Name: Konstantinos Mastorakis, Greece
Bachelor: Bachelor + Master Rural and Surveying Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens
After this master, I would like to work within the field of smart cities and convert boring data into accessible valuable information.
After my studies, I wanted to broaden my knowledge. I did an exchange abroad and that convinced me to continue studying abroad. I looked at multiple geoscience masters in Europe, which have major differences. In Delft, I liked the focus on geo-data analysis and visualisation. My studies were a good preparation for Geomatics.
Geomatics in the Built Environment is not just a master, it is much more. In Delft, there is a focus on putting theory into practice. This sounds easy, but it is quite a challenge. Teamwork is extremely important. Just about every assignment, of which there are a lot, is done in groups. Instead of using existing tools, Geomatics focusses on creating new tools to create unique solutions. This makes the master quite technical in the geoscience field. Another strong point is the collaboration with companies. There are a lot of guest lectures, networking events and the programme has a lot of contacts with companies. At last, I learned to be confident in what I do, respect deadlines and that fellow student’s opinion provide food for thought.
I was well prepared, but it remains challenging. From day one the master has a quick pace. Because of this I had to go out of my comfort zone and had the chance to learn a lot in a short period of time, not only the theory but also soft skills. Looking back, I notice that I have improved my skills a lot, even in skills I did not know I had!
After this master, I would like to work within the field of smart cities and convert boring data into accessible valuable information. Working on a single inclusive system which holds all information about the city and is accessible for anyone who needs it.