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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:47:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:27-12-2013
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     Current job:Looking for a new opportunity in the Space Industry
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     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, , , Business Services
     KeywordsGIS, software, google maps api, cartography, remote sensing, satellite, sar data, optical data, linux, cloud computing, virtual machines, javascript
    CV

    WORK EXPERIENCE

     

     

    02 May 2012 – 30 April 2014

    Portuguese National Trainee

    European Space Agency (ESA), Frascati (Italy)

    Developing WebGIS applications for Vegetation Models visualization.

    Cloud Toolbox development and testing for the Helix Nebula Project

    Linux Operation System and bash scripting

    WebGIS Google Maps API JavaScript developed for providing services to the Geohazards Community

    FTP server configuration

    Database Management for Raster and Vector data

    SAR data processing

    Scripts in bash for InSAR processing

    Elaboration of tutorials and users case

     

    19 January 2010–30 April 2012

    Portuguese Officer

    Portuguese Army, Lisbon (Portugal)

    Paratrooper Officer and responsible for a platoon

    Missile and Radar Systems coordinator and instructor

    Innumerousformations in the Military field with emphasis for leadership, human resources and mathematical principals of Missile and Radar Systems.

     

    14 October 2009–18 January 2010

    Secondary education teaching professional

    Escola Salesiana de Manique, Cascais (Portugal)

    Geography Teacher and coordinator of the Geography class with emphasis to GIS

     

    August 2009–November 2011

    GIS Consultant

    World Institute for Conservation & Environment, (United States)

    Project for Land Cover classification in El Salvador with the following tasks:

    GIS classification

    Statistical analysis

    Cloud Removal algorithms

    Plugins for the GIS software (ILWIS) developed

     

    August 2009–January 2010

    Freelancer in the area of Cartography and GIS

    Cascais (Portugal)

    Developing and management of Databases in PostgreSQL

    Creating of WebGIS applications in Google maps JavaScript

    Producing Statistical Models for the presence of Malaria in Mozambique

    Creation of FTP servers

     

    02 July 2001–13 December 2009

    Courier

    Telepizza, Portugal, Cascais (Portugal)

     

     

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

     

     

    23 January 2014–27 February 2014

    Astronomy Basic Observer

     

    Associazione Tuscolana di Astronomia, Frascati (Italy)

    Astronomy Principles

    The Earth rotation model and time

    Distances measurements

    Kepler Laws

     

    September 2008–December 2012

    Master Degree

     

    Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território (IGOT), Lisbon (Portugal)

    Remote Sensing

    GIS

    Statistics

    Neural Networks

    Transport Analysis and Urban Development

    Cartography production

    WebGIS applications

    Spatial Modelling and analysis

     

    September 2004–July 2008

    Barchelor

     

    Faculdade de Letras - Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon (Portugal)

    Geostatistics and Statistics

    Remote Sensing

    Urban Principles and Modelling

    Physical Geography

    Spatial Analysis

    European Geography

    GIS

     

    October 2010–October 2010

    Metadata Manager

     

    Instituto Geográfico Português (IGP), Lisbon (Portugal)

    HTML and XML configuration

    Inspire directives

    ISO directives for metadata producer

     

    September 2009–September 2009

    GIS Analyst

     

    Paul da Tornada Associação PATO (Portuguese Association), Caldas da Rainha (Portugal)

    Statistical methods

    Species modelling distribution

    GIS analysis

    Neural Networks and parametric models

     

    PERSONAL SKILLS

     

     

    Mother tongue(s)

    Portuguese

     

     

    Other language(s)

    UNDERSTANDING

    SPEAKING

    WRITING

    Listening

    Reading

    Spoken interaction

    Spoken production

     

    English

    C2

    C2

    C1

    C1

    C1

    Italian

    B2

    B2

    C1

    B2

    B1

    Spanish

    B1

    B1

     

     

     

    French

    A1

    A2

     

     

     

     

    Levels: A1/A2: Basic user - B1/B2: Independent user - C1/C2: Proficient user

    Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

     

    Communication skills

    Excellent communication skills gained during the time I work in the Portuguese Army and during the presentations that I made in ESA (English).

    Excellent interaction with people from different nationalities gained during my working time in the international Environment in ESA.

     

    Organisational / managerial skills

    Leadership as an Officer platoon commander in the Portuguese Army.
     

    Excellent management skills and organizational gained during my working time in the Portuguese Army.

    Good team spirit obtain during the 3 years as a federated football player and as JiuJitsu practitioner.

    Good organizational skills gained in ESA with a conference organization.

    Proactive and enterprising, gained during the Freelancer working time.

     

    Computer skills

    Excellent Skills in the following Software:

    ArcGIS; ILWIS; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point) ;Quantum GIS.


    Intermediate Skills in the following Software:

    Tas GIS; SPSS; Statistica; Idrisi; Tiberius Data Mining; Office (Access); PsPad; SuperGeo; Diva GIS; Beam/Visat; Nest SAR Toolbox; White Box GIS.


    Optical user skills in the following software:

    HTML; BBcode; PHP; SQL; Open Office and LibreOffice; MapInfo; SciDavis; Envi-met; Rayman; GvSIG; OpenModeller; SO Linux (Ubuntu and CentOS versions); MapServer; Orfeo Toolbox; PostgreSQL and Postgis database; Google Maps API V3 Java Script; Gamma SAR and R.

     

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

     

     

    Presentations

    ​2nd Trainees and Fellows Conference in ESA/ESRIN: Models of Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) for Africa - New forms of classification and displaying Geographical information.

    3rd Trainees and Fellows Conference in ESA/ESRIN: Models of Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) for Africa - New forms of classification and displaying Geographical information.

    4th Trainees and Fellows Conference in ESA/ESRIN: Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratories Initiative.

    5th Trainees and Fellows Conference in ESA/ESRIN: Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratories Initiative. I was also the organizer of the conference.​

     

    Publications

    ​Co-author of "Why should schools use SASIG" presented at the III Conference SASIG in Lisbon (2011).

    Exhibition poster at the 8th Meeting of Users of ESRI in 2010 entitled: "Interpolation Methodologies tropospheric ozone: Surfaces of estimation in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon"

    ILWIS a successful story: From proprietary software to Open Source. Published online in the journal FOSSGIS (2012).

    Capability of Projection and Reaction: Stinger and Mistral. Published in the Bulletin of the Antiaircraft Artillery RAAA1 (2011).

    Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battery of BrigRR – Capability of Projection. Published in the journal Green Berets (2011).

    The AAA in Vietnam. Published in the Bulletin of the Antiaircraft Artillery RAAA1 (2012).​

     

    Conferences

    ​Seminar presentation ESRI ArcGIS version 9.3.1.

    VII National Meeting in Open Technology.

    Environmental characterization of Huila Province, the plan for the development of Huila Province - Angola.

    Geomarketing y inmobiliario market.

    Conference "Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians".

    Helix Nebula Workshop.

    Sentinel-3 OLCI/SLSTR &Meris/(A)ATSR Workshop.

    GlobWetland III user Consultation Workshop.

    Sentinel -3 Validation Team Workshop.

    7th International Workshop on Sand/Duststorms and Associated Dustfall.

    Big Data from Space.

    ESA Living Planet Symposium 2013 in Edinburgh.​

     

    Projects

    ​Construction of tutorials to support the use of the GIS software ILWIS.

    Developing statistical models related with invasive species distributions.

    Development WEBGIS applications.​

     

    Memberships

    Open Source Geospatial Foundation (member since 2010).



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