Frontier Geospatial,LLC

About Frontier Geospatial

Frontier Geospatial was established in 2013. Since then we have been providing a wide variety of GIS, Database, and UAV services to customers in the public and private sectors. In our staff's 30+ years of experience we have tackled projects ranging from creating single maps to creating and managing enterprise wide GIS solutions.

We have a wide range of experience working with various desktop GIS programs, GIS server solutions, database systems, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms.

Our Team

Greg Grabner Senior GIS Analyst / Member

Greg was a GIS Project Supervisor for a local IT company where he oversaw the completion of GIS projects, designed websites, and managed the majority of Evansville and Vanderburgh County ESRI maintenance and software accounts as an employee of a local IT firm. Prior to that, he was employed by the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Building Commission, where he maintained and updated GIS software, created new databases, created 3-D models of 100-year-old floodplains, and evaluated legal documents to ensure compliance with National Flood Insurance Program standards.

Greg managed and developed the GIS data and interface for the City of Evansville AMS project from beginning through completion. He helped develop and implement fleet management software for the Vanderburgh County Garage and City of Evansville Street Maintenance Department. He worked on the Evansville Water and Sewer Department's ArcSDE work environment, which accommodates multiple users and edits along with integration into that department's billing software. He developed and Implemented Vanderburgh County and City of Evansville Engineering Offices' Storm Water networks into an ArcSDE work environment accommodating multiple users and edits. He developed and implemented a more effective way for the County Assessor's office to maintain its Computer Aided Mass Appraisals (CAMA) and Parcel/Property Boundary layers in ArcGIS, which saved money on personnel and software. He worked with Vanderburgh County's Central Dispatch to develop and implement a Street Centerline that could be used in its OSSI system, allowing for faster response times. He developed and implemented a way for the City of Evansville Metropolitan Transit System (METS) to manage its bus routes in ArcGIS and to share those routes with the public using a GIS website that became compliant with federal standards. He developed a digital version of the zoning boundaries for the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County Area Plan Commission (APC) that currently allows APC to maintain the layer faster. It also allows for the layer to be displayed on its GIS website.  

Greg also worked on a project for the Vanderburgh County Building Commission pertaining to the removal of floodplain determined by FEMA using an old, outdated system. The project consisted of using a planimeter to determine the watershed size on paper maps, transferring that information into ArcMap, and then submitting it to FEMA for its review and approval. This resulted in a 40-percent reduction in the over Flood Zone A for Vanderburgh County.

He has worked in 3 different versions of the ESRI GIS software: versions 8, 9 and 10 and has been using ArcGIS Desktop suite along with 3-D Analysis and Spatial Analysis for more than 13 years. He also has eight years of experience with ArcSDE development and implementation in MS SQL 2000 and 2005 database software along with more than 13 years of geodatabase design using Access and ESRI's File Geodatabase. He developed GIS websites for more than eight years using ESRI's ArcIMS and ArcGIS Server platforms and also used Freeance to enhance the interface for the ArcIMS websites. The websites used IIS and Apache, and Greg used .NET to develop the ArcGIS Server websites. He has experience using Python (programming language) with ArcGIS ModelBuilder and utilized the ArcGIS ModelBuilder program to increase speed on repetitive GIS processes.  

Greg is a member of the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) and the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP).

Philip Bernard GIS Project Manager / UAV Pilot

Philip has more than 16 years of GIS and database experience. GIS has enabled Philip to work not only with maps, but with databases and programming languages to find solutions to a wide range of challenges.

As a member of the Vanderburgh County Assessor's Office in Indiana, he assisted in overseeing the county's initial acquisition of orthophotography and the conversion of paper plat maps into an award-winning GIS system. Once the parcel maps were converted, he assisted in building an online database linking the parcel boundaries to assessment and property sales information, enabling citizens to confirm their property was accurately assessed. He utilized Java to program an online inheritance tax levy calculator allowing the public to calculate estimates for owed inheritance tax.

Philip was the GIS Coordinator for Monroe County, Indiana. In this position, he reworked a parcel renumbering project which was preventing the county from billing property taxes on time and risking loss of data between databases for the GIS, Assessor, and Treasurer's offices. He also maintained the county's geodatabase which utilized ArcSDE and MS SQL Server.

Following Monroe County, Philip was employed by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. There he utilized his skills with Access, Oracle, MS SQL Server, and ESRI GIS products to ensure property assessments were calculated in a fair and equitable manner across the state, and county budgets and tax rates were calculated correctly. He also built scripts in Perl that exported data residing in relational databases to flat text files and linked status maps to a backend MS Access database so non-GIS users could perform regular map updates.

Prior to joining Frontier Geospatial, LLC, Philip has expanded his skills to include application development. In addition, he currently uses a combination of proprietary GIS software, such as ESRI's ArcGIS and Open Source GIS such as PostGIS and QGIS, to identify streams and floodplains, build elevation datasets, find and update property boundaries, and identify land use, among other tasks for clients. Some of these tasks were aided by scripts programmed with Python that automated geoprocessing tasks in both ESRI's ArcGIS platform and QGIS.

Philip is an FAA certifed small unmaned aerial vehicle (sUAV) operator and a member of the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) and the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP).