Virtual reality (VR) was once considered something out of a science-fiction film, but it has now become a part of actuality. Applications in health, science, entertainment and design have all tried to capitalise on the commercial applications of this growing technology. The ability to completely immerse yourself into different environment creates an extensive experience like no other.

This growing trend has led me to wonder if it would be possible to use the extensive applications of GIS with the complex immersion of virtual reality. So with this, I have tried to take the application of GIS into VR for my 2016 SA8905 geo visualisation assignment.

This blog post will explain the steps I have taken from transforming an idea into (virtual) reality.

For this project, I have decided to take a subsection of the underground PATH system in Toronto and display it with the allocated buildings that it runs through. Multiple criticisms have been made about the PATH system, most famously is the difficulty of navigation when within. So by displaying this information in VR I hope to ease the navigation issues of individuals travelling within the PATH system.

The data utilised were as follows:
1.Toronto Open Data building massings (http://tinyurl.com/moehjnl)
2.Path Extract from Open Street Maps (https://www.openstreetmap.org)
3.Google Raster Base maps (www.maps.google.ca)

The hardware utilised were as follows:
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
2. Laptop Computer
3. Oasis 360 VR Viewer

1. The two layers were added into QGIS this is where allocated colour schemes were defined and the base map was determined.

2. To view an object within VR it must be in 3D, the program utilised to take this current 2D map and transform it into 3D was a python plugin named Qgis2threejs (http://tinyurl.com/QGIS3). This plugin allowed me to add extrusion values to the PATH layer and also display the Buildings with the allocated heights associated.

3. Once the layer was finalised the Qgis2Threejs allowed me to export my created map into a COLLADA file. This brought me one step closer to bringing the data into VR.

Please take the time to view the pre VR map in your web browser by following these instructions.

3a) Please follow this link provided:

3b) Click the download button in the top right corner of the screen, next a prompt will open please select  No Thanks, Continue to download.

3c) Once the ZIP folder has completed downloading , open the GeoViz_filesFinal.html file only. This file must also be in the same location of the files in the extracted folder. This step will allow the user to view the map and data on a web page. Layers in this format may be toggled on and off and the attribute information is available on selected map items.

The COLLADA files that were extracted from Qgis2Threejs must be opened into Google Sketchup (http://www.sketchup.com/) to format a georeferenced environment where the layers can be displayed.

4. This is done by importing a georeferenced base map by selecting File and Add a Location. This process exports base map images from Google Earth into the Sketchup environment.

An example of this process can be seen here:

5. Once the base map coverage was adequate, it was time to add the imported COLLADA files from Qgis2Threejs this was done by selecting:

File then Import and selecting the desired files associated with the extracts.

6. The COLLADA files were then positioned into the correct locations, this completed the processes used create the 3D model and it is now ready to enter into the realm of virtual reality.

7. The SketchUp model was exported and saved as a Sketchup Model.

8. Finally, the implementation of  VR was used by a program called qrVR
(https://qrvr.io/) This program displays the SketchUp model in a format that is compatible with the Oasis 360 VR viewer.

9. Using the qrVR uploader on a desktop/laptop computer, upload the Sketchup Model to the qrVR servers.

10. The next step was to download the qrVR application upon a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and find the uploaded model via QR code.

11. Finally start the qrVR application and slide the phone into the display device.

Below is a video and image of the final product:

This is a video example of what the user would be looking at once the headset is on:
This is an example of the headset in the virtual reality environment:



Online Security Final Project

Hello and Goodbye EID 100 check out the pinterest board done by my partner Kate Coventry and I Patrick Laforest did on online privacy and security. We made a board for each subtopic consisting of 4-5 pins on each ( just to keep it organised) check out our pinterest board!!!

online sec

Click to view pinterest page



As stated within the class of EID100 one of the biggest problems with the the internet or one of the so called “problems” with today’s internet is the information overload. But this is not seen as necessarily a problem with the internet but a problems with the users organisational skills.

An application such as tweet deck allows users to conglomerate useful tweets and Twitter information into one useful clean display. This comes as necessary tool when comparing to a more traditional methods such as a standard search engine, which tends to provide a absurd amount of information regarding a single subject.For example when using a search engine such as Google 14 300 000 results had come up for the search term “diabetic” this included all of the Internet jargon,memes or documents that were to technical for my needs it had taken until page 3 until I had found my desired link. But with the tweet deck application I was able to parse out the undesired users or tweets that had little to no meaning upon what I was looking for.

Lightbeam for Firefox Findings- Who’s who in Tracking who?

Ever wonder how your favorite internet websites that are so fun are free to use and stay that way?

