Please tell us about yourself

Subodh has experience of working in university research, local government and a non-government organisation. He is experienced in using ESRI software and has a particular interest in sustainability and the application of GIS in environmental management.

Subodh has been involved in urban risk mapping projects using ArcGIS tools to analyse crash data to identify high-risk intersections and corridors so that road safety efforts can be focused on where they will have the greatest impact. Subodh also has experience building and maintaining spatial web viewers using ArcServer and FlexViewer.

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What Subodh has to say:

What made you decide to become a GIS analyst? How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and fascinating career?

I was first introduced to GIS when I was doing my Masters in Environmental Science in Nepal. After I completed my Masters degree, my first job involved doing research in mountain development helping prepare maps for a high altitude wetland project. With a deep interest in GIS applications, I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in GIS at the University of Canterbury which reinforced my passion for GIS as my future career.

What did you do before joining Abley?

After completing my post-graduate study, I did an internship at the Department of Conservation as a spatial analyst. I also did volunteer work for the Lincoln Envirotown Trust.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

No job is impossible when working with a fantastic team who is always there helping and inspiring each other – that is what I enjoy most. I also enjoy learning new tools and technologies that help me work smarter.

What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

The biggest challenge is producing outputs that are consistent, reliable and meet the expectation of the client. Quite often I spend more time on editing data then analysing it, just to ensure I get the best result possible.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

Deciding to change from being an environmental science professional to GIS analyst was my biggest career highlight. Working as a GIS analyst at Abley is a dream come true.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

My spare time is occupied by my family and friends, particularly spending time with my daughter Yashu. Outside work, I like to be involved in sports, watch movies and travel.