We’re almost done our first week of school which involved college wide and school orientation, introductions, log-in & network troubleshooting, program familiarization, and three full classes.  As everyone settles in for the year, our new cohort of GISers are asking what others are up to from previous years.  Here’s a little more from last year’s ADGIS grads:

Chrisite Rajtarova is working as a full time GIS Analyst with Polar Geomatics in Sylvan Lake, Alberta who serves clients in both Oil and Gas and the Municipal sectors.  What helped her to land her job?

“Being well prepared for my interview was definitely a good start to landing a position with Polar. Not only was I able to confidently answer more than a handful of loaded GIS questions, but was also able to carry on a conversation when I was asked about a situation in which required me to listen well to get my point across. I studied key concepts from the more challenging projects I had completed at Selkirk to ameliorate my GIS / CAD vocabulary, and every skill required posted on the job description – whether I had it or not at the time I applied, I made sure I had it before my interview.”

Christie says her favourite projects are those that consist of environmental monitoring as it makes her feel like she is doing something important and playing her part in environmental stewardship. Such projects often include anthropogenic analysis of land, within a lease or caribou range, using data from dispositions, ecophase disturbances, foreign facilities and so on and comparing them to imagery before proceeding with calculations.

“I love variety and the best part of my job is that I get my hands on every type of project which ensures that I am never bored.”

Rob de Jung spent the summer working with the County of Grande Prairie as a summer student and a part of a five person GIS team.  The County takes data management seriously, assigning Rob as one of the custodians of their information systems, who was tasked with creating an address locator to work with their existing road network.  This task included significant QC/QA so that the County’s data conforms to provincially recognized standards (Alberta Municipal Data Sharing Partnership or the AMDSP), ensuring the County has a fully functioning routing system for Emergency services, and additionally for adoption into Google Maps.

Rob is back on campus now, ready for a final year and completion of his BGIS at Selkirk College.

Leslie Rowe spent the summer serving as a GIS Technician within the Information Management & Information Technology (IMIT) department of the Interior Health Authority (IHA) in Kelowna, BC. The IHA is a health service organisation that serves the southern interior of BC. It covers 216,000 sq. kilometres, supports a population of 742,00, is responsible for 7940 hospital beds and has a staff of over 19,000 people.

One of the major projects Leslie worked on involved the “Big Eight”. The Big Eight refers to the eight largest hospitals within the Interior Health Authority: Kelowna General, Royal Inland, Penticton General, Kootenay Boundary, Vernon Jubilee, Shuswap General, East Kootenay and Caribou Memorial.  Leslie worked to convert architectural building plans and related infrastructure data of the Big Eight hospitals into ArcGIS compatible data sets utilizing Geometric Networks so that the data can be used in infrastructure management, analysis, and 3D visualization.

The GIS instructional and research team is looking forward to another great year.  Have a great weekend everyone….and check back next week as more grads keep in touch, I’ll share more on what they’re doing.