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September 7, 2005

Calgary, Alberta - The Alberta Research Council Inc. (ARC) is donating aerial mapping software worth more than $250,000 to SAIT Polytechnic tomorrow. The software will be used by students in SAIT’s Geographic Information Systems Bachelor of Applied Technology degree and Geomatics Engineering Technology diploma programs.

“We’re excited this technology will help students gain more hands-on experience in the geographic information systems and geomatics field,” says Karen Beliveau, vice-president, External Relations and Alliances, ARC. “As an Alberta-based organization, we wanted to keep the technology in the province and strengthen our collaborative relationships with Alberta post-secondary institutions. This donation to SAIT achieves both those goals.”

“We are pleased to introduce aerial mapping technology recently developed by the Alberta Research Council into the classroom,” says Irene Lewis, President and CEO of SAIT. “SAIT students and faculty will be the first in Canada to apply this technology in their learning of geographic information systems and geomatics. This donation will enhance the hands-on learning SAIT offers and may provide research opportunities for students and faculty in the future.”

Digital Ortho Rectification Imagery System (DORIS) is an airborne imaging system that handles all aspects of creating accurate, high resolution and geo-referenced image-maps by combining state-of-the-art mapping technologies, such as Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), Digital Imaging, and Direct Geo-referencing from Global Positioning (GPS) and Inertial Navigation (INS). The system can virtually serve all mapping applications requiring very high resolution and accurate 3-D spatial information.

The Alberta Research Council Inc. (ARC) delivers innovative science and technology solutions to meet the priorities of industry and government in Alberta and beyond. Integrated multi-disciplinary teams help customers and partners take technologies from the laboratory to the field, strengthening their competitiveness and sustainability. ARC accelerates the development and commercialization of products, processes and services in the energy, life sciences, agriculture, environment, forestry and manufacturing sectors. For more than 84 years, ARC has collaborated with business, industry, and academia to foster the economic development and prosperity of Alberta.
 

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Media are invited to interview representatives from ARC and SAIT at an official ceremony celebrating the donation tomorrow, Thursday, September 8 at 11:30 a.m. in the Highwood Restaurant on SAIT’s main campus.


For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Larry Lalonde
Public & Community Relations Specialist
SAIT Polytechnic
Bus: (403) 284-8473; Cell: (403) 512-3291