A short description of my professional career could be summed up in three words: leadership, education, and training, as leading initiatives, building relationships, and educating and training the key players has always been top priority to me. I offer sales and marketing support to local and state agency clients by providing technical solutions in an easy-to-understand format through software demonstrations, applicable workshops, co-authoring educational papers, and participating in conferences throughout the country. I maintain an active membership in numerous states and national organizations to stay informed and on top of GIS trends and evolving issues on how GIS plays a role in decision making processes.
Within the organizations I have been a member in, I have been both Vice-Chair and Chair of the International Association of Assessing Officials (IAAO) GIS and Mapping Section, and am currently the IAAO Delegate to the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO). The Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) is made up of representatives of eleven geospatial organizations and is involved in geospatial data and policy issues. COGO was developed to provide a forum for organizations concerned with national geospatial issues.
Early in my GIS career, I served as GIS account manager for Sidwell's Illinois sales efforts, where I provided technical information and consultation to prospective clients on GIS and related mapping products, services, computer hardware and software. I also served as Senior GIS Customer Engineer at Sidwell, where I gained experience in GIS project management including:
While at Sidwell I gained experience in cadastral map production, including drafting, graphic illustration, data compilation and layout, and checking.
My goal is to provide the answers and solutions to the questions all clients have regardless of where they are on their GIS journey, "What do I do next to get the most out of my GIS?" Answer - Let's talk and I'll tell you.
Relationship building, Developing Workshops and Seminars, Educating Adults, Negotiation, Personnel Management, Competitive Analysis, Personnel Job Descriptions, Creating and Answering Requests for Proposals, Sales, Project Management, Marketing
GIS technology is no longer a luxury for local government. It is an essential tool for any planning or decision making that involves geographic data. With over 85% of local government information tied to geographic locations the efficient use and accuracy of the GIS becomes a very important piece of the daily workflow.
I can help show you how to more efficiently collect and convert geographic information, maximize databases and mapping maintenance workflows, and creation of data modeling and GIS analysis.
Over 85% of local government information is tied to geographic locations...
Working with land records for over 25 years has taught me one sure thing. Every cadastral description can bring on a new mystery. More importantly every cadastral description can have an incredible amount of information tied to it, making it a veritable goldmine of information.
I can work together with you to make that information easier to understand and use.
Get more from your maps...
With so much information tied to geographic locations many State and Federal agencies maintain robust GIS databases that they make available free of charge.
Working together we can find the databases that will make the most sense for you to add to your GIS. I can also work with you to bring new data into your GIS so that it fits well with what you have already created. I can also help you find ways to make use of the information in a way that will make your office run more efficiently.
No need to reinvent the wheel...
Different local offices need to show more than one year of information. In some cases they may need to show only last year's information-- which can get confusing.
This can get confusing. Working together with your staff we can build a GIS database that will best fit your needs and your current workflows. More importantly we can work together to show your data in a way that the public can better understand the services that you are providing.
Presenting information in an easy and usable format
Combining my expertise with your knowledge of your dally workflows will help bring GIS to your office efficiently and will save you money, time and pain.
Change can be costly if not planned for or implemented correctly. Let's work together to see how we can help each other. Take a look at the information laid out on this website and let me know what you are hoping to accomplish and I can help you better understand the steps needed to get you there.
More efficiencies and cost savings through teamwork
Without proper planning the energies and moneys going into your GIS project may not only go to waste but in some cases may have to be thrown away.
The key is not to overbuild or under build. If it is too complicated it won't be used in the same way if it is too simple it may not have all the information that you need to complete your daily tasks. Having worked with both large and small offices, I have the skill to develop a GIS vision, strategy, and implementation plan to align with your office or multiple offices to meet everyone's business objectives.
One size does not fit all...
Having worked on many projects as a Project Manager and also in the sales arena has allowed me to see many types of Requests for Proposals. Some are good and some are bad.
The ugly truth is that sometimes even the good ones don't provide the client with what they really want. Cutting and pasting from existing RFPs is never a good idea. I will work with you to make sure that you can truly use want you are asking for.
What are the right questions?
Since everyone's needs are so different and every organization has different starting point to begin their GIS project it isn't unusual to find what looks like mismatched responses from the different vendors bidding on your project.
