Located in Castlegar in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, HARTerra is owned and operated by Jason Hart. Jason has more than 20 years experience delivering GIS solutions for natural resource, environmental, hydropower and utility sectors, as well as working with municipal and regional governments in BC and the provincial government.
HARTerra is passionate about all things geospatial. Agile and creative, we are collaborative and supportive of our clients and love to share our knowledge.
We focus on helping our clients determine the workflows, technologies, and processes relating to geospatial infrastructure and the right tools to help make them successful. We support our customers by looking for opportunities to leverage their existing investments, resources and knowledge base for maximum results.
We support projects by helping to develop standards, proposals and providing expert advice on geospatial projects and technologies.
Enterprise system design and implementation, web application development and creating desktop solutions for editing and workflow analysis is a big part of what we do.
Success requires a holistic approach and HARTerra provides support, training, education, and expertise to make our clients geospatial programs successful. We focus on meeting the needs of each individual client and applying the correct solution. We pride ourselves on our breadth of experience and knowledge.
As the Principal of the company, Jason is the primary Project Manager and Business Analyst at HARTerra. With a Bachelor Science from the University of Northern BC and over 20 years of experience in GIS, he has worked with customers in the natural resource and electrical utility sectors, municipal and provincial governments, as well as on software development teams.
With a Bachelor degree in Computer Science-GIS and a Master of Science – Geography, Colin’s professional background includes the development and support for geospatial systems implementation — supporting analysis, visualization, data maintenance, hydrological modelling, research, consulting, and project management.
A graduate from SAIT in the Bachelor of Applied Technology – GIS program, Brandon, also possesses a Bachelor of Science – Geophysics from Memorial University in Newfoundland. Brandon’s background includes geology and geophysics with strong mapping and spatial analysis skills. His previous experiences include: utilities management, implementing GIS solutions, and environmental consulting.
Venessa is involved with data conversion, publishing web services and providing client training for municipal infrastructure and electric utility projects with HARTerra. She has an Advanced Diploma in GIS and an Integrated Environmental Planning Diploma from Selkirk College.
Sara supports project management, provides GIS support using HEC-GeoRAS for hydrological modelling/dam safety projects, data conversion and maintenance of municipal infrastructure asset data, and creates web map tutorial videos at HARTerra. She holds an Advanced Diploma in GIS from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Simon Fraser University.
Joleen supports the HARTerra team in the day-to-day administrative aspects of the office and its projects.
Daisy is responsible for client and staff relations at the HARTerra office.
Implementation of an ArcFM based enterprise GIS solution for a small municipal-owned electric utility including configuration, development, data migration and training. This project involved the migration of CAD data, spreadsheets and Access databases into a single enterprise geodatabase that provides access to the geometric network to trace electrical flow as well as a repository of information on all utility assets – poles, streetlights, transformers, conductor, cable, switches, civil structures and customer information. The information is made available to field staff, office workers and management through robust desktop tools, simplified web based applications and mobile devices in the field.
Projects for engineering firm in support of municipalities in East and West Kootenay – Trail, Kimberley and Cranbrook – using tools such as HEC-RAS and HEC-HMS. This involved developing terrain information by integrating CAD, DEM and LiDAR data into seamless elevation models as well as the creation of other hydrological information such as stream banks, centerlines and cross sections into formats and data structures required to support the engineering modelling applications. The results of the engineering models were brought back into the GIS to develop client presentation materials for visualizing the project area and key items such as inundation, water velocities or other analyzed parameters.
Implementation of core Esri technology and extension of Esri solution templates for the management of water and wastewater assets for a municipal government. This project included enterprise geodatabase design, data migration from CAD and database formats, data review and cleanup along with application development of tools for managing as-built documents and exporting data back into CAD from the Esri solution.
Custom ArcGIS Geoprocessing add-ins were created for tracking retirements and field abandonments and importing CCTV data collected to allow users to view condition information collected in the field and access images and video files from the GIS.
Utilizing Esri server and development tools, a web mapping application was created by extending the Esri Web App Builder solution with custom themes and widgets based on well designed and implemented data management solutions to provide users with access to spatial information, provide custom parcel reports and link to documents stored on the corporate network as well as to georeferenced infrastructure as-builts PDF libraries. This involved developing REST services (map services and geoprocessing services) that were managed through an ArcGIS portal site and integrated into an HTML5 Esri Web application with custom templates and widgets implemented to meet the client’s business need to find and access information to manage their municipality.
Coordination with municipal business units – Public Works, Information T, Engineering, Planning and Land Use – on developing geospatial capacity within the organization to transition from legacy database and mapping solutions into an enterprise class GIS solution. This involved coordinating working groups and steering committees, developing business requirement, project scopes and definitions to meet the business needs of the organization. A holistic approach was used that included supporting and training users and helping the organization to implement business workflows that made the GIS technology investments successful as well as designing and implementing server, web, mobile and desktop esri GIS technology to enable the organization to modernize their geospatial infrastructure.
“Almost 60% of Canada’s core public infrastructure is owned and maintained by municipal governments. According to survey results, the total value of core municipal infrastructure assets is estimated at $1.1 trillion dollars, or about $80,000 per household.”
“One-third of our municipal infrastructure is in fair, poor or very poor condition, increasing the risk of service disruption.”