Podcast Archive

Episode 13 & 14 of More Than Just Maps

On today's episode I conclude my interview with Jordan Carmona as we wrap our discussion on the GISP. We dive into why each of us wanted the certification in the first place, and then we crack open the technical exam, as much as we can, for those looking for some insight into this sometimes controversial test.

Episode 11 & 12 of More Than Just Maps

On this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Brandi Rank from the city of Thornton, Colorado. We chat about what it’s like being the first generation in your family to attend college, while not knowing what you want to do right away, and what that process is like when searching for what you’re supposed to do with the rest of your life. We also talk about the importance of internships, and the abundance of experience they can provide. And finally we span Brandi’s career in government where she started searching for monuments for the Colorado State Parks, to where she is now as the GIS manager for the city of Thornton, just north of Denver.

Episode 9 & 10 of More Than Just Maps

This month I chat with Michelle Swindle from the city of Fort Worth Texas. We talk about Michelle’s non-traditional path to GIS, and what it was like to go back to school after she thought she was finished with higher education. We also get to hear about what it’s like to be a civilian GIS contractor in an active war zone, and how that environment comes with a whole host of unique challenges. We also get into the details of what it's like working in municipal government, and different kinds of opportunities that opens up in the GIS world.

Episode 7 & 8 of More Than Just Maps

This month I chat with the GIS Enterprise Geospatial Technologies Administrator for Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Thomas (Tom) Fisher. We talk about Tom’s early start in GIS as an Eagle Scout mapping fire hydrants, to how after his degree in forestry natural lead him back to GIS. We also talk about Tom's work with non-profits in Ohio, and how the county is handling the current Covid-19 crisis.

Episode 5 & 6 of More Than Just Maps

This month I chat with URISA President, Keri Brennan. We chat about Keri’s journey from being a non-GIS student in natural resources and how she was able to break into the industry through academic research. We also talk about how evolving GIS technology has changed what she does on a day to day basis, and what to focus on when first entering the industry.

Episode 3 & 4 of More Than Just Maps

This month I get to chat with the founder of URISA Texas, Brian King. Brian goes into detail about what it's like to change from archeology to GIS gradually through his career. We also talk about how quickly the GIS field has grown since he first started using the technology, what it's like to start a non-profit, and what you can do to get more experience when you have none.

Episode 1 & 2 of More Than Just Maps

This month on the podcast we welcome Tim Nolan as our first guest. Tim explains how he first got into the GIS industry, and how it’s changed since his days as the “plot boy”. We talk about what’s important when looking to hire junior positions and what skills to make sure you have before getting in to the workforce. On our second episode, we delve into personal Kanban, and how it can help streamline workflows even in the hectic world of GIS.

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