I will work together with you and the responding vendors to make sure that the questions at that you are asking are being legitimately answered. I will also work with you to better understand what each vendor will provide and the good and bad points of each method.
Apples and Oranges???
Throughout your GIS project, I will work with you and your staff members to provide skill-building workflows that will help you become self-sufficient at managing your daily tasks with the use of your GIS.
The experience that I gained by working with many different offices in many different States has given me the unique ability to help you and your staff better understand what your GIS can do and how to maximize its potential.
Taking off the training wheels...
There are so many tools and software packages that can make your life easier. The difficult part is getting it to fit in your life. People want to know that if they are bringing in something new that it will make their life less complicated.
I use common everyday language to help you and your staff members make better use of one of the most powerful tools that they will ever use. My implementation methods build on what they know and improve on what they do.
Using big words does not make your GIS smarter...
The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) is the internationally recognized leader and preeminent source for innovation, education, and research in property appraisal, assessment administration, and property tax policy.
CMS is a certified mapping professional who has met the minimum standards for ethical conduct and professional practice as established by IAAO. For more information view the following link: Cadastral Mapping Specialist
A GISP is a certified geographic information systems (GIS) Professional who has met the minimum standards for ethical conduct and professional practice as established by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI). For more information view the following link: GIS Professional
A senior mapping instructor will have met the requirements for a regular instructor and additionally meet the following requirements:
I am currently completing the requirements for my PMP certification. Project Management Institute (PMI) has created a certification program called Project Management Professional (PMP) which is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP demonstrates that the designees have the experience, education and competency to successfully lead and direct projects. The PMP recognizes demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams. For more information view the following link: Project Management Institute (PMI)
Principles and Techniques of Cadastral Mapping is intended to be a comprehensive, interactive program to introduce entry-level map maintenance personnel and assessment technicians to the field of cadastral mapping. Students are presented with basic mapping principles and techniques and are expected to demonstrate basic skills that will allow them to plot deeded descriptions in both the metes and bounds land description system and the Public Land Survey System. Principles and Techniques of Cadastral Mapping utilize lectures, classroom discussion, and exercises to emphasize the main concepts and procedures taught in the course.
Cadastral Mapping-Methods and Applications is intended to be a continuation of the mapping science curriculum. It exposes students to aspects of protocol and legal principles that are not covered in Course 600. This course utilizes lectures, classroom discussion and exercises to emphasize the main concepts and procedures taught during the week.
This workshop introduces assessment mapping and related information. It covers the functions and types of assessment maps, mapping techniques, methods of conveying property rights, base maps, land description systems, work maps, parcel identification, mapping system maintenance, and the use of computers in mapping. Practical exercises illustrate the mapping procedures described in the text.
This workshop is designed for appraisal practitioners with little or no knowledge of GIS who would like to learn. The emphasis is on the day to day operations of GIS. Some attention will also be given to developing a GIS system and database. The first day deals with the basic fixtures and functions of a GIS. The second day covers specific aspects of valuation and assessment administration, including highest and best use analysis, neighborhood analysis, quality control, and valuation defense.
This workshop is an expanded version of the one day "Building a Cadastral Map".
Reviewing the principles and methods learned and steps needed to create a cadastral mapping system. It includes an overview of the different documents and materials needed to create a strong mapping system.
Attendees will be reviewing the different strengths and weaknesses of the many surveying, control and base maps that are used in the creation of cadastral mapping systems.
Worksheets and handouts are used to strengthen the attendees' understanding of land records, legal description and mapping techniques and how they are used in the creation of a cadastral mapping system. Concluding with the attendees crating a portion of a cadastral mapping using the techniques learned.
Have you ever found yourself working on a legal description mumbling "There is no place like home, there is no place like home" while clinking your heels together? If you have then "Lines, Tangents & Bearings...Oh, My!!! " is the workshop for you.
This workshop is constructed for people who have a basic understanding of legal descriptions. It is also a good workshop if you are at an intermediate level of working with legal descriptions and could use some practice to hone your skills. This workshop will give you a better understanding of the use of scales, protractors and land compasses along with tips for measuring and converting dimensions. We will also be reviewing the Public Land Survey System and metes and bound descriptions. All without having to worry about flying monkeys.
Have you ever had the impression that working with legal descriptions is next to impossible? Or, have you ever had the impression that if you did anything wrong while working with a legal description that your superiors would disavow any knowledge of you or your work.
