#People #Science

Working in Australia – Part 3

Kiran Burra

Working in Australia – Part 3

Today we continue with our series on ‘Working in Australia’ with the personal story written by Kiran Burra. He talks about his dream to migrate to Australia and the process he went through.

Kiran Burra – My Journey and Settlement in Australia


After completing my post graduate studies in geosciences, with a Diploma in GIS & Remote Sensing, I started my career in GIS with Patni Computer Systems, a multinational company in India. I gained professional experience working on all GIS & CAD software in capturing, maintaining data and quality assurance on all outgoing data. I am currently working for SA Power Networks, a distribution network company in Adelaide, undertaking in house GIS projects.

I have extensive experience applying geographic analysis and technologies for improved information management and decision support worldwide.  I am experienced in data creation and maintenance, GPS/GIS integration and GIS analysis working on industry standard GIS tools like ESRI ArcGIS (3D Analyst and Spatial Analyst extensions), GeoMedia, and CAD.

Migrating to Australia:

I grew up in India in a well educated family where my parents both served in public sector organisations. With a growing passion for technology and continuous backup from my parents, I spent my childhood discovering new things. After finishing high school, I was inspired to pursue further studies in sciences and technology. During this time, I discovered an interest in geography and then pursued a university undergraduate degree in science and followed by masters in the geosciences.

Whilst searching for an appropriate GIS role, I undertook additional training by completing certifications in GIS. Shortly after that I started my GIS journey working with a number of very good companies.

Migrating to Australia was my dream of mine since 2002 but the circumstances and financial conditions did not support my dream. Whilst I working in Libya, with a Swedish company, I my colleagues encouraged me to get the process started.

In 2008 I consulted a migration company in India and from there the process of migration started by submitting all my certificates, IELTS scores, medicals, Police clearance certificates, and showing my assets in India. I was approved for a visa in September 2011 after waiting for more than a year and receiving my sponsorship from Government of South Australia.

After coming to Australia: 

I thought coming to Australia and settling down would be easy. It was difficult to find job especially in the GIS field. It took more than 3 months to get a job and enter into Australian market. I would say I am lucky to have good skills in GIS and of course God’s grace was upon me.

Future Plans: 

Living happy life with healthy work-life balance. I am primarily looking to settle into a new GIS role in Adelaide, but I am open to relocation if offered a suitable permanent role interstate in GIS.


Working in Australia – Part 3


I trust you find this information helpful

Dean Howell

Founder and CEO Geospatial Connect


Say thanks for this article (0)
The community is supported by:
Become a sponsor
#Events #People
Special Day, Awesome Event: Geoawesomeness Munich 1st Meetup 2024
Nianhua Liu 03.4.2024
#Events #People
Celebrate the Success of the Geoawesomeness Munich Meetup: Exploring the Geospatial World!
Nianhua Liu 08.3.2023
#Business #Featured #People
How can we achieve a sustainable, safer and fairer society for all? With trusted geospatial data, says EuroGeographics
Nikita Marwaha Kraetzig 12.6.2023
Next article
#Business #Featured

NASA’s Internet experiment – Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration: Now that’s fast Internet!

The Headline at NASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration homepage at NASA goes like this

The Internet is no longer limited by the slow speed of dial-up connections, so why should our satellites be ?”

D2005_1010_T020b.jpgIn the digital world that we live in, we often hear people claim how awesome their internet connection speed is and how quickly you can download files that are a few GBs. Ever wondered how the satellites used to communicate? Apparently they were transmitting information using the Radio signals and that’s understandable considering it’s far more reliable than other means. But as you would imagine it had to be much slower than the other super fast technologies available on planet.

NASA’s latest Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) is an attempt to increase the data downlink rates between the Satellite and the ground station using Optical Laser instruments to transfer data. The instrument is onboard NASA’s LADEE lunar satellite. LADEE is NASA’s moon mission which is on its way to orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust.

So NASA has set a new record for space communication using their LLCD onboard LADEE which is 380,000 Kilometers away from us, orbiting the moon.

Well actually I was curious to know “How fast is it really?”.


Hold your breath!!

Download Speed: 622 Mbps and Upload Speed: 20 Mbps!!

Boy oh Boy!! Now thats fast or what. The fastest internet speed I have ever experienced was in my office in India where we had a 50 Mbps downlink and now 622!! Awesomeness!!

With just a Laser beam, the spacecraft could send High Resolution Satellite Imagery much faster than the usual Radio beam communication. But like all good things, the Laser doesn’t work even if the instrument is just millimeters off. A few mms over 380,000 Kilometers!! This project is touted just as the beginning. The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration  is expected to further test the technology in 2017.

High Speed Inter-Planetary Internet: CHECK! All set for colonizing the universe are we 😉

Source: Wired

Read on