geospatial whiz, python developer, web developer, transport planner, civil engineer

About

A little about me, my work, and my career path

Education

Polytechnique Montréal

Master of Civil Engineering

SEP 2011 - JUN 2013

McGill University

Bachelor of Civil Engineering

SEP 2006 - JUN 2010

Experience

Legend

Full time
Contract

IntelinAir

Head of GIS

APR 2019 - CURRENT

  • Leading all geospatial aspects of product - data management, data analysis, data visualization
  • Leading satellite data sources integration into product
  • Leading IntelinAir Armenia projects in partnership with the Armenian government

Geodata Engineer/Scientist

JUN 2017 - APR 2019

  • Overseeing all geospatial aspects of the product, data, and analytics processes
  • Analyzing various types of tractor equipment data used in precision farming
  • Developing and maintaining mapping process from raw images to orthophotos, digital surface models (DSM), and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and other maps
  • Developed a web based georeferencing tool to georeference large datasets rapidly

HyeProspect LLC

Transport Engineer

DEC 2019 - JAN 2020

  • Developed transportation demand model for future mixed-use development for 10 000 population and Visum simulation
  • Conducted active transportation accessibility analysis on development scenarios
  • Made recommendations related to micromobility considerations

American University of Armenia

Adjunct Lecturer - GIS

JUN 2015 - DEC 2017

  • Designed and taught GIS graduate course with a focus on environment applications
  • Designed and taught introductory undergraduate GIS course

Transport Planner/Engineer

JUL 2014 - AUG 2014

  • Developed a framework on introducing cycling as a mode of alternative transport in Yerevan
  • Produced descriptive maps of Yerevan fusing together OpenStreetMap ArmStat and other sources of vector data
  • Delivered research summary presentation to university faculty and staff

WiCastr

GIS Engineer

MAR 2017 - MAY 2017

  • Worked on developing mapping component of product UI using Leaflet JS and Mapbox JS APIs with MongoDB backend
  • Responsible for geolocation tasks such as optimizing device placement in open and closed areas to maximize range and efficiency using GIS tools (DEM, interpolations, etc.)

Ministry of Transport, Communication and IT

GIS Engineer

DEC 2016 - FEB 2017

  • Designed and built the new geospatial database (interactive map for internal use) and web based user interface of all the national and regional roads in Armenia that was at the time only available in spreadsheet format with no visual component
  • Wrote web based linear referencing algorithm to split road geometries based on chainage distances using Google Maps API

Delegation of the European Union

Transport Planner

NOV 2016 - DEC 2016

  • Conducted research and wrote a report providing an overview of the Yerevan transportation demand and supply with a focus on public transit services and their strengths and weaknesses from a technological standpoint as well as from an efficiency in satisfying demand standpoint
  • Created maps to illustrate findings

Community-Led Urban Strategies in Historic Towns (COMUS)

Transport Engineer

NOV 2016 - DEC 2016

COMUS is a joint Council of Europe/European Union initiative that is part of the second Eastern Partnership Culture Programme. It seeks to stimulate social and economic development by enhancing cultural heritage in 9 historic towns in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

  • Carried out Preliminary Technical Assessment (field work, GPS and geospatial data collection, analysis, and writing of final report) for transport systems and network in the greater Goris town area as part of a multidisciplinary project

Regional Capacity Development Technical Assistance (R-CDTA)

Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Workshop Trainer

OCT 2016 - NOV 2016

Asian Development Bank funded Regional Capacity Development Technical Assistance (R-CDTA) Project - Applying Space Based Technology (SBT) and ICT to Strengthen Disaster Resilience (Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction); covering Armenia, Bangladesh, Fiji, Philippines and aiming to improve local capacity to collect and share reliable and timely disaster-related data using SBT and ICT at a local government/community levels

  • Assisted in training local government, Ministry of Emergency Situation of Armenia, and community members on disaster risk management mapping principles
  • Monitored on site DRM data collection using a mobile application that uploads directly to OpenStreetMap
  • Developed orthophoto and digital surface model from drone images

IBM Innovative Solutions & Technologies Center (ISTC)

Geospatial Data Management Instructor

JUN 2016 - JUL 2017

  • Designed and teaching a course on Geographic Information Systems with a focus on spatial databases and data management (shp, kml, GeoJSON, PostGIS, GeoServer)

Gyumri Project Hope

GIS Specialist

JAN 2016 - AUG 2016

Gyumri Project Hope (GPH) is a foundation established by IDeA Foundation, AGBU, Armenian Relief Society (ARS), and Kololian Foundation to develop focused renewal concepts for the development of Gyumri

