We’re SpatialDev—an award-winning data visualization team. We use
technology to transform complex information into things that make sense.
Our work makes important things more visible. Together, we can make a
difference and move things forward.
Visual. Meaningful. Impactful.
We worked closely with the Red Cross International Services Department (ISD) to develop a robust, customized web visualization platform, MapFolio. Using this new tool, users are able to visualize federated geospatial data located throughout Red Cross International Services in conjunction with spatial and secondary data from the organization’s existing ECOS (Salesforce) system and the Red Cross database. Specifically, this application helps the ISD team visualize and query projects and disasters easily.
The MapFolio web platform has several unique features including dashboards indicating project health and projects at risk, as well as tools for filtering, sharing, and exporting the data in raw form as well as in chart, graph, or map form. The user interface (UI) is a gateway to an ambitious amount of data, which is served to users in an easy-to-consume, gradual manner within the confined space of the desktop.
This application leverages SpatialDev’s Spatial Server along with a host of geospatial and data visualization technologies.
We partnered with CropLife and IFPRI to develop the AgriTech Toolbox, which helps users visualize complex, time-based crop and economic global modelling scenarios.
The AgriTech Toolbox enables researchers and policymakers to examine how alternative agricultural practices and technologies can impact farm yields, food prices, natural resource use, hunger, malnutrition, land use, and global trade. By selecting a country or region along with a technology, climate scenario, crop and water management practice – users can explore how key agricultural and food security parameters change over time. As a result, it can inform the right mix of policies and investments needed to tackle the challenges agriculture faces in the coming decades.
The AgriTech Toolbox is built from the results of a multi-year IFPRI research project on the impacts of key agricultural technologies and practices in every major region and hundreds of countries around the globe.
INVASIVE SPECIES MOBILE APP
Crowdsourcing is a popular method for gathering everything from restaurant ratings to micro-local weather conditions. This mobile application leverages crowdsourcing functionality to help combat invasive plant and animal species in Washington State.
The Washington Invasive Species Council (WISC) application – sponsored by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) – allows users to submit sighting reports from their iPhone or Android device, where and when they locate them. Descriptions and photos of priority invasive species are included to help users identify harmful species. If a user is out of range, a report can be saved to their phone until they have a network connection. A companion web application is used by WISC staff and local experts to review and approve sighting reports.
The mobile app is part of an integrated WISC invasive species reporting and outreach campaign that also includes a website with an online reporting form and a hotline for immediate reports of sightings.
Sustainable solutions to ending hunger and poverty start with a clear understanding of impacted areas — including economic factors, population characteristics, and local conflicts.
SpatialDev partnered with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to build a customized spatial experience. The result is Arab Spatial, a food security atlas for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The web-based portal includes nearly 500 individual data layers, and brings visibility and insight to emerging food crises affecting vulnerable populations. Users are able to visualize map-referenced indicators that influence food security, re-order map layers, download selected datasets, select indicators to chart specific scenarios, and see data in time series to visualize trends and make comparisons.
With Arab Spatial, IFPRI extends its commitment to transparency by making open data available across the MENA region. Work is currently underway to expand the tool to a broader geographic region.
IRRAS Mapping Tool
Each week, farmers around Bihar, India, use mobile devices to report survey data about crops, land conditions, pests/diseases, pesticide use, and other agricultural values. These farmers, who are participating in a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project, Improved Rice-Based Rainfed Agricultural Systems (IRRAS), are located in several flood- and drought-prone districts in one of India’s poorest states. Representative farmers from two groups – those participating in a project featuring improved crop varieties and cultivation practices and those who are more traditional rice farmers – provide the weekly data.
The information helps form a picture of the local costs of food production for recommended crop varieties and related cultivation practices as compared to those of traditional varieties and practices.
The web mapping application – developed by SpatialDev in partnership with Catholic Relief Services – shows the survey information in a visual format, and allows users to view summary and trend information (fertilizer, labor, cost, and yield) for different crops and geographies.
