Viewing entries posted in June 2014



Posted by on 30 June 2014


Principal Consultant/Team Leader – GISP-AP, BSc(Hons)

Kurt is a Principal Consultant and Team Leader at Interpret Geospatial Solutions. Kurt joined Abley Transportation Consultants (Interpret’s parent) at the beginning of 2010 as a specialist geospatial consultant with extensive central government, research and technical GIS experience.  He is very knowledgeable regarding spatial analysis techniques, the manipulation of large quantums of data and the latest spatial technologies both desktop and web based.

Kurt is very experienced with the ESRI ArcGIS platform including ArcGIS Desktop and Server including a number of extensions and web APIs. Prior to moving back to his hometown of Christchurch, Kurt worked in the United States at ESRI’s headquarters in Redlands, California. His primary role at ESRI was as a software tester, working on the latest pre-beta releases to enhance user workflows and screen the software for showstoppers before release. Kurt worked closely with numerous developer teams at Redlands and also important clients including Los Angeles County.

Kurt’s current role predominantly involves working with Interpret’s clients to ensure the team delivers the best possible solutions to their problems. Kurt is managing a talented team of geospatial experts working for clients in a number of industries including:

  • Utilities
  • Local, regional and national government
  • Mining
  • Transport
  • Demographics
  • Web mapping
  • IT/Server support

A key focus of Kurt’s is to ensure that Interpret does not reinvent the wheel for its clients. He strives to provide the most cost effective and robust solutions built upon the ArcGIS platform, whether it is an analysis project, web mapping, mobile solutions or automated map production. Kurt's in-depth knowledge of spatial analysis techniques allows the Interpret team to gain considerable understanding from what might appear to be difficult to utilise, discrete unrelated datasets and also gains insights from data which wold go unseen if not analysed with a GIS.

On a more personal note, Kurt is a recent father of little Theo and is enjoying the challenges of parenthood.

Interpret Contact: Kurt Janssen
tel: + 64 3 367 9008

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HCC Assessibility

Posted by on 30 June 2014


As Hamilton grows, its infrastructure is changing and so are its transport needs.

With this in mind, we are currently updating Hamilton City Council's accessibility model. The updated model will identify transport problems and monitor the progress of improvements.

Accessibility modelling is an analytical method for understanding the ability of people to access goods, services and destinations in a spatial manner.

Hamilton wants a clearer picture of how their current transportation network meets the needs of its people.  Interpret is performing an update on the Hamilton Accessibility Model to ensure it incorporates new additions to the transportation networks and facilities and better represents what currently exists. This updated accessibility model and its associated GIS web mapping outputs will help with decisions on Hamilton’s future transport and land use considerations.

Accessibility modelling can be thought of as measuring the extent to which people ‘could’ travel.  This gives the ability to take into account those travel options that are not currently provided for and those that are disadvantaged. Thus, providing scope to improve under represented forms of transport.

Accessibility modelling is capable of evaluating all modes of transport including active modes such as public transport, walking and cycling. It can also include interchanges between these modes. This realistically represents the transportation world because it considers the separation of origins and destinations and provides a means to measure the long term sustainability of the transportation network.  This includes not only what people ‘could’ reach, but also transport ‘need’.

The modelling is undertaken using purpose built scripts and models within GIS.

Interpret Contact: Helen Roulston
tel: + 64 3 367 9082

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CTOC Webviewer

Posted by on 30 June 2014


Christchurch Transport Operations Centre (CTOC) has joined forces with Interpret to manage the complaints data associated with Christchurch road users. CTOC are a partnership between Christchurch City Council, the NZ Transport Agency and Environment Canterbury, who are now using Interpret on an ongoing basis to help manage, assemble and present Christchurch complaints data.

The service is completed monthly, with CTOC providing Interpret with a spreadsheet of the previous months’ complaints data. Interpret provides a service which takes the raw data and presents it in a webviewer, making it visible and accessible improving decision making. The intuitive ease of use as well as the power of being able to visually compare specific months, make the webviewer an incredibly powerful tool, containing all the information previously stored in the spreadsheets. Included as part of the service are downloadable pdf documents created each month, which also displays the most recent data, but formatted into a tidy, printable document to use offline. These documents are available online as part of the webviewer.

The exciting aspect of this ongoing project is the idea that a cost effective project can have a large impact. The combination of spatial and temporal data displayed in an interactive webviewer makes managing and accessing the complaints data far simpler. The practicality and spatial presentation provides a significant and lasting impact on the previously extremely time-consuming and manual process. Although the service is still fresh, the reception to date has been entirely positive.

Interpret Contact: Kurt Janssen
tel: + 64 3 367 9008

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Interactive Maps

Posted by on 30 June 2014


Interpret has unveiled an online, publicly available interactive map which uses census figures to show the changing demography of New Zealand.

Displaying 2001, 2006 and 2013 census information sourced from Statistics New Zealand, the application allows users to view the Usually Resident Population (URP) figures by area unit, territorial authority and regional council boundaries.

An interactive map is the best way of presenting information through visual means, which is intuitive, simple to use, easily accessible and a great resource. The web viewer displays census information visually and also provides both population count and population change statistics between the 2001, 2006 and 2013 censuses. Pop-ups display detailed census figures such as counts, density and change in numbers and percentages between the three censuses. The pop-up functionality makes the web viewer very powerful, providing information both figuratively as well as graphically.

The web viewer will be updated with census data at meshblock level and have additional key variables added, including income, transport, housing, employment and deprivation demographic statistics.  The application is a extremely useful for professionals who deal with census data, researchers and planners as well as to the general public who have interests in the demography of New Zealand.

To find out more about the census website please visit:

Interpret Contact: Subodh Dhakal
tel: + 64 3 367 9007

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Posted by on 30 June 2014


Interpret prides itself on thinking big and doing more with data, and recently we’ve had the chance to put this into practice for fibre network provider Enable Services Limited (Enable). Utilities companies like Enable frequently deal with the requirement to produce maps of their infrastructure in an on-demand basis. These maps can be produced manually case-by-case, but this is a time-consuming process and leads to inconsistencies in map outputs. The spatial data for these is usually held within a GIS, but the people who produce these maps are not always geospatial professionals.

Interpret has developed a lightweight desktop application for Enable that allows users to produce these maps with just a few button clicks. The program Is quick to install and easy to operate, with a user-friendly interface. A few simple options mean that the users can always generate the maps they need without hassle.

Users have the option of entering an address, which returns a map centred on a single address point at a pre-determined scale. Sometimes the area of works is larger, including multiple streets or an entire suburb. In these cases, the user can use Google Earth to sketch a larger area. This area is then automatically broken up into a series of maps covering the specified region.

The result of this approach is that maps are produced faster, more consistently and more accurately than if they were created individually – supporting Enable’s team to be more productive. In extreme cases, a difficult set of maps that may previously have taken up to an hour to produce can now be generated in less than a minute. This has allowed the staff at Enable to work smarter rather than harder, and to produce better results for their customers.

Interpret’s approach to automated mapping is highly customisable for any specific type of map. In addition to the work we have done with Enable, we have also built applications to automate the production of maps for Land Information Memorandum (LIM) at local councils.
Talk to us about how automatic mapping can make map production simpler and easier.

Interpret Contact: Natalie Scott
tel: + 64 3 367 9070

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