NZ Spatial Excellence Awards 2017 Finalists

  • 28 September 2017

NZ Spatial Excellence Awards 2017 Finalists

The finalists for 2017 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards were announced this morning at a breakfast function held in Wellington. Now in its fourth year, the 2017 awards attracted over 60 entries from a variety of different organisations and individuals across New Zealand using spatial technology to provide valuable benefits in such varied areas as Agriculture, Banking, Transportation, Conservation and Local Government.

Scott Campbell, a member of the NZSEA Steering Committee, says the quality and range of entries demonstrates the importance of spatial technology and the role it plays in everyday business in New Zealand.

“With the expansion of the spatial sector into a wider world of technology and with the associated adoption of spatial in almost every industry, the NZ Spatial Excellence Awards have a key role in highlighting potential and in demonstrating what excellence looks like for both individuals and organisations. The 2017 awards represent the diverse areas of application as well as the quality of endeavour that is seen in the Spatial Industry in NZ today” says Campbell.

David Pimblott, a member of the NZSEA judging panel, says “the entries submitted this year represent world-class applications of geospatial technology to support genuine business benefits for implementation. The entries reflect creative and innovative utilisation of geospatial technology, especially in the mobile and web environments, that have the potential to deliver transformational value and productivity outcomes across a diversity of industries”.

The winners in each category will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner to be held at Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, on Wednesday 15 November 2017.

Congratulations to the following finalists.

Environment and Sustainability Award

Auckland International Airport Ltd: Airport Biosecurity - Mosquito Monitoring

Land Information New Zealand: Wilding Conifers Information System

Innovation and Commercialisation Award (Proudly supported by Wellington City Council)

Trimble: Catalyst

Valocity Limited: Valocity Agri

People and Community Award

Centre for Sustainability: Using a Geodatabase to Assess Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise in the Greater South Dunedin Community

New Zealand Cartographic Society: 2016/2017 NZ Children's Map Competition

New Zealand GIS in Conservation: Geoenabling Community-led Conservation in New Zealand

Undergraduate Student of the Year Award

Craig John MacDonell

Ed Cook

Nicki Shaw

Postgraduate Student of the Year Award

Andrew Devonport

Euan Forsyth

Young Professional of the Year Award (Proudly supported by Eagle Technology)

Josie Hawkey

Kate Waterhouse

Professional of the Year Award (Proudly supported by Eagle Technology)

Chris Morris

Christopher Weir

Trevor William Hart

Spatial Enablement Award

Far North District Council: 'Let's Plan Together' Community Engagement in the District Planning

Mobility, New Zealand Police: Mobility Programme

Wellington City Council: Resilient Wellington

Technical Excellence Award

AJJV (Arup Jacobs Joint Venture) Auckland Light Rail Technical Advisors: Auckland Light Rail Utilities Clash Detection Interactive Model

Cardno (NZ) Ltd: CentrePort Earthquake Recovery - Spatial Services

Incremental Ltd, the University of Auckland, Statistics New Zealand: Workload Planning for the 2018 New Zealand Census

Supreme Excellence Award

The 2017 NZSEA Supreme Excellence Award will be announced at the Gala Prize Dinner on 15 November. It is selected from one of the organisational category winners by the Judging Panel. The Supreme Award, in the judges’ opinion, represents the pinnacle of achievement in the spatial industry.