Zach Jaffe | LandTech Consultants Inc.
GIS heroes are GIS champions. They have gained respect from AEC industry colleagues who see them as problem solvers. They inspire others to imagine how GIS can help them do their work better. Join us in celebrating these industry leaders who are making a difference every day at their organizations.
Bridget Brown is a vice president and director of HDR’s geospatial and information management program. She has helped grow HDR’s GIS practice into one that is recognized industry-wide through a focus on hiring exceptional GIS experts and matching them with clients in need. She is leading the “GoingPro" initiative to transition HDR's 1,500 GIS users to ArcGIS Pro and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). She also leads GIS modernization efforts with her clients, supporting impactful disruption while improving efficiencies. Bridget's leadership philosophy is to encourage open dialogue. She believes that honest conversations, including different perspectives, lead to smarter decisions.
Sheng Tan is a certified GIS professional with 26 years of experience. He has honed his skills in the engineering, environmental consulting, and homebuilding industries. As a director of GIS, Sheng is constantly looking for opportunities to digitally transform business operations using geospatial technologies that improve efficiencies and productivity. His GIS knowledge is well rounded and encompasses various aspects of analysis and technologies including desktop, server, web, and mobile. Sheng is also a member of the GIS advisory council for the American River College GIS program, a local community college in the Sacramento area.
Janine Latham, GISP, is a geospatial technical director and geospatial strategy leader with 21 years of experience in the AEC industry. She finds great joy in transforming Weston’s business operations by unlocking the innovative power of location technology across the organization. Janine sees the connections behind the where, how, and why and aspires to better our environment and communities using science and technology. She also led emergency response time-critical projects to address some of the nation’s largest natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2018 Camp Fire.
Hesham is an AEC technologist and digital twin evangelist. He helps AEC professionals leverage geospatial technologies to increase the efficiency of work processes. In addition to his master’s degree research on a modern GIS-based framework for data management in civil engineering projects, he is a certified BIM professional from the British Research Establishment. Hesham dedicates his skills and software development experience to best use GIS and BIM integration. He has participated in multiple GIS and BIM projects integrating location intelligence with the latest technologies like VR, AR, and IoT.
Jon has 20 years of GIS industry experience focusing on how geospatial data and location intelligence can support data-driven AEC decision making and provide a spatial context to infrastructure projects. As a strategic thinker, he understands the importance of building consensus across teams and influencing executive leadership for digital transformation. Jon knows how to empower his team to maximize their impact through the creation of award winning and innovative applications from digital risk registers to BIM-GIS integration.
Sid Pandey is a senior associate and geospatial technology manager at Dewberry Engineers Inc. With over six years of experience helping others leverage geospatial technology, Sid provides support and guidance to professionals across Dewberry’s service lines with geospatial solutions tailored to their subject matter. Sid serves as vice-chair on URISA’s Vanguard Cabinet, supporting emerging geospatial professionals, encouraging them to be active in the industry and providing them with mentorship, networking, and professional development opportunities.
Dan has over 30 years of GIS experience. As a certified GIS professional and the geospatial systems lead with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., he drives innovation by employing Esri’s enterprise, desktop, web, and mobile technology. GIS is the backbone for many technical practices and client sectors, serving as a system of record, a system of engagement, and a system for developing and delivering services and technical solutions. Dan is passionate about GIS and active in the community of GIS professionals. He is currently also the chairperson for the Geographic Information System Certification Institute (GISCI) Outreach Committee.
Do you know someone who uses GIS to create innovative solutions and inspire others?