Geospatial Research Seminar Series (GRISS) – 30 April 2021

Much has been written about the need to unlock the power of data and digital methods to improve the performance of infrastructure and productivity of the building industry. Recognising the potential benefits of these methods, the New Zealand Government and building industry are co-investing in an eight-year (2018-2026) research programme, under the banner of the Building Innovation Partnership (BIP), to accelerate digitalisation of the infrastructure sector. This industry-led programme has to date focused on two applications of data and digital methods.


Regional Councils collect a lot of environmental data. We’re good at it and it is hugely valuable to our policy decisions and general environmental management. A recent valuation of the Environment Canterbury hydrological database was $4.2 billion, based on a mixture of the collection costs and the value of decisions made with those data. With all that data comes the challenge of data management and more importantly; how to tell a coherent story of “what’s going on”. This seminar will set out the types of data collected by Environment Canterbury and discuss possibilities for telling environmental stories in a better way.