Industry Awards

The Spatial Excellence Awards celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises and individuals and showcase the finest projects and most significant performance of professionals that the Surveying and Spatial Industry have to offer. Projects and individuals attaining recognition at this premier event are deemed to be truly outstanding achievers and pre-eminent in their field.

Entry information

Who is eligible to enter

Industry Awards are open to any organisation — private, public, academic or not for profit — provided the evidence submitted relates to the two years* immediately prior to the making of the application and relates to spatial activities. Private organisations can include sole traders, partnerships and corporations.

* Activities completed more than two years ago may still be eligible in some extenuating circumstances. In such cases, entrants should apply for eligibility on a case-by-case basis.

Nominations for individual awards are to be provided by members of SSSI. The SSSI Regional Committee will nominate a judging panel to select the winners.

Fees

Entry for all SIBA|GITA member companies is FREE. However, a fee for entry into the industry project awards is payable by companies that are NOT members of SIBA|GITA. The fee per project is $500 (GST Exclusive). This is a nominal fee that ensures that the cost of running the event is born by the industry as a whole, and not just SIBA|GITA members.

There is no fee for the SEA individual awards when the nominated person is a member of SSSI. There is a $500 (GST inclusive) fee payable for nominees for Young Professional of the Year and Professional of the Year who are not members of SSSI.

Judging

The SEA Judging Panel for the Industry Awards is comprised of industry peers, authorities, associates and advisors who provide expert, objective and independent opinions on the merits of the projects entered in any given year.

The Judging Panel’s decisions are final. No correspondence is exchanged once the decisions are made. Information about which projects have entered or won awards will not be issued or made public prior to the Awards Presentation.

The Judging Panel can also confer “Highly Commended” if they consider that projects merit recognition but fall outside the parameters of established or given award categories.
For every project entered, the Judges will presume that, as a mandatory minimum:

  • The workplace was safe
  • The client was satisfied with the outcome
  • The methodologies used were professionally and ethically sound

In addition to specific category criteria, the Judging Panel may additionally consider a project’s merit according to any other agreed or relevant benchmarks. Conversely, Judges may elect to not confer an award in any given category if they consider that none of the projects entered in that category warrant recognition for excellence.

Entrants should note that a project’s ‘size’ will not, of itself, necessarily improve or limit the likelihood of winning an award. Entries from smaller companies and related to smaller scale projects are encouraged to enter.
The Judging Panel for the SSSI Individual Awards is comprised of a number of esteemed members who represent all the Commissions and Special Interest Groups within SSSI.

Recognition

All winners are announced and prizes presented at the official Awards Presentation at state level. Every award winner receives a certificate.

Winning projects also receive the SEA Award insignia suitable for print and web publication.

Project Nominators are NOT advised whether their project is a Finalist prior to the awards presentation. At least one representative for each project entered is required to attend the Awards Presentation.

Winners’ details are subsequently published in available and appropriate media.

Individual and project winners are eligible for the National APSEA Awards held annually with the exception of some specified state awards.

How to submit

Entrants are encouraged to provide sufficient evidence to fully answer the category criteria. Each submission should address the specific criteria and demonstrate:

  • Why the organisation has ‘achieved excellence’
  • How the organisation ‘delivers outcomes above and beyond the ordinary’; and
  • How the organisation contributes to ‘the growth and maturity’ of the industry and the economy.

Each submission:

  • Must be made via the SEA Awards website
  • Must address the criteria for the category entered
  • Must include at least one representative image (min 300dpi / jpg )
  • Statement of Excellence

APSEA Website – https://spatialexcellence.awardsplatform.com

Industry Awards Categories

Spatial Enablement

The Award for Spatial Enablement recognises products or projects in which the application of spatial information, methodology and/or tools has greatly improved the outcomes of a project, process or product.

Judges will consider projects against the following specific criteria:

  • Executive Summary or Statement of Excellence: This summary will appear on marketing documentation. (300 words)
  • Project description: This sets up the context of the project and helps judges to compare projects. Describe the timeframe of the project (is it a discrete project or part of a bigger program) relative size (eg FTEs, budget), complexity (multiple stakeholders, unusual constraints), funding source (private, CRC/research, other grant) (300 words)
  • Describe enablement in your context: Discuss how the project showcases the application of spatial information, methodology and/or tools in a non-spatial market or project(350 words)
  • Contribution to Client: Describe how the project has had an ongoing impact on the client, for example realising new technical, social, cultural, environmental and/or economic benefits. (600 words)
  • Project status: Has the project been implemented and how long is it likely to be utilised? (250 words)

Innovation and Commercialisation

The Award for Innovation and Commercialisation recognises products or projects that made a significant contribution to the industry through the introduction of a new idea, method, technology, process or application resulting in social, environmental and/or economic benefits.

