David Harrison

David Harrison

Co-Director at Triptech Ltd

Auckland, New Zealand
Information Technology and Services

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David Harrison's Overview

  • Co-Director at Triptech Ltd
  • Director at StressFree Solutions Ltd

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David Harrison's Summary

I enjoy collaboratively solving complex problems involving numerous requirements and variables. It was this interest that first drew me to architecture, and then to web application development and consulting. My career objective is to take on progressively more complex problems of this nature, especially ones that push the capabilities of the client, technology, and those tasked with delivering the solution.

I have a PhD (Architecture) in digital architectural collaboration, which I write about on my blog (http://stress-free.co.nz). I have also completed a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) from Victoria University of Wellington.

I am a co-Director of Triptech (http://triptech.net), which is an Auckland-based I.T. company that provides consulting services around digital documentation, communication and management. The majority of the projects I undertake relate to web-based collaboration, custom web application development (Java/HTML/Javascript), and managing network infrastructure (Linux and relational databases).

Specialties: Digital collaboration and solution/information architecture consulting.
Web application development with Java (Spring, Hibernate & J2EE), PHP, Perl, Javascript (JQuery/Prototype/Grunt), XML/XSLT (including XSL:FO).
Database management (MySQL) and systems integration via web services (REST & SOAP).
Linux administration (Red Hat, SUSE & Ubuntu/Debian).
Authorised Google Apps reseller.

David Harrison's Experience


Triptech Ltd

January 2012Present (2 years 9 months) Auckland, New Zealand


StressFree Solutions Ltd

July 2003Present (11 years 3 months) Auckland, New Zealand

January 2003November 2003 (11 months) Wellington & Wairarapa, New Zealand

Web Developer

International Energy Association

November 2001May 2002 (7 months) Wellington & Wairarapa, New Zealand

November 2000February 2001 (4 months) Wellington & Wairarapa, New Zealand

David Harrison's Projects

  • Architect of the 2014 ICT.govt.nz website relaunch and its new service catalogue | NZ Government Cloud Programme

    • July 2013 to Present
    Team Members: David Harrison

    As an extension of the guidance catalogue work, I was asked to architect the 2014 relaunch of the ICT.govt.nz website. Tasks included the redevelopment of the website’s information architecture to improve content awareness and comprehension, the production of a detailed technical architecture for the new service catalogue, and oversight of the visual design work by an external media consultancy. Achieving these objectives required a considerable amount of agency engagement and collaboration.

  • Development of a guidance catalogue to support government adoption of cloud services | NZ Government Cloud Programme

    • November 2012 to July 2013
    Team Members: David Harrison

    I was tasked with developing the functional scope and business case for an ‘App Store’ to streamline government adoption of cloud services. Working with a small team of architects, security consultants, and business analysts, we undertook planning sessions, agency engagement, research, and UI mockups to develop and refine the functional scope for the service. The refined concept was accepted by the programme’s governing board, and its functionality incorporated into a revamped ICT.govt.nz website.

  • 2013 brand refresh of the general public and online banking websites | The Cooperative Bank

    • June 2013 to September 2013
    Team Members: David Harrison

    An aggressive marketing timeline meant that I was tasked with applying the Bank’s 2013 brand to all of its web properties within a very short period of time.

  • Redevelopment of online banking to support the 2012 brand and mobile devices | The Cooperative Bank

    • October 2012 to December 2012
    Team Members: David Harrison

    I was engaged to apply the Cooperative Bank’s 2012 brand to its online banking interface, and in the process utilise adaptive CSS techniques to provide mobile and tablet support. The timeline for this project was very condensed, and I had to work within the confines of a legacy .Net/mainframe back-end.

  • Front-end redevelopment of the New Zealand Legislation website | The Parliamentary Counsel Office

    • July 2011 to Present
    Team Members: David Harrison

    I have worked in collaboration with the Parliamentary Counsel Office, Unisys NZ Ltd, and graphic design agency to redevelop and evolve the web experience for the NZ Legislation website. This project required that I turn a series of graphic designs into HTML/CSS/Javascript that adhered to government standards and worked consistently across all browsers. I then assisted Unisys staff in the integration of this new code into the legacy .Net back-end.

