Close-up with Scott Hatcher, Geospatial Scientist at PrecisionHawk
Scott Hatcher has always been driven to answer tricky questions. In graduate school, he wanted to find out how Canada’s eastern Arctic coast could become more sustainable amidst multiple environmental and social barriers. He worked with a team to integrate geospatial data with ongoing sustainability-planning discussions, giving community planners the data they needed to make informed decisions for the future. When Canada was conducting a major geological survey, he developed a vulnerability and sensitivity index layer for the entire coast. In his last role, he helped New Zealand better monitor one the country’s coastal areas for marine activity by developing a GIS decision support system.
Not Your Average Workday
At PrecisionHawk, Hatcher is the technical lead for the Nova Scotia office, and one of the company’s foremost experts in thermal and multispectral sensors. He uses his passion for scientific inquiry to help enterprises solve big issues and increase efficiency with UAV technology. Hatcher said his average workday consists of “designing and producing end-to-end workflows that go from data collection to information delivery, all using drone-based remote sensing.” His work is as complex as it sounds, which is precisely the reason Hatcher joined PrecisionHawk. “I took this role because the work is interesting and challenging, and I get to solve real world issues.”
The majority of Hatcher’s projects have been in the agricultural sector, ranging from designing crop damage algorithms to implementing existing algorithms in a toolchain. “I enjoy helping enterprises integrate UAV technology into their business processes,” Hatcher said.
Finding Inspiration in the Unknown
Hatcher finds inspiration in all aspects of his job. “I’m inspired by rigorous science that answers interesting questions. Luckily, that’s exactly what I do here.” He is also inspired by the impact his team makes. “Ultimately, we bring efficiency to enterprises and redefine how geospatial data is acquired and analyzed. It’s an exciting time to work in this industry.”
Hatcher has found PrecisionHawk to be supportive in his quest for tackling big issues and discovering new ways of doing things. “I’m especially grateful for the joint research projects that the PrecisionHawk team brings to the table. When we engage in long-term projects, I’m able to monitor results over a period of time, see how my work makes an impact, and note where improvements can be made. That type of long-term lifespan of a project is critical for innovation.”
Outside of his work-life, Hatcher is a committed volunteer. He volunteered his time and geospatial expertise to following Nepal’s 2015 earthquake, where he led workshops on using the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap tools to help disaster relief efforts. He is also a member of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society.
“I use geospatial science and advanced sensors to find solutions to tricky problems. My team at PrecisionHawk is constantly thinking about how to solve the next big thing.” Hatcher said.
Join Scott at PrecisionHawk
To learn how you can join Scott in finding solutions to tricky problems, visit precisionhawk.com/careers/.