Sites such as but not limited to: Facebook, theAwesomer, YouTube, Amazon, TheChive are all guilty of compelling third party websites to analyse your every move in order to obtain your online activities. Today’s EID100 task involves the opensource firefox browser add on Lightbeam which will allow you to view the otherwise hidden third party websites that follow you through the deep dark corners of the internet. My findings through viewing 18 different websites within a 20 minute time frame consisted of linking to 214 Thirdparty Websites. Some of these websites are completely unknown to the general internet one of the greatest third party contributor in my findings was Kiss metrics and Google analytic’s which conglomerate a users internet interactions to be used and monetized as big data.

Some may call this the “deep web” referring to its representation much like a hypothetical iceberg of internet activity, on an iceberg on average 90% is invisible under water, this is considered the deep web whilst the tip the other 10% the tip protruding above the waterline is what we as general users interact with on the internet. This can compose ones internet identity, that may or may not be separate from his/hers offline identity and could cause potential social and economic implications.

So reading this you may be wanting to permanently disconnecting your personal computer and destroying the WiFi receiver , but there is ways to protect yourself regardless of your internet browser preference.

This can be done by using privacy enhancing browser add on options:

Icon of Adblock PlusAdblock Plus “blocks all annoying ads, and supports websites by not blocking unobtrusive ads by default “and is also a free add on for all competitive browsers.

GhosteryGhosterly allows you to see what third party sites are tracking you and with this feature you are able to black list or white list here it is in action on this current WordPress blog!




 Malwarebytes is a anti malware program that protects your computer from risk from malware attacks this also goes as far as blocking you from malicious websites while browsing the internet.


Googling with GOOGLE


Click the Google Logo to Try Out These New Lessons

1. How would you search for an exact word or phrase?

By utilizing quotation marks one can search for an exact phrase in the consecutive order of appearance or by inputting %22 SEARCH+TERM%22 in the explorer bar.

Example #1 : Searching The Phrase “Rugby World Cup”

Example#2 :By turning https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#safe=off&q=rugby+world+cup into https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#safe=off&q=%22Rugby+World+Cup%22 will return the exact word or phrase desired.

2. How would you search for something on a specific site?

First decide the keyword you are looking for followed by site: , then type the URL of the desired site. This will look for all the instances of the keyword on that specific site.

Example: RESP site:cibc.com – this will bring up all topics related to RESP on the CIBC website.

3. How would you correctly search for a definition?

Simply type define: in front of the word or phrase that you would like to define.

Example: Define:GIS


Click to See Example

4. How would you search for a specific product available within a specific price range?

Simply type the product name followed by the price range between two values.

Example : FIFA 14 – PlayStation 4 $20..$60 (This will find all FIFA 14 games for PS4 between $20 to $40

5.How would you search for a specific filetype?

To find a file type of a specific key word, first type the key word then type File type: (FILE TYPE) 

Example: Rugby World Cup Schedule 2015 Filetype:PDF

World Rugby pdf

Click to Follow Link (Notice the [pdf] in the Search Result)

6.How would you include or ignore words in your search?

To include words within the search it is best to add quotation “” marks around the word much like question number one, to ignore words from a search one must include the negative symbol(-) beside the word needing to be omitted from the results.

Example:Searching  jermain defoe -toronto will bring up articles/posts related to the soccer players pre- TFC career.


This is the First Search Result With -Toronto

JD first Result

This is the First Search Result without -Toronto

7.How would you find related pages?

By simply searching the subject matter and then scrolling to the bottom of the page google will automatically provide the related searches at the bottom of the page.

Example:Searching New Zealand all Black will bring up all related searches to that subject.


Click to View the Famous Haka Dance

8.How would you find pages containing one of several words you are interested in, though not all of them?

To find pages containing one of several words that I may be interested in not all of them is handled by ‘OR’ function as well as the – function as followed in step 6.

Example: smoking Cigarettes OR Cigars -Cancer  will bring up results related to Cigarettes and Cigars but not pertaining to cancer.

9.How would you find the time in another country?

Simply search Time: Followed by the desired City

Example: Time: Copenhagen will result in the time of Copenhagen.


Click to View the Current Time in in Copenhagen, Denmark

10. How would you find out how many Egyptian pounds you get for $20 Canadian dollars?

Simply search the amount followed by the currency short form then to: the desired currency short form

Example: to find out how many Egyptian pounds you get for $20 Canadian dollars simply google 20 CAD to EGP


                            Click to Find Current Rate

EID 100 & About ME!

First off this blog is created mainly for the use of my class EID 100 ‘Digital Skills and Innovation for the Global Economy’ taught by Professor Guy Hoskins at Ryerson University in Toronto. Just a bit about myself as an introductory I enjoy biking, eating and saving the environment. I was diagnosed a a type one diabetic at 21, and have been living with it since (that is not your grandmothers diabetes) and social media has definitely given me some things to laugh about, with many memes created by diabetics for diabetics.

I am in the Geographic Analysis program at Ryerson it is focused around a computer application called GIS more specifically ArcGIS and is deffinitly something I am interested in.

Either than that I am just from a small town called Holland Landing as seen below it is a great place to grow up, and I despise my daily commute to Ryerson.

See everyone in class