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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …