About

About me
Hi, I’m Franka Grubisic!

I work as a Service Designer. I recently graduated Computer Engineering, and I have a background in geospatial engineering.

By always being curious, I gained knowledge in as many areas my curiosity would take me, which today I am using to do transdisciplinary design work.

My broad area of knowledge is fueled by my belief that design works the best when it is informed by knowledge outside its traditional disciplinary boundary. The more we know and the deeper we understand, the better we can design for change and transition within complex systems.

Favorite fun fact: Anagram of my name (Franka) is Krafna, which means donut in Croatian!

Academic qualifications
BEng Computer Engineering, Major in Multimedia Computing (2019)

Algebra University College (AUC)

Zagreb, Croatia

High Distinction

Summa cum Laude

— Top 10% of the most successful students of this study track (No. 2. student)

— Thesis: “Designing a Value Mapping Tool for Strengthening Co-Creation in Public Services – Empowering Smart Decision Making through three orders of design: service, urban and transition

— Extraordinary Excellence Scholar, 2017-2019, funded by the AUC Economic Council

— STEM State Annual Scholar 2018/2019, awarded by Croatian Ministry of Science and Education, funded by the EU and Republic of Croatia

BEng Geodesy and Geoinformatics (2017)

Faculty of Geodesy

Zagreb, Croatia

University of Zagreb

Completed 147 out of 180 ECTS

— Awarded research paper: “Reverse Engineering Official Croatian Geoid Model Using Computer Program for Datum Transformation and Python”, The Council of European Geodetic Surveyor’s Student Contest 2016, 1st place

— Awarded project: “New Sightings of Geodesy“, The Council of European Geodetic Surveyor’s Student Contest 2014, 1st place

— Special Chancellor’s Recognition for Achieved International Success 2016

— Faculty award for Exceptional Student Achievement in the academic year 2016/2017

Additional education
English Advanced Diploma (Jul-Aug 2016)

Sydney, Australia

IELTS Academic 8.0/9.0

CEFR C1

— Awarded ‘Student of the Month’ August 2016

Musical Theorist (2011)

Music School Ivan Lukacic

Sibenik, Croatia

Cello, Piano

7 years

— 2nd place at the National Competition of Mixed Choirs (Varazdin, Croatia) in 2009, 2010 and 2011

— Teacher’s Council award for Exceptional Student Achievement in 2005

Key professional experience

A selected number out of 15+ experiences (click the link to see all) working for and with companies, universities and organizations across the globe.

Service Designer

Dec 2018 – present

Zagreb, Croatia

Working with organisations to design better services and customer experiences. Helping organisations build capabilities (journey mapping, visual storytelling, in-house design facilitation). Experienced in the finance, insurance, telecommunications and the public sector.

Co-Founder and Creative Design Director

Zagreb, Croatia

Designing personalised, custom-made planners and other stationery for individual clients and business.

UX Design Intern

Aug 2018 – Sep 2019

Zagreb, Croatia

Helping the client enhance their user experience both on their mobile and website platform. During my 6-week internship, I performed market & competitive research and had assembled a UX review for both platforms, with points for improvement.

Geospatial Analyst Intern

Mar 2017 – Sep 2017

Zagreb, Croatia

Worked in the Data Acquisition & Community team. Improved and updated the topology and entities (roads, interests points, etc.) of Croatia on HERE maps. Participated at HERE Summer Camp in Gdansk – see the article on how it was here (pun intended).

Assistant Land Surveyor

Jul 2016 – Sep 2016

Sydney, Australia

Helped lead surveyors in boundary survey and consolidation, making plans of survey subdivision, doing strata subdivisions etc. Gained experience in Australian land legislation, the Torrens Title Register system and practicum in Landmark. Read about my experience here!

Land Surveyor

Jul 2015 – Oct 2015

Zagreb, Croatia

Worked in the field (boundary survey, consolidation, subdivision) and in the office (making plans). Improved day to day office productivity by creating autoLISP scripts which automated approximately 20% of the work effort in AutoCAD.

