Andrea Sibilia is an Assistant Geospatial Specialist of the Smart Consulting team at WSP.
Currently, I am an Assistant Geospatial Specialist of the Smart Consulting team of WSP, which is comprised of GIS analysts, software developers, and IT solution architects.
Prior to this I spent 5 years in an environmental company in Italy covering the roles of Environmental Consultant (2012-2015) and GIS Technician (2015-2017). Through these roles, I managed several monitoring programmes in order to collect and process spatial and/or GPS data, becoming the main contact for the GIS related topics within the company.
In 2018, I achieved a new specialisation by completing a Masters in GIS at University College London. Throughout my whole experience, I had the opportunity to develop and enhance my GIS skills, carrying out several projects related to different fields such as ecology, nature conservation and transport planning.
As an Assistant Geospatial Specialist I mainly provide technical support on a wide range of projects. Several tasks are usually related to map production, however every week there are challenges related to data conversion, data standardisation or data processing.
Often, colleagues from other teams (e.g. ecology or transport planning) have specific requests relating to spatial analyses and/or network analyses, so I am always encouraged to think about efficient and feasible methods to provide them with a solution.
Precision is a basic requirement in this work. Everything you provide is used by other specialists to make their decisions, therefore the data you supply needs to be as accurate as possible.
Problem solving is also an extremely useful characteristic in this work. Every day there are challenges to overcome, so it is important to know how to search for a solution.
I play an important role in terms of decision supporting in all the projects I take part in. The outputs I provide are used by engineers, transport planners or other specialists to make their final choice and the simplest tasks, such as mapping trees in certain locations, can lead to significant decisions related to social, economic and environmental factors - that’s the “power of location”.
At the beginning of your career I suggest getting a broad overview of the different aspects of GIS. It’s good to have at least a basic knowledge of different GIS software (QGis/ArcGis) and techniques to carry out spatial/network/3D analyses. I would say that it is essential knowing how to automate data processing (i.e. using Model Builder) and also learning to code.
It’s good to know a bit of Python, HTML and Java Script for web mapping, and R. This gives you much more chances to get a first job, then during your career you’ll have the opportunity to specialise yourself in your main field of interest.
We are constantly surrounded by geographic information and by solving geographic problems, we solve real life problems.
Job Title: Assistant Geospatial Specialist
Location: London, UK
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