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Putting Ontario East on the Map

By Tyrone Burke, Carleton University

The Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) has digitized King Tut’s tomb and Morocco’s kasbahs, but that’s nothing compared to what they’ve got on tap.

Using a combination of terrestrial laser scanning, building information modelling (BIM) and open-source data, CIMS is creating a hyper-realistic 3D model of eastern Ontario that will put the region’s entire economic activity at the fingertips of the Ontario East Economic Development Commission, its partner on the 3D mapping project.

And like so many stories do, this one begins with beer.

“These are all the breweries in eastern Ontario,” says lead researcher Stephen Fai, associate professor of Architecture and Urbanism and director of CIMS.

Fai is pointing toward an ultra HD screen pinned with dozens of flags. At first glance, you might think he’s about to show you little more than a sharper, more vivid version of Google Earth.

You’d be wrong.

“You can look at the data at a high level, or you can start to drill down,” Fai says, zooming in on the Lake Ontario shoreline.

“These are the four breweries in Prince Edward County. And these are all the hops producers and grain producers in that area.”

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