Dave Gilbert, GISP, the third employee ever hired by GeoDecisions, is marking 30 years with the geospatial information technology company. GeoDecisions was acquired by Gannett Fleming in 1992.
Gilbert joined GeoDecisions in 1987 and now serves as a senior project manager, providing local governments and utilities with geographic information system (GIS) services. He is responsible for GIS database development and data analysis for clients in the U.S. and has worked across the world.
“Dave has contributed to and led a myriad of successful projects, including as an analyst on the team that created Malaysia’s national water management dashboard,” said GeoDecisions President Brendan Wesdock, MCP, GISP. “He has not only influenced our industry over the past three decades, he has developed GIS public policy for Pennsylvania that will influence our work for years to come.”
Gilbert is corporate lead for Esri®’s ArcGIS Online for Local Government and ArcGIS Online for Water programs, and is a project manager on GIS needs assessments, strategic planning, data conversion, environmental modeling, state and local government work, and commercial application projects.
“Providing client satisfaction is the best part of my job,” Gilbert said. “It’s rewarding to help our clients to overcome challenges and provide applications or data that make their jobs easier. For example, I’ve worked with Hanover County, Virginia, on various GIS projects for over 20 years. That length and depth of a relationship allows us to fully understand our client’s needs.”Gilbert earned a bachelor of science from The Pennsylvania State University and serves as past president and board member of the Pennsylvania Mapping and Geographic Information Consortium (PAMAGIC). He is currently the voting board representative for PAMAGIC on the PA State Geospatial Coordinating Board, enacted to advise the Governor on technology and strategic planning for GIS in the Commonwealth. Gilbert also serves as a steering committee member of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection North Central Regional Citizens Roundtable.