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Bob O.


Anchorage, AK

Member since:

February 20, 2013

Are you currently developing with ArcGIS?

StreamStats for the Cook Inlet Basin, AK. I also get tasked with just about anything else that appears to be impossible or needed 2 days ago, spatially speaking. Then it is up to me to find the person that knows more about it than I do, and learn whatever they are willing to teach. To twist an old saying of Pres. Harry Truman, "The electrons stop here...". Sorry, Harry, but I had to do it.

What primary development language do you use?

I used Perl and shell scripting back in the days of UNIX, but now, when I have time, I really like Python (I'd like to spend a lot more time using it. It is outstanding, and makes sense to the newest of newbies). I also work in R, and vaguely remember some ANSI C and Fortran 77. At times, I'm called to do database work, and since MySQL was most often used with web work. I never got very deep into Oracle, but perhaps one day I will, as it contains such a robust set of products (and they bought MySQL). When I need to move fast and have less than a million records, I love FileMaker Pro (ever since it started as Claris), even though many underestimate its power coupled with ease of use, and thus many toil with Access, I think mostly because it comes with many Office suites, IMHO, of course.

What geospatial technologies are you most interested in?

Primarily landscape modeling with an emphasis of water systems on the landscape as water integrates everything from the landscape. I work in the Water Science Office and we use survey grade GPS data collection and processing of centimeter resolution survey data of river, stream and lake systems within a landscape. The use of Lidar and IfSAR may be one of the methods to create an accurate DEM, more like those found in the Lower 48 (10m or less) due to their capacity of collecting large, precise, areas of landscape data. Aside from StreamStats, we are also in the process of developing the Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) for Alaska in collaboration with our colleagues in the Utah Water Science Center.


Bob Ourso, Stream Ecologist and Informaticist, USGS Alaska Science Center. I am currently working on the StreamStats "Pilot Project" for Cook Inlet, and perhaps, one day, with some luck, all of Alaska.

What Bob O. is saying about this Meetup Group

Again, very good. Lots of very knowledgeable folks ready to share information with other members.


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