Michael J. Frus

G.I.S. Consultant

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Introduction

Detail-oriented and highly-qualified GIS Technician proficient in various aspects of GIS, database management, geodatabase design and mapping. Brings 14 years of water, sanitary sewer and stormwater mapping, field verification and QA/QC expertise.

Recent Jobs

Feb 2016-Current
Blue Mercury, Inc.

Owner/President

Blue Mercury Inc. is a privately owned consulting company that specializes in different areas in both the public and private sectors

  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Political Redistricting
  • GIS Analysis and Cartography
  • Geospatial Data Format Conversion and Management
  • Permaculture Forest Farming
  • Landscape Architecture and Design
  • Edible Landscapes

2007-Feb 2016
Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission (NWARPC) – Springdale, AR

G.I.S. Manager/Coordinator, Cartographer, Spatial Analyst, Urban and Regional Planner

  • Coordinate/maintain NWARPC’s GIS system and data
  • Regional and Urban Planner, cartographer, GIS technician/analyst, and GIS data management for NWARPC
  • Data input/analysis, map production, technical assistance for regional agencies
  • Political redistricting of Quorum Court Districts, city wards, school zones and districts,
  • Create/maintain boundary/legal descriptions of municipal territorial jurisdictions, annexations, zoning, master street plans, land-use areas, natural resources areas
  • Review/assist Benton and Washington County’s annexation courts re: boundary issues
  • Rectify scrivener errors in boundary/legal descriptions and land/property deeds
  • Cartographic representation and interpretation of city/county ordinances
  • Create maps for master street plans, zoning, land-use, jurisdictions, and ordinances
  • Perform socio-demographic and transportation research, interpretation, analysis
  • Maintain Official Zoning Maps and U.S. Boundary Annexation Maps (BAS)
  • Assist Members with U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Certifications to acquire “Turnback Taxes;” by documenting and verifying municipal annexations and population data
  • Conduct technical/editorial reviews of NWARPC’s reports and surveys
  • Train and mentor University of Arkansas interns in GIS, urban planning, cartography

2006 – 2007
City of Tontitown, AR

Planning/Zoning Coordinator

  • Managed, updated, and enforced zoning ordinances
  • Reviewed zoning permit applications and determined compliance
  • Issued appropriate land-use permits and maintained all permits issued
  • Performed inspections to insure land-use changes are complying with zoning ordinance
  • Attended and advised Planning Commission meetings on zoning issues related to zoning administration
  • Conducted technical reviews, site inspections, and staff reports on project proposals
  • Developed and interpreted recommendations on zoning forms, amendments, zoning permit fee structures
  • Enforced the zoning ordinance and other related land-use statues and codes

2006-2007
City of Tontitown, AR

Permit Coordinator, Department of Planning, Zoning and Building Department

  • Planned, organized, coordinated building and zoning permits
  • Provided technical expertise in planning, directing, managing, and overseeing all operations in building and/or zoning code administration
  • Coordinated all new development within the City and Planning Area Boundary
  • Recommend and implemented solutions to problems affecting Planning & Zoning
  • Department and Building Department operations and functions
  • Facilitated and assisted administration of building inspections, building codes and safety

2006-2007
City of Tontitown, AR

GIS Technician

  • Developed, implemented, coordinated, and managed GIS and cartographic maps
  • Liaison to regional/local GIS User Groups and surrounding municipality administrators
  • Performed data input, data analysis, and provided technical assistance to GIS users while assisting local/regional agencies
  • Reduced the fire ISO rating for city by flow-testing and geo-coding (GPS) fire hydrants

2004-2005
Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), Kihei, Maui, HI

Hazards Mitigation Specialist

  • Research Coordinator, the Great Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami (GSET: December 26, 2004): (1) monitored the impact of the GSET, particularly with respect to the distribution of dead and displaced persons, (2) assessed the areas of greatest impact and assessing aid needs for response and recovery, (3) assessed risk and  vulnerability for recovery and rebuilding phases
  • Planned, and created risk reduction policies for decision-makers and stakeholders
  • Assisted in the creation and design of Tsunami Information Awareness Kit for South Pacific Island Nations & South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission
  • Conducted Risk and Vulnerability Assessments (RVA) for regions, countries and governmental agencies across the Pacific and Southeast Asia
  • Assisted in the creation of the RVA programs and disaster response activities
  • Communication liaison for government ministries, stakeholders, and emergency management agencies in the Pacific, Asia, and the State of Hawaii

2002-2003
University of Arkansas, Geo-sciences Department

Graduate Research, Teaching Assistant and Associate

  • Teaching assistant, Human & Physical Geography (human geography, natural hazards and risk, urban geography, computer cartography/GIS) (supervisor F. Davidson and T. Paradise)
  • Supervised student activities, prepared materials for teaching, copied and distributed study materials, administered and corrected examinations, accommodated students with learning disabilities
  • Research assistant in Morocco and Jordan in Natural hazards, seismic risk assessment, and risk perception

1999-2002
Jordan and Morocco

Field Researcher (environmental and hazards-related research)

  • Field mapping, field surveying, data collection, survey instrument-questionnaire implementation, statistical analyses, and grant-writing and report documentation for NSF, USAID, UNESCO, PNT research across Jordan and North Africa

1998-2000
University of Hawaii, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Research Assistant

  • Research and field assistant: risk perception study of the natural hazards in Hawaii and the Levant (geohazards research, survey creation & implementation, data collection & compilation, statistics, and cartography)

1988-1997
Davenport, IA

Shorinji Kempo Instructor/Sensei

  • Instructor to adults and children in the Japanese martial arts of Shorinji Kempo: self defense training, mental training, and health training; body joint manipulation (Jujitsu), Kongo-Zen Buddhism Philosophy, curriculum and grading, Kata and Embu (body form and technique), Zen meditation, body massage and manipulation

Skills

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ESRI ArcGIS 10.x Desktop
Remote Sensing Applications and Theory
Autodesk AutoCAD
Raster GIS Applications
Vector GIS Applications

Education

2002 – 2003
Fayetville, AR

University of Arkansas, Geosciences-Geography

Specialization in natural hazards and disaster, risk assessment and analysis, environmental assessment and monitoring, urban planning, cartography, GIS, remote sensing, and aerial photogrammetry, regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. GPA 3.7

Thesis Title: Earthquake Hazards & Earthquake Risk Perception in Agadir, Morocco

1997 – 2000
Hilo, HI

University of Hawaii, Hilo (UHH), BA, Geography & Environmental Studies

Minors: Marine Science, Japanese Language
GPA 3.6

1999 – 2000
Amman, Jordan

University of Jordan, Amman

Major: Geology, Arabic Language
GPA 4.0

1994 – 1996
Moline, IL

Black Hawk Community College

Major: Japanese Language
Minor: Horticulture
GPA 3.9

1994
Nagoya, Japan

Trident School of Language

Major: Japanese Language
GPA 4.0

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