Winners

FrontierSI, University of NSW, Omnilink, Commonwealth Bank, NSW Government, Liverpool Council, Slate Analytics

FrontierSI, University of NSW, Omnilink, Commonwealth Bank, NSW Government, Liverpool Council, Slate Analytics

Innovation Award - Medium to Large Business

Value Australia is an interactive platform, leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning, that enables infrastructure / development scenario planning and value uplift projections based on multiple valuation models. Developed over 3+ years collaboratively with management, research and software development by FrontierSI, UNSW and Omnilink, with embedded users across the project life with CBA, NSW Valuer General and Liverpool Council. FrontierSI and UNSW created a new company to take this project IP to market, and a successful commercialisation deal has been reached with an ASX listed data business to be announced at the start of August 2022.

Veris and Wumara Group Alliance

Veris and Wumara Group Alliance

Workforce Development and Inclusion

The Indigenous Surveyor Employment Pathway Program offers Indigenous Australians a pathway into the surveying industry. Established in a collaboration between Veris, Wumara Group, TAFE NSW and the Yarpa NSW Indigenous Business & Employment Hub, the program consists of a combination of study and fieldwork to provide participants with exposure to what it’s like to be surveyor, as well as the foundational skills to start their career in the industry.

Spatial Vision and Climate Council

Spatial Vision and Climate Council

Award for Community Impact

Climate Risk Webmap Spatial Vision developed an interactive map for the Climate Council to illustrate the vulnerability of communities across Australia to the effects extreme weather over different timeframes and emission scenarios. Designed to support the Climate Council’s Uninsurable Nation Report and insert climate change and its economic impacts on the 2022 federal election agenda, the web interface appeals to a wide audience including the public, policy makers and other stakeholders. A user-friendly email template was also featured to facilitate ground up advocacy for real and immediate government action on carbon emissions.

Dawn Hendrick

Dawn Hendrick

Educational Development Award

Dawn has made a valuable contribution to education within the geospatial profession across many platforms, in her role as a teacher of spatial science at TafeNSW, as a mentor and leader within the profession and as a volunteer, engaging local communities in the use of GIS and mapping applications for wildlife conservation and disaster relief. Dawn is an expert in the geospatial industry and as a teacher is highly organised, sets high expectations of students and has proven success in providing inclusive and quality teaching for learners with special needs.

Brian Nicholls

Brian Nicholls

Diversity and Inclusion Award

Since being appointed as Managing Director of AAM, a Woolpert Company in late 2021, Brian Nicholls has elevated culture to be one of the highest organisational priorities. With over 200 employees in countries including South Africa, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, AAM has a naturally diverse workforce. Ensuring equitable and inclusive outcomes among all employees is vitally important, and a subject close to Brian’s heart. As one of the largest geospatial companies in the region, Brian’s goal is for AAM to lead by example and raise awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion in our industry.

Geoscape Australia

Geoscape Australia

Award for Technical Excellence

Geoscape Buildings 3.0 Accurate digital models of Australia's urban environments provide the foundational data for Digital Twin applications better reflecting the real world. The team at Geoscape undertook the massive initiative to re-map more than 10million urban buildings in Australia and added enhancements to its foundational buildings data product. Geoscape Buildings 3.0 uses machine vision and deep learning technology and focuses on providing enhanced 3D digital maps of Australia. It offers a higher definition of complex building outlines, better spatial alignment of the urban environment, improved positional accuracy, greater building completeness and representation, more complete solar panel data, swimming pool data and more.

WildBear Entertainment & Esri Australia

WildBear Entertainment & Esri Australia

Spatial Enablement

Mastering the art of storytelling with maps For visual storytellers, establishing the ‘where’ provides essential context for the who, what, and when. Typically, documentary and news media groups communicate place with overly-stylised maps – often prioritising production time over visual accuracy – along the way cleansing images of important detail. Since 2014, the producers behind documentary filmmaking company WildBear Entertainment have set the standard for delivering factually accurate programs on history, culture, science, geography, and engineering. More recently, WildBear have been exploring new ways to develop optically stimulating, highly accurate maps for broadcast, by combining leading-edge GIS technology and Adobe Creative Suite.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Innovation Award - Medium to Large Business

Putting Census on the Map Every five years, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) counts every person and household in Australia through the Census of Population and Housing. This comprehensive snapshot of the country tells us about our economic, social and cultural makeup. The Locations Insights Branch and partner technology area at the Australian Bureau of Statistics were key contributors to the 2021 Census and developed a wide range of new and innovative geospatial capabilities and applications that enabled and supported critical, time sensitive activities. These tools showcased the power of geospatially enabling data to enhance the Census, and increased geospatial literacy within the ABS.

Digital Earth Africa Establishment Team

Geoscience Australia

Award for Community Impact

Digital Earth Africa Establishment Team From 2019 to 2022, the Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa) Establishment team led the establishment of an unprecedented Earth observation (EO) capability to benefit 54 countries, and over 1.4 billion people across Africa. DE Africa leveraged Australian innovations in the Open Data Cube and experience from Digital Earth Australia, and accelerated the international development of analysis ready data and cloud-optimised EO data formats. DE Africa, just 3 years on, is an internationally recognised capability synonymous with Australia's international leadership in EO, which is improving lives in communities across Africa by translating EO data into insights that support sustainable development.

Kathryn Hooton

Kathryn Hooton

Future Leader of the Year

Kathryn is a demonstrated high achiever with exceptional commitment to delivering benefits across the geospatial and statistical sectors through her work at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on geospatial projects. She brings together a comprehensive knowledge of the use of geospatial capabilities in statistics, with an understanding of Australia’s complex geography to address new challenges and deliver efficiencies in the production of statistical data that will ultimately improve the lives of all Australians.

Veris

Workforce Development and Inclusion

The Veris Young Professionals Program bridges the gap between study and work by providing a structured, 12-month development program for early career professionals. Designed to future-proof participants’ careers, it provides graduates with exposure to all areas of the surveying and spatial industry and expert mentors to offer guidance along the way

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), DSM Soft, Spatial Vision and Jacobs

Technical Excellence

Project: Victoria’s Digital Cadastre Modernisation Project. The Digital Cadastre Modernisation Project aims to transform Victoria’s cadastral parcel and property boundaries into a data-driven, spatially accurate, 2D digital representation. The project will deliver cost and time savings for property development and real estate, and help utilities to improve the maintenance of assets and reduce incidents as a result of excavation. It will also enable enhanced property boundary information to be more easily used generally. These benefits will be realised through a visionary and world-leading transformation of the processes by which survey plans are lodged via a process that continually enhances the spatial representation of the state’s cadastre.