The Veterans Clinic Map Project

Almost a year ago Professor Angela Drake asked me if I’d deliver the keynote address at the next Veterans Clinic Symposium.  I was beyond surprised.  I never thought of myself as a keynote speaker kind of guy.  I have always viewed myself as a sort of problem solver guy. But, when Professor Drakes asks you to do something to help your fellow veterans she has a purpose and a plan.  She laid out her belief that this mapping stuff that I do might have a practical application in helping veterans make stronger disability claims, and if they lost their claim, it might help them present a stronger appeal to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington D.C. , or lead to some needed rule-making by the Department of Veterans Affairs. I have come to learn that there are two types of VA claims.  There are the presumption claims and Read More …

Fender.Cars

Sometimes you are in the right place at the right time and you meet some innovative people who are doing things a new way.  GeoVelo is excited to welcome our newest business intelligence client Fender.cars.  For several months now GeoVelo has been working with Adam Sharp, the CEO and majority owner, of Fender.Cars to demonstrate how geospatial technology and analytics can provide a hot ROI to his business.  Fender.Cars, like many nationwide ventures has a complex geographic business puzzle on its hands.  Without penetrating insights into the geographic distribution of Fender’s cash flow, customers, clients, and marketing efforts Fender.Cars would only get half the picture its spreadsheets and earnings reports offer. At GeoVelo, we live to solve these problems. To provide that promised ROI, GeoVelo is becoming increasingly integral to Fender.Cars.  We develop their geographic data sets. We tie those data sets to their internal sales and market data.  We Read More …

Arkansas – The GIS State

When it comes to GIS – Arkansas is getting it right.  I just got home from spending the past few days in Arkansas as a guest of the Arkansas GIS Users Forum. I was there to teach a four-hour Geospatial Law class, and present the Keynote Address at lunch the following day.  Here is what I learned: Cooperation: The Arkansas GIS community works together to support each other. They share their geospatial data, expertise, and enthusiasm.  I heard many examples of government organizations and commercial enterprises working together. I talked with a lot of people while I was there and everyone I asked said, ‘that is the way it is done in Arkansas.’  Allow me to paraphrase the most common theme I encountered, “This is a small state.  We know each other, and our limited budgets necessitate working together.” From my experience, that isn’t always the case in other states. The Read More …

Dot Com

Peter Gabriel Just Welcomed GeoVelo to the Big Time: GeoVelo is now the proud owner of our very own .com domain name. Years ago I tried to register GeoVelo.com* it but it was being used by a very cool French Bicycle Tourism organization. Sometime since 2012 they moved over to using www.GeoVelo.fr**   It is ours now, so wooo hooo! Why? Some folks have already asked me how much I paid, why I was that stupid, and why I think having a dot com address was worth the insane speculation market price.  Here is my thinking. People reflexively type dot com at the end of URLs.  I know I do.  Then I read a bunch of business articles on the topic.  This topic has been discussed to death.  The arguments for the purchase basically boil down to ‘if you own the dot com address your business will look less to the world like it Read More …

GeoVelo: Big in China

Not really.  Let me explain.  Like I have noted in the past, the www.GeoVelo.org website has been mostly dormant since its inception. However, a few weeks ago I committed to making a sustained effort to communicate with our clients via this website and the GeoVelo Facebook page. Conventional wisdom says I am supposed to use lots of key words like GIS, HIPAA, Business Intelligence, Tableau, Hospital Patient Data, and Analytics. Did the prior sentence come across like the crass exploitation of a hard working SEO algorithm that it was meant as?  I hope so. Anyway, you my eleven dear readers are in for a show. Because I intend to really stick with this effort (I made him a promise) and these stream of consciousness posts are likely to reveal far more about me than I would otherwise be inclined to share. The Internet is forever. Now, on to this China* business. As Read More …

Things are moving fast at GeoVelo

If you have ever visited this website you surely noticed very little ever changes here.  The reason for that is simple.  I have been too darn busy working on client projects to keep the page up. When you run a small business there are hundreds of things constantly vying for your attention.  The most important of them is delivering what you promised to your clients and delivering it on or before the date it is due. Websites are easily neglected.  No more. To offer GeoVelo’s services to more clients it has been readily apparent for a year or more that I need help.  In the past few months I have actively hunted for people who share my values and I have been fortunate to have formed several new business relationships with other independent business people and with some old friends who have been around GIS as long as I have. Mike Read More …

MOGISCON2017 – Thank You!

Amie Coleman, of Carson and Coil, and me (Chris Dunn) wish to thank all of the participants who braved our 4 hour Geospatial Law course at MOGISCON2017.  We received very positive feedback from our attendees, and we hope to continue offering this course to the geospatial community. In case you missed it, the course is structured to help GIS professionals understand, (1) how basic legal principles impact their operations, (2) how to avoid ending up in court, and (3) where they can go for assistance with a geospatial legal issue. If you are interested in a geospatial law workshop at your conference please just click here, give us a call at (816) 752-0449, or send an email.  We’ll travel just about anywhere.  Our geospatial law workshops held outside of the state of Missouri are taught as a survey of the case law of the US and all 50 states. -CWD

States Streamline Public Health with GIS

CWD:  Writing an article about GIS and Public Health without including several maps is a difficult task.  Its painting word pictures of something who’s magic can only be experienced by sight and with ample time to ponder the relationships the maps reveal. While the article links to a few maps, most of the links are to top level domains.  If you are curious about how your data might appear, and the insights you might gain from a GIS approach, all you have to do is contact us at GeoVelo. Mapping technology is helping local governments better visualize data and effectively tackle local health issues. by Juliet Van Wagenen – Juliet is the senior web editor for StateTech and HealthTech magazines. In her six years as a journalist she has covered everything from aerospace to indie music reviews — but she is unfailingly partial to covering technology. New mapping software could be Read More …

