Delving into the fascinating world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as presented by Zane White, a GIS professional from Candrone, during a GIS Day event at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Zane's presentation offered a glimpse into the dynamic and evolving field of GIS and its practical applications, showcasing how this technology is shaping our world.
From Academia to the Real World: Zane White's GIS Journey
Zane White began his path from studying environmental geoscience and geomatics to becoming a GIS specialist at Candrone. His academic research, deeply rooted in hydrology and flood modeling, laid the foundation for his future career. This transition from academia to industry highlights the diverse opportunities available in the field of GIS.
Key Projects and Challenges
Lower Mainland Digital Twin: This project used LiDAR technology to detect historical settlements, termed "cultural depressions." It's a prime example of how GIS can be used to uncover and preserve historical and cultural heritage.
Underground Hydro Dam Mapping: In a challenging feat, the team created a 3D model of an underground hydro tunnel using a customized drone equipped with advanced mapping technology. This project underscores the potential of GIS in engineering and infrastructure management.
Landmine Detection in War-Torn Countries: Perhaps the most impactful project discussed was the use of drones for landmine detection. Utilizing multispectral imaging and machine learning, the team developed methods to identify potential landmines, demonstrating GIS's role in humanitarian efforts.
The Three Pillars of GIS Resolution
White discussed the 'three pillars of resolution' in GIS: spatial, spectral, and temporal. These concepts are crucial in understanding how GIS projects are planned and executed, ensuring accuracy and relevance in data collection and analysis.
Advanced Techniques in GIS
White delved into various GIS techniques used in their projects, such as ISO data classification and random forest models. These advanced methods highlight the technical sophistication and evolving nature of GIS as a tool for problem-solving.
Conclusion: A Call to Future GIS Professionals
White's journey and the diverse projects undertaken by Candrone illustrate the vast potential and applicability of GIS across different sectors.
GIS is not just about maps; it's a tool that can solve real-world problems, from preserving historical sites to saving lives in conflict zones. As technology advances, the scope of GIS continues to expand, offering endless possibilities for those willing to explore this exciting field.