Download PDF

John M. Bocan, GISP

GIS Programmer/Analyst II

Professional Certification

June 2015  - June 2020   GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), License Certification Number 91550

Work experience

Dec 2014Present

GIS Programmer/Analyst II

West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey

Information Technology Section

  • Developing, programming, and maintaining web-based interactive mapping applications/services in an ESRI ArcGIS Server environment.
  • Design/programming of project-specific, GIS applications.
  • Design, development, configuration of web and mapping services and other information access.
  • Static (hardcopy) and interactive map production using standard and project-specific cartographic principles/design techniques.
  • Server administration.
  • GIS data metadata creation to FGDC and other standards.
Dec 2013Dec 2014

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 2002Dec 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 roles 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 2006Nov 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 2010Oct 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
Jan 1985May 1988

Bachelor of Arts, Theology/Psychology

Websites Designed


Technical Skills:

 Scripting Languages: HTML, XHTML, ArcXML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, Python 2.7,  ASP.NET,  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 10.4 to 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; LibreOffice, 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.

Interactive Maps

Posters/Maps Designed


Other Continuing Education

Hit the Ground Running with Metadata Training

  • Two day course in Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) standard metadata via Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute (Marshall University) and the West Virginia GIS Technical Center at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV (2010) 

LiDAR Concepts, Principles and Applications

Windows Server 2008

Papers, Authored or Co-Authored

Contributing Author: Overcoming Cartographic and Technical Challenges in Developing an Interactive Mapping System for the Appalachian Basin Tight Gas Reserviors Project for the USGS/AASG 2009 Digital Mapping Techniques Meeting, Morgantown, WV

Co-Author:  Trenton-Black River Project Final Report

Co-Author: Preferred Upstream Management Practices (PUMP) Project

Awards and Honors

  • 2005 Certificate of Merit from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) for outstanding service as webmaster for the 2005 Eastern Section - AAPG Annual Convention. Website: .

West Virginia University Office of Information Technology Training

  • Photoshop:  Intermediate - Web Graphics (2007)
  • Dreamweaver: Intermediate (2007)
  • Creating Accessible Web Pages (2007)
  • Cascading Style Sheets (2007)
  • Photoshop: Intermediate (2007)
  • Photoshop: Introduction (2007)
  • Photoshop: Intermediate - Web Graphics (1999)
  • Introduction to JavaScript (1999)
  • Microsoft Access 97: Intro, Queries & Reports, Database Design, Form Design, Macros (1999)
  • Intermediate Adobe Photoshop (1998)
  • Introduction to Adobe Photoshope (1998)
  • Intermediate HTML (1998)
  • Introduction to HTML (1998)

Link to West Virginia Office of Information Technology Training descriptions: .

Professional Organizations


ESRI Training

ESRI Classroom Training:


Pre-Conference Seminars:

  • Introduction to ArcObjects Programming with VBA;ESRI International Users Conference, San Diego, 2007 - 1 day