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Excellence Recognised in Queensland’s Spatial Community

A select group of businesses and individuals in the Queensland spatial industry were last night recognised at the Queensland heats of the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards.

Awards for spatial innovation, people and community, women in leadership, education development, spatial enablement, and technical excellence were given to four businesses and seven individuals.

The Awards, run by the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA|GITA) and the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises and individuals.

Innovators with services and products related to surveying, mapping, remote sensing, geographic software, GPS technology, and location intelligence are recognised as part of the Awards.

SIBA|GITA CEO Deanna Hutchinson said that the diversity of entries speaks volumes about spatial activity in Queensland.

“I am really impressed with the degree of influence spatial information clearly has on the way communities, farmers and governments manage resources.  The projects shared through these awards demonstrate the dedication and drive of the industry’s best professionals, working in collaboration with the wider community.”

“The value of spatial as ‘technology in place’ has huge impacts on the way Australians live their lives. It is a valuable business planning tool, infrastructure development tool and communication tool” said Deanna.

The Awards and winners include:

Award for Spatial Enablement Winner: Land Solution Australia Pty Ltd

Project: Herston Quarter

Award for Technical Excellence Winner: Bennett + Bennett

Project: Sundale Bridge


Award for People and Community Winner: StartSapphire Productions

Project: Ground Truth


Award for Innovation and Commercialisation Winner: Data Farming and Spatial Vision

Project: Data Farming Mapping Platform

Special Commendation Awarded to: Immersive Robotics

Project: Low latency real time video compression for VR, AR and the 5G & connected future Project


Education Development Award Sanjeev Srivastava
Postgraduate Student Award Rebecca Runting
Professional of the Year Award Roy Somerville
Service to the QLD Surveying and Spatial Sciences Community Award Peter Gersekowski
Special Achievement Award Ken Melchert
Undergraduate Student Award John Tasker
Undergraduate Student Award Scott Archbold
Undergraduate Student Award Leigh Tingle
Women’s Leadership Award Dr Karen Joyce
Young Professional of the Year Award Ben Moritz
Young Professional of the Year Award Dale Atkinson


Previous Australian winners of the SIBA|GITA APSEA Awards have included: Mangoesmapping for a reef-saving project targeting the effectiveness of gully erosion initiatives; Data61 for their comprehensive bushfire modelling tool, Spark; Arup Jacobs Joint Venture who developed a world-class clash detection methodology for the Auckland light rail development; and AAM and WA Department of Health for making it easier to find maternity services across WA with the Maternity Services Viewer.

Winners selected from each category in each region around the nation will be announced at the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards Gala Dinner, at the Locate Conference in Melbourne in April 2019.

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To organise an interview with a winner or CEO Deanna Hutchinson or for more information, please contact Tonia Scholes from SIBA|GITA on 0432 713 419 or



The Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and the Geospatial Information and Technology Association ANZ (GITA) is the leading association representing the Spatial Industry. SIBA is committed to working with Government and Academia to build a more innovative, entrepreneurial and prosperous Australia.