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Chad Cooper, GISP

Geospatial Developer at Geographic Information Services, Inc.

Fayetteville, Arkansas Area
Information Technology and Services
  1. Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas,
  2. Cooper GeoSolutions,
  3. Southwestern Energy Company
  1. University of Arkansas
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I started programming by writing static HTML pages in the late nineties. I've coded HTML, Coldfusion, PHP, CSS, Python, JavaScript, C#, and T-SQL over the years, with a focus primarily on Python (thankfully!) the past several years. I've worked with a few databases, primarily SQL Server 2005/2008, but also with MySQL and SQLite. I routinely work on Windows, OSX, and Ubuntu Linux.

Most of my work over the past decade has been in the realm of Geographic Information Systems, but I also love coding for the web. I've worked in state government, the private sector (oil and gas) and academia.

I love to write (even documentation) and wish I had more time to do it. I have been published in ArcUser and Python Magazine. I present talks and posters at conferences as often as possibly I can.

I've been active in the Python community, serving as a former organizer and Chair for the pyArkansas conference. I volunteered time for PyCon US and the Arkansas GIS Users Forum Symposium planning committee.


Geospatial Developer

Geographic Information Services, Inc.
– Present (9 months)Fayetteville, Arkansas Area

Building and customizing ArcGIS Javascript API web applications on the GIS, Inc. State and Local Government Team. Occasionally dabbling in SQL, .NET, and Python.

Geospatial Research and Development Specialist

Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas
(3 years)Fayetteville, Arkansas Area

At CAST I did quite a bit of programming in Python, HTML, and JavaScript along with some C# and SQL.


Cooper GeoSolutions
(3 years 3 months)Fayetteville, Arkansas Area

Offering consulting in GIS data management, mapping, cartography, data translations and transformations. Specializing in Python programming, custom ArcGIS Python toolboxes, and geoprocessing.

GIS Analyst

Southwestern Energy Company
(3 years 1 month)

Developed web-based GIS applications utilizing ArcGIS Server with .NET. Designed, wrote, documented, and maintained .NET and Python applications for data acquisition and management for enterprise GIS system. Managed, translated, and transformed spatial and non-spatial data. Explored new technologies for use in enterprise GIS applications. Provided support to GIS end users within the company.

GIS Technician

Southwestern Energy Company
(3 years 1 month)

Supported day-to-day GIS activities for team such as dataset creation, database management, data mining, and map production. Developed process to harvest, process, and map company leaseholds through Python code. Designed and implemented geoprocessing and data-harvesting applications for use with team and enterprise-level GIS. Provided GIS datasets to team members for use in other mapping applications. Provided team members and upper management with digital and print cartographic products.

GIS Technician/Modeler

University of Arkansas
(1 year 9 months)

Acquired, processed, and warehoused GIS data from various state, federal, and in-house resources. Developed and calibrated watershed models on ArcView 3.2. Prepared project reports, technical documentation, and tutorials (hardcopy and online). Conducted training workshops on GIS data acquisition and watershed model use. Provided GIS maps for and assistance with on-going projects within the Department. Developed and maintained Watershed Modeling Laboratory web site.

GIS Technician

State of South Dakota
(7 months)

Edited and maintained GIS datasets for geologic mapping projects. Provided cartographic design and production of maps for Survey publications. Scanned, georeferenced, and archived historic/out-of-print maps.


VIESORE - Visual Impact Evaluation System for Offshore Renewable Energy(Link)

VIESORE is a interface designed to bridge ArcMap 10.0 with the 3D modeling package Vue Infinite 10.5. VIESORE allows users to spatially design a offshore windfarm within ArcGIS and then push that GIS data into Vue, where spatially accurate photo-realistic 3D renders of the proposed windfarm are created for visualization purposes. The core of VIESORE is written entirely in Python and translates all GIS data into formats that can be read and utilized by Vue.

Team members:


– Present

Developing a HTML5/JavaScript/Python application to serve as a pipeline for the processing of raw declassified Cold War era Corona satellite imagery.

Team members:

City of Southfield, Michigan - OneView(Link)

Customizations to the OneView framework.

Team members:

Roanoke County , VA - OneView(Link)

Various minor enhancements and customizations to the OneView framework.

