- I was first exposed to “Orienteering” in the late 1950’s and mid 1960’s, however my first encounter with electronic navigational positioning systems was the highly accurate DECCA Navigator System with paper roll moving map displays as Avionics Technician (31K20) in Viet-Nam.
Years later as a Computer Programmer Analyst and later as a Computer Specialist in the 1980s with the City of New York Police Department (NYPD)'s Management Information Systems, I managed the development, implementation and maintenance of a standardized multifunction off-line systems that was used in the "end user computing" project in the 75 local police precincts at the time using PC DOS based computers. The emergency incidents and police radio runs were plotted by MapInfo on police precinct and police boro (county) maps.
Later as Management Information Specialist/Computer Specialist in aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 extracted, then transformed the data from select Office of Housing/Federal Housing Administration (FHA) systems to identify insured properties, real estate assets held or loan portfolios managed by HUD in the ten southern counties of Florida. That data was then geo-coded by FEMA using MapInfo on an Apple based system. Subsequently, the resulting database was used to generate MapInfo maps for FEMA & FHA property inspectors and to monitor the progress of the inspections and the recovery from the disaster in Miami-Dade County.
In the early 2000’s while pursuing an advanced degree (and final one) in Engineering Management (Crisis, Emergency, and Risk Management / Information Systems) batch geocoded the research data from 58 states or states equivalents (or entities) and 3262 counties or county equivalents using MapPoint 2004; the resulting maps and other products were integrated into the final research project report that was submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree.
- Washington, DC
- Computing; Emergency Management; research in Crisis, Emergency, Disaster, and Risk Management
- Senior Emergency Management Specialist
(Thomas Lyons Carr III, CEM, Appl.Sc., MS-IST, MSM)
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