Hi, I am Guus Beerkens, born in 1997 in Delft, and I have been working at Tensing since June 2023. I started in the role Associate Esri Specialist.
I started studying at Wageningen University and Research with the Bachelor of Forest and Nature Management. During that study, I first became familiar with GIS and ArcGIS, and quickly made it my own. I was soon known as the one who 'knew how GIS worked'. In my third year, I decided to delve further into GIS by taking the GIS minor.
After completing my Bachelor, I started a double Master's programme, in both GIS and Forest and Nature Management. After following this combined for a year, I decided to focus entirely on GIS and specialise in this, although with a focus on nature management. I mainly focused on the more technical side of GIS, especially programming and statistics. I graduated with two studies on using point clouds for surveys of individual trees in the forest.
After graduating, I spent one year working for a green consultancy, where I was the designated GISser. After that period, it was time to move on to the next challenge: Tensing.
At work, I focus on GIS, so outside of that I fall back on my nature side. I practically grew up on water scouting and thus an avid sailor. I have sailed throughout almost all of the Netherlands and I also still train other beginner sailors.
I also love hiking and camping; I regularly seek out the woods and nature for a brisk walk. As soon as I have a good pair of binoculars, I also dare to call myself a real birdwatcher. I also have the luxury of living right in a Natura-2000 nature reserve, right next to the Rhine. A cup of tea in the backyard is soon enough to keep me happy, being so surrounded by nature.
Tensing attracted me because the whole company is focused on GIS; you can't get any closer to the fire. They approached me on LinkedIn asking if I would just come and have a look. That left a good impression, especially their focus on personal development and job happiness that I quickly approached them again after I quit my previous job. In the short time I have been working there now, I notice an open and pleasant working atmosphere.