2019 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Dave Maune, Ph.D., PSM, PS, GS, CP, CFM, is an associate vice president and photogrammetrist for Dewberry and is based in the firm’s Fairfax, Virginia, office. He has been in the industry for nearly 60 years and supports federal contracts with the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In addition, Maune serves as the project manager for the firm’s independent quality assurance/quality control contracts with the states of Connecticut and Maine, and Los Angeles County. Currently, using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar, Maune is working on mapping the entire state of Alaska, which has never before been mapped in accordance with National Map Accuracy Standards.



Short Course Presenters


TJ Abbenhaus

TJ Abbenhaus is a solution engineer with Esri, supporting the Northwest Region. TJ has been working in Geography on GIS application development in the areas of Land Records, Natural Resources, City, County, and State governments. TJ has specialized in the Esri platform specifically in 3D, land records, information products and imagery solutions provided by Esri, as well as our business partners.  Before coming to Esri he was a GIS Programmer Analyst for Kitsap county Washington.  He has been with Esri since 2007. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Geography, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Montana also in Geography.  He has worked for both county and state governments as a GIS professional at different capacities and responsibilities. ​


Qassim A. Abdullah, Ph.D., CP, PLS

Dr. Qassim Abdullah is an accomplished scientist with more than 40 years of combined industrial, research and development, and academic experience in analytical photogrammetry, digital remote sensing, and civil and surveying engineering. His current responsibilities include designing and managing strategic programs to develop and implement new remote sensing technologies focused on meeting the evolving needs of geospatial users. Currently, Dr. Abdullah is the Chief Scientist for Woolpert Geospatial Services and a member of Woolpert Labs team. In addition, Dr. Abdullah serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and at Penn State teaching graduate courses on UAS, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. His latest accomplishments include evaluating and introducing the Geiger and single photon LiDAR to the geospatial industry and leading Woolpert research activities in the field of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), its sensor calibration, and its workflow development. Dr. Abdullah is a certified photogrammetrist by ASPRS and licensed professional surveyor and mapper with the states of Florida, Oregon, Virginia, and South Carolina.


Charles Barnwell

Charlie Barnwell has been working with GIS since 1984, and with LiDAR-based elevation data since 2002. Prior to GIS he was a field geologist working in Alaska, gaining a deep appreciation for terrain of all kinds from tussocks to alpine mountains. A former Esri Alaska Regional Manager, and Municipality of Anchorage GIS Manager, in his current position Charlie leads a team at Kinney Engineering that provides GIS services in the engineering sector. Charlie received a Bachelor Science degree in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master’s degree from the University of Alaska.


Michael Dennis, PE, RLS, PhD

Michael L. Dennis, PE, RLS, PhD is a geodesist at NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) where he manages the State Plane Coordinate System of 2022 project. He is also involved in evaluation of data processing and survey network adjustment procedures, development of standards and guidelines, and public outreach. Mr. Dennis is a Professional Engineer and Surveyor with private sector experience, including ownership of a consulting and surveying firm. He is also a member of the Surveying and Geomatics Division in the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.


Russell Faux

Russell Faux is a Senior Vice President at Quantum Spatial and is responsible for the implementation of remote sensing technologies to map and analyze our natural environment.   Mr. Faux has over 25 years of experience in the test and evaluation of airborne sensors including multi-mode radar, thermal infrared, hyperspectral, and LiDAR systems.  Prior to Quantum Spatial, Mr. Faux was the founder and CEO of Watershed Sciences, Inc. and developed this company into one of the nation’s leading airborne LiDAR providers.  Mr. Faux holds a BS degree in Electric Engineering from Penn State and a MS degree in Bioresource Engineering from Oregon State University.


Gennady Gienko, Ph.D.

Gennady Gienko holds a Ph.D. degree from Moscow Institute for Engineers in Geodesy, Aerial Surveying and Cartography (1987). He worked at Siberian State Geodetic Academy (1988-2001), Israeli Institute of Technology (2001-2002), and University of the South Pacific (2004-2009). Since August 2009 Gennady has been working for the Department of Geomatics at UAA. He teaches courses in GIS, Remote Sensing, Image Analysis, Photogrammetry, High Density Surveying, and Point Cloud Analysis. His research interests are geospatial data analysis, geostatistics, precision 3D modeling, and remote sensing.


Daniel Heiner

Dan Heiner (GIS System Programmer with North Slope Borough – NSB) is a seasoned GIS Manager with over twenty years’ experience in GIS data collection, analysis, mapping, with proven experience in GIS development, mobile GIS collection, and technical capacity building. At NSB, Daniel is part of the GIS team that provides GIS services to all the Borough Departments and is lead on the NSB LiDAR Mapping Project. Daniel received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Economics from Oregon State University.


