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It's Earth Day! Explore a visit near top of the globe at the Village of Fort Simpson, NT - a 26 year client of Vadim Software.

Apr 22 2016


The Village of Fort Simpson has been a client of ours since 1990 - 26 years! If you are unfamiliar with their geographical location in Canada, 'look up, loooooook way up' as Rusty would have said. By up, I mean if you are looking at a map of Canada, your eyes should travel upward to the Northwest Territories. We are both but a mere blip on the Google earth image of today.  Vadim Software in blue. The Village of Fort Simpson marked with a yellow star. 

The village is located on an island where the Mackenzie and Liard rivers meet. It is approximately 500 km west of Yellowknife. Population is estimated at about 1240 people and unlike some of the Western Provinces currently breaking out their shorts and sun block, the people of Fort Simpson are still experiencing winter, let alone Spring. But that doesn't mean that Fort Simpson is without it's beauty. It is a magical place where birds of prey landing in the snow leave behind angels. 



Gail Desnoyers, professional services trainer at Vadim, recently went to Fort Simpson for 10 days to work with the staff and assist with training and operational issues they were experiencing. In her post visit report, the photographs and experience were so amazing, it had to be shared. 



As Fort Simpson is an island, access during the winter is via ice road, ferry in the summer but for about 3 weeks on either side, there is no access due to ice break or freeze (and city folk think they have traffic issues - HA)! The village is currently in emergency preparedness mode as they face ice break.  Each year, flooding of the island is a very real possibility although they have not had military helicopter evacuation since 1963. The ice bridge is now on 24 hour notice and could be closed at any time. Once it is closed, supplies will have to be air lifted from one side of the river to the other until the chunks of ice are cleared enough for ferry service.

Even though the Village of Fort Simpson is the municipal governing body, you could say the weather is really the top ruler. In Gail's short visit she experienced snow storms, remarkable sunshine, warmer thaw temperatures, thunder, lightning and back to freezing. The Northern Lights are a frequent show stopper as well. From the hotel, with "with heated floors to welcome your feet", Gail travelled back and forth to the village office the same way the majority of citizens get around - on foot - in whatever weather greeted her - about 6 km a day.



She worked one on one teaching basic and advanced functions and procedures of iCity®. There were also several group sessions in order to tailor their workflow to suit their specific needs. 

Over the course of her attendance, 95% of the issues they were experiencing, were resolved. 

HAPPY EARTH DAY!




The Village of Fort Simpson has been a client of ours since 1990 - 26 years! If you are unfamiliar with their geographical location in Canada, 'look up, loooooook way up' as Rusty would have said. By up, I mean if you are looking at a map of Canada, your eyes should travel upward to the Northwest Territories.

The village is located on an island where the Mackenzie and Liard rivers meet. It is approximately 500 km west of Yellowknife.

Population is estimated at about 1240 people and unlike some of the Western Provinces currently breaking out their shorts and sun block, the people of Fort Simpson are still experiencing winter, let alone Spring. But that doesn't mean that Fort Simpson is without it's beauty.

Gail Desnoyers, professional services trainer at Vadim, recently went to Fort Simpson for 10 days to work with the staff and assist with training and operational issues they were experiencing. In her post visit report, the photographs and experience were so amazing, it had to be shared. 

As Fort Simpson is an island, access during the winter is via ice road, ferry in the summer but for about 3 weeks on either side, there is no access due to ice break or freeze (and city folk think they have traffic issues - HA)! The village is currently in emergency preparedness mode as they face ice break.  Each year, flooding of the island is a very real possibility although they had not had military helicopter evacuation since 1963.

You could say that Fort Simpson is ruled by some type of weather spirit at this time of year as in 10 days, Gail experienced snow storms, remarkable sun shine, melt, thunder, lightning and back to freezing. From the hotel, with "with heated floors to welcome your feet", Gail walked back and forth to the village office in whatever weather greeted her - about 6 km a day.

She worked one on one teaching basic and advanced functions and procedures of iCity. There were also several group sessions in order to tailor their workflow to suit their specific needs. 

Over the course of her attendance, 95% of the issues they were experiencing, were resolved. 

 

 

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