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. Continue reading →
Cartography (or Carto as I refer to it) is a favourite topic of mine and when I get started, I can talk about mapping and visualisation for well… hours. So having to talk for just 45 minutes meant I needed to focus on one key message;
When it comes to cartography it’s time to Think Big!
Thinking big is about putting cartography at the heart of every enterprise GIS system. It’s about data aligned to cartographic standards, ready to be used across multiple products, in varying formats. It’s about map outputs ready to print “on demand”, published to the web or easily packaged up to share. All of this whilst maintaining all important cartographic industry standards.
What version of Python comes with ArcGIS 10? Can I batch validate my data reviewer jobs at a particular time of day? What is this COLLADA data format? These are just some of the questions that people came up and asked me during the recent Technology Directions roadshow. It is always so fantastic to have people come up and ask us about parts of the software and how they could use it, so I thought I would share the answers with you.
Well this round of Tech Directions has been and gone.
3 weeks, 8 cities and over 1,100 attendees turned out to see what is happening in our industry, the latest trends which are influencing how we as a GIS community work and what our clients and consumers expect… and to see ArcGIS 10 in action.
So after speaking with our presenters, looking at ALL the evaluation forms (a big thank you, we have made some changes already based on your suggestions; i.e. an agenda handout will be provided at the start of the event as well as on the blog) and attending an event myself, here are the top 5 take aways from Tech Directions.
October Tech Directions kicked off in Darwin yesterday and after a full day presenting and then catching a 1.45 am flight back from Australia’s far north the guys were forced to chat with me so I could give you a rundown of the day.
Ok here it goes…
Darwin put on a good showing for our technical specialists with about 45 people turning up in the far north to the first of our tech directions series. From the day these were some of the common questions:
Tell me more about the iphone! Yes we are all (well about 95% of the population, and according to recent research from the Australian Communications and Media Authority which shows there are now more mobile phones than people in Australia. And the 2009 Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index undertaken for AIMIA found that 77% of respondents used their mobile phones for a purpose apart from texting and/or voice.) in love with our phones, but they can serve a higher purpose and you want to know what it is.
October 2010 Tech Directions series is about to kick off in Darwin today and we wanted to give you an outline of the program…
8:55 – 9:00 am Opening… please take your seats everybody
9:00 – 9:25 am Welcome to Technology Directions The Tech Directions plenary will take a look at trends which are affecting our industry and how these trends are only opening up GIS and location to people everywhere and our place in the “location revolution/evolution”. Also, what does this mean for us? How can ArcGIS 10 help us to be more productive, leverage different technologies but also help us with content, resources… a true GIS system
9:25 – 9:35 am Our technical specialists will demonstrate the usability improvements in ArcGIS 10 which will help us save time… Take a look at searching, editing, attachments, parcel editing, python, imagery and geoprocessing.
9:35 – 10.00 am There are common patterns of work which organisations undertake and GIS can be of benefit to all of them…the tech directions team talks about these patterns and where we know GIS has a natural synergy.
The GeoSpatial Revolution.. see what’s happening
10:00 – 10.30 am How do I get from where I am to 10? We take a look at what to be aware of, going about it and things to consider…
10:30 – 11.00 am Morning Tea…come and join us for some treats (Josie our event coordinator assures me the food is delicious)
Hello friends! Just a friendly reminder – our next Technology Directions seminars (or “Tech Directions” as I will refer to them as, for the sake of laziness) are just around the corner. Registration is open and you have to sign up soon or else you’ll miss out! And I’m serious… The last round of Tech Directions, which ran in June/July, was at capacity – and we’re expecting these ones to fill up fast too.
So why are Tech Directions so popular? It’s because they are a source of really useful, really practical information about your GIS. Some of the best in the business will show you how you can exploit GIS to be more productive and efficient in your day-to-day job. And when it comes to work, we all want to make life easier, right? Continue reading →