Currently working at home in my attic, so the laptop goes on and I patch straight into my PC in the office to access the more specialist software that I use daily.
Tea made, emails checked, what are my priorities for the day?
Finishing off mapping figures for a desk-based assessment (DBA) based in Newcastle. This requires incredibly accurate location of historic OS maps, tithe maps, building plans, and mapping that can date back to the 1500s. Instead of trowels and gloves, my tools are AutoCAD Map 3D, QGIS and Adobe Photoshop. We are constantly evolving with new techniques, new software and new hardware. Any changes required can be done remotely through Teams and marked-up pdfs.
Next job is Geophysics figures. No longer in the UK or in fact Europe. My new job is based in Nepal. An understanding of Geodetics and co-ordinate systems comes in handy when you need to geo-reference all of the work. Newly developed systems allow the geophysicists to hand me their greyscales and interpretations in one program and I take them into another to produce the figures to send to the client. Our work in Archaeological Services is both commercial and research-based. One day the client can be a housing developer, the next day it could be Historic England.
Figures sorted and off to the report writer. It’s all teamwork, we each have specialist areas that combine to produce high quality work.
Another colleague contacts me with connection/software issues. Part of my role is software/IT trouble-shooter. I try and fix issues quickly without the need to escalate them to CIS. A curious mind and love of problem solving means I can often help out and get colleagues back on track without having to wait too long.
A flint and some pottery drawings are required for a publication. The laptop is moved and out come the pencils, ink, profile gauges and other specialist tools. Finds drawing requires a steady hand and a good eye as well as the ability to scale. Once the finds are sorted, I can scan, clean and set them up in their own figures.
A request comes in for a file to be created for the GPS so the Field Staff can start their trenching tomorrow. This is set this up remotely and sent to the office to upload onto the GPS handset.
Last request of the day before I finish at 1pm. Can a new proposed development plan be added to the project? Are any changes required? Yes, the client has moved the development slightly. I can move a trench to the new area, checking that it is nowhere near any utilities and send it directly to field staff who can update their GPS and act immediately.
Teamwork and the right tools are as vital in the office as they are in the field.