I’ve been very technically adept from a young age. I was fascinated by the fact that various computer parts could be combined to create a working system. I've dabbled with computers, networking, scripting, hardware, and web design. I grew up installing my first video card on my first scrap computer to writing a super basic Space Invaders in DrScheme in grade school; setting up my family’s network to setting up my university’s network; starting up a server node for the military to managing the server's parent; using industry leading software to implementing applications my own. This knowledge in computers made it easy for me to excel in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) field, where all these skills can significantly enhance a user's experience. I absolutely enjoy what I do, and I hope that this site gives you an idea about how much GIS is a part of my life!
My first professional experience with GIS was with the United States Marine Corps (USMC). I was assigned a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 0261 - Geospatial Intelligence Analyst. Other than basic training, I went through a 9 month course at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) where I picked up a lot of the skills related to data analysis and map production. As an analyst I utilized a multitude of GIS programs such as ArcGIS, Erdas Imagine, ENVI, and SOCET GXP. It wasn’t long before I was given the opportunity to spearhead the data management for our platoon and manage our server's web services, production queue, and web-based mapping applications. I was also able to work closely with a replication of an SDE database hosted on our server that contributed heavily to the Marine Corps Geodatabase (MCGDB). I'm proud to have experience from solo deployments as well as team-oriented cells in support of major operations. I've taken my experience past active duty military and continue to support the military as a contractor for APEX Expert Solutions LLC as a Geospatial Team Lead. Again, my knowledge has allowed me to lead a team to expand its capabilities to support multiple customers and sites.
My greatest interest in GIS is web mapping. I find that they are some of the most effective tools that connect the ever-growing population of GIS consumers to the relatively small community of GIS analysts. The rapidly expanding technology empowers users, and allows analysts to excel at handling massive and complex datasets. I also enjoy dabbling into 3D modeling of GIS features/analysis. When applicable, I always try to bring these powerful capabilities to customers. I have a section of my site dedicated to projects, tools, or lessons that I have found particularly useful. I’ve built many customizable models, scripts, workflows, and small applications to meet customized goals. As I venture further and further into the development world, I hope to share examples of my GIS experience to benefit any community that may need it. I look forward to continuing my career in GIS and I am always expanding my horizons on many different aspects.