Matt Rummel is CBBEL’s GIS guru. When he isn’t out golfing, he applies his unmatched expertise to a variety of planning and engineering projects including site design, wetland rehabilitation, flood zone delineations, land use planning, and ditch reconstruction. Matt performs cross-platform integration of digital data and online research and also obtains digital mapping and statistical data. In other words, if you want something mapped, he is your guy. His passion for technology keeps him up to date with the most cutting edge tech tools. In addition to being awesome in the office, Matt is active with the Indiana Geographic Information Council, currently serving as the organization’s president. Below he gives you a glimpse into why he loves what he does.
1. What are you most passionate about in this job?
It sounds cliché, but helping the environment. I recycle, volunteer, and do my part to promote keeping nature beautiful. When we develop solutions here at Burke, that is one of our primary focuses – to find the answers that will solve the issues, while minimizing the negative effects on nature and the environs. Cheaper does not always mean better.
2. Other people don’t find this exciting, so why do you?
Other people have other interests. I have always been fascinated with maps and to be able to create and analyze maps every day, learn about new GIS technologies, and to interact with the GIS Community just adds another level of excitement to my already exciting life away from the office.
3. Why is working for Burke different than anywhere else?
Burke has long been known for being experts in the field of water resources. There are plenty of firms who know water resources, and are very good at what they do. But when the tough issues arise, Burke is the company with which people feel the most comfortable and can trust that the job will be done correctly.
4. How long have you been doing your thing?
I began working for CBBEL in 1996, and had a couple years of experience with other entities. So, in short, I have been working my thing for over 20 years.
5. What, in your opinion, is the most important take away for your clients?
Our clients know that we strive to do things right the first time. We are not afraid to ask questions and develop innovative solutions in order to provide a product that will keep our clients happy and coming back for more.
6. If you could be any natural feature, what would you be and why?
That’s easy…a mushroom. Mushrooms, among other vital functions and uses, possess the ability to break down materials into their simplest forms. This is how I approach concerns at work and at home – knowing the basic components of an issue is often the best place to start when analyzing potential solutions. Oh, and mushrooms are delicious.