Winners & Finalists

Dr Mohsen Kalantari

Educational Development Award

Mohsen is a Senior Lecturer in Geomatics Engineering and Associate Director at the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne.

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Mary C Rabling

Women's Leadership Award

Mary is a foundation member of SSI, she has served on the Victorian Regional Committee and was elected Region Chair from 2007-2008, and then held the position of Treasurer from 2009-2014 in what then became SSSI. She was one of the early organisers of SSSI Women in Spatial group and has been a member of the Land Surveying Commission Sub Committee since its inception.

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Mina Jahanshahi

Young Professional of the year Award

Mina is an accomplished professional who has achieved great success as a leader, people manager, spatial analyst, project manager and consultant. She is a fantastic role model for young people entering a career in STEM and has mentored several students who are now successful professionals in the industry.

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Dr Marie Truelove

Postgraduate Student Award

Marie Truelove’s research was original and a topic of great relevance to current public debate. The research demonstrated a broad range of technical skills - the thesis applies natural language processing techniques, interpretation of verbal references to locations, spatial reasoning with geotags, bags-of-word machine learning approaches to image processing, and a Dempster-Shafer model to combine the collected evidence. The research is a contribution of the spatial sciences to information technology, data analytics and artificial intelligence.

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Dr Chris Rüdiger

Educational Development Award

Dr Rüdiger is the Senior Lecturer in Water Engineering in the Civil Engineering Department, Monash University. He was a member of Monash University’s Academic Board (2013-2015) and was selected as one of two academics to develop the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) framework for the Faculty of Engineering to address accreditation requirements of Engineers Australia.

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Sofanit Araya

Post Graduate Student Award

Sofanit was conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Adelaide on 8 January 2018. Her PhD research involved developing a new methodological framework to estimate Plant Available Water Holding Capacity (PAWC), through remote sensing, in the South Australian agricultural region.

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Dr Paul Corcoran

Educational Development Award

Through the University of South Australia School of Natural and Built Environment, Paul has guided many undergraduate and post-graduate students using modern teaching and mentoring techniques. Paul continues to show great passion for supporting our future professionals, engaging them with the SSSI from their first day of undergraduate study. Through his efforts he has been able to cross-promote and encourage study in the Geospatial Sciences through the wide variety of programs that the School of Natural and Built Environment offers. Paul has encouraged and facilitates collaboration between universities to ensure students at UniSA have access to the best possible resources on topics where the expertise resides elsewhere.

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Annmarie Mabarrack

Women's Leadership Award

Annmarie sparked her interest in GIS a decade ago while working in local government. Since then, Annmarie’s achievements have been outstanding. While obtaining numerous qualifications including a Bachelor of Applied GIS at Flinders and Diplomas in Project Management and Leadership, Annmarie made a significant impact at Primary Industries & Resources and also Oz Minerals, with numerous award-winning projects. Annmarie was pivotal, introducing spatial science into projects and procedures; leading change and mentoring others to become proficient in geospatial applications. Annmarie has contributed to diversity initiatives through the 'Women in Agribusiness and Regions' and with the 'Women in Geospatial Sciences Professional Network'. Many would testify to Annmarie’s ability to build rapport at any level. Her many skills make Annmarie an inspiring role model with great potential to contribute to the future of the industry in a positive way.

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Dr Jon Osborn

Educational Development Award

Dr Jon Osborn has demonstrated an unwavering desire to provide an outstanding suite of university degree programs that prepare people for careers in the Surveying and Spatial Sciences profession. His conscientious, deliberate and well-grounded approach to his teaching has guided many in the profession and served as a marker for many in academia. Jon’s contribution to the University of Tasmania, particularly in learning and teaching where he is held in the highest regard, has been immense and often behind the scenes. Jon’s management and mentoring has extended across many staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, shaping their contributions to the discipline and profession. Jon’s research activities have also been important in inspiring and providing research pathways for early career academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students. Additionally, Jon has initiated, developed and maintained meaningful links into industry as evidenced by his role as the University’s representative on many industry committees and his personal involvement within the professional organisations both in Tasmania and Nationally.

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Paul Farrell

Professional of the Year Award

Paul is a high achiever and this is reflected in the success of NGIS in gaining unique and high profile partnerships with Esri and Google and also being one of the most awarded spatial business in the Asia Pacific Region. He is incredibly active in the spatial industry through many prominent roles that promote the value of spatial technology to the wider community and influence the direction of research and development. Paul is clearly well respected by his peers through his sustained contribution to the spatial industry over many years and this has been significant in lifting the status of the profession.

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Aaron Gibson

Young Professional Award

The advice and the contribution Aaron is making to the surveying profession is outstanding. He has delivered a significant improvement in business processes and driven a change in business culture to that of continual improvement and quality outcomes. He is a strong advocate for land surveying and has taken on the role of Chair of the SSSIWA Land Surveying Commission with gusto. He has bought a fresh face and innovative ideas to the delivery of CPD to the industry and shows enthusiasm not only for his chosen profession but also to promote his profession at every chance he gets.

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Dr Grace Yun

Women's Leadership Award

Dr Yun is passionate about health GIS and has provided support, leadership and many opportunities to her staff to enable them to develop and excel in their careers. This is an outstanding effort and contribution over many years and she has made a lasting influence particularly for the women in the profession. Her work on the Maternity Services Viewer is a huge success and has led to the development of similar interactive online health services which provide significant benefits to the community. Her service to the spatial profession has been invaluable in the use of GIS to develop and improve health services in WA.

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