Winners & Finalists


2018 SIBA|GITA Chairman's Award

This award, given at the Chairman’s discretion, is for recognition of those who have provided an exemplary service to the institute of professions. The winner in 2018 was the 3DQld Project, an initiative between government and industry bodies to bringing all of the state’s property boundaries into 3D – creating a comprehensive, reliable and efficient cadastral system that supports the changing needs of the community.


2018 GITA Excellence Award

This award was established to raise the profile of spatial technology in the industries we serve and to recognise the efforts of the organisations and people who transform ideas into a working reality and foremost, push the technology to increase business and community benefits. The winner for 2018 was AECOM.

Stuart Minchin

2018 SSSI President's Award

Dr Minchin has extensive experience in environmental and information sciences, particularly in the earth observation and water resource management area. Dr Minchin’s leadership in his role as Chief of the Geosciences and Environment division at Geoscience Australia, have transformed the award-winning work undertaken with the Australian Geoscience Data Cube into a national operational digital service “Digital Earth Australia ”.

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Gary Johnston

2018 SSSI Professional Eminence Award

Gary Johnston receives this award for outstanding public service through improving national and international scientific program delivery in satellite positioning and geodesy.

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Scott Johnson

2018 Oceanic Undergraduate Student Award

Scott Johnson’s undergraduate project on the accuracy and precision of multiple GNSS partnerships was the first of its kind in Australia. It has significant relevance to current issues and initiatives within the spatial information profession as precise positioning is further embedded in everyday activities.

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Dr Safoora Zaminpardaz

2018 Oceanic Postgraduate Student Award

Safoora showed innovation in testing novel combinations of satellite signals from different systems and analysing individual systems for their unique characteristics. Our judges took particular note of the pioneering nature of Safoora’s work. She has been the first researcher in Australia to extensively analyse the data and models of the Indian NavIC and investigate its potential capabilities over Australia.

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Dr Jonathan Osborn

2018 Oceanic Award for Educational Development

Jon’s research activities in the area of photogrammetry and remote sensing have provided research pathways for early career academics and students. In the past, he has participated in research activities such as analysing the water flow in Hydro Tasmania canals, biomedicine measurements, and biology. As a result of his dedication, he received the University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Learning and Teaching.

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Dr Kathryn Salm

2018 Oceanic Award for Women's Leadership

Kathryn is actively involved in various industry committees and spatial communities. She is the current Chair of the NZIS and a Spatial Professional Stream and Spatial Representative on the NZIS Council, where her work on spatial certification could have far-reaching, positive development impacts on our industry as a whole.

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Nicholas Brown

2018 Oceanic Award for Young Professional of the Year Award

Beyond his commitments, Nick has proven himself to be a natural and innovative leader and mentor. He looks to raise the profile of the geodesy profession at every opportunity and is considered an exemplary role model in his community.

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Elaine McAlister

2018 Oceanic Professional of the Year Award

It was clear to our judges that Elaine is highly regarded by her peers across all sectors as a passionate, consummate professional who has made a life-long, significant contribution to the spatial sciences profession.

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Land Solution Australia & Monitum

2018 Oceanic Award for Spatial Enablement

Land Solution Australia, through their monitoring business, Monitum, worked with WatPac Business to provide spatial solutions for a 5-hectare space called the Herston Quarter, with the aim of creating a world-leading benchmark for health precincts.

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Pacific Flying Labs

2018 Oceanic Award for People & Community

The Pacific Flying Labs traditional and technology project is designed to raise awareness of the issues faced by coastal Fijian communities, using hard scientific data to help direct sustainable solutions.

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