Antonin has almost ten years of GIS development experience working in international consultancies. He completed a Master's degree in Computer science applicable to geospatial science at Paris-Sorbonne University. He then started his career at EGIS (a French consultancy) as a member of the environment division. During this period, he built GIS systems and developed software for several clients and sectors (rail, mining, road, airports) and was involved in some research projects. In 2015, Antonin decided to move to UK with his family to work for Mott MacDonald as principal GIS developer in the environment division. This year was a bigger leap as he decided to join Interpret and Abley teams and move to New Zealand.
What made you decide to become a geospatial professional?
I began my studies as a geologist but was always interested in computer sciences. For my Master degree, I decided to merge my two passions and discovered GIS.
What did you do before joining Abley?
For the past 2 years, I was working as a GIS consultant and developer for Mott MacDonald in Cambridge, UK. Prior to that, I've worked for 8 years in a French international consultancy named EGIS.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Being creative, designing and being satisfied when looking back on the work done at the end of a project. Discovering new technologies and to keep on learning every day are also the main reasons why I love my job. It’s also a real pleasure to work and share ideas with passionate and talented people in an innovative environment.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
The most challenging part of my job is trying to understand client interests and their work environment in order to provide them with the best technical solution that meets their requirements. I also enjoy communicating with different specialists to discover and understand their problems as best as I can.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
Without any doubt, it is the time I spent on a personal project with my best friend, building DIMGIS, 3D GIS web software. In 2013, we decided to have 6 months’ break in our professional life to focus on the design of this solution. I learned a lot during this period and I’m proud of what we accomplished.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy hiking with my family especially since we arrived in “amazing” New Zealand. Cooking, playing "pelote basque" (local French sport), snowboarding, playing football with my little boy... And obviously, I spent some of my personal time on my 3D GIS project (never finished!).