Joel Lawhead

Joel Lawhead

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Joel Lawhead is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for, an award-winning firm specializing in geospatial technology integration and sensor engineering.

Joel is the author of Packt’s Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python (2013). He began using Python in 1997 and started applying it to geospatial software development in 2000. Joel has been published in two editions of O’Reilly’s Python Cookbook. He is also the developer of the widely-used, open source Python Shapefile Library (PyShp) and maintains the geospatial technical blog and Twitter feed @SpatialPython discussing the use of the Python programming language within the geospatial industry.

In 2011, Joel reverse-engineered and published the undocumented shapefile spatial indexing format and assisted fellow geospatial Python developer, Marc Pfister, in reversing the algorithm used allowing developers around the world create better-integrated and more robust geospatial applications involving shapefiles.

Joel has served as the lead architect, project manager, and co-developer for geospatial applications used by US government agencies including NASA, FEMA, NOAA, the US Navy as well as many commercial and nonprofit organizations. In 2002, Joel received the international "Esri Special Achievment in GIS" award for work on the Real-Time Emergency Action Coordination Tool (REACT) for emergency management using geospatial analysis.

Books from Joel Lawhead