Congratulations Christchurch City Council!

Christchurch City Council’s transformative use of spatial technology won a significant award at the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards held at Te Papa Museum in Wellington last night.

The Council won the Spatial Enablement category for its strategic spatial enablement programme – Maximising our Talent, which has completely transformed its spatial environment and culture and positively contributed to business outcomes.

e-Spatial, a stand-alone business unit of Harrison Grierson provided the strategic plan and design of the platform to put the programme into place, focussing on technology and governance.

Maximising our Talent is stage one of a four-step transformation.  It has seen the design, development and introduction of a platform which enables Council staff to create and share their own spatial applications and data, without relying solely on Council’s GIS team.

“To ensure we delivered exactly what was needed at the right level, we worked very closely with Council and interviewed over 100 business, IT, and spatial people about what they wanted and needed from a spatial perspective,” said e-Spatial principal consultant, Manu King.  “It was clear that that an agile self-service environment would create the best business outcomes.”

Manu says focussing on governance, leadership, data and technology meant that the technological changes were properly implemented across Council, and that the spatial activities aligned with Council’s strategic direction.  He says setting up a governance structure, with a spatial champion at is core, has helped to create a culture change and put the transformation into practice.

“Without the right people to champion spatial, much of Council’s existing data was underused, when it could have helped to make decisions better and faster.

“Now people who aren’t spatial experts can innovate with spatial data in their day to day work.  They no longer think of a spatial project, because spatial’s an integral part of their work – helping them to work smarter and more efficiently.”

The NZSEA awards are a joint initiative between Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), Survey and Spatial New Zealand (S+S NZ) and Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA NZ).