About Dean Howell

Think outside the square and really believe that anything is possible. For many years now I have been a business owner in the recruitment and mapping industries, starting and running my own successful businesses but never really had a lot of time freedom. I recently changed direction and became a Professional Fire Fighter in Adelaide. Being a fire fighter is a great job and gives me a great deal of personal satisfaction but not the financial freedom that I would like to provide my family. What I was looking for was an opportunity to use my entrepreneurial skills that give me the freedom and lifestyle to choose my own destiny and to enjoy the things my wife and children do on a day to day basis. We have a motto in our house and also in my business that is “Imagine, Dream, Believe” which I love and feel very strongly about. Its aim is to remind everyone that enters our home or that works with me, that they have the freedom to imagine, to dream for the things they want and to truly believe that all is possible if they believe in themselves. Join me on this journey so we can he how high the sky really is :)

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Are you frustrated with your job search?

Discover some pointers to stand out from your job search competitors?

Do recruitment agencies help or hinder your job search?

Job Search


Searching for a new job can be a frustrating and often a depressing process but try to remain positive and keep the job search going as it is just a numbers game – the more jobs you apply for, the more you learn about the process, the closer you will get to securing the job you want.

“It’s not how many times you fall down, it’s how many times you get back up.”

Learn at every application, every step along the way, why you succeeded and why you did not. Always ask questions to help you improve.

Tips towards job search success

  • Review your resume and cover letter and make sure they are focused on the job you are applying for. Resumes and cover letters are very personal documents and reflect who you are. Try to think outside the box and be a little bit creative, use colour, photos, and personal examples to show why you are the best candidate for the role.

  • There can be a temptation to wait for the ideal job, especially for new graduates, but while you wait, others have taken roles which are getting them experience that will quickly become invaluable.   Look for roles that you can use as stepping stones to your ideal job even if it means taking a pay-cut for a short time.

  • Don’t wait for the job to come to you but be active in your job search. Contact companies you would like to work for, even if they do not have vacancies, and send them your resume. Many organisations are often on the lookout for good people without actively advertising for people. Advertising, interviewing and the whole candidate search process can be an expensive exercise for a company so if they can avoid that process many will do so.

  • Network, Network, Network. Many people seem to believe their job search ends with adding their resume to an online networking / business site, believing that companies will magically track you down once. On the contrary, this is only the beginning of the process. You need to get noticed by individuals of influence and the best way to do that is to network, directly and indirectly, with these people. As an example, write about you, your skills, your projects, and your job aspirations on a regular basis. Create a blog and add posts to it on a regular basis. Post the links on your social networking pages and other pertinent article sites so people can read about it. Don’t just do it once but keep it going, daily, weekly, monthly.

Recruitment Agencies

Do recruitment agencies help or hinder your job search? In my opinion, they often hinder the process as they fail to keep you informed along the way. If you are successful, they will be your best friend as they have just made their commission on that role, but if you are unsuccessful, you will often not even get a polite ‘thanks but no thanks’ letter or e-mail. You are often left waiting with no feedback and no assistance.

Many of you who know me will know that I ran a recruitment company for many years helping people in the GIS Industry find jobs around Australia but have moved away from running this company for range of reasons. Having said this it was one of the most rewarding businesses I ran; helping people find jobs, both short and long term. GeoSpatial Connect will be providing a free global linking service to both employers and job seekers, not a traditional recruitment service as such but we will actively work with you to find a role, or people, undertake promotion and help in all steps of the job search process. Work with us as we work with you.

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Geofencing And My Business

Geofencing And My Business

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What is Geofencing? 

The heart of geofencing is exactly what it sounds like – a virtual fence around a geographic area. Establishing a geofence and linking it to a mobile device like a smartphone allows you to know when a person has entered or exited the defined geofenced location.

For most small businesses, this information is used to trigger a push notification to the person.

