Federal agencies rely on geospatial data to understand the where and the what for their projects around the world. Geospatial data helps agencies decide where to set up security perimeters or store humanitarian relief supplies. However, you can’t answer questions and analyze data about where without the right who—the right people on your GIS team.
GIS team essentials: geospatial skills and global field experience
When agency personnel are deployed overseas to work on culturally sensitive issues, they need the support of GIS professionals who have the requisite data analytical skills and relevant field experience. Only a team with this combination of qualifications can provide a GIS product that truly helps agency personnel do their work.
Relying on a bunch of GIS analysts who make maps in the back shop but don’t understand what it’s like to live and work in a remote area of Jordan is risky. Your GIS team must be able to answer questions about the region’s people and environment. They must anticipate challenges as well as have the experience and knowledge required to produce an interactive GIS product that can operate in a low bandwidth environment.
Global field experience provides the insight needed to build the best GIS solutions
The consultants on our GIS team speak many languages. They have traveled abroad extensively and understand what it’s really like to work in diverse cultures and climates. This range of backgrounds is necessary for understanding and meeting the GIS needs of our federal agency clients.
Our GIS team members aren’t just map makers; they’re geospatial solution builders. Their field experience helps them understand an agency’s goals and challenges, and they have the perspective and insight needed to take a strategic approach to building geospatial solutions.
When building your GIS team, look beyond just skill sets—the professionals on your GIS team should have strong geospatial and data visualization skills, of course, but their diversity of field experience is just as important. Like the GIS team at Tesla, your team must have experience applying their geospatial skills in a variety of global settings and situations so they can build the best possible geospatial solutions for your agency.
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