Bruce Hearder

Perth · Western Australia · Phone: 0412-502-105 ·

I'm an experienced GIS developer and mobile app developer leveraging the flexibility of open source components to provide robust, industry strength application.

Having 20+ years of software development experiences in enviroments as diverse as government to startups has provided me with experienced in rapidly designing, creaing and implementing advanced, user-friendly software solutions that meet the needs of all stakeholders.

Over the past 6+ years, I created advanced award winning web mapping applications for the WA state goverment as well as inhouse mapping solutions for a local AgTech company. These applications where the result of sourcing spatial data, data cleaning, data processing and delivering using the latest OGC standards, such as WMS & WFS.

I have also developed a number of mobile applications, primarily for the mining industry, that allow geologists to capture in-field drillcore logging data. These applications have been developed to operate on both the Android and iOS platform using a single code base.
The applications are in use by some of Australias largest companies such as BHP & Glencore.


GIS Developer


Tasked with making the corporate PostgreSQL database more spatial, a number of database structural changes where implemented and when commbined with the PostGIS database extension, signigicant performance gains where established as well as enabling streamlined business-critical spatial queries to be undertaken.

January 2017 - July 2018

Mobile Application Developer

Dept of Agriculture, WA Government

Creating, developing and implementing mobile iOS and Android applications that enabled users to collect, store and report outbreaks of pests and disease across Western Australia. The applications where created using the Cordova platform, enabling a single code base to compile and generate applicatiosn for both iOS and Android.
These applications where then available for download from Google Play and Apple's App Store.

September 2016 - January 2017

Lead Spatial Agrcultural GIS Developer

Landgate, Western Australian Government

I spearheaded the creation and led the design and development of Pastures from Space Plus (, a large-scale online web-based mapping application, allowing Australian farmers to access remote sensing imagery such as Landsat 8 and MODIS imagery, as well as derived information to monitor their remote properties in “almost” real-time.
Pastures from Space Plus was instrumental in Landgate being ranked number 22 in the Financial Review’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2016.

Using a range of open-source and proprietary software, the application was launched to much acclaim in March 2016 and exceeded sales forecasts.

Working with fellow team members, spatial and temporal based products were created using ESRI software and presented to end-users in a simple, easy to use, online web-mapping interface using Open Source products.

The data was presented using the OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) standards to create products that can be used by a variety of third-party applications as well as in-house custom applications.
To create these applications, I had to use my software development skills in:

  1. Linux (mostly Ubuntu) ,
  2. JavaScript (includes Angular),
  3. PHP, Python, GDAL, PostgreSQL & PostGIS,
  4. QGIS,
  5. HTML, CSS, Apache and nGinx
October 2012 - June 2016

See additional experiences on my LinkedIn profile


University of Queensland

Bachelor of Science (Geology) - Honours

Deakin University

Gradulate Diploma in Computing


Programming Languages
Libraries & Tools
  • Ionic Framework
  • Geoserver
  • PostgreSQL
  • PostGIS
  • MySQL
  • GDAL (Geospatial Data Abstraction Library)
  • QGIS


Apart from being a gis developer & mobile app developer, I enjoy most of my time being outdoors. I enjoy kayak fishing, drone flying and camping..

When forced indoors, I love sci-fi movies and history documentaries.


  • 2014 Premier’s Award (Revitalising the regions)
    I was an integral member of the development team that resulted in Landgate winning the prestigious Western Australian Premier’s Award (2014) for a web-based bushfire simulation application called Aurora. The application was a project partnership between Western Australian Government agencies Landgate, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), and the University of Western Australia (UWA) and provide emergency services in rural, regional and remote Australia with instant access to bushfire simulation maps and prediction tools.