Award for Spatial Enablement
This project offers Australia’s first AMP to completely embrace the spatial and digital format. Constructed using ArcGIS Online's Experience Builder, this AMP utilises interactive maps which allow the public to explore the data that drives organisational decision-making. It includes a level of spatial information that pushes the boundaries of innovation for local government; some examples of this include their interactive time slider to observe forecast climate change impacts, and an interactive capital works map sourced directly from Council’s internal project management system.
Young Professional of the Year
Dr Samuel Holt has made major contributions to multiple large-scale projects as part of the Research & Development team at Aerometrex. He has led a major collaborative project between Aerometrex, the SA Government and numerous local Councils that has produced regional assessments of the amount of tree canopy cover as well as statistical breakdowns of the spatial distribution of tree canopy across metropolitan Adelaide. Sam is also the lead researcher on a research project aimed at developing LIDAR derived regional bushfire fuel load assessments with the goal of providing actionable information to bushfire hazard management experts. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Sam has been an active and valued member of the SSSI SA Young Professionals committee
Women's Leadership Award
Dr Deborah van Gaans, for her outstanding spatial career and her recognition as one of the world’s best spatial modellers of accessibility. Her current spatial research highlights her passion for using spatial science to unravel the complexities of accessibility to health services to improve the quality of life for all people and in particular, the disadvantaged.
Undergraduate Student Award
Alexei’s final year project for his Bachelor of Applied GIS at Flinders University combined his skills in spatial science with those of virtual reality to produce Virtual Flinders: a project which demonstrated how the superior abilities of gaming engines to manage and render 3D data can be utilised to view 3D data captured in the spatial science world. Alexei was awarded the Flinders University Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation in 2019. The judges particularly commended Alexei for the innovative video that accompanied his nomination.
Postgraduate Student Award
Recent graduate, Dr. W. Boone Law, commenced his PhD in spatial science and environmental remote sensing at the University of Adelaide in 2015. Over a short time he has used his spatial science knowledge and skills to make innovative and well-received academic contributions to Australian archaeology. His PhD is amongst the first in Australia to promote and utilise advanced aerial and satellite remote sensing technologies to better understand the Aboriginal archaeological record. The judges said Boone had fantastic engagement examples and was an innovative thesis.
Award for Technical Excellence
360 Surveying was contracted to undertake high precision surveying for the structural steel wall and roof modules of the largest single span “shed” in the Southern Hemisphere and only the second building in the world to have been constructed by rotating walls at the Osborne South Naval Precinct. 360 Surveying was required to monitor the structural movement and accurate placement of the modules during wall rotations and roof lifts, as well as monitoring engineering tolerances. Several challenges were overcome which required specialised tools and solutions to be developed.
Award for Environment & Sustainability
The Condition Assessment and Risk Management System was developed to address the need for a contemporary approach to pastoral lease condition assessment in South Australia. There were concerns the previous field-based approach did not adequately support the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act to ensure sustainable management of pastoral land in SA. CARMS uses the best current science, operational data and tools to provide spatially comprehensive, frequent, objective and robust evidence about land condition.
Professional of the Year
Rob is CEO and co-founder of Geospatial Intelligence, a specialist SME provider of space-based and geospatial data, analytics, and analysis. After a lengthy career in both the public and private sectors, Robert recognised a gap in the market - he believed that if an organisation existed that was passionate about the usefulness of location-based information and was dedicated to assisting clients to collect, analyse this valuable data, that company could provide clients high quality geospatial solutions that could support them in their decision-making processes. The judges all agreed Rob was a very worthy winner of this award, and commended him particularly on his diverse engagement with industry and his support of young professionals
Undergraduate Student Award
Callum’s undergraduate project investigated the survey history of the ACT and the existing conflicting definitions of its border with the state of New South Wales, as well as the magnitude of these positional differences for a sample 1.7 km section of the border. A combination of terrestrial based surveying and remote sensing technologies, specifically UAV-airborne LiDAR, were employed to collect the spatial information necessary to accurately model the watershed feature and border monuments. His thesis was part of his 4th year surveying course with a group of four other students. Callum led the project and managed the team. All judges commented that it was fantastic to see a combination of surveying field work, GIS and remote sensing!
Award for Spatial Enablement
The Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation Analytics Lab Program, coordinated through FrontierSI, investigates a number of ways to better engage and work with industry, with a primary focus on addressing capability challenges in industry projects to attract a wealth of information and technologies to draw on for automated geospatial intelligence. The pilot AGO Labs engagement attracted significant interest, receiving proposals from a wide range of Australian industry and academic organisations. The judges praised the networking focus and its role in creating an environment that allows spatial and academic industries to flourish.
Award for People & Community
The Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Test-bed Project was led by Geoscience Australia in partnership with the Land Information New Zealand, and engaged broadly with industry, academia, and government to improve the technological, social, and environmental benefits of reliable positioning information. The program was internationally inclusive, and featured projects from across Australia and New Zealand, culminating in the first ever joint procurement of shared satellite infrastructure by both governments. Judges described the project as a world class initiative with far reaching benefits for the industry, and praised its contribution to major improvements in location based capabilities for Australia and New Zealand.
Award for Innovation & Commercialisation
The Geo Week 2019 Industry Track was designed to recognise the important role companies play in harnessing the full potential of earth observation data. The Industry Track is a unique opportunity to involve local and international industries to network with agencies and users to form partnerships and announce initiatives. The successful program was recognised as highly beneficial by Industry representatives on a global level, and the judges described it as “a cleverly designed and sophisticated event to showcase the geospatial industry.”