Example 1 – Dry Cleaner.
A dry cleaner in a city establishes a two-block radius geofence centered on its main location. The dry cleaner’s customers have downloaded its app, and are trackable in the dry cleaner’s system. When a customer carrying their mobile device enters the geofenced area, a push notification comes up reminding him or her that an order is ready for pickup. Customers love the reminder, and never forget their orders, and the dry cleaner is able to offer a value-add that doesn’t take up any extra manpower or energy.

Example 2 – Bakery.
A trendy bakery is cooking up mega-batches of a new . To help spread the word and get feedback, the bakery sets its geofence notification to invite fans to come in for a free sample. Not only do they get all the info they need on their new cookie recipe, they drive a ton of traffic and sell out their case of cakes, too!

Example 3 – Real Estate Agent.
A real estate agency has an app that active searching buyers often download. The agency can establish a geofence around its listings when they are holding open houses. When a potential buyer enters the geofenced zone, they get a notification of the open house, and head over to check it out if interested.

The Flexibility of Geofencing

A geofence can be set at nearly any distance you like. You can include an entire city, or you can have it extend just out to a sidewalk in front of your location. GPS technology is quite sensitive, and therefore, so is geofencing.

As you can see from the examples above, push notifications triggered by geofences also don’t have to just be messages about deals, they can cover lots of different things for lots of different purposes. In fact, the message can include a link to any location on the web, including a page you design specifically for a particular campaign. Therefore, geofencing may have applications for a wide variety of small businesses. How to deploy it, and make it serve your needs, is up to you.

The geofence doesn’t even have to be centered on your location. If you have a pizza joint, and want to trigger a message to your fans as they leave the bar, you can. There are many creative ways to use geofences.

Geofencing in Adelaide

An example of how a business located in central Adelaide could use a geofence to target residents or commuters with a message when they enter their geofenced zone.

Who Benefits?

Geofencing obviously can be used to drive traffic to your business. That’s the benefit to you. But you also have to keep your customers in mind. Geofencing needs to be used to improve their experiences and deliver value, or they won’t keep it enabled.

You can also use geofencing to gather data about customers and study their behaviour to understand them better. This information can help you evaluate the effectiveness of ads, store layout, and lots more.

Get Started With Geofencing

Gadget Coach-designed apps come complete with geofencing as a feature for you to utilise for communicating with your customers. Find out more about our app building services, based right here in Adelaide. 

Free GIS Apps on the Google Play Store


Free GIS Apps on the Google Play Store

Do you own an android smart phone or tablet?

I was amazed recently when I did a quick search on the Google Play Store for the keyword “GIS”. Over 250 apps area listed, some generic apps and some very specific apps. So I thought it would make a great article to highlight some of these more popular apps free apps that you can download to your device.


2GIS: maps & business listings

2GIS provides 3D-maps of 180+ cities, contacts of 1.5 million companies, car routing and public transport routes and and more! 2GIS is a complete and up-to-date directory of organizations with detailed cities’ maps. 2GIS provides verified information only.




ArcGIS is a great way to discover and use maps. Maps come to life in ArcGIS. Tap on the map or use your current location and discover information about what you see. You can query the map, search and find interesting information, measure distances and areas of interest and share maps with others.




GIS is an application that allows you to simple tasks such as:

-The navigation through Google Maps or OpenStreetMap cartography.
-Calculation of azimuth and distance between various points.
-Positioning in a particular place, either through GPS or mobile device, or through a user-entered coordinates.


GIS Mobile – Imperious

‘GIS Mobile’ is GIS data viewer developed using Flex & ArcGIS. It has all basic functionality that an GIS user needs. We keep enhance the application and will add new tools. Please subscribe to our email list and send bug, enhancement request emails to improve the product.



DataPoint GIS

DataPoint GIS allows a team of one or more people to collect GIS data and store/manage that data in the cloud. It also allows you to export the data from the cloud via KML, Shapefile, or CSV into report generation software or GIS systems like ESRI ArcView or Google Earth. You can collect GPS coordinates for points, lines and areas and collect attribute data along with the GPS information (attribute data like bar codes, lists, text, time stamps, images, etc.). 



