Projects

Health

Clients: e.g. Climate Change and Health Office, Health Canada; Open Health News

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Types of Work: Studies, Maps, Web Services

Examples:

Spatial Quest completed two studies, one on national and international climate and health indices, and one on cataloguing climate-health resources.  The first study focused on methods to develop, validate, and spatialize indicator data to inform health policy, planning, and response efforts (e.g. to heat events).  

Spatial Quest also assisted with the production of two health magazines; and a series of maps for an Open Health News report on the implementation of VistA (an electronic health records system) by US Veteran’s Affairs Hospitals and Clinics.  Spatial Quest’s principal owner, Eddie Oldfield, facilitated the establishment of a global OGC Health Domain Working Group (www.opengeospatial.org) and remains an active participant in the OGC as chair of the working group.  Oldfield led several OGC web-service implementation projects with a focus on health-related applications (2003-2008), including a pandemic exercise in NB and Maine (photo).

Resiliency

Clients: e.g. Association of Municipal Administrators of New Brunswick (AMANB); NB Department of Environment and Local Government; Justice Institute of British Columbia

Types of Work: Education Projects / Workshops; Training Materials; Maps

Examples: We design and deliver education projects and facilitate workshops for municipal administrators (e.g. AMANB www.amanb-aamnb.ca), focused on improving skills and competencies, including for climate risk assessment, resiliency planning and emergency preparedness.  We maintain an interactive webpage for municipal administrators to discover resources and tools for building healthier, resilient, smart energy communities (www.energysmartnb.ca). We also develop print and online resources, and workshop materials.

Projects include: 

A Resiliency Planning Charrette (2014)

  • Organized a full day training session and table top exercises

Facilitating Municipal Administrators to Improve Local Resiliency (2015)

  • Organized 17 webinars
  • Conducted provincial survey

Helping NB Municipalities Continuously Improve resiliency (2016-17)

  • Organize 8 regional workshops, 3 webinars
  • Inform provincial and national resiliency planning initiatives

Review of Rural Disaster Resiliency Portal Hazard/Risk Assessment (climate/health), for aboriginal communities

Energy

Clients: QUEST; NB Power; NB Department of Environment and Local Government; a branch of Natural Resources Canada

Types of Work: Education Projects; Studies; Maps; Workshops

Examples:

QUEST (www.questcanada.org) is a national non-profit dedicated to advancing Smart Energy Communities across Canada, who utilizes the services of Spatial Quest for project management, map production, surveys, and engaging municipalities and energy utilities through workshops, webinars and table-top mapping exercises.  We also supported a national market survey, and contributed to development of a national inventory and online Atlas. 

We provide mapping support for community energy planning and GHG emissions reduction, for example, for 11 municipalities in NB, and to other communities in Canada.  Spatial Quest utilizes various methods for mapping energy and emissions data, and conducted research (for government) toward energy spatial data infrastructure.  Spatial Quest provided other customers with support for integrating energy data with location-based assets, for reporting outcomes such as cost, emissions, and energy consumed across a large asset portfolio.  As part of this we conducted requirements gathering, specification, data analysis, integration and visualization.

Projects include: 

QUEST - Advancing Smart Energy Communities : (2015)

  • Developed and published a Community Energy Planning (CEP) Primer for NB municipalities
  • Organized 4 workshops + table-top map exercise focused on CEP
  • a CEP workshop in Quebec for four cities
  • Conducted provincial survey

QUEST - Advancing Community Energy Planning (2016-17)

  • Organizing 4 Workshops (regional) and maps for table-top exercises
  • Organizing 3 Webinar sessions
  • Prepared and Analysed National Market Survey

UMNB - Climate Change and Energy Initiative - (2016-18)

  • help to develop 11 municipal GHG emissions inventories and Community Energy Plans, including producing maps of energy and GHG emissions to inform planning efforts
  • Stakeholder engagement

Related work:

  • Policy and Technical Research (Briefings, Studies, Feasibility Assessments, Design for interoperable web map services)
  • Research published in various peer-reviewed Journals, presented during OGC Technical Conferences, GovFuture webinar (global), and other national forums.
  • Facilitation of committees, conferences, workshops, forums
  • Collaboration with government, industry, academia, non-profit, and communities stakeholders