News Release - July 9, 1996
GOVERNMENT CONTRACT RESULTS IN NEW JOBS
Premier Roy Romanow and Clay Serby, minister responsible for
Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation, (SPMC), today announced
that two contracts, signed between SPMC and two Saskatchewan geographic
information systems, (GIS), and mapping firms, will result in 50 new
jobs over the next two years and will lead to future spinoff employment
in the technology sector.
"The important thing about creating jobs in the high tech sector is
that these are high paying, highly skilled jobs." Romanow said.
"These contracts also lay the foundation for many more commercial
opportunities in the high tech industry. It will help our people win
more contracts to do work on an international stage."
Transource, a consortium of four Saskatoon firms, and UMA Geomatics, a
consortium of three Regina firms, each won two-year contracts valued at
$1.4 million and $700,000 respectively, following a publicly advertised
The SaskGIS project employs computer programmers who use computer,
telecommunications and satellite technology to develop an "electronic
map" of the province's terrain, physical properties and infrastructure.
This electronic map will improve integrated management of Saskatchewan
land and resources. When these two contracts are fulfilled in 1998,
the project will be completed.
"SaskGIS is a forward-looking, low-cost provincial initiative that will
help build a modern geographic information infrastructure for
Saskatchewan," Serby said.
Practical examples of how the SaskGIS has been used are: the 911
emergency response system in the southwest; development of health
district boundaries; managing agricultural programs; petroleum
exploration; city transportation systems, and improved distribution
systems for SaskPower and SaskEnergy.
For more information, contact:
John Turnbull Margaret Duffy
SPMC Sask Geomatics SPMC Communications
Phone: (306) 787-4900 Phone: (306) 787-9225