Key research undertakings
"Surveying student learning strategies and styles"

Global research study paper

Jun 2019 – Dec 2020

— To form a part of a global research study: ‘Professional Surveying Education: Challenges, trends and latest approaches

— In cooperation with Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), University of the South Pacific and Indian Institute of Technology Roorke

“Designing a Value Mapping Tool for Enhancing Co-Creation in Public Services – Empowering Smart Decision Making through Design”

Bachelor Thesis

Dec 2018 – Sep 2019

“Reverse Engineering Official Croatian Geoid Model Using Computer Program for Datum Transformation and Python”

Scientific research paper

Jan – Aug 2016

— Awarded with 1st place at the Council of European Geodetic Surveyor’s Student Contest 2016

Projects and events
International study excursions 2015, 2016 & 2017

Main organiser & Project manager

Nov 2014 – Oct 2017

"Ekscentar" student magazine

Editor in Chief

Mar – Nov 2016

— Chancellor’s Award in the Category “Socially useful work in academia and the wider community” with the project “Ekscentar, the student magazine, 19th issue”, 2017

Multimedia project "New Sightings of Geodesy"

16 months

Main organiser & Project manager

Jun 2014 – Oct 2015

— Winner of the CLGE Students’ Contest, Category “Students and Youngsters Engagement” with the paper “New Sightings of Geodesy”, 2014

— funded by Ministry of Science and Education and Faculty of Geodesy

"Peer to Peer" — the Student Guide

Project manager & Graphic designer

Sep – Nov 2014

— Chancellor’s Recognition during University Fair in the Category “Best promotion materials” for Peer to Peer brochures and Stand Graphic Display for Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb, 2014

Organiser of (inter-) national events and workshops
  1. Plastic Mapathon & Plastic Survey – hackaton focusing on finding innovative ways to map plastic & Plastic Survey, FIG Working Week (Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 9-10 May 2020), Member of the Organisation Committee, ongoing
  2. 5th FIG Young Surveyors Conference (Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 9-10 May 2020), Member of the Organisation Committee, ongoing
  3. Esri User Conference, FIG Young Surveyor’s Network Session (San Diego, CA, US, 8-12 July 2019, ±100 participants), Head of the Organisation Committee
  4. INTERGEO Conference, FIG Young Surveyor’s Network Session (Stuttgart, Germany, 17-19 September 2019), Member of the Organisation Committee
  5. Esri User Conference, FIG Young Surveyor’s Network Session (San Diego, CA, US, 9-13 July 2018, ±100 participants), Member of the Organisation Committee
  6. 4th FIG Young Surveyors Conference (Istanbul, Turkey, 5-6 May 2018, ±80 participants), Chair of Registrations
  7. Jubilee 30. International Geodetic Student Meeting (Zagreb, Croatia, 25 June – 1 July 2017, ±150 participants from 15+ different universities across the world), Main Organiser/PM
  8. 5th FIG Young Surveyors Network European Meeting (Helsinki, Finland, May 28th 2017, ± 50 participants), Chair of Registrations
  9. 13th International Conference on Geoheritage, Geoinformation and Cartography (Selce, Croatia, 7-9 September 2017, ±80 participants), Member of the Local Organising Committee
  10. 12th International Conference on Geoheritage, Geoinformation and Cartography (Zagreb, Croatia, 16-18 November 2016, ±80 participants), Member of the Local Organising Committee
  11. Missing Map Mapathlon at OSM GeoWeek and International GIS Day (Zagreb, Croatia, November 17th 2016, ± 30 participants), Co-organiser
  12. 4th FIG Young Surveyors Network European Meeting (Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 7-9 June 2016, ± 50 participants), Chair of Registrations
  13. Orientation Week of Faculty of Geodesy University of Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia, September 2015, ± 80 participants), Main Organiser
  14. 11th International Conference on Geoheritage, Geoinformation and Cartography (Buzet, Croatia, 8-10 May 2015, ±80 participants), Member of the Local Organising Committee
  15. 3rd FIG Young Surveyors Network European Meeting (Sofia, Bulgaria, May 16th 2015, ± 50 participants), Leader of Preparation of the Program Team
  16. Missing Map Mapathlon at OSM GeoWeek and International GIS Day (Zagreb, Croatia, November 18th 2015, ± 30 participants), Co-organiser
  17. International Student Seminar: GEOStudents for GEOFuture (Zagreb, Croatia, October 13th 2014, ± 80 participants), Main Organiser/PM
  1. I ❤️ Programming” series of workshops – Intro to Python, JavaScript and Arduino (Zagreb, Croatia, Mar-May 2015, ±60 participants)
  2. eBee Drone and DJI quad copter professional training (Lucko, Croatia, 2015, ± 30 participants)
  3. Preparation for scanning, scanning the archaeological artefact, making photorealistic 3D models and making of static and dynamic monoscopic visualisations” Workshop (Zagreb, Croatia, 2015, ± 10 participants)
  4. Job preparation, observation and results comparison of the “Hendrix” bridge in Zagreb observations using Topcon Falcon 8 Trinity UAV and Trimble S7 IATS” Workshop (Zagreb, Croatia, 2015, ± 10 participants)
  5. Workshop on ‘How to get hired easily – Surveyor’s edition’ (Zagreb, Croatia, November 14th 2014, ± 30 participants)
  6. 3-day workshop on ‘Virtual Animation Modelling in Blender – Croatian heritage through an eye of a geodetic engineer’ (Zagreb, Croatia, October 20th 2014, ± 30 participants)
Awards, honours and grants

