By the time her research project is finished, Jane Goddard will know the ins and outs of the port of Corner Brook better than just about anyone.
The College of the North Atlantic student is helping put together a high-tech map showing the numbers and types of vessels that enter and leave the port each year, and where they anchor when they're here.
Goddard will be able to use computer data from an international ship-tracking company to do it.
The CNA student is involved in a research project as part of an agreement between the college and Marine Traffic.
CNA calls Marine Traffic "the world's leading global ship-tracking intelligence provider," based in London, UK.
"Devices on the ship track where the ship is, and how fast they are moving, and that data is sent to Marine Traffic," says Goddard, a student in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program in Corner Brook.
Data used to promote port
Marine Traffic usually charges companies and institutions for the data, but will make it available to CNA in exchange for the maps of Corner Brook and — eventually — other Canadian port maps made by Goddard and other students.
Goddard says one of the main agencies that could use the specialized maps she's helping to make is the Corner Brook Port Authority.
"They'll be able to give [the data] to companies that want to come into Corner Brook. They'll be able to show how they can use the port and where they can ship their goods, how easy it is."
The mapping project is similar to one that Cape Breton University did on Sydney Harbour in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Goddard won't have to make many trips down to the port of Corner Brook, except to electronically trace some of the buildings and other infrastructure. Most of her work will involve using Marine Traffic's data through CNA's computer lab.
Goddard says she's enjoying her studies in GIS and is building on her background in marine biology. She said she's "excited to get started" on the mapping project.