Recent Award Wins for Interpret

23 December 2015

NZ Spatial Awards 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.