Our journey adopting QGIS in a corporate environment

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hi I'm Emma Haines and I kick-started
the adoption of open source GIS at smack smack is snowy mountain engineering corporation and it's an engineering consultancy firm it was born from the expertise of those who planned and built the Snowy Hydro scheme we have built infrastructure from here and throughout and throughout Asia and Nepal and I've been there for about seven years now and I'm really excited that I was part of this team that did this so here we go
here's our timeline so 2011 I started at smek and it was a commercial GIS shop using ESRI in MapInfo in 2012 the Queensland Government came in we have an austerity phase a lot of people lost their jobs both in the public sector and the private sector in the engineering we lost our funding for our software and went from a team of five to just me three days a week is there a sorry is there a way I can fix this bit apologies I am so around that time at my son's school I found out about QGIS from another parent
sorry yeah pretty much pretty much um sorry I'm just having trouble here yeah all right I kept two finger two fingers oh sorry I'm not all right so back to it so I tested it and I found it I found QGIS to be so good for the engineering consultancy offer consultancy generally it was really efficient it was really stable there were no gremlins who knew that you had 15 minutes to get a map out the cartography was effortless and as somebody who grew up on national geographic maps it was fantastic to finally be able to draw up a beautiful map and the functionality and tools were were brilliant as well so around that time came into contact with a QGIS core developer Niall Dawson and I started to format a strategy about where we would go here eventually in 2016 the strategy was accepted and now came on board part-time for us and that's when things started to kick off
okay so here we go this is what we did this is a strategy we had a flexible das echo system so that means that we had an open source habitat and we use QGIS thought we were to use QGIS for most tasks and use other software as the clients required we provide a democratic mapping throughout the company and we and we also looked at our budget and our flow of funds sorry about this the next for the animation there we go I will get on top of this okay so this is a really important the flow of funds we didn't want to put the money to a third developer right we want to do invest that money with us you know and that meant that also cut out the third party relationship which are i.t people loved and we got more bang for our buck so we can't use the money we employed our QGIS core developer and we smack off IDE our GIS so what this means is that instead of just dealing with what software companies wanted us to do we got to do what we wanted to do and we did this through plugins we also do this through contributions to the development of the software because there are other engineering companies out there and we want them to use GIS please okay finally and I think one of the most important ones is to contribute to community I grew up in a family which contributed to community we volunteered we did all that it was the way that things were so the way that we contribute to community is that we have now a massive testbed there we've got a lot of people using that so they can fix the bugs and we can test the beador's we can provide feedback and we can incorporate new development into virgin's the other one and the side one is the social one as well so we provide security to our core developer he has that wage there and he only works part time for us so he can go off and he can go and develop what needs to happen outside of us and we all grow and we all learn all right let's go through the
implementation so we went through the installation from just the general web download but we had a lot of issues there with versioning and people using different versions now we do it through an internal corporate Software Center and we run automated updates from that in the background - and we do that overnight and that goes to their plug-in as well as the versions we have
undertaken did some work on the speed as well so we only allow for the Smit plugging to be updated when it loads up you can go in and you can manually update your other plugins as well and also we've with our case we have set a gradation limit to allow for this be for greater speed for any network traffic such as new map usage we also provide a splash screen for updates as well so this is a direct way to communicate with their users and we don't know we I mean we can run something we can work out who's using it but who's got time for it off for that we just give it to him okay alright so we have what we call the
Schmitt plug-in and this provides a whole lot of work that you'll see what we've done from now on so like others that you've seen this provided direct access to data that we want people to use and everyone who uses QGIS have access to that data in post EOS and also the X Y Zed tiles we have created the metadata catalog and this uses geo network open source for that and you can access this internally within the QGIS interface or you can access it externally and that'll also take you as well links to the sources of those data and you can see when we've updated it as well you can request for data to be updated there too internally we've created the catalog search and you'll see this later and this is one of our issues is that we really want people to use the data that we want them to use we don't want them downloading their own data because the stuff we do needs to have a certain level of currency so this is a docking panel that is used within QGIS and so they can access one of those buttons there and it brings them in they can go to the view they can use them they can view the metadata on the jury network or they can add it to project in the future what we want to do there is we want them to edit - project clip to the extent have the symbology and check it in the project folder so that we can access that in three years time we also have a
