Geo-ICT Training Center, The Netherlands
200 courses, 20 online supports,
60 moocs, 30 trainees
Geo-ICT Training Center, Nederland. Who we are.
Who are we?
- Geo-ICT Training Center, The Netherlands, platform for Geo-ICT professionals, is a training institute for geo-information. We work with professionals in other countries and we transfer our knowledge through courses, moocs and online supports. In addition, we continuously hire Geo-ICT trainees who participate in our courses. The geo sector will need hundreds of new professionals in the coming years.
- Location data can no longer be ignored in the primary and secondary systems of companies and government organizations. Location intelligence is merged with customer intelligence and business intelligence. The collection, storage and use of location data is slightly different from other data. A new ICT discipline has emerged that is rapidly maturing: Geo-ICT.
Geodesics use highly advanced ICT tools. The modern geodesics have a lot of feeling and interest in this and they also feel like IT professionals. These Geo-ICT professionals can do great things with today’s ICT tools. Small changes, even over longer periods of time, in, around and on Earth are observed.
- Practical applications are: setting up and maintaining basic records such as addresses and buildings, land registry, cables and pipes and topography, predicting volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, prolonged dry periods, melting of the ice caps, the course of oil spills in sea, forest fires, deterioration of soil fertility and biodiversity and, last but not least, changes in sea levels.
- My father had a farm, very close to Teuge airport, near Apeldoorn. He was on the local commission for land reparceling and often joined the Cadastre’s surveying expert to talk to the farmers in the region. He also went along to the Cadastre’s canteen once. My father was very impressed with the food there and said that some of the visitors even had a distilled drink with their meals. Apparently, back then, that was perfectly fine. On my father’s advice, I set out to study geodesy at the HTS in Utrecht.
- Like most graduates at the time, I too ended up in ICT. At the same time as I was obtaining experience in ICT projects, at the Cadastre, among other places, I attended a MSc Information Technology course at night. Thus, I set out on my path toward becoming a Geo-ICT professional.
- In my work at Engineering Company Oranjewoud (now known as Antea Group) I taught courses on CAD and GIS for various local authorities. Fully and completely understanding a software suite and being able to explain it properly and kindly (because who doesn’t want to be kind) to others, gave me a lot of energy. And so, teaching geodesy, ICT, and practical courses became a central theme in my career. In 2009, I founded the Geo-ICT Training Center.
- Over the past 10 years, I have been actively building up the company, setting up the HBO Geo-ICT at Hogeschool NOVI, offering software-development courses at Hogeschool Windesheim and a secondment as Application Manager at Rijkswaterstaat (the Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management).
- The last few years, I have been busy full time as course coordinator, with here and there a little time to teach courses, like MicroStation Basic, C++ programming, and Python Basic. Besides working, I also continue to attend courses now and then, such as the Copernicus MOOC, and the Google Cloud certifications.
- The geo-sector is a huge, unstoppable, and irresistible growth market. Whether you’re collecting geo-information from satellites in space, or you’ve got your wellies ankle-deep in the mud, you’re contributing to the great challenges that we, humanity, face: Adapting to climate change, making the energy transition, developing smart cities with thousands of new homes.
- As of 01-01-2010,Geo-ICT Training Center, Nederland has become a PLC. By the end of 2020, we’ll celebrate our 10th birthday. How we’re going to celebrate it hasn’t been decided yet, but one thing is for sure: there will be drinks.
- After completing the MTS, I started working as an Architectural Draftsman at Engineering Company Arcadis. There, I was very fortunate to be able to follow the developments in terms of using CAD 2D and 3D. I became an AutoCAD expert and later on became a MicroStation expert as well. As an Autodesk certified lecturer, and later on as a Bentley Institute lecturer as well, I facilitated many CAD training courses.
- One night, I got a call from Anton Schutte. He had a bunch of students who had registered for an AutoCAD course, and he asked me if I could instruct it. We don’t even live that far from each other, in Twello, but we didn’t really know each other at that time. So, that changed. I got to know Anton and the Geo-ICT Training Center and I really thought it was a fantastic idea. I started out instructing courses on a freelance basis, but soon I became the first employee in paid employment. It has been 8 years since, but I am still here and still enjoying my work. At Geo-ICT Training Center, I was introduced to GIS.
- The lecturers are also available for part-time or fixed term secondment. In that capacity, I’ve worked as a CAD / GIS operator at local authority Apeldoorn, local authority Almere and local authority Utrechtse Heuvelrug. This division into working, learning, and teaching is the standard for the lecturers at Geo-ICT Training Center and means that we are continuously learning a lot and actually remain active in the current industry. At that time, Anton was also working on the development of the HBO Geo-ICT at NOVI and I immediately registered for it myself. I did suffer a few delays throughout this part-time course but that’s mainly because in the early years of the company’s existence it was essential to facilitate all requested courses.
