Nathan McKinley

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Nathan McKinley

Senior GIS Consultant

About Nathan:

Nathan has fourteen years of GIS experience, of which the past eleven were spent implementing GIS for a local government’s public works department in Northern California.  He was able to assess the department’s needs and establish solutions through collaboration and GIS best practices.  His enthusiasm and determination led to many successful projects over the years as well as the establishment of the department’s first GIS division.

What Nathan has to say:

What made you decide to become a geospatial professional?

I discovered GIS toward the very end of my of Bachelor’s degree in 2001.  At the time, GIS was still very new to my area but it was obvious to see the future impact this technology was going to have on our lives.  I knew then that I wanted to be involved in this exciting mix of geography and technology.

What did you do before joining Abley?

For the past 11 years I was a GIS Analyst for a local Public Works department in Northern California.  Prior to that, I worked as a GIS Specialist for the Bureau of Land Management in both Southern and Northern California.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Often I am the very first person to see the results of analysis that will be used to identify or solve a problem.  It can be very exciting to unveil the results of your hard work when you know you’ve discovered something that could not have been found through any other type of analysis.  I also enjoy the artistic side of making maps and modelling our environment.

What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

The most challenging part of my job is trying to keep up with how fast this industry is evolving.  It seems like there is always a new product, platform, update, language, or extension that I feel like I need to be proficient in.  The great part about working at Interpret and Abley is that I know the rest of the team is just as excited as I am when it comes to learning about new innovations.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

Becoming a part of the Abley team is definitely my biggest accomplishment to date.  I am honoured to be working among a group of highly talented, motivated, and innovative individuals.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

It’s been a dream come true moving to New Zealand so now that I’m here I will be taking in all it has to offer.  I plan on doing lots of traveling within the area and immersing myself in Kiwi culture.  Beyond that, I enjoy snowboarding, golf, cooking, GIS, classic cars, and of course being with my young family.