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Mr. Samuel Perez

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Ever since the time an ESRI employee guest spoke in my seventh grade class, I’ve been consistently drawn to the countless unique and innovative ways with which GIS can empower a richer understanding of addressing issues in our ever-developing world. When it came time to choose a major, both my overall interest in geography and appreciation for ESRI’s presence in my hometown Redlands, CA, led me to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from California State University San Bernardino, and ultimately a post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science from the University of North Dakota.

I’ve since worked as a contracted GIS Project Specialist with SoCalGas conducting research regarding problematic gas pipelines, and as a GIS Specialist for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, where I provided ad-hoc GIS and mapping services in a local government setting. While working for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, my biggest accomplishment came when I launched and implemented ArcGIS Enterprise to be used across various departments within the tribal government. While my GIS services gained more notice within the organization in the form of user-friendly web map applications, I sought to improve myself for imminent GIS management and implementation tasks, which is when I decided to take Web GIS and Geodatabase Design courses at the University of California, Riverside.

During this time, I also began working alongside a Professional Land Surveyor with which I not only learned field methods using a GPS RTK setup, but also basic calculations and mapping techniques within Autodesk Civil 3D. Such experience led me to my current position as an Engineering Technician IV with the County of San Bernardino Surveyor’s Office, where I process drone data using Pix4D and Virtual Surveyor software, as well as process and map data collected from topographic surveys using Civil 3D and Trimble Terramodel software. On top of that, I review Records of Survey and surveyor's field notes, and subsequently use ArcGIS Pro to index these records which are then published to the San Bernardino County Surveyor’s ArcGIS Online research tool.

Because of my work experience in both GIS and surveying, I constantly find myself wanting to hear about ways in which the gap between these two professions continues to narrow. I'm currently studying for the Fundamentals of Surveying exam which is a requirement in becoming a certified Land Surveyor in Training. Additionally, my goal is to achieve GISP certification in the next to years.