Dr James (Jim) Smith has extensive archaeological experience in Australia and abroad, including the United States. This experience includes key roles within the University of Queensland Anthropology Museum, University of Queensland Archaeological Services Unit, Profuturo Copan (Honduras) and Francie Sission Consulting (Oklahoma). Well versed in GIS, associated software and relevant mapping systems, Jim completed his Ph.D. at the University of Queensland on Database design, archaeological classification and geographic information systems: a case study from southeast Queensland. Jim also has extensive experience using Trimble sub-centimetre RTK GPS and the generation of survey quality drawings in CAD software from the data collected.
Jim’s professional career spans a diverse range of archaeological and cultural heritage roles, and he has developed specific strategies which have ultimately led to changes in established perspectives for assessment, conservation, management, which includes the teaching of students and peers in the use of technology to improve standards in the recording of significant cultural heritage places and items. Jim is a highly regarded senior archaeologist and team member at Converge. The main focus of Jim’s work at Converge is in the area of Aboriginal cultural heritage management.