Bryan is sitting at a table at the 2021 Innovation Summit. He is facing forward but is turned around to look at the camera and is smiling.

Bryan Kelley, PMP

Bryan Kelley, PMP


Bryan Kelley, PMP


“GeoDecisions is truly a family where everyone is mutually respected and works as a team in a fun and innovative atmosphere. Working alongside these dedicated professionals on exciting projects provides a sense of community where each person is genuinely valued for their contributions.”

As part of Advisory Services, Bryan Kelley, PMP, is a senior project manager for GeoDecisions – our geographic information systems (GIS), data management, and enterprise technology division.

Based out of Richmond, VA, his extensive experience includes working for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) as a cartography manager, GIS coordinator in transportation planning, and roadway network system (RNS)/GIS program manager. His love of maps and exploration extends beyond the office, characterizing every endeavor.

We asked Bryan a few questions. Get to know him here.

Tell us about your experience in the industry.

I became lost often as a child and have been trying to find my way back ever since. I started college studying civil engineering, which evolved into an interest in surveying, cartography, and GIS technologies. Since then, I have been involved in the art and science of map making – location referencing business data and visually presenting it.

Why GeoDecisions?

I joined GeoDecisions in early 2019 but had previously worked with many team members. The opportunity to partner with these individuals attracted me to GeoDecisions. GeoDecisions is a family where everyone is respected, works as a team, and strives for innovation in GIS. Working alongside dedicated professionals provides a sense of community where everyone is valued.

Tell us about your current role and responsibilities.

As a senior project manager, I work with business analysts, data scientists, application developers, technical architects, system engineers, and quality control professionals. Together, we partner with our clients to identify and resolve their issues. I focus on transportation and department of transportation (DOT) business processes, linear referencing systems (LRS), LRS networks, data integration, GIS, and application development and configuration.

How does your previous experience at VDOT help you?

I spent 10 years at VDOT in multiple GIS-centric roles. These experiences were foundational to obtaining technical knowledge of transportation systems and how business processes and data flows operate. While each DOT performs similar duties for building, operating, and maintaining highway networks, how they conduct these responsibilities differs.

Having internal insight into how the multilayer transactional processes, agency policies, and regulatory procedures work helps me guide technical solutions and change management recommendations. A one-size-fits-most approach will not work with the DOT complexities.

What additional value does Esri® technology provide?

I admit a mapping and geospatial data bias. The analytical power of location referencing business data (e.g., pavement, traffic, crashes, bridges, functional classification, etc., available in event layers) to analyze, translate coordinate information, and visualize it in a spatial context fundamentally changes how a DOT performs. Obtaining the capability to harness that power is not easy, but the Esri software and tools, namely ArcGIS Roads and Highways, reduce barriers for DOTs to achieve impactful operational advancements.

ArcGIS Roads and Highways extends the ability to fully leverage linear referencing capability and multiple linear referencing methods (LRM) to integrate data for a comprehensive view of road networks. It connects GIS data with disparate enterprise systems for real-time, unified data and workflow management.

How does GeoDecisions support your professional development and career growth?

Management always encourages me to grow through obtaining certifications, completing training, and tackling new projects. These opportunities allow me to gain additional experience and perspectives. I serve as the moderator chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) GIS for Transportation (GIS-T) planning committee and am a member of the North American Cartographic Information Society, Project Management Institute, and Virginia Association of Mapping & Land Information Systems.

How does your work contribute to GeoDecisions' mission to create innovative solutions?

The solutions I work on require innovative approaches to identify the problem and develop a process or configure an application. We help our clients become more effective in using their most significant asset – their data – to become more efficient in using resources to build, maintain, and operate critical transportation infrastructure that is more sustainable and resilient.

What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?

While I did not directly receive this, I refer to this quote, often attributed to Mark Twain quote often, “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Let’s talk family!

In the fall, my family goes off the grid and heads to the mountains for a few action-packed days. We end each day with an epic and competitive game of Uno. The game can go on for hours, and someone typically ends up in tears. It’s usually me.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Instead of long walks on the beach, I enjoy diving in and swimming out to the buoy, kayaking on the James River, running in the early morning, biking along rural roads, paddleboarding (sometimes even successfully), and exploring.

What's something most people don't know about you?

I am trying to become an Irish pub owner. My wife Elizabeth and I have family in Ireland, and a family hotel, restaurant, and pub has been part of her family for some time.

We had the opportunity to visit the pub on an island off the coast of Ireland. Upon that visit, our retirement plan was born. So far, I have saved enough to buy a pint of Guinness. Sláinte!


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