A keen advocate since 1999, Graham was finally awarded the FME Professional Certification. FME is a flexible and powerful 'data slicer and dicer' - capable of working with all manner of data formats, it is the go-to tool for inspecting, converting, and analysing spatial and non-spatial datasets - and is a lot of fun to use. Graham has relied on FME to implement numeorus data migration and integration projects. He spoke at the first FME User Conference in Denver in 2000 and has provided training to staff working on the remediation of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
Following training and and examinations in the Netherlands, Graham has been awarded Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MSCE) for architecting Azure cloud infrastructure solutions. The adoption of cloud solutions is being driven by several factors including scalability and cyber resilience. The rapidly evolving capabilities of software-defined Infrastructure as a Service, means that entire accredited networked environments can be spun up in cloud data centres and managed remotely by in-house or service providers. Speed of acquisition, agility, enhanced cyber security features and control over expenditure make the cloud hard to resis
Graham and Peter are working with Arup in Hong Kong to bid for a contract to develop a strategy for the implementation of a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for the region. Graham recently travelled to Hong Kong to present to the selection panel. Warm temperatures and clear skies were a welcome change from the short wintery days of the Lake District.