Bob Bruce, P.Eng.


            Bob Bruce is employed as a Geomatics Engineer in the Lands and Geomatics Branch of Manitoba Conservation, where he has worked for 27 years. Bob specializes in software applications for Geomatics, in particular Property Mapping Applications. Prior to that, he worked in Summerside P.E.I. for the Surveys and Mapping Division of the Land Registration and Information Service of the Council of Maritime Premiers. Earlier in his career Bob also worked in Mine Surveying for 2 years.


Bob is a registered Professional Engineer in Manitoba, and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (APEGM) Professional Development Committee.


Bob has a degree in Surveying Engineering from the University of New Brunswick (graduated in 1980) and a diploma in Surveying Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He has done some community service outside of his engineering activities, serving as a School Trustee for the St. Vital School Division for 13 years, and a community representative on the Glenwood Community Revitalization Program Committee for 5 years.


            Bob also does web-based PHP programming and database design in his spare time, and has done this for an Internet dating site and also the Murals of Winnipeg website, he has developed the mapping interface for the murals website, where Winnipeg’s murals can be viewed using a map interface. Bob has developed expertise in Free and Open Source Software for Geomatics (FOSS4G), from having developed the mapping interface using MapServer and MapScript in PHP and from having used many other FOSS4G applications such as QGIS, gvSIG, uDIG and GDAL/OGR.


            During the past year Bob has developed expertise in creating Python Plugins for Quantum GIS (QGIS). He has created a GPS plugin that allows users to connect a GPS receiver to QGIS and track the position on the map display and move the map with the position and optionally save the track in line and point form to a SHAPE file. Other plugins that he has developed include one to merge and clip GeoTIFF images and one to cut GeoTIFFs into rectangular images. He also modified the Zoom-To-Point plugin to specify the scale when zooming to a point.

 You can find Bob's QGIS Python plugins at: .


 Bob can be contacted via his website at: .


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