When did you start at WorldView Solutions?
Just what is it that you do here?
I am a system architect and software developer. On the system architecture side, I’m responsible for making sure that our clients have the right combination of hardware, software, and networking infrastructure for implementing an enterprise GIS system. Much of my time is spent configuring and tuning servers and databases (primarily Oracle and SQL Server). If there is a question in any part of an Enterprise GIS System, it is usually my job to find the answer. In addition to database development, I spend a lot of time writing code for web and mobile mapping applications.
What recent project have you worked on where your key skills and specialties were utilized?
On the development side, I have worked on an ArcGIS Server web application for the US Air Force Air Combat Command. This is a particularly interesting site because of the unique security requirements and user experience requirements for an application that is used in all corners of the globe. On the database side, I have been writing much of the sql code for the roadway data inventory management system (RIMS) at the Virginia Department of Transportation. It’s a .NET/WCF/Oracle based system that is built on a very robust linear referencing system called RNS. Throughout the course of the project, I’ve had frequent opportunities to think about linear referencing in some new ways.
Before working at WorldView, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I’m a singer/songwriter and have been writing/performing music for most of my life. Music continues to be a side job since it has never provided much help in terms of paying the mortgage! The most unusual job I’ve ever had was cleaning carpets in Charlottesville for several summers while in college. While the job was cleaning carpets, something unusual would likely occur such as being asked to only move the furniture and no carpet cleaning. It was an interesting job!
How did you become involved in GIS?
I became interested in GIS and software development in general, while working for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). I was tasked with building a plotting tool for the petroleum release program. This was an ArcView 3.2/Avenue application that was installed on a computer in each of DEQ’s regional offices. Before long, I was getting my Masters degree in Information Technology at night and working on various GIS applications including DEQ’s (ArcIMS based) web mapping application during the day. It’s been a little over a decade since then and now I spend my days working on a wide variety of different mapping applications. However, I’m proud to say that I still have the opportunity to work on DEQ’s web mapping application, now an ArcGIS Server based application called VEGIS.