On October 18, 2016, former Vice President of Applied Geographics,Inc. (AppGeo), David Weaver, was presented with the Peter S. Thacher Award at the Northeast Arc Users Group NEARC annual conference held in Falmouth, MA. The award is given to individuals, such as David, who demonstrate long-term commitment and excellence in GIS, particularly in local resource management and conservation. AppGeo’s President, Rich Grady, presented the award.
In his remarks, David reminisced about the start of his GIS career in 1974, “[…] in the pen and ink days of mapping” and commented on the evolution of GIS and cartography over the last four decades. During his successful career and in retirement, David has seen GIS technology grow exponentially into a world of “web mapping, big data, large scale map accuracy, sophisticated analysis, and applications.” (The full text of David’s speech can be read here.)
As presenter of the award, Rich remarked of his long-term colleague and friend, “His love of cartography to communicate complex information with clarity, and genuine concern for the coastal environment and our natural resources have marked his career, including his work with dozens of local communities on accurate base-mapping. I can’t imagine anyone more deserving of this award based on measurable contributions to real GIS work in New England for the past 40 years.”
David’s expertise in GIS geographic analysis and cartographic design set a standard of excellence for his colleagues at AppGeo and beyond. His portfolio of work included numerous projects for the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, NOAA Coastal Services Center and the MWRA, several federal agencies, and municipalities across New England. He is currently actively crowdsourcing environmental data and volunteer geographic information (VGI). In addition to his long-term love of sailing, he has been photographing extreme high tide for MyCoast.org and curating his 20th-century map collection.
Question: What do you get when you cross your local data, Google Maps and CartoDB?
Answer: MapGeo 2.0
MapGeo 2.0, AppGeo’s hosted local government mapping solution, weaves together technology from Google Maps and CartoDB and a whole lot more. The new version serves local and regional government employees, businesses and citizens with a fresh intuitive interface, enhanced data integration, and stunning map options. MapGeo leverages these technologies and provides new features in response to what we heard from MapGeo subscribers. Other related posts talk about the uses and benefits of MapGeo, and look back on our motivation for creating MapGeo.
Here’s some of what’s new in MapGeo 2.0:
Leveraging Google Maps API and Data – MapGeo users told us they wanted to keep the interface simple while adding the power of familiar map tools and high quality base maps. Google Map’s tools are powerful and its interface familiar. MapGeo layers Google’s high quality imagery, search, directions and basemaps with your local authoritative geospatial data. And, when either source is updated, so is MapGeo. continue reading...
We are proud to announce our certified partner status with CartoDB. Through this relationship, AppGeo will help its customers to take advantage of this exciting new location intelligence and data visualization engine, including building custom applications, adding CartoDB to your enterprise GIS implementation, and providing CartoDB licenses.
“Without question the CartoDB platform advances the speed and elegance of geographic data visualization for our clients,” said Rich Grady, President of AppGeo. “Our customers look to us for empathetic solutions that lower costs, increase public engagement, enable collaboration, integrate the newest datasets and visualize them in variety of expressive ways. CartoDB’s toolset is a key part of the current and future Applied Geographics solution stack for government and commercial enterprises.”
“We are excited to see the valuable technology solutions AppGeo will craft with CartoDB to help clients make better decisions,” says Javier de la Torre, CEO of CartoDB. “We believe this partnership will bring robust tools that help local government use data to uncover insights and enhance their operations.”
Based on its extensive functional capabilities, AppGeo has already built CartoDB mapping into the latest release of our MapGeo hosted Web mapping solution for local government.
In keeping with our mission, AppGeo continuously explores new technologies that match customer requirements for performance, functionality and cost-effectiveness when applying geography to solving problems. CartoDB meets our standard in all respects. Our geospatial analysts and developers consistently find that CartoDB technology provides faster turn around on geographic analysis and application development, yielding better results at lower cost. continue reading...
In addition to her full-time position as Assistant Director of Local Government at AppGeo, Michele Giorgianni is leading a GIS class at Goodwin College, in East Hartford, CT this spring. The class is providing Introductory GIS training for students in the environmental studies program.
“Michele is not only an exemplary AppGeo consultant, but she keeps finding ways to give back to the GIS community,” said Kate Hickey, Vice President. “This instructorship is only the latest example. She also currently serves as Chair of the Rhode Island GIS (RIGIS) Executive Committee.”
“Educating and inspiring the next generation of geospatial IT professionals is even more critical today given the rapid pace of technology change along with the expanding demand for location-based services in our daily lives,” said Rich Grady, President. “We are proud of the many ways our staff shares their knowledge, such as Michele’s teaching at Goodwin College, Guido Stein’s Boston-area geospatial event organizing, and Peter Girard’s role as an Advisor at Wentworth College, to name but a few examples.
Guido Stein recently earned certification as a Safe Software FME Professional based on his demonstration of advanced expertise and experience with FME.
