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A slightly tongue in cheek, but still accurate take on what GIS in the real world is like. Presented to UWA GIS students in their third year, aiming to give them some understanding of what they'll ...

A slightly tongue in cheek, but still accurate take on what GIS in the real world is like. Presented to UWA GIS students in their third year, aiming to give them some understanding of what they'll face when they graduate - and also includes some career advice from the previous talk.

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    • GAIA RESOURCES “GIS in the real world” Piers Higgs Gaia ResourcesPresented at UWA, 14th May 2012
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD What we will cover today • A bit about Gaia Resources… • What is a typical day in our office? • What are some projects we‟ve worked on? • What can you take from that? • Some general career advice…
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Who are we?
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD A (Fri)day in the life…
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD What do we do?
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Conservation Commission Western Australia
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Conservation Commission Western Australia
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Conservation Commission Western Australia
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Conservation Commission Western Australia 1. First we had to interpret the values in the original document 2. Then we had to come up with a project plan 3. We had to gather a lot of data 4. We then followed the plan – use GIS to create stats and make maps
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Telfer Mesa Investigations
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Telfer Mesa Investigations “I’ve been looking at getting a piece of work done for a little while now and I’m wondering if you guys have the time / capacity to do it? If you could have a look at the attached scope and let me know I’d appreciate it. Give me a call to discuss any time on the numbers below.”
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Telfer Mesa Investigations 1. Define the surrounding area 2. Estimate the base level 3. Determine height of elevated landforms 4. Then run on entire area…
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Telfer Mesa Investigations 1. Convince the client to use a test area first 2. Come up with a solution and way of replicating the model 3. Get approval from the client 4. Run it on the wider area
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Dieback Information Delivery & Management System • Introduced disease, mainly Phytophthora cinnamoni • 40% of the State‟s plant species are at risk • 50% of the State‟s rare & endangered species are vulnerable • “Biological Bulldozer”
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Dieback Information Delivery & Management System
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Dieback Information Delivery & Management System
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Dieback Information Delivery & Management System
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Dieback Information Delivery & Management System 1. Undertake requirements analysis first 2. Make sure all the stakeholders are happy 3. Create our specification for the actual site 4. Build it!
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Dieback Information Delivery & Management System • Large, complex project • Many different stakeholders involved • How much of this project is what you think of when you think about “GIS”?
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Atlas of Living Australia and Citizen Science
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Atlas of Living Australia and Citizen Science
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Atlas of Living Australia and Citizen Science • Two and a half year project all up • Involved 12 staff • Over $1 million in fees
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Some general pointers… • “Domain knowledge” in your client‟s field is important • Understand and solve your client‟s problems • Keep an eye on what the client is after at all times, and deliver what they asked for • Generally have a plan – and know when to vary it • Maintain a sense of humour…
    • A CAREER WITH SPATIAL So, would I recommend this roller coaster ride?
    • A CAREER WITH SPATIAL What have I done? • Student • Student • Field Assistant • GIS Trainer • Data Manager • Contractor • Ecologist • GIS Programmer • Student • Project Manager • Consultant • Business Developer • Director
    • A CAREER WITH SPATIAL
    • A CAREER WITH SPATIAL Some of the best bits?
    • A CAREER WITH SPATIAL What got me there? • I had a good reputation • I understood “spatial” • I understood “environment” • I knew what I didn‟t know • I was willing to learn • The value of spatial was understood
    • A CAREER WITH SPATIAL What got me there? • I had a good reputation • I understood what my clients do for a living • I did the „right thing‟ by my clients • I learned things I didn‟t understand • Hired the right people – that share the same desires
    • A CAREER WITH SPATIAL What advice would I give? • Pick a stream… Spatial Software Engineering Spatial Analysis
    • A CAREER WITH SPATIAL What advice would I give? • Pick a stream… • Spatial Software Engineering – learn some Computer Science principles and technologies • Spatial Analysis – learn some domain knowledge in an area you are interested in… Geology Botany EIA (Murdoch) Surveying Archaeology Biology Geography Planning Coastal Geomorphology
    • A CAREER WITH SPATIAL What advice would I give? • You will not know everything you need to succeed throughout your career by the end of University “The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.” (Plato)
    • A CAREER WITH SPATIAL What advice would I give? • Your reputation is your biggest asset “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, youll do things differently.” (Warren Buffett)
    • A CAREER WITH SPATIAL
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD
    • GIS IN THE REAL WORLD Questions? • Ask away, or drop me a line… Piers Higgs piers@gaiaresources.com.au 0411 754 006