The 25th of September marked the annual Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards (VSEA) ceremony, held at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne.
The VSEA celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises, and showcase the finest projects that the Victorian spatial industry has to offer. Projects and individuals attaining recognition at this premier event are deemed to be truly outstanding achievers and pre-eminent in their field.
This year’s individual award winners are as follows:
Thornton Smith Medal Award: Dr John Dawson
Professional of the Year Award: Lindsay Perry
Young Professional of the Year Award: Phillip Delaney
Postgraduate Student Award: Dr Seyedhossein Pourali
Undergraduate Student Award: Jean Desire Aldo Auleebux
Educational Development Award: Professor Jeffrey Walker
Service to the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Community Award: Lynnett Terrett
Excellence Award for Cadastral Surveying: David Mclennan
This year’s category winners are as follows:
LatLonGo by We-do-IT
LatLonGO’s acceptance in the international marketplace and its deep integration with leading business management software SAP provides a clear demonstration that locally developed spatial solutions can take their place in the world.
Innovation and Commercialisation:
Trucks/Transport by HERE
In a very tightly fought category, Here Truck edged slightly ahead due to its huge potential in the transport logistics marketplace. Its ability to support sophisticated truck navigation and dispatch optimisation made it a winner.
People and Community:
Pacific Island Coastal Inundation Capacity Building & Planning by AAM, NGIS & CRCSI
The judges were impressed not just with the focus on enabling evidence-based planning but by the primary goal of capacity building, demonstrating grass roots involvement with the community, and providing data, skills, and tools to assist them in mitigating the impacts of sea level rise.
AURIN: Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network
Judges felt that AURIN is the embodiment of spatial enablement, creating a freely available, open source platform that places extensive spatial datasets and powerful analytical tools in the hands of urban researchers, planners and decision makers.
Sustainability and Environment:
Spatial Identification of Climate Change Impacts by Spatial Vision
This project incorporates the latest scientific findings on climate change into a spatial risk assessment framework that allows Catchment Management Authorities to better plan their response to climate change against a range of possible scenarios.
FireReady by Dialog
Not just another app, but a cloud-based service offering up to date and authoritative incidents warnings to the public. Judges were impressed by it high scalability, demonstrated performance and its acceptance in the marketplace.
The team at Spatial Source and Position Magazine offer their congratulations to all winners.