Overview

The goal of the ESRGC is to improve the GIS technology capabilities of the county and municipal governments of the six counties of the middle and lower Eastern Shore (Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester). This includes providing advice on GIS implementation, technical support, equipment loans, data collection efforts, data analysis exercises, cartographic services, and GIS training. These services are provided at either no cost to the county or municipality or at a very reduced cost. Typically, the resources provided by the two Regional Councils, the University, and the cooperative organization structure means that local governments can avail themselves of ESRGC services for a fraction of their true cost.

Services

Provide advice on GIS implementation

The initial implementation of a GIS system can be a extensive process. We provide support and advice to organizations looking to setup a GIS system to cater to their particular projects.

Web Mapping

The ESRGC provides web mapping development services. Web maps are useful for displaying and interacting with spatial data on your desktop or mobile device. We use the latest GIS technology to create fast, flexible maps that serve a variety of purposes.


See our WebMaps page for examples of our work.

Technical support

The ways in which GIS can be used to analyze and manipulate spatial data are countless. This also makes for a extensive amount of problems that can arise for a new user. The ESRGC provides technical support to organizations that need assistance with GIS related issues.

Equipment loans

The ESRGC has many GIS and related equipment that can be loaned to a member organization for particular purposes. These items include Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and survey equipment.

Data Collection

We offer data collection services for organizations in need of non-existing spatial data or that do not have the appropriate data collection tools. These services include: digitizing (tablet and on-screen), scanning, raster-to-vector conversion, and GPS data collection.

Data Analysis

The ESRGC not only provides for data collection, we also provide data analysis services. These services include rectification, projection, data conversion, spatial and non-spatial queries, reselection, spatial analysis (buffering, dissolving, intersecting), etc.

Cartographic Services

We offer map-making services for organizations in need of presentation quality maps. Our maps are made with proper cartographic design principles in mind to give your project the added sense of professionalism.

GIS Training

We specialize in customized training that meets the specific needs of your organization.

Program Evaluation

Program evaluation can include a variety of different types of evaluation, such as needs assessments, cost/benefit analysis, effectiveness, efficiency, goal-based, process, outcomes, etc. The ESRGC provides services to organizations looking to evaluate GIS programs.

Bios

Dr. Michael S. Scott

Director

Dr. Scott is a professor of Geography and Geosciences at SU. He holds a masters and Phd in Geography, specializing in geographic information science, from the University of South Carolina. To date, his research at Salisbury University has focused on the use of GIS technology to support local government applications such as public transit routing, tracking failing septic systems, and analyzing land use patterns.


For an abbreviated version of Dr. Scott’s CV as of December 2010, click here.

Dr. Arthur J. Lembo, Jr.

Technical Director

Dr. Lembo is an associate professor of Geography and Geosciences at SU. He holds a masters in Geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a PhD in Environmental Resource Engineering from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His research at Salisbury University has been focused on developing Internet Map Server Web Applications and smartphone applications for a variety of clients including local law enforcement, the Pipeline Association for Public Awareness and the Kellogg Foundation, and creating spatial models for risk assessment for State and local government.

Lauren D. McDermott

Practice Manager

Mrs. McDermott received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Salisbury University in 2001 and a Master of Science degree in GIS Management from Salisbury University in 2012. Lauren earned her GISP Certification in 2014. She has worked as a GIS Analyst for the Mapping Science Group at SU and as a freelance cartographer. She helped launch the ESRGC in 2004 as its first employee. At the ESRGC, she has served in many capacities as a GIS analyst, cartographer, business manager, student intern supervisor, and GIS project manager. Currently as the practice manager for the ESRGC, she is responsible for the day to day operations of the ESRGC, overseeing all projects, employees, and interns, as well as project completion timelines and quality control.

Erin L. Silva

Project Manager

Mrs. Silva received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Salisbury University in 2005 and a Master of Science degree in GIS Management from Salisbury University in 2012. Erin earned her GISP Certification in 2015 and was recently promoted to Project Manager. Erin's responsibilities include data analysis and visualization, project design, setup and oversight; and quality control. She is also responsible for the management of the geodashboard projects at the ESRGC.

Mary Buffington

Senior GIS Analyst

Mrs. Buffington received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Salisbury University in 2007 and a Master of Science degree in GIS Management in 2012. As a Senior GIS Analyst with the ESRGC, she is specifically tasked with the Maryland Broadband Mapping Initiative which is part of a national effort to map broadband areas especially the unserved and underserved areas with the goal of expansion and utilization of broadband service. She works closely with our partners in this initiative, namely the Maryland Broadband Cooperative and Towson University.

Tu Hoang

GIS Programmer

Mr. Hoang received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Salisbury University in 2009. As a Senior GIS Programmer, his expertise is in GIS web application development and data management. Tu is responsible for implementing web applications and mapping applications, working with spatial database systems, and providing technical GIS support.

Brett Dobelstein

GIS Analyst

Mr. Dobelstein earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Frostburg University in 2001, a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Salisbury University in 2010 and a Master of Science in GIS Management from Salisbury University in 2012. Brett is a GIS Analyst tasked with providing support to a wide range of projects including SHA Asset Vulnerability, HAZUS analyses, dashboard design, among others.

Ryan Mello

Project Coordinator

Mr. Mello received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Salisbury University in 2008, a Master of Science degree in GIS Management from Salisbury University in 2014, and GISP Certification in 2014. As a Project Coordinator, Ryan is specifically tasked with supporting the Critical Area Mapping Update project, a statewide remapping of Maryland’s critical area. He is funded by the Critical Area Commission and acts as a liaison between CAC and ESRGC.

Logan Hall

GIS Technician

Mr. Hall earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Salisbury University in 2013. The newest addition to the ESRGC Team, Logan is a GIS Technician tasked with providing support to a wide range of projects including LiDAR processing, Hazard Mitigation Plans, data distribution, among others.