by James Grimes
For a College Student who had recently graduated, going straight into the job market seemed quite intimidating. It was also a strange time to say the least - at this young age, most were studying for a degree, while working full time almost immediately after college seemed unheard of. I was ready for something a little different. Many job applications and interviews later, I was offered the job as a Front End Developer at Geollect, a global geospatial intelligence company. It was a completely unfamiliar field and I didn’t have any knowledge of this industry before joining - I knew that this would bring many new and exciting challenges along my career.
On my first Day at Geollect, I was very quickly welcomed into a growing team of developers and GIS analysts. I had a feeling of unease being the youngest in such a team, but I quickly adjusted to the friendly work environment. I was tasked with setting up Web Maps, where I spent the majority of my time learning processes of being able to visualise points from data sets and creating User Interfaces for those applications. During my time at Geollect, my work has consisted of looking at large Mapping Applications and adding/modifying the code to improve overall
user experience and interface. This really put my programming and problem-solving skills to the test - working with 1000’s of lines of code is far larger than anything I have previously handled before.
After six months of working at Geollect, I have learnt so much about being a developer and what it is like to work in the Geospatial Industry. It was a real eye-opener experiencing the software development process first-hand and understanding business needs to create successful products. During my time, I have been surrounded by people working on different projects against challenging deadlines, which made me realise how fast Geollect is growing as a company. Overall, I have really enjoyed my experience so far working at Geollect. There have been many exciting challenges along the way and I have gained a good understanding of Mapping Applications used by the company in such a short amount of time. I look forward to what the future holds and am excited to be part of the team as Geollect continues to grow.
"Working with AWS, Geollect provides near real-time geospatial maritime intelligence, meaning it's now possible to track and analyze the activity of ships and fleets around the world at previously unthinkable speeds," said William Hillman, Head of Geospatial Operations, Geollect. "With AWS's comprehensive cloud services, Geollect is helping drive the rapid growth of the geospatial industry and showcasing British services and expertise around the world."
Geollect recognises Amazon's AWS expansion into the aerospace and satellite industry as a critical step towards making data more accessible. Geollect empowers it's clients to make better, more timely decisions by providing solutions that turn complex data into actionable insights.
Geollect is participating in a short but intense three-day programme run by Lloyd's Lab from July 21 to July 23. The Lloyd’s Lab Fusion programme has been designed to provide a setting for Lloyd’s market teams to work with InsurTechs to explore and develop early-stage ideas for tackling pandemics and systemic risk.
ARX Mouldings highlights the value of the Geollect Covid-19 dashboard.
"The International Group has launched a new online digital tool (dashboard) to assist shipowners, charterers, operators and other parties in the maritime sector to track country and port-specific advice, detailing the measures being put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are challenging times, for the maritime industry and the society at large and measures implemented by some ports and countries across the globe to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 are raising significant operational consequences for all parties engaged in the maritime sector."
The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is currently in the process of talking to leadership figures from across the nation in an attempt to understand this universal trait and what it means in Britain and Northern Ireland today.
Richard Gwilliam from Geollect was invited onto an episode of the podcast, which also included an interview with Lord Blunkett. Host Matthew O'Neill asked both guests a series of questions about leadership and the role it has played in their careers to date.
Matthew O'Neill commented, ‘Hosting a show like this, where you speak to genuine leaders who have been there and done it, either on a national stage or within a crucial industry sector, is an absolute honour.’
Lord Blunkett, chairman of The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland said, ‘I think the most informative element of each episode is the first part, where Matthew O'Neill is able to sit down with someone who really gets how their industry works and knows how to make their organisation tick. Someone who’s there day in day out working hard and inspiring others. That’s what leadership is all about.’
You can listen to the podcast in full here: https://youtu.be/J629jXYrpR8
You can also discover more about both Richard Gwilliam and Lord Blunkett here:
Geollect highlighted by Thetius for our technology initiative supporting the maritime industry Covid-19 response. Thetius is a leading source of intelligence, analysis, and research on emerging technologies within the supply chain, helping industry leaders to understand and prepare for the future.
Coronavirus is causing significant problems for the maritime industry, with volatile supply and demand, port closures, and difficulties with crew changes. Despite the difficulties, the maritime technology community is fighting back against the virus, with a number of startups, tech companies, and other businesses launching services or providing data to help the industry cope with the strain.
Thetius compiled a list of resources, available here, that have been made available, many of them for free, to help the industry deal with the disruption of Covid-19.
A new interactive tool launched by the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) can assist parties in identifying commercial risks and physical threats to global shipping caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The International Group's new online COVID-19 tracker is a publicly accessible online digital tool (dashboard) that aims to assist shipowners, charterers, operators and other parties in the maritime sector to track country and port specific advice around the world. By providing live updates as to the number of confirmed cases of the virus and the countries at risk, and detailing measures being put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tool can assist parties to identify commercial risks and physical threats to shipping around the world.
The tool sources data from all 13 International Group Clubs, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Health Organization (WHO) and other leading sources, such as Wilhelmsen and the Gulf Agency Company Ltd. Access to the COVID-19 tracker is available via the International Group's COVID-19 website: https://www.igpandi.org/covid-19.
Geollect worked with the North of England P&I Club to provide a COVID-19 dashboard to the International Group of P&I Clubs. The dashboard launched today and is availble to assist shipowners, charterers, operators and other parties in the maritime sector track country and port specific advice around the world, detailing the measures being put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IG stated that "these are uncertain times as the COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for the industry and society at large. It is important that the most up to date and relevant information on COVID-19 measures taken in different jurisdictions are available and accessible via a single source and in an easy to use format. As such, this interactive tool will allow parties to identify commercial risks and physical threats to shipping around the world and provide live updates as to the number of confirmed cases of the virus, countries at risk and what to look out for."
Geollect has sourced data from all 13 International Group Clubs, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Health Organization (WHO) and other leading sources (including Wilhelmsen and GAC). This near-real time data can assist ships with chartering, operations and help prepare staff for what to expect when arriving in port. Access to the dashboard is via the links on the International Group’s COVID-19 page.
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