Industry leaders and rising stars recognised

By on 14 March, 2022

Malcolm McCoy has been conferred as an Honorary Fellow of the SSSI, and Mary Rabling has been conferred as a Fellow of the SSSI.

Presentation of the national Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) is just around the corner, due to take place at the Locate22 conference in Canberra in May.

At the time of publication, all of the regional winners had been announced with the exception of those for NSW and the ACT, which had had to be delayed until mid-April. You can find details of all the award winners online at

The most recently announced regional awards were those for Victoria and New Zealand. The Victorian winners are:

Postgraduate Student Award — Xiaoji Shen

Vocational Education Training (VET) Student Award — Harry Wade

Future Leader of the Year Award — Jason Heritage

Professional of the Year Award — Kellie Dean

Diversity and Inclusion Award — Nicole Kiely

Award for Environment and Sustainability — Vicmap Vegetation Project (DELWP, Spatial Services and FrontierSI)

Award for Spatial Enablement — ACDC Validation Portal

Award for Technical Excellence — NSW-Victorian Border Spatial Representation Project (offices of the Surveyor-General Victoria and NSW)

Award for Innovation, Medium to Large Business — Greening Melbourne 3D Spatial Project

You can read about the Vicmap Vegetation Project in the Feb/Mar 2022 issue of Position.

The winners for New Zealand are:

Future Leader of the Year Award — Claire Buxton and Louisa Bloomer (joint winners)

Award for Community Impact — Ngā Poutama Matawhenua | Practical Māori GIS Mapping Wānanga

Award for Environment and Sustainability — Ruru: Conservation Information System

Award for Innovation, Medium to Large Business — Asset Assessment Intervention Framework

Award for Innovation, Small Business — Tasman District River Surveys

Award for Spatial Enablement — Asset Resilience Management Tool (Stantec, Tauranga City Council)

Award for Technical Excellence — SwitchMyFleet (Critchlow Geospatial)

Postgraduate Student Award — Omid Khazaeian

Professional of the Year Award — Stuart Caie

Hosted by SSSI and SIBA|GITA and supported by the four pillars of the industry — academia, government, research and the private sector — the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards celebrate exceptional efforts and rising stars.


At the recent APSEA-Vic announcement ceremony, two other special announcements were made — the conferring of fellowships upon two worthy individuals.

Malcolm McCoy was conferred as an Honorary Fellow of the SSSI. McCoy has had a 40-year career in surveying and spatial, including more than 25 years in senior management roles. His areas of expertise are land and engineering surveying along with strategic planning, project management and financial management.

McCoy is a past President of ISA and was instrumental in the merger of ISA and SSI for the creation of SSSI during his presidency. He was also an Assistant Congress Director for the FIG Congress Melbourne 1994 and the FIG Congress Sydney 2010.

Mary Rabling was conferred as a Fellow of the SSSI. Rabling has more than 35 years’ experience in surveying and spatial and is recognised as a leader in the profession and an inspiration to young graduates, particularly women. She was one of the first women to achieve cadastral endorsement in Victoria.

Rabling is a foundation member of SSSI and was an active participant in the organisation’s Victoria Region Committee from 2005 to 2011, serving as Chair in 2007. She has been on the Land Surveying Commission Victoria from its inception and has been the SSSI representative on the Survey Task Force. Rabling’s contribution to SSSI and the wider profession has been enormous.

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