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Geography graduate Andy Stewart has found his place in the world pioneering ways to use spatial information.
Geography graduate Andy Stewart has found his place in the world pioneering ways to use spatial information.

Geography graduate Andy Stewart has found his place in the world pioneering ways to use spatial information for the Queensland Government’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

“Spatial information links the WHERE to the who, what, why and how of the world’s big data, and my role integrates the outputs of geospatial analysis with trends in visualising spatial information to provide innovative solutions for the public good,” he said. 

Andy has lead efforts in projects including predictive flood mapping, used during the emergency evacuation of Bundaberg in 2013; locating suitable sites for community cyclone shelters in North Queensland; and a world-first national effort at mapping the extent of one of Australia’s most invasive weeds, Lantana camara.
 
Identifying as a Spatial Information Futurist, Andy constantly seeks to discover trends that assist in the adaptation of his organisation to a changing world. 
 
“As part of this process, I combine skills from working in previous roles such as a Remote Sensing Scientist, GIS Analyst, Cartographer, Web Developer, and Spatial Information Manager to analyse satellite and aerial imagery, thematic geospatial datasets, and on-the-ground observations,” he said.
 
“My solutions utilise a mixture of traditional paper maps and modern delivery systems such as Google Earth, Web Mapping, and Geolocated Augmented Reality Applications to visualise and communicate the analysis”.
 
Andy’s dedication to the development of innovative new approaches to data has seen him receive first place in the Opening the Vault: Open Data in Queensland pitch competition (2013).
 
His concept titled ‘Road Trip’ looks at driving regional tourism growth through the intuitive integration of spatial information with mobile tablet devices.
 
Andy completed a Bachelor of Arts in 2000, majoring in Geography, with courses on Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing.
 
“These courses provided me with the platform and professional network connections to secure my first role working in the internationally-renowned Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS) project for the Queensland Government,” he said.
 
“The research opportunities at UQ are top notch. Why settle for the real world when you can go a step further and change it for the better”.

Last updated: Aug 8, 2013