From Ambulances to Ward Boundaries by Dan Haight

Analytics: Combining math, data, and computers to improve insight and efficiency

Ward Criteria

  • Geographical

    • Contiguity
    • Compactness
    • Natural boundaries
  • Socio-political

    • Population equality (±10%)
    • Electoral equality (±25%)
    • Groups of interest (community leagues, socio-demographics)
    • Similarity to existing solution

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Municipal Analytics in Action by Corey Wentzell & Joy Beveridge

Early Stage Analytics

•Analytics in any form is intended to be as close to just-in-time information that dramatically helps to inform decision makers.
•To make better, faster and more consistently outstanding decisions for the benefit of municipalities and their residents.

Large Scale Municipal Analytics

•One of the most comprehensive models of large scale municipal analytic installations is in the City of Baltimore
•The Baltimore model is called CitiStat. Recognized as one of the most innovative models in the world.
•Other cities (NYC) are beginning to replicate the model.
•It is highly adaptable for customization based on local preferences and needs.



SmartGrid Applications – Introducing Change in a Conservative Industry by Rick Cowburn


  •   Two case studies introducing analytics to the electric power industry
  •   Based on 30 years of senior level experience
  •   Taking advantage of structural change to change the industry paradigms

False Hopes for ‘Smart Grid’

  •   IF price changes too rapidly for Demand response
  • THEN Demand response is impractical
  • HENCE Demand-side analytics are an autopsy
  •  Advanced metering is dead in Alberta for economic reasons

Unwanted Opportunities

  •  If you have a 20 year old house, it is served by a 20 year old distribution system
  •  Why does your distribution bill go UP every year ?
    •  Because you are subsidizing the distribution systems in the new parts of town, thank you very much
  •  Why do we have this lunatic cross-subsidization ?
    •  Because utilities didn’t have data to do it any other way
    •  HAD to average costs across the whole service area

Truth Advances One Funeral at a Time

Anew scientific idea does not triumph by convincing its opponents who declare themselves enlightened – Rather its opponents gradually die out, and the upcoming generation grows to trust its truth right from the beginning Max Planck, 1933

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Making Cities Smarter by John Longbottom

The best leaders create opportunities from today’s harsh realities

A Smarter City is one that increases prosperity by…

  • Using information to make insightful decisions
  • Predicting problems to resolve them proactively
  • Coordinating its resources to operate effectively


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Big Data in Oil and Gas Field Surveillance by James Freeman

Who is Zedi?

  • Established in 1987
  • Global Headquarters in Calgary
  • Edmonton Research Park
  • 550 Employees and Contractors in 17 offices in Canada and the USA
  • 900 upstream and midstream Oil & Gas customers in Canada, the USA, and in 23 other countries
  • Top-line revenue in 2011 of $92 million
  • ZED on the TSX-V
  • A recognized Great Place to Work for the past four years by the Great Places to Work®Institute

Future Analytics development

Adaptive Alarm Thresholds

  • Algorithms monitor underlying process and adjust control limits if appropriate

Predictive Process Behaviour

  • Look for patterns in historical production data to predict future well behaviour

Customer Analytics

  • Profiling into User Personas and study software grazing patterns to optimize work-flow design or recommend additional tools that might add value

Condition-based maintenance

  • Sensors report various operations pieces of data that are then analyzed to predict when servicing or preventative maintenance might be required

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Aircraft Fleet Management – Data & Flight Safety by Steven Gentles

What is an Asset?

  • High Capital Cost
  • Significant Lifecycle Support Costs
  • Long Life (Decades)

Maintenance Program

  • Tasks that need to be accomplished to cost effectively maintain safety and ensure availability
  • Main elements of each task:
    • Item identified
    • Activities specified
    • Threshold
    • Intervals


The Only Constant is Change…

  • Configuration state of each asset must be known always
  • Must always comply with configuration allowed
  • Consequences of non-compliance: safety, availability, economic

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Driving Surveillance by Chris deMarchi


  • Company founded in 1996
  • Proprietary hardware & software
    • Created 2008
  • GPS, Fleet Management, Consulting

Utilizing Technology

  • Interfacing with OBDII & J1939
  • Provide detailed vehicle data
    • Seatbelt detection
    • DTC Codes
    • Advanced Accelerometer
    • RPM & Odometer detection
  • Detailed custom reports
  • 24/7/365 monitoring Call Center

Moving Forward

  • Mobile Version and Alerts
  • App Development
  • Panic Button
  • Intelligent Reports
  • Smoke detectors
  • Data Mining

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Enabled, Community Values by Ron Murch –

If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears. (Simon Sinek)


  • Why are community Values important?
  • How are they related to Analytics , Big data and the Cloud?
  • What can we do?

Key Question:

If we had a greenfield opportunity to create a community, how would we do that?



    A better future!


    Intelligent Designing


     Better Community Innovation

Can it be done?


Should it be done?


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The Smart Grid Vision in the Wind Walk Development by Jim Floyd

The Wind Walk Challenge

February 2009 challenged by the Wind Walk Team to:

  • Develop an advanced and technologically innovative project that would last more than 100 years
  • Design and Build the most technologically advanced, innovative and superior systems for Wind  Walk – to be
  • “A Smart Community”
  • “Future-­‐Proof”  Wind Walk so that new technical  advancements could be easily added to the development as they become available
  • Seek strategic alliances with leading-­‐edge companies  that are actively developing new systems and processes to achieve Wind Walk’s vision
  • Bring advanced systems together to Wind Walk as a “Proof of Concept” development

“Future Proofing” Wind Walk

OUR VISION: Wind Walk homes and community will have these features:

  • Combined Heat and Power Systems
  • Micro-generation
  • Advanced Distribution Design
  • Community Energy Storage
  • Automated Demand Management
  • Smart Grids
  • Electric or Hybrid Vehicles
  • High Speed Communications


  • Wind Walk: ” At the leading edge of sustainable projects”
  • Wide array of new technology
  • Strategic corporate partnerships to provide technologies
  • Financially Sustainable (Repeatable and Profitable)
  • Value in environmentally responsible projects
  • Planned implementation of technology in all Phases
  • Large reduction  in  GHG emissions compared to standard
  • “Future Proof” Wind Walk design and construction
  • WIND WALK “The Smart Community”

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