Esri AEC heroes inspire


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.

Zach Jaffe | LandTech Consultants Inc.


Zach is the GIS coordinator at LandTech Consultants, where he focuses on GIS and BIM integration. His background in water utilities operations allows him to understand the need for such integration solutions. Zach works diligently at implementing the latest workflows to help clients achieve their goals and expands his solutions to all AEC industries. When he’s not testing the newest Esri software in his workflows, Zach enjoys getting out in the field with the survey crews for conventional surveying or flying their newest drone. From integrating a BIM model to speaking at an industry event, Zach enjoys it all.

A portrait of Zach Jaffe

Linda Foster | Ferber Engineering Company


With a background in engineering and surveying and a master’s degree in GIS, Linda has been providing solutions to complex AEC projects for over 18 years. From planning to design, construction, and operations, she targets project needs and applies cutting-edge solutions. Linda is a trailblazer in GIS and has revolutionized the business by using GIS for project management. She has demonstrated a commitment to advancing the profession through her work with organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

A portrait of Linda Foster smiling while standing outdoors

Steve Anderson | VHB


Steve has over 35 years of experience working with GIS. As vice president of technology services at VHB, Steve is driving innovation in the transportation industry through the application of GIS technology. From safety management systems to sustainability planning and optimization tools, Steve works to deliver technology-empowered solutions in critical mobility markets including highway, transit, port, rail, and aviation. At VHB, GIS technology is a resource for collaboration, as well as a key asset to clients and partners. Steve understands that leveraging data and technology helps clients make informed decisions and achieve higher value results. 

Steve Anderson in the office smiling in a grey suit

George Floros | Skanska Infrastructure UK


George (aka Dr. GeoBIM) started his career in engineering surveying. Since joining the construction industry, he has revolutionized the use of GIS through innovations such as improving and automating workflows for GIS applications on a live mega construction project. George has earned many industry awards including the 2019 Esri UK Customer Success Award for Developing GeoBIM for Infrastructure GIS. George is now the GIS lead for Skanska Infrastructure UK, delivering GIS Strategy across all infrastructure projects. He is currently studying for his PhD with a focus on BIM-GIS for asset management. He is a true pioneer for BIM-GIS integration and an NBA fan.

A portrait of George Flores smiling, taken outside in front of a lake

Darin Welch | HNTB Technology Solutions Center


Darin joined HNTB in 1999. Early on, he realized the power and potential of using GIS for decision-making and developed a passion for geospatial problem-solving. With more than two decades of practical experience and a master’s degree in GIS science, Darin is now the national geospatial manager at HNTB. He and his talented team of professionals lead many of HNTB’s most significant geospatial innovation projects. Darin puts a focus on discovering what “right” looks like, using data-driven decision-making accompanied by location to deliver client solutions that include asset management, capital planning, public engagement, and 3D-5D design and visualization.

A portrait of Darin Welch taken outside in front of trees

Michelle Watson | Jacobs


Michelle is part of a Global Digital Leadership Team at Jacobs. She is passionate about understanding client organizations and helping them achieve digital success by maintaining focus on their business goals. Michelle is committed to providing practical, fit-for-purpose solutions designed to grow and scale as organizations transition towards a digital future. Throughout her 21-year career, Michelle has been an advocate for spatially enabled solutions. She recognizes their power to create new, more holistic insights into both problems and solutions by integrating diverse spatial and aspatial data.

A portrait of Michelle Watson smiling in a blue blouse

Who will be the next Esri AEC GIS Hero?


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