  • Worked as GIS specialist in the historic preservation team of a multidisciplinary project
  • Designed GIS database to collect and map data on the Kumayri historic district of Gyumri
  • Used drone to create a high resolution orthophoto of project coverage area

Tim Flynn Architects / Mobility in Chain

Traffic Engineer

NOV 2015 - DEC 2015

DeA Foundation funded project for the development of Dilijan

  • Served as local consultant for Mobility in Chain Italian company conducting a traffic engineering study for redevelopment projects in Dilijan in the context of the Naberejnaya Master Plan
  • Organized and coordinated data collection activities for the traffic study including: traffic (vehicular and pedestrian) counts at major intersections and roundabouts, public transportation mapping, passenger counts, travel times, and load profiles, pedestrian facilities survey and mapping

ECONOLER

Transport Engineer

JUN 2015 - JUL 2015

  • Provided measures and action plans to improve energy efficiency in the transportation sector in Armenia through the reform of transportation policies, strategies and planning practices with application of international best practices
  • Participated in writing the chapter relating to the transportation sector of Armenia for the Second National Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Armenia

UNDP Kolba Lab - Improving Access to Public Transportation

Project Manager / Transport Expert

DEC 2014 - JUL 2017

Winning project of the UNDP Kolba Social Innovation Challenge

  • Collected public transport data (lines, stop locations, travel times between stops, fare information, etc.) pertaining to bus routes and metro line for Yerevan and prepared GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification) database
  • Developed web-based application suitable to create GTFS datasets for small agencies like Yerevan Municipality and join Google Transit Program

Quebec Ministry of Transportation

Traffic Engineer

MAY 2013 - SEP 2014

  • Was responsible for work-zone traffic management; conducted traffic impact analysis, developed traffic mitigation plans for strategic infrastructure projects ($100M+ budget)
  • Wrote 3 web based analysis tools to increase efficiency in data visualization of workzone
  • Participated in risk management workshops for major projects

CIMA+

Transport Engineer

MAY 2010 - DEC 2011

  • Participated in the realization of numerous long term and short term transportation planning projects (feasibility studies, traffic impact studies, trip and parking demand forecasting, travel time studies, etc.) for public sector and private sector clients
  • Handled most of the data treatment for projects, participated in traffic data collection activities, and helped with proposal writing for international projects

Complete list of projects I’ve worked on during my employment in Canada can be found here

Skills

Programming

Python, SQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS

Database

Postgres/PostGIS, MySQL, SQLite

Geospatial

GDAL/OGR, Rasterio, Shapely, Geopandas

GIS Desktop

QGIS, ArcGIS, OpenJump

Transportation

Trafficware Synchro, PTV Visum, PTV Vissim

Talks

Panelist - From Soil to Venture

Entrepreneurship Summer Festival 2020

AUG 2020

Speaker - Technologies that Change our Lives

PechaKucha Yerevan, vol. 37

NOV 2019

Speaker - GIS Day 2018

Kardes-AGBU

NOV 2018

Speaker - Yerevan GLAM Forum 2018

Wikimedia Yerevan

MAY 2018

Jury - Smarter Transportation Data Hackathon

IBM ISTC

APR 2017

Speaker / Workshop Leader - OpenStreetMap Mapathon for Dilijan

ADB - JAXA - JFPR

AUG 2016

Speaker - OpenStreetMap Editing Best Practices

Barcamp Yerevan 2016

JUN 2016

Panelist - Smart Cities - Considering the Swiss and French Experience

AUA - ImpactHub Yerevan

APR 2016

Speaker - Improving Public Transportation Accessibility in Yerevan

UN Social Good Talks

SEP 2015

Speaker - Computational Tools for Mobility

AUA - Designing with Data

JUL 2015

Speaker - The Role of IT and Data in Urban Transportation Development

Barcamp Yerevan 2015

MAY 2015

Speaker - Emerging Trends in Transportation Engineering and Cycling in Yerevan

American University of Armenia

AUG 2014

Achievements

UNDP Smart City Hackathon

3rd prize

Quality of life Calculator App

2017

UNDP Open Data Hackathon

2nd prize

Health Data Visualizer App

2016

European Youth Awards

Finalist in Open Innovation category

Crowd-sourced Colloquial Names Map

2016

AUA Faculty Research Grant

Green Space Health Monitoring using Drones

2016

UNDP Kolba Lab

Winner - Local Government Challenge

Improving Access to Public Transportation

2014