Dan Eckberg

Dan Eckberg,
GIS Specialist

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Dan Eckberg is a GIS Specialist/Planner whose primary responsibilities include map creation; data acquisition, organization, and manipulation; and spatial data analysis.

Dan has experience with Environmental Systems Research Institute’s (ESRI) ArcDesktop GIS software packages, including Python scripting, and utilizes this knowledge to effectively apply cartographic techniques to a range of planning projects. During his time with Vandewalle, Dan has worked on a variety of projects. These include identifying and writing a formal analysis of potential Fire Station sites for the City of Watertown, mapping Environmental Justice populations and developing novel approaches for ensuring NEPA compliance for WisDOT highway studies, evaluating bike trail routes for the Village of Oregon, analyzing demographics of food deserts in Freeport, Illinois, geo-coding survey results for Madison development projects, designing and creating a database of potential Brownfield sites for the City of Janesville, producing numerous Comprehensive Plan maps, and preparing the Official Zoning Maps for nearly a dozen Wisconsin communities.

Dan has also worked extensively with school districts on conducting long range growth reports, including writing and managing all components of a study for the Monona Grove District. For this project, he met with representatives from all District municipalities, studied pertinent adopted Future Land Use Plans and historic population trends, and with the aid of GIS, projected and mapped anticipated quantities and locations of student growth in the District for a 20 year period.

Prior to joining Vandewalle & Associates, Dan worked as a GIS research assistant at the Minnesota Population Center. His responsibilities included helping to update the National Historic Geographic Information System (NHGIS) by realigning digital United States census tract boundaries. Before that, Dan worked at East View Geospatial and held an internship with U-PLAN, a community planning group for the Frogtown/Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. In the latter position, Dan helped design a traffic impact analysis for the neighborhood using the CommunityViz extension of ArcGIS. You can email Dan here.


B.A. Geography (City Systems)
Minor – Geographic Information Systems
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Awards & Activities

Guest Lecturer (Applications of GIS in Planning) – University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
Excellence of Scholarship Award from the National Council for Geographic Education
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society


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