Winners & Finalists

Decipher & NGIS Australia

2018 Oceanic Award for Innovation & Commercialisation

Decipher is a game-changing innovation revolutionising crop nutrition practices not only in Australia but globally. The digital startup was designed and developed in partnership with NGIS Australia and backed by Wesfarmers.

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Ethos Environmental

2018 Oceanic Award for Environment & Sustainability

Ethos Environmental has been working to create a safe haven for threatened native species for over 20 years. The team created a GIS for recording and analysing data on rat and feral cat incursions. They also developed a GIS for monitoring biodiversity gains - in particular, the influx of previously locally extinct seabirds.

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Bennett + Bennett

2018 Oceanic Award for Technical Excellence

Bennett and Bennett delivered a multifaceted survey and spatial solution on a single project - the expansion of the Sundale Bridge on the Gold Coast. Their execution of this challenge was, in the words of one of our judges, “absolutely brilliantly done”.

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Jacobs and Roads & Maritime Services

The Sydney Harbour Bridge High Precision TLS Survey & 3D CADD Modelling

Roads and Maritime Services is undertaking design and installation of rails for new Arch Maintenance Units on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. A key component of the project is the precise design and installation of rails, on the Eastern and Western sides of the bridge arch for the units to travel on. Terrestrial Laser Scanning was identified as the most suitable technique to provide a high precision 3D CADD model for the rail design for the rail design and accurate manufacture and installation.

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Spatial Services

SME Project

The SME project integrated terrestrial LiDAR, Airborne Digital Sensors and Bathymetric LiDAR technologies to establish a higher resolution state wide Digital Surface Model and Digital Elevation Model. These models help predict the movement of bushfires and improve the decision-making process surrounding infrastructure planning for water security, transport and urban development.

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Spatial Services

3D Theatre of Operations for Splendour in the Grass

This project delivered a major innovation in the delivery of a common operational picture for a major event by delivering a three-dimensional theatre of operations and embedding this in the event management team. The 3D Theatre of Operations comprised 3D imagery, live feeds of video, asset and personnel tracking, fusing 3D imagery and GIS information as well as artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as crowd counting and dynamic feature extraction from video streaming.

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Professor Albert van Dijk

Educational Development Award

Professor Albert Van Dijk established and leads the Centre for Water and Landscape Dynamics at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National University. Professor Van Dijk received his undergraduate, Master's degree (1996) and PhD (2002) in Environmental Sciences from VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Nicholas Brown

Young Professional of the Year Award

Nicholas Brown has over 12 years of experience in Geodesy Sector. He has guided and managed the delivery of a diverse range of new projects while continuously improving the performance of Geoscience Australia’s mission critical operational activities.

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Noel Ward

Professional of the Year Award

Noel is a founder member of SSSI. He is a senior member of Jacobs Canberra based practise with over 25 years’ experience in the ACT marketplace servicing a range of Australian Government clients in the Defence and environmental sectors. Prior to joining Jacobs (formerly SKM) in 1997, Noel was involved with the delivery of Australia’s Antarctic mapping program and managing the Australian Surveying and Land Information Group’s (AUSLIG) delivery of that program for Australian Antarctic Division. In his 21-year career with SKM and now Jacobs Noel has held numerous leadership roles all of which have been linked to Spatial Information in one way or another.

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Brittany Dahl

Special Achievement Award

Brittany has passion for projects that build a meaningful, sustainable and spatially-enabled future. This has seen Brittany become a regular contributor to the SSSI ACT Geospatial Education Program since 2015. She has assisted with multiple Careers Expo events and continues to assist with various geospatial activities. Brittany applies her strong social a 'Thought for Food' ambassador applying GIS to change agriculture.

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Judi Dawton

Women's Leadership Award

Judi Dawton is a highly respected public service leader. Judie is the Director of the Spatial Data Policy section within the Data Management and Analytical Branch at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. She manages a small team with oversight of secretariat services for the ANZLIC – the Spatial Information Council, a cross-jurisdictional group of senior officials that develops and influences policies and strategies for access to and use of geospatial information.

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Mark Langenbacher

Sustained Excellence in Cadastral Surveying

Mark graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Surveying. He was licensed in 1986 and has been licensed for 32 years. He is the current Treasurer of the ISV North Central Group and position he has held for over 8 years. Mark is a significant contributor to the activities of the North Central Group and is a worthy recipient of the award.

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