GIS – Mapping from Earth, Sky, and Space - View the video

David Hart

David Hart
Continental Mapping Consultants, Inc.

121 S. Bristol
Sun Prairie, WI 53590


Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Architecture and Construction
  • Information Technology
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

David Hart is the President and co-founder of Continental Mapping Consultants Inc. Continental Mapping was founded in 1999 originally as a photogrammetry firm. Since then it has grown to four offices with 65 employees and offers a wide range of primary geospatial data development services including satellite mapping, aerial imagery and lidar, mobile and terrestrial lidar, land survey, and geospatial software development. Mr. Hart leads efforts in strategic growth initiatives within the company. This includes identifying and expanding into new markets and applying innovative workflows and technologies to survey and mapping problems. Current initiatives include developing solutions for aerial, mobile, and terrestrial lidar integration for transportation projects; exploring the use of drones for engineering mapping needs, and optimizing satellite imagery based mapping workflows for defense and intelligence needs. Mr. Hart began his career as a GIS Analyst and Manager for Illinois DOT in Chicago and worked as a Project Manager at Ayres Associates in Madison Wisconsin before forming Continental Mapping in 1999. He is a graduate of UW Eau Claire (Geography and Economics BA 1988) and Northern Illinois University (Economic Geography MS 1992). He is married to Debbie, a Sun Prairie school teacher and has two adult children.

David Hart takes a look at the cutting edge Geographic Information Systems technology and how a career in GIS can be used in many different industries. Yesterday’s cartographer is today’s geospatial analyst. Modern technology, such as GPS in our phones and cars, are critically important components to our modern society. There is ever increasing demand for more and better – accuracy, detail, timeliness of the maps that help everyone live their lives. This means that opportunities in digital mapping – the modern day cartographer – are more plentiful than ever. We will explore some of these opportunities. Everything from land survey to satellite mapping. (Running Time 22:33)