Winners

Dr Heng Zhou

Postgraduate Student Award

Dr Heng Zhou has recently completed his PhD at Curtin University entitled “Deregulation and Competition: Comparison of Regional Aviation Markets in Western Australia”, which was funded by the Department of Transport. During his studies, he published four top journal papers and wrote an industry report for the Department of Transport and various regional airports with his supervisors. The work was very well received and has been translated into these agencies’ practices and policies.

Winyama & NGIS

Winyama & NGIS Australia

JK Barrie + Workforce Development & Inclusion Award

IMW on Demand is a platform that hosts culturally appropriate content for participants of all mapping abilities - aiming to close the gap in training for Aboriginal people in the geospatial industry. IMW On Demand has over 270 registered learners with over 75 per cent of participants identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Over 50 per cent of participants are from remote and regional Indigenous communities in Australia and almost 60 per cent of participants are female. An astounding 90 per cent were new participants to the Indigenous Mapping Workshop. Judges commended the project for developing a safe, inspiring and culturally-appropriate learning environment for Aboriginal communities in Australia. They said IMW on Demand was about being Indigenous first, and about using mapping technologies second. Along with careful and considered implementation of benefits to the community, it also demonstrated a powerful application of geospatial technology.

Friends of Battye Library Inc

Friends of Battye Library Inc

Award for Spatial Enablement

RetroMaps was launched in 2020 and allows over 2,000 historical survey plans of the Perth metropolitan area to be freely viewed and downloaded online. Historical plans available through RetroMaps were digitised by the State Records Office of WA with funding provided by the Friends of Battye Library Inc. Trained volunteers geo-referenced the plans so they are searchable by location. The plans provide detailed insights into Perth's urban area in the early 20th Century and show how Perth has transformed dramatically over time. Judges said RetroMaps was a “very cool” low cost, open source example of collating data in a spatial framework. The return and interest shown by the customers of the State Records Office has been outstanding with RetroMaps being accessed over 45,000 times since being launched in June 2020.

NGIS

NGIS

International Partnership Award

GEO Google Earth Engine Programme Group on Earth Observations, Google and NGIS are together supporting 32 projects from 22 countries to use Earth Observation technology to tackle global challenges. These are Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Disaster Risk Reduction through the GEO Google Earth Engine programme. The programme has awarded a combined total of $3 million US dollars towards software licenses and $1 million in technical support from NGIS to partner with organisations including the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia to deliver global impact using Google Earth Engine over two years. Judges commended the wealth of collaboration, skills and training provided by NGIS as well as the large international reach of the program. They said it was a fantastic project with the ability to impact and provide sustainable solutions for 32 projects on a global scale.

NGIS

NGIS

Award for Environment and Sustainability

Sustainable Sourcing Platform Unilever has partnered with Google Cloud and NGIS to implement a next generation Cloud Geo platform to deliver a global sustainable supply chain. It’s a partnership that will help raise sustainability standards, allowing Unilever to see a more complete picture of the ecosystems connected to the raw materials they source from around the world. The platform enables Unilever to take a data driven approach to global supply chain sustainability, delivering metrics, mapping progress and engaging with stakeholders. The Sustainable Sourcing Platform will deliver transparency and traceability to footprint to enable Unilever to address corporate sustainability commitments. Judges were impressed by the ambition and scale of the platform. One of the judges said kudos to everyone on the project for their ability to bring together and find common ground with giants of industry for this fantastic and far-reaching initiative.

WA Department of Health

Department of Health

Award for Community Impact

COVID-19 Dashboards In response to an unprecedented demand for information during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spatial Services Unit in the Epidemiology Branch at the Department of Health responded swiftly by developing two interactive dashboards to help understand the impact of the pandemic and share information with the community. Both dashboards are modern, interactive web-based GIS tools which display relevant COVID-19 information for WA. The dashboards have been widely used across the community with more than 3.8 million hits by July 2021. Judges commented the dashboards showed an excellent use of spatial technologies to both support and inform a local community health response. They said it gave the public broadly accessible and up to date information which was valuable to fight the pandemic.

