.gismo.com

Business Solutions

GISmo
Solutions Ltd.

Overview

When GIS technology provides only a partial answer to your


needs, GISmo can deliver project management, coordinate or

Past Projects:

Landscape Fragmentation Analysis

participate with domain experts to bring the client a complete


business solution.
We cooperate with IT, forestry, and environmental consultants and
continuously seek alliances with leading experts to provide
scientifically sound solutions related to the management of many
natural resources including forest, terrain, fish, landscape, wildlife,
Activities supported:
GISmo supports forestry specialists and scientists to
produce Fish Management Plans and Landscape
Analysis.

Managing Silviculture information in remote SDE database

Management of information layers for current and


accurate information.
Provision of operational client support.
Skilled GIS analysts may become part of clients team
to implement new technology and support significant
systems development.
Integrated teams for large systems development
Data
Extraction
Application

Data
Loading
Application

user

(ARC/INFO coverages/Tables)

C/C++
Interface

ARC/INFO
SDE
Application

Within

SDE
Internet

SDE

SDE
Spatial
Table

Internet
Application

Internet
Application
Interface

user

(Shape files [coverages],


Attributes)

RDBMS
(ie. Oracle)

Internet
Extraction
Application
(Shape files,
Attributes)

C/C++
Application

Within
Within
RDBMS
Table

SDE

Data
Update
Application

(Shape [coverages],
Attributes)

C/C++
Interface

C/C++
Application
user

Skilled GIS analysts may become part of clients


team to implement new technology and support

GISmo Solutions Ltd


Suite 1000, 10707-100 Avenue Edmonton Alberta T5J-3M1
Tel: (780) 428-8088 Fax: (780) 428-0405
www.gismo.com

GISmo

Bathymetry Creation and Integration

Solutions Ltd.

Project Showcase

Geologist LaurenceAndriashek of the Ground Water Group from the


Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) has been researching surficial
sediments for the Beaver River Study Area. One of the primary
concerns of this research was determining the interactions between
surface water and ground water, specifically the relationship
between the deep and shallow water aquifers with surface water
bodies.
To address this properly it was necessary to analyze bathymetry
data represented by lake bottom contours derived from depth
soundings. Maps Distribution Branch of the Alberta Sustainable
Resource Development stored the most up-to-date information as a
repository of hard-copy maps created by the Alberta Environment
between 1960-1979
In January 2003, GISmo Solutions Ltd embarked on a project to
create digital bathymetry data for 27 lakes within the Beaver River
study area. The first phase of this project addressed the
reproduction of bathymetry information from the hard copy maps
into a properly geo-referenced digital Geographical Information
System (GIS) data set. Once contours, lake elevations, and lake
boundaries were validated, the second phase integrated the
bathymetry data into the Base Features 1:250K 25-meter Digital
Elevation Model (DEM).
Following the delivery of Beaver River bathymetry product, AGS
initiated a province-wide integration of remaining 146 lakes in the
repository. New project utilized the freely distributed Shuttle Radar
Topography Mission (SRTM) DEM for integration.
This project was completed in December 2004, and has produced a
complete, up-to-date digital bathymetry data set forAlberta.

Cold La ke
with Bathymetric
Contours Integrated
into 1:250K 25m
Base Features DEM**
**Base Features DEM provided by Spatial Data Warehouse

Project Client:
Alberta Geological Survey
GISmo Project Manager:

Cindy Post (cpost@gismo.com)


For more information on the Digital Bathymetric datasets,
please contact Alberta Geological Survey at: (780) 422-1927
For information on GIS bathymetry related projects or
processes, please contact
Cindy Post from GISmo Solutions Ltd. at cpost@gismo.com or
(780) 428-8088, ext 107

Cross-Section figure created to suppor t the


Beaver River research project.

GISmo Solutions Ltd


Suite 1000, 10707-100 Avenue Edmonton Alberta T5J-3M1
Tel: (780) 428-8088 Fax: (780) 428-0405
www.gismo.com

GISmo

Digital Compilation of Disposition Resources

Solutions Ltd.

Project Showcase

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (ASRD) required


services to compile and update spatial information for grazing and
agricultural disposition resources and assigned a corresponding
contract to GISmo Solutions Ltd. Supporting the digitizing of
vegetation detail was the use of sketch maps and various
orthoimages. Processes were developed to automate the selection
and clipping of 1metre TARIN images to create disposition
backgrounds.
Dispositions Activity Reports precisely describe a total area of a
disposition as well as an area within each ATS quarter section with a
corresponding metes and bounds description. The objective of the
Refine Disposition Boundaries process was to make sure that the
spatial data area accurately represents the activity report (within
+-2% tolerance).
*************************************************
***
processing
QS_40267
*
* Disposition
Tot_area
Tot_hectares
Tot_without_exclusions_ha
*
***
GRL40267
2685069.74
268.50
268.50
*
***
- 2 percent
263.13
***
+ 2 percent
273.87
* Summary of Individual
QS Records
*
*
QSection
Tot_area
Tot_hectares
Tot_without_excl_ha
*
***
SW-17-013-11
W4
187468.99
18.74
18.74
***
NW-17-013-11
W4
665784.21
66.57
66.57
***
SW-18-013-11
W4
642678.52
64.26
64.26
***
SE-18-013-11
W4
541995.11
54.19
54.19
***
NE-18-013-11
W4
647142.89
64.71
64.71

Compilation of digital grazing and agriculture disposition resources may involve


rules for exclusion and integration of access and hydrography data, edits to
conform to Metes and Bounds definition and validation with high resolution
images.