We volunteered to help the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) take their community Garage Sale Day to the next level with a responsive interactive map. The map helps users choose from more than 100 garage sale locations and lets them filter based on what kind of stuff each sale had to offer.
The Garagesalemap.og website enables bargain hunters to quickly find the stuff they are looking for. They can quickly get the sites nearby using HTML5 location mode. By selecting from a list of item types, users can find the sites that best match what they are looking for, be it sporting goods, kids’ clothes or antique knick knacks.
The website helped the neighborhood stay buzzing through out the event. More than 900 users accessed the site to plan their garage sale shopping day or to determine where to go next.
MAPPR puts complex data into the hands of the people who need it — in a format that makes sense. Using Mappr, HarvestChoice can pinpoint strategic investments and maximize results. The ultimate goal? To improve the lives of poor people in sub-Saharan Africa through productive and profitable farming.
Because we merged a large library of development data and a variety of tools within MAPPR, users can layer data and pinpoint the particulars they need—whether they’re surveying information for a single location, summarizing statistics for an entire country or region, or comparing several different locations or criteria at once. The data rich libraries cover agroecology, demographics, markets, and farming systems. Easy-to-use spatial analysis tools help users see their selected indicators on maps alongside tables and charts. Users are able to download these results as raw data, formatted maps, tables or charts.
In addition, MAPPR is embedded within a full-featured content management system so ongoing data maintenance is easy.
FINANCIAL SERVICES FOR THE POOR
Increasing access to better financial tools can help accelerate the rate at which people move out of poverty and help them maintain economic gains. The Financial Services for the Poor (FSP) interactive web map is designed to inform decisions for expanding financial services access in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The data and tools help users target investments that expand access for maximum impact, and help them optimally place retail access points.
The FSP map clusters financial service locations over population, administrative boundaries, and wireless coverage. An inclusion analysis tool allows users to see a summary of populations in poverty within a defined distance of the access points. For example, users can select any financial access types along with a radial service area to assess its current or potential customer base. A map showing the results accompanies the summary report.
Users can also upload their own datasets to analyze alongside the FSP data. An export function lets users share their analyses.
The Open Aid Map provides a platform for World Bank partners to map aid investments across the globe. The Open Aid Map is an interactive, web-based system that serves two purposes: to aggregate information on development aid from various sources into a visual format, and to provide governments the capacity to view and analyze their own information on public service delivery. Visualizations include maps showing project locations and sub-national poverty levels, and charts on aid flows and results.
Individual countries have the ability to create their own version of the Open Aid Map and federate data through a common data model so that information can be aggregated both within and between countries.
The system relies on open standards for data and data exchange, particularly the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard as well as boundary and naming standards for geographic data. The Open Aid Map and its companion data model are completely open source, and are hosted on GitHub.
Global Product Catalogue
The Global Product Catalogue – undertaken as part of NASA/USAID SERVIR program – serves as a clearinghouse of project information for the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCRMD), Ciencia, Educacion y Politicas Para la Gente (CATHALAC), and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
The tool provides access to detailed project fact sheets that have been derived from an information gathering effort in Nepal and Kenya. In addition to in-country interviews, information was gleaned from institutional knowledge and online research.
The target audience for the online Catalogue is USAID technical and leadership staff who have an interest in what the SERVIR program is doing and where, but may not have expertise in GIS software or remote sensing. The Catalogue also aims to inform organizations outside of NASA and USAID that have a keen interest in other SERVIR program activities. These include regional activities at the Hubs, various science team projects, and Headquarter projects.
Connections. They can mean the difference between success and failure. The Portfolio Mapping Tool (PMT), created for a private foundation, aims to connect people across the globe through map-based collaboration and visual storytelling. It also provides an easy way for the foundation’s grantees to keep donors involved and up-to-date on ongoing projects.
With PMT, users can browse, map, add, edit, and share projects without being GIS experts — empowering everyone to improve strategies and partner for greater impact.
PMT enables users to browse and map parallel projects alone or alongside similar ventures, helping establish a framework for multiple organizations to share resources and vital strategic information. Because users are able to see the layout of their projects relative to context, they can visualize those projects in a number of ways and communicate key information to stakeholders. The tool also provides easy access to geographic information such as annual precipitation, travel time, or crop yields.
