Dena and Reza start at Abley

Posted on: October 18, 2018 at 1:16 PM    

Dena Emanual joins the Christchurch team as a Senior UX/UI Developer with over 13 years of design and software industry experience. Dena provides unique design skills to our developer team in user experience, interface design, digital and print design, CSS and HTML.  In her spare time Dena is kept busy with her young boys and even manages to find time to sew and garden! 

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Mental health in the workplace

Posted on: October 10, 2018 at 1:32 PM    

Mental health is a key focus in many workplaces. Increasingly, we are acknowledging that mental health is a critical part of overall good health, and that employees have a role to play in supporting this.

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Team Parkrite wins 'All Access' Hackathon

Posted on: September 26, 2018 at 8:49 AM    

Well done to Subodh Dhakal and his team "ParkRite" who won the 'All Access' Hackathon.  Organised by the NZ Transport Agency, the digital innovation weekend was held in Auckland from 21-23 September 2018.

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Fun in the snow at Mt Hutt

Posted on: September 20, 2018 at 2:39 PM    

Team Abley enjoyed a fantastic day up at Mt Hutt and weekend away in Methven from 14-16 September.

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Tactical urbanism at 2WALKandCYCLE conference in Palmerston North

Posted on: September 18, 2018 at 12:16 PM    

It’s true, Palmy rocks!  This was confirmed at the 2WALKandCYCLE conference, held from 30 July - 1 August 2018 in Palmerston North.  I had heard earlier in the year at the Urbanism NZ Conference that there was a big push to revive the heart of the city through events and funky urban initiatives such as parklets and street art. I wasn’t disappointed, as the Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) had laid it on with some tactical urbanism right in front of the conference centre.  Overnight they had painted the drop off area and adjacent intersection, and chucked some bean bags around on the entrance forecourt – boom! 

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This year’s ‘Black and Bling’ midwinter do was an excellent fling

Posted on: September 17, 2018 at 2:28 PM    

The Christchurch office’s mid-winter do was held this year in the stunning surrounds of Mona Vale. The ‘black and bling’ theme produced an array of shiny, glittery party goers, the gents in dapper suits with slicked back hair and the ladies sparkling their LBD’s and heels. After a very tasty three course meal and delicious wines, the music started with the excellent live band ‘Soul Shine‘. Within five minutes, tentative toe tapping morphed into a leg stamping, hip gyrating, heaving, rock n roll jive of a dancing event which went on for hours. At midnight sweaty and exhilarated we tumbled out ready to move on to the next venue. The next day my aching hips and feet let me know I’m not 20 anymore but nevermind, it was a great night! Until next time Christchurch office – you sure know how to throw a good party. Written by Vanessa Sears, Business Coordinator.

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Hamish Kingsbury announced a finalist for NZSEA "Young Professional of the Year"

Posted on: September 5, 2018 at 12:18 PM    

Congratulations to Hamish Kingsbury who has been selected as a finalist for the NZ Spatial Excellence Awards in the "Young Professional of the Year" category. 

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Subodh's presentation on "Dynamic Catchment Generator" at NZEUC18

Posted on: September 4, 2018 at 12:07 PM    

This year I had the opportunity to attend and present the work that I have been doing at North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure (NCTIR) at the New Zealand Esri User Conference 2018. Being the largest (around 600 professionals in attendance) GIS conference in New Zealand, I personally found the most valuable aspects of the conference were networking and hearing user stories on how GIS technologies are used to improve the way they conduct business.

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Stacy Rendall reflects on his first time at the NZ Esri User Conference

Posted on: August 27, 2018 at 12:13 PM    

Last week I attended the New Zealand Esri User Conference (NZEUC) at SkyCity in Auckland. This is NZ’s largest gathering of geospatial professionals and the event was well attended by public and private sector clients and industry professionals. Our Abley team members attending the conference this year were Chris Morris, Hamish Kingsbury, Subodh Dhakal and myself, who collectively presented seven times during the conference and Special Interest Groups.

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Set and Forget – Automated Service Publishing

Posted on: August 24, 2018 at 1:25 PM    

I always enjoy the opportunity to learn from others in my industry and to present my latest work, and this year at the New Zealand Esri User Conference (NZEUC) was no exception. I like getting technical, diving deep into problems, and evaluating and developing a solution. I found that the NZEUC was somewhat missing this technical aspect, and I thought that if I was disappointed by the lack of it, then others may be as well. And it seemed I wasn't alone...with the room at full capacity, I delved into the intricacies of moving data between disconnected environments, automating the deletion and creation of services and extending the capabilities of the out-of-the-box ArcPy tools.

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