Humbled to have 5 international awards & an honourable mention honouring my endeavours, as well as 4 scholarships & more than 15 travel grants supporting my research.

FIG Commission 2 (Professional Education) travel grant for FIG Working Week (Amsterdam)

STEM State Annual Scholar, awarded by Croatian Ministry of Science and Education, funded by the EU and Republic of Croatia

— Algebra University College Extraordinary Excellence Scholar

— Varazdin Development and Entrepreneurship Agency registration fee grant for 49th International Scientific Conference on Economic and Social Development: “Building a Resilient Society” (Zagreb)

— Algebra University College Extraordinary Excellence Scholar

— FIG Young Surveyors Network travel grant for UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth Summit (Stockholm)​

— Award for Exceptional Student Achievement, Faculty of Geodesy University of Zagreb

Chancellor’s Award in the Category “Socially useful work in academia and the wider community” with the project “Ekscentar, the student magazine, 19th issue

Honourable Mention – Remarkable Geospatial Professional, xyHt magazine

HERE travel grant for HERE Summer School (Gdansk)

FIG Young Surveyors Network travel grant for 5th FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting (Helsinki)

Special Chancellor’s Recognition for Achieved International Success

1st place Winner of the CLGE Students’ Contest, Category “Geodesy, Topography” with the paper “Reverse Engineering Official Croatian Geoid Model Using Computer Program for Datum Transformation and Python

— Croatian Chamber of Chartered Geodetic Engineers travel grant for 9th Symposium of Chartered Geodetic Engineers (Opatija)

— CLGE travel grant for INTERGEO Fair (Hamburg)

— Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb travel grant for 3rd FIG Young Surveyors Conference and FIG Working Week (Christchurch)

— Croatian Chamber of Chartered Geodetic Engineers travel grant for 3rd FIG Young Surveyors Conference and FIG Working Week (Christchurch)

Croatian Alliance for Energetics Annual Scholar for the project “The Importance of Geospatial Science in Green Economy” (sponsored by HEP and Bosch)

— FIG Foundation travel grant for 3rd FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting (Sofia)

— Croatian Chamber of Chartered Geodetic Engineers travel grant for 3rd FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting (Sofia)

— Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb travel grant for 3rd FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting (Sofia)

— ​Croatian Cartographic Society travel grant for 11th Cartography and Geoinformation International Conference (Buzet)