- But! This summer (2020), I have finally graduated on the subject Bouw Informatie Model (BIM) is het nieuwe goud (Building Information Model (BIM) is the new gold). We build, we share, we manage BAG). This is about the possibility to automatically register part of the BAG data in the BAG administration from a BIM model for a yet to be constructed building.
- At Geo-ICT Training Center, Nederland, I facilitate all AutoCAD and Revit courses, a large portion of the MicroStation courses, the BAG learning route, the Sketchup courses, the BGT learning route, BIM learning route, the FME course, the SQL trainings, and part of the Geodesy learning route. And various GIS trainings as well.
After my Teacher Training at Hogeschool van Utrecht, I entered the world of GIS via Nieuwland and followed a post-graduate GIS course in Wageningen. When I heard and read about the Geo-ICT initiatives of Anton Schutte, I was immediately interested and gave him a call. The first conversation was short but meaningful because, at the time, he was teaching a MicroStation course at a contractor somewhere in Limburg.
Not long after that, he invited me to a meeting at his office in Twello. At that point he was renting one classroom somewhere in a hall with business locations. Since then, I have been employed part-time by Geo-ICT Training Center, Nederland which is now located in a beautiful location in the center of Apeldoorn
A variety of Geo-ICT, GIS positions and teaching are the red thread of my career. I spent several years working as a CAD lecturer at Bentley, the supplier of MicroStation, and was, in that capacity, involved with “>TMC Nederland, a Bentley Users association. I continued that involvement as part of my work for Geo-ICT Training Center.
In addition to my work at Geo-ICT Training Center, I also work for as a functional manager, coordinator and advisor in the field of geo-information at local authority Almere.
Geo-ICT Training Center, Nederland employs me as a lecturer and developer of MBO and HBO Geo-ICT subjects. In addition, I teach various courses MicroStation Advanced, MicroStation Management, Bentley Map and Projectwise.
- What is geographical information and what can you use it for? That is the question I asked myself the first time I came into contact with a Geographic Information System (GIS). That was in 2011, during my study Forest and Nature Management. After this first contact, I soon found out how broad GIS is and that there is a great number of uses for this information system. This sparked my interest in GIS. I eagerly took every opportunity I had to involve GIS in my work and in the end, I graduated specialising in spatial information.
- After my graduation, I started working at Geo-ICT Training Center as a GIS specialist and lecturer Geo-ICT. I got really lucky because I was immediately involved in the QGIS training of approximately 160 forest rangers from Natuurmonumenten (Dutch Nature Preservation Trust)
- After an initial period at Geo-ICT Training Center, I started looking around in the world of spatial information: I spent a year on secondment at the provincial authority for Overijssel, obtained a more in-depth understanding of GIS suits, and now also teach GIS, CAD, database, and programming courses.
However, I didn’t leave the green sector behind completely. In my spare time I actively volunteer, and I still facilitate several QGIS trainings for the forest rangers of Natuurmonumenten each year.
Continuing to learn and keeping up to date with recent developments is very important to me. That is why, after my studies in Forest and Nature Management, I moved on to other courses.
- First, I did the HBO Geo-ICT, but once I had passed my propaedeutic exam, I switched to the Master of Geographic Information Sciences course (UNIGIS). I love to apply the knowledge I’ve obtained over recent years to the courses that I teach, but also to other projects.
My interests lie in education and geo-information. In my Geography study at the University of Groningen I had some teaching and research experience. Then I got the chance to get a good start in de geosector at Geo-ICT Training Center, the Netherlands. I teach a number of Geo-ICT-related practical courses and meet many people in different organizations. At the moment I am also following the bachelor Computer Science at the Open University, to expand my ICT skills.
At Geo-ICT Training Center, the Netherlands I became an all-round geo-computer scientist and teacher. In addition to giving courses, the teachers also do part-time secondments. After a long-term secondment as a GIS software developer, I was taken over by the DG Group in Woerden.
In addition, I will continue to teach the following part-time courses at Geo-ICT Training Center, the Netherlands: ArcGIS Advanced, C # programming, Python Advanced, courses for Geo-ICT trainees and the Data analysis and GIS course.
- My name is Andrew, I am an ambitious employee who is always looking to learn more. I have a good eye for detail and always try to ensure that my work shows a high standard of quality. I am stress resistant and strive to be a positive and coordinating influence on my colleagues to make every day a success for the whole team.