Activity report validating accuracy of refinement process

Corrected accurate spatial boundary information allows for a better management


of disposition resources

Project Client:
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
Public Lands and Forests Division
GISmo Project Manager:

Michal Pawlina (mpawlina@gismo.com)

ArcMap allows the user to efficiently georeference scanned plans and sketches for detailed
analysis and transfer of spatial and attribute information.

GISmo Solutions Ltd


Suite 1000, 10707-100 Avenue Edmonton Alberta T5J-3M1
Tel: (780) 428-8088 Fax: (780) 428-0405
www.gismo.com

GISmo

Stream Classification & Watershed Delineation


for DFMP Submissions

Solutions Ltd.

Project Showcase
Strahler Classification

Many important initiatives related to the sustainable natural


resources management benefit from accurate delineation of
watersheds and classified hydrography information. Management
of forest, fish and wildlife, and water resources often depends on
common and government approved methodology and
classification.
GISmo supports preparation of quality watersheds and related
classified information for government agencies
(AENV,ASRD,CEMA) , research organizations (ARC,ACA,FMF)
and forest companies.
This specific project was to provide accurate Strahler classified
watershed boundaries for the Edson and Drayton Valley FMA
suitable for forest management planning activities while consistent
with government approved approach.

Strahler Grouping

Specific project objectives were to:

Hydro Correction of DEM

Apply Strahler classification to stream network consistently


with processes used on government and related projects.
Delineate reasonable accuracy watersheds and create a
seamless division of suitable administrative areas.
Hydro-corrected Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and attributed
spatial data sets addressed current clients needs and allowed for
creation of expanded and comprehensive structures for future
analysis and modeling.

Delineation of Catchment Areas

Watersheds Grouping

Project Client:
Weyerhaeuser Company
Edson and Drayton Valley FMA
GISmo Project Manager:

Cindy Post (cpost@gismo.com)

Weyerhaeuser Drayton Valley (red)


and Edson (green) FMA

GISmo Solutions Ltd


Suite 1000, 10707-100 Avenue Edmonton Alberta T5J-3M1
Tel: (780) 428-8088 Fax: (780) 428-0405
www.gismo.com

GISmo

Silviculture Operations Support Services

Solutions Ltd.

Project Showcase

The project focus is to develop a fuzzy logic based application


that enables foresters to arrive at strategic and operational
prescriptive treatments for harvested areas. Fuzzy
(multivalent) theory allows for the processing of pre-defined
rules and knowledge base to quantify and assess decision
accuracy. The application will allow foresters to respond to
increased government concerns over

sustainable forest

The advantages to this application are:


Utilizes specific information regarding the
structure and function of the ecosystem at the
stand level and falls within the provincial
framework for forest management.
Represents the fine scale of resolution for land
use planning that can also be summarized into
management units for desired levels of
analysis
Provides a framework for site assessments,
productivity assessments, silvicultural
prescriptions and refining yield curves.

management. The linkages this application creates between


silviculture research and corporate activities are a result of the
experience and past work of several people at Canfor. The
experience GISmo Solutions Ltd. has gained in working with
Canfors GENUS data management system has provided an
excellent background for the development of the prescriptive
fuzzy system.

An example of Fuzzy Decision domains compared


against Crisp Decision boundaries.

Project Client:

Canadian Forest Products


Alberta Division

GISmo Project Manager:

Michael Desilets (mdesilets@gismo.com)

GISmo Solutions Ltd

Suite 1000, 10707-100 Avenue


Edmonton, Alberta T5J-3M1

FuzzyCognitive Map modeling environment

Tel: (780) 428-8088


Fax: (780) 428-0405
www.gismo.com

GISmo

OGC Compliant Tools and Web Services

Solutions Ltd.

Developments in internet based Geographic Information


Systems (GIS) technology and OpenGIS Consortium (OGC)
compliant web services provide exciting options of cost
efficient busines solutions relying on interoperability and
access to environments tailored by many vendors.
GISmo Solutions Ltd. recognizes the importance of this
technology for expanding the base of information users who
will benefit from better access to spatial data and derived
information products. There are new opportunities for the
remote update of data repositories to improve accuracy and
currency of information.
Convenient and secure web environments for
data sharing and effective communication
between diverses groups using market leading
ESRI and OGC cost effective tools
Creation of standard map products and regulatory
compliance documents contributes to consistent
information display and effective decision
support.

Technology Showcase
Utilizing OGC map server technologies GISmo has deployed
several applications to demonstrate desired capabilities to
our clients. We utilize Java and PHP to provide
Feature Queries
Database management
Document control and reporting
Image handling
Interface customization and security
GISmo also has experience in dealing with ESRIs ArcIMS
environment and has delivered significant enhancements to
processing time and presentation quality of web map
products derived from dispersed data sampling sets..
We anticipate that web spatial data services and support of
OGC compliant technology will significantly grow and benefit
our client's business in the near future.

GISmo Solutions Ltd

Suite 1000, 10707-100 Avenue


Edmonton, Alberta T5J-3M1
Tel: (780) 428-8088
Fax: (780) 428-0405
www.gismo.com