Lara Heitmeyer

Lara Heitmeyer works as a Lead Analyst in the LiDAR Calibration group at Quantum Spatial’s Corvallis, Oregon office. She has four years’ experience in sensor calibration, raw data georectification and adjustment, and feature classification and extraction, with specific expertise in topo-bathymetric datasets. Lara has been a process lead on topo-bathymetric projects ranging from post-hurricane shoreline mapping on the East Coast, to river restoration projects in the West, to lake and reservoir volume assessments in the Rockies. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Ecological Engineering and a GIS Certificate from Oregon State University, and when she’s not working inside a point cloud she enjoys biking in the great Pacific Northwest outdoors.


Nicole Kinsman, Ph.D.

Nic Kinsman is Alaska’s Regional Advisor for NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS). Based in Anchorage, she serves as our local point of contact for NGS and is available to provide technical guidance on geospatial positioning topics in support of activities such as mapping and charting, navigation, flood risk determination, transportation, land use and ecosystem management. Nic holds a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of California Santa Cruz, she formerly managed the State of Alaska’s Coastal Hazards program for five years and is presently an affiliated faculty member with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


Ryan Marlow, CMS

Ryan Marlow, CMS, is a Co-Founder with Alaska Aerial Media, an Alaskan based UAS service provider specializing in unmanned survey, infrastructure inspection and heavy lift payloads. Ryan has over seven years of unmanned systems and remote sensing experience in both public and private sectors. He has been an active member of ASPRS since 2015 and is certified as a sUAS Mapping Scientist. Ryan currently manages sUAS derived imagery, LiDAR, multispectral and processing QC for his Alaskan based geospatial company. Ryan and company recently received the only waiver in Alaska for sUAS operations overhead people, a first for the state and a major step forward with unmanned systems enabling mapping solutions in densely populated areas.


Scott Moore

Scott Moore is a Solutions Engineer with Esri and currently works in the Olympia, Washington regional office. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS. Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include web mapping, server and mobile based GIS, developer technologies, open data and integrating drones with enterprise GIS. He has been with Esri since 2006. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography with a focus on GIS from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 1998. Prior to joining Esri, he was a Senior GIS Analyst and GIS Manager for the City of Chandler, Arizona where he built the City’s Enterprise GIS.


Steve Parrish, PLS, WRS, CFedS

Steve Parrish began surveying with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in 1963, acquired his Utah PLS in 1973 and worked with the USFS through 1984. He transferred to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) In 1985 and was selected as BLM Nevada Cadastral Chief in 1989. Steve left the government in 1995 to survey in the private sector. He is licensed in 10 states, a Nevada water rights surveyor, acquired his CFedS certificate in 2007 and is a Great Basin College graduate (2009) with a BAS in Technology degree. Steve is a contributor to “The Surveying Handbook” (Brinker and Minnick), has presented workshops in 27 States and Canada, and teaches SUR360 (2009 BLM Manual) for Great Basin College (Elko, NV). He shares his 53+ years of land surveying experience through workshops, consulting, and expert witness testimony. He is the Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) Panel Chairperson/Training Coordinator and County Surveyor for Alpine and Mono Counties, CA.


Ben V. Peterson, PLS

Ben Peterson is the Director of Surveys/Principal for PLS, Inc. He is a licensed professional land surveyor in Washington and Oregon with over 30 years of survey and mapping experience throughout the Pacific Northwest. His breadth of experience includes geodetic control, route surveys, GPS, topographic mapping, cadastral and boundary surveys, flood studies, bathymetry, and construction surveys. He has managed the surveys for such notable and technically challenging projects as the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, Seattle Monorail, West Seattle Bridge and numerous dams and tunnels. He is an acknowledged expert in tunnel surveys, and settlement and drift measurements, and has served as a technical adviser / expert to Sound Transit and King County / Metro regarding soft-earth tunneling and settlement of high-rise structures. He frequently provides presentations on those subjects at local, State and national seminars and conferences including the Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC). He is a past-President of the Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington (LSAW), a two-time recipient of their Award of Merit, was honored as their 2007 Surveyor of the Year and in 2010 was the first-ever recipient of their Distinguished Surveyor Award. He shares his expertise each year as an instructor in LSAW’s Career Advancement Program. In addition to LSAW, he is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).


Andres Vargas

Andres Vargas is a Technical Expert with Quantum Spatial’s Corvallis office. Before joining QSI, Andrés previously worked for Riegl USA as an applications engineer, with a focus on Airborne LiDAR systems. As an airborne applications engineer, Andrés became an expert in Riegl’s UAS operations by training customers in RiCopter UAS utilization. At QSI, Andrés coordinates flight planning and operations with UAS contractors, calibration of the data, provides final feedback on generated products and has been instrumental in developing QSI’s UAS workflows. Andrés hails from the MIL Robotics program at the University of Florida with a BA in Mechanical Engineering.