Winners

GP One Consulting

GP One Consulting

SA Award for Innovation & Commercialisation

GP One Consulting for the project Landscape Online Information System. Managing the State’s landscape to benefit our soil, water, animals and biodiversity is an important part of sustainability and planning. So, a spatial solution developed by GP One Consulting is providing a valuable and accessible spatial solution for the landscape boards who utilise it. The Landscape Online Information System (LOIS) has a seamlessly integrated mapping module to improve the capture of location enabled on-ground works and project data - including pest and weeds and revegetation activities for the landscape boards. The judges praised the ease of interacting and noted that viewing current spatial information is going to become an everyday function and the norm in the future.

Aerometrex and the City of Unley

Aerometrex and the City of Unley

SA Award for Environment & Sustainability

Aerometrex and the City of Unley for their project Very high-resolution LIDAR-derived tree canopy change detection to explore financial measures to improve tree canopy cover on private land. Aerometrex and the City of Unley successfully collaborated to create property-specific tree canopy change spatial data. A full urban forest assessment across the LGA was captured with LIDAR in 2021 to provide an updated tree canopy coverage, to be compared with a 2018 benchmark. The work greatly supports efforts to retain and increase urban canopy cover on both public and private land as we adapt to a warming climate. The City of Unley today has a better understanding of the tree canopy area, coverage, and change on which they can base policy decisions. The judges noted the benefits of having the data to communicate more effectively with the community on tree management.

Tonkin and Kangaroo Island Council

Tonkin and Kangaroo Island Council

SA Award for Community Impact

Tonkin and Kangaroo Island Council for the project Kangaroo Island Fire Damage Assessment 2020. In December 2019 and January 2020 Kangaroo Island experienced the most catastrophic bushfires in the island’s history. Kangaroo Island Council needed to assess the damage to assets and infrastructure to apply for funding through a Local Government Disaster Recovery Assistance Arrangement. Tonkin provided a GIS-based solution to conduct condition assessments of damaged assets under challenging conditions and assist Council with the disaster recovery funding process. This resulted in the Council being successful in their funding application, enabling the repair and renewal process to begin as soon as possible. The initiative has played a vital role in Kangaroo Island’s economic, environmental and community recovery. The judges commended the practical use of spatial technologies to support the council and community.

Battery of the Nation project – Entura

Entura

TAS Spatial Enablement Award

Battery of the Nation Project. Entura’s Spatial and Data Services team used a range of spatial tools and methodology to support Hydro Tasmania’s Battery of the Nation project, unlocking untapped hydropower potential in Tasmania. Their involvement in the project has been critical for its technical development by informing design choices and understanding how the infrastructure will sit in the landscape, as well as stakeholder engagement. Effective, clear and transparent communication with internal and external stakeholders is key to the project’s success and it is here that the spatial team’s work has had the biggest positive impact.

Inga Playle

Inga Playle

TAS Professional of the Year

Inga Playle is a Director of SSSI, a member of the Tasmanian Spatial Information Council, Chair of the Tasmanian Regional SSSI Committee and a Spatial Information Specialist at Hydro Tasmania. Inga has been using spatial information to help solve problems, make better decisions, and save time by streamlining workflow for over 20 years in the industry. Besides being actively involved with the spatial community by volunteering her time to organise and to help out at SSSI events, Inga is always keen to help her colleagues, mentors the younger generations, and a champion at bringing out the best in people.

Julian Gill

Julian Gill

TAS Diversity and Inclusion Award

Julian is the Manager of Spatial Data and Products at Land Tasmania. Julian has lead the establishment of processes and administrative practices pursuant to the Tasmanian Government's Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy. He has proactively established relationships with Aboriginal organisations and individuals and fostered the formation of an Aboriginal Reference Group that is bringing names back to Country. His leadership and personal learning journey has contributed to a new era in place naming in Tasmania and he has earned the friendship and admiration of many people in the Aboriginal communities.

Poornima Sivanandam

TAS Postgraduate Student Award

Monitoring shifts in forest composition due to species-specific susceptibility to extreme events requires high-resolution tree species maps. Eucalyptus dominated forests occur in large areas on the Australian continent but there have been few studies on mapping tree species in native forests. In this project ultrahigh resolution UAS RGB and multispectral imagery were used to derive tree species maps at three spatial scales of analysis. These maps could help establish a baseline dataset on species distribution, and to monitor changes in forest composition. Tree detection and classification approaches demonstrated here have the potential to provide transferable solutions to tree species mapping.