Profile of Manon Nicolas, Cartographer.
Hello Manon, first of all, could you describe your career?
The cartographer’s position at Amarenco is one of my first jobs, and indeed my first permanent job.
To be honest, my initial career path was oriented towards “Water” with a BTS/Bachelor’s degree and entry into university to obtain a Master’s degree in Biology – Environment. With this Master’s degree, I planned to work in a design office to restore wetlands. It was also with this Master’s degree that I began to use mapping software, a skill that is in great demand in design offices. That’s how I chose to follow an intensive training course over a few months dedicated to GIS (Geographic Information Systems).
After that, I did an assignment for the Adour Garonne Water Agency, the aim of which was to build a database enabling a more precise location of the wetlands assisted by the Agency. Then I joined Enedis as a heritage database manager where I carried out updates, mainly on the characteristics of HV/LV distribution substations.
Could you describe your position, your assignments at Amarenco?
The cartographer’s job is carried out in two different phases: either during prospecting to identify land of interest for implantation according to cross-references of geographical criteria, or during the analysis of land on plots already identified for implantation projects.
With the aim of getting an idea of the potential of each site, I create thematic maps (e.g. to identify the regulatory environmental zoning on the periphery of the sites, the degree of wet surface area, calculate the topographical slopes, etc.), which will then be used by the developers. These treatments are mainly decision support, they reinforce the decision to commit or not by Amarenco and can also be used in the dimensioning of projects. The maps are also used as illustrations in the various files and presentations.
Why did you choose to work at Amarenco?
It is a growing and dynamic company, in a rapidly expanding field too! Moreover, Amarenco accepts to trust young graduates.
Little lighter touch: what are your passions in life?
I have a passion that has been driving my life for more than 20 years now. And even more for almost 7 years now since I became a horse owner. It’s an animal that requires rigour, patience, questioning and self-control. In short, you never stop learning and that’s what I appreciate. I also appreciate the diversity of the disciplines which corresponds to my rather eclectic personality.