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Hello Hello from New York!

GeoZombie

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Hi everyone! My name is Rachel and I am so excited to get to know you all! I graduated with a BS in Geology in 2014 and then just recently completed a post-baccalaureate certificate in GIS through Penn State World Campus. My username is a combination of my love for geology/geography and my love of a game called Humans Vs Zombies (HvZ). I like to describe it as a mix between tag and a nerf war. I was president of an HvZ club in college and still go to invitationals all over the country! Keeps me active! I started the GIS certificate program thinking it would help my job prospects as I tried to get into an entry-level geology job that was more indoors than the typical oil rig. As I worked on the program I realized I was in love with GIS! I have always loved to code and GIS is the perfect combination of my love of science, art, and programming! I am currently working in insurance as a New York Worker's Compensation Audit Specialist and can't wait to start my new career! Outside of GIS, I am a gamer. I mostly play video games (Overwatch, Stardew Valley, and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being my big three right now) but my boyfriend has slowly brought board games into my life (he was the president of the board game club at our university). My current D&D character is a cartographer and I am super tempted to make a detailed map of our campaign's travels (if I can find time between work and applying for jobs that is). Feel free to let me know if you would be interested in playing some video games together! It would be cool to create a mini gaming community within this geospatial community!
 

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Hello, Rachel! Welcome to geospatial Online!

Like you, I have a BS in Geology. It was while I was working towards my Geology degree, that I started working in GIS.

I think it's funny that that mention Zombies. My wife and I were having dinner with neighbors last night and the topic of zombies came up. The timing of your post and last night's discussion was just funny because we never really talk about zombies.

If you ever make a map of your D&D quest, then post it in the imaginary maps forum. I'd like to see it. Also, feel free to start a discussion for gaming in our Non-geospatial discussion forums.

Thank you for visiting gO and please make yourself at home. ?
 
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What funny timing!! That's really cool that you have a degree in geology as well! What was your first GIS job and what was it like?
 

Philip

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My first GIS job was at the NASA/UL Regional Application Center in Louisiana. I did very basic stuff, creating & printing maps in ArcView 3.2a, georectifying imagery with Erdas Imagine, and digitizing. When I first started there, I didn't know what GIS was. I did that during college until I graduated and moved on to another GIS Technician position.

How about you?
 
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Woah! NASA! That's awesome! I'm a bit of a space nerd. I hope to one day work on the data they get from missions. What was that job like?

As for me, I'm looking for my first GIS job right now! I'm really excited to find a place to start. Ready for endless amounts of data processing if it can get me some experience and a start to my career!
 

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Hey Rachel,

I just started DnD, although my character isn't a cartographer, way cool by the way. Also the zombie thing I have to look into that. Sound super cool. I've never play H1Z1 but played other games like Neverlast, Dead Island, and other zombie games...

How was Penn State? I really want to attend, although I can't decide if it's right for me. What was your experience with it? Did you feel challenged? Were the faculty friendly and helpful? Do you feel like you got your 'bang' for your buck?

Best,

Frank
 
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Hi Frank,

I attended Penn State through their online school called World Campus and I really loved it! It was the most challenging program I have ever participated in and I really learned a lot! I highly recommend it! The professors are very good at engaging with students even though we never really had a set time for class. They make use of the class forums to keep everyone involved and to help people really dive into the material. I work full time in insurance right now and so I took one course at a time. Time management was a challenge sometimes but the professors were very understanding that everyone in the course was also a working professional and that random life events happen. I definitely feel I got my bang for my buck. They even have events after you complete the certificate program to network and ask for career advice. Penn State really makes you feel like part of the community even if you're only in the program for a year and completely online only. I really enjoyed my classes and I am actually kind of sad it's over. I feel the program really gave me the knowledge and tools needed to succeed in the future! Ok, now I feel like I'm rambling! Hahaha! Basically, I really recommend it! They have a lot of their online text open to the public so you can take a look at what the classes consist of and make a decision if you feel it's right for you or not. Here's a link to the first course I took: https://www.e-education.psu.edu/natureofgeoinfo/.

That's awesome that you just started playing D&D! What's your character like?

- Rachel
 

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Rachel,

There are plenty of people that I know of that are now in top positions around the country that attended this course. I might go for something more applied though, like geodesign or planning...

I'd have to look at my character sheet, I can't remember the full backstory, I don't play often enough to remember everything. But basically wood elf cleric with focus in intelligence, wisdom, and charisma. He specializes in archery. I hope to get enough rounds in, to be a DM. I've read DnD guide 5th edition to characters and DM's but I haven't played enough to feel comfortable weaving narratives. Big modeling nerd, as well as a wood worker, physical modeler, 3D printer and just out right designer. Quite tempted to start building worlds...

