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Take a break with Andrew Bashfield, Sales Manager at 1Spatial Australia

Tell us about yourself?

I have been at 1Spatial for just over a year. My current role is Sales Manager. I’m also married with two adult children who still enjoy travel and adventure with their parents and on their own too.

Fun fact about you?

I originally trained as a Cartographer because I enjoyed Geography. But when I was a child, I was fascinated by the Apollo Moon landing program and wanted to be an astronaut. Working in the geospatial industry gives me the chance to have that astronaut perspective of the world down below.

What do you enjoy most about working at 1Spatial?

I enjoy working with a very smart team of subject matter experts with a common interest in the application of spatial data and analysis to real world problems. I like working for a company that makes technology that adds to existing GIS capability, and that every ESRI site is a potential customer.

What are your favourite geospatial products/technologies and why?

FME because it is a defacto standard in our industry. I also like 1Integrate & 1Data Gateway because they are designed to deal with country-scale data management and quality issues, so they allow us to play at a very high level in the industry.

What’s the most interesting solution problem or data challenge you’ve tackled?

In the GIS world, I’ve always been interested in Dynamic Linear Reference Systems for transportation. A very cool concept. I enjoyed demonstrating the use of 3D Terrain Models inside a flight simulation–style package. Our Positional Accuracy Improvement solution is one I think has great application in Australia.

What makes 1Spatial a great place to work?

People make an effort to assist staff in different territories – it enforces the feeling that we are all one company.

If you were given an airline ticket to go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

I haven’t found anywhere else I would want to stay permanently. Anywhere with great beaches, warm water and no biting things in the water or air would be great as a start. 

An around the world ticket would let me visit Las Vegas, friends in the US & Canada, Europe and especially Greece and Egypt.

One thing COVID lockdowns have made us value is our former freedom to go virtually anywhere we could afford. I’m looking forward to getting that back.