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Exclusive: How New Zealand's Auckland Plans To Use Of GIS
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/jun/23/new-zealands-auckland-council-increase-use-gis-pla/
Source Date: Monday, June 23, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: New Zealand
Created: Jun 23, 2014

The Auckland Council is undergoing a major upgrade to its geospatial information system (GIS), intensifying use of GIS across the whole organisation, Mike Foley (pictured), Head of Information Services, Auckland Council told FutureGov.

“To fully use the value of our geospatial capabilities, we are currently doing a major upgrade to the Council’s geospatial system. We want to provide better outcomes and value to our ratepayers, integrating it to our core back office systems.”

Auckland covers New Zealand’s largest and most populous urban area with about 1.4 million residents.

Foley explained that data is easier to make sense of when put on a map. “Geospatial systems are the key environments that can adequately bring together disparate spatial and aspatial datasets to depict the interactions, relationships and insights in a meaningful manner that is digestible by non-specialists.”

“Over time we will also derive further value from this GIS technology with the introduction of 3D enablement, allowing for greater visualisation techniques to be used in the planning, consenting and development areas.”

Foley said that one of the key drivers for adopting GIS technology is the ability to show the current situation for reporting, to explore different versions of future scenarios and thus contribute to the development of the Council’s policies that guide the development of Auckland.

Interactive maps better explain data to all stakeholders to support evidence-based decision making process. “[The] Council’s geospatial tools enable us to make use of this rich and ever expanding source of information to plan, model and then present to all stakeholders the necessary information for both strategic and operational management decisions,” he added.

“As a large proportion of our data is location-based, spatial data management, analysis and reporting is vital to the Council’s successful daily operations. These include land information management reports, consenting, valuations, underground services, and district plans.”

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