Gary W. Thompson

Gary W. Thompson

Mr. Thompson has worked for the North Carolina Emergency Management/Geodetic Survey (NCGS), which is the agency responsible for developing and maintaining North Carolina's official survey base, since 1977. As Chief since 1994, he has been continually modernizing the agency to keep up with advances and spatial data needs in the engineering, surveying, mapping, and scientific fields. In addition to serving as Chief of NCGS he also serves as the Deputy Risk Management Chief (NC Emergency Management).

He put the agency's modernized technologies, expertise, and quality control to the test while on the research team that conducted Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) aerial mapping research projects with NASA. He incorporated the results of those projects into practice while on the program management team that completed the engineering and surveying project that produced a statewide set of Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) for North Carolina.

He is currently leading the effort to utilize Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for North Carolina Emergency Management. He served on the program management team that collected statewide elevation data utilizing LiDAR in 2001-2005 and the team that is collecting statewide aerial imagery in five phases in 2015-2018.

Mr. Thompson's Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) activities include:

Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor in Engineering Technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and is a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) in North Carolina.

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