Andy has joined Abley as a Senior Spatial Adviser. He recently returned home to New Zealand from the United Kingdom. In the UK he completed a master’s degree in GIS from Birkbeck University of London and worked as a GIS Specialist at Transport for London.
Andy has worked across a wide variety of transport data using ArcGIS and open source software and techniques. In his most recent role he led the design and build of a web application for transport strategy planners.
What made you decide to become a GIS Consultant?
After learning GIS techniques and software to support my work as a geologist, I quickly realised that this is the best part of my job! Combining research and data analysis with spatial patterns and problems is fascinating. Working as a GIS Consultant is the perfect way to apply these interests in a practical way.
What did you do before joining Abley?
Before joining Abley, I spent a few months traveling around Europe in a converted campervan. Prior to this I have worked as a GIS Analyst at Transport for London and for the Department of Conservation.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the wide variety of projects that I get to work on, meaning things never get boring! I also enjoy working with clients to get best value from existing data, such as visualising datasets previously hidden in non-spatial databases.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
In my role at the Department of Conservation I worked in the field to support 1080 pest control operations. This brought home the power of GIS in solving real-world challenges. It was also amazing to work in some of New Zealand’s most beautiful places.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am new to Auckland so am looking forward to exploring this part of the country. I enjoy getting out on my bike(s) whenever I can, including mountain biking and bike packing. I have a season pass for Ruapehu and am looking forward to getting up there to ski as much as I can this winter.