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Hi,

My
name is Jim Lockard - a Master of Arts Geographer from the early 90's.
I used my background in Geography and GIS to work building Geofiles for
911 and to do rural addressing projects. I joined a major Telecom
company and I spent over 5 years doing that work before gravitating
into Business GIS - using GIS to build business cases for our expansion
into new cities. The entire project scope was to use GIS to map the new
city and export the files to relate to spreadsheet financial data -
then display the whole thing to investors.

Since that time I
have gone from Geography and GIS into Ethernet and IP product
management... and have been unhappy with that career.

I recently
made the decision to get back involved with my true love - mapping and
GIS. I enjoyed what I read here about the cartographic work your
members are doing / with GIS and Illustrator et al. I have a small
Vinyl graphics business on the side and have experimented with maps in
Corel Draw and Photo Paint. You can call me convinced that Corel and
Adobe type programs can do a much better job of cartography right now.

All
that said, I am currently getting set to go back to school again - for
a Masters in GIS this time. I dont have the time for a Phd program
right now because I have to keep a day job.... Although I would like to
start consulting in GIS and Cartography...

I just purchased a
library of sorts of GIS and Geography books and I have been reading all
my free time away. Mainly to get reaquainted with Geography and GIS as
well as re-position myself to help the industry along. I plan to start
a blog soon and hopefully will be able to build a small consulting
practice.

Jim Lockard-
lockardjim@hotmail.com

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Welcome
Jim! It's good to have you aboard. I make HEAVY use of Corel Draw in my
vector map designs (since Corel 3/4, I guess), so if you ever want to
compare notes and/or complain about how frustrating Adobe and Corel
make it to transfer files between the .ai/.cdr and .psd/.cpt formats,
I'm your guy! :)

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Welcome to the group.

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Welcome Jim,

What part of the country are in. My guess is the NW.
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Welcome Jim,

What part of the country are in.  My guess is the NW.
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Thanks all - I am in the Northeast... Pittsburgh area.

As
we speak I am working through the materials to set up a consultancy...
Fictitious name and such. I have a vinyl graphics and sign business -
Axtion Signs - which I *think* I am going to drop under the Carto / GIS
company as an affillliate and then make the Carto company an LLC... Not
sure but I think I might do something like Axtion Graphics - Axtion
Cartographics - or Axtion Geosciences. I would like to bring Carto or
Geo to the fore front as I can make it like Axtion Signs is a
subsidiary of the larger LLC.

I have the entire USA on GDT today
and also MapInfo... so I think I have a good basic start. I have Corel
Draw and my Vinyl sign software - and I have a 24 inch vinyl cutter. I
am planning on buying a printer that will be able to use Ink for vinyl
and paper. I have been using Corel as an import export utility mainly -
but I think that it could be a very good tool for Cartographic map
""finishing"".

One interesting thing I wanted to experiment with
was printing detailed maps on Vinyl instead of paper - like a wrap for
a vehicle - then laminate and mat it. I think the Vinyl would be ver
very durable long term.

Thanks for the welcome - I also joined the NACIS yesterday. "

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"I am glad you have joined the board.

I have always wanted to ask someone who makes ""vehicle wraps"" why no one has specialized in making lenticular wraps.

It
seems to me that having a lenticular image on a vehicle (transit bus,
etc.) would provide lots of eyecatching attention and cost much less
than mobile LED or LCD advertising.



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