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.
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.
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.
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.