Blaine has been in the GIS industry since 1992. He received his bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and his Masters of Geographic Information Science from the University of Minnesota. Over his 20 years in the GIS industry, he has worked in diversified GIS environments including state and local government, consulting engineering and planning, and Fortune 500. As President of Flat Rock Geographics (formerly GIS Rangers), Blaine handles many aspects of the day-to-day business. He also brings a wealth of experience as a GIS project manager which he utilizes to oversee all projects.
Blaine is well versed in all aspects of ESRI’s desktop suite which he has used almost exclusively over his GIS career. He also has expertise in OpenSource web mapping which further diversifies his knowledge and skills. His technical skills go beyond GIS. He is experienced in many aspects of relational databases. Blaine has created custom forms and reports using Visual Basic for Applications in Microsoft Access that tie in with GIS databases. He also has technical skill in setting up and supporting Microsoft Windows Networks.
Blaine has been an active participant in the GIS community, serving on the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium board and the Twin Cities MapServer User Group conference committee. He has also presented at local and national conferences as well as instructing GIS at conferences and at the college level.