Todd has significant experience as a GIS consultant working on a wide range of engineering, land, survey and asset management projects. His forward thinking ability, in finding ways to integrate multiple systems to obtain greater efficiency for users, coupled with his ability in data processing and manipulation, means he is often used to provide breakthroughs to existing processes.
What made you decide to become a GIS consultant?
At university, I had the choice of two papers that would fit into my second year program. I choose GIS, not knowing what it was. I soon realised that I really liked it and it was an easy decision to choose it as my career.
What did you do before joining Abley?
Following the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, I moved back to Christchurch to undertake the GIS Technical lead position for the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT). While there, I won both personal and team awards nationally and internationally for the system I developed. Prior to that, I worked in Wellington for 10 years, mainly for a large engineering consultancy where I undertook projects across Australasia.
What does a typical day in the office include?
Challenge, learning and creation! Every day, I like to feel challenged. I need to think, investigate and understand and then create a solution. Every day, I need to get better at what I do.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I really like the idea of progress and making things better than they were. A key part of this is the ability to solve problems, initiate new ideas and develop new technology. The feeling of accomplishment that comes with successful implementation and integration is very satisfying.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
The realisation that there aren't enough hours in the day to undertake all the great possibilities that exist out in the market, and still live a balanced life.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
I have really enjoyed my time aiding SCIRT rebuild Christchurch’s horizontal infrastructure, by providing the technology and information to enable them to make the best decisions quickly and efficiently, for the benefit of all residents. It has been a privilege to be recognised for my work on this project by various national and international bodies.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I have a young family, so outside of work, I am dedicated to spending time with them and enjoying watching them grow up.