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About Me

Geography is what I do.

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Wes Weaver
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Wes Weaver

Wes Weaver

Map geek, Star Trek nerd, voter. I grew up in southern Lancaster County, PA in a quiet patch of forest between two farms. As a kid, I split my time between exploring the outdoors and generally being a nerd. Naturally, this evolved into a deep respect for the environment and fascination with technology as an adult. I became actively engaged in environmental, social, and economic justice causes in high school, and this has continued throughout my life so far. I believe we can make the world better through political and civic engagement, sustainability, and using technology for good. This is what drew me to geospatial science in the first place.

I enjoy baseball, bikes, bad puns, good beer and, of course, maps. The greatest television show ever produced is Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

GIS is my Spatiality.

Geography is about understanding ourselves and our relation to the universe around us. GIS analysis and cartographic design are powerful tools to help us understand our role and impact on the planet and convey that information--and the importance of that information--to others. Geospatial analysis is the most comprehensive tool we have to build a better future.

I am currently a Philadelphia-based geospatial science specialist with a background in cartographic modeling, spatial data analysis, web-based systems, remote sensing and city planning. I hold a Master's degree in Urban Spatial Analytics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University.

My professional experience has brought me through all levels of cartography and analysis from start to finish. I worked as a field surveyor for the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, collecting data on land use for the Philadelphia2035 Comprehensive Plan. On the GIS technician side of things, I digitized parcels and respective land uses for the plan. I have worked as an aerial sensor operator, controlling digital and film cameras from airplanes (learning some serious hardware skills) and learning what makes good data good and how to avoid bad data and fix it when necessary. From here, I moved to the production end, learning from highly experienced photogrammetrists. Here, my roles include orthophoto production, photogrammetric terrain modeling, radiometric balancing and enhancement, accuracy assessment, project management and application development. I have experience doing high-level statistical analyses on a variety of subjects, including suitability, spatial-temporal epidemiology, hydrological modeling, terrain analysis, crime prediction and economic development indicators. I am grateful for the wide range of experiences I've had so far, and look forward to continuing my learning. I'm always learning.

That said, my professional interests include remote sensing and survey, geodesy, geophysics, environmental science and modeling, planetary science, land use planning, data visualization and GIS application programming and development.

I am currently working toward GISP and ASPRS certifications.



1726 S. Mole St. • Philadelphia, PA 19145

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Master of Urban Spatial Analytics, May 2013
• Recipient of PennIUR Masters Capstone Poster Award

Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts, Geography and Urban Studies, May 2010
• Recipient of Carolyn Adams Award in Geography and Urban Studies

Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Geospatial Analyst & Production Manager, August 2013 – Present
• Promoted from positions as Aerial Sensor Operator and Geospatial Production Technician
• Lead photogrammetrist and manager of Geospatial Products Department
• Create geospatial products including orthoimagery, terrain datasets and high accuracy 3D models through photogrammetric methods and GIS.
• Research and develop new technology and methodology for sensors, systems, products and platforms.
• Develop scripts and programs to augment production and project management, introducing high automation to the workflow.
• Correspond and meet with clients.
• Present products, methods and technology to clients, students and corporate partners.
• Manage and conduct Keystone's 3D Printing pilot program.
• Process and balance imagery, perform QA/QC and ensure high quality data.
• Operate digital and film aerial cameras in survey aircraft.

Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
GIS Intern, February 2013 – May 2013
• Maintained GIS data on land use for the Philadelphia2035 comprehensive plan.
• Updated land use geodatabase with new field data, editing data to match existing topology.
• Conducted field surveys of land use in planning districts to verify and update PCPC records.
• Developed scripts and models to automate project management.

Goldberg, Miller & Rubin, P.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
File Clerk, August 2007 – August 2012
• Maintained file system in-house and at external facilities and managed electronic data storage.

Skills and Interests: Primary research interests include remote sensing science and technology, geospatial science and spatial data analysis. Extensive experience with GIS environments and photogrammetry. Experience in spatial data analysis, statistics and analysis software. Comfortable with several computer languages. I love baseball, music, stringed instruments and science fiction.

Journal Publications:
• Day, D., Weaver, W., Wilsing, L. (2016). Accuracy of UAS Photogrammetry: A Comparative Evaluation. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, Volume 82(12), pp. 909-914.

Conference Publications:
• Passini, R., Weaver, W., Day, D. (2017) Accuracy analysis of DEMs generated from UAS imagery and large format digital cameras. publication description Conference proceedings of the Imaging & Geospatial Technology Forum 2017: ASPRS Annual Conference, Baltimore, 12 March.
• Passini, R., Weaver, W., Day, D. (2017) A study on the accuracy of DEMs generated from UAS imagery as compared to latest generation LiDAR. Proceedings of the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2017, Denver, 2 February.
• Passini, R., Jacobsen, K., Weaver, W., Day, D. (2016). A study on oblique camera systems and the stability of their parameters. Proceedings of the Imaging & Geospatial Technology Forum 2016: ASPRS Annual Conference, Fort Worth, 11-15 April.
• Passini, R., Day, D., Weaver, W. (2015). An accuracy analysis of large resolution images captured with the Nikon D810 digital camera system. Proceedings of the Imaging & Geospatial Technology Forum 2015: ASPRS Annual Conference, Tampa, 4-8 May. (Download here)
• Weaver, W. (2013) Microwatershed Modeling with LIDAR and Interactive GIS Methods. ESRI International User Conference 2013, Poster Display, San Diego, July.

• McCrone, Brian X. "Liberals, Progressives Beat Up Philadelphia's Party Machine on Election Day." NBC Philadelphia, 18 May 2017.

Presentations & Invited Talks:
• Southeastern Pennsylvania GIS User Group Inaugural Meeting, March 2017, King of Prussia, PA – Drones for Inspection and Mapping: Current and Future Usage
• Rowan College at Burlington County GIS Day, November 2016, Mount Laurel, NJ – Digital Photogrammetry & Aerial LiDAR and panelist
• Imaging & Geospatial Technology Forum - ASPRS Annual Conference, April 2016, Fort Worth, TX – Paper Presentation: A study on oblique camera systems and the stability of their parameters
• ESRI International User Conference 3D Mapping Forum, July 2015, San Diego, CA – Fusion of Airborne and Ground Imagery Derived Point Clouds in Preparation for 3D Printing
• North Atlantic ASPRS Technical Workshop, October 2014, Philadelphia, PA – Imagery-derived Point Clouds
• NJ Geospatial Forum, March 2014, Trenton, NJ – Innovations in Geospatial Image based Data Acquisition
• UPenn MUSA Lunch Series, February 2014, Philadelphia, PA – Geospatial Data Acquisition and Photogrammetry

Continuing Education & Self Learning:
GPS: An Introduction to Satellite Navigation, Stanford University – Coursera – Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction, December 2014
Geospatial Intelligence and the Geospatial Revolution, Pennsylvania State University - Coursera - Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction, February 2015

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Contact Details

  • South Philly
    Philadelphia, PA 19145
    United States
    39° 55' 51.2826", -75° 10' 7.2006"
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