corduroys & GIS stats

I’ve always wanted the fat corduroys that they sell in the men’s section but not in women’s sizes for whatever reason. In high school, my bestie G and I had a green pair that we found at goodwill, LOVED, and shared à la sisterhood of the traveling pants. I’m pretty sure they were a men’s size because they were so big we had to roll up the bottoms and cinch the waist so they wouldn’t be around our feet by salsa break (passing period).

“You get them Tuesday, I wear them Wednesday, then we switch.” Did they ever get washed? That’s to be decided….

Today is a glasses and corduroys day! Happy Friday!

Our company’s virtual office (VO) has a blog which I honestly didn’t know about until they posted a cool study about who uses GIS. And because I love data, I’d love to share them with you. 

For those of you unfamiliar with GIS, it refers to Geographical Information Systems. Basically, data that is geo-referenced. My data is generally well locations with data tables attached to them. Each well might have info about aquifer formation, transmissivity, water quality, ownership, name, regulatory information, etc. GIS is especially cool because you can overlay multitudes of information to extract other information. 

So…Of the people who use GIS, it’s mostly an interdisciplinary tool not a career path. As in, I am an engineer, and I use it adeptly in my everyday work-life instead of going to a GIS specialist. Scientists (geologists, biologists) use it, CAD folks use it, project managers use it–what a universal tool!

I wish I could give credit to who did the study, but it’s not link-able unless you have a company login. It was published 10/28/2016 internally.

From her summary paragraph which speaks for itself:

“The job of the GIS Professional is perhaps moving toward more GIS infrastructure—whereby you need to enable the end user to share geographic data in the most efficient manner possible. While the GIS Profession is absolutely growing, the need for the tool is outpacing the need for the professional as a whole. Technologists who are embedded with market and domain expertise in their respective market are using it as an invaluable tool on their projects. It’s becoming a way that we deliver data and information to our clients and stakeholders—it ubiquitous. “

One of the coolest problems I solved in grad school with GIS was building a system to show where the fastest hospital was located….so basically, google maps. It takes your current location, information about highways and their speed limits and traffic, and assigns weights to each of the factors associated with your travel to the hospital. Then builds a map.


Good to know that GIS skills are applicable around the globe. Apparently the shear amount of time in the UK is thanks to heavy datasets which change daily. Transportation modelling software bounces off GIS to keep the datasets up-to-date.

If you use GIS, I recommend going to the ESRI website and subscribing to the free publications. They send you quarterly magazines that have pretty graphs and articles about the super super super cool stuff done in GIS around the globe. It’s the only magazine I read. 

Working on: Building some pretty sweet GIS maps for a city in Texas to see if the subsurface conditions are applicable to putting in an ASR system.
Reading currently: We Need to Talk About Kevin. It’s great writing but so very dark.

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