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The 130 mile/four and a half hour drive home gave me plenty of time for reflection on the days discussions.:sneaky2:

 

What I would have liked to have learnt was what data collection device and what software would fulfill my requirements, what I learnt was 'it depends!'

 

James England, the first speaker, from GIS Solutions was brilliant, explaining what GIS actually is, what to look for in the drawings we - the surveyors, receive and how to work round the real life problems that occur. His enthusiasm, knowledge and experience managed to entertain everyone til lunch. A bit disappointing that he wouldn't fly the drone around the conference room, but you can't have everything.

 

Mike Shilton, the Product Director from Keysoft Solutions, took the floor for the afternoon, taking us through the ins and outs of CAD. Attempting to teach a dozen arbs how to operate autocad in an hour and a half may have been a tall order, but I think even the more experience users learnt something to take away with them.

 

For someone with limited knowledge or experience of both CAD and GIS the day was a steep learning curve, answering many questions and creating a good foundation to go forward. Whilst not answering my own sole question - What do I need to buy to do what I want to do?, I learnt what the hard- and software can do and the key elements of them that I actually require.

 

Paul explained over lunch about the absence of training in this technology in current education and his desire to fill the gap by this event. Well, I would hope he went home happy, because I think he ticked the boxes in this one. If another day is organized I'd definitely advocate attendance because it was money well spent. Thanks Paul.

 

Edit: and it was good to meet both Paul and Island:biggrin:

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