Chris Hoar is the General Manager of NSW and is an expert in the development of IT solutions and GIS technology for urban planning, environmental and resource industry applications. He has worked for the NGIS group in Australia and Hong Kong in a number of capacities for 20 years as an international environmental consultant ERM for 5 years, in Tokyo for STBRI of the Sumitomo group and the West Australian Planning Department. He ran the Company’s Hong Kong operation until early 2019. He is a geo-scientist with a degree in geology and geography and focuses on the application of computer technology within these two fields.
Internationally, Chris has directed and managed projects for the implementation of spatial technology as well as developing and delivering general IT solutions for a wide range of both private and government organisations including German state government departments, environmental and planning bodies within the PRC (including mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan) and resource sector clients including Shell China, Chevron Texaco and BHP.
Chris is experienced in translating policy frameworks into operational IT systems. This began with the work he led developing spatial systems to support generation of sustainable development indicators as part of Hong Kong’s SUSDEV21 initiative and has continued through to present with the work he has been doing in the environmental modelling field. Of note, he has been a key figure in developing the online platform Oden which allows local state and federal agencies as well as engineering clients to model road traffic noise and air pollutant models. This sector faces many challenges including the need to harmonise metrics (noise and air criterion) and source terms across jurisdictions. Chris drove the development of this platform which has been adopted throughout Asia and the EU by authorities including the German federal department of environment Umweltbundesamt .
In Australia Chris has been providing Business Analyst, Project Direction & Management consulting services to a number of Australian government departments as well as private sector clients including Transport for NSW (TfNSW), NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment (DPIE), Geological Surveys of NSW (GSNSW), NSW Ports, numerous local councils as well as Origin energy to support development of CSG land access systems.
Chris has been actively involved in projects for DPIE which has included work around the government’s Land Management and Biodiversity Conservation (LMBC) and associated Spatial Data Exchange requirement gathering, requirements for enhancements to the NSW Biodiversity Values Map (BV Map) and requirements gathering for improved reporting capability for the NSW Government portal for Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data (SEED) owned by the Biodiversity Information Systems Native Vegetation Science Branch of the Science Division. He assisted the ePlanning Division with capturing and documenting User Requirements for the NSW Planning Portal Spatial Viewer that has recently been launched: https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/spatialviewer