Brett earned his Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, including an interdisciplinary certificate in GIS, from the University of Florida. He has since held various GIS-related positions in Florida prior to moving to New Zealand. His areas of interest within GIS include transportation, economic development, and aerial image interpretation.
Brett has worked extensively with a wide variety of transportation data using ArcGIS and other spatial software programs. Some of his strong suits include data design, collection, and maintenance, as well as project and workflow implementation.
What made you decide to become a GIS Consultant?
I’ve always had a strong sense of spatial awareness and I was able to manifest this strength as an undergraduate student, studying geography and GIS. Since then, I’ve enjoyed working with spatial data and I find it most rewarding to show off to non-GIS users how GIS can be used as a tool to enhance the potential of data with a spatial component.
What did you do before joining Abley?
Before joining Abley, I spent 16 months traveling around the world, ultimately settling down in New Zealand. Prior to traveling, I worked for three years as a GIS Specialist for the Public Works Department in Gainesville, Florida and for two years as a GIS Analyst for the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida’s GeoPlan Center.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy being able to work every day with like-minded people. It’s rewarding to be able to work with spatial data and to help others become more efficient with their data, but it’s even more satisfying when I’m surrounded by other individuals with the same mentality.
What is the most challenging thing about your job?
The most challenging part of my job has been honing in on a particular set of specialties when there is such a variety of other interesting applications within GIS. Equally challenging has been resisting the urge to leave and travel through New Zealand’s South Island mountains.
What has been your career highlight so far?
Working with the Interpret team has been incredibly rewarding. Though I have worked diligently throughout my career, I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to travel for over a year and then to pick up where I left off and become a GIS consultant with Interpret immediately upon arriving in New Zealand.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities including tramping, cycling, canyoneering, climbing, snowboarding, surfing, sailing, scuba diving, wakeboarding, kayaking, and sometimes caving. While not outdoors, I enjoy cooking Mexican food, playing the violin and drums, and taking in live music. I’m also a fan of data-based art.