Hello, my name is Ross Cogan. I was born and bred in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth, this has always been home and is where my friends and family are. My studies were in Information Technology: Software Development and I specialised in Geographical Information Systems through Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
My career after completing my studies involved some very interesting roles and opportunities. From the scanning of physical maps using a plotter in the hope to digitise all paper maps, to maintaining servers at the metro buildings with the hope that nothing will go wrong while you are doing routine check-ups. Another quite interesting task involved digitising physical structures on erven in order to calculate rates and taxes owed, hoping that aerial imagery wasn’t bad and that that tree next to your house was not part of the structure meaning more money for taxes. These interestingly strange but somewhat rewarding roles came from working at ESRI SA and Setplan PE. These were short term contracts until I found something more long-term. This is where my last position came in when I got the opportunity with a fixed contract at Navteq as a Geographic Analyst. Navteq was a leading Navigation company and is the most widely used in car navigation software. From my time starting out there it changed hands a few times to Nokia Location and Commerce and then to HERE.
My expertise involved the analysing of spatial data and project management. I was in charge of the VOICE project, which makes sure that transcriptions are spoken correctly from the GPS. I was also in charge of the Extended Lane Project, which shows visually how many lanes/on-ramps/off-ramps are on all of the major roads in the country. I managed an off shore Indian team which is involved with all of the coding instances which I defined for the country. I was also a Source Lead, this involves making contact with suppliers and sourcing content which is valuable to the database, the role also involved Web-scraping for valuable content. I was responsible for weekly delegating of work to colleagues in order to evenly and fairly fix exceptions occurring in database releases. I managed training of temp employees for capturing of specific attributes pertaining to our database to be integrated into the database and also planning, scheduling and performing field data collection as required.
I am now a Director of Point of Interest. As a company, our goal is to become recognised GIS Consultants offering affordable solutions to all organisations including non-profit organisations in hope of uplifting communities.
In my personal life, I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends, gaming, listening to most genres of music, all things automotive and getting outdoors, camping, braaiing and having fun in the sun.