MICHAEL KIESER

SENIOR SYSTEMS ENGINEER - March, 2015 to present 

SENIOR GIS ANALYST - June, 2010 to March, 2015

Calgary, Alberta


EXPERIENCE

Tesera Systems Inc.

  • Member of the Dillon-Tesera team in developing a Municipal Risk Assessment Tool for the Insurance Bureau of Canada to assess the risk of municipal sewer backup and the additional risk associated with climate change.
  • Data collection and consolidation for the WE-Hub Project (funded by Western Economic Diversification) around open sharing of spatial and water related information and the Water Cloud Project (in partnership with Grid Research Centre and HP Labs).
  • Experience with diverse datasets from a broad range of government, industry and other non-government organizations and well versed with varied data formats and spatial projections - CAD, shapefiles, geodatabases, and raster.
  • GIS resolutions for problems encountered when working with large datasets.
  • Data modeling and development of project specific ArcObjects and Python programs for numerous analyses.
  • Client liaison, budget estimation and proposal writing.
  • Working knowledge of environmental regulations, land-use planning and development processes in Alberta.

GIS and Data Specialist, 2010 – June 2010

Natural Resources Canada, Geological Survey of Canada, Calgary, Alberta

  • Production of a National Atlas of CO2 Storage Capacity in Canada for carbon capture and storage (CCS). CCS in oil and gas reservoirs includes: the collection of hydrocarbon reservoir reserve data from the provincial agencies, data naming standards, data and metadata storage, data analysis and validation, and reservoir capacity calculations. CCS in deep saline aquifers includes: lithological unit standardization, compilation a list of potential hydrostratigraphic formations, formation volume generation, and integral CO2 capacity calculations. Data analysis is in ArcGIS with an ArcSDE connection to an Oracle database. Final data aggregation is done using Oracle PL/SQL. Responsible for the entire Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Project Engineer/GIS Manager, 2006 – Jan 2010

Eclipse Geomatics & Engineering, Calgary, Alberta

  • Developed a business plan in May 2008 to start a GIS department as the GIS Manager. The goal was to provide data conversion and creation, GIS implementation, web-based data analysis and data management to smaller communities within southern Alberta which would provide infrastructure mapping to assist in their compliance with the Public Sector Accounting Board’s PS 3150 Tangible Capital Assets requirement. The business plan included using Open Source software for the implementation to reduce the capital cost.  Manager of a four person team the developed an Area Structure Plan for a proposed 1200 hectare Net Zero community near Langdon, Alberta and several municipal land development engineering projects in the Calgary region.
  • Responsible for project proposal writing, project management, data management, company standards, and providing technical direction and problem resolution in many fields, including: company project data storage and database administration, data format and coordinate transformation, utility master planning, precision surveying, and quality control.

Instructor, 2007

SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology), Calgary, Alberta  

  • Substitute instructor working with Mr. Bernard Piche for a survey class (SURV 222) of 20 students. Strengthened public speaking, teaching skills, broadened community involvement, and improved time management skills balancing full-time research with a class/lab schedule.

Teachers Assistant, 2005-2007

University of Calgary, Geomatics Department, Calgary, Alberta  

  • Teachers Assistant for Dr. Mele Rakai and Dr. Michael Barry in support of a Survey Law (ENGO 579) class.  Responsible for marking assignments of reports on the following topics: survey law case, survey practic review, aboriginal rights, international boundary, land reform and survey reform; and conducted labs consisting of student summaries of guest speaker presentations.

Project Surveyor, 1999-2005

PSOMAS, Los Angeles, California  

  • Psomas is a company of approximately 500 persons working both in the private sector and with public agencies.  A Project Surveyor in a fourteen person team environment as part of the Survey and Geospatial Services group. Involved in over 150 jobs during five years at Psomas, some of the larger projects include: the implementation of a Geographic Information System (GIS) using ArcGIS 8.3 for the Port of Los Angeles Lease Management System including data conversion standards and methodology from AutoCAD to ArcGIS geodatabase, and a database maintenance program; Master Planning for the Los Angeles World Airports; development and preparation of many Airspace Subdivision Tract Maps within the City of Los Angeles; as well as large residential, industrial, commercial and cultural development projects including: The Staples Center, the J. Paul Getty Center, the Los Angeles Entertainment District, Universal Studios, Fremantle Media reality TV, the City of Beverly Hills streetscape, the City of Industry, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, the University of California Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Community College and Santa Monica School Districts. Responsible for maintaining strict budgets, contacting clients and assisting with project proposals. Volunteered to teach UCLA engineering student’s, fundamental surveying techniques and calculations for the Survey portion of the annual American Society of Civil Engineers competition.

Geomatics Manager/GPS Specialist, 1995-1998

Dillon, Fredericton, New Brunswick  

  • Dillon was hired by the Canadian Department of Defence (DOD) to decontaminate the decommissioned Military Range in Tracadie, New Brunswick of Unexploded Ordinance (UXO). Responsible for implementing a GIS using ArcView 3.1 for the mapping of areas of high UXO contamination, using Real-time Differential GPS for mapping control.  ArcView was used to map produce reports, statistical data and collect and analyze geospatial data of the excavated UXO.  In addition, staff training and management was a required duty.

EDUCATION

M.Sc (Geomatics Engineering) 2010

GIS and Land Tenure - University of Calgary, Alberta

B.Sc. Engineering (Survey Engineering) 1997

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Survey Technologist Diploma 1993

College of Geographic Sciences, Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Expert in ESRI ArcGIS 9.3: 3D Analyst, ArcScan, Spatial Analyst, and ArcSDE/Oracle
  • Expert in Autodesk Civil 3D and Map 2010
  • Intermediate Grass GIS, Quantum GIS and uDig open source GIS software user
  • Experience with PostgreSQL database with PostGIS spatial data enabler
  • Experience with ESRI ArcIMS and MapServer with Apache web server
  • Experience in FME (Feature Manipulation Engine) for data translation
  • Intermediate Java, VBA, ArcObjects and Oracle PL/SQL programmer

AFFILIATIONS

  • Professional Engineer (Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta)
  • Certified GIS Professional (GIS Certification Institute, currently in process )
  • Member (Alberta Geomatics Group )
  • Member (OSGeo Alberta Chapter )
  • NCCP & CANSI coach (Calgary Ski Club)

PUBLICATIONS

  • ·SKI Conference, “A multi-agent system to simulate the decision process of stakeholders involved in a residential land development project in the Calgary region”, Fernie, BC, 2008
  • HICSS-42, “Multi-agent modeling to understand the impact of stakeholders’ decisions in a residential land development project in southern Alberta”, Waikoloa, HI, 2009
  • GeoAlberta, “Simulating the land-use impact of municipal planning policies and stakeholders’ goals in a residential land development project in southern Alberta using an agent-based model”, Calgary AB, 2010
  • “Land-use impact simulation through agent-based modelling”, Multi-Agent Systems, ISBN: 978-953-307-568-6, I-Tech Education and Publishing, Austria, 2011
  • “Agent-based modeling of stakeholders’ interactions in a land development project in southern Alberta”, The European Journal of GIS and Spatial Analysis, Cachan cedex, France 2011