What Would You Like To Map Today?
Need A Mobile App? I Can Do That!
Map Maker, Map Maker, Make Me A Map
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I embrace the latest technology, I live it every day. Building efficient solutions that meet my client's needs is what I strive for; it's what I derive great satisfaction from. What would you like to map today?
“A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data.”— Source: Wikipedia
Do you need a custom web application? I can build you something using the latest HTML5 technology coupled with responsive design. My primary specialization is developing map-centric GIS web applications. However, if you aren't looking for a GIS web mapping application that's not a problem. I am completely open to working on any project that you need assistance with.
I am a cartographer, first and foremost. I believe that a well designed map can convey more information than any other print medium. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, than a map is worth 10,000 words! Do you have an idea for a map? Let me bring it to life.
Are you an ArcGIS user? Maybe you have a complex workflow, that when done manually is very time consuming. Have you asked yourself, “If we could somehow automate this process we could save ourselves a ton of time.” I ask myself this question whenever I start a GIS project. Let me build you the tools that you need to streamline your workflow and make your job easier and more efficient.
Got data? We all do right!? Do you need help converting it to another format? Maybe you have a bunch of CAD data that you need converted to a GIS format? Do you have a ton of data in spreadsheets that you need to see laid out on a map? I am here to help.
What I do.
I come from a strong service-oriented background, so for me customer service is paramount. It all starts with understanding your requirements. Do you have a vision for something that you need created? Maybe you already have the start of a project or idea but you need someone to help fill in the details? I have experience working with people that may, or may not have a deep understanding of Information Technology. It all starts with understanding your requirements. No matter what stage your project is at, I can help make it a reality.
My primary background is in commercial off-the-shelf enterprise GIS like Esri ArcGIS. However, I do have experience with open source GIS packages like QGIS. I love learning new technology and skills; I find that I become tremendously energized by the process. There are so many different tools to accomplish the same task, so it’s important to have a large skill set along with exposure to a variety of technologies.
What I Offer...
Over the Years I Have Acquired an Arsenal of Skills
Android / Java
ArcGIS JS API
HTML / CSS
Leaflet / Mapbox
Python / ArcPy
Unix / Linux
"Smart mAPPS Consulting provides outstanding programming design, development and support, enhancing application value and satisfaction for the customer and end-user alike."— Greg Blonde
"Smart mAPPS Consulting walked us through the app development process, ultimately enhancing the user’s experience, look & feel, and intuitiveness of the app. Smart mAPPS far exceeded our expectations with the end product."— Ryan Sterry
"Ian was great to work with. He knew just what I wanted and the turnaround time on changes was often the same day."— Matt Van Pomeren
A Sampling Of My Work.
Below you will find examples of projects that I have completed in the recent past. I am just getting my business started, so there will be much more to come. I hope you find my work to be of the highest quality!
Raised Relief Landscape Maps/Models.
Are you or someone you know a map geek? If so, then I have the perfect gift! I have developed a series of high quality 3D printed relief maps/models. You can see examples of my 3D prints in the Projects section above.
What makes my 3D prints unique? It all starts with the custom process I developed to create my 3D prints. I utilize Open Source mapping and 3D modeling software, coupled with the best available public data. The final result is a product that is completely unqiue and something that you won't find sold in any store.
How to Purchase...
3D Print Material Information
Sandstone is the only material capable of full-color 3D prints. Produced on Z-Corp printers, it is perfect for figurines, life-like models, avatars, and other products that lend themselves to colorful, high-quality printing. Models are created by printing binder material and colored ink layer-by-layer into a bed of gypsum-based powder. After printing, the models are finished with a cyanoacrylate (super glue) sealant to ensure durability and vivid colors. The final product is a hard, brittle material that works great for figurines and visual models, but isn't well suited to functional parts or daily handing. Models should be handled carefully, and not exposed to water as it will cause fading.
Coated Full Color Sandstone goes through an additional processing step. A two part epoxy resin is brushed onto your product by hand, creating more vivid colors, additional strength, and a smoother surface finish.
When printing in this material, some variation in color shade is unavoidable, especially with difficult-to-produce colors such as browns and skin tones. We optimize each print run to make individual models look great, may see differences in color when looking at multiple prints of the same model side by side.
The man behind the maps and apps.
Ever since I was young I have loved maps. I have fond memories of hunting through old National Geographic magazines and pulling out the maps, which I would subsequently use to decorate the walls of my room. When I was exposed to our first personal computer, I was hooked from day one. I feel very fortunate to have found a career that blends two of my strong interests, Geography and Information Technology.
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Ian GrasshoffGIS Consultant / Developer
Ian has over 12 years of GIS experience. He has done everything from cartography, spatial data maintenance, database design, web application development, and android development. Ian holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where he majored in Geography with Minors in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Earth Science. Ian is a 2013 recipient of the Esri Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award. He has also been a board member of Wisconsin Land Information Association (WLIA) and the Wisconsin Land Information Officers Network (LION). Ian's applied GIS experience has primarily been within the local government sector. He has utilized his skills within the fields of Emergency Management, E911, Land Records, Land Use Planning, and GIS administration.
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Smart mAPPS Consulting
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA