Todd Barr


Technical Consultant

Denver, CO


A seasoned GIS/Spatial Statistics SME with nineteen years of experience in development, data and analysis.  Specializing in Precision Agriculture, Emergency Response and Data Science.

University of Denver.                                                                                                  2008 — 2014
Masters of Science – GIS specializing in Unstructured/Big Data.

Washburn University.                                                                                                  1989 – 1994
Bachelor of Arts – Political Science

ESRI Suite (ArcMap/Pro, ArcSDE, ArcGIS Pro, Model Builder, ArcGIS Server, AGOL, ArcPy/ArcObjects)

OSGeo Suite (QGIS, PostGIS, Leaflet, Saga, GeoDA, GeoMESA, GeoSpark, GeoWave)

Mapbox Suite (Mapbox Studio, Turf.js)

General GIS Tools (OGR/GDAL, GeoTools, Mapnik, FME, Spatial SQL, OSM)

Development, Databases (SQL and NoSQL)
Languages: Python, R, GoLang

Scripting Languages: HTML 5, JavaScript (Node, Turf, jQuery), PHP, YAML, BASH

SQL/Search: T-SQL, PL/SQL, Spatial SQL, PostGres, Oracle Spatial, ElasticSearch, MongoDB, MariaDB


University of Berkley – Artificial Intelligence Strategy (In Progress)

Udemy – Overview of the Oil and Gas Industry

Cloudera – Data Science Certification

Rutgers University – Risk Terrain Mapping/Modeling

Indiana University – Information Visualization

Dashing D3 – Mapping with D3


Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Part Time Lecturer, January 2018 – Current

o   Intro to Remote Sensing

o   Food Production and Security

o   Remote Sensing and Precision Agriculture


SolSpec Solutions, Lakewood, CO

CTO, January 2018 – September 2019

o   Devised a technical roadmap to overhaul SolSpec’s imagery processing from a hands-on proprietary software stack to an automated open source stack

o   Recruited a team, both onsite and offsite, of Agile Professionals, Developers, Geographers, and Data Scientists to implement the roadmap

o   Initiated Agile Methodologies within SolSpec, then oversaw their development and continuation

o   Monitored and Analyzed industry treads to apply to our technology to keep SolSpec’s product “Beyond the Curve”

o   Maintained Team Morale and Momentum during difficult pushes and sprints

o   Headed the SOC 2 Level 2 Audit process, including founding an internal Security Working Group to eliminate “Security Silos” within the company

o   Secured “Start-Up” partnerships with larger firms, such has NVIDIA and Planet

o   Networked with other “Start-Up” firms to develop partnerships and mutually beneficial relationships (Pixel8, Umbra Labs, URSA)

o   Engaged with Emergency Management/Disaster Response Community for feedback on the SolSpec SaaS Platform

o   Guided SolSpec’s movement toward GBDR

o   Spearheaded SolSpec’s Geospatial Community Support efforts, both within Colorado and Nationally

o   Represented SolSpec at national and international conferences and meetups

o   Engaged with other members of the C Suite for various VC raising activities


Spatial Capability, Washington, DC/Baltimore, MD/Fort Collins, CO

Business Consultant/Geospatial Professional, May 2013- January 2018

o   Architected and Developed Drone Imagery Automated Ingestion Process fully within the AWS framework

o   Lectured and Taught Classes and Seminars in Spatial SQL focused on Postgres/SQLLite

o   Assisting Start Ups in Navigating the Federal Space

o   Architected Cloud Based MongoDB Geospatial Solution for pilot study at HHS

o   Worked extensively with FedRAMP and CloudSIN as well as schedule 70

AgtechLLC/Vantage-SE, Fort Myers, FL/Northern Colorado

Spatial Data Scientist, August 2015-October 2017

o   Architected solutions for Operational Management of one of the largest Farms in the US, both Permanent Crop, and Row Crop Management

o   Developed and supported, both data and design, TIBCO Spotfire instances for operations and decision makers

o   Worked with a diverse team of Farm Managers, Data Experts, Agronomists and Growers

o   Creation of Agriculture data ingestion tool, including on the fly data QA/QC

o   Implemented Spark Streaming process to ingest date from field to farm operations and decision makers

o   Worked extensively with NoSql and data science technologies

o   Migration of client’s spatial data and tabular to a cloud based instance of PostGIS

o   Architected Geospatial Big Data solution and transition from ESRI technology to FOSS4G

o   Build tools for QGIS to assist in day to day data consumption and clean up

o   Created statistical models for crop analysis and limited machine learning, in R and Python

o   Currently devising methods to push standard data and spatial analysis to a cloud implementation for growers


Comso, Reston, VA

Lead Geospatial Technologist, September 2012- June 2013

o   Lead Technical Efforts for the Proof of Concept for The Geospatial Platform

o   Architected the “Cloud” Solution for Geospatial Platform within the AWS Environment

o   Worked closely with ESRI AGOL team and AGOL for Organizations

o   Migrated Data from ArcGIS Server 10 to 10.1

o   Integration of CKAN into Drupal using JavaScript

o   Experimented with NoSQL databases to support Geospatial Data, MongoDB, CouchDB and Hadoop

o   Worked Closely with and OGPL teams for information sharing

o   Investigated multiple open source and proprietary software systems

o   Represented “The Geospatial Platform” at conferences and meetings

o   Met with multiple stakeholders to gather requirements

o   Worked with diverse teams to create the Geospatial Platform’s Communities


Spatial Capability, Washington, DC

Geospatial SME, June 2012 through September 2012


o   Managed Website and Developed Flex Widgets and Viewers/COP (VA)

o   Facilitated Discussions of Data Integration with Emergency Management Mission Partners (VA)

o   Developed the Emergency Geospatial Response Guide (VA)

o   Created C# data entry application to interface with COP, so operators could add geospatial information and integration of geospatial data to WebEOC boards  (VA)

o   Extensive use of HAZUS-MH during Hurricane season

o   Gathered Requirements from Mission Partners and Stakeholders (USDOT/VA)

o   The point GIS Professional during both Man Made and Natural events. (VA)

o   Geospatial SME for DOT’s RITA (USDOT)



Critigen, Chantilly, VA (On Site, Andrews Joint Base)

IT/GIS Integration Manager, January 2012 to June 2012


o   Managed Website and Developed Flex Widgets and Viewers, built in Action Script

o   Built widget to consume WebEOC boards and push Geospatial data to the WebEOC map, built in C#

o   Customized DotNetNuke site to allow users to build map services (C#)

o   Managed three Employees (GIS Analyst, System Administrator and DBA)

o   Provided Support to users and maintenance to ArcSDE

o   Represented A7O/GIO at DomOps IPT

o   ANGRC Domestic Operations GIS Point of Contact

o   A7O/GIO contact for the planning of DomOps Exercise Operation Patriot, to include both Military and Civilian Agencies.  Facilitated Data Sharing by creating Windows services to convert data types to be functional within the Air Guard Viewer, built in C#.


Koniag Services Incorporated, Fairfax, VA

Geospatial Program Manager, April 2009 to January 2012


o   Acted as SME for GIS within the NGB Joint Staff.

o   Developed NGB Common Operational Picture utilizing both Web Based and Desktop Viewers.  Web Based viewers included Javascript, Flex, and Google Maps.  Desktop Viewers included Google Earth, ArcGIS Desktop and Explorer

o   Consumed and pushed spatial and non-spatial data from and to WebEOC

o   Developed Geospatial Situational Awareness Application for the White House

o   GIS support to multiple hurricanes and other natural disasters, lead the GIS effort in multiple exercises including Military/Civilian (WANG/WEMA).  Creating Python and C# scripts on the fly to assist in operations and trainings

o   GIS Point of Contact for DOT CMC during Events and Emergencies

o   Facilitated Discussions of data sharing between DOT CMC and NGB JoCC creating an environment of data sharing between mission partners

o   Lead Strategic Planning Effort for Transportation for the Nation (

o   Managed Developers within the JIEE team to assist in geospatial viewer and application development

o   Interfaced directly with client on a daily basis pertaining to GIS issues and how to facilitate interagency geospatial cooperation



SAIC, Mclean, VA

Geospatial Developer and Analyst, August 2008 to April 2009


o   Implementation of Enterprise Versioned ArcSDE (SQL Server) to support both Installation and Environmental Departments as well as 24/7 Emergency Response

o   Developed Data Quality Control Process to insure data met SDSFIE standards

o   Developed and maintained GuardMAP, to allow non GIS users to import and edit Geospatial data via a web based interface.  Using C# and ESRI’s .NET ADF

o   Architected SOA solution, integrating spatial and non-spatial data, utilizing Biztalk and C#

o   Requirements Gathering and Analysis for multiple GIS Initiatives within the NGB

o   Set up SDSFIE compliant ArcSDE (SQL Server)

o   Assisted onsite staff with development of Geospatial Business Function




L-3 Communications Titan Business Group, Reston, VA

Project Manager/Senior GIS Developer, November 2005 to August 2006


o   Project Manager for the Long Island Breast Cancer GIS (LIGIS) project, responsibilities includes maintenance of multiple websites, both GIS and dynamic JSP, purchasing and integration of data and management of the LIGIS Team.

o   Interacted with Client on a weekly basis to determine Client’s needs and how the current LIGIS application was addressing their needs.

o   Assisted Public Health Students in the LIGIS Lab, and helped the students with the data

o   Updated LIGIS Maps with Recent Census and Local New York State data

o   Redesigned Spatial Data Model and instituted it within ArcSDE in an Oracle Environment, maintaining both user base and updating spatial data

o   Developed Data Sharing GIS Portal to share LIGIS data with assorted Agencies and Private actors

o   Gathered requirements from US Courts division of Probation and Parole to assist in the determination of the best GIS solution for their GIS needs.  Project included meeting with multiple clients to determine their GIS needs, testing ten different GIS solutions, then narrowing down the number of COTS solutions, and obtaining evaluation versions of solutions for installation on a development server

–        The Last Meter

o   Homeland Security Institute


–        Introduction to Spatial SQL

o   FOSS4G 2017

o   CSU Data and Donuts Series


–        Spatial R Intro and Concepts

o   CSU Data and Donuts Series

o   International Society of Precision Agriculture Conference 2018


–        FOSS4G and Precision Agriculture

o   FOSS4G NA 2016


–        Whats on the Horizon for GeoPlatform

o   ESRI Federal GIS Conference 2013


–        Situational Awareness – a Case Study for the National Guard

o   NORAD-NORTHCOM Conference –June 2011

o   Domestic Operations Workshop – March 2011


–        JIEE Geospatial Interoperability and GeoGuard

o   ESRI UC 2010


–        Transportation for the Nation – A Current View

o   GIS PRO 2009


–        NGB National Guard Bureau’s GIS Enterprise Architecture, The Way Forward

o   JIMC 2008


–        The Mappyist Hour, Current

o   My Podcast with Author Silas Toms


–        Hangouts with James Fee, Summer 2017 (Podcast)


–        GeoHipster, December 8th, 2014

o   In a get to know the “Geosilverbacks” series I was interviewed by




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