Professional of the Year
Mark Deuter Managing Director at Aerometrex Ltd.
Award for Technical Excellence
Aerometrex for their project LIDAR and Deep Learning-derived Permeable and Impermeable Ground Surface Classification. Urban forests and tree cover are vitally important tools in community planning today. Aerometrex was commissioned by Green Adelaide to produce a permeable and impermeable surface classification of metropolitan Adelaide. This dataset provides a quantitative measurement of plantable space across Adelaide providing valuable information for surface water modelling, greening initiatives, asset management and sustainable policy development. Aerometrex developed an AI and object-based image analysis methodology, using LIDAR along with multi-spectral aerial imagery, and AI-derived feature datasets to produce a semantic classification of the urban environment. Judges praised the project for its ability to support planning, decision making and community engagement.
Award for Spatial Enablement
Tonkin and Port Pirie Regional Council for the project Port Pirie Regional Council Patrol Grading Applications. Tonkin and the Port Pirie Regional Council have developed an integrated application suite to assist in planning for patrol grading. This has enabled the Council to proactively plan a grading program to suit site conditions with consideration to the road surface performance and impacts of traffic and weather. The solution included several GIS-based tools set up using Council’s existing ArcGIS Online environment and has enabled Council to adopt an integrated approach to grading activities. The successful implementation of this project has resulted in this approach now being replicated for other Council managed services. Judges said the project was simple but very powerful in using technology for better enforcement and the application potentially could be used in other environments.
Award for Innovation & Commercialisation (small business)
GP One Consulting for the project Landscape Online Information System. Managing the State’s landscape to benefit our soil, water, animals and biodiversity is an important part of sustainability and planning. So, a spatial solution developed by GP One Consulting is providing a valuable and accessible spatial solution for the landscape boards who utilise it. The Landscape Online Information System (LOIS) has a seamlessly integrated mapping module to improve the capture of location enabled on-ground works and project data - including pest and weeds and revegetation activities for the landscape boards. The judges praised the ease of interacting and noted that viewing current spatial information is going to become an everyday function and the norm in the future.
Award for Environment & Sustainability
Aerometrex and the City of Unley for their project Very high-resolution LIDAR-derived tree canopy change detection to explore financial measures to improve tree canopy cover on private land. Aerometrex and the City of Unley successfully collaborated to create property-specific tree canopy change spatial data. A full urban forest assessment across the LGA was captured with LIDAR in 2021 to provide an updated tree canopy coverage, to be compared with a 2018 benchmark. The work greatly supports efforts to retain and increase urban canopy cover on both public and private land as we adapt to a warming climate. The City of Unley today has a better understanding of the tree canopy area, coverage, and change on which they can base policy decisions. The judges noted the benefits of having the data to communicate more effectively with the community on tree management.
Award for Community Impact
Tonkin and Kangaroo Island Council for the project Kangaroo Island Fire Damage Assessment 2020. In December 2019 and January 2020 Kangaroo Island experienced the most catastrophic bushfires in the island’s history. Kangaroo Island Council needed to assess the damage to assets and infrastructure to apply for funding through a Local Government Disaster Recovery Assistance Arrangement. Tonkin provided a GIS-based solution to conduct condition assessments of damaged assets under challenging conditions and assist Council with the disaster recovery funding process. This resulted in the Council being successful in their funding application, enabling the repair and renewal process to begin as soon as possible. The initiative has played a vital role in Kangaroo Island’s economic, environmental and community recovery. The judges commended the practical use of spatial technologies to support the council and community.
Battery of the Nation Project
Entura’s Spatial and Data Services team used a range of spatial tools and methodology to support Hydro Tasmania’s Battery of the Nation project, unlocking untapped hydropower potential in Tasmania. Their involvement in the project has been critical for its technical development by informing design choices and understanding how the infrastructure will sit in the landscape, as well as stakeholder engagement. Effective, clear and transparent communication with internal and external stakeholders is key to the project’s success and it is here that the spatial team’s work has had the biggest positive impact.
Professional of the Year
Inga Playle is a Director of SSSI, a member of the Tasmanian Spatial Information Council, Chair of the Tasmanian Regional SSSI Committee and a Spatial Information Specialist at Hydro Tasmania. Inga has been using spatial information to help solve problems, make better decisions, and save time by streamlining workflow for over 20 years in the industry. Besides being actively involved with the spatial community by volunteering her time to organise and to help out at SSSI events, Inga is always keen to help her colleagues, mentors the younger generations, and a champion at bringing out the best in people.
Diversity and Inclusion Award
Julian is the Manager of Spatial Data and Products at Land Tasmania. Julian has lead the establishment of processes and administrative practices pursuant to the Tasmanian Government's Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy. He has proactively established relationships with Aboriginal organisations and individuals and fostered the formation of an Aboriginal Reference Group that is bringing names back to Country. His leadership and personal learning journey has contributed to a new era in place naming in Tasmania and he has earned the friendship and admiration of many people in the Aboriginal communities.
Postgraduate Student Award
Monitoring shifts in forest composition due to species-specific susceptibility to extreme events requires high-resolution tree species maps. Eucalyptus dominated forests occur in large areas on the Australian continent but there have been few studies on mapping tree species in native forests. In this project ultrahigh resolution UAS RGB and multispectral imagery were used to derive tree species maps at three spatial scales of analysis. These maps could help establish a baseline dataset on species distribution, and to monitor changes in forest composition. Tree detection and classification approaches demonstrated here have the potential to provide transferable solutions to tree species mapping.