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Mr. Smith has a Bachelors degree from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Geography and minoring in Computer Science. With aspirations of pursuing a career in the relatively new field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Mr. Smith continued to further his education by obtaining academic certifications from the University of Pittsburgh in the disciplines of GIS and Professional Remote Sensing.
Mr. Smith has over 10+ years of professional Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing experience. Throughout his career, Mr. Smith has applied his knowledge of GIS in various capacities for a multitude of clientele including: Department of Defense (DOD), National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), Naval Facilities Engineering (NAVFAC), United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and several private sector Engineering, Utility, and Gas companies.
Mr. Smith is well-versed in all aspects of GIS based media including: Geodatabase Schema design utilizing Extensible Markup Language (XML), Computer Aided Design (CAD) to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data Conversion/Migration, Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) compliant Metadata design and implementation, Digital Orthophotography/Imagery mosaic creation, Web-Based GIS Application/Software Development, Mobile Platform GIS Application/Software Development and Aerial/Satellite imagery compilation. Mr. Smith is also proficient with Cartographic Mapping, Data Integration, Data Analysis, Database Editing, Various Programming Languages, GIS Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC), GIS Planning, GIS Needs Assessments, GIS Return-On-Investment (ROI) Assessments, GIS Project Management, and GIS Cost-Benefit Analysis.
Mr. Smith maintains an active role in the growth of the GIS industry locally and nationally by sustaining memberships to several professional non-profit organizations including: American Association of Geographers (AAG), Urban and Regional Information Association (URISA), and American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).
Mr. Smith has had the pleasure of working with some amazing individuals and has established some wonderful professional and personal relationships.
In early 2009, Mr. Smith collaborated with a few colleagues to form Development Faction, LLC. Development Faction is the collective vision of several industry professionals highly skilled in the disciplines of Geospatial Information, Software Design/Development, Database Design/Management, Web Design/Implementation, and Project Management. With a combined experience of over 20 years in the industry, Development Faction possesses the knowledge to assess, plan, and strategically implement custom tailored solutions to meet our customer’s needs. Our unique business structure and well rounded skill set awards us the opportunity to handle projects of any size or complexity by eliminating the use of sub-consultants. Our esteemed staff is well versed in using the industry standard commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software packages, developing custom software/applications, and open source software packages; therefore Development Faction can fulfill our customer’s needs in the most cost efficient manner. Development Faction represents the cohesive minority within the Geospatial community that offers affordable GIS solutions by focusing on open source technologies. While Development Faction is capable of delivering a wide range of innovative solutions, including the ESRI(R) platform, we concentrate on providing cost-effective solutions that have been previously unavailable in the industry. Development Faction understands that GIS is often not the core of your business, and therefore, investing significant sums of capital into Geospatial solutions is not always practical. However, the advantages provided by GIS are no longer unattainable thanks to our innovative approach to Geospatial technology design.
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In late 2009, Development Faction joined forces with Rapid Production Marketing to provide GIS, Database, Programming, and Mobile Application support to Industrial clientele. As a principle of Development Faction, Mr. Smith was elected to serve on the board of Rapid Production Marketing in a lead consultant role. Having known Mr. Bernard Martin in both a personal and professional capacity for over 12 years, Mr. Smith is well aware of his knowledge, expertise and professionalism.