I’m Menno Schepel (born in 1967), and since October 2015, I have been employed as a Senior GIS Consultant at Tensing GIS Consultancy B.V. My first acquaintance with Tensing, however, is from a much earlier date (2001), when my then employer (Adogis) was taken over by Tensing (then known as Tensing SKS). In total, I have worked in Geo ICT for almost 20 years — more than five of which have been at Tensing.
Broad national and international experience with GIS projects
After working at Tensing SKS / Adogis for four years as a GIS Consultant, I emigrated to Spain, where I worked for more than twelve years for various (Geo) ICT companies as a GIS specialist and project manager. The emphasis was on projects for local and regional authorities and government agencies. During this period, I worked at Gedas, T-Systems and Telespazio. For this latter employer, I was sent to South America for a significant period of time, where I was involved in a number of large projects focused on the modernization of national cadastral institutions and related work processes.
After my return to the Netherlands at the beginning of 2014, before I started working at Tensing, I worked as a technical application manager Geo at Rijkswaterstaat with responsibilities for both the Open Source Geo stack and the Geo ICT applications based on Esri and FME as they are used are at Rijkswaterstaat.
As a Senior GIS Consultant at Tensing I am involved in providing advice and implementing solutions based on both the Esri (ArcGIS) and the Safe Software (FME) platforms. In addition, I advise on the design and implementation of application management processes. My broad experience with a wide variety of GIS software and GIS projects in a national and international context is very useful when advising clients about possible solutions and applications.
In addition to all the useful things I do for Tensing, I try to spend as much time as possible with my family. If there is still time left, I enjoy working on my classic car, a "Citroën DS" from 1972, and if possible, driving a lap or two. I also try to free up time to work as a digital humanitarian in initiatives such as the Standby Task Force (SBTF) or the Humanitarian OpenStreetmap Team (HOT), which helps make Geo data available in the event of natural disasters and other calamities.