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New geomatics centre puts school among leaders in its field

The new Centre de géomatique du Québec at the Cégep de Chicoutimi.

As part of the area’s socio-economic fabric, the Cégep de Chicoutimi, on the banks of the Saguenay River, has created invaluable ties with the entire community, thanks in part to the Centre de géomatique du Québec (CGQ).

The new centre will allow students and faculty to push the limits of geomatics, which is a cross between geography and information processing used to develop intelligent and searchable maps (as opposed to a static paper map).

With $3.3 million financial contribution from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and the province of Quebec, the Cégep was able to construct a new building for CGQ, more suited to research, and to acquire specialized equipment for geomatic development, promotion and innovation.

The building was the first government facility in the region built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Green features include using geothermal energy and collecting rainwater for use in non-potable plumbing fixtures.

“This achievement will enable our institution to develop and the Quebec geomatics centre to increase its technology transfer activities with its various partners, including several private corporations. This collaboration will consolidate or even create jobs both at the centre and with various partners in the industry, and promote the development of new products or services,” says Ginette Sirois, Director General of the Cégep de Chicoutimi.

“Geomatics is a growing scientific sector and technological developments are occurring at a rapid pace,” adds Josée Dallaire, Director General of the CGQ. “As a result, the CGQ must position itself among geomatic leaders to enable businesses and organizations to become more competitive.”