Gemma Sansom

Gemma Sansom

SA Undergraduate Student Award

Dr Bertram Ostendorf, from University of Adelaide, accepts the award on Gemma's behalf.
Gemma completed a first-class honours in landscape genetics of the Southern hairy-nosed wombat. The overarching aim of this project was to better understand how future environmental and land management changes affect burrowing species. We need to minimise human-wildlife conflict and prioritise areas for conservation to maintain productive agricultural land. Gemma combined a genetic similarity analyses with species distribution modelling to obtain a deeper understanding of broad-scale gene flow and spatial barriers to dispersal. Her results are of international relevance because Gemma’s thesis is the world’s first landscape genetics study for burrowing species and the world’s first at a continental scale. The judges commented that the project contributes to the use of spatial science within the field of ecology.

David Bruce

David Bruce

SA Educational Development Award

David has been actively engaged in the spatial profession for 50 years and of those, 45 have been devoted to educating surveying and spatial tertiary students. His passion is for the acquisition and processing of remotely sensed images particularly, from space. This is evident in the subjects he has taught, continues to teach at multiple universities and in the PhD theses he has supervised. David’s deep interest in space and satellites has been evidenced in his appointment as International Space University faculty and by his continued commitment to the education of spatial professionals at both SA and Flinders universities. The judges commended his strong contribution to research efforts that have lead to opportunities for students.

Jennifer Brindle

Jennifer Brindle

SA Future Leader of the Year

Jennifer graduated from the University of Otago in 2008 with a Bachelor of Surveying. Jennifer joined Precision Hydrographic Surveying in September 2015 and is a Certified Professional Hydrographic Surveyor Level 1, the highest standard of certification awarded by the AHSCP. Jennifer was promoted to the role of Operations Manager in 2020 due to her hydrographic knowledge, her ability to lead a team of surveyors, mentoring skills, and encouragement for the growth of junior team members. Jennifer is also heavily involved in SSSI, through a number of committee and volunteer roles. Judges noted that Jennifer has achieved a significant amount in a short period of time and those in the hydrographic surveying industry will continue to benefit from her passion to the industry for a long time to come.

Amelie Jeanneau

Amelie Jeanneau

SA Postgraduate Student Award

Amelie recently completed her PhD with a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence with the Spatial Information Group at the University of Adelaide. The Spatial Decision Support Tool developed as part of her thesis allows land managers and policymakers to identify soil erosion risk from wind and water to protect and improve soils. She used ultra-high-resolution climatic data, downscaled to 30-minute intervals over 17 years and 90 m spatial resolution in order to realistically assess wind and water erosion risk. Her work is internationally acclaimed with an invitation to Italy and co-authorship of highly cited international journal manuscripts. The judges noted this was an excellent idea pursued by a candidate who is clearly passionate about their work.

Mark Deuter

Mark Deuter

SA Professional of the Year

Mark has an outstanding spatial career spanning 46 years, of which he will retire from at the end of this year. Mark has been a huge contributor to the spatial industry, particularly in the last 16 years while at Aerometrex. Mark Deuter has been Managing Director since 2011, which, under his direction has seen the organisation grow from 15 staff in 2005 to 115 staff currently. Mark was instrumental in listing Aerometrex on the Australian stock exchange, something that is rare for an Australian geospatial company. The judging panel commended Mark on his significant contribution and noted that through his leadership he has created new business initiatives which have in turn led to employment opportunities and acknowledgement by his peers. They also noted he was a consistent and dedicated contributor across many areas, has demonstrated business savvy within a highly technical industry and is an exemplary leader.

Aerometrex Award for Technical Excellence

Aerometrex

SA Award for Technical Excellence

Aerometrex for their project LIDAR and Deep Learning-derived Permeable and Impermeable Ground Surface Classification. Urban forests and tree cover are vitally important tools in community planning today. Aerometrex was commissioned by Green Adelaide to produce a permeable and impermeable surface classification of metropolitan Adelaide. This dataset provides a quantitative measurement of plantable space across Adelaide providing valuable information for surface water modelling, greening initiatives, asset management and sustainable policy development. Aerometrex developed an AI and object-based image analysis methodology, using LIDAR along with multi-spectral aerial imagery, and AI-derived feature datasets to produce a semantic classification of the urban environment. Judges praised the project for its ability to support planning, decision making and community engagement.