The combined use of millions of observations and mathematical constructs in approximating the world around us is particularly fascinating to me. During my undergraduate study of Geomatics I began working with airborne lidar and have enjoyed it in the nine years since. My inclination toward the computational side of things has led to extensive programming over the years, primarily for processing and analysis of lidar derived point clouds.
I spent six years with Aero-Metric (Quantum Spatial) in their Alaska office learning the fundamentals and cultivating an enjoyment for passing that knowledge on. I was fortunate enough to work in all phases of production, from trajectory processing and calibration straight through to derivative generation and analysis. During that time I came to supervise a subset of the lidar department, training new employees and providing quality control for their work. It was very rewarding to facilitate the growth of others in the industry.
In 2013 I was hired to be the Lead Lidar Analyst for Kodiak Mapping Inc., an aerial lidar & photogrammetry firm based in Palmer, Alaska. In this role I have helped to improve production workflows and standards compliance. I have also been able to develop programs to improve efficiency and provide customized deliverables and analysis for our clients.
The geospatial community in Alaska is wonderful to be a part of. I’ve had the privilege of teaching as an adjunct instructor in the department of Geomatics at the University of Alaska, and presently serve on their professional advisory board. I sit on the Board of Directors for the local Surveying and Mapping conference and have been their treasurer for a number of years. I have served as president of the Alaska Region of ASPRS, where I currently am a regional representative.