- During my Built Environment study at Hogeschool Utrecht, I worked with ArcGIS and Revit Architecture. The practical side of working with CAD and GIS systems is what sparked my interest for Geo-ICT. Because combining working and learning works well for me, I switched from the Built Environment study at Hogeschool Utrecht to the part-time HBO Geo-ICT at Hogeschool NOVI. Currently, I am in my third year, set to graduate at the end of 2021.
- For the past 2 years, I have worked for contractors company Allinq, as part of the team that is working on a major project for KPN. 3D models are being made of all locations where KPN has equipment installed for their mobile network and these models will be used to make analyses or structural drawings for possible changes within the locations. This applies to transmission towers and buildings that equipment is installed on or in.
- During this project, I gained a lot of experience in the use of Revit. In addition, I acquired knowledge of/experience with GIS software (ArcGIS, QGIS), CAD software (AutoCAD, MicroStation) and the programming languages SQL and Python. As a professional, I am customer friendly and stay current on all developments in the fields of CAD, GIS, and BIM.
- Hi there, I’m Jeroen te Raa. During my HBO study Environmental Studies at Saxion, I came into contact with the world of Geo-ICT. This particular discipline piqued my interest, so I picked my minor and my internships to open the doors to further development in this direction.
- I was surprised to learn just how many subjects and sectors Geo-ICT is important to. I carried out various (internship) projects where Geo-ICT played quite a significant part, for example the subjects of: visualising heat in urban areas, showing the various effects of drought on maps, locating suitable buildings for the creation of green roofs, simulating storage tank and well fires and predicting the spread of hazardous liquids. With support from my Geo-ICT experience, I can go in any direction I want.
- After I completed my studies, I was in search of a job. Via a friend of a friend, I then came in contact with the Geo-ICT Training Center, and one phone call later, I was invited to a cup of coffee and a chat. Less than a month after I was hired, I was able to get started on various courses and started working , as part of a project team, at net manager Alliander.
- My name is Thomas Mulder and I live in Apeldoorn. Via Geo-ICT Training Center I am employed at the Net Manager Alliander, as a Pipeline Manager. Before I started working at Alliander, I first followed the SmallWorld training course. Currently, I am working on a project that organises the vectorisation of all residential connections to both the gas and electricity network. The vectorisation of these connections has been outsourced to an external party. Within the project team, we ensure that collaboration runs as smoothly as possible and that the quality the external party supplies remains high.
- In addition to my work at Alliander, I have been studying HBO Geo-ICT at the Hogeschool NOVI in part time since 2017. After a lot of consideration about the direction I wanted to go in with my studies, I have now really found my place with this course. The combination of working and learning is also something that really works for me. Being able to immediately apply the theory from the course to the practical environment of my day job gives me a lot of satisfaction. At Geo-ICT Training Center, Nederland, I have had the opportunity to follow a lot of great courses on the subject of CAD & GIS, and these have helped me to make a running start in the Geo sector.
- After two years I entered into permanent employment at Geo-ICT Training Center, Nederland. And now, I sometimes teach Sketchup course there as well. In 2021, I will be graduating from the HBO ICT – Geo-ICT. Working, learning, and teaching makes that we develop ourselves strongly as Geo-ICT professionals. If you are interested in starting with us as a trainee, please don’t hesitate to contact me via LinkedIn.
- At gymnasium level in middle school, I was very good at the science subjects and decided to study Industrial Engineering at TU Delft. For that study in Delft is passed the propaedeutic exam and minored in Software Design and Application and the optional module Sustainable Design, Software, and Mechatronics. Being the adventurous youth that I was, I dropped out and took up several different jobs, including a year of travelling and working in New Zealand.
- As part of my studies, I did acquire a solid knowledge of CAD, UML, JAVA, and C++, and I discovered that my true strength is in software development and data analysis using (geo)graphical components. It is great to be part of a team that brainstorms about and invents new, smart GIS and Geo-ICT solutions. People who are close to me describe me as calm, friendly, accurate, and to the point. Someone who likes to make meaningful contributions and enjoys helping others. In that, I take great benefit from my capacity to learn quickly and to understand, analyse, and model complex systems.
- At Geo-ICT Training Center, Nederland, I attended several GIS courses and was deployed to Alliander as a SmallWorld GIS operator. At Alliander, I developed myself further and become a tester, and took on a role supporting the software development projects.
- I am studying the HBO Geo-ICT at NOVI in part-time and will be graduating in 2021. Now, I have been deployed to Stedin in Rotterdam, as a GIS Devops Engineer. Moreover, I am also teaching AutoCAD and SmallWorld courses.
- The search for practical, goal-oriented solutions and being able to argue their merits and to share them with others, is something that energises me