Profession geographic information systems specialist

Geographic information systems specialists use specialised computer systems, engineering measures, and geological concepts to process land, geographic, and geospatial information into visually detailed digital maps and geomodels of a reservoir. They convert technical information like soil density and properties into digital representations of it for the usage of engineers, governments, and stakeholders interested.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Investigative / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Geographic information systems

    The tools involved in geographical mapping and positioning, such as GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).

  • Cartography

    The study of interpreting the elements depicted in maps, the measures and technical specifications. 

  • Statistics

    The study of statistical theory, methods and practices such as collection, organisation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. It deals with all aspects of data including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments in order to forecast and plan work-related activities.

  • Geomatics

    The scientific discipline that studies gathering, storing, and processing geographic information.

  • Geography

    The scientific discipline that studies the land, phenomena, characteristics and inhabitants of Earth. This field seeks to understand the natural and man-made complexities of Earth.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • Geological mapping

    The technique used to create maps that clearly illustrate the geological features and rock layers of an area that may be useful for mining projects and geological explorations.

  • Surveying

    The technique of determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them.

Skills

  • Perform surveying calculations

    Perform calculations and gather technical data in order to determine earth curvature corrections, traverse adjustments and closures, level runs, azimuths, marker placements, etc.

  • Apply statistical analysis techniques

    Use models (descriptive or inferential statistics) and techniques (data mining or machine learning) for statistical analysis and ICT tools to analyse data, uncover correlations and forecast trends.

  • Execute analytical mathematical calculations

    Apply mathematical methods and make use of calculation technologies in order to perform analyses and devise solutions to specific problems.

  • Create GIS reports

    Use relevant geographic informations systems to create reports and maps based on geospatial information, using GIS software programmes.

  • Process collected survey data

    Analyse and interpret survey data acquired from a wide variety of sources e.g. satellite surveys, aerial photography and laser measurement systems.

  • Collect mapping data

    Collect and conserve mapping resources and mapping data.

  • Apply digital mapping

    Make maps by formatting compiled data into a virtual image that gives a precise representation of a specific area.

  • Compile GIS-data

    Gather and organise GIS-data from sources such as databases and maps.

  • Use geographic information systems

    Work with computer data systems such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

  • Create thematic maps

    Use various techniques such as choropleth mapping and dasymetric mapping to create thematic maps based on geospatial information, using software programmes.

Optional knowledge and skills

develop geological databases interpret geophysical data geodesy prepare visual data collect data using gps cad software conduct land surveys operate surveying instruments analyse environmental data perform image editing surveying methods topography use cad software collect geological data photogrammetry write work-related reports