Studying geospatial science has led Nicole to a career as a spatial analysis consultant.
Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours) - Formerly Bachelor of Applied Science (Geomatics) (Honours)
My greatest achievement to date was to be a part of the team working on the imagery and spatial components of the GDE Atlas, a nationwide project that has won numerous awards.
It was during a lecture on different professions when I was in year 11, that the presenter started to speak about Geomatics. I’d never heard of Geomatics but it caught my attention and after doing some research on my own I was very sure I had found the industry for me.
I’m currently a spatial analysis consultant for Sinclair Knight Merz. My responsibilities involve providing spatial solutions for projects in a number of different industries including mining, power, infrastructure and environment. I also provide technical support for mapping, data supply and data management.
My degree gave me the critical technical skills with respect to software and the analytical processes needed to work in the field. It also allowed me to remain flexible so that I could easily move into different technical areas, from cartography to spatial analysis to imagery analysis. I gained skills to work in teams, in the field and in the classroom which I now consider invaluable.
As part of the program I completed work experience as a spatial assistant at the Victorian Police headquarters.
I also found a position during my final summer break which led to a part time position during my final year of study with a consulting company Urbis.
The work I did with these companies and exposure I received into the industry were priceless and I feel greatly assisted me in obtaining my current position at Sinclair Knight Merz.
I won three awards during my studies for the best results in my course in second, third and fourth year. The highlight however, was my Honours project in final year when we were able to choose and perform our own technical studies, that and also the friends and contacts I made and still have.
Due to the thoroughness of the coursework as well as the requirement to complete work experience I doubt I could have been any more prepared to start working after university.
I plan on staying where I am at the moment to further develop my non-technical skills and from there to remain open to new experiences through secondments to other companies as well as moving to and working at other office locations throughout Australia.
I enjoy what I do because it’s challenging and it’s always changing; I rarely do the same thing week-in and week- out. I get to work on projects of completely different scales and set in locations all over Australia.