GIS Survey

Topobridge helps you in surveying the data and viewing it online




MapWithUs GIS

MapWithUs GIS is the mobile counterpart to the online mapping service available at http://www.mapwith.us. Geolocate and upload photos, videos, audio, and text in real-time to your maps and map layers on the web. Collect and edit data in the field using custom data collection templates. Business customers will find MapWithUs GIS to be a versatile tool for field data collection and analysis. Once your data has been uploaded, you will be able to use the MapWithUs web interface to analyze, edit, and share your information using the extensive toolset. 




With Wolf-GIS, you’ll have access to detailed land information and GIS functionality anytime, anywhere. Wolf-GIS is useful to those working in timber management, mining, real estate, utility companies, farming, construction, government land agencies, recreational purposes and more. In any field big or small, Wolf-GIS helps to provide geographical information where you need it when you need it.


Mobile GIS

Mobile GIS is Android application for saving your favorite locations where ever you are (on Earth 🙂 ).. It is simple app for everyone and for any use( default purpose is holiday and unknown places). You can go and save places which you wish to record with some basic description and picture for full experience.



Anywhere GIS Free

This app uses free Google Forms to store location and attribute data in the cloud. Don’t spend hundreds on GPS devices, just set up a free Google form and use your phone. You can map your recorded points in Google Maps, Google Fusion Maps, ArcGIS Online, or even download the data to use in ESRI GIS software. So whether you just want to record your favourite fishing spots or GPS collect an entire tree inventory, this app gets the job done much cheaper than expensive GPS units.



GIS View

This is a great 3D GIS (Geographic Information System) data file viewer. It supports the most popular spatial data formats including ESRI shapefile (shp and shx) and AutoDesk dxf. They are native formats for ArcGIS (ArcEdit, ArcView, etc.) and AutoCAD. Even if you are using GIS systems which don’t directly use SHP or DXF file, for instance, MapInfo, it is not difficult to convert your data model into either shp or dxf format. With help of this app, you can take your GIS data files with you no matter where you are, at home or traveling abroad, and view them with your phone (or tablet) in any way you want. The app provides many 3D features including rotating model with finger movement, zooming in/out, changing color, etc. You can also load multiple files together.


There are literally hundreds more apps on the play store so head on over and check them out for your android device.Image

Is it worth being a member of your local professional association?

Is it worth being a member of your local professional association?


Professional organisations and business groups are common place in all industry sectors and the GeoSpatial Industry is no exception.

These groups and organisations, in the main, are member funded organisations. That is, they exist mainly through the income generated through membership fees. So, it is worth becoming a member or maintaining your existing membership.

In my opinion, the answer is definitely YES, as it gives you the vital link between you and your industry, outside of your work / educational environment. But don’t think that just being a member will bring you benefits. Like any network, you need to work it, be involved and be always looking to connect with industry professionals that can make a difference.

What are the best organisations to be involved with?


Well that really depends on what you want to get out of them. If you are studying then you might look at professional organisations that can help you network with potential employers. If you are already an industry professional you might look to get involved with a group more aligned to the industry you are working in or the technology that you use.

Let’s examine the right organisation for you and your stage of your career.

1.      Studying or recent graduate


If you are still studying or have just graduated and looking for that first career opportunity, then look at an industry organisation that will give you value for money plus plenty of broad networking and professional development opportunities. Many professional organisations have discounted or free membership for students.


2.      Young Professional


As you career starts to develop, look for industry organisations that can help you maintain your broad industry development (CPD – Continual Professional Development) through courses, conferences and networking opportunities. You should also start to narrow your focus on specific industry or technical user groups where you can network with professionals in the same industry i.e. water, environment, surveying, etc or using the same software / technology.  For example Esri around the globe have local user groups and national and international conferences.


3.      Career Change


If you are looking for career change, then look for industry groups where you can network on a regular basis with industry leaders. This can be similar to the ‘Young Professional’ category but with a greater focus on where you want to take your career. It may be an opportunity to join new groups in other focus areas that you might be interested in moving into.


