So yeay, new school, new environment, new friends, hostel, etc.
Turned out that bracket with”Sistem Maklumat Geografi” I was exited about in the Diploma name is well, just a bracket.
Coming from a family background with no expose of surveying, I didn’t know you had to learn how to survey A LOT. I had to go out under the sun, engineering survey, solar observation, u name it.First time using the theodolites/ total stations, setting up the instrument on tripod, getting skin all tanned, etc.
Fasting month together with outdoor survey work was the bomb. It was quite an experience indeed! Tired but worth it.
A little bit of the computer using CAD -drawing plans. You will only start learning GIS after 1 1/2 years of surveying. Surveying was fun to learn, although I liked being outdoors instead of classrooms and all, but it wasn’t really my thing.
After all, i’m glad i have learned the subjects of surveying, I get to have all of the basics and understanding for necessary ground processes before finally have everything in the information system like a GIS! I find it to be a crucial thing to know because it’s all about positioning, datum, projection, boundaries, etc we need to know about.
( Image Source from http://www.survey4u.com/)
That’s a picture of people surveying up there, one with the instrument and the other one who’s holding the pole. Surveying come in many form that’s one of ’em.
Now here is one of the pictures i found of GIS:
and these are the definitions of GIS i compiled:
a) GIS is a computer system for capturing, storing, query-ing, analysing, and displaying geospatial data (Chang, 2012).
b) GIS is an integrated collection of computer software and data used to view and manage information about geographic places, analyse spatial relationships, and model spatial processes. A GIS provides a framework for gathering and organizing spatial data and related information so that it can be displayed and analysed(Wade & Sommer, 2006)
c) A GIS integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analysing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information(ESRI, 2012)