What about your character? Sounds like maybe you have DM'd? Which editions have you played?

Frank
 
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Frank,

That's great to hear that you know a lot of people who succeeded after completing the program! Gives me some hope as I continue my search for my entry into the field! They do have a geodesign focus you may want to look into online through Penn State. There were a few geodesign people who were in GIS classes with me and everyone seemed to be enjoying the program.

I've helped my friends DM a bit but never DM'd myself. Right now I'm playing D&D 5th edition and it's been a lot of fun. We've only had one session so far but I'm playing a bard who's personality can be summed up by "let's do what sounds like the best direction for my future memoir". I used to play way more frequently in college when a friend of mine was making his own role-playing system called "Altera". He's in school for video game development now so I really hope he can turn it into a video game because it was a lot of fun to help him develop it and I think when we all left college we had a pretty complete system on our hands!

Oh man! If you like 3d printing and want to be a DM you might be interested in my newest favorite website. It's called Hero Forge. My boyfriend just got a new 3d printer and made some miniatures using this website and they came out looking so freaking cool! What 3D printer do you have? What modeling projects have you worked on?

Rachel
 

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Rachel,

I use what's available to me. Ever heard of Maker-Bot or a TaZ printer? How about powder printers like the HK3D? There weren't any projects that I worked on that were implemented, just school level things. I printed a device to make a geodesic triangulated sphere thing. In my portfolio below you can find a series of projects I worked on that were just school projects. It hasn't been updated in years so hence the lack of added, developed, and new work. You'll find mostly architecture projects, but almost all of it if it wasn't done by hand then it was done using a modeling tool called Rhino and all of the plug-ins that come with. Except for the one rendering, that was done in photoshop.

Not sure why I haven't just gone back for product design. I have so many different skills in different applications. The Phyto-remediation system was designed and built in 9 days. No prior experience in wiring, and about 3 weeks of practice in vacuum forming, and no experience in hydroponics. Check it out let me know what you think...

https://issuu.com/franklin.parker.architect/docs/test1_export
 
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That is really cool!! I don't know much about architecture but I can definitely appreciate beautiful designs! That phyto-remediation project is very impressive!!! Was the idea to have the plants completely enclosed in an area? Like maybe in the walls of a building?
 

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Rachel,

I appreciate the feedback and your interest in the project. To elaborate...

The original project I based this off of had intentions to put it into the wall, but because of its affect on the space being in the wall was more suitable not necessarily the functionality. The intention is that a vertical hydroponic system would better filter the air in buildings. For example, a paper filter needs to be replaced and for the most part are not recyclable, at least not easily. They come with wires in them, some plastic, carboard, and whatever crappy paper that is. Costs you $20 for a monthly replacement etc... With the plant system, notice how I used square fans? you'd fit them to an HVAC system where the system sucks in the air.
So the filtration occurs in the plants roots instead. Also, if you take good care of your plants will produce better oxygen levels and a better smelling home. If you think about it, if you typically spend money on air filters in your home/business, and you should be spending the time to maintain them, a plant system would require even less. The system you're seeing was somewhat automated, just a timer hooked up to a pump. I was trying to get an electrical engineer to work with me on a design for an automated plant feed system, but in the end decided monthly ph testing manually was just as easy. The whole start up, not including labor costs, was $150 including cost of wood, water, food, seeds, media, pump, hose, trough, "bucket", plastic, and plant holders.

Frank
 

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Just saw that you're a gamer as well as a geogeek. I also have a Switch (Zelda BotW is amazing), but I'm more of a PC gamer. I just got Cultist Simulator yesterday and it is phenomenal. Definitely has the potential to become my GotY.

I'd definitely be up for joining a gaming sub-community here. :)
 

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Rachel,

Fellow geologist here as well.
I went to school to be a programmer and got steered into Geology. After a few years of geotechnical work, I fell into a well advanced county GIS job, then onto a military contracting job (where I met Philip, "the founder"). The military contract job hiring was intriguing (and merits mention here). The interviewer, filling 16 slots at installations across the country, hired 5 geologists. He asked, "What is it with you geologists? You make the best GIS people." I truly believe we see things differently. Instantly to 4D. And 5D (change through time).

I'm not a gamer. Spend too much time with raising our 3 kids. Any extra time is spent working on or wheeling the old Jeep. Or traveling.
 
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