Rod has a record spanning more than 22 years showing that he selflessly assists and supports others working in the geospatial industry in North Dakota. His in-depth knowledge of how to build and maintain a clean dataset, his passion for great cartography, and his knowledge of the correct use of datums and projections are a few examples of what he freely shares when people approach him with their request for assistance. Rod’s skills and knowledge are also utilized in highly-visible and stressful situations. Rod has provided the text for updating North Dakota Century Code as it pertains to measurements and survey units. During a flood event he is on the front lines to ingest huge amounts of data, work with various entities, and provide maps and interpretations to high-ranking government officials. During water-related discussions between the State and the federal government, Rod provides maps and interpretations on a moment’s notice just before a high-level meeting.
Congratulations Rod for this well-deserved award!
Through a general-fund appropriation, the North Dakota GIS Technical Committee and the Information Technology Department operate the GIS Hub, an infrastructure comprised of geospatial data storage, data services, and application interfaces. The GIS Hub supports state agencies in the development of their GIS and the dissemination of common interest data to other levels of government and the public.