1st place Winner of the CLGE Students’ Contest, Category “Students and Youngsters Engagement” with the paper “New Sightings of Geodesy

Chancellor’s Recognition during University Fair in the Category “Best promotion materials” for Peer to Peer brochures and Stand Graphic Display for Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb

— Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb travel grant for 5th Regional Geodetic Student Meeting (Sarajevo)

— CLGE travel grant for 2nd FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting and INTERGEO Fair (Berlin)

— City of Šibenik (Croatia) travel grant for 2nd FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting and INTERGEO Fair (Berlin)

Croatian Cartographic Society registration fee grant for 10th Jubilee Cartography and Geoinformation International Conference (Zagreb) ​

Publications

More than 25 publications in the fields of geodesy, geo-information science, public sector innovation and design research.

  1. Grubišić, F. (2019). Designing a Value Mapping Tool for Enhancing Co-Creation in Public Services. Algebra University College, August 2019, Zagreb, Croatia, bachelor thesis.
  1. Grubišić F. (2020). Bridging the social-technical gap: creating not only resilient and sustainable cities, but resilient and sustainable societies. FIG Working Week 2020 Conference Proceedings – “Smart Surveyors for Water and Land Management” – Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May 10-14 2020, ISBN 978-87-92853-52-3, ISSN 2307-4086
  2. Grubišić F. (2019). Filling the Gap: Social, Urban and Transition Design for Building Resilient Societies. 49th International Scientific Conference on Economic and Social Development – “Building Resilient Society”. Zagreb, Croatia, December 13-14 2019, 228-235 ISSN 1849-7535.
  3. Grubišić, F., Mihoković, V., Zalović, L. (2016). Reverse Engineering Official Croatian Geoid Model Using Computer Program for Datum Transformation and Python. 9th Symposium of Chartered Geodetic Engineers Conference Proceedings – “Doing Business in Croatia” – Opatija, Croatia, October 21-23 2016, 104-111, scientific research paper, ISBN 978-953-55915-6-6
  4. Grubišić, F. (2016). Cartography and Augmented Reality: Pokémon GO. 12th International Conference Cartography and Geoinformation Program and Abstracts – Zagreb, Croatia, 16-18 November 2016, 34-35.
  5. Grubišić, F., Odobašić, D. (2016). healthsites.io – A free, curated, global, canonical source of healthcare location data for emergency relief, disease epidemic and crisis situations. FIG Working Week 2016 Conference Proceedings – “Recovery from Disaster” – Christchurch, New Zealand, May 2-6 2016, ISBN 978-87-92853-52-3, ISSN 2307-4086
  6. Dijkstra, P., Grubišić, F., Kagerah, S., Leitz, S., Unger E. (2015). FIG YSN Mapping Response – Contributions for Nepal. FIG-ISPRS Kathmandu International Workshop Conference Proceedings – “Role of Land Professionals and SDI in Disaster Risk Reduction in the Context of Post 2015 Nepal Earthquake” – Kathmandu, Nepal, November 25-27 2015.
  7. Grubišić, A., Grubišić, F., Radić Lakoš, T. (2015). The Island of the Future – The Sustainable Island Development Model: Žirje Case Study. International Scientific and Professional Conference Book of Abstracts – “The Challenges of Today: Tourism and Local Development” – Šibenik, Croatia, October 1-3 2015, Polytechnic of Šibenik, 76-76, scientific paper, ISBN 978-953-7566-15-9, UDK 528.8:004.6(597.5)
  8. Grubišić, F. (2015). Spatial Data Acquisition from Maps for Disaster Management Analysis – Balkan Floods 2014. 27th International Cartographic Conference Digital Conference Proceedings – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23-28 August 2016, ISBN 978-85-88783-11-9.
