Rachel joined our Auckland office as a Spatial Adviser. She earned her Post graduate diploma in Geography from University of Auckland in 2016 and also holds a Masters degree in Geoinformatics from India. She is well experienced using the ESRI suite of products and has a strong grasp of GIS concepts. She has been involved in many projects using ArcGIS tools and specialises in defining data needs, integrating spatial feature representations, analyzing and interpreting spatial data. Rachel enjoys problem solving and using her analytical skills and is passionate about everything spatial.
What made you decide to become a GIS analyst?
During my school days I loved Geography and was drawn towards maps. One of my Geography teachers encouraged me to develop a keen interest in maps all things alike. I was first introduced to GIS when I was pursuing my under-graduate degree in Geology. I liked the way GIS is used to explain the real-world scenarios and what can be done spatially to make sense of our surroundings. There was no looking back after that and today I cannot see myself doing anything else or being in any other profession.
What did you do before joining Abley?
Before coming to New Zealand, I worked for ESRI technical support in India as an offsite GIS Analyst for about 4 years. Most of my work included troubleshooting and error handling. I also worked in local government in New Zealand for a couple of years where I was exposed to different types of projects. I gained knowledge of New Zealand geospatial datasets which widened my GIS expertise.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I like the way GIS can help change the way we look at real world problems and visualize the solution. I am proud to be in a profession that benefits society in some way and I am glad that I can do my best to contribute to that change. It is quite satisfying to know that the maps you create and the projects you are involved in are ultimately useful to the community and that I can make a difference in some way.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
The industry is continuously evolving and has not been the same since the past few years. Sometimes it is quite challenging to keep up with the changing trends and know what’s best to use for your project. That being said it keeps us motivated and helps us learn new technology and expand our skillsets.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
I was fortunate enough to be a part of three councils namely Auckland Council, Northland Regional Council and Tauranga City Council at the start of my geospatial career. It was great to be involved in different kinds of cool local government projects and see how GIS is used. Joining the Abley team has been a dream and I look forward to working here and making more career highlights.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy playing sports like badminton and squash. During my free time I like to travel, explore new places, go hiking or swimming. I also enjoy music a lot and play the piano at times.