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Joseph Martinetti

Bismarck, ND, USA


106 E Owens Ave · Bismarck, ND · 58501 · (701) 250-6345 (H) ·

2016-2018 Western Plains Consulting Bismarck, ND
Environmental Geologist

Performed soil and water sampling for a variety of projects, including salt water, crude oil, and gasoline/diesel release sites. Monitored work on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), beginning in May, 2016, for a group of landowners who hired Baumstark Braaten Law Partners. Baumstark Braaten Law Partners represented the landowners by creating an easement agreement which specified how the pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners, were to handle the soils and other natural resource components of the land. Projects on DAPL which I monitored included determining topsoil depth, grading of topsoil, trenching, and reclamation work performed. Documentation of daily work on the project was performed, along with creating maps and reports.

Other office projects that I was involved with included Phase I reports, mainly for clients transferring commercial property, and Phase II reports and maps of hazardous/industrial waste release sites. These reports included analysis of laboratory data from the soil and water sampling collected in the field. Purchased and set up survey-grade GPS system (Geomatics) for use in collecting GPS data of work performed in the field, such as contaminated site locations, soil sampling points, and monitoring well horizontal and vertical locations. Field work performed included GPS data collection.

2015-2016 Harlow's School Bus Service Bismarck, ND

Routed Harlow's school buses for the Bismarck Public School (BPS) system. Created routes, updated student information, created stops, cleaned and repaired road networks, among other duties using Transfinder's Routefinder routing software (based on MapInfo's GIS software). Dispatched the afternoon routes for over 40 buses and maintained communication between Harlow's, parents, and BPS.

2012-2015 United Tribes Technical College Bismarck, ND
GIS/RS Instructor

Created curriculum for the first GIS Associate in Applied Science Degree Program at UTTC. Formed syllabi for all Remote Sensing and GIS courses for AAS GIS Degree and advised students in the GIS Program. Attended professional development for GIS and Remote Sensing, including Esri Annual User’s Conference, Integrated Geospatial Education and Technology Training (iGETT) training, and Tribal GIS Conference. Received CTE accreditation to teach vocational courses in the ND University System. Maintained GIS lab, including hardware and software.
2011-2012 Geosearch Logging, Inc. Bismarck, ND
Northern Rockies Regional Operation Manager

Managed operations for the Williston Basin (North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana). Initially worked on-site as a well site geologist until we established ourselves in the Williston Basin. My job duties include overseeing the daily operations of seven drilling rigs we are following for a variety of oil companies, including QC/QA of the daily data and reports.

Other duties included managing, hiring, training, and scheduling up to fifteen employees. Conducting research on improving equipment and creating a new calcimeter were also part of my job. Constantly keeping in touch with clients and determining how to better meet their needs for logging in the field.

2009-2010 Johnson’s Wrecking Mandan, ND
Office Manager

Set up and maintained computer network for parts inventory and pricing using the Hollander system. Maintained front desk while answering phones, buying salvage vehicles, and assisting public. Created and updated records and inventory of vehicles received. Managed the CARS (Car Allowance Rebate System - "Cash for Clunkers") program.

2006–2009/2010-2011 Weatherford Surface Logging Systems Dickinson, ND
Geo-Steering Geologist

Worked as a Geo-Steering Geologist in the Williston Basin with Weatherford Surface Logging Systems (formerly Tooke Rockies, Inc., a division of International Logging, Inc.). My job duties included using rock cuttings, gas data, and gamma readings from the drilling process to determine what rock formations are being drilled into and advising the oil company’s on-site representative (Company Man) how drilling should proceed. Collaboration with the Measure While Drilling (MWD) technicians and the Directional Drilling engineers (DD) occurs on a regular basis to ensure the wellbore follows the drilling prognosis and conditions encountered while drilling.

Monitored hydrocarbon gas flows, collected and identified cutting samples, and maintained drilling information while keeping detailed records and writing reports/logs, and ensuring the transmission of all data to the oil company’s geologist in charge of the well. Laid off in 2009 and re-hired in 2010.

2002–2006 Interstate Engineering, Inc. Mandan, ND
GIS/CIS Specialist

Performed work as a GIS/CIS Specialist for Interstate Engineering, Inc. After arriving at Interstate Engineering my main job focus was to upgrade an existing emergency routing application (911 Dispatching Program), which is written in Avenue, ArcView's object-oriented programming language. I have written custom applications for Bridge, Culvert, and Sign Inventories for use in ArcGIS 9.x.

My main duties included customer support for ArcView, downloading and manipulating digital datasets, such as DOQQs and DRGs using ArcGIS 9.x, for resale, customizing ArcView and ArcGIS 9.x for specific applications, and looking for outside funding sources for our clients in order to advance GIS for them. Prior to my arrival at Interstate, the company purchased DOQQs, DRGs, and DEMs from an outside source for resale. Specific projects that I have worked on include incorporating SSURGO soils data into an application that is used by tax auditors for assessment purposes and creating a live link to Microsoft® Access for maintaining road inventory records.

Another project that I worked on was the City of Mandan FEMA flood study. This project helped to determine the effects of drainage control structures to help remove areas from the 100-year flood zone (Zone A on FEMA FIRM maps). Using high-resolution aerial imagery and elevation data, I generated a one-foot contour map for the City of Mandan along with drainage basins using ArcView 3.3 and ArcGIS 8.2. I was also involved in a FHWA CTIP grant with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. My role was to create quarterly/year end progress reports, oversee the implementation of the grant, and to write the interim yearly requests, which seek continuation of funding.


South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, SD
Master of Science, Geology 1997

Thesis topic: Application of a Geographic Information System to Mineral Exploration in the Goldfield Mining District, Nevada, Incorporating Geologic and Remote Sensing Data. Applied ESRI's ARC/INFO® GIS software to the creation of exploration models. Analyzed data from remotely sensed images (hyperspectral and multispectral), geologic maps, and geochemical analysis. Received the Kennecott Fellowship for 1995-1996, Geology Graduate Student Fellowship for 1994, Mickelson Fellowship for 1992-1993, and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship for 1992-1993. Lab instructor for Advanced GIS course, fall 1996. Graduate courses included:

• Environmental Geophysics
• Mining Statistics
• Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

North Dakota State University Fargo, ND
Bachelor of Science, Earth Science 1992

In addition to the required courses for the Earth Science curriculum, including Soils Genesis, other courses taken include Introductory Statistics, Regression Analysis, Probability Statistics, and Design and Analysis of Experiments.

UND-Williston Center Williston, ND
Associate of Arts, Computer Science Emphasis 1988

Received a degree with a computer science emphasis taking programming languages such as Fortran, Pascal, COBOL, and RPG. Attended Minot State University, Minot, ND the summer of 1987. Dean's list, UND-Williston, spring 1987.


• Geographic Information Systems Professional Certification – 10/2005, GISP# 00013810 (Expired 10/2010)
• ArcGIS 10.x including ARC/INFO® (Workstation)
• US Army Corps of Engineers Workshop on Water Surface Profile Computation Using HEC-RAS (40hr)-1/00
• FranklinCovey Time Management Course (8 hr)
• Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)

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