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ARCH NZ User Conference 2024

Join the ARCH NZ community and hear from key professionals in the Reality Capture industry about projects they’ve worked on, their digital strategy and the sharing of technical knowledge. 

The focus of the event is on digitisation of the AEC industry, with a keynote address from Dr. Kathryn Salm, former chair of Survey and Spatial New Zealand. Attendees will experience use case presentations throughout the day focused on capture methodologies, processing, visualisation and digital twins.


When: Friday 22 March 2024 

Where: Sudima Hotel, Auckland Airport

Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm

Earlybird Rate: $250 + gst per person


With a packed program and a great line up of speakers, this promises to be a valuable networking event.

Secure your ticket early as spaces are limited!


Conference Speakers:

Dr. Kathryn Salm 

Digital Consultant

Kat is an experienced digital consultant with over 15 years working in digital strategy, innovation, and transformation.  Her experience spans government, industry, and the research sector, looking to leverage spatial and digital technologies for meaningful outcomes and impact.  Her interests include data governance and ethics, digital strategy and transformation, and emerging tech such as AI and Digital Twin - especially in relation to their impact on sustainability outcomes and on shaping the built environment sector. Kat has a PhD from the University of Canterbury and has recently completed a course on Transition Engineering. She is current chair of the Digital Twin Partnership NZ and immediate past president of Survey and Spatial NZ. 

Andy Pavletich

Group Product Manager  - Drone Deploy Ground Robotics

Andy is a mechanical engineer turned software product manager with over 13 years of experience with companies like Beca, Trimble and now DroneDeploy. He is most recently focused on automating reality capture and inspections to remove people from harm’s way. At DroneDeploy, Andy is helping to create the future of reality capture in a unified, automated and intelligent platform

Graham Watson

Technical Lead High Speed Data - Road Science

Graham has been a surveyor for over 40 years since training with the British Army and he has worked all over the world from the Falklands, Oman, United Kingdom, Fiji and New Zealand. He emigrated with his wife Caroline and their two boys in 1991 from England. Since this time Graham has spent 13 years with CCC and 13 years with Opus/WSP. He has been involved with 3D laser scanning for about the last eight years and is enjoying the challenges that mobile scanning is offering.

Jamie Till

Associate, Geospatial - Aurecon

Jamie is Aurecon’s New Zealand Spatial lead.  He has worked with several organisations to put geospatial plans into action, from the concept and design stages through to construction delivery and beyond, at the same ensuring that a broad range of stakeholders have access to the data that they need.  With over 15 years industry experience in business analysis, software, automation workflows, GIS systems he has great insights into delivering complex projects and asset owner requirements.

Heath Simone

Senior Associate & Digital Design Systems Specialist - Beca

Heath has been a member of Beca’s ICT, CAD/Digital Design, and now Digital Transformation team for over 16 years and has been at the forefront of investigating emerging technologies and how they can be utilized in the AEC industry for Beca and Beca’s clients. He has a combination of significant experience with the applications and systems required for designing AEC assets, creation and presentation of AR and VR content, reality capture data, etc and knowledge of the requirements of the ICT infrastructure underpinning it all. This gives him a unique perspective on how to balance internal and external user needs with the constraints of the technology available, recognizing the wide range of use cases that have been potential to benefit from emerging technologies.

Maks Khovalko

Managing Director - Blackmaps Geospatial

Maksym is a geospatial technical specialist with more than 13 years of experience combined in Ukraine and New Zealand. Maksym’s specialty is to create reality models by fusing airborne, terrestrial and mobile scanning data into a seamless hybrid dataset Maksym is a passionate photographer and an ambassador for digital preservation of heritage buildings and places.

Steven Haslemore

Geospatial Lead - Woods

Steven is a Geospatial Lead at Woods where he's been delivering heavily Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) based solutions for the last 5 years. Starting with a simple vision of “share Woods’ array of 2D and 3D products” he’s built an enterprise GIS platform serving internal and external projects. An active member of OSGeo Oceania he's been involved in delivering two Auckland hub conferences and last year’s FOSS4G Oceania Conference, he appreciates introducing users to the FOSS4G tools and advocating for the value they can bring to organisations.

Chau Nguyen

Director, Strategic Advisory (Digital) - WSP

With over 18 years’ experience in the United Kingdom, Asia and New Zealand, Chau is responsible for the digital advisory practice at WSP New Zealand.  She is passionate about new ways of thinking and adoption of digital approaches.  She is passionate about collaboration across sectors to help enable creativity and innovation across the industry.  As a WSP Future Ready advocate, she brings her experience in advanced data strategies, smart cities adoption and a vision of how to implement a NZ Inc. digital twin to enable smarter outcomes for the betterment of our communities.

Mike Pinkerton

Technical Director - Geospatial, Aurecon

In 2022 Mike Pinkerton was Survey+Spatial NZ’s Positional & Measurement Professional Excellence Award winner and also Professional of the Year at the Spatial Excellence awards.  Spanning several continents his 25 year career has been built upon the early adoption of reality capture technology and processes, and is passionate about applying these in real world situations for the benefits of his clients projects.  As a Technical Director in the Geospatial team at Aurecon he has been a trusted advisor on many of Australasia’s biggest infrastructure projects.

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Who Are ARCH NZ?

Autonomy & Reality Capture Hub NZ (ARCH NZ) is a user group for professionals working in the reality capture / autonomy geospatial industry in New Zealand.

A community built to enhance professional development, networking and share information. We welcome need members working in a related field in New Zealand. 

We regularly meet online for a series of member-led webinars showcasing NZ projects, workflows and technical information.

The ARCH NZ Conference 2024 is designed for all user group members to come together in person and share knowledge. 







Your ARCH NZ Conference Hosts:


Lennon Bedford

Technical Specialist

027 455 3422

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Kristie Mckie

Kirsty Mackie

Reality Capture & Autonomous Survey BDM

021 432 947

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