New Updates Released for Virginia Statewide Conservation Planning Application

New enhancements were rolled out Friday for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)’s best management practices (bmp) tracking application.  These updates included:

  • Complex conditional analysis tools to improve spatial querying capabilities across unique bmp types
  • More data added – threatened and endangered species, archaeological and architectural cultural resources, enhanced flood plain layer, and more
  • Improved staff efficiencies with new built in workflows to certify conservation plans
  • Provides training and tracking capabilities for conservation planner certification and recertification programs

Ping Pong Showdown in the Slip

The Shockoe business district became ping pong central on Thursday, June 21st, as a segment of Richmond’s creative industry turned their mutual love of table tennis into a charitable cause. The annual Shockoe Showdown Ping Pong Tournament brought more than fifty participants from over a dozen companies together in the Canal Crossing complex on South 15th St, in the center of the district. As part of the tournament, each sponsoring company donated $100 to the non-profit, Blue Sky Fund, with additional proceeds from registration fees.

Big congratuations to Timo Prousalis of Hue & Cry who won the competitive bracket and Gustavo Romero from Shockoe who won the social bracket!

“With so many kinds of businesses in Shockoe, from design to tech to advertising, we were looking for something that everyone had in common. Surprisingly, it was a love for ping pong, as many businesses had their own table and enthusiastic players,” said Beth Petersen, Director of Human Resources at WorldView Solutions. “It seemed like a perfect way to bring together this diverse community while raising money for an amazing non-profit.”

“The Blue Sky Fund is honored to be a part of this event, as it demonstrates the community’s commitment to our mission to provide unique outdoor experiences for urban youth,” said David Kunnen, Executive Director of the Blue Sky Fund. “The donation from the Shockoe Showdown will help us with programming that will build resiliency and character for kids in the Richmond area.”

Corporate sponsors for the event included WorldView Solutions, Randall Branding Agency, Torx, Tilt Creative + Production, Hue & Cry, Startup Virginia, Outdoor Access, Fulton Hill Properties, Kaléo, Baskervill, Southern Railway Taphouse and Shiplock Brewing.

“It’s a fun thing for the design district down here,” Petersen said. “There are so many creative people working in Shockoe and we want to interact with our neighbors and other companies. It’s a fun way to bring exposure to the amazing ecosystem developing in Richmond.”


New Team Members at WorldView!

WorldView strengthens team with new hires in GIS and Project Management.

Alisande Tombarge joins us from Lexington, Virginia as a part-time GIS Technician having just recently received her graduate certificate in Digital Mapping from the University of Kentucky.  She previously was an Associate Director for Conservation Partners where she served as geographic services coordinator overseeing the Baseline Documentation Report program including creating maps these reports and other purposes. Since starting at WorldView at the end of May, Alisande has been assisting our data maintenance team.

Kristin Cuff is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.  She brings over three years of project coordination experience and joins WorldView as a Business Analyst.  With our continued project work with the Virginia Department of Transportation, Kristin was added to the team to help bring the Smart Portal application to the finish line and is also assisting with our new Dam Safety project with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Parker Bradshaw is a GIS Analyst with previous experience at the Henrico County Planning Department where he developed web applications using ArcGIS Online to inform the public and gather citizen input.  He also worked for Mapcom Systems to troubleshoot and create maps for telecommunications providers, and he built complex automated models to create required reports for clients. At WorldView, Parker will serve as technology lead on our various Next Generation 911 data projects for local governments.

Chesapeake Conservancy Land Cover Mapping

Working with the University of Vermont, WorldView Solutions processed over 20 terabytes of raster data to categorize the Chesapeake Bay watershed into 12 land-cover types to support the Chesapeake Conservancy’s watershed and storm water management and conservation efforts. The dataset remains updated through a semi-automated workflow using raster analytics in the cloud to increase efficiencies and cost-effectiveness. Learn more about this project in the Spring 2018 edition of ArcUser.

WorldView Welcomes New Staff!

WorldView is happy to announce the conversion of Aaron Bowles and Manoj Kancharla from contractors to full time staff and also to welcome Jamie van Emmerik back after a stint in Ghana!

Aaron Bowles is a full stack developer on our Developer team.  He has been working on a range of activities for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)’s Smart Portal application from back end database work to front end web development.  He will soon be switching to work on enhancing the Dam Safety application for Virginia’s Department Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Glad to have him on board!

