Andrew Rayner, Progammer

Andrew Rayner is an independent IT consultant with over 20 years of software development experience using a wide variety of platforms, development languages and RDBMS. In particular, Andrew has a wealth of experience integrating geographic information systems and the internet. He has a bachelors degree with majors in Computer Science and Geography and a masters degree in Geographic Information Management.

Andrew has previously been employed by Birdlife International (5 years) where his responsibilities and primary experience included creation of all mapping for publication and analysis purposes, and managing all spatial datasets; the design and development of the World Bird Database with features including an expert system for Red List categorization and architecture allowing for a hierarchical system of deployment and data distribution and re-incorporation; development of a script writing application for automating multiple map production in MapInfo.

More recently, Andrew has worked for the National Soil Resources Institute at Cranfield University (6 years) where he was responsible for the establishment and ongoing management of a web-based GIS facility for the NSRI and responsible for the design, development and implementation of web based and other client/server systems to service their client and in-house requirements for access to and manipulation of their Land Information System (LandIS) data holdings. This included a web based mapping application for public access to the NSRI freely available spatial and spatially related data (SoilScapes) for public education and promotion. Integration of the SoilScapes application into the primary schools soils module web site. A web based mapping application (Soils Site Reporter) to allow for the purchase of detailed location based reports using on-line payments (via WorldPay integration). A web based mapping application for spatial data extraction clipped to user specified criteria (uploaded spatial data files – ESRI Shape files). A Windows CE application for in-field collection of plant species data (FloraGPS). The application is used on generic hand-held GPS receivers. He was also involved in a collaborative project (Soil Forensics) with the Macaulay Institute in Aberdeen where he designed and developed an application for soil sample spectrographic (FTIR/XRD) properties comparison (SoilFit). Andrew also developed the prototype web based GIS tools for the Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW) project in collaboration with a number of other universities. Andrew also gave course lectures on the Advanced GIS module and Spatial Data and the Internet module in the Geographic Information Management (GIM) MSc degree.

As an independent developer Andrew’s work includes the development of the Migratory Soaring Birds web tools for Birdlife International and automation of livestock mortality modelling for Habitat INFO along with the development of their Android mobile application, African Raptor Observations, used to capture and convey field observations of African birds of prey into a remote live data observatory, the African Raptor DataBank (ARDB).

Technologies include:

Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, SQLite, SQL Server CE, GpsGate, Actionscript, ColdFusion (CFML), AXL, ArcIMS, ArcSDE, Crystal Reports, ArcObjects, ASP.NET, VB.NET, CE.NET, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Java, C#, Python, PHP, XML, Android.


MSc (Geographic Information Management) Cranfield University (2004)
BSc (Computer Science and Geography) University of South Africa (1999)

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