“No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die perfectly geo-referenced to OS coordinates and exportable to a number of software applications!”
Here I am practicing my evil scientist routine, while laser scanning the underground magazines of the World War Two Ness Battery, in Stromness.
I am the geomatics officer within the Archaeology Institute, UHI; primarily dealing with surveys, CAD, GIS and marine archaeology.
This can involve a lot of glaring at computers and printers and talking to machines that go beep a lot! Contrary to popular myth there is no instant, magic do-everything-now button in the world of geomatics!
Like last year, I will be directing the survey aspect of the project. I will probably be the one doing a Star Trek Dr McCoy impression saying something along the lines of “I’m a naval historian not a tech genius!”
Beyond the world of geomatics (otherwise known as map making with data attached!)
I am a naval historian/maritime historian/maritime archaeologist and an occasional amateur rocket scientist.
My research interests are Chinese and Southeast Asian junks and Sampans, Roman harbours, Bronze Age to Iron Age Boats of the United Kingdom, warships of the American Civil War and the Imperial Japanese Navy.
My maritime archaeology work in Orkney has involved considerable research into my older historical interests of World War One and World War Two naval and maritime history.