Nominations are open for the 2021 Spatial Excellence Awards Presented by Survey and Spatial NZ
The Spatial Excellence Awards celebtrate 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 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) regional awards.
Download the 2021 APSEA Nomination Kit
The categories available are:
Individual Awards are for New Zealand-based professionals and students. The following individual awards categories are available.
Criteria for each individual award is available on the APSEA website.
Professional of the Year (Only open to S+SNZ and SSSI members)
The Professional of the Year Award recognises a practitioner who is working in any of the disciplines of the surveying and spatial sciences whose professional achievements are acknowledged by peer citation as exemplifying the highest standards of excellence and ethical conduct.
Future Leader of the Year (Only open to S+SNZ and SSSI members)
This award recognises an early career professional who has performed at an exceptional level in their career to date and made substantial contributions in the field of surveying and spatial science in the last 18 months.
Diversity and Inclusion (New in 2021)
This award recognises a surveying and spatial professional who has improved, contributed to the improvement of, opportunities for those from diverse backgrounds and/or actively campaigned for a more inclusionary workplace or industry, in a way that has had a positive and long-term impact.
Diversity is about employing people who are different across a range of indicators such as age, gender, sexual orientation, industry background, cultural identity, ability as well as diversity of thinking approaches among many others. Inclusion is about valuing that difference and creating processes and cultures that enable a sense of belonging and psychological safety.
This award is conferred on teachers, trainers, facilitators or academics who have substantially contributed through teaching, training, research, publications and/or professional activities to transfer skills and knowledge to others. It acknowledges leadership not only in empowering individuals and groups, but also in supporting others to acquire knowledge and/or promote excellence in the fields of surveying and spatial science.
Students eligible to enter this award include PhD and Masters Research students who have completed (or planning to complete) the subject to which their research contributes during the calendar year of the award nomination.
This award is conferred on a Postgraduate student who has undertaken a research project that contributes to the ongoing progression of the surveying and spatial profession.
Students eligible to enter this award include final year university undergraduates and graduates including Honours, Graduate Certificate/Diploma, and Masters by coursework students who have completed (or planning to complete) the subject to which their research contributes during the calendar year of the award nomination.
This award is conferred on a student who has undertaken a research project in the course of their studies that contributes to the ongoing progression of the surveying and spatial profession.
Seven award categories are for any New Zealand-based organisation – private, public, academic or not for profit – provided it has worked on a project relating to spatial data in the past year.
Criteria for each industry award is available on the APSEA website.
The Community Impact award recognises unique contributions the spatial industry has had on people and communities.
Environment and Sustainability
The Environment and Sustainability award recognises products and projects that help to resolve any issue in an environmental context.
The Innovation Award 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.
The International Partnership Award recognises organisations that have successfully conducted business through developing trade opportunities in international markets through unique projects, products and services. This may be through products or projects that have successfully been delivered through local or international collaboration in a market outside of New Zealand or coordinated with international organisations/clients, applying surveying and spatial knowledge, products, and/or IP.
The Award for Spatial Enablement recognises products or projects in which the application of spatial information, methodology and/or tools has greatly improved the outcomes of a project, process or product.
The Technical Excellence Award recognises products or projects that implemented spatial solutions to an exceptionally high technical standard, overcoming significant technical challenges, and delivering outstanding results for the client.
In contrast with the Innovation Award, this category focuses on excellence in applying existing technology and methodologies.
Workforce Development and Inclusion
The Award for Workforce Development and Inclusion recognises excellence in approaches taken to develop and prepare workforce for current and emerging technology and market needs.
To enter the awards, entrants apply online with a written submission, including images or attachments, detailing why they or their nominee should be recognised.