Judges will consider projects against the following specific criteria:

  • Executive Summary or Statement of Excellence: This summary will appear on marketing documentation. (300 words)
  • Project description: This sets up the context of the project and helps judges to compare projects. Describe the timeframe of the project (is it a discrete project or part of a bigger program) relative size (eg FTEs, budget), a brief statement of complexity (multiple stakeholders, unusual constraints), funding source (private, CRC/research, other grant) (300 words)
  • Innovation Claim: Why did you need to innovate and what’s unique about your innovation? Remember that some judges will not be spatial experts and will evaluate the project based on innovation they’ve seen in other industries. You might describe how your project showcases design of original solutions or ingenious adaptation of existing solutions such as innovative application of emerging or developing technologies (600 words)
  • Product market fit: Demonstrate how the project meets a quantified market need, how the need has been validated and commercial viability including market take-up of the innovation Commercial viability including market take-up of the innovation.
  • Market entry strategy: Describe the rationale for the approach to market including overcoming barriers of entry to market. (350 words)
  • Contribution to Industry: Describe how the project has had an ongoing impact on the industry or the community, for example realising new technical, social, cultural, environmental and/or economic benefits. (300 words)

Technical Excellence

The Technical Excellence Award recognises products or projects that implemented spatial solutions to an exceptionally high technical standard, overcoming significant technical challenges, and delivering outstanding results for the client. In contrast with the Innovation and Commercialisation Award, this category focuses on excellence in applying existing technology and methodologies.

Judges will consider projects against the following specific criteria:

  • Executive Summary or Statement of Excellence: This summary will appear on marketing documentation. (300 words)
  • Project description: This sets up the context of the project and helps judges to compare projects. Describe the timeframe of the project (is it a discrete project or part of a bigger program) relative size (eg FTEs, budget), a brief statement of complexity (multiple stakeholders, unusual constraints), funding source (private, CRC/research, other grant) (300 words)
  • Level of complexity of the challenge: This sets the context for technical excellence – what are the technical skills and knowledge at play? Why is it such a big deal? Remember that some judges will not be spatial experts and will evaluate the project based on how “wicked” they perceive the problem to be. Complexity comes in many forms: scale, geographic location, quality of results, many interdependent tasks or resources. (250 words)
  • Degree of technical methodology to overcome the challenge in delivering the solution: Describe the rationale for the methodology including overcoming barriers and managing risk. (500 words)

People and Community

The People and Community Award recognises products or projects that make a difference to issues that affect communities via ‘grass roots’ initiatives and/or educational programs, services or tools that permit the widespread adoption, use, understanding and access to spatially enabled products or services.

Judges will consider projects against the following specific criteria:

  • Executive Summary or Statement of Excellence: This summary will appear on marketing documentation. (300 words)
  • Project description: This sets up the context of the project and helps judges to compare projects. Describe the timeframe of the project (is it a discrete project or part of a bigger program) relative size (eg FTEs, budget), a brief statement of complexity (multiple stakeholders, unusual constraints), funding source (private, CRC/research, other grant) (300 words)
  • Grass-roots definition: This sets the context for who is the end-user beneficiary and how the initiative represents widespread adoption of spatially enabled products or services. What makes it a “grass-roots” initiative? Examples might include initiatives that improve diversity, access. (200 words)
  • Demonstrated community acceptance: Describe how the community has engaged with the initiative. Consider over what period of time the engagement occurred and whether the engagement was for primary use or further developments? (300 words)
  • Training, educational programs: Describe how the grass-roots community has been supported using training, educational programs or tools to enable them to adopt the initiative (500 words)
  • Demonstrated benefit and/or contribution to the community: Describe how the project has had an ongoing impact on the defined community, for example realising new technical, social, cultural, environmental and/or economic benefits (300 words).

Environment and Sustainability

The Environment and Sustainability award recognises products and projects that help to resolve any issue in an environmental context.

Judges will consider projects against the following specific criteria:

  • Executive Summary or Statement of Excellence: This summary will appear on marketing documentation. (300 words)
  • Project description: This sets up the context of the project and helps judges to compare projects. Describe the timeframe of the project (is it a discrete project or part of a bigger program) relative size (eg FTEs, budget), a brief statement of complexity (multiple stakeholders, unusual constraints), funding source (private, CRC/research, other grant) (300 words)
  • Benefit to the environment: Describe why the project was undertaken, including the impact on natural resource management and effect on the balance of the environment. (300 words)
  • Methodology, verification and reporting: Describe the rationale for the methodology, how the initiative has been validated and reported on. Describe any safety and structural or technical integrity considerations and the rationale for actions taken to address these. (500 words)
  • Contribution to the field: Describe how your project showcases emerging or developing technologies or ideas as they are applied to enhancing environmental or sustainability outcomes (300 words)

Export

The Export Award recognises products or projects that successfully and commercially apply specific spatial knowledge, products, and/or IP in an export market.

Judges will consider projects against the following specific criteria:

  • Executive Summary or Statement of Excellence: This summary will appear on marketing documentation. (300 words)
  • Project description: This sets up the context of the project and helps judges to compare projects. Describe the timeframe of the project (is it a discrete project or part of a bigger program) relative size (eg FTEs, budget), a brief statement of complexity (multiple stakeholders, unusual constraints), funding source (private, CRC/research, other grant) (300 words)
  • Export quotient: Describe what you are exporting. For example, discuss the proportion of content (eg IP, resources, experience, data) that was developed locally, and/or in conjunction with the export market, or the use and application of technology, services or data within an export market (500 words)
  • Markets: Describe the export markets actively entered into (countries and segments) (300 words).
  • Entry Strategy: Describe the rationale for the approach to market including overcoming barriers of entry to market (300 words).
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