Speaker Announcement: Aaron Koning, FME Server Product Manager at Safe Software

Aaron Koning of Safe Software will be a speaker in the BUILD Stream at the Locate16 Conference being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 12-14 April 2016.

Aaron KoningSpeaker Bio: Aaron Koning has been a member of Safe’s Professional Services team since 2007. As manager of the FME Server support team, he oversees technical assistance for FME Server customers, and helps organisations solve data interoperability challenges across the world.

Experienced in GIS and enterprise geospatial technologies, Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Northern British Columbia in Canada.

Abstract Title: How Geospatial Technology Powered Auckland Council’s Capacity for Growth Study

Abstract Overview: The Auckland region’s 30 year plan anticipates the need to prepare for housing 1 million more people, substantial growth above their current 1.5 million which is already ⅓ of all New Zealand residents. But proactively understanding where, when, and how growth could occur required a Capacity for Growth Study. This presentation will describe how Oberdries Consulting and Critchlow innovatively used geospatial technology to automate spatial data algorithms for Auckland Council to measure the vacant, redevelopment, and infill development capacity across residential, business and rural-residential land use designations.

The resulting dataset will help them better understand the quantity and location of development capacity as they seek to meet their growth projections, requiring 400,000 new dwellings available by 2041. Because the reusable workflows are self-documenting and highly annotated, they can be submitted as evidence of the modeling logic to the environment court, and senior planning staff can interpret them without programming knowledge. The workflows also allowed flexibility for changing planning provisions while avoiding unintentional algorithm changes by referencing Excel spreadsheets in which non-GIS staff could update zone specific rules (ie. building setbacks). By automating the Capacity for Growth Study with geospatial technology, the project realised more informed decision making for the region’s planners.

The project took a mere 12 months to complete compared to 4 years, and allows for data modelling repeatability, so that all models can be run to completion in 1 to 2 days. Configurable “what if” scenario modelling provides improved information for stakeholders with this data driven, evidence based approach. It also formed the basis of a data framework for additional future research.

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