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Industry & Government Challenges

Challenge areas have been identified and area ready for the SME, industry and entrepreneurial community to respond with proposals.  Applications will be reviewed by ADP, the ODAA Steering Committee, and a technical advisory panel (if required).

Deadline for First Round of Proposals is closed. A second call for proposals will be announced in Spring 2017.

1. Mapping and Data Analysis

Gap: Need for scalable remote sensing solutions for mapping and updating inventories (e.g., soil, vegetation) and ecosystem services.

Background: Landscapes across Western Canada support and are impacted by a range of industries. These agricultural, forested, and native grassland areas, along with wetlands, provide a range of ecosystem services for wildlife and the Canadian public. Obtaining spatial information on the productivity and health of these extensive and often inaccessible landscapes can be time consuming and labor intensive. Integration of remote sensing and geospatial technologies can lead to reducing costs, lowering carbon emissions associated with traditional surveying, and provide more precise data than currently possible thereby enabling more efficient operational and environmental planning across a range of sectors (e.g., forestry, oil and gas, mining).

Challenges: Include, but are not limited to proposals using the ODAA data for:

2. Data Integration and Visualization

Gap: Need to enable integration of data from many disparate sources, many file formats, and across locations within a company and/or between organizations.

Background: The collection of environmental data involves a range of approaches from manual collections by field staff through to the use of technology (i.e., ground-based sensor networks, aerial imagery, satellite imagery). These data are often collected to meet requirements of many systems (e.g., wildlife monitoring, fibre supply, vegetation monitoring, and accounting). Decision makers and managers then need to be able to integrate data, manipulate, store, and export it. Interoperable data exchange platforms could enable sharing of data amongst decision makers, more effective and informative sampling strategies, and reduced costs associated with sampling.

Challenges: Include, but are not limited to proposals using ODAA data for:

3. Unsolicited Proposals

Unsolicited proposals from proponents will be accepted from proponents who identify an industry or government need. The proponent will need to show that their proposal includes elements such as product development, sourcing first customers, and solving real business needs, preferably with a potential customer. The proponent must use the funding to demonstrate a viable working prototype.


In order to be eligible for the ODAA funding, the proponent must be an Alberta based small or medium enterprise (SME) or have an Alberta-based SME as part of a team proposal.

An SME must: