Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Professional:
Spatial Analysis, Systems Development & Web Mapping
"Winner of the AGI Student of the Year Award 2014 having successfully completed an MSc in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). I look to integrate these new GIS skills with business and software skills from my design engineer background; to use a broad perspective built on previous experience to develop a strong focus within the GIS field. (Currently working for Bristol City Council)."
A variety of software and web-programming projects hosted here on GitHub...
(GitHub Repository: urban-food-growing-trail)
(GitHub Repository: Leeds_Listed_Buildings)
(GitHub Repository: MetOffice_NIMROD)
This module can parse data from UK Met Office Rain Radar NIMROD image files, display header data and allow extraction of raster image to an ESRI ASCII (.asc) format file for import into ArcGIS. Additionally, a bounding box may be specified to clip the image to the area of interest. It is designed to be imported as a Python module or run directly as a command line script. This module has now been included alongside the official MetOffice data repository at the Centre for Environmental Data Archival (CEDA). It was developed from an earlier Python ArcGIS script-based methodology I put together for automated extraction of recorded time-series rainfall data for an MSc project: Hydrological modelling with real rainfall and flow data (3.3 MB PDF).
(GitHub Repository: GenSynthFlow; Documentation: UML Diagram, JavaDoc)
This is an implementation of an original algorithm to create a "synthetic data set" that is an estimate of the numbers of workers commuting between their home area (origin) and place of work (destination), based on constraints derived from 2011 Census of England and Wales data. Specifically, it generates Synthetic Flow Data between census Output Areas (OA) and Workplace Zones (WZ) based on tables of total commuters from each OA and from each WZ, combined with spatial data to derive commute distance. This was developed as part of my MSc dissertation as the actual data was not (and still isn't publicly) available.
(GitHub Repository: CommuterSim; Documentation: JavaDoc)
This was an experiment in developing an interactive software environment to explore the effects of varying input parameters for a behavioural model: stepping through time in a simulator whilst rendering simulator state as a simple 2D bar chart, with cumulative results rendered in a more sophisticated manner (using the JFreeChart library). The actual model used was a (rather simplistic) behavioural model of trade-offs between commuting by car or bike. The tabbed GUI was implemented using the Java Swing toolkit. This project was developed as a free-choice assignment in my MSc course.
Email: richard.thomas _AT_ yahoo.co.uk @BristolThomas