Viewing entries posted in December 2015

Staff Profile: Todd Davis

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Posted by on 23 December 2015


Todd has recently joined Interpret as a Principal Consultant. Todd most recently worked as the Technical GIS lead at the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT), the alliance rebuilding Christchurch’s underground services after the 2010/2011 earthquakes. One of Todd’s greatest success stories, is the GIS system he developed for staff and management at SCIRT. Todd was awarded the ESRI International award for Special Achievement in GIS in 2012, was a finalist at the 2013 New Zealand Engineering Excellence awards, and took out the inaugural NZSEA Young Professional of the Year in 2014.

Todd has been working in the industry for 14 years and has a vast array of project experience behind him, including extensive survey and title projects, asset management, as well as some one-off challenges. These include an automated feature creation for an Antarctic glacier, and an automated creation of front and back panels for the LINZ topo50 and topo250 hard-copy map series for their initial release. As well as having experience in a range of GIS software, Todd has a good understanding of formats from other disciplines and is one of four Certified Professionals in Safe’s FME within New Zealand. FME is a Desktop and Server software with a growing reputation, used to analyse, transform and construct data between 300 plus formats.

Outside of work, Todd dedicates his time to his young and growing family.

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Recent Award Wins for Interpret

NZ Spatial Awards 2015

Posted by on 23 December 2015


The staff at Interpret relish the opportunity to demonstrate innovation and technical brilliance in their work.  They find it a privilege to have the opportunity to embark on projects and solve problems for clients that test their geospatial capabilities, and it is an absolute thrill to be recognised by the GIS community for the results they are getting. The NZ Spatial Awards held at Te Papa in Wellington in November 2015, was another opportunity to showcase Interpret’s capabilities.

Interpret’s Dale Harris won the Technical Excellence Award and the Overall Supreme Award for her work on 'Road safety risk prediction methodology for low volume rural roads'. Traditional risk assessment techniques rely on crash history which make it difficult to predict risk in low traffic volume areas. This groundbreaking research uses geospatial data and innovative techniques to identify road curvature risk, independent of road crash history. The results of this new research have been shared with road controlling authorities to support road safety improvements.

At the same conference Hamish Kingsbury’s work in the road safety space was also recognised. He won the Undergraduate of the Year Award for his presentation on ‘Journey optimisation by safest route’ (featured in our last newsletter). He and his team developed a website to help road users identify the safest, shortest and fastest route to get to their destination. To date there has been little research into the integration of routing and safety. This innovative research will be particularly useful for businesses reliant on driving, who want to optimise the safety of their drivers.

Featured is a photo of Natalie Scott receiving the award for Young Professional of the Year for her outstanding performance in the geospatial industry. Throughout her many roles, she has shown exceptional leadership and technical innovation. She is frequently called upon by both clients and colleagues to provide solutions, and enjoys the challenges she is asked to solve. She also contributed to the success of NZ Scouts winning the People and Community category, and Enable Services Limited winning the Spatial Enablement category for her outstanding GIS work with these clients.

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Strictly Spatial #5

Posted by on 11 December 2015


Welcome to December, where has 2015 gone? If you’re sick of always using Web Mercator as your mapping projection, want to get a better picture of climate change and its impact on a warmer future, or you’re interested in the quickly growing field of autonomous vehicles, then this issue of Strictly Spatial has what you are looking for. Check out these and other GIS related stories from the past fortnight below.  

 Build a 3D Virtual World – Mapillary

A crowdsourced startup called Mapillary are changing the way we use our smartphones in regards to virtual mapping. In 2014 Mapillary released a free smartphone app which is similar to Google Street View using crowdsourced images uploaded from smartphones. This has been progressed and now the phone app allows users to pan down to see a 3D, birds-eye view of the earth. The user-submitted photos have been stitched together to create a 3D landscape of the planet, built from over 40 million images.

 Atlas for a Changing Planet

Esri has produced a collection of story maps focused around climate change, and adapting to a warmer future. The collection bio describes maps and geographic information systems as being primary tools for “scientists, policymakers, planners and activists to visualize and understand our rapidly changing world”. The stunning visuals are accompanied by some detailed information, resulting in a powerful collection of spatial information outlining perhaps the biggest issue of our generation.

 Mapping the World’s Largest Volcano

Tamu Massif in the Pacific Ocean, is the world’s largest volcano. National Geographic have been begun making 3D maps which aim to offer the clearest look at the fully submerged volcano which is the size of New Mexico. The maps will be used to determine how the massive volcano formed, and unravel some of the mystery surrounding its structure.

 Escape from Mercator

Mapzen is a neat GIS blog which has published a short article based around the pros and cons of the ever-popular Web Mercator map projection. The article explores some different tools and projections with some great images and graphics to help readers understand what is being described.

 Driverless Cars with Nokia’s Here

Autonomous driving (driverless cars) are fast becoming a practical reality as spatial information, detailed maps, and cameras and sensors become increasingly powerful and complex. Google have long been known to have driverless cars which run off Google Maps and Street View data, however Nokia have entered into the race to bring autonomous driving into the mainstream with their new mapping business; Nokia Here. Much like Google’s driverless vehicles, Here’s autonomous vehicles are equipped with cameras and sensors on the roof which paint a picture of their surroundings.

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Interpret gets into the festive spirit

2015 Xmas Function girls

Posted by on 11 December 2015

The team from Interpret celebrated their Christmas party on Saturday night at Hanmer Springs. This year’s party was an action packed affair with paintball,followed by a dip in the pools and a winetasting and meal at Marble Point Winery.

Marble Point provided a stunning setting to end our day. The food and wine were excellent and we were very satisfied customers returning to Christchurch that Saturday night. Thank you Steve and Paul for a great night.

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