“Managing interoperability, conversion and transformation processes for multi-sourced, complicated and large geospatial datasets is a constant challenge for many government agencies,” said Rich Grady. “We’ve been using Safe Software’s FME to meet this challenge. Guido’s dedication to applying FME to help our clients automate interoperability workflows and data transformations has been exemplary.”
Safe Software’s FME is a powerful data interoperability and transformation engine with a large set of data readers and writers that AppGeo uses to address CAD-GIS interoperability, data aggregation, data transformation and standardization, and data quality assurance and control for its clients. By authoring workflows, AppGeo also help clients automate challenging data transformation tasks.
“I am very excited about getting this certification,” said Stein. “I have been using the Safe Software FME platform for many years and continue to look forward to solving problems with it. Having this certification will allow me to continue to spread the good word about the software and people at Safe Software.”
AppGeo has hired Mike Wiley as Director of Strategic Engagements to lead its consulting outreach in the New York City area.
“Mike is an exceptional talent that we are delighted to add to our team,” said Rich Grady, AppGeo President. “He brings more than 20 years of consulting experience with nearly 15 years serving the New York City market. His experience and knowledge will enhance AppGeo’s capacity to serve the City and beyond.”
Mr. Wiley has spent the last 15 years working in New York City directing the planning and development of City government IT solutions. He helped the City conceive and develop a variety of geospatial solutions for diverse departments and agencies, such as environment, emergency management, 311 non-emergency city services, the Mayor’s office, housing, health, and IT. He has a BS in Environmental Design and a MS in Regional Planning focusing on GIS and Remote Sensing from the University of Massachusetts.
“I’m thrilled to join AppGeo” said Wiley. “I’ve admired AppGeo’s work and I’ve known its executives for greater than a decade. I share AppGeo’s company philosophy as a vendor-neutral consulting company doing what’s right for their clients. AppGeo’s technology independence is a distinguishing characteristic and, in my mind, an essential ingredient for success in today’s rapid diversification in the geospatial market. I look forward to working with all of the talent on the AppGeo Team to build a portfolio of projects for the City and surrounding areas.”
AppGeo’s Board of Directors has promoted John Roache to serve as a Principal of the Firm.
“John is an accomplished project manager, who has successfully led many of our largest projects for state agencies,” said Rich Grady, AppGeo President and Board Chairman. “He is also our subject matter expert on public safety applications and very knowledgeable on mapping statewide critical infrastructure, including broadband communications and transportation.”
Mr. Roache is on the AppGeo Management Team (AMT) and the Tech-Team, and is the Director of Connecticut Operations for the company. In his new role as Principal, Roache will participate in overall company strategy, provide expanded oversight and direction on large consulting projects, and manage key customer relationships. In his spare time he is a volunteer fireman and search and rescue diver.
“I am really excited about this opportunity to contribute to the leadership of the company and to build even stronger relationships with our customers, and I look forward to continuing the success we have had in the Connecticut office.” said Roache.
Map Gallery judges at the 2014 annual international FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for GIS) conference chose MapGeo as a “Best Web Map Application” from among the almost 100 entries. MapGeo was developed by AppGeo for local governments to empower them to provide access to authoritative geographic and detailed property information through a modern, useful and high performance mapping interface.
More than 75 municipalities and counties currently enjoy the high performance and utility of MapGeo for sharing their property data with government staff, businesses, and residents.
Pictured below is Beverly, MA . continue reading...
The Applied Geographics, Inc. (AppGeo) Board of Directors has promoted Kate Hickey to serve as a Principal of the Firm.
“Kate has served our customers and employees with distinction for many years,” said Rich Grady, AppGeo President and Board Chairman. “She is a natural leader, trusted by others to give constructive advice and make wise decisions.”
Ms. Hickey is on the AppGeo Management Team (AMT) and is the Director of Local Government Services (LGS) for the company, where she has worked since 2001 in various roles. In her new role as Principal, Hickey will provide expanded oversight and direction on consulting projects and customer engagements, mentor AppGeo’s team of Project Managers, and contribute to overall company strategy and profitability.
“I’m thrilled step up to this new leadership role. We’re on an exciting path filled with opportunities for innovation and creativity…I look forward to contributing to our continued growth and evolution,” said Hickey.
Applied Geographics, Inc. (AppGeo) has hired Jim Scott, former State of Texas’ Geographic Information Officer, as its Director of Texas Operations. With over 20 years of experience with geospatial and remote sensing technologies, Jim will build AppGeo’s newest Geospatial Services and Technology Development Center in Austin, TX.
“Jim is a innovator and leader on geospatial IT matters, nationally,” said Rich Grady, AppGeo President. “With his leadership, we look forward to extending our customer-focused geospatial services in Texas and the southern and western US.”
“From our base of operations in Texas’ technology center of Austin, I’ll look forward to connecting directly with folks across the state in coming months,” said Scott.
“Joining AppGeo is a special opportunity for me because of their combined commitment to customer service, innovation, and open-minded thinking,” said Jim Scott. “The fact that they serve a wide range of clients across commercial sectors and all levels of government keeps things interesting. Bringing location and geographic relevance directly to citizens and customers is where the greatest needs and demands are.”