Can you tell us a little about yourself?
After completing a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) at RMIT, I worked in exhibition design and architectural joinery. I always preferred the technical and defined aspects of my work, which eventually lead me to surveying.
What attracted you to this career path?
While working in design and construction I was interested in the work of civil engineers. When I started researching courses in Melbourne, I stumbled across surveying and was immediately attracted to the balance of field and office work.
What does a typical day at work involve?
A typical day is atypical; I prepare for all conditions. My bag is packed with sunscreen, tropical insect repellent and a USB. Some days are a mix of field and office work and some are one or the other.
Describe the most interesting project you have worked on to date?
I enjoyed 3D scanning the Regent Theater in Melbourne, a venue I have always admired. Standing on the stage and capturing the heritage listed features of the building was an awesome moment. Utilising point cloud data to ensure Melbourne’s architectural history is preserved is a great feeling.
What do you love the most about your career?
I enjoy the variety of work, locations and people that you meet during your day. Surveying is often but one element in a large project, so it is great to meet and work alongside other professionals and trades.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
It can be difficult to communicate to others the deliverables of surveyor’s work and how it impacts the stages of a project. Often visual tools that can be viewed on site are the quickest way to explain the technical accuracies that are required.
What are your career goals?
I hope to develop a career in surveying that is informed by skills and experience in industrial design. Surveyors can assist architects and designers throughout the design and construction phases; this is a space I would like to work in.
What sort if skills or attributes do you think are important for a person working in surveying?
Attention to detail and meticulous field procedures are advantageous for a career in surveying. However, it is also important to be able to adapt to a variety of work conditions and find solutions with what is available to you.
How would you describe surveying as a career opportunity?
Surveying is a career that combines maths with visible and tangible outcomes. It is a career with numerous avenues to suit your particular interest, whether it be cadastral, construction, geospatial or cartography, outdoors, indoors, urban, rural or remote work.
The best way to decide if surveying interests you is to gain some practical experience through TAFE and university open days and by speaking to people in the industry.