Winners & Finalists

Sofanit Araya

Post Graduate Student Award

Sofanit was conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Adelaide on 8 January 2018. Her PhD research involved developing a new methodological framework to estimate Plant Available Water Holding Capacity (PAWC), through remote sensing, in the South Australian agricultural region.

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Dr Paul Corcoran

Educational Development Award

Through the University of South Australia School of Natural and Built Environment, Paul has guided many undergraduate and post-graduate students using modern teaching and mentoring techniques. Paul continues to show great passion for supporting our future professionals, engaging them with the SSSI from their first day of undergraduate study. Through his efforts he has been able to cross-promote and encourage study in the Geospatial Sciences through the wide variety of programs that the School of Natural and Built Environment offers. Paul has encouraged and facilitates collaboration between universities to ensure students at UniSA have access to the best possible resources on topics where the expertise resides elsewhere.

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Annmarie Mabarrack

Women's Leadership Award

Annmarie sparked her interest in GIS a decade ago while working in local government. Since then, Annmarie’s achievements have been outstanding. While obtaining numerous qualifications including a Bachelor of Applied GIS at Flinders and Diplomas in Project Management and Leadership, Annmarie made a significant impact at Primary Industries & Resources and also Oz Minerals, with numerous award-winning projects. Annmarie was pivotal, introducing spatial science into projects and procedures; leading change and mentoring others to become proficient in geospatial applications. Annmarie has contributed to diversity initiatives through the 'Women in Agribusiness and Regions' and with the 'Women in Geospatial Sciences Professional Network'. Many would testify to Annmarie’s ability to build rapport at any level. Her many skills make Annmarie an inspiring role model with great potential to contribute to the future of the industry in a positive way.

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Dr Jon Osborn

Educational Development Award

Dr Jon Osborn has demonstrated an unwavering desire to provide an outstanding suite of university degree programs that prepare people for careers in the Surveying and Spatial Sciences profession. His conscientious, deliberate and well-grounded approach to his teaching has guided many in the profession and served as a marker for many in academia. Jon’s contribution to the University of Tasmania, particularly in learning and teaching where he is held in the highest regard, has been immense and often behind the scenes. Jon’s management and mentoring has extended across many staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, shaping their contributions to the discipline and profession. Jon’s research activities have also been important in inspiring and providing research pathways for early career academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students. Additionally, Jon has initiated, developed and maintained meaningful links into industry as evidenced by his role as the University’s representative on many industry committees and his personal involvement within the professional organisations both in Tasmania and Nationally.

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Paul Farrell

Professional of the Year Award

Paul is a high achiever and this is reflected in the success of NGIS in gaining unique and high profile partnerships with Esri and Google and also being one of the most awarded spatial business in the Asia Pacific Region. He is incredibly active in the spatial industry through many prominent roles that promote the value of spatial technology to the wider community and influence the direction of research and development. Paul is clearly well respected by his peers through his sustained contribution to the spatial industry over many years and this has been significant in lifting the status of the profession.

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Aaron Gibson

Young Professional Award

The advice and the contribution Aaron is making to the surveying profession is outstanding. He has delivered a significant improvement in business processes and driven a change in business culture to that of continual improvement and quality outcomes. He is a strong advocate for land surveying and has taken on the role of Chair of the SSSIWA Land Surveying Commission with gusto. He has bought a fresh face and innovative ideas to the delivery of CPD to the industry and shows enthusiasm not only for his chosen profession but also to promote his profession at every chance he gets.

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Dr Grace Yun

Women's Leadership Award

Dr Yun is passionate about health GIS and has provided support, leadership and many opportunities to her staff to enable them to develop and excel in their careers. This is an outstanding effort and contribution over many years and she has made a lasting influence particularly for the women in the profession. Her work on the Maternity Services Viewer is a huge success and has led to the development of similar interactive online health services which provide significant benefits to the community. Her service to the spatial profession has been invaluable in the use of GIS to develop and improve health services in WA.

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Dr Safoora Zaminpardaz

Post Graduate Student Award

Dr Zaminpardaz focus on the new navigation satellite signals from the global and regional satellite systems and combining them into processing models is highly complex and brings with it new challenges and error sources. She has demonstrated a thorough understanding of these new systems through this comprehensive and detailed research. Dr Safoora’s research is of a very high calibre to receive an A score from international examiners and producing 12 peer reviewed scientific papers is exceptional. As a professional, Dr Safoora has taken the "extra mile" and her diligence is obvious.”

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Jeffery Ball

Undergraduate Student Award

Jeffrey’s research required a wide range of skills including field work, ecology, morphology, species distribution modelling and genetics. Given a very short timeframe, Jeffrey has delivered a complex project to a very high standard and has been rewarded for his efforts with first class honours. This is a novel concept that has real potential to support future biodiversity, conservation and rehabilitation efforts – a challenge for the current generation.

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Associate Professor Ahmed El Mowafy

Educational Development Award

Associate Professor Ahmed is clearly passionate about providing a learning environment that engages students and delivers rounded graduates that are well equipped for employment. Ahmed has shown significant leadership throughout his career in developing innovative education tools and supporting students and tutors in their learning environment. He has been recognised by a number of awards and has also been prolific in publishing teaching and learning works in journals and books. The work that Ahmed has done in improving the delivery of surveying education is to be highly commended.

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Quintesens

Regular monitoring of land cover issues by ANN analysis of large satellite series

Every aspect of our lives is tied into the vegetation and ground cover that surround us. For example, farms feed us, forests provide us with oxygen, rivers and lakes yield fresh water to drink. When land covers change, our economy and environment are directly affected. Scientists have been mapping these changes in the landscape but datasets are either incomplete or out-of-date. The most efficient way to regularly map land cover is from space. By using such imaging satellites as Landsat 8, and Sentinel 2, we have the ability to observe large tracts of the Earth's surface in a fraction of the time. Using Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs), the problem can be solved much faster and be completely automated, which will greatly help us understand the earth in order to better preserve it. The ANN algorithms are inserted within the interoperable Qëhnelö ™ technology to make them operable online by the population.

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Fiji Bureau of Statistics

Compilation of the Fiji 2017 Census Household Dataset

The Fiji 2017 Census allowed for the first mobile tablet assisted survey on a national level with the collection of individual household locations. The capturing of household information has provided a wealth of information that previously no census or survey had ever been able to represent geospatially.

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