Winners

Kurloo Technology

Kurloo Technology

Innovation Award - Small Business

Project: Port of Brisbane Seawall. Faced with the challege of protecting contamination of an environmentally sensitive marine park, where risk to equipment and human life was ever present, Land Solution Australia demonstrated innovation excellence at the Port of Brisbane Sea Wall project though a innovative blend of remotely operated spatial technology and process including 3D construction models, UAV spatial analysis and Kurloo GNSS IoT Technology. This project delivered optimial data accuracy, improved productivity and reduced safety and environmental risk and has set a new benchmark for high risk spatial survalence and monitoring right across a wide variety of industries including transport, Utilities , Mining and Infrastructure.

Martin Brady

Martin Brady

Professional of the Year

Martin Brady is a skilled, innovative and dedicated professional, who’s contribution to national and international geospatial excellence has enabled shifts in spatial and statistical analysis for the benefits of communities, businesses and industries worldwide. He has been a driving force in promoting the value of location insights within the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) & his nomination is supported by his peers and senior organisation leaders who wish to acknowledge his dedication, expertise, leadership in enhancing the geospatial evolution over many years within the ABS.

Dr Jun Wang

Dr Jun Wang

Future Leader of the Year

Dr Jun Wang is an outstanding Geodetic Scientist, Lead Researcher and Mentor at Land Solution Australia in Brisbane. Jun leads a dedicated research and development effort that has transformed the business model of Land Solution Australia within 5 years. He has published numerous academic papers, successfully obtained several research grants and played an active role on many iconic infrastructure and construction projects. Jun has mentored and supervised students and young professionals and established the Australian Chinese Geospatial Association group to promote the professional development and the exchange of ideas among professionals in the field of Surveying, GIS and Remote Sensing.

Veris

Veris

Award for Technical Excellence

Project: Paradise Gorge Digital Twin

Veris provided spatial data services and intelligence to inform, assess and protect against the risk of a rock fall on a critical section of the Tasman Highway near Paradise Gorge. Collaborating with key project stakeholders at short notice, Veris deployed UAV surveys, terrestrial laser scanning, real-time sensors, immersive 3D data visualisation and analysis to support the removal of over 2,000 tonnes of boulders and enable the safe re-opening of the highway to the public. The Digital Twin solution enabled the government and engineers to manage the risk remotely and reduce time and cost by planning remediation works online.

Esk Mapping & GIS

Esk Mapping & GIS

Innovation Award - Small Business

Project title: SPARQS - Next Level Web GIS

SPARQS is a next generation system utilising open-source technologies, is feature rich and is accessible everywhere. SPARQS unlocks the power of affordable GIS. The purpose SPARQS is to address a fundamental gap in the natural resources market: simple and effective management of resource information. SPARQS is designed for and provides rapid planning, mapping and operational decision making tools - without having extensive GIS knowledge. SPARQS features context sensitive and highly customisable map creation, reporting and integration tools, allowing users to do their work efficiently and consistently. This is a contemporary resurrection of a much loved and battle proven 1990s ArcView plugin.

City of Mitcham

City of Mitcham

Technical Excellence

After recognising inefficiencies and communication silos within their organisation, Mitcham’s Assets team developed a clash detection platform using data from multiple sources to proactively identify opportunities and efficiencies within their public works. The City of Mitcham’s Spatial Clash Detection Modelling project has used an advanced level of spatial expertise to solve this business problem and set a new standard for innovative local government infrastructure delivery. The result was a completely autonomous data model published as a web application, providing staff members with greater data visibility than ever before.

Veris and District Council of Robe

Veris and District Council of Robe

Award for Community Impact

The District Council of Robe is strengthening its evidence-based approach to decision making to manage its popular coastline and provide a sustainable future for the local community. As part of its approach, the Council worked closely with Veris to perform LiDAR mapping of 48 hectares of coastline. A combination of aerial and mobile mapping technologies were deployed to provide an accurate spatial model of the coastline that will provide a foundational dataset to monitor changes along the coastline as a result of erosion and sea level rise, and better manage the risks associated with both public and private assets.

SA Water and Alexander Symonds

SA Water and Alexander Symonds

Spatial Enablement

SA Water and Alexander Symonds’ innovative use of Geographic Information System (GIS) data for more than 4,700 customers transitioning from a council-run Community Wastewater Management System to SA Water’s modern sewer network has transformed the Tea Tree Gully Sustainable Sewers Program planning and management, providing new ways to manage projects on a visual and spatial platform for future work.

FrontierSI

FrontierSI, SmartSatCRC, Myriota, University of South Australia, NGIS, SA Government (Dept for Environment and Water)

Environment and Sustainability

The SatCom IoT-enabled Automatic Ground Water Collection and Aggregation Pilot (SIG Water) project developed a pilot direct-to-orbit satellite telecommunications solution, integrated with an online spatial platform, as an end-to-end cost-effective means to transmit and aggregate, in near real time, automatically collected information from ground water bores in rural and regional areas, with a focus on environmental water monitoring. This improved groundwater readings from yearly to 6 hourly, and improved safety for groundwater monitoring staff. The project successfully deployed 70 groundwater bores with direct to space IoT communication, dramatically increasing our understanding of groundwater as a resource.

Graham Walker

Graham Walker

Professional of the Year

Graham joined the SSSI -SA Young Professionals committee soon after arriving in Australia from the UK, serving as treasurer between 2013 to 2015. He then moved into the Regional Committee, serving as a regional member and then treasurer until October 2019. He was then thrust into the limelight by taking on the role of Regional Committee Chair in November 2019 and continues in that role today. Graham is and has been a wonderful servant of the SSSI and the profession broadly. With a surveying and civil engineering degree from the UK, this multi-disciplined background has been notable.

Andrew Bembrick

Andrew Bembrick

Future Leader of the Year

Andrew graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) with 1st Class Honours. He joined PHS in 2014 as a trainee hydrographic surveyor. Since then, Andrew has become a proficient and senior hydrographic surveyor/project manager and mentor, managing large complex hydrographic surveys and leading a team of surveyors. In 2021, Andrew achieved Level 1 Certification with the AHSCP. Andrew is a career mentor at RMIT and is the hydrography representative for SA on the SSSI HCNC. He is also active on the working group to raise awareness of the hydrographic industry.