If you have felt this way then "Mission Impossible III - Understanding Legal Descriptions " is the workshop for you. This workshop is constructed for people who have very little or just a basic understanding of legal descriptions. It is also a good workshop if you are at an intermediate level of working with legal descriptions and could use some practice to hone your skills. Should you accept this mission to better understand legal descriptions you will be amazed at how the impossible becomes possible.
This is intended as an introductory class that will appeal to those familiar with parcel mapping and interested in learning about geographic information systems. It assumes that the student is familiar with parcel mapping and property descriptions, and that they have a working knowledge of basic PC computer systems and desktop software.
The class is, by design, broad in scope, attempting to give the student a sense for many of the issues that surround GIS. It presents topics ranging from traditional cartographic principles and map design to the role of relational database systems and the underlying geometric principles that support even the most casual use of GIS.
This is a great course for those who are new to reading and plotting legal descriptions and for those with more experience but need a practice. It is a very "hands-on" workshop with many worksheets and handouts to enhance the learning experience.
Starting with a look at the many types of legal descriptions. Working though the Public Lands system and Metes & Bounds this workshop will conclude with calculating area size of many different parcel shapes. Some with dimensions some without.
This is a "hands on" course for the beginner to the moderately-experienced user that covers the many aspects of map maintenance.
We will begin with a look at the different types of surveying practices used in creating the original map. The students will review the Public Land Survey System and how it benefits us when working with legal descriptions. We will cover how a section of land is divided and the different types of descriptions used in legal documents. The course will include an explanation and demonstration of basic metes and bounds descriptions, angles and bearings, basic area calculations and dealing with conflicting legal descriptions.
This workshop reviews the basic steps needed to create a cadastral mapping system. It includes an overview of the different documents and materials needed to create a strong mapping system. Attendees will be reviewing the different strengths and weaknesses of the many surveying, control and base maps that are used in the creation of cadastral mapping systems.
Worksheets and handouts are used to strengthen the attendees' understanding of land records, legal description and mapping techniques and how they are used in the creation of a cadastral mapping system.
This is a more advanced workshop than the Basic Legal Descriptions. It is a "hands on" course for the moderately-experienced user that covers the many aspects of legal descriptions. It is recommended that students take the Basic Legal Descriptions or equivalent prior to taking this course.
We will begin with manually constructing legal descriptions with bearings and azimuths. We will look into how curves are described in legal documents. The course will end with an explanation of ambiguous legal descriptions and a few clues to solving them.
It seems that the more you work with maintaining maps the more you realize that things just don't always fit like they should.
This "hands-on" course is more advanced and it is recommended that the student take the Basic Map Maintenance workshop or equivalent prior to taking this class.
A variety of worksheets and handouts will be used to help enforce the techniques taught in this class. We will be working with more advanced field angles, curves and legal descriptions. We will finish up with an exercise where the students use what they have learned.
The Surveying, Control and Base Maps workshop introduces attendees to the many types of historical surveys that make up our cadastral fabric. Students will be using worksheets and handouts to learn better ways to convert old survey dimensions into today's more familiar measurements.
The importance of control and the types of control is also covered. Along with the most common base maps used in cadastral mapping. The final exercise will use aerial photography as a base map to review the different types of tips, tricks and standards learned in class.
Things would be so much easier if legal descriptions fit well together and didn't included any ambiguous text that would make plotting out parcels more difficult than they are.
Students will review the basic types of legal descriptions and gain a better understanding of how parcel fit together though lecture and hands on worksheets.
This workshop expects that students will have a good understanding of how to plot out legal descriptions. This workshop will also work with accepted methods for dealing with ambiguous legals to allow the mapper to make better decisions when creating or maintaining cadastral maps.
Not only can legal descriptions be ambiguous but so can maps. In the final part of the workshop we will cover how maps, especially GIS maps, can be misinterpreted.
Whether you are working across the counter or on the phone with someone dealing with your assessment, CAMA or GIS information, I am sure we have all heard the same thing: "That isn't how it's done in the neighboring county." It gets even more confusing when you are a taxing district, emergency services district or municipality that crosses over one or more county lines. Federal, State, and Local Government have been struggling with this issue for some time now and continue to bump into multiple walls or hurdles that either hinder their progress or stop it altogether. This workshop will review how the 6 counties in the Chicagoland area (DuPage, McHenry, Lake, Cook, Kane and Will Counties, IL) have worked together to come up with a set of standards that will allow them to share their GIS data in a way that is usable by the surrounding jurisdictions.