4.      Business Building


Are you trying to build your own business or are in a business development role for the company you work for? If so look for business groups that can help you find projects or are open to collaboration and helping their members find business. These sorts of groups tend to be a little more expensive to me members of but will definitely help you to streamline the business development process.



Industry Groups


Here is a short list of organisations that you may wish to investigate further.

  • Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (Australia)
  • Spatial Industry Business Association (Australia)
  • Mapping Sciences Institute Australia(Australia)
  • Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Association (Australia)
  • Coalition of Geospatial Industries (USA)
  • International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (Global)
  • URISA (Global)
  • American Association of Geographers (USA)
  • American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (USA)
  • Association for Geographic Information (UK)
  • CaGIS (USA)
  • California Geographic Information Association (USA)
  • Canadian Institute of Geomatics (Canada)
  • EUROGI (Europe)
  • Geospatial Information and Technology Association (Global)
  • Irish Organisation for Geographic Information (Ireland)
  • Plus many more


Get Involved


Get involved. You will only get benefit from any of these types of organisations if you get involved. Attend meetings, functions, events and conferences. Join the committee, volunteer at industry events and network with your peers that you can help and that can be of assistance to you and your career.  Be a go-giver not just a go-getter J

Don’t wait for the opportunities to come to you – go to the opportunities.

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Building Relationships not Just Connections


Building Relationships not Just Connections

GeoSpatial Connect Job Seeker Coaching

No matter at what point you are in your career, moving up the ladder or even just trying to get onto it, it is all about building relationships not just connections.

It is very easy these days to build lots of connects on Facebook, Linked In, Google Plus, etc , I can even show you a strategy on how to build good quality connections in a short period of time, but are these connections good for your career.

Let’s have a look at three broad areas and why both sides of the equation can be important but it will be very obvious which side you should be leaning towards. These broad areas are “Quality versus Quantity”, “Mentors versus Colleagues” and “Networking versus Chatting”.

Quality versus Quantity

I have almost 8000 connections on Linked In, there may be a good chance you are one of these people, but how many of these people do I really know and connect with on a regular basis, to be honest not many. That is not to say I have not had at least one e-mail conversation with a great majority of them but there are probably only a couple of hundred people that I converse with on a regular basis. In many ways business and finding a job can be seen in this category, so it is a real numbers game. The more people you connect with the more likely you are to find people you resonate with. The aim of the game is to find enough quality people to build a professional relationship with. Find people that are doing the sort of role you would like to be doing, or work for the company you would like to work for. Reach out and introduce yourself, connect, follow and ask questions. Build the relationships as this is what will get you a job or promotion or anything you desire.

Mentors versus Colleagues

When you are building your quality list of connections, look for people who can help you on the journey. As mentioned above, people in the role you would like to have, or who work for a company you would like to work for. These are the sorts of people who can mentor you or give you the inside running on a job vacancy that may be coming up. Don’t disregard your college mates or other work colleagues as one day they may be in the position of influence but build the relationship with the people who can help you right here, right now.

Networking versus Chatting

It is very easy today to waste time chatting to your connections about the weather, the results of the weekend sports, family or any irrelevant small talk. Don’t get me wrong this is important in building a solid relationship as you want the people you are connecting with to feel a genuine connection, but too many times we waste time chatting about nothing and forget to ask simple questions that will help us to get to the crux of why we are networking. Networking is probably the most important part of the job seeking process but it is one part that most people do not put time into. When I ran GISjobs Australia for over 10 years, I would say that less than 25% of all GIS industry roles were filled through advertising or through external recruitment agencies. That means that most jobs are filled through word-of-mouth, well before they are advertised. Make an effort to be involved in your local business and user groups, get know in your industry, be an active participant not just expecting things to flow to you without any effort.

GeoSpatial Connect Job Seeker Coaching

Are you looking to get a start in the GeoSpatial industry or move in a new direction? Are you looking for good people to fill your vacancy?

