Please download the technical program below. The file was last updated on July 9, 2023. It now includes the meeting locations on campus.

Also, please take a look at the overview of the schedule for the 2023 SaGES conference:

(July 16, 2023)
(July 17, 2023)
(July 18, 2023)
(July 19, 2023)
(July 20, 2023)
MorningTechnical sessions and catered breakfast / coffee breakTechnical sessions and catered breakfast / coffee breakTechnical sessions and catered breakfast / coffee breakNetworking excursion (visit of Lake Louise)
LunchProvided at the dining centreProvided at the dining centreProvided at the dining centreBoxed lunch provided
AfternoonTechnical session, catered coffee break, and tour of the geomatics engineering facilitiesField trip to the survey camp Barrier Lake Station in KananaskisTechnical session, catered coffee break, and business meetingNetworking excursion cont’d (visit of the Banff town site)
EveningCatered welcoming receptionCatered awards dinner

Note that the lunches at the dining centre and the catered food listed above (i.e., the coffee breaks, the reception, and the awards dinner) are included in the registration fees. If you participate in the networking excursion on Thursday, a boxed lunch will be included.

Invited speakers:


  • Speaker: Kristian Morin (XYZ Reality; formerly at Hilti Group and also Leica Geosystems / Hexagon)
  • Title: “Surveying the high-tech frontier for spatial success”
  • Abstract: Surveying and geomatics underpin a wide variety of technologies and applications in the high-tech industry. Yet detailed understanding of spatial data, navigation techniques and uncertainty remain elusive in many development teams. This presentation will highlight how the skills we (e.g., surveyors and geomatics engineers) bring are making the difference in successful high-tech products and services.


  • Speaker: Brian Ballantyne (BoundaryIntelligence)
  • Title: “The spatial extent of Aboriginal title in Canada: parcels & boundaries”
  • Abstract: Aboriginal title is being asserted/recognized to many parcels across Canada, parcels that were never ceded by Indigenous peoples to the Crown. Parcels include Crown land, watercourses and freehold land. Five court decisions and six case studies show that if boundaries are defined, then Aboriginal title has meaning; if not, then claims flounder.


  • Speaker: Geoff Banham (Geodetic Control, Lands Division, Alberta Environment and Protected Areas)
  • Title: “NATRF2022 – What Canada and the provinces are up to”
  • Abstract: Canada and the United States are planning to adopt the North American Reference Frame (NATRF) 2022 in 2025. This presentation outlines the steps Canada (and the provinces) are taking to support the change to NATRF2022.

Paper titles by registered authors:

  • “LiDAR in your pocket: friend or foe to a surveyor?” by Michael Olsen (Oregon State University)
  • “Boy Scouts of Canada and the surveying merit badge” by Sean Galway (BCIT)
  • “Land surveying education in a forestry college” by Yanli Zhang (Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas)
  • “Asset management for sustainable infrastructure: a new educational initiative at the University of Calgary to support expanded opportunities for geomatics professionals” by Robert Radovanovic (McElhanney Ltd.)
  • “Integrating classroom observations and students feedback to support learning of the fundamentals of surveying” by Elena Rangelova (University of Calgary)
  • “Accelerating graduates’ preparedness for the 4IR geospatial industry: a project-based approach to developing spatial literacy in surveying and geomatics education” by Huiran Jin (NJIT)
  • “Use of head-mounted VR for differential leveling surveying education” by Matthew O’Banion (United States Military Academy – West Point)
  • “Mathematical coordinates as evidence in Alberta” by Matthew Sakatch (Challenger Geomatics)
  • “Verbesserung vs. residual: how sign conventions complicate student understanding of non-linear parametric least-squares and Kalman filtering” by Kyle O’Keefe (University of Calgary)
  • “Lessons learned from teaching boundary law in a virtual environment” by Izaak de Rijcke (University of New Brunswick / Four Point Learning)
  • “Authentic assessment design in remote sensing training” by Carina Butterworth (SAIT)
  • “On stockpile volumes” by Jack Walker (Oregon Tech)
  • “Enhancing NextGen student learning in geospatial academia” by Jared Wilson (East Tennessee State University)
  • “Integrating geomatics into the next generation civil engineering curriculum” by Wayne Sarasua (Clemson University, South Carolina)
  • “Addressing the educational need for professional surveyors and dual registrants” by Carol Morman (Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Ohio)
  • “Multi-topic course design in geomatics engineering technology: challenges and proposed mitigation approaches” by Sameh Nassar (SAIT)
  • “On subsurface utility engineering (SUE)” by Marlee Walton (Iowa State University)
  • “Methodology for precision DEM creation using InSAR and corner reflection correction in Calgary, AB” by Silvio Andres Ordonez-Zuniga (SAIT)
  • “Elevation survey update for coastwide reference monitoring system (CRMS) and associated secondary monuments with comparisons on geoid changes in the datum and soil types” by Esra Tekdal Yilmaz (Nicholls State University, Louisiana)
  • “Preserving the public land survey system following wildfires using GNSS measurements tied to the national spatial reference system” by Brian Dollar (University of Maine)
  • “Estimating near-surface winds and their correlation with terrain in tornadoes using tornado-induced three damage” by Richard Wood (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
  • “Geomatics education challenges: a discussion paper” by Michael Chapman (Toronto Metropolitan University, formerly Ryarson)
  • “Geotechnology and innovation course in the Metaverse” by Salvatore Amaduzzi (University of Udine, Italy)
  • “Elevation and direction-wise distribution of land surface temperature in Jeju island using Landsat data” by Farhan Khan (Jeju National University, South Korea)
  • “Developing a surveying engineering technology certificate program to create the next generation of professional land surveyors” by Tony Nettleman (Nettleman Land Consultants Inc., TX)
  • “Augmenting geomatics research and development in post-secondary technical institutes with education and cost saving” by Michel Morgan (SAIT)
  • “CBEPS 2023 national syllabus” by Marie Robidoux (CBEPS / ACLS)
  • “Case studies of authentic assessment in team activities in geomatics engineering technology” by Lance Hummel (SAIT)
  • “A distance education model for teaching surveying/geomatics” by Ahmed Elaksher (New Mexico State University)
  • “ROME: efficient extraction and classification of complex road markings from mobile LiDAR data” by Jaehoon Jung (Oregon State University)
  • “Exploiting the connection between spatial and mathematical ability: recruiting traditional students to surveying/geomatics education” by Laramie Potts (NJIT)
  • “Assessing the ability to function effectively on technical teams in an on-line Surveying Engineering Technology baccalaureate degree program” by Rich Vannozzi (University of Maine)
  • “Introduction to ABET Accreditation” by Amanda Reid (ABET)
  • “Terrain analysis and water simulation using immersive and experiential leaning environments, extended reality sandbox” by Mojgan Jadidi (York University)
  • “UAS based coastal land management techniques” by Sudhagar Nagarajan (Florida Atlantic University)