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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
19
revised Python Development Project - Team working
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Nov
19
revised Build Polygons from Polylines
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Nov
19
answered Is there a way to view KML natively in ArcMap?
Nov
16
revised How to compute geodesic area in GeoDjango?
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Nov
16
comment High quality public transport trip planner examples? Trip visualization examples?
Trimet runs on the OpenTripPlanner project
Nov
16
comment How to create a point file along a line (trail) at regular distances (0.20 miles)?
Have you considered using a Linear Referencing method?
Nov
16
revised How to load data programmatically from shapefile into feature class (geodatabase)?
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Nov
15
comment Spatial query in PostgreSQL to find a route to a specific point?
Do you need to simply create a "straight line" between the 2 points. As in, to determine the distance, or do you need to follow road segments or other linear features?
Nov
15
comment Geocoding Address without Arc Server?
What software do you have access to? Do you have ArcGIS Desktop as well? If yes, which release number and version (ArcView/Editor/Info)?
Nov
13
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
12
revised What's the difference between US Census DMA and MMA?
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Nov
9
revised Spatial ETL comparisons
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Nov
9
revised Spatial ETL comparisons
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Nov
7
revised Why I see different data from PostGIS and ArcSDE
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Nov
7
revised How to connect to PostGIS database from ArcMap?
Corrected hyperlink to ST-Links site
Nov
7
revised How to connect to PostGIS database from ArcMap?
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Nov
7
answered Why I see different data from PostGIS and ArcSDE
Nov
6
revised Is there an opensource software to route openstreetMap data based on database?
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Nov
6
comment How to upgrade PostGIS in OSGEO-Live Xubuntu virtual machine?
Thank you very much. Following the instructions on the linfiniti blog got me upgraded!
Nov
6
accepted How to upgrade PostGIS in OSGEO-Live Xubuntu virtual machine?