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Air Force CBSA Next Phase

Worldview will be re-engaging with the US Air Force via Mantech International, a leader in C4ISR, cyber security, systems engineering, global logistics, to complete the pilot CBSA (Contingency Beddown Selection & Assessment) application and rolling it out to be used in the field by Air Force fuel and munitions planners.  This entails completion of the Fuels Support Equipment Calculator and adding a basic GIS-based site placement capability to CBSA for fuels and munitions storage areas.

 

 

 

 

WorldView Hosts Computer Science Training Session for Area Teachers

On October 15, 2016, a group of 30 Richmond area public school teachers joined CodeVA and WorldView Solutions for a full day computer science learning session.  Led by Chris Dovi, founder of CodeVA, which strives to provide much needed support for computer science education in the community, teachers who are new to introducing the computer sciences to area students were informed and inspired.  WorldView President, Jamie Christensen, addressed the group, describing various applications of computer science in the workplace,  its impact on the world at large, and how students can benefit from a sparked interest in the field both now and in the future.  He also shared his thoughts on the ways students might prepare to enter this field, as well as information about upcoming internship opportunities in the business community and at WorldView.

Jamie Christensen Profiled by Virginia Council of CEOs

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meet jamie christensen, ceo, worldview solutions

Jamie Christensen of WorldView Solutions

Meet Jamie Christensen, CEO, WorldView Solutions. He’s a father, a Durham, North Carolina, native, and a classical guitarist. He spun a bit of vinyl and managed a college radio station back in the day. Today, he’s a first-time entrepreneur who uses phrases like “I’m in heaven” and “I’m getting a kick out of it” when asked how business ownership is treating him.

Jamie’s got a soft spot for start-ups, and he believes RVA is on the cusp of greatness. Here’s a little more about this new VACEOs member.

Q: You started WorldView Solutions in 2000. Briefly describe your background in business prior to starting the company.
A. My first internship in college was with The Conservation Fund, out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. That opportunity led me to do my senior thesis on the ways environmental organizations were using spatial technologies and how this was changing their worldview  from a qualitative approach to a more quantitative approach to conservation. That experience landed me a job as a GIS specialist with the U.S. Forest Service after graduation. I worked at a 20,0000-acre former Army TNT depot an hour south of Chicago as part of an effort to transform the property into a multi-use tallgrass prairie. A year later, I moved to Newport News and was hired by a company called GeoDecisions. By 2000, I was ready to take the plunge and strike out on my own.

Jamie Christensen, CEO, WorldViewQ: When you meet someone at a party, how do you describe what you do for a living?
A: I tell them, “Google Maps on steroids.” We build custom software applications that layer proprietary data – for example, a natural gas company’s pipes and wells and other facilities, or a town’s sewers and water mains and electrical lines – onto satellite-generated maps to support more efficient management of that infrastructure and better decision-making.

Q. Thinking about the projects you have waiting for you at the office, describe the task or project that excites you the most and tell us why.
A:  One of our growth areas is developing software products – for existing customers, new customers or through investments in Richmond start-ups. WorldView is currently the technology partner with a Richmond start-up called Outdoor Access that is aiming to connect outdoor enthusiasts with private land opportunities in much the same way that Airbnb and Uber operate. I’m excited about using our team’s unique experience and expertise to help grow Richmond’s start-up ecosystem.

Q. What’s the state of Richmond’s start-up ecosystem?
A. I think Richmond is at a tipping point as far as getting on a national stage. If we want to grow the region – and businesses in the region – we need to be known as a place where start-ups come to live, grow and take off. We’re right on the cusp of being one of those places – like Durham.
Richmond needs an identity. We need something we’re known for – not just our beer or restaurant scene. I’m excited because I see the opportunity to make that happen in the next three to five years. There are some really interesting things happening with start-ups in the transportation sector here, and there are several start-up companies that I’m working with that are offering location-based services that I think are exciting.

WorldView Client, DEQ, Wins Governor’s Technology Award

WorldView Solutions client, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), won a Governors Technology Award for Innovative Use of Big Data and Analytics at the 2016 Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS)DEQ completed a major initiative to modernize its Comprehensive Environmental Data System (CEDS) application and retire the legacy tool.  The WorldView Solutions team made significant contributions to this effort by building and migrating multiple modules in the Water Modernization Program in the new CEDS platform.   CEDS is instrumental in internal DEQ data management and sharing but also improves the ability of the agency to respond to data requests from citizens, other states and the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

VDOT Statewide Highway Maintenance Management System (HMMS) Selection

WorldViewDTS Solutions was selected by Data Transfer Solutions (DTS), makers of VUEWorks, to support implementation of a new statewide asset management system for the Virginia Department of Transportation.  The new GIS based solution will replace multiple legacy systems to provide a single integrated platform for managing VDOT’s and DRPT’s vast (2nd largest DOT in the nation) inventory of roadway, structures, and signage.  An advantage of the VUEWorks platform is ease of managing work orders and inspections using lightweight mobile devices regardless of available connectivity in the field.  VDOT’s new HMMS will leverage other VDOT systems that WorldView supports including the Customer Service Center application and the Roadway Inventory Management System (RIMS). 

