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I'm Ryan Davison, a programmer and GIS developer. I have always had a knack for analyzing and understanding systems – the way things are put together, how they work and how they come apart.
Much of this probably comes from having an engineer for a father. From a very young age I was helping to take apart and re-build car engines, building electronic devices and playing on our Sinclair ZX81 and Timex Sinclair 1000 Computers.
In college I studied how political systems function and earned a political science degree while enjoying the hobby of building computers. I later realized that computer technology was what I really wanted to be involved in while political analysis was better suited as the hobby.
I returned to school to study geographic information systems (GIS) and have never looked back.
Over the years I have had the pleasure to work with some amazing people in some amazing places. From the runways and ranges of Nellis Air Force base to the high desert environment of Mesa County Colorado, I have had experience with GIS data from almost every industry and entity that uses it.
My current focus with Mesa County Colorado is more on application development than GIS data analysis. I couldn’t be any happier with that arrangement.
The old saying “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” definitely applies in my case.
Do you want to chat about GIS, web technologies, politics or anything else? Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or come join me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Ryan_Random
Along with building powerful tools, I create documentation and training tutorials using tools like Youtube videos, presentations, documents and slideshows.
As a GIS Administrator I’m also involved in every aspect of developing, managing and maintaining Mesa County’s GIS department.
I perform management and administration duties for projects including developing new applications and flying aerial imagery collections. Some of these duties include:
• Creating cost estimates and budgets
• Coordination and review of work.
I maintain the GIS department’s social media channels including Twitter, Youtube, Google + and our blog.
At Mesa County we want our spatial data to be accessible to as many people as possible. Our old .NET Silverlight viewer stopped mobile consumers in their tracks and forced PC and Mac users to download a plugin. We knew we could do better.
- Team members:
Users are able to search for sales throughout the county, filter them to match their criteria, then map those sales against a comparable subject property.
I used the concept of facets to provide the filtering components. A user can change any one of twelve parameters independently of the others. Every time a facet is changed, the number of properties that match all parameters updates. A user can then search results to further narrow the results.
All of this results in an extremely powerful and granular sales search tool that makes the appraisers much more efficient and gives the general public the same tools to allow them to see why a property was valued a certain way.
- Team members:
- Web Mapping
- Spatial Analysis
- Remote Sensing
- Google Earth
- Database Admin
- ArcGIS Server
- Spatial Databases
- Data Collection
- Data Management
- Technical Writing
- ERDAS Imagine
- Spatial Data Management
- Database Administration
- Has errors
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