Tools of the Trade

It takes time, expertise, and the right equipment to provide you with accurate measure of an accident or crime scene.  GeoVelo doesn’t leave for a site visit without most or all of the following items: 300 W – 12v to 120v Auto Inverter AA Batteries (Min. 16) AAA Batteries (Min. 16) Air Pump Binoculars Bow Saw Bungee Cords Calculator Camera – With 64 Gig Memory Card Camera – Download Cable Car Jack & Tire Tool Compass (South Facing) Engineer’s Scale Entrenching Tool (E-Tool) Field Box Fix-a-Flat (2 Cans) Flashlights 2 ea (AA Bat) Fluorescent Gloves (2 Pair) Fluorescent Ground Marking Paint Fluorescent Orange Pegs (5 each) Folding Table (Aluminum) Geodesy 3-Ring Notebook Gloves (Leather Work) Gloves (Neoprene Winter) GNSS Receiver & Antenna GPS Puck (USB) Hand Shovel Headlamp LED (2AA Batteries) Laptop – Auxiliary Battery Laptop – Power Supply Laptop (GPS Enabled) Leather Work Gloves Lens Cleaning Kit Level Rod Bipod Read More …

I’m going to be a MOGISCON17 Presenter

Good news!  I am a featured presenter at next month at MOGISCON17 (2017 Missouri GIS Conference).  The event is being held at Tan-Tar-A Resort – Lake of the Ozarks – February 20 – 22, 2017.   I’m making two presentations. Presentation 1:  Geospatial Law (4 hours) By Christopher W. Dunn, Attorney and Counselor at Law Description: The law surrounding geospatial issues is complex and always evolving. This fast-paced 4-hour blitz through the current state of geospatial law is presented by a lawyer who actually uses ArcGIS 10.x in his business and law practice. With a focus on those issues of interest public sector members, the course will cover these topics, and more: 1.  State open records acts & geospatial data acts 2.  Your liability & sovereign immunity 3.  Government-held geospatial data & copyrights 4.  Crafting an ‘artful’ geospatial data use license 5.  Calculating ‘defensible’ charges for your geospatial records Course objectives Read More …

Mizzou Law Veteran’s Clinic Map

If you live in Missouri, and you would like the world’s most patriotic map, then feel free to download this one.  The Mizzou Law Veterans Clinic uses this map to record the location of the veterans they serve.  You are now free to download a copy. You might download it to a thumbdrive, and take it the nearest FedEx/Kinkos (or similar place) and they can print it for you for a little bit of money.  I suggest you laminate it.  Then, put it on a whiteboard and use these magnets to track your, or your favorite veteran’s deployments. The link takes you to a 2.5 meg file.  The original is 54 megs.  That is too large to upload here.  But, if you want a copy of the big map please let me know at Chris.Dunn@GeoVelo.org.                           DISCLAIMER:  Obviously, neither the Read More …

Missouri’s 911 System Status Map

There has been a lot of buzz lately about forcing cell phone providers to make their cell phones 911 compliant.  Here is a map I made recently showing the status of the Missouri counties adopting 911. Warning:  I looked in numerous places to get official state data on this topic.  I didn’t find much.  So, this map might be badly out of date. If you have corrections please send them to me at Chris.Dunn@GeoVelo.org – CWD   Click on the map below for the full size version.        

Surveys, Utility Easements & Rain

My good friend Kris and his lovely fiancé Dena are in the process of buying a house.  Kris has helped me work on my motorcycles and trucks more times than I can count.  He’s one of those good guys you hear about who will help you out without ever asking for anything in return and I’ve been looking for a way to make a partial payment on his kindness for years. Once I heard he was buying a house I finally knew I had a way I might be able to help him and his fiancé. I offered to lend him my 20 plus years of experience as urban planner and city department head.  I’ve seen hundreds of ways in which things can go horribly wrong in real estate. I should mention that Kris is a quite competent lawyer who works in the field of real estate for a state association.  However, Read More …

MAGIC 2016 – Adventures in GIS Law

On Sunday April 24, 2016 at the Overland Park Convention Center & Sheraton my team taught an 8-hour course in geospatial law to GIS practitioners from 6 states across the Midwest.  My team offers its thanks to the amazing volunteers who put on the 2016 MAGIC Symposium. Here is the course description: 102. Legal Issues in GIS (Class/Introductory) – Chris Dunn, Law Office of Christopher W. Dunn; Amie Coleman & Tom Haynes – Carson & Coil Chris Dunn, Amie Coleman, and Tom Haynes are lawyers licensed to practice in Missouri. The Missouri rules of professional conduct require them to remind you that; the choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Join us for an introduction into the legal aspects of the geospatial profession in this new course. Public policy touches GIS in many ways, and we plan to discuss as many of those Read More …

Book Review: Geographic Information Science: Mastering the Legal Issues – 1st Edition

Geographic Information Science: Mastering the Legal Issues – 1st Edition by George Cho (Author) ISBN-13: 978-0470850107 ISBN-10: 0470850108 5.0 out of 5 stars This is a review I wrote for Amazon.com about a year ago. By CWDFKF on February 22, 2015 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase I have dabbled professionally in GIS since the early 1990’s while working as a city planner. In 2011 I enrolled full time in law school. If you have worked for anytime at all before attending law school one of the first things you do is try to find the answers to all the obscure legal questions that came up during your earlier career. The legal questions surrounding geographic information systems, data, people, and whatnot (GI as the author calls it) are numerous, and are only becoming more complex as time passes. So, when I picked my states’ GIS data law as the topic of an Read More …