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Site Selection Magazine: READY, AIM, HIRE

By Adam Bruns,, March 2019 edition

A new asset mapping tool for eastern Ontario goes way beyond a parlor trick.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped by the Ottawa-area tech capital of Kanata in February to announce that the Canadian government was investing C$40 million in Blackberry/QNX to support Carleton University’s research leadership in autonomous systems. But that’s not the only next-generation thinking going on at the 30,000-student university.

Attempts to map assets are a dime a dozen in the economic development world. But you’ve never seen anything like the Ontario East 3D mapping project developed by the Ontario East Economic Development Commission and the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS). 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.

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