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HS2 GIS Technician

What is HS2?

HS2 is a proposed new high speed railway network, connecting London to Birmingham, and then on to other major cities in the North, including Leeds and Manchester. The trains will travel at up to 225mph, and when it’s finished, the railway will span around 330 miles of track.

What does an HS2 GIS Technician do?

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Technicians support all parts of the HS2 project that use data from GIS mapping. They work with other people across the organisation, such as Environment, Engineering, Land & Property and Community Engagement, to identify what they need, and making sure that projects are delivered on time, on budget, and to a high standard.

A GIS professional has to ensure that, their skills and knowledge of GIS are top notch. They need to actively keep up-to-date with GIS technology and look for opportunities to develop, like for example through training. They also need to be able to identify innovative opportunities for the use of GIS technologies. A GIS Technician will also promote and explain the use of GIS technologies to other companies working with HS2. This may include giving training and delivering presentations about the benefits of using GIS on big infrastructure projects.

To learn more about what a GIS Technician does on a day-to-day basis hear from Mike White, one of HS2'S GIS Managers.

Is an HS2 Technician career right for me?

Do you enjoy geography and looking at what’s going on in the environment around you? Are you an analytical thinker, able to spot patterns and trends in data? Can you work methodically to produce the best work possible? Are you good at communicating and working with lots of different people? Do you love using technology? Then a career in GIS could be for you.

How to become an HS2 GIS Manager

To become an HS2 GIS Manager, you will usually need to have a degree in a relevant subject, such as geography, engineering or environmental sciences. Some universities also offer specialised Master’s courses in GIS, while some foundation degree training programmes and apprenticeships cover aspects of GIS, so you can gain experience and begin a career in the field.

Experience is important, and it’s a good idea to do an internship or work experience placement in the industry while at university.

The following websites and organisations have more information:

Environment Agency

The Association for Geographic Information

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