I have over 20 years of experience as a GIS professional with time spent in many different arenas in this diverse field. I've been a cartographic technician, digitizing and attributing maps. I've been a programmer, writing macros, scripts, and tools to automate repetitive tasks. I've spent time as a project manager, supervising editors and verifying that quality control practices are in place and being followed, and that production stays on schedule. I've been in a position of a trainer, with ability to break down complicated processes into easy to understand ideas and successfully share those with an audience. I've been a coordinator on a national program, traveling to satellite offices, making sure that standards are being met and constantly looking for efficiencies that might be made. I've worked as an analyst, finding ways to migrate or translate data from many different sources into our current data model, or ways to move our data into our next data model. I've served as an NRM account manager, representing the ALP LSRS application. And lastly, I've served as customer support, working with many different types of help desks and configuration management systems. I've spent time working in an ISO certified government subcontractor firm and been involved in developing and following application product workflows and project workflows.
As a member of the National ALP Team, I fulfill the role of GIS specialist. I troubleshoot problems our users have, look for enhancements to our processes based on emerging technology, and create cartographic products as needed.
One of my primary duties includes serving as the spatial migration consultant for Regional ALP spatial coordinators.
I troubleshoot problems that spatial coordinators encounter during their data collection and conversion.
I also develop and test new migration tools and methods.
I ensure that the tools are compatible with current Forest Service software and ALP applications and that the data willl meet ALP Coverage Data Dictionary as well as Forest Service Core Data Dictionary standards.
I track the progress of the spatial migration at each Region.
I post that progress, current versions of all the spatial migration tools and documentation on the ALP FSwebsite.
One of my major accomplishments so far has been a training session for Regions 2, 3, 4 and 6.
ALP spatial and status coordinators came to Portland for a two day session going over a final migration process involving the linking of their spatial data to the converted LOS data in an Oracle database.
Started out as a cartographic technician and worked my way up to a project manager. The bulk of the work performed in the shop entailed the creation of DLGs and DEMs for USGS using in house software. Frequently I ended up working independently on special projects for government agencies such as Cascade Volcano Observatory or Washington DNR, or developing processes on pilot projects for larger projects the shop was going to take on.
My daily activities included providing technical guidance in the use of various GIS software such as Arc/Info, ArcView, LT4X, Prosix and operating systems such as Unix, Windows NT, Sun and hardware such plotters and digitizing tablets.
I managed projects involving the creation of DLG's for the USGS national database, Arc/Info coverages of assorted themes including geology, hypsography, hydrography, and transportation for the Cascade Volcano Observatory, soil coverages for the NRCS, and final editing of township coverages for the Region 6 ALP effort, to name a few.
For ALP specifically, my responsibilities included: converting several existing forest service amls written for Unix Arc/Info to Windows NT compatability, creating new amls for that project, writing technical instructions, training other staff and answering technical questions from Forest Service personnel.
I have been responsible for the creation, integrity and delivery of several forests.
I worked on ALP spatial migration for Region 6 townships for over 3 years.
When not working on ALP, the rest of my time was devoted to my aforementioned responsibilities, and the development of better process, amls and instructions for new projects.
As our shop became ISO certified, I was the responsible party for ensuring that all DLG collection processes adhered to ISO standards.
Courses: Oracle PL/SQL & SQL*Plus, 2000; What's New in Arc/Info 8, 2000; Visual Basic workshop, 1997; Advanced Arc/Info, 1997; Bourne Shell Programming workshop, 1996; Prosix & Termplot training, 1996;
Languages: SQL, Unix, DOS, AML
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