Jamie van Emmerik is re-joining the team as a GIS Technician and is dedicated to our data maintenance team working with localities to collect and update their tax parcels, addresses, and road centerlines. Previously he had been working on VGIN’s statewide land cover project. We are happy to have him back!

Manoj Kancharla started as a contractor in November 2017 and has been working as a Senior Developer on many projects during that time.  In addition to working on Newport News’s Cityworks implementation, Manoj has been focused on VDOT’s Smart Portal application.  He is now an integral part of the Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)’s VPA Biosolids application.

Meet the Team – Roy Gilb

Roy started as a GIS Specialist in December 2018 for WorldView Solutions and has quickly jumped into writing scripts to automate various workflows in addition to several Cityworks implementation projects for clients such as Spotsylvania and Henrico counties.  His previous work experience includes developing a suite of models for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage to map land conservation priorities in Virginia.

Fun Facts about Roy

What is something that is considered a luxury, but you don’t think you could live without? Spotify Premium. I love the idea of being simple and camping and going off grid, but the one thing I’ll always want is access to all music. 

What stat about your life would you most like to see? I really nerd out about all the running stats like steps taken, miles traveled, elevation gained.  I’m actually running the Boston Marathon this weekend.  **Update** Roy finished the marathon in 2 hours and 49 minutes averaging 6:28 minutes per mile! Way to go Roy! 

What irrational fear do you have? Nothing irrational, but you know when you’re swimming in a lake or the ocean and you feel like sharks or turtles are swimming around your feet? That or being the center of attention. 

Meet the Team – Angela Oakes

Angela is WorldView’s first Marketing Coordinator.  Her past work experience includes working in business development for the Henrico Economic Development Authority and in both proposal writing and GIS cartography at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.  Angela is a Richmond native and loves being back downtown in WorldView’s Shockoe Bottom office.

Getting to know Angela

What age do you wish you could permanently be? 30 because that’s how old I am now.  I feel like I always like my current age. 

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for? Seasonal decorating. Not just plain home decor, but specifically seasonal. I really enjoy that. I would crush it!

What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it? Starting a blog. I’ve started designing one, but haven’t actually written anything. It’ll be called ‘Adulting with Angela.’

Meet the Team – Hannah Maddy

Say hello to Hannah Maddy, our Office Administrator who keeps things running around here!  Hannah is involved in many facets of daily operations including supporting human resources and marketing, event planning, and greeting all our WorldView guests.  She is a recent graduate of University of Richmond where she studied Classical Civilization and Latin.

Learning more about Hannah

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received? Every decision is right at the moment you make it. 

How many times do you hit snooze in the morning? Way too many times and I don’t know how many because I do it in my sleep. 

What irrational fear do you have? When I’m driving up a hill and have to stop at a red light. I’m scared that when the light turns green that my car isn’t going to go forward and I’ll just roll backwards all the way down. 

Meet the Staff – Evan Bollinger

Evan is our newest GIS Technician to join the WorldView Solutions team.  He is a recent graduate of The University of Mary Washington where he received a BS in Geology, a certificate in GIS, and a BA in English. Evan has experience in geodatabase analysis, geoprocessing, and image interpretation.  Currently, Evan is working with some of our local government partners to update their public safety datasets to meet the Next Generation 911 standards.

Getting to know Evan

What do you wish you knew more about? Baking bread. I tried baking it a week ago and it went “blat.”

There are two types of people in the world. What are those two types? Cat people and dog people.  I like dogs more, but I act more like a cat. 

What book impacted you the most? Fahrenheit 451.  I read it in high school and still remember it. 


Meet the Staff – Roger Smith

Roger Smith joined WorldView in February 2018 as a Project Manager and has hit the ground running leading several projects for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP).  He is an avid cricket player (so English of him!) and co-coaches the University of Richmond’s Women’s Club Soccer team.  With degrees in Computer Science and experience in Java, C, and SQL, Roger has been a great addition to the team.  Roger brings 5 years of project management experience. His previous work also includes 15 years experience in the software industry and 10 years of financial sales and sales management.

Fun Facts about Roger:

What’s your claim to fame?  I played against Leicester City in the County Cup Final in 1993 and we beat them.  They won the Premiere League a couple years ago.

What irrational fear do you have?  I’m pretty rational.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?  I was on the beach on my honeymoon in Mauritius. There was a guy on the beach with kids running all around and he said to wait 5 years before you start having kids. My son was born 5 years and 13 days after we were married, so we followed that piece of advice pretty well.