Bill Johnstone Ph.D., P.Eng.
Principal Consultant


Mr. Johnstone is a Principal Consultant and founding partner of Spatial Vision Group, Inc. He works with clients to design, develop and use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to support the development, operations and maintenance of business and government infrastructure. He has completed over 120 consulting assignments that have implemented more than $27 million in GIS systems which describe the location, status and operations of over $7 billion in infrastructure and natural resources assets.


  • Systems Design Engineering
  • Systems Analysis/Modelling and Simulation
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Project Management and Business Case
  • Organization and Staff Development

Experience Areas

  • Infrastructure and Natural Resources
  • Civil Engineering, Power Generation and Dam Safety
  • Utilities, Oil & Gas Pipelines
  • Transportation, Transit, Ports & Harbours
  • Federal/Provincial/Municipal Government


  • Internet of Things (IOT) and the Industrial Internet
  • Integrating Building Information Modelling (BIM) with GIS
  • Free and Open Source Software for GIS (FOSS4G), Python applications
  • Big GeoDatasets, Data Visualization and BI Tools
  • Infrastructure Management, Systems Engineering and "Digital Twins"
  • Mobility and Fleet Applications


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2012  
M.A.Sc., Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, 1985
B.A.Sc., Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, 1983


Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia (APEGBC)


Publications, Conferences and Talks

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Course Development and Delivery


  • GIST 5100 - Fundamentals of GIS
  • GIST 5120 - GIS Project Planning
  • GIST 6101 - Selected Topics in GIS
  • GIST 6110 - GIS Management and Implementation
  • GIST 7150 - Fundamentals of GIS (Online)

Continuing Education

  • GIS for Forestry Management Systems
  • GIS for Natural Resource Management
  • Management Issues in GIS

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