Winners

Jason Heritage

Jason Heritage

Future Leader of the Year

Jason Heritage is a data analyst on Victoria's Digital Cadastre Modernisation Project that is improving the accuracy of parcel boundary mapping, integrating other datasets and automating aspects of plan examination. He loves the combination of data, mathematics and surveying. Jason as an active member of the SSSI YP's worked closely with Roshni Sharma setting up the Mentoring Program.

Harry Wade

Harry Wade

Vocational Education Training (VET) Student Award

Following his uncle's footsteps, a surveyor in the UK for 20 years, Harry is currently studying the Advanced Diploma of Surveying at RMIT University after completing the Diploma of Surveying in 2020. He is a hardworking, organized and a friendly person who is eager to learn. He is currently a Junior Survey Assistant at JCA Land Consultants where his characteristic enthusiasm is by no doubt contagious. Harry aspires to continue in Higher Education at RMIT to be able to graduate as a graduate surveyor and enter a training agreement to become a licensed surveyor.

Xiaoji Shen

Xiaoji Shen

Postgraduate Student Award

Current L-band passive microwave remote sensing technology can only obtain soil moisture within the top 5-cm layer of soil, hindering its use in a range of applications. Moreover, these data are adversely affected by the overlaying vegetation layer and the roughness of the soil surface. Accordingly, my research has assessed the utility of using passive microwave observations at P-band. Through a series of tower-based experiments with different roughness configurations and vegetation conditions I have successfully demonstrated that these longer wavelength observations not only achieve a sensing depth of 10-15 cm but are also less affected by roughness and vegetation.

Stuart Caie

Stuart Caie

Professional of the Year

After 16 years working as a Hydrographic Surveyor in the UK, Stuart joined the New Zealand Hydrographic Authority within Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand in May 2006. Since then, Stuart has demonstrated strong technical expertise and leadership and that he is a well-respected and committed survey professional within both the national and international hydrographic community.

Louisa Bloomer

Louisa Bloomer

Future Leader of the Year

Louisa provides inspiring leadership as Stantec’s Asia Pacific Digital Practice Leader, on the Women in Spatial Committee, as a mentor, and on significant projects across New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Louisa leads a team of 24 data, GIS, and innovation staff to deliver significant industry projects; she provides strategic direction and leadership for a community of 225; and drives innovation and new ways of working across Stantec globally by supporting incubation of new ideas, and as an innovation coach and mentor. Louisa grows spatial and data practice organisation-wide as the founder and chair of Stantec’s ANZ Digital Governance Board.

Omid Khazaeian

Omid Khazaeian

Postgraduate Student Award

As a PhD researcher in GIS, I would like to share my experience of unleashing the potential of survey and spatial data for a deeper insight in spatial mobility through taking a multidisciplinary approach and using models from outside spatial research. My research introduces a spatial econometrics approach and how this approach helps leveraging data from New Zealand Household Travel Survey and many existing spatial datasets for a profound understanding of urban transportation. The research as an empirical evidence for transportation planning and policy has being used by Wellington City Council for the proposed district plan's transport chapter review.

Critchlow Geospatial

Critchlow Geospatial

Award for Technical Excellence

SwitchMyFleet is a free online evaluation tool for businesses considering switching their commercial vehicle fleet to electric power. Using authoritative NZ road network data from NationalMap and the user’s own real-world fleet configuration and route inputs, SwitchMyFleet calculates the metrics businesses need to build their case to transition.

Stantec and Tauranga City Council

Stantec and Tauranga City Council

Award for Spatial Enablement

Asset Resilience Management Tool. Knowing where to invest is critical for resiliency. Cities want to be diligent and avoid investing in assets that may not be worth the investment long-term. But how does a city do this responsibly? Tauranga City Council has figured this out and Stantec helped them do it responsibly and efficiently.

Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council

Award for Innovation

Now more than ever, we need better and more robust asset management processes that decision-makers understand and trust, to ensure funding goes to the right projects at the right time. Asset Assessment Intervention Framework (AAIF) was developed to provide fast, auditable and repeatable renewal planning prioritisation for Christchurch City Council’s three waters reticulation assets. Supporting the adoption of the New Zealand Asset Management Metadata standard, the AAIF uses complex spatial analysis to identify the investment required within the three waters portfolio. It has the potential to set a new benchmark in infrastructure asset management.

Ruru - Conservation Information System

Auckland Council and Geographic Business Solutions

Award for Environment & Sustainability

Ruru – Conservation Information System was developed by Auckland Council to address the fragmented and siloed nature of conservation and environmental data across the organisation. The comprehensive spatial management system contains almost 80 datasets across a variety of disciplines including native species management/restoration, pest plant/animal control, tree pathogen (kauri dieback) mitigation, and community engagement. Automated spatial analysis and connectivity with external datasets provides more context and allows better operational decision-making to meet desired environmental outcomes. Centralised information ensures that high-level strategies (Auckland Plan, Indigenous Biodiversity Strategy, and Regional Pest Management Plan), and programme level targets are being achieved and delivered effectively.

Ngā Poutama Matawhenua | Practical Māori GIS Mapping Wānanga

Journey GIS Ltd and Te Kāhui Manu Hōkai

Award for Community Impact

Ngā Poutama Matawhenua | Practical Māori GIS Mapping Wānanga. A collaboration between Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and Te Kahui Manu Hōkai The Māori GIS Association, with support from Journey GIS Ltd, Ngā Poutama Matawhenua is a programme of online mapping wānanga tailored for indigenous knowledge workers within iwi, hapū, Māori trusts and environmental groups.

APSEA Pacific Region 2021

Pacific Region

Environment and Sustainability

Congratulations to our 2021 APSEA winners in the Pacific Region. The Award for Environment and Sustainability was awarded for ReefCloud. The winners are: Australian Institute of Marine Science, QUT, Accenture Australia, Palau International Coral Reef Centre, Wildlife Conservation Society Fiji, Marine Ecology Consulting and University of the South Pacific. Pictured accepting the award are Emma Kennedy from AIMS (left) and Julie Vercelloni from Queensland University of Technology.