Take a break with 1Spatial's Matt Merry
Tell us about yourself?
Approximately 15 years ago I graduate from University with a geography degree and began working for Local Government which gave me a taster for GIS. After 8 years in Local Government I really wanted to progress my career and took up the opportunity to work for 1Spatial as part of the consultancy team.
I’ve been working as a consultant at 1Spatial for 6 years and expanded my knowledge of spatial data, industry technologies, helped some great customers and made plenty of friends along the way.
Being part of 1Spatial consultancy team has allowed me to make great use of my problem-solving skills, as well as allowing me the opportunity to dip my toe into the development world.
Within the last month I’ve also become a father for the first time to a baby girl. My wife and I are over the moon and feel as though we’re in a good place with the support and friendship that 1Spatial have offered us.
Fun fact about you?
At University I worked part time as a supermarket delivery driver putting my geography skills to good use. I know Cambridge like the back of my hand, so if you’re ever in Cambridge and need directions I’m your man!
What do you enjoy most about working at 1Spatial?
The thing I like most about 1Spatial is that they give you the opportunity to progress your career and support you in any direction you wish to go in. Although I work in the consultancy team, I have been given the opportunity to learn more about software development as well as being able to learn more about sales.
What’s your favourite 1Spatial product and why?
My favourite 1Spatial product has to be 1Integrate. The reason for this is that the 1Spatial rules engine is such a powerful tool when it comes to processing and automating spatial data. During the time at 1Spatial I’ve been involving in creating rules and actions using 1Integrate that can be called upon within larger customer solutions.
What’s the most interesting data challenge you’ve tackled?
At 1Spatial I’ve been lucky enough to take part in data Hackathons, which is great fun and provided us with the opportunity to investigate the issue of water leakage within the utilities sector. During the Hackathon we used the 1Integrate product to be able to combine address data with the water network in order to determine when water was being lost as well as investigating other geographical elements that may affect the water network. We ended up winning the Hackathon!
What do you love about working in the consultancy team?
The thing I like best about working in the consultancy team is being able to use my problem-solving skills in order to help customers make best use of their data. The consultancy team has a wealth of knowledge and everyone is willing to help out which makes it a friendly and passionate place to work.
What makes 1Spatial a great place to work?
1Spatial is a great place to work not only because of the work opportunities that it has to offer but also because it has a friendly inclusive culture. I like that throughout the year the company has so many different social activities including summer BBQ, Christmas party, inter office Halloween costume competitions or even a casual drink after work. I think one of the best social activities I took part in was the 90 mile company cycle ride to North Norfolk. Such a great weekend! Even the corona virus pandemic couldn’t stop 1Spatial being sociable as we continued to do activities online such as office quizzes, online dance offs and recipe competitions.
If you were given an airline ticket to go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
I like to think I have travelled a lot from the plains of Africa to the west coast of the States, however I have never been to Australia so I think that is where I would go. Whilst I was there, I could also pop in and say hello to the 1Spatial Australian office!