Under the direction of eCityGov.net, SpatialDev gathered information for 12 cities around the Pacific Northwest, stitched together a common basemap, and built a service-oriented architecture for geographic information. The effort was recognized with an Interactive Media Award.
The system extends beyond the traditional boundaries of municipalities and merges information from a number of different data providers into a single site. That way, users get the information they need from one place — whether that information comes from permitting agencies, parks and recreation departments, assessors’ offices, or real-time data feeds.
The application serves as a gateway to robust databases of information cataloging everything from construction activity and commercial property listings to the location of parks, schools, and even bike routes. With a consolidated back-end database and a single, mobile-friendly web interface, NWMaps serves up seamless information for all of the member cities.
Award: Interactive Media Awards - Best in Class, Government
MapFolio- American Red Cross
A web-based platform to visualize projects and disasters from ECOS (SalesForce) database for the Red Cross International Services Department
AgriTech Toolbox- CropLife/IFPRI
Vizualize and access crop and economic modelling data for climate and food security around the world
Invasive Species- Washington Invasive Species Council
A mobile application that uses crowdsourced information to help identify and combat invasive plant and animal species in Washington State
Arab Spatial- International Food Policy Research Institute
Using Open Data to increase visibility and transparency to emerging crises that impact vulnerable populations in the Middle East and North Africa
IRRAS Mapping Tool- Catholic Relief Services
Interactive web mapping application with up-to-date agricultural survey information collected by farmers using mobile devices in India
Responsive Garage Sale Finder- Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA)
Activate a community happening by helping users quickly discover and find event locations from wherever they are
MAPPR- Harvest Choice
Consolidate vast libraries of agriculture-related data so developers are able to compare and contrast location, and pinpoint areas in need of assistance
FSP- Private Foundation
An interactive web map designed to inform decisions for expanding financial services access in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia
Open Aid Map- Open Aid Partnership/The World Bank
An open-source mapping and visualization application supporting Open Aid Partnership global aid investments, under direction of World Bank
Global Product Catalogue- USAID/NASA
Central repository of how USAID/NASA tools are being leveraged around the world on projects related to climate change
PMT- Private Foundation
Connect people running parallel projects—allowing them to maximize resources, build partnerships, share information, and make decisions
NWMaps- eCityGov Alliance
Enhance the connection between citizens and their communities by placing key information at their fingertips
WE MAKE YOUR DATA COME ALIVE
You’ve got data – we’ll help you put it to great use. We’ll be your partners from beginning to end — from ideation and strategy through implementation and sustainment. Clients call us collaborative and flexible. Why? First, we listen — to make sure we understand what you want to achieve. Then we leverage the best technology and approach to make your vision a reality.
Our Core Services
We don’t just capture data; we help you put it to use.
Uncover patterns. Predict outcomes. We’ll help you make sense of your data and put it to work for you. Whether automating frequently performed analytical tasks into reusable tools or simply making it more consumable, we align data with your mission.
User Experience Design
If nobody uses it, it’s a waste.
That’s why we focus heavily on user experience in everything we do. We are relentlessly user-centered — from usability design to product marketing and launch strategy. We find intuitive, clean, flexible, and innovative ways for users to interact with data.
We build things to visualize big, complex data.
Our work communicates information clearly through interactive maps, charts, and infographics. We combine content, form, and function to help you interpret data and report findings in ways that are simple and universally understood. We help you interact with your data with meaningful results.
You can take your data with you.
We consider all of the devices you use each day when we design software. Touch-interaction is never an afterthought and all our web projects translate easily to your tablet or smartphone. We’ll help you access the information you need, when you need it — whether you’re sitting at your desk or in the field.
Whether he's developing spatial technology or bike racing, Jubal lives on the leading edge. He's been working with spatial information and related technologies for more than 20 years.
