Viewing entries posted in June 2015

SMARTER WATER ALLOCATION IN NORTHLAND

NRC

Posted by on 10 June 2015

 Managing freshwater allocation in Northland is a critical issue facing the regional council.  These issues are addressed as part of Northland Regional Council’s (NRC) freshwater plan, which requires them to quantify the current quality and availability of freshwater resources. This allows them to determine how much water is available for allocation for permitted activities or through the resource consent process.

Interpret developed a toolbox that  creates water allocation models that  incorporate new freshwater policy requirements and the new consenting system, IRIS, that had recently been implemented at the council.  The models needed to be easily run by users with minimal GIS experience.

The result of this work is an ArcGIS Toolbox containing a series of models that allow the user to build or collate the necessary input data, delineate Surface Water Zones, Ground Water Units and Ground Water Zones, and calculate consented and permitted water use. Each time the models are run, the latest water permit data is pulled from IRIS and used to calculate the accumulated surface and ground water takes within the relevant Water Zones/Units.

NRC are currently trialling different methods of determining suitable water allocation limits, with up to date accumulation of surface and ground water takes along with relevant water allocation limits. NRC will be able to highlight areas in Northland that may be may have over or under allocation of freshwater resources.

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New Staff

Team Photo

Posted by on 10 June 2015

With Interpret working on an increasing number of exciting projects, we’ve hired some new staff to keep things moving along smoothly. We’d like to welcome Geoff Klein and Amanda Cockcroft to the team. Geoff hails from Boise, Idaho, and is our in-house JavaScript and .NET specialist amongst other skills. See Geoff’s profile later in this newsletter. Amanda is coming on board as a Senior Business Consultant. She has an extensive background as a business analyst in the retail sector.  Amanda starts with Interpret at the end of June.

We are looking to continue expanding our team and are presently advertising for a GIS Analyst/Developer.  To find out more information on this position, visit our careers page.

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Congratulations Dale

IPENZ 3M Award2

Posted by on 10 June 2015

Dale Harris has also been recognised for her innovative work at the recent IPENZ Transportation Group Conference.  Dale won best young author with her paper 'Developing a Risk Prediction Model for a Safe System Signature Project’ and won the  3M Traffic Safety Innovation Award, with Paul Durdin for ‘SignatureNET and the Curve Risk Prediction Model’. 

This award recognises a new GIS methodology developed for identifying high risk curves by modelling driver behaviour (acceleration and deceleration) along a road centreline. The methodology, which uses linear referencing tools and Python programming, identifies parts of the road network where drivers are most at risk of losing control.

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Congratulations Hamish

HAMISH Scenic Low

Posted by on 10 June 2015

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Over the summer, Interpret hosted Hamish Kingsbury, a masters student from the University of Canterbury. Interpret secured a Callaghan Innovation research grant, which allowed Hamish to join the team at Interpret over the summer break. He spent this time developing a methodology to integrate Interpret’s existing road safety analysis work into a routing algorithm. This research culminated in a network where users can choose to optimise their route by time, distance or safety. As a result of this work, Hamish was the winner of the 2015 NZ Esri Young Scholar award, which has earned him a trip to the Esri User Conference in San Diego in July – a well-deserved prize!

You can view Hamish’s poster here.

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Canterbury Spatial Mid-Winter Drinks

Midwinter

Posted by on 10 June 2015

It’s that time of year again. Come and beat the cold and join us for the Canterbury Spatial Mid-Winter Drinks, hosted at Interpret on Thursday 18 June. It’s a great chance to catch up with the rest of the local spatial community and mix and mingle over beers and pizza. For more details, or contact Kurt Janssen

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