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Matt Smith’s enthusiasm for maps has seen him plot a career in cartography with the Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources & Mines.

Matt joined the Department after graduating from a Bachelor of Science at UQ in 1997.
“I really enjoyed the flexibility to build my own degree at UQ and focus on the areas I was interested in,” he said.
“The courses in Geographical Sciences, Town Planning, Earth Sciences and Ecology provided me with a range of opportunities as I passed through my degree, and opened up numerous potential career pathways.”
Matt is now a Senior Cartographer who is currently working to develop web mapping applications focussing on generating basemap spatial web services and ensuring application useability. 
His team recently released an online topographic atlas, QTopo, which allows users to access topographic maps of Queensland at a wide array of scales.
Matt also pioneered an approach to vastly increase the speed of map production over large areas, allowing cartographers to do in hours what would normally have taken days or weeks.
This novel approach has been used to assist in emergency and disaster management and response situations such as the 2011 Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi, and to create maps of the floodplains of Queensland, which, at the time, was the largest mapping program in Australia.
“As someone with a keen interest in cartography, I enjoy creating maps that let people make decisions in their lives,” Matt said.
“Well-crafted maps  are becoming rarer, and when I can make something that is simultaneously easy to look at, read, inform and draw conclusions from, it gives me a great deal of satisfaction.
“I’m an extremely graphical person and one of the best things about my job has been the ability to indulge my strengths – while I’m looking at maps I never get bored.
“My UQ degree provided me with skills and knowledge that have been invaluable to my career.”

Last updated: Sep 30, 2014