January 17, 2018
Call for entries - NZ Esri Young Scholar Award
29 November 2017
Duane Eagle steps into Leadership Role
The Board of Eagle Technology wishes to advise the resignation of Mark Allan, CEO, effective today. The Board acknowledges the considerable contribution Mark has given to Eagle Technology through the past eight months as Eagle has effected change and growth as a full-service Geospatial, Communications and Managed Services provider.
“Mark has been instrumental in identifying key markets and managing internal processes to meet demand as our business continues to grow. He leaves Eagle to pursue personal and other business interests,” says Duane Eagle, Executive Director, Eagle Technology.
The Board wishes to announce that Duane Eagle will assume Mark’s responsibilities, stepping into the leadership role for the family owned business that was established by his late father Trevor Eagle and his mother, Corallie Eagle, forty-eight years ago.
Duane Eagle has worked in the business for twenty-seven years, initially in Sales, as Business Development Manager and in his current role for the past five years.
Mapping tool to help wilding conifer control
NZ Esri Young Scholar
The Esri Young Scholar Award is about recognising the very best GIS students around the globe. Every year, Esri's global partners nominate 25 university students for excellence in relation to a GIS project. These projects include comprehensive research papers, software development, impactful maps, and apps that promote education, conservation, disaster response, and urban planning.
NZ Esri Young Scholar Award 2017 – Winner
Eagle Technology is pleased to announce Leigh McKenzie of the University of Otago as the Winner of the NZ Esri Young Scholar Award 2017.
To recognise this achievement, Leigh will be attending the Esri Education Conference and Esri User Conference in San Diego in July 2017.
Leigh’s project entitled Using a Geodatabase to Assess Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise in Greater South Dunedin focused on a subject that potentially has serious repercussions for many low lying areas of New Zealand. ArcGIS was utilised in her project to provide further understanding about what could go on in South Dunedin as sea levels rise.
For more details on Leigh’s project view her poster at:
The entries this year were really exceptional and Eagle Technology commends the following outstanding projects for the NZ Esri Young Scholar Award 2017.
- Euan Forsyth for his Walking to scale: Utilising ArcGIS to implement a residential scale walkability index in Auckland project and
- Stephen Ford for his Lightning Strike Prediction – Protecting Critical Assets project.
Over the last 4 years, Eagle Technology has worked with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and other NZ Government agencies to take New Zealand’s most current publicly-owned aerial imagery, covering over 95 percent of the country, and make this available as an open, freely available high performance Imagery Basemap. Last month this Basemap was updated with the latest imagery data captured by NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and numerous Local and Regional Government agencies and was also enhanced to support more detailed, higher resolution views. This Basemap complements the other Eagle basemaps created from publicly-owned vector data – the NZ Topographic, NZ Community, NZ Dark Grey and NZ Light Grey basemaps. These basemaps are extremely popular, receiving millions of views each year, and now will have even more uses having also been updated with the latest data including roads, parcels and addresses.
Details of the imagery updates can be seen in this interactive Storymap.
Below are the current updates with more due over the next 6 months. In areas where this imagery supports higher resolutions the Basemap has been cached down to the 1:564 and 1:282 scale levels (*) allowing users to zoom in to street-level detail.
Northland 0.1m Urban Aerial Photos (2014-15) *
Auckland 0.075 Urban 2015 *
Waikato District 0.1m Urban_2014 *
Hamilton 0.1m Urban_2015 *
Hawkes Bay 0.3m Rural Aerial Photos (2014-15)
Wairoa 0.1m Urban Aerial Photos (2014-15) *
Hastings 0.1m urban aerial photos (2014-15) *
Whanganui 0.1m Urban Aerial Photos (2015-16) *
Palmerston North City 0.125m Urban Aerial Photos (2014-15) *
Marlborough 0.2m Rural Aerial Photos (2015-2016)
Tasman 0.3m Rural Aerial Photos (2015-16)
West Coast 0.3m Rural Aerial Photos (2015-16)
Canterbury 0.3m Rural Aerial Photos (2014-2015)
Waimakariri 0.075m Urban Aerial Photos (2015-16) *
Christchurch City 0.075m Urban Aerial Photos (2015-16) *
Canterbury 0.3m Rural Aerial Photos (2015-16)
Southland & Central Otago 0.4m Rural (2014)
Southland & Central Otago 0.4m Rural 2015
Invercargill 0.1m Urban Aerial Photos (2015-16) *
Invercargill 0.05m Urban Aerial Photos (2015-16) *
West Coast Sh6 0.15m (2016) *
Eagle Technology is a stakeholder and supporter of Predator Free NZ (PFNZ) a charitable trust formed to connect, inform and inspire others to get involved in the cause to protect New Zealand’s endangered native species by eliminating the threat of introduced predators such as possums, stoats and rats.
Eagle brings its strong expertise with geospatial data and technology to map and analyse the predator management work being done across the country. To do this Eagle has been collaborating with organisations such as OSPRI, Department of Conservation, Nga Whenua Rahui, and regional councils to create a ‘Big Picture’ map of New Zealand showing where the gaps and opportunities lie, thus allowing the many organisations across NZ to focus their resources where and how they can be most effective.
An example of this mapping can be seen on the PFNZ website (http://predatorfreenz.org/the-big-picture/) as well as in a dedicated map viewer (http://pfnz.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=00e67ff4ce7347b...).
As a key part of this support, Eagle’s Chief Executive Gary Langford is also a Trustee and member of the PFNZ Board helping to steer the organisation. Below is the press release from Predatro Free New Zealand.
Bold Plan to make New Zealand predator free
A group of New Zealanders and independent businesses are joining forces with government agencies to create a predator free New Zealand – eradicating all rats, possums and stoats and other predators to native bird life and conservation.
The group formed the Predator Free New Zealand Trust, which will receive $575,000 over the next two years from the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund.
The Trust unveiled the first stage of its vision at the ‘A Place to Live’ conference in Whanganui today. It revealed a map displaying predator control areas already undertaken by public and government agencies including OSPRI, DOC and regional councils.
Stage two of the Trust’s work focuses on community and private efforts, which are underway or planned.
Chairman of Predator Free New Zealand Devon McLean said the secret weapon in this battle was the countless number of New Zealanders, mainly volunteers, already dedicating millions of hours controlling the predators.
However, he said, becoming predator free would not be an easy task and would require new innovation and real commitment from all New Zealanders.
“We believe the only way that New Zealand can be predator free is if all Kiwis, in every community, in every region, accept some of the responsibility and join in the fight.”
Gareth Morgan was one of the business leaders supporting the Trust. Eliminating predators was important to secure a future for our threatened native species, including our national emblem the kiwi, Dr Morgan said.
It was also a boost to our vital tourism industry, reduced diseases and increased farm output resulting in gains for our food exports and an enhanced international reputation.
The vision of a predator-free New Zealand is the brainchild of eminent physician Sir Paul Callaghan, a native of Whanganui. At his last public lecture in 2011, Sir Paul likened the vision to the first Apollo mission, saying “It’s crazy, it’s ambitious but I think it might be worth a shot”.
Trustee Professor Charles Daugherty, of Victoria University, said the Trust was a necessary investment to protect our biodiversity for future generations and secure what we most treasure about being New Zealanders.
Contact Nicky Barton 0273060603 or 04 499 6940