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.

FrontierSI, Ericsson, Optus, GMV, Platfarm, Position Partners, Kondinin, Acil Allen

Award for International Partnership

Project: 5G Precise Positioning Testbed - Demonstrating economic benefits of 5G. Precise positioning of consumer devices to within 10cm is now possible through 5G, however users are unable to access this capability due to infrastructure and device interoperability barriers. The 5G Precise Positioning Testbed demonstrated and measured economic benefits of four business applications using 5G precise positioning in the agriculture and consumer sectors, with the help of industry demonstrator partners, Platfarm, Kondinin Group, and Position Partners. These demonstrations were enabled by a unique global aprtnership, leveraging the Optus 5G network, and supported by global telecommunications and positioning leaders Ericsson and GMV, with economic analysis provided by ACIL Allen.

Spatial Vision and E2Designlab

Innovation Award - Medium to Large Business

Project: Surface Permeability Analysis of Elster Creek Catchment. Spatial Vision, supporting E2Designlab, investigated a new approach to spatially map surface permeability of the flood prone Elster Creek catchment on behalf of Elster Creek Catchment Flood Management Plan Working Group, incorporating Melbourne Water and several inner southeast local councils. The project established a suitable approach for the protection and enhancement of permeability in the Elster Creek catchment by undertaking GIS analysis to create a fine-grained, parcel scale map of permeability across the catchment. This new approach developed a suitable land cover and surface type layer along with a uniform vegetation cover across the catchment.

South East Water

Award for Community Impact

Project: Delivering water quality through spatial enablement. Through spatial enablement South East Water are delivering improved health outcomes throughout the potable / drinking water supply network in Melbourne’s south east region.

Two initiatives delivering this benefit include; - The ability to quickly respond to a positive E. coli result in the water supply network meeting community heath and Department of Health requirements. - The ability to easily identify and analyse low chlorine residuals within the water supply network. This initiative supports the advice from Department of Health (DH) to improve chlorine residuals within the supply network, providing a level of protection to the water supply and assisting with incident management.

Matthew Killick

Undergraduate Student Award

Matthew Killick's capstone research project was : “Multilayer Spatial Networks: Simulation, Detection, and Visualisation of Disturbances in Urban Road and Sensor Networks”. The research is linked to the spatial industry through the domain of Digital Twins. The project explored how urban systems can be modelled as ‘multilayer spatial networks’ to simulate urban activity and observe how a disturbance on the ground manifests in sensor signals. Matthew has been involved in various mentoring programs through the University of Melbourne and SSSI and is a crucial member of first the 3D modelling and GIS teams at Veris,

Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse

Professional of the Year

Dr Zaffar is one of the global leaders in the geospatial industry. His voluntary role is highly acknowledged from his service to SSSI for over 12 years in various leadership capacities. He is a board member of locate conferences since 2015 & steering committee member of the Australian Spatial and Space 2030 Roadmap. He actively mentors geospatial professionals and immigrants. He is frequently invited to advise governments on space and spatial agenda. He volunteers for United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management, serves on world geospatial industry council and OGC boards. He represents Australia on the ISO TC 211(Geomatics) and FIG.

Aakash Chhabra

Postgraduate Student Award

Coarsely mapped data on forest fuel condition that lacks spatial and temporal resolution, results in large inaccuracies in fire spread predictions, which impedes actionable decision-making during disasters. The integration of independent remotely sensed forest vegetation observations from Synthetic Aperture Radar and optical sensors has the potential to improve fire spread predictions by providing near-real-time assessments in detail, resulting in greater fire preparedness and emergency services support. Accordingly, Aakash’s research successfully developed a novel SAR-based vegetation index method (RADAR-VSPI), and an integration method for combining SAR and optical datasets. This research resulted in 1 journal publications in a top journal.

Jagannath Aryal

Educational Development Award

Dr Jagannath Aryal is an accomplished academic who has worked in Government and Academic sectors in close collaboration with private Industry. He has delivered outstanding Surveying and Remote Sensing education to students in Asia, Europe and Oceania. He has continuously volunteered for FIG, ISPRS, IEEE GRSS, SSSI Journal & Remote Sensing Commission. His rich research experience from delivering prestigious grants ($17 Million) benefitted significant number of PhD completions and ongoing PhD supervisions. Dr Aryal has a high track record of publications and citations. His outstanding teaching and mentoring have benefitted students who have secured successful positions in Geospatial Sector.

Adam Mattinson

Diversity and Inclusion Award

Adam has been working as a Geospatial professional for 14 years, and during this time he has been a vocal advocate for the visibility, and advancement of the LGBTIQA+ community. Adam has been an advocate for the advancement for this group in part because of his own personal experience, but primarily because of what appeared to be a void in the spaces our industry works in. Adam’s personal journey has instilled in him a desire to ensure that all of our LGBTIQA+ peers have a community of openness and support, where they can bring their whole selves to work.