Leaders in the business world and in government are realising the accessibility and potential of GIS applications using business data. From massive projects down to start ups, spatial visualisation and geoanalytics of data can provide context and allow data-driven decision making.

Organisations looking to utilise the power of GIS often find that there is a skills gap that means staff can’t use relevant software or are limited to basic functionality. The opportunity available by leveraging GIS in an organisation is delayed by staff inability to use the systems and apply data.

Where teams are aware of the potential, there is a need for the technical skills to implement projects. Staff attempting to learn by themselves through online resources take longer to upskill and often burn hours because they are learning the wrong ways to do things, which can be costly to rectify later down the track.

Knowing the right software for the business application is also a crucial decision to make early when committing to a GIS application. Each platform is suited to different use cases and training staff in the right one means the business outcomes will be realised with the right amount of effort.


Training staff in GIS capabilities is a fast and efficient way to empower staff to unlock the potential of your data. Getting teams up to speed quickly gives them the ability to work together, understand processes and software and improve business outcomes.

Many tools, such as Google Maps and CartoDB, are now coming to market to democratise mapping. These web-based tools are easier to learn than traditional GIS software and allow a greater amount of people — business analysts, marketers, small business owners and more — to access the power that mapping can bring.

Discovering the power of mapping is the first step to take for various members of your team, before you decide which software package is the right one for your application. By seeing the possibilities, you can join the dots and see the connections between data sets, finding trends and hotspots not visible in other mediums.

“Location intelligence is steadily becoming a critical core strategy in the competitive global economy”

– CartoDB 

Sea Level Rise Vanuatu


GIS analysts and developers looking to increase their knowledge and familiarity with software and practices come to NGIS’ public courses throughout the year.

Courses run on a variety of subjects, from software training in Esri products like ArcGIS to open source packages like QGIS. Specific advanced skills can also be honed in courses designed for developers and analysts.

“I enjoyed the course and thought it was well put together and very well run.  I thought Tracy was an excellent presenter and clearly knew exactly what she was talking about.  I would definitely recommend NGIS to others.” – Meghan Ritchie

“Great Course, widened my horizons in regards to using GIS for work purposes” – Gary Choney

“Well structured and run. The information was relevant to my field and i got more than what I expected from the course” – Kieran Sheehan


The Greenland Ministry of Mineral Resources needed to up-skill their staff so they could perform basic and intermediate-level GIS tasks in their daily work around mineral deposits and mining leases.

Being in a very remote location, they couldn’t find a local trainer to help them and the cost of sending their entire team to Europe or North America was prohibitive. NGIS flew to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland to deliver a custom training course that would give them enough skills to perform their tasks without needed to employ outside help.

Ministry staff can now perform their work more efficiently and process enquiries without delays caused by GIS enquiries.


To help Pacific Island nations adapt to sea level rise in future, NGIS performed capacity building for GIS in Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Samoa.

The training will help local officials to undertake assessments of inundation exposure to key settlements and infrastructure at risk from sea level rise through the provision of critical baseline data, improved GIS capacity, and implementation of coastal inundation modelling.

NGIS delivered fit for purpose GIS, IT and knowledge capacity building for each respective country with solutions, software and training programs tailored to ensure integration with existing systems and long term sustainability. Desktop, mobile and web applications were designed and delivered to maximise the use of the data provided and to encourage sharing and collaboration across ministries.

The training program was tailored to each country based on their expertise, experience, software availability and IT resources. All countries were already operating in GIS environments so the skills did not need to be built from scratch. It was important that the existing GIS systems in each country were enhanced in the training, and not changed to a pre-designed GIS environment. This meant that the countries were trained in a selection of ESRI ArcGIS, MapInfo, QGIS, Google Earth and/or Global Mapper.