Getting to know you...

February 28, 2019
We asked few members to tell us more about themselves. This month Melinda Borg, Mary Rabling, Zita Ultmann answered a few questions we asked them.
 
Melinda Borg

  Melinda Borg, Treasurer, SSSI Victoria | GIS Manager, Lendlease

1. I love my job because…(what do you find most enjoyable/ interesting about your job?)Working in the spatial industry uses a combination of skills: problem solving, innovation, creativity, etc and these all inspire and excite me.  People always mention how passionate I am when talking about my work. Even in 2019, GIS is still not completely understood and I enjoy teaching people about the power of GIS.

2. Who influenced you to get into the Spatial industry?
I always liked Maths, Science and Geography at High School and these were the prerequisites when filtering through the VTAC guide. After visiting RMIT during the Open Day, I spoke with David Mitchell about the courses offered. I still remember walking away from that day completely sold and keen to pursue a career in the industry, that was about 22 years ago - Thanks David.

3. Most spatial industry people are travellers, so what is your favourite country to visit and why?
I have two, Mongolia and Botswana. Mongolia because it’s land locked between two powerhouse countries (Russia and China) and was so primitive. Botswana because the landscape and people were amazing, most of the animals roam free, including the Elephants which is always interesting when you are hurtling down the road at 100km and a herd decides to cross – you just give way!

4. If you were not in this industry, what was next?
Since my final couple of years in High School, I was always interested the Spatial industry, so this is a tricky one! Maybe something travel related because that is a big passion of mine.

5. If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be and why?
This is easy, obviously tongs because they are very versatile. 

Mary Rabling

Mary Rabling, Licensed Surveyor, Absolute Surveying

1. I love my job because…(what do you find most enjoyable/ interesting about your job?)
I have always enjoyed surveying even from the first days of college and discovering that not many women were surveyors.  I love the combination of indoor and outdoor work environments that I now have.  My current role means I can be a mentor to some staff, which I enjoy.  Every day is different and you have to adapt to the weather conditions on the field days. I no longer enjoy the hot days in the field and will try and schedule myself to be in the office on those days. The most interesting aspect is to problem solve how to get the data the client wants in a timely, costly and safe manner.  We now have so many tools at our disposal to gather and manage data but finding out what the client wants can be the hardest thing of all.

2. Who influenced you to get into the Spatial industry? 
My mother encouraged her children to have a diverse education and not narrow the subjects available until we absolutely had to.  Year 11 saw me choose art as well as physics and maths as subjects.  In year 12 I went more science/maths, but also did English Literature.  Surveying wasn’t in my choice of careers until the middle of the Year 12.  It was a careers talk that got me interested and a visit to RMIT that made my mind up that this was the career for me.

3. Most spatial industry people are travellers, so what is your favourite country to visit and why?
I have had the opportunity to travel to many destinations in the world, but my favourite place is England.  My mother was born in North London.  Whenever visiting, I always feel like I have come home for some reason.  Typically I travel down south east to Sussex, where many of my cousins live and there are so many great gardens and National Trust places to visit.

4. If you were not in this industry, what was next? 
My other love is art (besides hockey, if I was good enough, a hockeyroo!).  We had metalcraft at school and I found that I had a good eye and hand for silversmithing.  I especially loved doing enamel work.  One of my favourite places in the world to visit is the British Museum and see the jewellery section, one of the most amazing collections in the world.

5. If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be and why?
I would be a spatula as you can use it for anything, and I like to think I can turn my hand to anything.

Zita Ultmann

Zita Ultmann, Chair, WIS Victoria | VicRoads

1. I love my job because…(what do you find most enjoyable/ interesting about your job?)
I love how different disciplines use GIS as it gives me an opportunity to constantly learn from and with the end users. 

2. Who influenced you to get into the Spatial industry?
Actually I don't remember one specific person. I have always loved maps so GIS, Surveying and later Geodesy have been the centre of my attention since high school. It was an evolving process.

3. Who is been the biggest inspiration/ Influence on your career?
My mother, she told me you only live once and if you aren't fulfilled, happy and yourself in your career, it's time to change.This has led me leaving my home country (probably everyone knows that I am from Hungary) and eventually giving up my career over there to start from scratch on the other side of the planet.

4.  Most spatial industry people are travellers, so what is your favourite country to visit and why?
South Korea is the winner in my case. I love exploring their culture, cuisine, architecture and getting to know the people.
 
5.  If you were not in this industry, what was next?
Probably game design, I have a second degree in design innovation and not so surprisingly it relies heavily on GIS. It is very interesting to see how much there 3D, VR, AR games use different GIS layers or a simple SQL.

 

 

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