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I am particularly interested in location analytics, blending Business Intelligence with spatial analysis. Examples include retail/real estate site selection, trade area analysis, customer research, and marketing through demographic analysis.

I use Python for process and workflow automation, database reporting & manipulation, and developing new spatial tools.

I've been a GIS professional for 15+ years, most of which using ESRI tools (since Arc/Info 7.x). More recently I find myself using more open-source tools (QGIS, PostGIS, GDAL/OGR, web-based tools) and ultimately choosing "the right tool for the job" rather than being tied to a single vendor or toolset.


Nov
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revised Problem with the where clause in ArcGIS when dealing with variables
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Oct
31
revised Where can I find QGIS tutorials and resources?
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Oct
31
comment What is the fastest way to iterate through a list of features?
What exactly are you trying to accomplish? An upstream or downstream trace? Having a better idea of your actual goals will help people point you in the right direction for the entire process, not just a single step.
Oct
31
answered Where can I find QGIS tutorials and resources?
Oct
30
revised Identify tool (attribute pop-up)
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Oct
26
comment How integrated can an IDE get for arcpy scripting?
Similar or duplicate question (code complete): Is there a way to code-complete arcpy scripts using an external editor?. Check out my comments for PyScripter under the answer by @VietThanh Le.
Oct
24
comment Which GIS best for this problem?
QGIS is not only great, but its also FREE. And this great training manual for QGIS will help lesson your learning curve.
Oct
23
comment Select by “Not-in” Location
And this would be a really simple ModelBuilder tool to build, if you want ot use this repeatedly. Just add the "Select By Location" tool to your model twice and adjust each tool as described above.
Oct
23
comment Merge Zip Codes to Create new sales Markets
For most GIS products, the method would be called a "dissolve", which would remove the internal boundaries based upon a common attribute in an attribute field (column).
Oct
23
revised Calculating from a location to another location (calculation must be on a line/road path)
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Oct
22
revised Parse error while inserting values into polygon feature
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Oct
22
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Oct
20
comment Question about licence
It would help if you identified WHAT SPECIFIC software you were interested in? There are many open-source GIS software products.
Oct
18
answered Qgis - Is there a way to split a polygon layer with a line layer?
Oct
17
comment File organization for sharing ArcGIS python code
So you store all of your scripts & toolboxes at the same folder level, correct?
Oct
17
comment Can you create feature classes with the same name in different feature dataset
Also see: Is there a performance hit from using a Feature Dataset?
Oct
17
comment Can you create feature classes with the same name in different feature dataset
A feature datasets "primary purpose is for organizing related feature classes into a common dataset for building a topology, a network dataset, a terrain dataset, or a geometric network."
Oct
17
revised How to Start Web Mapping?
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Oct
16
revised From text data create a FeatureClass with table with python
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Oct
15
revised How to Share Open Source Python Code for ArcGIS?
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