  • WhichDoctor CRM development for managing the training of NZ physicians | The Royal Australiasian College of Physicians

    • May 2003 to June 2013
    Team Members: David Harrison

    I was engaged by the New Zealand arm of the RACP to develop a CRM for managing the contact, training, and financial data of the 3,500 medical physicians based in New Zealand. To meet this objective I developed a Java/MySQL web application (named WhichDoctor) that was hosted internally and integrated into its identity management and SSO systems. The application proved so successful that it was built-out to support all RACP NZ activities, and integrated with systems operated by RACP Australia using a messaging bus and suite of web services. This long-term engagement provided good experience in delivering reliable and well documented solutions that could stand the test of time.

  • A web application for collating and managing BEES research data | The Building Research Association of NZ

    • January 2012 to Present
    Team Members: David Harrison

    I was engaged by BRANZ to identify how the three organisations undertaking the Building Energy End- use Study (BEES) could collate, compare, and share disparate research data. To address this problem I developed a web application that enabled users to contribute large quantities of data for automatic versioning, parsing, and aggregating. The results of this process was presented as a single, searchable summary of the characteristics and energy use of the buildings studied. The application was written in Java and hosted on Amazon Web Services EC2 (Linux) with a RDS (MySQL) back-end.

David Harrison's Certifications

  • Authorised Google Apps Reseller

    • Google
    • 2010
  • SUSE Certified Linux Administrator - SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10

    • Novell
    • 2008
  • Data Centre Technical Specialist

    • Novell
    • 2008

David Harrison's Publications

  • Building Digital Bridges : Improving digital collaboration through the principles of Hyperlinked Practice

    • Victoria University of Wellington
    • July 1, 2010
    Authors: David Harrison

    Effective collaboration requires access to timely and relevant information, but this is difficult given the complexity of the architectural design process and the segmentation of the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Consolidating project information within Building Information Models has improved its management, but the technology’s complexity limits who can contribute to it. This is a problem, because team members are capable of collaborating more effectively when they can record and reflect upon a comprehensive record of the project’s design process.

    This research proposes that the industry adopt Hyperlinked Practice, which is the creation of a distributed cloud of interconnected information describing an architectural project’s events, activities and digital artefacts. A set of fundamental principles were identified that would be used to guide the design and deployment of digital collaboration tools capable of facilitating Hyperlinked Practice.

  • Using Project Information Clouds to Preserve Design Stories within the Digital Architecture Workplace

    • Critical Digital 08, Harvard University
    • April 19, 2008

    During the development of an architectural design a series of design stories form. These stories chronicle the collective decision making process of the diverse project team. Current digital design processes often fail to record these design stories because of the emphasis placed on the concise and accurate generation of the virtual model. This focus on an all-encompassing digital model is detrimental to design stories because it limits participation, consolidates information flow and risks editorialisation of design discussion. Project Information Clouds are proposed as a digital space for design team participants to link, categorise and repurpose existing digital information into comprehensible design stories in support of the digital building model. Instead of a discrete tool, the Project Information Cloud is a set of principles derived from a proven distributed information network, the World Wide Web. The seven guiding principles of the Project Information Cloud are simplicity, modular design, decentralisation, ubiquity, information awareness, evolutionary semantics and context sensitivity. These principles when applied to the development of existing and new digital design tools are intended to improve information exchange and participation within the distributed project team.

