Employment Opportunity: Aeronautical Information Specialist

VerticalGeo currently has the following employment opportunities:

Aeronautical Information Specialist:

Job Description:  Aeronautical Information Specialists perform a wide range of duties covering aeronautical and airfield source analysis. Responsibilities include reviewing aeronautical source information, developing terminal procedures from foreign aeronautical source documents, and reviewing aeronautical products prior to delivery.  Specialists have comprehensive experience with and knowledge of aeronautical procedures in their support of national security goals and strategies. They research, collect, analyze, evaluate, integrate and recommend sources for the production of aeronautical data and products.

Required Experience:  B.S. in Aeronautics.  In lieu of degree at least an FAA Commerical Certificate and Instrument rating and at least 500 flight hours to include at least 25 hours in simulated or actual instrument conditions.  Military aircrew members with at least 4 years experience is acceptable.  In lieu of airman credentials, Air Traffic Controllers must have at least four years of controlling experience to include experience with terminal instrument procedures.  Supervises the production of geospatial data and products to specification per defined procedures.   Performs routine and difficult feature attribution processes.  Manage production of work packages and provide interface to project management.  Demonstrate mastery of established aeronautical information production processes, software, and tools on a daily basis.  Provide technical expertise and on-the-job training of workflow processes, lead normal tasks and projects, and make regular recommendations for process and productivity improvements.  Extensive experience with the  Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Bentley V8i Map, and FTP data transfer processes.  Excellent written and oral communications skills.  Able to supervise others in the completion of the aeronautical information workflow.

If you are interested in this opportunity please send your resume to Dr. Rick Marshall at rick.marshall@verticalgeo.com

International Year of Light

Thanks to our friend Brittany K. L. Mabry for putting together a great article on the International Year of Light for LiDAR News. Expect to hear lots of information regarding the use of LiDAR and other light-based technology over the next year.  Here is a link to the article:

http://www.lidarnews.com/content/view/11124/136/

New LiDAR Project

Half way done tonight with our 5 week LiDAR classification/cleanup project for the Arkansas Department of Fish and Wildlife. The screenshot below is a 1 mile by 1 mile tile that includes over 8 million points. Airborne LiDAR uses an aircraft equipped with a laser scanner to image the earth’s surface. It doesn’t take color pictures, but takes a snapshot of the earth’s elevation. So the below tile includes a creek running through a culvert under a road. The creek is the lowest elevation and is represented by a magenta color. The road is the highest elevation and is represented by a green color. I enjoy working with LiDAR and the tools you can produce from the data. It just takes forever to process, classify, and clean up.

LiDAR_Cleaup_20141014

VerticalGeo’s Airfield Experience Map: Google Maps API

VerticalGeo’s Airfield Experience Map: ArcGIS Online

Here is a VerticalGeo’s Airfield Experience Map. VerticalGeo collectively has over 65 years experience as subject matter experts on integrating GIS and aerial photography technology into airfield operations and over 40 years experience serving the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command (AMC). This map displays the airfields where we have boots-on-ground experience.

Please click on the aircraft symbol to drill down into the information for each of the airfields.

You can click on the “View Larger Map” link at the bottom of the map or use the following link to go to the ESRI ArcGIS Online version of this map:

http://bit.ly/YiCJNv


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The White Board Doodles that Became Google Maps

Here is a link to a Sidney Morning Herald article that discusses how the doodles on the whiteboard of an Australian small tech startup called Where 2 eventually changed the world by morphing into Google Maps. The article shows what you can accomplish with a good idea and a good sense of timing. Even more than the lessons of technology Noel Gordon talks about the lessons of agility and flexibility small businesses bring to the marketplace. Here is the link:

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/revealed-the-whiteboard-doodles-that-became-google-maps-20140826-108een.html

Using Terrestrial LiDAR for Cultural Heritage Documentation

In July VerticalGeo hosted the ASPRS Heartland Region‘s monthly Technical Presentation. Brittany Mabry, a graduate student from the University of ArkansasCenter for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), presented on “Using Terrestrial LiDAR for Cultural Heritage Documentation.” It was a fascinating presentation that highlighted how Brittany, and the CAST team has used, and taught others to use, Terrestrial LiDAR to digitally capture 3-D imagery of cultural heritage resources around the globe. This is wonderful technology that will allow us to capture and preserve in 3-D those historic places that define our world. Here is Brittany’s presentation:

US National Map Corps

Last week I attended a web-based presentation by USGS on the National Map Corps. I don’t know if you are familiar with USGS’s National Map or not, but it is a great resource for finding and downloading information. I had not heard of the USGS National Map Corps before, so this was good news to me.

USGS has adopted the same editing environment for the National Map Corps that OpenStreetMap has used for a few years (Potlatch). It works well, is simple to use, and they use it to update a few features for the US Topo Map. The features you can currently edit across the US are: schools, fire, police, and EMS locations, state capitals, and cemeteries. Not a lot of features to update, but it is nice to see USGS opening up to crowd sourcing to keep features current and accurate. The updates you make on the map are reviewed by peers and then added to the new US Topo Map quads.

The URL for the USGS National Map Corps Editor is:

http://navigator.er.usgs.gov/