New photography and orthophotos of Pictou and Antigonish available

5 Apr 2019

In 2018 Government collected photography over Pictou County, Antigonish County & the northern portion of Guysborough County and it is now available along with 1:10,000 Digital Orthophoto mosaics for this same area. We hope to collect areas of Guysborough and Richmond during the Summer of 2019 so stay tuned for updates on that effort.

Migrating from ATS77 to NAD83(CSRS) in Nova Scotia

5 Feb 2018

The installation of 40 ACSs across Nova Scotia between 2012 and 2015 enables the Province’s surveying and mapping Community to migrate to NAD83(CSRS) by addressing ongoing accuracy and accessibility needs.

GeoNOVA releases LiDAR and Elevation Data

8 Sep 2017

GeoNOVA is pleased to release LiDAR and elevation products with the latest version of DataLocator. DataLocator Elevation Explorer is an exciting new release of the popular DataLocator tool that focuses on Nova Scotia elevation products featuring the Nova Scotia LiDAR Point Cloud (raw LiDAR) and the Nova Scotia Elevation Dataset (includes 1m Digital Elevation Model). DataLocator allows users to easily find and download elevation data for free! This data is made available with an unrestricted data licence.

Provincial Government to Showcase Geomatics at NSCC-COGS Industry Expo

23 Feb 2017

On March 23, NSCC-COGS is holding an Industry Expo in Lawrencetown, NS.  Geographic Information Services, Department of Internal Services will be onsite to provide students with information about geomatics in action in the provincial government. Upcoming projects and opportunities for employment will also be shared.

Ken Power Brook - new official place name!

20 Jun 2016

Ever wonder how a place gets its name? The Province recently honored the memory of Sergeant Kenneth James Power, an RCAF search and rescue techician, by naming a brook in Cape Breton after him. The Commemorative Naming Ceremony took place on June 18th.  Ken Power Brook flows between Munro Lake and Lake Uist, Enon, Cape Breton County.

Did you know that commemorative name changes are community driven? Learn more about Nova Scotia Place Names.

COGS 2016 - Student Success Awards

25 May 2016

The College of Geographic Sciences recently hosted its Student Awards Banquet. GeoNOVA sponsored awards were presented to Natasha Fee (James F. Doig Award) and Margie Massier (GeoNOVA Award), two well deserving geomatics students. On behalf of GeoNOVA, Geographic Information Services, congratulations and best of luck to all 2016 COGS grads!

Provincial Government adds LIDAR data holdings to the Open Data Portal

6 May 2016

Lidar mapping in the Province is now available under an open license via Nova Scotia's Open Data Portal. Lidar (Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging) is described as an optical remote sensing technology which measures properties of scattered light and/or information of a distant target. It combines laser, GPS and inertial navigation systems to produce highly accurate topographic maps with accuracy within a few centimetres.

Province Seeks Public Feedback on Harvesting Plans

7 Apr 2016

Nova Scotia government  has streamlined the way it seeks input about Harvesting Plans on Crown Land. The public will no longer have to download large static maps to see what plans the government has for harvesting on Crown Land.   A new way to engage with the general public provides a wealth of up to date geographic information shared through map visualization.  Speedy access, easy to use interface and the opportunity to provide feedback for Licensees complements the user experience.

New Technology Positions Nova Scotia for Economic Growth

29 Feb 2016

The Nova Scotia Provincial Government has launched a state-of-the-art positioning system that provides highly accurate, real-time locations down to the millimetre level.   

Forty, permanent GPS stations have been strategically installed on structures around the province to enable unprecedented access to high accuracy positioning. This infrastructure investment is good news for Nova Scotians as it allows for greater efficiencies in industry and provides opportunities for new technologies to emerge.