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GIS Update - Travels of a GIS Gypsy


Presented at Edinburgh GIS Update 2008, Newcastle 2010. Stories from a varied GIS career that has taken me all over the world.

Presented at Edinburgh GIS Update 2008, Newcastle 2010. Stories from a varied GIS career that has taken me all over the world.

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  • MSC9127 Masters in GIS has been a passport to travel Set up spatial consultants last june after returning to the UK - GIS perspective from multiple countries, business domains - Work as an architect and look at big picture
  • Deck pulled together from Flickr... Geology in 1988 Ski season, met Eva Oil rigs in middle east – always liked to travel Edinburgh – beautiful city, great place to study and technology content GIS Course – required that I took a Fortran programming course Dissertation in information management and metadata – hacking ArcInfo executive Met Shawn callahan Spatial Consultants – information management consultancy – focus on integrating GIS capabilities into corporate IT services. (never found the ‘what is gis?’ question very easy)
  • Easiest way to produce map was with Google
  • 1991 – early days of GIS, easy visas. Value of contacts First GIS job FINDAR data catalogue – appearance of internet NWI Olympics, compete against a gov dept. AusLIG – rise of the machines
  • Via the Himalyas Swedish Royal Technical University Public speaking – edinburgh jitters – sunscreen: do something every day that scares you Open source – GRASS, Unix GIS principles to civil engineering masters students
  • Honeymoon interview ArcSTORM Forest ‘values’ – and evidence e.g. Moose poop Large area – coordinate system zones; datum change SDE acquired by ESRI Thomas Lee
  • Bristol water turned down Perot Simulation model, versioning Difficult to integrate Stuffy / constraining brit ex public service
  • Visa lead time Large GIS system integrator – gov and utilities, cosmopolitan Box cars full of money Conferences in style, San Diego, GITA, actors Portland North Dakota Kansas Acquisitions
  • Visa catch 22 David – FME Fly into victoria harbour Bouncing to Thames uk with Atos The canadian rockies at last ILRR ICF Geodatabase reluctance
  • Peter – from callahan fox
  • GIS is not a typically business application – it is not a standalone application It is an enabling technology set that supports business applications
  • GIS capabilities span much of the technical stack – Geographic Information Services National Strategy for Police Information Systems – based on TAFIM (Technical Architecture Framework for Information Management)
  • Architecture and Infrastructure Committee of the Federal CIO council and FGDC Jan 2006 Performance, business, data, service component, technical RMs GIS as an enterprise wide business component system
  • Change is opportunity
  • OGC ISO eGov


  • 1. Passport to Travel GIS Update Edinburgh 6 th June 2008 Graham Morgan Geospatial Solution Architect Spatial Consultants Ltd. - A view of GIS from 30,000 Ft
  • 2. Welcome
    • Plan
        • A little bit of background
        • What did GIS ever do for me?
        • What is it doing for my clients?
        • Where to next?
  • 3. GIS Gypsy
  • 4. Riding the Wave in Australia National Wilderness Inventory
  • 5. Facing my Vikings
  • 6. O Canada
  • 7. How hard can it be?
  • 8. Back to the New World
  • 9. Pulling it Together in BC
  • 10. Setting up in the UK
  • 11. What does GIS Do? (from 30,000ft…) Consolidated Analysis, Reporting & Decision Support
  • 12. Geographic Information Facilities Management Work Order Management Inspection & Maintenance Facilities Design Permitting Address Master Financials Billing Citizen Information Crew Scheduling Dispatching Parcel Management Materials Management Project Management Asset Reporting What does GIS Do? Spatial Data Management Services
  • 13. Enterprise Spatial Data Capabilities
    • Model
    • Capture
    • Maintain with integrity
    • Store
    • Analyse
    • Visualise
    • Manage
    • Distribute
  • 14. FEA Geospatial Profile
    • Recognises that “ Geospatial data and capabilities are integral to virtually all government activities ”
    • Provides a geospatial perspective to the 5 FEA reference models (joining Security & Privacy and Records Management profiles)
    • Goal of geospatially-enabling business processes
    • Focus on interoperability
    • Simplistic view of Geospatial Service Components
  • 15.
  • 16. Looking forward
    • Specialisation of geospatial capabilities (Geographic Information Services)
    • Increasing awareness of the value of geographic information
    • Increasing expectation of quality and performance
    • Adoption of spatial standards across the board
    • Rise of collaborative data maintenance
    • Geospatial services
    • Globalisation
    • Self awareness
    • Virtualised, distributed, unpredictable ...
    • It doesn’t matter – it’s all good.
  • 17. Thank You
    • Graham Morgan
    • [email_address]
    • www.linkedin.comingrahammorgan
    • 07717 539412
    Did I leave time for questions?