"I thrive on challenges," said Jubal. One of the biggest challenges he’s faced? "A performance requirement that a query using a one billion-row table be returned and mapped within two seconds." How did he manage it? "We had to organize the data differently and orient the application toward total performance for the user. We came up with a fairly elegant solution and one that didn’t require a server farm to deliver."
When he’s not working or traveling, you can usually find Jubal at the local park playing tag with his two daughters. You may also see him riding unicorns, and occasionally mountain bikes, around the Northwest, or working on his motorcycle and waiting for the sun to show up in Seattle.
The opportunity to start SpatialDev came at a tough time for Todd. Young kids and a successful gig made it a hard choice to trade security and comfort for uncertainty and risk. But Todd loves challenges too and SpatialDev provides the opportunity to work with great people on really cool projects. As SpatialDev’s resident gray hair, Todd uses his near 20 years of experience to provide strategy for clients and project teams. He also works to evolve and grow SpatialDev’s business to take advantage of new opportunities to do great stuff.
When he's not drawing boxes and lines on a whiteboard or staring at spreadsheets, you can find Todd zipping around the Puget Sound on his sailboat or shredding the Cascades on his Lib-Tech.
Grant McKenzie, Ph.D.
chief data scientist
Grant was one of the bold first few to take the leap to SpatialDev. His geomatic and coding skills are well renown. And now he’s known as much for his big paddle as he is for his big brain. Since helping SpatialDev get out of the gates as a top shop for spatial software consulting, Grant has split his time between his contributions to key SpatialDev projects and pursuing his doctorate - suffering through conditions in Santa Barbara along the way. Suffice it to say, when we are able to call Grant "Dr. McKenzie" he’ll be prescribing pure awesomeness.
When Grant isn’t pitching in on SpatialDev’s projects, he’s perfecting his IPA recipes (he’s growing his own hops in a mediterranean climate!) and paddling with his outrigger team. We hope to welcome Grant back to the Great Northwest when he finishes his academic journey… and when is that again, Grant?
Web, server and mobile projects. Clint is an expert in database and web service design and implementation. He frequently works with clients to create enterprise-class GIS infrastructures "from scratch" – including design and deployment of databases, GIS and application servers, editing and maintenance work flows, and technology transfer to client staff. Clint extends complex spatial applicaitons with accompanying native mobile applications on both Android and iOS.
Outside of work, Clint loves to spend time exploring the outdoors with his family and working on various Conservation GIS initiatives.
Naomi simplifies things. She takes technical GIS jargon and functionality and turns it into intuitive, visual, user-friendly experiences. Her primary focus is to understand client needs and find ways to help them achieve measurable results and improve their ROI.
Naomi has worked as an art director and interactive creative director for agencies in Paris and Seattle. Her work has been featured in Cannes Lions, The Seattle Ad Show, Communications Arts and GDUSA. She graduated from the Sorbonne University in Art History and later from the Ecole MJM of Design, Paris.
When Naomi’s not connecting with clients, you'll find her hanging out with her husband and two girls or gallery hopping to check out the latest and greatest in the art and design world.
Rene’s a native Spanish speaker with a passion for world travel. In his spare time, Rene enjoys the outdoors, hiking the Cascades and Olympic Mountains with his Catahoula Leopard Dog. Most recently, he’s spent time pursuing one of his life-long goals – documenting and filming Latino farm laborers in the U.S., hoping that he'll enter the Sundance Film Festival one day.
Rich lives and works in Bellingham, WA with his wife, two children and exceptional dog named Bear.
Shawna has over a decade of experience developing enterprise GIS systems and software solutions for local and state government. She has dedicated her career to finding innovative solutions that integrate the business systems and processes of government with geospatial technologies. From public safety systems to transportation and property, Shawna has a passion for GIS in government.
When Shawna isn’t cooking up code, you’ll find her cooking it up in the kitchen on her latest recipe, spending time with her family, out enjoying the sun when it shines in Olympia or writing the next chapter in her first novel.
