Viewing entries posted in December 2016

A Very Spatial Christmas


Posted by on 22 December 2016

'Twas the night before Christmas, and at the North Pole
Santa’s sleigh was all loaded; he had but one goal
A global delivery, and all in one eve
But luckily Santa has tricks up his sleeve

He needs to make sure that no children are missed
So ‘Naughty’ and ‘Nice’ are on separate lists
Avoiding confusion, now Santa embraces
His lists being versioned inside databases

Addressing’s a nightmare; a mess the world over
But luckily Santa’s got good geocoders
He puts in the child’s street, city and nation
And gets back an accurate geolocation

His data is ready; he puts on his suit
While the network analysis builds him a route
The ‘travelling salesman’ problem is solved
When a geostatistical package’s involved

Of late, Santa Claus has been strongly inclined
To keep all of the data inside ArcOnline
It’s a proper account; all the elves are named users
(And so’s Mrs Claus – he just couldn’t refuse her)

The data is loaded inside Navigator
He doesn’t get lost; his phone has a locator
He cruises the skies as he checks the directions
And makes sure he’s using a local projection

To keep track of where he’s delivered the presents
He divided his route into multiple segments
And then, when he’s finished a job in one sector
He marks it as ‘Done’ on his phone in Collector

“On Dasher! On Dancer!” He calls from the sleigh
“We must make great haste; we must not go astray”
And when they arrive to the edge of the city
He lands on the roof and hops straight down the chimney

He arrives to find stockings put out with great care
In the hopes of receiving new mapping software
They’d asked for a copy of Arc 10.5
And were eagerly waiting to see what arrived

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and Santa’s success
Was because of the way he could use GIS
So he calls as the reindeer once more take flight,
“A goodnight to all, and to all a goodnight!”

- Natalie Scott

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Christmas was a very chocolatey affair at Interpret!

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Posted by on 21 December 2016

Abley and Interpret’s annual Christmas party was held at She Chocolate in Governors Bay. Staff were treated to some live theatre, a chocolate tasting and a three course meal. Some brave folk even managed a dance in town afterwards. The theatre was hilarious, the chocolate heavenly, the food sumptuous and the Jazz musicians excellent. Overall a great night all round.  Thank you Paul and Steve!

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Strictly Spatial newsletter - Summer 2016

Posted by on 21 December 2016

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Meet our new team members and check out the great work we are doing on road safety in the latest Strictly Spatial newsletter.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the Interpret team!

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David Pimblott appointed to our Board of Directors

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Posted by on 19 December 2016


Abley Transportation Consultants and their specialist GIS (Geographic Information Systems) brand, Interpret Geospatial Solutions, are pleased to announce the appointment of David Pimblott to their Board of Directors.  David will join the four existing Board Members as a Non-Executive Director, and will provide strategic leadership and GIS expertise.

“We know that GIS benefits organisations of all sizes and across many different industries.  There is a growing interest in and awareness of the economic and strategic value of GIS, and as an Esri silver-tier partner, we are excited to continue to push the boundaries of geospatial possibilities, both here in New Zealand (NZ) and internationally.  We are thrilled to have David join our Board, and believe his vast GIS knowledge and business experience will be invaluable to the team”, says Brian Wood, Chairman.

With over 25 years’ experience as a strategic GIS Consultant, David has worked with clients throughout NZ and worldwide.  David provides consultant support to the GIS community, along with business advice and mentoring small to medium businesses, particularly those who are seeking to globalise their business.

David was the founder and Managing Director of NorthSouth GIS (NSG) NZ, (formerly Explorer Graphics Ltd), one of the longest established and most successful geospatial consultancies in NZ.  Under David’s direction, NSG became the leading provider of GIS implementation and development services based on Esri technology in NZ.  David’s vision led to the formation of the NSG Group and the establishment of affiliated companies in the United States, with whom he actively participated in strategic business decisions, and GIS implementation, as well as the development of international business partnerships.  In late 2014, David sold NSG NZ to a multinational consultancy.

“I look forward to continuing to serve and partner with the geospatial community in my new role,” remarks David.  “I am dedicated to this industry because I can see so much potential for organisations in our fast-changing world to gain insights through GIS.   Abley and Interpret have already experienced rapid growth and success, I believe there are plenty more opportunities ahead”.

Abley Transportation Consultants design, develop and implement transportation plans and infrastructure to allow people to connect better.  The Abley team work closely with their GIS specialist business, Interpret Geospatial Solutions, who provide innovative GIS analysis, spatial modelling, data creation, cartography, and web server technologies.  Together, Abley and Interpret have a combined team of 45 industry experts based in Auckland and Christchurch .


For more information, please contact:

Steve Abley  

Phone 021 556 864 or email

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National historic image resource goes live

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Posted by Mel Gurden on 7 December 2016

Our team at Interpret have been busy bringing together an historic imagery scanning project called RetroLens, working with LINZ and Councils throughout New Zealand.  The work involves digitising more than 600,000 Crown aerial images in the interest of long term preservation, easier access, and better use of this valuable national resource.

The total project cost is estimated to be $5 million, which has been jointly funded by local authorities including Auckland Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Environment Canterbury, Gisborne Regional Council, Hawkes Bay Regional Council, Southland Regional Council, Tasman District Council, Waikato LASS.

As at June 2016, 150,000 images have been scanned and delivered to the partners.  It is estimated Bay of Plenty and Gisborne will be completed in June 2018, Waikato in December 2018 and the remaining regions in 2020.  The whole project is expected to be finished by 2021.

Historical imagery is incredibly important for a variety of reasons, including showing changes in land use, identifying where dangerous chemicals were used, showing coastline changes, and archaeology and cultural research.  This is a great resource for future planning and making sound economic and environmental decisions.

This website  is now live, so we encourage you to search for an address or location and go back in time to see what the land was like from years gone by.  You can also download a copy of the image for your own purpose.

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