I have been with Esri since 2000 when I came here from the Army. Since 2009, I have been working on the World Topo Map for Esri. My contributions are contours, tree canopy, spot elevations, hillshades and various other layers. I have create these layer or helped contributors on hundreds of cities, counties, states and countries through out the globe. I'm responsible for the spot elevations across the globe and most of contours. I use satellite imagery, lidar, DEMs and many other sources to accomplish this.
Here are some highlights of my career and things I have worked on:
Community Basemap (World Topo Map) training, support and prototyping from start of program to now.
Prototyping the processing and the production of the contours used in the World Topo Map globally.
Prototyping the processing and produced the World Tree Canopy for World Topographic Map globally.
Development of auto extraction of features such as buildings or trees from lidar.
I have extracted millions of buildings and trees from lidar.
Development of tool to help with semi-automatic extraction of buildings and other features from imagery using Segment Mean Shift.
Developed Trees from LiDAR for ArcGIS (extracted 3 million trees in St. Louis region in first run 5 years ago).
Developed several innovative ways of extracting Spot Elevations from DEMs globally and locally using LiDAR
Developed a new global DEM using ASTERGDEMv2 and SRTMv3 with mosaic dataset functions.
One of the tech leads on mapping an entire country after 911 in 30 days.
Onsite support for NGA for many years and production of their products (Prototyped the current ICM production. Worked and supported production of in production of TLM, JOGs, DNC, TPCs and Urban databases/products.
Taught classes to NGA, Harris, Boeing, Digital Globe, Community Maps Contributors
10 years in the U.S. Army, over 5 as a Terrain Analyst (Geospatial Intelligence). Worked at Joint Analysis Center in the UK, 4th ID, III Corps, and 1-116th in the 29th Light Infantry.
Worked as a Surveyor for a year.
Graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Geography with a minor in Art.
Illustrated 6 books.