Making a Change

Most of my January has been a process that culminated in today’s announcement that I will be moving on from Zekiah and joining the team at Spatial Networks, where I will be taking on the role of Vice President of Engineering and Technology.

I’ve been at Zekiah for fifteen years and have had the pleasure to do groundbreaking and meaningful work for a variety of federal customers. During that time, I’ve worked with a lot of incredibly talented people and the current team is no exception. The company and its customers are in great hands and the geospatial team, led by Eric Mahaffey, is poised to do great things. A little inside baseball: There’s never been an instance where the partners at Zekiah didn’t completely agree on a course of action. It’s been a great experience to have such trust in your colleagues, and they have been completely supportive of my decision. I’ve learned a hell of a lot about business while getting to do a lot of great work. I leave with no complaints.

I am looking forward to joining another incredible team at Spatial Networks. After 23 years as a federal/defense contractor, I am excited about the change of focus to a commercial setting. I’ll be working remotely, with periodic trips to St. Petersburg, Florida. The team at Spatial Networks is highly motivated with a strong sense of purpose and I expect we’re going to have a lot of fun while building great tools.

Meanwhile, Over at Zekiah…

I don’t usually cross-pollinate between this, my personal blog, and the company blog over at Zekiah. One of the great things about working at a place like Zekiah, however, is the opportunity to work with smart people and see what they are doing. At times, my colleagues will share components of their work on the company blog. We encourage this, and the experimentation that leads to the posts, as a way to keep our technical capabilities fresh and to also showcase what we do in a way that goes beyond the typical capabilities statements that exist on every site. My colleagues have been pretty busy but have managed to take some time to write a few posts about their work:

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Come Sling Code With Us

It’s been a pretty good week for us at Zekiah. We announced two new contract wins and I’m pleased to say that we’re not done yet. After final paperwork is done, we should be able to announce a couple more. These are the things that make small-business ownership worthwhile: doing good work, building relationships with our customers and then leveraging our track record to be able to work with new customers. Project execution and business development help us build the foundation necessary to be a good place for our employees to work and we try hard every day to make sure that we are such a place.

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Using BruTile and MapsUI to Enable WeoGeo Previews

A few weeks ago, my company announced the availability of the first beta version of WeoGeo Tools for ArcGIS. Unlike the previous version, which opened a separate browser window, this new release allows a user to order a data set from WeoGeo Market or a library from inside ArcMap.

One of the challenges was enabling data set previews. If you browse data sets using the WeoGeo online tool, you can get an idea of what the data set contains by using the data set preview images supplied by the data set provider.

When we developed the first version of WeoGeo Tools for WeoGeo, they used kamap to create preview tiles for data sets. This was accomplished by used either one of two desktop tools: the weoapp (command line) or gWeoApp (GUI). The first version of WeoGeo Tools used the weoapp in the background to create tiles when uploading data. Continue reading “Using BruTile and MapsUI to Enable WeoGeo Previews”

Announcing WeoGeo Tools for ArcGIS

I generally try to keep my blog separate from my daily work life in that I usually don’t directly blog about the projects on which I am working. I’m going to deviate from that today to make a couple of announcements.

It’s been a while now, but you may recall that, about a year ago, WeoGeo announced the availability of WeoGeo Tools for ArcGIS. It was an ArcGIS Desktop extension that integrated the ability browse data sets on WeoGeo Market or hosted libraries as well as providing the ability to upload your data directly from ArcMap.

My first bit of news is that my company, Zekiah Technologies, produced that extension for WeoGeo. We did not announce it at the time because the original plan was for WeoGeo to support it after it was released. That arrangement has continued to the present. Continue reading “Announcing WeoGeo Tools for ArcGIS”