Let GeoSpatial Connect help you with all of these requirements.

Remember each Wednesday we hold a job seekers webinar to discuss the issues associated with finding a job in the GeoSpatial Industry.

If you have any specific concerns let me know or just ask on the day.

Join GeoSpatial Connect www.geospatialconnect.com 

Dean Howell

GeoSpatial Connect

Explanation for the Output of the Iasoberg Model

Explanation for the Output of the Iasoberg Model

Instead of a Legend for the interpretation of the displays of the output of the Iasoberg Model, a detailed description of the elements of the model will provide the observer with a more comprehensive understanding of what the elements represent.

It would be very useful for the reader to take the time to view The Allias Effect – The Iasoberg Model – The Future presentation and read the paper on the Papua New Guinea and Western South American Terrestrial Gravitational Anomaly Plane to gain a reasonable understanding of the Allais Effect and the Iasoberg Model.  The links to these two documents are below:



There are 4 Iasoberg Model spatial configurations that are generated by various algorithms (programs) and displayed on most graphs and charts.  The iasobergs (3 band 3xred and 3xgreen bands) and the celestial subpoints (sun – red, blue – moon and green – center of the galaxy) are essentially fixed as the Earth rotates through them in a 24 hour period.  The other 2 configurations, ie the PNGWSATGA Plane and the boundaries of the tectonic plates obviously rotate with the Earth.

So let’s start with the iasobergs.  The term iasoberg, was a term coined as the generic descriptor of the regions where the Iasoberg Model output intersect the Earth’s surface to indicate the influence of the Allais Effect.  Initially, an iasoberg was displayed as a line on the Earth’s surface to indicate its location. This early model consisted of 4 iasobergs (lines), two associated with the Sun and 2 with the two with center of the galaxy.  The solar iasobergs were focused at the barycenter of the Earth Moon system and the anti-barycenter, which is a point on the Earth Moon axis opposite to the barycenter and at the same distance from the center of the Earth to the barycenter.  The galactic iasobergs were configured similarly to the solar iasobergs.

Prior to a study of severe wind events in August 2008, 2 additional iasobergs had been developed to provide additional intersections on the Earth’s surface for investigating links between event(s) and the output of the model.  These two additional iasobergs were styled the Solar and Galactic Earth Centric Iasobergs focused at the mass center of the Earth. The geometry of these Iasobergs was as per the initial 4.    The lines were further developed into 3 bands for each iasoberg.  The 3 band iasoberg was developed as an exploratory representation of the observations recorded in the Saxl and Allen experiment (1970) and the 3 clusters of severe events described in the severe wind study.  All the work and results presented in Note 4, a study on severe wind events in August 2008 in continental USA, were based on the current versions of the model and its associated software, the Iasoberg Model algorithms.  The current set of 6 iasobergs are configured with 3 bands (3 iasobergs are linked to the Sun and are displayed with red dots and lines, and 3 linked to the center of the galaxy – similarly displayed in green).

The 3 solar linked iasobergs are shown with red dots and vertical lines on various maps and charts.  The 3 bands of dark red dots indicate the iasoberg focused at the Earth Moon System barycenter styled the Solar Fundamental Iasoberg.  The 3 bands of vertical lines indicate the iasoberg focused at the center of the Earth styled the Earth Centric Solar Iasoberg.  And the 3 bands of light red dots indicate the iasoberg focused at the anti barycenter styled the Solar Mirror Image Iasoberg. The galactic/green iasobergs are configured and styled similarly as the solar iasobergs, except they are linked to the center of the galaxy.

Next, we have 3 points which are included in all displays; they are the subpoints of the Sun (red), Moon (blue) and center of the galaxy (green).  The subpoint is where the axis between the above celestial body and the center of the Earth intersects the surface of the Earth.  We have found in some of our work that their location in conjunction with the iasobergs have correlated with observations/reports of various geophysical events.