  9. Grubišić, F. (2014). New Sightings of Geodesy – Young Surveyors’ Engagement for Promoting Surveying Profession. 10th Jubilee International Conference Cartography and Geoinformation Program and Abstracts – Zagreb, Croatia, 10-12 October 2016, 33-33.
  10. Grubišić, F. (2014). Geospatial Science and Technology towards a Sustainable Future and Development. Ekscentar, (17), June 2014, 77-81, scientific paper, ISSN 1331-4939, UDK 378 528.
  1. Grubišić, F. (2016). FIG Young Surveyors Network: The Power of Young Surveyors. Ekscentar, (19), November 2016, 40-41, article, ISSN 1331-4939, UDK 378 528.
  2. Grubišić, F. (2016). 3rd FIG Young Surveyors European meeting. Ekscentar, (19), November 2016, 112-113, article, ISSN 1331-4939, UDK 378 528.
  3. Grubišić, F. (2016). Activities of IT Section of Faculty of Geodesy. Ekscentar, (19), November 2016, 13-13, article, ISSN 1331-4939, UDK 378 528.
  4. Grubišić, F. (2015). 2nd FIG Young Surveyors European meeting. Ekscentar, (18), November 2015, 93-93, article, ISSN 1331-4939, UDK 378 528.
  5. Grubišić, F. (2015). HR OSGEO Meet-ups 2014/2015. Ekscentar, (18), November 2015, 19-19, article, ISSN 1331-4939, UDK 378 528.
  6. Grubišić, F. (2015). Activities of IT Section of Faculty of Geodesy. Ekscentar, (18), November 2015, 8-9, article, ISSN 1331-4939, UDK 378 528.
  1. Grubišić, F. (2016). Women in Science. Ekscentar, (19), November 2016, 34-36, article, ISSN 1331-4939, UDK 378 528.
  2. Grubišić, F. (2016). Freelancing Geodesy. Ekscentar, (19), November 2016, 38-39, article, ISSN 1331-4939, UDK 378 528.
  3. Grubišić, F. (2016). How to Survive 11 Flights (10 days on New Zealand): FIG Young Surveyors Conference and FIG Working Week. Ekscentar, (19), November 2016, 122-124, article, ISSN 1331-4939, UDK 378 528.
  4. Grubišić, F. (2016). A thirty thousand kilometre opportunity. Azimuth, (55-8), September 2016, 18-20, PP255003/06031
  5. Grubišić, F. (2016). FIG YSN OSM Mapping Activities – “How can you contribute even if you’re far away?”. FIG Young Surveyors Network Conference – Christchurch, New Zealand, April 30 – May 1 2016, presentation.
  6. Grubišić, F. (2015). Role of Geodesy and Geoinformation Science in Sustainable Development. Ekscentar, (18), November 2015, 28-29, article, ISSN 1331-4939, UDK 378 528.
  7. Grubišić, F. (2015). Voluntary Actions. Ekscentar, (18), November 2015, 7-7, article, ISSN 1331-4939, UDK 378 528.
  1. Main Associate for the Faculty of Geodesy University of Zagreb Yearbook, 2014
  2. Main Associate for the Faculty of Geodesy University of Zagreb Yearbook, 2015
  3. Main Associate for the Faculty of Geodesy University of Zagreb Yearbook, 2016
Professional development

More than 10 oral presentations and/or posters presented across 4 continents. A total of 30+ fair, seminar, workshop and conference event participation world-wide.

— 49th International Scientific Conference on Economic and Social Development: “Building Resilient Society”, Zagreb – oral presentation

Digital Shapers Conference, Zagreb

DOERS Conference, Budapest

9th Symposium of Chartered Geodetic Engineers, Opatija – invited speaker

INTERGEO Fair, Hamburg

3rd FIG Young Surveyors Conference, Christchurch – invited speaker

78th FIG Working Week, Christchurch – oral presentation

27th International Cartographic Conference, Rio de Janeiro – poster

3rd FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting, Sofia

— 2nd International Scientific and Professional Conference “The Challenges of Today: Tourism and Local Development“, Šibenik – oral presentation

