Environment and Sustainability
Congratulations to our 2021 APSEA winners in the Pacific Region. The Award for Environment and Sustainability was awarded for ReefCloud. The winners are: Australian Institute of Marine Science, QUT, Accenture Australia, Palau International Coral Reef Centre, Wildlife Conservation Society Fiji, Marine Ecology Consulting and University of the South Pacific. Pictured accepting the award are Emma Kennedy from AIMS (left) and Julie Vercelloni from Queensland University of Technology.
QLD Educational Development Award
Zahra has significantly contributed to the profession through teaching, engagement activities and research that transfers, engages and enhances knowledge, skills and awareness of the profession. Zahra has demonstrated innovative teaching to students, obtained significant research funding, published research articles in top ranked journals, established the highly successful 'Drones for STEM learning & teaching' project that received the 2019 USQ excellence award for community engagement and service and was presented to schools from Ingham to Stanthorpe. Her contribution has demonstrated significant commitment and leadership to the profession, community, education.
QLD Award for Technical Excellence
For project Cunningham’s Gap Cunningham’s Gap is a pass over the Great Dividing Range between Warwick and Brisbane. The Dept of Transport and Main Roads partnered with Bennett + Bennett to undertake a comprehensive Ground and Feature Model over a treacherous 2km stretch of the Cunningham Highway. The site was surveyed using a full suite of complementing remote sensing methodologies. The merging and bringing together of these technologies into a single concise model produced a truly exceptional outcome and shows how far Engineering Surveying has come in 2021.
QLD Award for Spatial Enablement
For project GBRF Water Quality Improvement Platform The Great Barrier Reef Foundation Water Quality platform was born from a need to improve the data collection and reporting system for extension officers from 60 organisations funded to improve reef water quality. The GBRF manage the delivery of $141 million to address water quality improvement through on-ground actions in highly degraded catchments. Extension officers can now report through a new iOS, Android, PC or Mac app into a cloud based GBRF database, and then in turn GBRF can report to the Paddock to Reef (P2R) program. This supports project improvements across the Sugar, Grazing and Grain industries.
QLD Award for Innovation - Small Business
For project LSA UAV Ortho-Cloud Land Solution Australia teamed up with University of Southern Queensland and successfully applied two research projects to create a cloud processing service that allows farmers to upload their own drone aerial images and automatically create precise orthomosaic maps of their crops. The main motivation of this project was to enable agribusinesses to make accurate maps of cropping and property assets at a lower cost and higher frequency. This improves the quality of their decisions and digital transformation of their agricultural businesses.
QLD Award for Environment and Sustainability
For project GBRF Water Quality Improvement Platform The Great Barrier Reef Foundation Water Quality platform was born from a need to improve the data collection and reporting system for extension officers from 60 organisations funded to improve reef water quality. The GBRF manage the delivery of $141 million to address water quality improvement through on-ground actions in highly degraded catchments. The benefit of this system to improving the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef is profound. It breaks a technical barrier that was limiting the progress of water quality improvement and sets a precedent for future investors that improved program management is technically possible, practical and painless.
QLD Award for Community Impact
For project GroundTruth: Trace Touch Feel the Brisbane River Hosted at The Cube, QUT’s world-class multi-screen venue, this ‘haptic’ journey uses rich satellite imagery, geospatial data and 360-drone videography to entice visitors to explore how Brisbane is moulded by its riparian environment. Visitors can experience the curious sensation of ultrasonic pressure against their hands as they soar like a bird on an immersive geo-tour of Brisbane River. Through skilful hand movements, they can pilot a virtual Steampunk drone from Moreton Bay to Wivenhoe Dam. Glide past graceful bridges linking the city, cliff to cliff. Or touchdown along Brisbane shorelines and be immersed in the city’s unique interplay of geology, wildlife, and human activity.
Professional of the Year
Paul Kennedy is an oceanographer and hydrographic surveyor, currently engaged in the AHO HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program; the largest hydrographic survey program undertaken by any government to date. Paul has extensive experience in Mean Sea Surface Models, and was instrumental in the design, manufacture, testing and commissioning of GGBuoys. Paul was project director for the search for MH370; regarded as the single largest offshore survey ever undertaken. At the forefront of hydrographic surveying, Paul was the first in Australia to use the Multibeam Echosounder, and significantly contributed to the modernisation of Fugro’s Starfix Service for high performance offshore positioning applications.
Future Leader of the Year
Dr David Belton commenced at Curtin University as a research fellow in 2011 and was promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 2016. David's research area is on point cloud data, scanner systems & UAV sensing systems. He has an extensive list of publications, plus an international research reputation. In 2018 he was appointed permanent Senior Lecturer. David teaches units in the surveying degree and his research is incorporated into these units. David is heavily involved in mentoring the spatial students and also holds a role in a number of SSSI committees.
Diversity and Inclusion Award
Andrew is a Ngarluma man whose family is from the West Pilbara. Andrew’s passion is community facilitated mapping projects that digitally capture Aboriginal knowledge for future generations. Andrew is the founder and Managing Director of Winyama, a Western Australian, Indigenous owned and operated business. The mission of Winyama is to empower Indigenous people, communities and organisations using digital and location technologies by delivering high-quality digital services. Andrew is passionate about building strong knowledge of the land and increasing STEM skills for Indigenous people.
Educational Development Award
Dr Todd Robinson is an expert in remote sensing of vegetation, geospatial data analytics and applications of Airborne Lidar, based at Curtin University. He lectures in the areas of Geospatial Analysis, Spatial Modelling, Spatial Databases and Algorithms. Todd’s research is strongly based on the use and handling of spatial data to test ecological hypotheses in new and exciting ways. Application areas include species distribution modelling, species mapping from various platforms, remote sensing-based rangeland condition monitoring, geostatistics, generalised dissimilarity modelling, conservation, landscape genetics and refugia.
Undergraduate Student Award
Pearl Ontse has been an outstanding undergraduate student within her degree at Curtin University. Pearl has demonstrated outstanding abilities way beyond Bachelor’s level to conduct high-quality research demonstrated through employment of new GRACE modelling techniques and many scientific tests and applications of GRACE satellite data. Her excellent theoretical and practical skills in surveying and particularly in statistics enabled her to quickly absorb theories and methodologies to a level that allowed her to process GRACE data. In particular Pearl demonstrated high analytical and computational skills, easily making the connection between theories and their practical realisations through computational algorithms.