John Bocan

Work experience

Work experience
Dec 2013 - Present

Software Applications Specialist II

Maryland Environmental Service
  • Design and development of interactive mapping template and tools to interact with ESRI ArcGIS Server WMS and ArcGIS Online webmap services via ArcGIS Javascript API and Dojo Javascript framework.
  • Provides support of application software and architecture in a development, system-test and production environment. 
Oct 2002 - Nov 2013

GIS Programmer/Analyst I

West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey

Information Technology Section

  • Develop and augment internet mapping websites and services (IMS) using ESRI ArcGIS and ArcIMS with ArcSDE connections to Oracle 9i RDBS or via shapefile directories.
  • Design and maintain public and secure, static and dynamic websites to state, survey and project standards, utilizing HTML, ASP, Javascript, and CSS via Dreamweaver, Notepad, VI Editor on MS 2008, 2003, 2000 and SGI Irix 6.5 Servers.
  • Install, configure, update, manage ArcIMS production and development servers with image and ArcMap-image services and corresponding websites.
  • Research, acquire, analyze, process and assure quality of geospatial data.
  • Digital graphic design for websites and cartographic refinement.
  • Review and recommend software and hardware for special project purchase and use.
  • Coordinate with personnel and technologies to facilitate DOE-NETL, State and/or Survey project requirements and design.

Previous positions within the Survey:

  • GIS Programmer/Analyst, Coal Program - Coal Bed Mapping Project (2006-2007)
  • Information Systems Coordinator, Oil and Gas Program - Trenton Project [DOE Project: DE-FC26-03NT41856] (2003-2006)
  • Web and Database Manager, Oil and Gas Program - PUMP Project [DOE Project: FC26-01BC15273] (2002-2003)

(Official West Virginia GIS Programmer/Analyst job description:

Jan 2006 - Nov 2013


Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Research Consortium

Previously: The Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) - Appalachian Region

  • Maintain, augment, develop West Virginia University's National Research Center for Coal and Energy related website featuring technology-resources for regional petroleum producers.
  • Maintain and develop, as needed, petroleum related internet mapping services (ArcIMS).


Oct 2010 - Oct 2014

Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Pennsylvania State University

Four course online program via Penn State's World Campus.

  • Geog 482, The Nature of Geographic Information   (2 credit core), completed, grade: A
  • Geog 483, Problem Solving with GIS   (3 credit core), completed, grade: A 
  • Geog 484, GIS Database Development   (3 credit core), grade: A
  • Geog 485, GIS Programming and Customization   (3 credit elective), grade: A



Technical Skills:

  Scripting Languages: HTML, XHTML, ArcXML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, ASP, PL/SQL, MySQL, Programming Languages: Visual Basic, C, C++ Operating Systems: MS Server 2008, 2003; MS Windows XP, 2000, 9X; DOS 6.x; Unix (SGI-Irix 6.5); Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, Redhat--various versions) Software: ESRI 9.3 ArcMap, ArcIMS, ArcCatalog, ArcGIS Server; Adobe Dreamweaver MX, Acrobat 7.0, Photoshop C2; CorpsCon6; MS Office 2007/2003/2000/97-Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher; Sun OpenOffice; Qunatum GIS, uDig  


Developed interactive mapping applications in ArcIMS versions 9.0 - 9.3 via ImageServer (AXL) and ArcMap ImageServer (MXD) accessing shapefiles and ArcSDE/Oracle connections. Maintain 60+ coal bed interactive mapping sites Co-Developed WVGES' largest most complex IMS to-date:  Image Service Appalachian Tight Sands Gas involving six oil and gas plays, 200+ layers, over 250,000 well points for the states of West Virginia and Pennsylvania Developed a new coal bed mapping application that includes all coal bed information within a single geological formation or group.