imagery in elevation once that we collect the imagery we've downloaded from the map and we put it in with folders or some people put in other folders we run a bot that goes through that and then we check it all into a catalog and we do that with our contour and elevation data as well so essentially you navigate to a location click on that location and it will bring up what data is available and you can choose what's suitable for you symbology we are currently running through and as the das core we will update default symbology if we really like it and so that runs with on the PSD is we've also created palettes for our branding so if we're doing a tender map you get to see our colors and you like our map so you're going to choose us we also have the templates as well in the layout manager and that can that's from all different sizes and an atlas as well a lot of this is also based on variables so you have one spot to fill it in and then that all brings that into the map and then we've created discipline themes as well so you can take those base mapping products though for transport modeling water enviro and you can take we get the engineers they can take that and they can build on it as well and we also have developed defaults styles as our base maps because we're sort of working out whether or not we cannot we can or cannot use certain XYZ tiles all right issues so I've talked about some of
these already and the smek plugin has helped a lot of those but I'm just going to mention a couple of ones we've had the great great privilege of our IT department changing server names on us and telling us rocking on Monday nothing works everybody's ringing up going on current access so in the last two weeks we've built a script there so that's going to help with that and because we want it to be seamless we don't want to burn people and one of the other aspects is HR and employing future geo stuff and that includes playing down and employing up we just ask people to be open minded go and have a look at QGIS first see if that's something you would like to do and we employ people who are really passionate about GIS ok because we've got a lot of change coming up with us with digital engineering and the most sliding one is Slayer but you're going to find out more about that tomorrow at Niles our lightning talk and that's taking all the ESRI symbology and pushing it into QGIS we have big we have a big water Network project we're working on and the engineers can't work out that that color is that one and that color is that one and it's a dot it's a diamond you get talking about engineers
they all reckon they're The Pale Rider but that's us behaviors a really big issue it's fantastic Josie's out there now the grads come in they've had a term of GIS and they reckon they can do a map and they don't need us anymore so what do we do we can pull out you know hair up and go no you can't do that that's naughty you know but that's not going to work all right people have diverse skills some of the best joyous people I've met are those people who are not GIS people the questions they bring is fantastic we develop a lot of things in conjunction with them so I'm part of the core GIS team but we also have QG OSes of corporate mapper product and that's the ward oh the enviro see geologists the modelers the transport model is some of the other ones are still not there yet but still we'll get them there so our general staff engineers cause detrimental impacts on our systems and outputs which I like into being Cowboys their data management all that's their saddlebags and they carry that with them in their C Drive or recently on SharePoint that's a good story took to nyle about that one but it is something that can be managed but it's a give and take situation our approach is to accept that everyone is diverse in their skills to allow them to undertake the basic mapping and to ensure their environment gives them a sense of freedom but reduces a risk for us and this is about the processes let them do their analysis you know and it's back on them it's not on us they're the professionals they know what they're doing get them to record their metadata as well but just to be on top of the projects if they've got any GIS requirements some big projects do product output let them do their basic mapping that's okay who wants to do basic mapping we want to do the interesting stuff okay so we have set it up so that it's appealing to them it's quick and it's good looking we ask that they push the end product to us to QA and this helps them to guide us to guide them in their style but ensures that what is put out there makes us look good we make tweaked the symbology and the labeling and other facets and if it's an ongoing project where they're producing a lot of maps we do have that we'll go in and and change a couple of things for them and if we trust them will tell them what we're doing so that they can do that as well and this is a great opportunity to market our superhuman abilities in labeling and symbology and other bits and pieces that they've got no idea you've seen the metadata catalog with the data download again generally in management it's about the quick turn about turnaround for them in the data management side as well we've got to do it because got to ensure the data is currency that the service face is not utilized by so many layers of current of cadastre and also to reduce the web traffic and the downloads this are the
issues in the cube digital engineering we're currently trying to move into a digital engineering group where GIS sits there with the CAD and others we are also looking pushing our data out globally because we're now part of subhadra Jurong we have a lot of companies from China through the Middle East America Africa South America and also to tie up that project information management and so in the end we can just wrap up that project put it somewhere three years later we can come back and revisit that project any questions
[Applause] yep yeah essentially like we and that also happens with some of our grads who coming as well ah but I won't talk to us oh no I only use ESRI and it's just like well you know if you're prepared to look outside of that will consider you it has to be part of the job that you will be open to open-source another question yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah if that wasn't a motivator and I'd found out about QGIS and gone and tried it I probably would have gone that way anyway because I loved it like it was just such a much better product for our needs it was so much more quicker and that's probably what I would have done and I would have done a strategy and it would have been also bringing their money back into us and customizing us because we have needs and the software companies don't necessarily know what those needs are
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