Luke joined Abley in February 2020 after completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Geospatial Science from AUT. His final year projects used GIS analysis and Python programming to report on global air quality, investigate bus accessibility in Auckland and determine global fire risk using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis. Prior to AUT, Luke completed a BSc in Geography and Computer Science from the University of Auckland.
What made you decide to become a Spatial Adviser?
I originally started at university with a focus on computer science and a slight interest in geography. However, after I thoroughly enjoyed the introduction to GIS course in my second year, my degree direction shifted to a GIS focus with a side of computer science. When I found out I could combine my interest of GIS with that of programming I knew I had found a career that would allow me to do both, making maps and writing programs to perform geospatial analysis.
What did you do before joining Abley?
I have just completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Geospatial Science. Prior to that I completed a BSc in Geography and Computer Science.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The most rewarding aspect of my job is that I am working exactly in the field that I studied for at university. Being able to apply the skills I learnt at there on a daily basis makes the work relevant as well as rewarding.
What is the most challenging thing about your job?
Having only just finished university, the most challenging aspect of my job at the moment is learning about many different real-world applications of GIS as well as the plethora of GIS tools and applications previously unknown to me while studying.
What has been your career highlight so far?
The summer internship I completed at Abley before my final year of university confirmed my interest in GIS and computer science. Working on a preference-based cycle routing application was a great way of putting into practice the skills in GIS and computer science that I had learnt at university.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy getting into the outdoors through mountain biking, skiing and tramping. I also enjoy photography, videography and playing videogames when I get the chance. The best part is that my spare time is no longer occupied by university assignments!