Kurt Janssen from Interpret Geospatial Solutions, is one of Australasia’s leading geospatial professionals. On Wednesday 16 November, Kurt was presented the NZ Spatial Excellence Awards (NZSEA) Young Professional of the Year 2016, in recognition of his technical expertise, leadership and contribution to the GIS community.
Several years ago, Kurt and Abley Transportation Consultants identified an opportunity to deliver smarter spatial solutions, and wanted to help organisations to make sense of the numbers through modelling, mapping and web technologies. Interpret was established in 2013, and has grown rapidly to a team of 19 highly skilled professionals located across two offices in Auckland and Christchurch. Interpret is now one of New Zealand’s leading geospatial consultancies.
A key ingredient in Interpret’s success, is the ability to combine Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Abley’s transport expertise, with a focus on delivering road safety solutions. An example of this is SafetyNET, a collaborative project for the NZ Transport Agency, which involved an innovative and award-winning technique of analysing road safety metrics. This work has helped to save lives and prevent serious harm on New Zealand’s roads.
Interpret also delivers GIS solutions to many industries beyond the transport sector, such as Enable Fibre Broadband, who understand and value the use of geospatial knowledge. The focus for Interpret has been on growing the geospatial industry outside of traditional strongholds.
Kurt has proven to be an inspirational leader and manager, providing support and mentoring to team. Interpret has attracted talented experts from all over the world, creating a diverse and specialised team with a vibrant culture.
Steve Abley, Managing Director says “The future for Interpret is exciting, with the rapid advancements in technology and so many opportunities in the pipeline, the team look forward to continuing to push the boundaries in the geospatial world. Kurt reflects the values of the Interpret team.”