Take a break with 1Spatial’s Simon Green

Tell us about yourself?

I’m a Principal Consultant in the FME Division and have worked at 1Spatial since January 2019. In this time I have attained FME Certified Professional status (April 2019), FME Certified Trainer status (June 2019) and on Christmas Eve 2019, I achieved AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner status! I have worked in the GIS Industry for over 17 years, having worked for both Public and Private sector organisations in a variety of GIS and Data related roles.

Fun fact about you?

I have a block of flats named after me in North London

What do you enjoy most about working at 1Spatial?

There are a number of things really, but probably top of the list would be the variety of different ‘hats’ I get to wear: training, support, pre-sales and consultancy to name but a few; there’s never a dull day!

What’s your favourite transformer and why?

Soundwave, because he’s a microcassette recorder (remember those?!)

But seriously, this is hard, with so many to choose from… My current favourite, and one I’ve been using a lot recently, is the SQLExecutor. To be able to break out from a workspace, run SQL on a database and bring the result back into your workflow is awesome.

I must admit, I do have a bit of a soft spot for the AttributeManager too… You can simplify a workspace by consolidating multiple attribute-manipulating transformers into the AttributeManager!

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

There have been a few over the years, but a recent one that has been fun, as well as interesting, was to use FME Server to run a game of Bingo for the attendees of a presentation that David Eagle was delivering! FME Server did everything, from handling the sign up and generation of a unique bingo card for the player to calling the numbers once the game was started!

How long have you been working with FME?

I have been working with FME since 2009 and training people in it since starting at 1Spatial. Prior to joining 1Spatial I held a couple of different training roles teaching people in various geospatial software packages.

What do you love about FME?

I think it’s the fact that it’s accessible and you can unleash its power, even if you aren’t the most technical of people. I get great satisfaction from seeing people who might approach FME with a particular problem in mind and then realising that it can solve a whole lot more for them!

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

This is a tricky one. I love Canada and have been fortunate to visit it a few times, but I’ve never made it to Newfoundland. Its clean air and beauty are massively appealing. Gander International Airport is something to behold too, steeped in some really interesting history!

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