  • Using Web 2.0 Technologies to Preserve Design History and Improve Collaboration

    • CAADRIA 2006
    • April 4, 2006

    This paper describes ongoing research into how emerging Internet concepts used in conjunction with existing Information Technologies (IT) can improve inter-project communication and understanding. The emphasis of the research is to use technology as an enabler to share personal thoughts and enhance the conversation that takes place within a development team. It stems from the observation that the emphasis of many new Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) technologies is to minimise and diffuse project conversation with highly complex, machine interpretable building information models. Project teams are usually brought together for a relatively short but intense period of time. Therefore in order for a new technology to gain broad acceptance and be most beneficial it must be applicable to the broadest audience with the minimum investment required from all parties. The primary objective of this research is to preserve the rich design history of a project from conception to completion. Submitted information can be intelligently searched using the meta-data sourced from syndicated data feeds about team members, project timelines, work diaries and email communication. Once indexed users can tag documents and messages in order to provide a further, far richer layer of meta-data to assist in searching, identification of issues and semantic clarification. This strategy of defining AEC semantics through social interaction differs greatly from that of more complex, computer interpretable solutions such as Industry Foundation Classes. Rather than abstracting information to suit a generic yet highly intelligent building model, the emphasis is on preserving the participant’s own thoughts and conversation about decisions and issues in order to create a forum for intelligent conversation as the design evolves.

  • From Hammers to Handhelds: Opportunities and Barriers to Mobile Communication in the New Zealand Building Industry

    • Salford University, UK
    • March 2004

    The construction process requires collaboration between many physically dispersed parties for it to be undertaken efficiently and successfully. Victoria University is undertaking long-term research into technology driven mobile collaboration within the New Zealand building industry. The intention of this research is to develop mobile tools that assist in problem solving between parties on or away from the construction site.

    The first phase of research sought to identify potential use cases for mobile technologies and issues that would hamper their adoption. Industry professionals were questioned in a series of discussion groups and interviews. They described a problem solving process dependent on individuals of different backgrounds and skill levels. This process required strong personal relationships and the utilization of a distributed knowledge network. Based on these findings this paper describes the potential requirements and barriers for a successful mobile collaboration tool within the New Zealand construction industry.

  • Applying web services within the AEC industry: enabling semantic searching and information exchange through the digital linking of the knowledge base

    • W78 2003
    • April 23, 2003

    The Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry is fragmented by professions separated by skill, stigma and distance. This fragmentation has created a dispersed knowledge base with knowledge gaps occurring within and between the professions. These knowledge gaps can only be overcome through the exchange of information and past experiences. Presently this exchange is reliant on manual communication, which has proven inefficient and open to misinterpretation. Web Services have been developed within the Information Technology industry to allow the crossplatform exchange of complex data. The application of this technology within the fragmented AEC industry holds significant potential. Research at the School of Architecture, Victoria University is exploring the integration of Web Services within existing databases to enable the searching, exchange and flexible presentation of relevant AEC information. Following industry feedback the aecBEDRock concept has been proposed which would enable the digital exchange and searching of valuable AEC data between professionals. The aecBEDRock concept utilizes the properties of Web Services and Industry Foundation Classes to create a digital AEC information framework that could bind the knowledge base of the industry. A stronger knowledge base would increase quality levels within the construction process through increased professional awareness and efficiency.

David Harrison's Skills & Expertise

  1. Collaboration Solutions
  2. Java
  3. JavaScript
  4. Linux
  5. Google Apps
  6. MySQL
  7. Advanced CSS
  8. Web Infrastructure
  9. Virtualization
  10. Solution Architecture
  11. Architecture
  12. Web Development
  13. Information Architecture
  14. Cloud Computing
  15. Spring
  16. Architectures
  17. PHP
  18. Infrastructure

David Harrison's Education

David Harrison's Additional Information


Web technology, architecture, digital collaboration, BIM.

Honors and Awards:

Bright Future Scholarship: Top Achiever Doctoral (2003)
Medal for Academic Excellence, VUW (2002)
Postgraduate Tuition Scholarship, VUW (2002)
NZIA Award – Top Student, VUW (2002)
Aard of Distinction, VUW, School of Architecture (2002)
John Fitzgerald Award Recipient: VUW (2002)

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