Jiro Shirota
Graphical Information Systems Specialist Program
Caracle Creek International Consulting Inc
“When a new project comes up the first thing geologists require is a set of map data that provides base information such as roads, lakes and topography…I feel satisfied when my map products help people make important decisions.

Geomatics Specialist

Salary Range: 
65,000 - 80,000

Jiro is a geomatics specialist. He designs, maintains and manipulates geographic data, using specialized software to create maps and 3D models. Jiro manages a simple database which shows the registration status of various mining claims. His company obtains this information from provincial governments' websites. Jiro uses the database to make sure clients' mining claims are still current and haven't expired.

Jiro also helps out with new claims. As he explains, "When a new project comes up the first thing geologists require is a set of map data that provides base information such as roads, lakes and topography. I develop a procedure, which helps generate this dataset quickly no matter where the project is located. We have projects all over the world." Jiro works primarily with a team of geologists; they collect information in the field, which Jiro uses back at the office. Jiro enjoys his work."I feel satisfied when my map products help people make important decisions."

He also likes the mining industry, since in his view, it involves a certain level of imagination."We're dealing with things that are buried underground. No matter how much data you collect, you need a geologist with a good imagination to interpret the data. Software certainly makes it easier to visualize your data, but at the end of the day, you realize that the most powerful tool you have is not your computer but your own brain. And, using that part of the brain is fun."