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ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

2024
SPATIAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS!

About

ABOUT

The Geospatial Excellence Awards are hosted by the Geospatial Council of Australia and are delivered by S+SNZ to celebrate the highest standard of achievement in the New Zealand geospatial community - they are for all New Zealand professionals and organisations working with spatial data.The awards are divided into two main categories: individuals and for organisations. Both categories are made up of a number of separate awards.​ ​Winners of each award category are automatically entered into the Geospatial Excellence Awards (formerly APSEA). 

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How to Enter

HOW TO ENTER

Nominations for the 2024 Geospatial Excellence Awards are now open! 

 

Industry Awards 
- Award for Environment and Sustainability 
- Award for Community Impact 
- Award for Innovation (Small Business and Medium to Large Business)
- Award for International Partnership
- Award for Technical Excellence
- Award for Workforce Development & Inclusion

Individual Awards 
- Professional of the Year Award 
- Future Leader of the Year Award 
- Diversity & Inclusion Award 
- Undergraduate Student Award 
- Postgraduate Student Award 
- Educational Development Award

 

CLICK HERE to download the 2024 Nomination Guide.

 

All entries must be completed via the online awards portal. CLICK HERE to commence your submission. 

 

For any queries on the nomination process, please contact the GCA team: awards@geospatialcouncil.org.au 

 

CLOSING DATE

Submissions must be completed, including all supporting documents and images, by Friday 12 July (there are strictly no extensions). 

 

2022 Winners!

2023 WINNERS!

The winners of the 2023 Spatial Excellence Awards have carried on the tradition of producing innovative projects of an extremely high quality. The judges this year once again, had the difficult task of deciding which submissions should receive an award when all the entries are worthy of recognition!
 

The final winners were announced at a cocktail evening held at the Auckland Cordis Hotel on the 22 November. The awards are proudly brought to the sector by Survey and Spatial NZ to showcase and celebrate all things excellent in the spatial domain.
 

Award for Community Impact

The Award for Community Impact recognises unique contributions the spatial industry has had on people and communities.
 

Finalists:
This year the quality of entries was very high and, as a result, there were 2 finalists for the Award. These were Beca and a collaboration between Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand, Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa/NZ Geographic Board and Tātai Aho Rau/Core Education.
 

The Winner of the Community Impact Award:
Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand, Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa/NZ Geographic Board and Tātai Aho Rau/Core Education for their 2023 Geospatial Virtual Field Trip for schools – Ngāti Maniapoto stories.

The winner is a land development and geospatial consultancy with a desire to continually improve outcomes for its clients through technology use and innovation to improve efficiency, quality, and safety at scale. With this ethos, the Winner combined precise GNSS surveying with high-speed Mobile LiDAR and innovative workflows to achieve detailed settlement monitoring of road pavements. With an estimated 90% reduction of field survey time compared to conventional techniques and zero impact on traffic, this company delivered on safety as well as survey products.
 

Award for Innovation in Medium to Large Business

The Award for Innovation in Medium to Large Business recognises a unique delivery of a project, product or service based on a new idea, method, technology, process or application resulting in significant social, environmental and/or economic benefits. 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.
 

Finalists:
The were two finalists for this Award - Wood and Partners Consultants Limited for Innovative technique for Pavement Settlement Monitoring of the CNC Roading Project, and NZ Police for GeoSpatial Intelligence Support to Major events.
 

Winner of the Award for Innovation in Medium to Large Business:
Wood and Partners Consultants Limited for Innovative technique for Pavement Settlement Monitoring of the CNC Roading Project:

The company who submitted this project is a land development and geospatial consultancy with a desire to continually improve outcomes for its clients through the use of technology and innovation to improve efficiency, quality, and safety at scale. With this ethos, the company combined precise GNSS surveying with high-speed Mobile LiDAR and innovative workflows to achieve detailed settlement monitoring of road pavements. With an estimated 90% reduction of field survey time compared to conventional techniques and zero impact on traffic, this company’s innovative solution delivered on safety as well as survey products.

Award for GeoSpatial Enablement
 

The Award for GeoSpatial Enablement recognises products or projects in which the application of spatial information, methodology and/or tools has greatly improved the outcomes of a non-spatial project, process or product.
 

Finalists:
We had 2 Finalists for the Award this year – Stats NZ for their Population Grids for New Zealand and New Zealand Police for Enabling Frontline Police Officers in Fleeing Driver Incidents.

Winner of the Award for GeoSpatial Enablement:

Stats New Zealand. The winner’s first official population grids gives users the flexibility to analyse and visualise population data in new and innovative ways. The grids, first trialled this year, are a multi-resolution framework created using new data integration methods. The response to the trial was overwhelmingly positive and sets the platform for more gridded data products. We have already seen the benefit of the population grids being used during Cyclone Gabrielle as the basis for highlighting the populations of isolated communities and this is a prime example of how the company’s population grids can help put people back on the map.

Award for Technical Excellence

The Award for Technical Excellence recognises surveying and spatial projects that apply existing technology and methodologies to an exceptionally high technical standard, overcoming significant technical challenges, and delivering outstanding results for the client.
 

Winner of the Regional Award for Technical Excellence: Wood and Partners Consultants Ltd for Pavement Settlement Monitoring of the CNC Roading Project with high speed mobile LIDAR.

Postgraduate Student Award

The winner of the Individual Award Postgraduate Student Award: Holly Still. 
 

Holly is finding new ways to answer age-old questions in glaciology by applying high-precision positioning techniques that are not yet in the glaciology toolkit. Their work has demonstrated, for the first time, the effectiveness of low-cost, low-power GNSS systems for detecting 10^-3 scale ice deformation patterns in challenging high-latitude sites. The work establishes low-cost solutions as comparable to traditional high-cost survey-grade GNSS systems. The high-precision observations are used to drive mathematical models that elucidate fundamental material properties of the ice, in real-world settings that laboratory experiments cannot replace.

Diversity and Inclusion Award
 

The Winner of the Diversity and Inclusion Award: Shanon Henare Tait.
 

The Winner of this Award created a StoryMap for education purposes to teach College students how geospatial can be used to complement their own studies. It was designed to show the impacts of relative isolation when adverse weather events occur.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2023 WINNERS!

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