 

City of Franklin Contract Award

WorldView Solutions has been awarded a contract to deliver updates and enhancements to the City of Franklin, Virginia’s Geographic Information System (GIS). Notable services to be provided include: design and migration of the City’s existing geodatabase to the Esri Local Government Information Model; the creation of an electric utilities geospatial dataset; and development of public and secure access GIS web applications. In addition, WorldView will be providing updates for existing cadastral, public utilities administrative and base map datasets, as well as ongoing system maintenance services. In recent months, WorldView has provided public safety GIS data updates and configured a high precision GPS field data collection solution for the City.

ParcelViewer Upgrade

WorldView is completing the process of transitioning all existing clients using the ParcelViewer application to a new code base.   The City of Waynesboro and the Counties of Caroline and Dinwiddie are the latest customers to be transitioned to the new application which includes performance improvements and a fresh, modern interface. 

 

WorldView Assists Area Teachers and Students

WorldView has teamed up with CodeVA, a Richmond-based nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science education in Virginia by instructing teachers and students.  Based in Richmond, Code VA’s teacher training efforts and outreach to districts, parents and policymakers assumes a statewide footprint. Currently fewer than 10% of Virginia schools offer computer science courses. Meanwhile more than 70% of STEM-field jobs are Computer Science jobs.  In the classroom, Code VA “teaches kids to code.”  WorldView will assist this fall with both classroom coding instruction and student workshops, and teacher training.

 

WorldView Named one of America’s Fastest Growing Companies

Inc 500 LogoWorldView Solutions is ranked as one of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies for 2016.  Inc. Magazine ranks the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the nation based on revenue. With a three year growth rate of 91% and $5 million in annual revenue for 2015, WorldView is pleased to be one of 29 Richmond-area businesses with this distinction.

Richmond-area companies on the Inc. 5000 and their rank, three-year growth rate, annual revenue, and industry sector:
No. 205: Health Warrior; 1,187 percent; $9.8 million; food & beverage
No. 280: American Pillowcase; 1,400 percent; $6.5 million; retail
No. 462: The Hilb Group; 820 percent; $36.8 million; insurance
No. 603: LeGault Homes; 652 percent; $7.5 million; construction
No. 805: Blue Ridge Product Solutions; 495 percent; $8.9 million; retail
No. 931: 37th Parallel Properties; 424 percent; $2.4 million; real estate
No. 1067; Impact Makers; 366 percent; $17.8 million; IT services
No. 1075: ProfitOptics; 362 percent; $2.6 million; IT services
No. 1088: Dietitians on Demand; 354 percent; $4.5 million; health
No. 1191: Wellborn + Wright; 327 percent; $3 million; manufacturing
No. 1221: IST Research; 318 percent; $5.8 million; software
No. 1517: Brandito; 250 percent; $3.1 million; advertising and marketing
No. 1744: Allegiancy; 213 percent; $4.6 million; real estate
No. 2062: Taradel; 181 percent; $10.9 million; advertising and marketing
No. 2063: Global Sumi Technologies; 181 percent; $2.6 million; IT services
No. 2113: Unlimited Air Mechanical; 176 percent; $4.6 million; construction
No. 2448: Mosquito Squad; 146 percent; $30.2 million; consumer products and services
No. 2696: The Frontier Project; 130 percent; $4.1 million; business products and services
No. 3300: TDBBS; 100 percent; $35.8 million; consumer products and services
No. 3411: Cornerstone RPO; 96 percent; $12.3 million; human resources
No. 3483: WorldView Solutions; 91 percent; $5 million; software
No. 3622: Dominion Payroll Services; 86 percent; $8.1 million; human resources
No. 4036: Dynamic Mobile Imaging; 72 percent; $10.4 million; health
No. 4394: UDig; 59 percent; $22.3 million; IT services
No. 4442: Timmons Group; 58 percent; $55.5 million; engineering
No. 4572: Whitlock; 54 percent; $271.4 million; business products and services
No. 4710: CapitolMac; 50 percent; $2.3 million; retail
No. 4714: CapTech Ventures; 50 percent; $103.3 million; IT services
No. 4830: NetSearch Direct; 46 percent; $2.7 million; advertising and marketing

DEQ Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) Project Award

As part of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Water Modernization Program effort, the WorldView Team will migrate and enhance DEQ’s legacy Pollution Abatement permitting application. A Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) permit may be issued by DEQ whenever an owner handles waste and wastewater in a manner that does not involve discharging to sewage treatment or to state waters under a valid Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit.