Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful tool for decision-making involving the physical environment.  I’ve always been fascinated by maps and the art of communicating information in a visual form.  I studied Geography at university and in 2017 I decided to rekindle my interest and add to the versatility of my professional IT skillset by training in GIS software.

I took courses with Eagle Technology using ArcGIS Pro followed up with online practice using the Learn ArcGIS lesson gallery.  I then experimented with building some maps.

Below is a web application of tracks in the North Island New Zealand –  I created the 4WD tracks layer separately from an excel file of source data and used it in this map with an existing published layer from the Department of Conservation (DOC). In the application you can click on a track to view elevation profile, track distance and height above sea level on the track you clicked.

Below is my first experiment using the ArcGIS Online software – a storymap of holiday photos!  This is a great way to get started.