Meet Andrew White – one of Esri Australia’s Consultants and a specialist in ArcGIS for Desktop and Server. We spent five minutes with Andrew to find out what inspires him to help clients reach their full GIS potential.
EA: Tell us about your role as a Consultant for Professional Services at Esri Australia – what are you responsible for?
AW: In my support role, I assist clients with any ArcGIS Desktop and Server queries they may have. As a trainer, I teach the ArcGIS foundation courses, including: Introduction to GIS, Essential Workflows and Performing Analysis.
EA: What do you love most about your job?
AW: The diversity of my role, working in a team, and the opportunity to share my GIS knowledge with others – whether it be through teaching a course or providing technical support to clients.
EA: How did you end up at Esri? What’s your career background?
AW: After graduating from the University of Queensland I pursued my passion for GIS by working in a variety of hands-on roles. These included: GIS officer for the Queensland Department of Emergency Services, seismic surveyor across remote locations around Australia, and GIS field officer with the Gold Coast City Council. I then made the move to Adelaide and joined the Esri Australia family.
EA: What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned since being in this role?
AW: How easy it is today to extend the reach of ArcGIS into the field by using your smartphone or tablet to collect and update information. This can also be done whether your connected or disconnected from the internet and without having to purchase very expensive hardware.
EA: Why do you enjoy conducting training sessions?
AW: After teaching a course, I love knowing students are leaving with a new wealth of GIS knowledge that I have been able to pass on. It’s very rewarding to see students take-away the same GIS passion as myself, and apply this knowledge in their own workplace to implement best practice solutions.
EA: What’s your advice to clients considering undertaking some training?
AW: I would highly recommend visiting the Esri Australia training website to familiarise yourself with the different courses on offer. Depending on your interests, there are a variety of GIS training paths you can take.
EA: What Esri training course would you like to undertake – and why?
AW: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro for GIS Professionals – it’s new and exciting, and I would love to jump on board and learn a new application within the ArcGIS Desktop family.
EA: Outside of work – what’s your idea of fun?
AW: Catching up with friends, family and travelling. Whether it’s a short break locally or exploring overseas, living in Adelaide, there are many options right on our doorstep, you don’t have to go far to get away.
EA: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
AW: I am a keen traveller. I have trekked the wilderness to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda, travelled across Tibet to see Mount Everest, and climbed an active volcano in Chile.
EA: At Esri Australia – we’re all about geography! So where’s your favourite destination in the world?
AW: Heron Island – we have an absolutely stunning gem of an island right on our doorstep, located on the southern edge of the Great Barrier Reef.