FOSS4G Europe 2015 Conference, Como

Free and Open Source Software for Kinematic GNSS Positioning, Como

11th Jubilee Cartography and Geoinformation International Conference, Buzet – oral presentation

— 2nd International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference “The Western Balkans Meets the EU: On goings Inside Geodetic Domain and Sustainable Development”, Zagreb

— 3rd Stakeholder’s Profile in Geodesy “Technological Development and the Surveying Profession”, Zagreb – oral presentation

FIGISPRS Kathmandu International Workshop Conference – “Role of Land Professionals and SDI in Disaster Risk Reduction in the Context of Post ​- oral presentation (absent)

5th Regional Geodetic Student Meeting, Sarajevo – invited speaker

2nd FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting, Berlin – invited speaker

INTERGEO Fair, Berlin

10th Jubilee Cartography and Geoinformation International Conference, Zagreb – invited speaker

— 1st International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference “Global Environment, Stakeholders’ Profile and Corporate Governance in Geodesy”, Zagreb

GEOStudents for GEOFuture International Seminar, Zagreb

The Future of Sustainable Living, Supeus, Zagreb

— How to get hired easily?, Zagreb

— Virtual Animation Modelling in Blender, Zagreb

Professional activity

— International workshop “Fast Forward OpenStreetMap – mapping Nepal for Post-Disaster Management” (Zagreb, Croatia, May 13th 2015, ± 20 participants – mainly students)

— Workshop “Editing OpenStreetMap” at 11th Conference on Cartography and Geoinformation (City of Buzet, Croatia, May 9th 2015, ± 30 participants – mainly high school students)

— International workshop “Mapping for Resilience” at 5th FIG Young Surveyors Network European Meeting (Helsinki, Finland, May 28th 2017, ± 50 participants)​

— International Student Seminar “GEOStudents for GEOFuture” (Zagreb, Croatia, October 2014, ± 80 participants)

3rd FIG Young Surveyors Network European Meeting, Session 1 – Wisdom through Trial and Error (Sofia, Bulgaria, May 16th 2015, ± 50 participants)

3rd FIG Young Surveyors Network Conference, Session 1 – Rescue – Life and Work in the Disaster Zone (Christchurch, New Zealand, April 30th – May 1st 2016, ± 100 participants)

— ​5th FIG Young Surveyors Network European Meeting, Session 1 – The Evolution: Then, Now and Beyond I, (Helsinki, Finland, May 28th 2017, ± 50 participants)​

— ​Faculty of Geodesy stand for University Fair, 2014, 2015, 2016

— ​Faculty of Geodesy University of Zagreb Yearbook, 2014, 2015, 2016

— ​Committee Member for the Students Scientific Papers for the Chancellor’s Award, University of Zagreb, academic year 2015/2016

— Continuous mapping with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Osaka Earthquake, 2017 – mapped with HOT OSM, organised a one-day online mapping gathering within the Young Surveyors Network

Hurricane Irma & South Asian Floods – mapped with HOT OSM, organised a one-day online mapping gathering within the Young Surveyors Network

Earthquakes in Nepal, 2015 – mapped with HOT OSM, organised a “Fast Forward OSM Workshop: Helping to Map Nepal” at Faculty of Geodesy University of Zagreb, gathered 50+ people,

Christmas Humanitarian Action, Student Council at Faculty of Geodesy University of Zagreb, 2015,

Humanitarian Action “I Want Life” with Ana Rukavina Foundation – Voluntary Bone Marrow Donor Registry at Faculty of Geodesy University of Zagreb, Zagreb, 2015,

Floodings in the Balkan, 2014 – mapped with HOT OSM,

Humanitarian Aid – Donation of Computers (to people of Vukovar, Croatia) at Faculty of Geodesy University of Zagreb, 2014,

Christmas Humanitarian Action “It’s good to do good”, Student Council at Faculty of Geodesy University of Zagreb, 2014.

Last updated: January 2020

   Click on the button to download the CV in PDF format

Scroll to top