Hamish has GIS experience across a wide range of industries, including civil construction, transportation, communications and local, regional, and national government. Most recently, Hamish has been involved in the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery Alliance (NCTIR). During his secondment at NCTIR, he was responsible for the ongoing maintenance and development of the internal GIS systems. This included managing and maintaining Esri ArcGIS and FME Servers and integrations with external software such as Oracle Programme Management software, Salesforce and Fulcrum. The role also required Hamish to work closely with engineers, surveyors, designers and other teams working in the field.
Hamish has received his FME Desktop Professional Certification, along with his Esri Desktop Entry and Web Application Developer Associate certifications.
What made you decide to become a GIS analyst?
I was introduced to GIS in my undergraduate studies in geography. I gained an interest and decided to take the Postgraduate Diploma GIS course offered at the University of Canterbury.
What did you do before joining Abley?
Abley is my first full time, professional job. Before that I was studying at the University of Canterbury.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Each day brings a new challenge. I enjoy looking for these problems and finding new or unique solutions that best help the client achieve what they are asking for.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
Poor quality data. There’s a saying that goes ‘garbage in, garbage out’. You can’t get a great result from poor data. Often, once the data is aligned, everything else falls nicely into place.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
It is a close one between being awarded the 2015 New Zealand ESRI Young Scholars Award and being nominated as a finalist for Young Professional of the Year and the 2018 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I spend a lot of my time at the gym, about 10 hours a week! I compete in powerlifting so that occupies a lot of my free time. I also enjoy spending time outdoors, either cycling or hiking. When I have enough free time I also enjoy tinkering with Raspberry Pis (mini computers), Arduinos (microcontrollers) and playing XBOX.