Meet the IGNITE Finalists – Irene Gobran

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This week we hear from IGNITE Finalist, Irene Gobran. Irene shares talks about her experience with photogrammetry and remote sensing and how it applies to the Smart M.App she is developing, named Better Conservation of Energy.

Q: Where are you from?
A: I am French–Egyptian, originally born in Egypt and then moved to France. I am currently living in Lille, a city in northern France.

Q: Where did you attend school and what did you study? Why did you choose this subject?
A: I really like math, programming and photos. I found that combining these things together was the answer — photogrammetry and remote sensing.  In 1998, I received my B.S. of Surveying Engineering in Cairo, Egypt. A year later, I attended the American University of Cairo (AUC) to complete a Certificate Program for Effective Management. Then in 2001, I went on to attend (International Institute Aerospace Survey and Earth Science (ITC) in the Netherlands where I completed my Master’s Degree in Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation with a specialization in in Digital Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Finally, in 2004, I received a Professional Master in Cartography and GIS with a specialization in Programming and Database Modeling from l’Ecole Nationale des Sciences Géographique (IGN) and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Q: Where do you currently work? What is your job? What are your responsibilities?
A: Since 2007, I have been working as Photogrammetric Engineer at Aerodata France in Lille. I currently manage the production of orthophotos and thermal maps, and the treatment of airborne data (LiDAR). My day-to-day tasks include monitoring and improving production processes with hand tools, development of specific utilities, user training, and updates with new technology. My job also requires me to assure the punctuality and quality of products. In general, I ensure and improve production in the company.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do during your free time?
A: Like most women, I enjoy shopping! I also enjoy being active. I like walking, dancing and practicing Pilates.

Q: Where did your interest in geospatial/mapping/information services come from?
A: My interest in geospatial information came from my studies and from my work.

Q: How did you hear about IGNITE?
A: I first heard about IGNITE from a video created by GEOSYSTEMS France that I saw on their LinkedIn page.

Q: Why are you excited about this competition?
A: I like the idea of innovation and converting an idea into a reality. I am also excited to work with Hexagon Geospatial experts.

Q: What is the problem your Smart M.App addresses?
A: Every year, energy consumption increases in developed countries, as well as in developing countries. Energy efficiency, especially the reduction of energy bills, is a major concern for all industries, commercial and residential sectors. With good cartography that shows areas where action should be taken to reduce heat loss, this application helps reduce energy costs for all kinds of buildings.

Q: What is your Smart M.App called?
A: My Smart M.App is called “Better Conservation of Energy.”

Q: What IGNITE Theme does it support?
A: It supports the theme conservation.

Q: What does it do?
A: It is an application combining remote sensing and cartography technology, using thermal aerial imagery. It gives the users several options of classification and layout cartography. This tool provides the ability to classify thermal aerial imagery and map the heat loss. A large number of thermal images are taken, but currently there is no tool that allows the entire production chain — manipulate the images statistics, classify and map the result.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish with your Smart M.App?
A: I hope to make thermal information easy to access and understand so that energy can be saved.

Learn more about cloud-based application development and Hexagon Smart M.Apps on our website.

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Rosalie Azzato joined the Hexagon Geospatial team as a Digital Marketing Specialist in July 2015. In her role, she helps in developing marketing campaigns and strategies to direct online traffic to the company website through social media, contributing to industry and company blogs, and keeping up to date with current digital trends. Rosalie obtained a Bachelor of Science in Communication, as well as a minor in marketing from Kennesaw State University. Outside of work, she enjoys attending concerts, spending time with her friends and family, and cuddling with her dogs, Darla and Ozzy.

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