Regenerate Christchurch is a joint Crown/Christchurch City Council entity established to lead the regeneration of Christchurch City following the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.  Key areas of focus for Regenerate are the Central City, the Residential Red Zones and New Brighton.

The challenge:

Regenerate Christchurch must work with several key stakeholders from the Community, Council, Business, agencies and partners to identify opportunities and formulate and implement plans to successfully ‘regenerate’ Christchurch City.  The stakeholders are diverse, as are the challenges with multiple demands, moving parts and potential solutions.

The solution:

The StratSim Team lead by Stephen Ferriss worked with Regenerate in designing and implementing a cost effective spatial information framework that dynamically pulls existing data from a range of agencies.  The StratSim solution offers the Regenerate Team a straightforward, on-demand decision support and business intelligence capability.


Auckland Council

The Challenge:

Auckland; New Zealand’s largest city, is projected to account for three-fifths of New Zealand’s population growth between 2013 and 2043.  To ensure effective integrated planning, Auckland Council, Central Government agencies and infrastructure providers require collaboration and compatible growth forecasts at different spatial and temporal scales across the region.  In the face of this constantly changing environment, a cross-agency steering group contracted StratSim Ltd to undertake an analysis of the information landscape that spans the various agencies involved or with an interest in Auckland’s future growth.  Our goal was to identify options and their feasibility for improving growth modelling and planning outcomes across all agencies.

StratSim solution:

StratSim captured a snapshot of the information-supply-chains within Auckland Council and 12 different agencies involved in planning and implementing a diverse range of infrastructure and services across the Auckland Region.  With the project team, StratSim identified a range of adaptive strategies that will provide the wider Auckland agency-group the capability to successfully identify and respond to continuous change.



The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) was the New Zealand Government Agency established in April 2011 to coordinate response and recovery efforts following devastating earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011.

The Challenge:

In the early weeks and months of CERA, such was the chaos and complexity on the ground, no-one could tell you their information requirements for tomorrow; let alone in a month or two.  Suffice to say that once they knew what they wanted, they'd want it almost immediately.  THAT statement itself was the requirement; 'an information infrastructure that could provide discovery, access and use of any relevant information to the earthquake recovery effort'.

The solution:

StratSim founders, Martin Erasmuson and Stephen Ferriss were instrumental in the design, implementation and management of the CERA spatial data infrastructure (SDI).  This provided for the discovery and access of over 4,000 data-sets from 80 secure and public data services including 10 separate imagery services from 14 public and private sector organisations.  That included a variety of simple and specialist tools accessible on any desktop or mobile device.  

The CERA SDI won the Technical Excellence category of the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards: 

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Transpower is a New Zealand Government State Owned Enterprise (SOE) that owns and operates the NZ National Electrical Grid – or high voltage transmission network.

The challenge:

Transpower’s challenge was a legacy as-built infrastructure system originally designed for hard-copy plans and drawings.  Transpower staff, consultants and contractors, located all around New Zealand need to find and access as-built plans anywhere; anytime. 

The solution:

A secure, spatial and metadata-driven infrastructure information solution accessible to authorised staff and contractors.