Team members:

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Conference Chair - pyArkansas 2012

– Present (6 years 2 months)Science and Technology

pyArkansas is the annual Python programming language conference held in Conway, Arkansas since 2008. I've been involved with pyArkansas since year one, having co-founded the group and conference. pyArkansas has grown from 35 attendees its first year to over 110 in 2012. Visit for more information.

Poster Session Co-Chair

PyCon US 2013
– Present (2 years 4 months)Science and Technology

PyCon is an awesome conference and gathering, and I wanted to be involved and help out. I saw the poster session co-chair position was open, so I volunteered for the job.

Member Conference Executive Planning Committee

Arkansas GIS Users Forum
– Present (2 years 4 months)Science and Technology

The Arkansas GIS Users Forum is a group of individuals that work to develop, publish, distribute and use spatial information to help you get where you are going, know where you have been, or know what’s happening around you. The Forum puts on a bi-annual conference, of which I am a member of the planning committee.

Volunteer - Website

Northwest Arkansas Local Food Guide
– Present (3 years 8 months)Environment

The Northwest Arkansas Local Food Guide will help you to discover where you can find the freshest food grown right here in the four-county region that comprises Northwest Arkansas: Washington, Benton, Madison and Carroll counties. Visit for more information.

Opportunities Chad is looking for:

Causes Chad cares about:

  • Children
  • Science and Technology
  • Education

Organizations Chad supports:


Real-Time Updating of ArcSDE through SQL(Link)

January 2012

Pushing real-time data into an ArcSDE geodatabase for immediate consumption by end users can be challenging. However, with the advent of Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 and Esri support for the built-in SQL Server 2008 spatial data types, real-time updating of ArcSDE feature classes in SQL Server 2008 has gotten easier. By utilizing the SQL Server geometry and geography data types, SQL stored procedures, and triggers, we can essentially bypass the Esri ArcSDE stack and push attribute and spatial updates directly to nonversioned feature class tables. Simple to complex insertions and updates can be performed through SQL, allowing us to provide (upon map refresh or redraw) instant feature class updates to end users.

Getting Started with Geoprocessing and ArcObjects in .NET(Link)

April 2010

What's that? You say you want to do some geoprocessing and maybe even some ArcObjects programming using .NET, but just aren't sure where to begin? Visual Studio and the whole ".NET Framework" thing are somewhat intimidating, aren't they? If you are not a programmer by training, you sure can be. Namespaces, classes, assemblies, methods, references, solutions…it's enough to scare anyone not familiar with it. But have no fear. You—yes you—can be up and running with your very own .NET geoprocessing application in no time.

Tapping Into the Power of Python: Data mining, data processing, logging, and e-mails(Link)

April 2008

The Python programming language, first introduced in 1991, has made its way to the forefront of GIS programming in recent years. As a high-level programming language, Python offers clear syntax; readability; very strong and dynamic typing; automatic garbage collection; extensive standard libraries and third-party libraries for tackling virtually any task; a helpful, friendly user community; and, of course, an opensource license.

Mapping point locations with Python and Microsoft Live Search Maps(Link)

Python Magazine
February 2008

Lets face it, using Python, we can pull data from virtually anywhere in the corporate enterprise – databases, text files, or other documents. But how can we easily visualize data that has place associated with it? Well, we turn to Python and the API of a popular web-mapping application, that’s how.



  • ArcGIS
  • GIS
  • Spatial Databases
  • ArcGIS Server
  • Python
  • Geoprocessing
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Cartography
  • ArcSDE
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • C#
  • ESRI
  • ArcCatalog
  • Databases
  • FME
  • .NET
  • Data Mapping
  • Geography
  • Informatica
  • ArcInfo
  • Geological Mapping
  • Geology
  • GPS
  • Data Management
  • LiDAR
  • Web Mapping
  • ArcGIS Server management
  • .NET (C#)
  • SQL Server...
  • GIS data management
  • Data translation and...
  • Job scheduling and...
  • Technical Writing
  • Surveying
  • Remote Sensing
  • ArcMap
  • Database Admin
  • ERDAS Imagine
  • Programming
  • ArcView
  • T-SQL
  • Sphinx
  • Django
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