This presentation will be of primary interest to the GIS users. This presentation will also be of interest to the Assessment and CAMA users who deal with multi-jurisdictional issues and tax districts that cross county boundaries. I am in the midst of trying to get one of the participants to give this workshop with me. Either way, I will bring flash drives to hand out that include the final draft of their standards document along with a link to the website where they discuss more about the process that they used to create their standards so that everyone can take it home and be able to review on their own.
The foundation of a house is important to both the longevity of the building and to its ability to support additions. The same holds true to the building of a Geographic Information System. Standards and uses of GIS have not only changed immensely over the past 10 years but as municipalities and counties are looking at more enterprise solutions, existing and new GIS projects have to be more robust. This workshop will look at some important standards integral to a GIS so its foundation can withstand the tasks that it is being asked to accomplish. It will also review the three most basic methods used to build most Geographic Information Systems, and analyze the shortfalls and benefits of each. The ultimate objective: to give the user a better idea as to how the GIS can be used, updated or modified to better fit their needs.
This presentation will be of interest to the Assessment, CAMA and GIS users to help them better understand how their GIS was created. This knowledge will help them better understand how the steps involved in the creation or conversion of their GIS data dictates how it can be used or added to. This workshop is an updated version of the workshop that was presented at the IAAO Councils and Sections conference in Charleston, South Carolina in 2006.
You are always looking for ways to show off your GIS to decision-makers and the public. In an explosion of color, this session will show you easy examples of how to use your GIS for economic development, assessment, street and road management, re-districting, emergency management, and more.
Will your GIS stand up to heavy and long-term use because you've built it on a solid foundation? Or will it fall down because it wasn't built right the first time? This session will review the pros and cons of a variety of data conversion methods.
Free-ware GIS...is there such a thing? This session will review methods that can be employed to reduce the cost of implementing a GIS solution for your business or local government featuring solutions that are free to your staff, citizens, and customers.
Many local government entities still use outdated, inaccurate, or even non-existent parcel maps. The needs of their user communities often warrant or demand a highly accurate GIS parcel data model, supported by digital orthophotography. In these conditions a scan and warp workflow is not sufficient. This session addresses the requirements and methodology needed to reconstruct a GIS cadastral parcel base from original land records; the "from scratch" approach. Topics include determination and evaluation of source records, orthophotography, parcel compilation methods and philosophies, research issues, recommended GIS data model, and parcel maintenance issues.
Performing GIS data conversion right the first time is always best. But what if you inherit a GIS with less than accurate data content or less than complete features? This session will help you review your options to clean up your GIS and get things on the right track.
This session introduces the power of GIS as a tool for storing and retrieving large amounts of information. The fundamental elements and data structures of a GIS will be explained, and a demonstration on the utility of this technology to obtain fast, accurate and reliable information will be included. Attendees will also learn how GIS can improve the quality and integrity of their existing information systems.
Anything that is built to last has a strong foundation. It is no different with building a lasting and strong GIS. The session reviews the different type of surveys, control and base maps that make up a GIS. The good, the bad and the ugly.
Maps are everywhere. They are so prevalent that many of us take them for granted. This fun session reviews the history of maps; from the very first map found on caves to what we use today to help guide us in our many daily tasks. We will also look at the "first GIS" and where and how we are using GIS maps in cars, phones and in our work.
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Very much an international flavor, but it's a good read and has a lot of great ideas.
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Maps, GIS, news blog, updated regularly by mappers.
Everything GIS focused on ESRI from a New Zealand perspective.
A great combination of many things spatial.
An Australian blog that includes good GIS information along with some helpful guides and tutorials.
As you can see, I enjoy reading. Take a look at what I'm reading and what's on my bookshelf. I tend to always have at least two books going at the same time. I have to admit that using my new IPad is fast becoming my favorite way to read.
I tend to give away the fiction books that I read but have read most of anything by Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett, Janet Evanovich, Jim Butcher (Dresden Files & Alera), Dick Francis, John Grisham, Patricia Cromwell, James Patterson, Sue Graften and others that I can't think of right now...