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2017 Manitoba Skills GIS Competition
Escape Winnipeg; Zombies Invade!
Zombies have invaded! Your job is to use GIS to help you plan and map the most efficient route to the safe zone. You will use this map to lead your ragtag group of survivors to the safe zone avoiding the zombie herds, infection epicentres and blown out bridges while picking up supplies along the way. Oh… and do this in 5 hours!
This was the scenario given to 13 secondary and post secondary GIS students from Red River and Assiniboine Colleges and Neelin High School in Brandon, who were attending the 10th annual GIS Skills competition held Red River College in Winnipeg on April 14th. Of course we all know that a GIS problem is not as easy as it first seems! Students must first understand the nature of the problem by thoroughly examining the scenario, trying to understand all the nuances and clues hidden in the document. They have to explore the data find out what’s what, what’s important and what’s a red herring. They have to recognize inconsistencies in the data and then correct them. It’s not just first to the finish line (or in this case the first across the 97th meridian, the safe zone) but the whole package of practical data prep, analysis and map presentation.
Contestants demonstrate their ability to efficiently perform essential GIS skills and competencies like GIS data creation, dealing with projection issues, incompatible coordinate systems, analytical skills, cartography and presentation skills.
This year a small group of MGUG volunteers including Jeremy Sewell, Cassandra Clouston, Keith Hartley and Sarah Garner, along with GIS Skills Coordinator, Steven Hills took on the challenge to develop a traditional GIS analysis wrapped up in a cool problem. This small but dedicated group had a few conference calls and met a few times early in the new year to generate the data, scenarios, solutions and providing a realistic spin on traditional GIS analysis making sure that all GIS core competencies were met.
Skills Canada and Skills Manitoba guide students toward available opportunities in skilled trades and technology through events and programs like the skills competition and are helping to secure and evaluate contestant’s preparation for employment in the field of Geographic Information Systems and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the industry.
What’s that you say? This sounds cool and you’d like to help out next year? We need people like you who are passionate about GIS, who want to contribute to GIS education and who are willing to invest some time creating, testing or judging the future GIS professionals.
If you are interested please contact:
Steven Hills, GIS Instructor
Assiniboine Community College