Thirdly, we have the elements associated with PNGWSATGA Plane (great circle shown as a red line) and iasospots (Iasospot 1 – PNG Magenta polygon – Iasospot 2 – WSA cyan polygon) which are shown in all maps/charts.  The polygons represent two regions of the earth where there are significant terrestrial gravitational anomalies. Two additional elements have been included to the PNGWSATGA Plane configuration as a result of severe weather event observations.  They are planes that are orthogonal to the PNGWSATGA plane and intersect the PNGWSATGA plane at the centroids of the PNG and WSA polygons.

Finally, in some maps you will also see lines of yellow dots which represent the boundaries of Earth’s tectonic plates.

At this stage there is no rationale for the distortion of the solar and galactic gravitational fields focused at the barycenter and anti barycenter of the Earth Moon system and mass center of the Earth.  However, if the above fields are distorted, as hypothesized , that is one way field theory can accommodate non homogeneous gravitational vectors on the Earth’s surface that emanate from the above points within the Earth.  iasoberg.com have a series of algorithms (programs) developed by my brother and myself, which can generate the locations for these ‘hypothesized’ distortions very accurately for any instant of time  between 2500BC to 2500AD.

All the features presented on maps reflecting the output of the Iasoberg Model are subject to the dynamics of gravity.  The iasobergs (hypothetical distorted gravitational potentials), the subpoints and regions near them (m1 x m2/r2), the TGAs because of more mass in those regions of the Earth and the tectonic plates which indicate the boundaries of large masses near the Earth’s surface are dynamically linked. It is my contention that these elements contribute to the dynamics that influence our terrestrial environment. It is important to note that some of these elements are constantly moving relative to each other, in some instances in excess of 1600 km/hr!!!!

Explanation for the Output of the Iasoberg Model

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The Allais Effect and the Iasoberg Model

The Allais Effect and the Iasoberg Model

The Allais Effect is a minute unexplained influence that has been observed during recent eclipses (over the last 55 years). This influence, in certain scientific circles, is believed to be an undefined component of gravity.

The Iasoberg Model was developed to locate the Allais Effect in, on and near the surface Earth. The model was developed over the past 30 years. It began with an analysis of the data from Allais’ and Saxl and Allen’s pendulum experiments which led to the conceptualization of the hypothetical field that is the basis of the Iasoberg Model. The model describes the distortion of the gravitational potentials (solar and galactic) at the barycenter of the Earth/Moon System, resulting in the distortion of their respective gravitational vectors in, on and near the Earth.

A computer program was developed to model these distortions on an x y grid, which lead to using modern mapping applications to develop various graphic and mapping displays to illustrate these distortions, in particular their intersection with the surface of the Earth.

Should this model reflect aspects of an undefined celestial/terrestrial reality, a possible application of the outputs of the Iasoberg Model is the potential for long range predictions of geophysical events, such as severe weather events, cyclonic activity, seismic and volcanic activity, atmospheric disturbances et al.

iasoberg.com has been established by Ed Oberg to facilitate and promote research into the Allais Effect as well as distributing the resulting findings of this work.

Ed Oberg was born in the USA (1943) and grew up in the Northern Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota where he received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering. He has had an eclectic career as a professional engineer and project manager at Honeywell and Control Data in the USA, and private companies and the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission in Australia.

He migrated to Australia in 1969 and has lived there since. In 1974 he developed a special interest in celestial mechanics, this led him to undertake research work in the area of gravitational anomalies. His work has resulted the development of the Iasoberg Model.

Ed has also established an Internet Yahoo Group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GravitationalAnomalies/) which is comprised of approximately 150 members who regularly discuss issues related to gravitational anomalies.

GeoSpatial Connect has offered to host and make accessible spatial products that have been generated by the Iasoberg Model algorithms in various formats (kml, kmz, jpg, xls) which entail analyses of past events, output of the model for future instances and reports associated with forecasts generated by the model.  Some of these products can be viewed on smart phones.

Both GeoSpatial Connect and iasoberg.com look forward to your response to this service.

The Allais Effect and the Iasoberg Model

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