SA Undergraduate Student Award
Dr Bertram Ostendorf, from University of Adelaide, accepts the award on Gemma's behalf.
Gemma completed a first-class honours in landscape genetics of the Southern hairy-nosed wombat. The overarching aim of this project was to better understand how future environmental and land management changes affect burrowing species. We need to minimise human-wildlife conflict and prioritise areas for conservation to maintain productive agricultural land. Gemma combined a genetic similarity analyses with species distribution modelling to obtain a deeper understanding of broad-scale gene flow and spatial barriers to dispersal. Her results are of international relevance because Gemma’s thesis is the world’s first landscape genetics study for burrowing species and the world’s first at a continental scale. The judges commented that the project contributes to the use of spatial science within the field of ecology.
SA Educational Development Award
David has been actively engaged in the spatial profession for 50 years and of those, 45 have been devoted to educating surveying and spatial tertiary students. His passion is for the acquisition and processing of remotely sensed images particularly, from space. This is evident in the subjects he has taught, continues to teach at multiple universities and in the PhD theses he has supervised. David’s deep interest in space and satellites has been evidenced in his appointment as International Space University faculty and by his continued commitment to the education of spatial professionals at both SA and Flinders universities. The judges commended his strong contribution to research efforts that have lead to opportunities for students.
SA Future Leader of the Year
Jennifer graduated from the University of Otago in 2008 with a Bachelor of Surveying. Jennifer joined Precision Hydrographic Surveying in September 2015 and is a Certified Professional Hydrographic Surveyor Level 1, the highest standard of certification awarded by the AHSCP. Jennifer was promoted to the role of Operations Manager in 2020 due to her hydrographic knowledge, her ability to lead a team of surveyors, mentoring skills, and encouragement for the growth of junior team members. Jennifer is also heavily involved in SSSI, through a number of committee and volunteer roles. Judges noted that Jennifer has achieved a significant amount in a short period of time and those in the hydrographic surveying industry will continue to benefit from her passion to the industry for a long time to come.
SA Postgraduate Student Award
Amelie recently completed her PhD with a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence with the Spatial Information Group at the University of Adelaide. The Spatial Decision Support Tool developed as part of her thesis allows land managers and policymakers to identify soil erosion risk from wind and water to protect and improve soils. She used ultra-high-resolution climatic data, downscaled to 30-minute intervals over 17 years and 90 m spatial resolution in order to realistically assess wind and water erosion risk. Her work is internationally acclaimed with an invitation to Italy and co-authorship of highly cited international journal manuscripts. The judges noted this was an excellent idea pursued by a candidate who is clearly passionate about their work.
SA Professional of the Year
Mark has an outstanding spatial career spanning 46 years, of which he will retire from at the end of this year. Mark has been a huge contributor to the spatial industry, particularly in the last 16 years while at Aerometrex. Mark Deuter has been Managing Director since 2011, which, under his direction has seen the organisation grow from 15 staff in 2005 to 115 staff currently. Mark was instrumental in listing Aerometrex on the Australian stock exchange, something that is rare for an Australian geospatial company. The judging panel commended Mark on his significant contribution and noted that through his leadership he has created new business initiatives which have in turn led to employment opportunities and acknowledgement by his peers. They also noted he was a consistent and dedicated contributor across many areas, has demonstrated business savvy within a highly technical industry and is an exemplary leader.
SA 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.
SA 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.
SA Award for Innovation & Commercialisation
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.
SA 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.
SA 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.