About RDI: Meet Some of Our People

Doug / Houston

Doug

Branch Manager

Current Branch: Houston

Branches Worked In: Anchorage

At RDI Since: 1995

Starting Position: GIS Programmer/Analyst

What has surprised you at RDI?
The amount of growth we have had. When I started we were about 15 people, and now we are around 200.
What is your favorite thing about your role?
Interacting with the RDI employees and clients.
How has RDI benefited your career?
I started at RDI as a GIS Programmer/Analyst, and RDI provided me with the opportunity to grow to a Sr. GIS Programmer/Analyst to a Project Manager to a Sr. Project Manager and finally to running my own Branch. This is one area where RDI excels: providing opportunity for individuals to grow in their careers. The opportunities are out there, and individuals just need to recognize them and go after them, which allows for personal career growth and growth of RDI.
What has been your favorite project at RDI? Why?
I would have to say taking over and building/managing the GIS at a major Alaska oil and gas producer. When I was brought in there was a lot of pent up GIS demand in the organization, and we grew from one RDI individual to a team of about 10–15. The client work was extremely interesting, the clients were great, and the RDI employees were excellent to work with.
What was your job before you joined RDI?
I worked with Jim Rogers, Rodel Hernandez, and Howard Earl at DAT/EM Systems International, where we designed software and hardware to support photogrammetric mapping.
What is something people don’t know about you/something interesting about you?
I am currently (for the last five years) restoring an old rare Porsche 911.