2001 - present: Michigan Dept of Transportation, Certified Photogrammetrist / Point Cloud Processing Specialist
1987 - 2001: Abrams Aerial Survey Corporation, VP Operations
I have over 2 decades of experience and leadership in photogrammetry, geographic expertise, computer skills, and programming skills.
Throughout my career, my focus has always been to find better ways to accomplish tasks. There is ALWAYS another way; whether or not it is BETTER depends on the effort and cost required, compared with the anticipated gains. I never stop evaluating my processes, to determine if I can improve. This mind-set led me from computer tech, to CAD department manager, Director of Operations, and ultimately Vice President at Abrams Aerial Survey. When approached in 2001 by the State for a position, I left Abrams after 14 years, in anticipation of better benefits for my family.
While working for MDOT in photogrammetry, I have been able to resolve many of the procedural problems they were experiencing. These problems existed in the field (aerial photography), in the office (data and product handling), and in the software (mapping and aerial imagery). In some cases, I had the experience to solve it. In other cases, I was able to research the situation and fix the problem. I certainly don’t know everything, but I am skilled at finding solutions.
Although I have spent years working in the field of photogrammetry, I have come to realize that isn’t what really makes me happy. What I really enjoy doing is solving problems. This can either be through writing a program, changing procedures to make things work better, or helping someone learn how to accomplish a task on the computer.
I can – and WILL! – learn whatever I need to do a job well. I can learn any software or technical process easily and quickly. Many of my skills have been self-taught, including programming, building computers, and even playing guitar. I am currently teaching myself Java, VBA for MicroStation, and learning Python.