Trainer Chris Sherwin is a whiz at using scientific applications to solve spatial problems. We spent five minutes speaking with him to find out what motivates him to help students reach their full GIS potential.
EA: Tell us about your role as a Senior Consultant for Professional Services at Esri Australia – what are you responsible for?
CS: I’m a member of the training team and my core responsibility is the successful delivery of ArcGIS for Desktop and Python training courses. My role also involves managing the training resources, contributing to the development and implementation of new training, and mentoring our extended training family.
EA: What do you love most about your job?
CS: What motivates me is engaging with Esri Australia’s clients to try and understand their workflows and challenges they face. It’s a great reward taking the time to sit and help a classroom through the learning curve of the many components of the ArcGIS platform.
EA: How did you end up at Esri? What’s your career background?
CS: Moving to Esri Australia was an easy decision as you are surrounded by diverse people sharing an evolving, yet common passion in GIS and the latest technology. Before my time at Esri Australia, I worked as a research analyst at the University of Melbourne’s Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science for just on 10 years. Over that time, the use and significance of ArcGIS was integral across a multitude of projects relating to water catchment modelling, analysing the spatial and temporal patterns of hydrogeological and ecohydrology change resulting from fire and climate change.
EA: What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned since being in this role?
CS: The coolest thing would have to be training components from the full suite of the Esri Mapping and Charting solutions, which provide business rules, tools and processes that deal with all stages of a production workflow. It was certainly a highlight for me to learn about the full Production Mapping functionality, as it is just a great way to incorporate elements of data capture, editing, validation and cartographic output.
EA: Why do you enjoy conducting training sessions?
CS: For me, a training session provides the framework to learn, discuss and implement the many facets of Esri technology. It’s satisfying providing new or improved methods and skills to all my students so that they can achieve workplace effectiveness, productivity and competitiveness in an era that sees industries growing and advancing day by day.
EA: What’s your advice to clients considering undertaking some training?
CS: Take the time to explore the training options available and choose a training solution that fits your needs. It’s important to map out the right path so that you and your organisation get the most out of the right course.
EA: What Esri training course would you like to undertake – and why?
CS: The importance and direction of GIS technology requires an up to date knowledge of the ArcGIS for Server/Enterprise space, so certification is on the horizon.
EA: Outside of work – what’s your idea of fun?
CS: Fun for me is fly fishing a bubbling mountainous stream anywhere in the world. There’s nothing better than trekking with your mates to a remote tarn, all in the hope of spotting a fast feeding natural salmonoid.
EA: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
CS: Goodness…relaxation on a weekend usually involves being a handy man and breaking out the power tools.
EA: At Esri Australia – we’re all about geography! So where’s your favourite destination in the world?
CS: So far, I would have to say the Middle East, specifically Israel – there’s so much history, culture and challenging issues to try and understand.