Past Member Spotlight 2021
Evan Cook, GIS Manager of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Marine Resources Division, is SCiDUC’s Member Spotlight recipient for February 2021. Evan has MS degrees in both GIS and Environmental Studies and a background using sUAS within the private sector and not-for-profit organizations. He has experience in coastal research and engineering, surveying, land management, and building information management (BIM). Evan also holds a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate. In his current position as the GIS Manager for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Marine Resources Division, he has become a key source of sUAS information and guidance within the Agency. Since coming to SCDNR, Evan has been particularly successful at helping develop workflows to increase sUAS mapping accuracy and to improve data management. He has been a member of SCiDUC since its inception and recently presented a SCiDUC-related talk at a regional meeting, garnering significant acclaim and positive recognition for the organization. He was nominated for the member spotlight in recognition of his important efforts for both the SCDNR and the SCiDUC organization.
Tom’s formal education is in Civil Engineering and has years of field and applied research experience in hydraulic design at SCDOT. This is a perfect background to identify where drones can be used to manage flood risk. Tom has great passion to use drones in disaster management and response. Drones are the latest example where he is interested in using as a new tool to improve flood monitoring and mapping and disaster recovery. Adopting new technologies takes a certain amount of courage and time, however, Tom is dedicated in using new tools for safety evaluation against floods. He is an excellent example of how disaster management and response can benefit from drone technologies and application.