by CIO New Zealand

Christchurch City Council appoints e-Spatial to review its GIS systems

Jul 14, 2016
Big DataBusiness ContinuityCloud Computing

The Christchurch City Council has appointed e-Spatialto review its GIS (Geographic Information Systems), and develop a strategy and roadmap for the future of GIS services.

“e-Spatial were selected due to their technical independence and their experience in the analysis, development and preparation of GIS Strategies and consultancy services,” says Nikki Donaldson, IT service manager – business intelligence and records, Christchurch City Council.

Simon Jellie, e-Spatial managing director, says e-Spatial’s role is to work with the Council to help shape the delivery of GIS services to meet business needs in the short term and define the longer term development of their GIS capability aligned to other key Council processes.

The review will make recommendations on process improvements and the technology options available to the Council.

e-Spatial will help the Council work with third party vendors to evaluate the options that best meet their current and future needs. The roadmap will include data governance, process, capability and technology options.

The engagement follows a contestable Request for Proposal process run by the Council.

The contract is for an initial term of four months, with the potential to extend to support the implementation of the Strategy, e-spatial says in a statement.

In March, the Council identified the need to review their current GIS systems and processes, and develop a strategy and roadmap to satisfy two main goals.

The Council wanted to future-proof its spatial capability, ensuring it was consistent with and supported a citizen-centric collaborative approach, and enabled better interactions with customers and partners.

The Council also needed to transition from post-earthquake activities to business-as-usual by supporting the integration of GIS aspects of SCIRT (Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team).

SCIRT was responsible for rebuilding the city’s roads, fresh water, wastewater and storm water networks following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. With the disestablishment of SCIRT, their activities need to be integrated with the council’s business-as-usual.

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