Geospatial Technology

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) et. al.

As COO of CivicMapper and a one-time urban planning/urban design consultant, I have used geospatial technology extensively. My experience comes from numerous professional, academic, and voluntary mapping projects and pursuits, and generally encompasses:

  • Traditional desktop GIS software and databases
  • The ever-evolving world of geospatial technology for the web
  • Spatial analysis and modeling, with an emphasis on raster processing (map algebra!)
  • Focused web application development (that emphasizes maps, of course)
  • GIS-supported approach to iterative urban planning and design workflows (occassionally referred to as GeoDesign).

As part of my job is to keep on top of trends in geospatial technology and implement them for my customers, I'm quite literally learning new things everyday. Suffice to say, if it relates to geospatial technology: if I haven't already done it, I probably know enough about it to do it, or can work out how to do it—and I'll be happy to help you do it too.

Applied GIS

Beyond technology implementation, I've done a bit of applied GIS work, including:

  • Ecological pattern analysis (terra and hydro patches and connectivity) to support landscape vulnerability mapping
  • Urban pattern analysis to map multi-modal connectivity, neighborhood walkability, population and employment density, and suitability for urban development types
  • Viewshed analysis (raster and vector) to support scenic landscape assessments and develop an understanding of land value
  • Topographic surface analysis (slope, slope setbacks, aspect, etc.) to support site planning and design
  • Surficial hydrology modeling for stormwater management and watershed planning
  • Multivariate analysis to determine outdoor parks/recreation/tourism management needs
  • Composite Values Level of Service (CVLOS) modeling to identify the quality, location, and gaps in recreation opportunities provided by municipal park system
  • Multi-origin, multi-friction surface connectivity modeling