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New Staff – Jorn Sijbertsma

Welcome to Jorn who joined GBS in June 2019.  Jorn’s academic and international work experience across government departments makes him the ideal candidate to fulfill the role of Esri Technical Consultant for GBS. Jorn is passionate about making sustainable GIS processes and analyses with Python.  Consequently, his goal is to gain more knowledge in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) each […]

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Celebrating the First Birthday of Waahi

This month, we celebrate the first birthday of Waahi, our web-based geospatial viewer solution which is based on Esri’s Web AppBuilder. As early as July 2016, a few like-minded colleagues and the GBS directors got together to identify a gap in the local government market where clients needed an easy mechanism to share, access and […]

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New Staff – Richard Tanedo

Welcome to Richard who recently immigrated to New Zealand from the Philippines to join us as a Business Analyst / Project Manager.  Richard has a BS in MIS from Ateneo de Manila University plus eight years experience in various IT positions primarily in Business Analysis and Project Management.  He has worked with different Oil & Gas multinationals for almost […]

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Welcome back – Arun Sebastian

Returning to GBS, Arun has re-joined the team as a Senior Developer/Consultant.  With over 10 years experience as a full stack GIS developer in open source technologies, he was quickly “Esri-fied” and has been successful in applying his knowledge and programming skills into Esri projects.  Throughout this time he been part of several projects in domains local governance, […]

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Top 20 Takeaways from the EPC & Dev Summit 2019

After taking our largest team of staff to this year’s EPC & Dev Summit in Palm Springs, we have put together our top 20 talking points from the conferences. Listed below are new / upcoming features, improvements and releases that the GBS team are looking forward to from Esri. New named user types now in […]

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Are I.T. / ICT Departments within Organisations Enablers?

Are IT/ICT (herein just IT) departments in organisations blockers or enablers? By Tony Elson I’m writing this piece because of an increasing frustration I have in dealing with IT departments embedded within organisations that are clearly not as enabling as they should/could be. And I know I’m not the only one. I understand why some […]

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GBS rat trap

Glenfern Sanctuary: GBS Adopt Two Rat Traps

GBS’ CTO and GIS Architect Shane Pienaar recently provided some pro bono Esri technical assistance to Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island, Auckland. It’s a meaningful environmental project and a great use of the Esri technology. With a network of over 800 rat traps along 40kms of trap lines, Glenfern Sanctuary is responsible for the […]

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RUCs 2019: Tony’s Top 5

The NZ Regional User Conferences (RUCs) were held last month, and the GBS team were present (and presenting) at many locations throughout the country. Here, Tony outlines his top 5 take-aways / highlights from this year’s round. How well the RUCs were generally patronised. There were some great attendances nationally, including some of the regions […]

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Esri Partner Conference and Dev Summit 2019

The Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit for 2019 was held this year in March, and GBS had the largest contingent of staff there yet. It is a valuable annual event designed to explore and showcase how to create cutting-edge solutions using advanced mapping technology. As an Esri Gold Partner, it’s an important event for […]

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New Staff – Jade Weideman

Our youngest team member, Jade, is very enthusiastic and keen to settle into the New Zealand way of life. After achieving Honours in BSc Geoinformatics at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, Jade was eager to explore the world and find greater opportunities and ways of increasing her knowledge and skill base. Now working […]

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