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Meet Lucie Kendell

“If you think of our society today, almost everything has some sort of ‘geo’ context,” says Lucie Kendell, Engineering Information Technician at Halifax Water and guest speaker at the Techsplorer Event at the NSCC Truro Campus. “How many of you have checked-in on Facebook since you arrived in Truro? How many of you have posted and tagged some pictures as being at the Truro NSCC Campus?” she asked the audience. “These are all geomatics functions—you are assigning a geolocation to yourself and to your pictures.”

Lucie Kendell 01In her career at Halifax Water, Kendell specializes in the positioning of assets. Using information that comes from the Engineering Department, she maps the location of pipes, manholes and other utility infrastructure using a Geographical Information System (GIS), ensuring her coworkers can view the information on a hardcopy or digital map at the office or in the field.

Her work greatly improves response times when there is a sewer backup or a pipeline break by relaying the exact location of the infrastructure to the field technician so they can address the problem immediately.

“There are so many uses for geomatics applications across so many disciplines, it’s almost impossible to narrow it down,” Kendell elaborates. “Environmental planning, underground exploration, land use analysis, emergency route planning, shipping lanes, the list goes on and on.”

After finishing her Art degree in Geography from Mount Alison University, Kendell enrolled in Marine Geomatics at the Centre for Geographic Sciences (COGS); a division of NSCC.

Kendell chose the program after seeing that it included a course about seismic exploration. She believed the course was about earthquakes, which she found fascinating, but says she could not have been more mistaken; the course was actually about using sound waves to survey geology beneath the seafloor.

Lucie Kendell 03“I’m happy to have fallen into a career that is so technical and specialized, and am grateful to be where I am today working with cool and important technology. It’s really funny to think that I only learned about GIS in my final year of university. Now they have GIS modules in curriculums for early elementary! The industry has changed and that’s why programs like Techsploration are so important,” says Kendell. “We are constantly telling our youth that they are the future; that they can become anyone they want to become, they can study anything they’d like to study. But, where does a young girl get inspiration to become an Engineering Information Technician, a geophysicist, a medical illustrator, or a systems architect if they don’t know these careers exist? It comes from programs like Techsploration.”

Kendell’s advice to young women is to explore careers that enable them to do things that they love. Whether it’s working outside, working with their hands, working with people or animals; it’s easier to go to work every day to do something you enjoy rather than something you feel has to be done.

“In my case, I’ve always loved geography; specifically the distribution of people and cultures visualized through mapping.  Now I get to work every day with the spatial distribution of the utility’s assets and produce lots of maps that help maintain and improve the quality of our service,” says Kendell. “It’s so much easier when it’s something you’re already passionate about.”

RidgecliffTechsploration is excited to have Lucie Kendell’s continued participation in Techsploration’s programming over the past 11 years. Her enthusiasm, knowledge and advice continue to motivate young women to consider new paths and careers.

For more information about a career in geomatics, check out the Centre for Geographic Sciences website or the Careers Nova Scotia website for detailed labour market information and training options.