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SpatialTau - Transformation for me and for data

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As many might know, I’m no longer working at Spatial Networks/Fulcrum anymore:
James Fee
Today is my last day at Spatial Networks and Fulcrum. I've had a wonderful time working with an amazing team. Now I'm looking for something to do next. https://t.co/hAZKCXacdK
I’m talking with some great people but I’m still looking for work so consider this my ask for the email. You all know who I am and what I can do, I’d love to help you. Just reply to this email to talk with me! Well, onwards to the newsletter.
During some of these conversations inevitably interoperability comes up. How do we work with all the tools we have and how can we better share between platforms. Of course there are ELT tools such as Safe FME or initiatives such as the Autodesk/Esri one that can help but I think there is a bigger issue here than technology, it is people. Being trained on software that is a requirement for work is critical to projects being a success.
Part of this is that companies should give people the resources to learn their tools. At a minimum companies should look at using websites such as Udemy to give so many options for their employees to improve their skills. But I also think employees should do this on their own time. Basically companies provide the books and resources and employees find the time to improve their skills. It is a win/win for everyone.
Interoperability isn’t a problem that hasn’t been solved. Of course there is a lot of wasted money in transition from one format to another (or the potential for waste), but if you know what you are doing things are much easier. I am who I am but I love the challenge of a translation from one format to another. That’s why I find myself very happy in the 3D space. Moving data from CAD to BIM to GIS and eventually to consumption platforms such as Salesforce or SAP. That joy is in the satisfaction of making that link, we all get that run of adrenaline when you pull it off.
Every damn time I feel like this.
Every damn time I feel like this.
Transformation is difficult though, you need to be an expert in both sides of the equation. We all know it is relatively easy to export a shapefile to dwg but it doesn’t mean that that dwg is useful in any way. That’s why training is so damn important. We are all so busy that when the CAD operator asks for 1ft contours from that Lidar dataset, we just figure that we just clip out the area, right click on the layer in ArcGIS and export to dwg. It does accomplish the ask but it doesn’t improve how companies provide service to their customers or users. The great hope of automation/workflow gets us closer there, I’ve talked about that in previous newsletters but it still isn’t robust enough to solve the problem.
I’ve actually been trying to do more automation with Zapier than with Python lately. I love sharing these workflows with people because it teaches them better than a wall of python code in a text file. I really wish Esri and Autodesk did more here but I have to feel that is coming. Model builder (in Esri speak) but actually easier to work with and better interoperability. It’s not a huge ask and I think we’ll be seeing this much more in the next year.
Well thanks for listening guys, I’m just trying to make it through the pandemic without a job but I enjoy writing these newsletters and I hope you enjoy reading them. If you want to get a hold of me, just reply to this email. Stay safe everyone!
Links
QGIS 3.14 Pi
Apple Maps to tell you to refine location by scanning the skyline – TechCrunch
15 Years of Google Earth and the Lessons That Went Unlearned : MapBrief™
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