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I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural UN World Geospatial Information Congress earlier in November, along with new SV staff member, Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse. I was there as a representative of both Spatial Vision and in my capacity of a Director of SIBA|GITA.  Zaffar likewise was representing SV’s new Strategic Consulting area, and in his capacity as a President of SSSI.

At Spatial Vision, we adopted an agile approach to the design and delivery of client projects many years ago. The sprint cycle provides regular opportunities to assess the direction of a project throughout the development lifecycle. We find this approach increases customer satisfaction as they see rapid, continuous delivery of demonstrable outputs. Furthermore, customers, developers and testers constantly interact enabling better collaboration and continuous attention to technical excellence and good design. 

As a certified GIS professional I am often asked what the letters “GISP” refer to at the end of my title.  My explanation is usually along the lines of “It means I am a certified professional, in my case a Geospatial Information System Professional” and “It also means I am accredited by an independent third-party certification body based in the US but recognised globally.”  But the response I receive back can be varied, as they seem somewhat confused as they enquire; but what does that mean and why is it important? 

There is no doubt that climate change is no longer just a threat, it is a real and present danger that is increasingly impacting the lives of many people and the natural world. The question is what are we doing about it?

Reflecting on the recent National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 2018 Climate Adaptation Conference held in Melbourne there were several themes that stand out for me.

Our congratulations and heartfelt gratitude goes out to Graeme Martin and others who fought for the Darebin Yarra Trail Link which was officially opened on Sunday. 

The latest Four Corners investigation, Weather Alert, was compelling. The byline was While politicians question the reality of climate change, farmers and businesses act.

Last month our entire workplace ventured offsite for a values workshop. The purpose of this was to cement our already existing values into a clear-cut statement that would reinforce our existing culture, allow us to achieve company goals and ensure that potential new employees have similar values.  It was also important that all staff could strongly recognise and associate with each of the values and principles.

Last week I attended the HIC Conference in Brisbane. This conference was run by the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and highlighted innovation and the digital transformation of the healthcare sector. There was a focus on the central role that information and health informatics brings in connecting the health care system, being smart with data, and enhancing practitioner and consumer experience in healthcare interactions.

In May this year I had the opportunity to visit the offices of RMSI Limited in Noida India. Spatial Vision has worked on a number of projects with RMSI where RMSI has provided the data collection effort and SV has played a QA role.

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