About Art Kalinski

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A career Naval Officer, Art Kalinski established the Navy’s first geographic information system (GIS) in the mid-1980s. Completing a post-graduate degree in GIS at the University of North Carolina, he was the Atlanta Regional Commission GIS Manager from 1993 to 2007. He pioneered the use of oblique imagery for public safety and participated in numerous disaster-response actions including GIS/imagery support of the National Guard during Hurricane Katrina; the Urban Area Security Initiative; a NIMS-based field exercise in Atlanta; and a fully manned hardware-equipped joint disaster response exercise in New York City. Kalinski retired early from ARC to join Pictometry International to direct military projects using oblique imagery, which led to him joining SPGlobal Inc. He has written articles for numerous geospatial publications, and authors a monthly column for the GeoIntelligence Insider e-newsletter aimed at federal GIS users.

Posts by Art Kalinski

GIS plays growing role in most counties Posted on 13 Sep 2017 in the GeoIntelligence Insider & Opinions categories.

Report from the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference, July 21-24, Columbus, Ohio. After retiring from the Navy in 1993, my first GIS-related position was with the Atlanta Regional... Read more»

Communication matters with spatial data Posted on 17 Jul 2017 in the GeoIntelligence Insider & Opinions categories.

International Cartographic Conference much more than just cartography I’ve always been a strong proponent of good cartography since my early days in geographic information systems (GIS) when I saw countless... Read more»

GeoHuntsville 2017: Huntsville and NGA partner to advance the tradecraft Posted on 08 Mar 2017 in the GeoIntelligence Insider & Opinions categories.

Last year, Huntsville, Alabama, was the site of the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency’s (NGA’s) first HackAThon — just one outreach event to take advantage of talent and skills outside the agency that... Read more»

Geography Has Its Benefits and Liabilities Posted on 11 Jan 2017 in the GeoIntelligence Insider & Opinions categories.

Welcome to the geointelligence side of the Defense PNT and Geointelligence e-newsletter, a publication combining the staff, readership and subject matter of both its parents. We’ll alternate the two topic... Read more»

What3words gets competition in Xaddress Posted on 01 Dec 2016 in the GeoIntelligence Insider & Opinions categories.

We need reliable universal addressing for locations not adequately served by conventional street addresses. Yes, there's what3words. But xAddress offers some new wrinkles. Read more»

Metric oblique image collection with UAVs Posted on 03 Nov 2016 in the GeoIntelligence Insider & Opinions categories.

Combining the best of two technologies for rapid situational awareness Sometimes we get stuck looking in our own backyard for solutions, only to discover that those on the other side... Read more»

A network in a box with GPS: Plum Case for challenging environments Posted on 06 Oct 2016 in the GeoIntelligence Insider & Mobile Devices categories.

If you are responding to a disaster that may have destroyed cell phone towers, and you have no power or otherwise limited connectivity, how will you work GIS data and... Read more»

Skyline PhotoMesh 3D: On-the-fly models while flying Posted on 07 Jul 2016 in the GeoIntelligence Insider & GIS Software & Opinions & Technology categories.

During my tenure as the GIS manager for the Atlanta Regional Commission, I had the opportunity to work with many first responders, primarily police, fire and E911. I always promoted... Read more»

GEOINT 2016: The growing GEOINT revolution Posted on 09 Jun 2016 in the GeoIntelligence Insider & Lidar & Opinions categories.

The GEOINT 2016 show reveals that the tradecraft has evolved exponentially to a broad and significantly more sophisticated collection of technologies, both on the expo floor and in presentations. Read more»

Predictive analytics: A helping hand for first responders Posted on 05 May 2016 in the GeoIntelligence Insider & Opinions categories.

From bioterrorism to natural disaster emergency management, predictive analytics used with geospatial tools and Big Data is proving to be a powerful new intelligence tool that may help counter global threats. Read more»