SERVICES: Programming of customized spatial analysis tools
The primary service offered is that of programming customized
spatial analyses and tools. There are a great number of analyses that
cannot be conveniently performed with out-of-the-box software, and I
specialize in creating software solutions to make such analyses
It is invariably more cost efficient to contract the development of a
customized tool than it is to employ a GIS or remote sensing technician
to do these things manually (if it is possible to do them manually at all).
The benefit of a software solution is that
it can be conveniently repeated, and that the analysis (which often
involves numerous intermediate stages) is consistent, streamlined,
documented, fast, and easily adapted or modified.
Furthermore, many spatial analyses take a great deal of time to run
(thousands of hours is not unusual). The only efficient way of
completing that processing in as short a time as possible is to write
software that handles every aspect of the analysis, thereby keeping a
processor working on the analysis 24 hours a day (in contrast to manual
work which involves a great deal of processor inactivity).
Software solutions come in a wide variety of flavors - there is no
single best solution for all applications. I prefer to develop solutions
for ArcMap on the Windows platform using Visual Studio, but am also able
to supply solutions for other platforms (Arc/Info AML for UNIX/PC,
Avenue for ArcView 3.2, stand alone products, spatial data and database
web interfaces, etc).
For examples of my work please feel free to explore this site. HawthsTools2
is a free extension for ArcGIS (ArcMap) containing numerous tools that automate
repetitive tasks and enable new functionality relating to ecological analyses.
It is a prime example of the type of product that is offered here.
I am familiar with coding the following sorts of analysis techniques (in no
- roving window analyses
- animal movement analysis, path
generation and analysis
- data processing automation
- home range analyses
- simple linear regression
- case controlled logistic regression
- a wide range of
spatial operations and analyses
- colinearity equation solutions
- serial port
- GPS applications
- aerial videography
If you are interested in a software solution, I would be happy to discuss it
with you. Please contact me using the following email address:
Spatial Information Systems Consultant