GIS Technology Expert in Flood Zone Determination

Case Description:

A GIS technology expert was needed for a patent infringement case involving a technology for performing flood zone certifications. The patents in this case focused on technology used to identify flood plain determinations via geographic interface systems technology, or GIS. GIS technology is used for identifying attributes of a section of the earth such as river boundaries, creek beds or flood plain boundaries. There are two primary methods of producing flood plain analysis; one is digital image based systems, an automated method, and the other is digital vector based systems, which is a manual system. The patents in question used image based systems to provide information for determining whether a commercial real estate property was located in a flood plain.

IMS ExpertServices sought a GIS expert knowledgeable in creating flood plain determinations by processing map information; in particular, FEMA map information.

Experts Presented:

  • GIS Technology

    This GIS expert is a professional surveyor, engineer, and geographer with a career emphasis on mapping. He has made significant contributions to professional literature with publication of several technical books, law review articles, and research papers in professional journals. He has served as technical advisor to several states on maritime boundaries and land management issues and has provided expert testimony to a number of local, state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He received his B.S. in mathematics, his M.S. in geography with an emphasis on GIS and geospatial analysis of physical geography, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Geography with an emphasis on wetland delineation. He is a registered Civil Engineer in the states of Florida, Georgia and Texas. IMS Reference #4992866

  • Land Use & Development

    This GIS technology expert's teaching, research, and consulting activities are primarily in the areas of land use, GIS applications in city and regional planning, and the impacts of urban development. He has long been involved in the teaching and research of database management techniques and geographic information systems for urban planning. He has prepared several parcel-level GIS databases for local communities. He is the co-author of numerous journal articles discussing GIS applications and flood plain delineation and land use. He received his masters degree in urban and regional planning and his Ph.D. in city and regional planning. IMS Reference #4992724

  • Water Resources

    This GIS expert has over 18 years of experience with a wide variety of water resource engineering projects. His experience covers virtually all phases of the design process, including feasibility studies, planning studies, preliminary design, preparation of bidding documents and forensic analysis. He has provided hydrologic and hydraulic engineering services for reservoirs, water supply systems, drainage and flood control facilities, wastewater systems, and pump stations. He is also an ASCE seminar instructor for FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program and Dam Safety and Rehabilitation continuing education courses. He received his B.S. in civil engineering and has studied Flood Plain Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Unsteady Flow Modeling. IMS Reference #4992796

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