From 1995-2005, I worked for the Iowa DOT in the IT department, helping with automation. I assisted the cartography, road inventory, and planning offices with automating inventory and analysis.
Through this process, I developed a custom application for MicroStation, which initiated a digital transformation and led to deploying the first Iowa DOT web server. This created a domino effect, and I became an expert in the linear referencing system (LRS). I then helped the Iowa DOT with one of the first National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 20-27 compliant LRS implementations in the U.S.
Upon accepting the GIS manager position with the Iowa DOT in 2005, I guided the department in modernizing its GIS technology and geospatial tools and assisted in migrating from a custom LRS to Esri ArcGIS Roads and Highways. This led to deploying the first fully-embraced Esri GIS web servers.
From 2015-2020, I focused on snowplow tracking. In addition to architecting the system to track a plow for physical asset management, I developed a dashboard for school superintendents to use with their road inventory to better evaluate the road conditions for their schools.