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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.


Dec
20
comment Where can I find paved/unpaved road surface data for the US?
You may want to contact @Eric Palakovich Carr for additional ideas, because he was working on a similar project regarding How to rate roads for scenic drives? Also, be sure to check out the article that is referenced in the answers to that question for ideas on Choosing a Scenic Byway using Spatial Criteria.
Dec
20
comment How to manually break statement execution in Python window of ArcMap?
And of course, with a IDE like PyScripter, you can just add a "break point" at your "for...range" statement, run the script in "debug mode", and the IDE will automatically "pause" at the same point during the iterative process and allow you to inspect the results that have already been processed.
Dec
20
revised How to manually break statement execution in Python window of ArcMap?
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Dec
19
revised How do I choose a specific position for ArcMap labels
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Dec
19
answered How do I choose a specific position for ArcMap labels
Dec
19
revised QGIS equivalent to “Features to Line” ArcGIS tool
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Dec
19
revised Differences in costs of open-source hosted GIS software?
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Dec
19
comment Differences in costs of open-source hosted GIS software?
If you look at the "Specification" tab for each item, you will see that the CPU, Bandwidth, Backup, & Storage options are different for each item. It seems like you are paying for the "usage of the software" being hosted on their servers.
Dec
19
comment How to identify “true arcs” in Arcmap?
jonaktiv, the Densify tool that @geogeek links to is a core ArcGIS tool available with an ArcEditor or ArcInfo license, not part of ET GeoWizards.
Dec
18
revised Clip data frame using “Outline of Selected graphic(s)”
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Dec
18
answered How to identify “true arcs” in Arcmap?
Dec
18
revised How to make a visual realistic map containing mountain hiking trails/tracks?
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Dec
18
comment How to make a visual realistic map containing mountain hiking trails/tracks?
Great reference, @Mapperz. +1
Dec
18
revised How to change all values in a field in one operation?
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Dec
18
comment Install ArcGIS apps on my Iphone. Is there a manual or instructions for it?
@KevinV, you should enter your 2 comments as an "answer" so PROBERT can accept it as the correct answer (which it is).
Dec
17
revised How to calculate Network Service Areas in QGIS?
removed tag for ArcGIS Network Analyst and replaced with generic Network tag
Dec
17
revised How to calculate Network Service Areas in QGIS?
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Dec
17
accepted Sort layers in QGIS table of contents?
Dec
17
comment Which Esri software is needed to open MXD files?
ArcReader is a good solution, but that's only viable if the client has paid to get the $2500 ArcPublisher extension.
Dec
16
revised Generate straight lines between river confluences
improved field formatting