Heidi’s career began nearly two decades ago as a newspaper journalist covering Olympia's seedy underbelly on the crime beat, enduring more than a lifetime of adventure. As a public involvement associate, she worked to help bridge communication between governments and communities affected by big civic projects. Over the years, Heidi has worked in a variety of marketing, communications, and operations related positions for software development and engineering firms. Her passion has been serving as the right side of the brain in many left-brained environments.
Outside the office, Heidi enjoys hanging with her pack, tending to her garden, dancing with her hula sisters, and watching awesomely bad reality TV shows.
Hailing from the University of Washington’s Honors Geography Program, Phoebe analyzes all things spatial. Her arsenal of tools, including data compilation and database management, help her scrub data until it sparkles, perform geospatial analysis, and explore new horizons in cartography. She's well-versed in crowdsourced mapping thanks to her 2014 UW Mary Gates Research endowment. We haven't gotten her on the Xbox for Halo time yet, but she has shown us some pretty amazing cat videos.
When Phoebe is not learning new geospatial skills, she is likely finishing a 7-mile run with her hair on fire, or spoiling her very old and very sweet dog.
On any given work day, you’ll find Adam sipping coffee and trying to convince the rest of the team that the last thing he read about is the ‘next big thing.’ On his days off, Adam enjoys the company of his wife and two sons, and eats way too many cornichons.
A new transplant to Washington, Nick looks forward to biking around and exploring the islands that dot Washington state.
Despite his love of databases, we're exposing D-Baah to everything we can because he picks things up at a ridiculous speed and writes code so clean you could eat a shawarma off it! He joined our team over the summer to focus on database development, and has quickly earned respect as a solid team member. What drives D-Baah? "There's nothing better than creating data models that support data-intense applications."
D-Baah cares deeply about the Seahawks, and hopes to one day see LeBron in person. A former college baller, we are still waiting for our first SpatialDev three-on-three tourney so he can show us how he used to get down in Minnesota.
Sarah loves solving problems that matter. As an urban planner turned software engineer, Sarah hopes to combine the power of community engagement with data analysis and visualizations to plan a sustainable future. Recently, she worked on an application which allows transportation planners to analyze potential bike route alternatives by leveraging city data. Now she’s churning through data and turning out code for climate impact and agricultural productivity projects around the globe. Away from her desk, Sarah enjoys traveling and exploring her love of transit by riding local trains, buses, bike shares, and tuk-tuks.
Grant McKenzie, Ph.D.
Senior Full Stack Developer
We’re looking for a software engineer with 5 to 10 years of full stack experience who enjoys mentoring high potential young talent. The position will be based in our Ballard, Seattle headquarters.
Skills & Requirements
HIGHLY DESIRED EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, AND SKILLS
Full stack development
Object oriented programming
Experience with open source or proprietary mapping platforms or frameworks
Knowledge of unit testing, performance testing, and client-side end-to-end testing (UI testing) and associated frameworks and tools
Basic project management skills
Act as lead or support developer on a variety of projects that range in size and complexity
Contribute advice on appropriate architecture and solutions, and work closely with project teams to assure their proper implementation of architecture and technology
Provide technical guidance and mentoring
Contribute to team best practices for client-side and server-side code
Interact with clients – technical and non-technical – to clearly communicate ideas and solutions
Contribute to the strategic direction of the company
A small team means greater impact – Contribute to our projects, and our company’s strategic direction as a whole, in significant and meaningful ways.
We’ve got great clients – We are a growing company, with clients that span the world. We’ve worked with NASA, USAID, Red Cross, World Bank, and many others. (http://spatialdev.com/#work)
Not just the same stack every day – Our team loves technology and innovation, and our clients continually provide us with new challenges and opportunities that allow us to explore new technologies and create solutions that consistently push the boundaries of our skills. We are looking for someone who is just as passionate about learning and development as we are.
We treat our employees well – Not just great benefits, but support to explore new tools and technology and flexibility in your schedule.
Ample opportunities for international and domestic travel – In the past year, we’ve been to Nepal, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Amsterdam, and more!
Send a brief letter and your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put this in the subject line: “Lead Developer”. Include links to a few live websites that showcase your skills, and tell us about your involvement in their development. We look forward to hearing from you.