Winners of the 2017 Awards
Winner: Trimble, Innovation & Commercialisation
With increasing processing power, high resolution graphics and the connectivity to deliver spatial data to their users, smartphones and tablets have become a low cost data collection tool. With these increased capabilities a broad range of mobile apps have become available, however their use in the spatial industry has been limited by the accuracy of the internal GNSS receiver in the mobile devices, and the relative cost of high accuracy GNSS receivers. While high accuracy GNSS has been adopted by the members of the spatial industry whose roles are dedicated to measurement, the cost/benefit ratio has been a barrier to the broader use of high accuracy GNSS by casual users of positioning – people who are primarily performing a work task from maintenance and inspection through communication and collaboration who in the course of their work periodically need high accuracy positioning. In the past, either compromises have been made on accuracy or the need has been serviced by bringing in measurement professionals. This innovation has been the development of an Android based soft GNSS receiver (a GNSS receiver that is purely in software) and low cost multi frequency GNSS antenna allowing smartphones to achieve accuracies of up to a centimeter using a globally available subscription service. Delivered using a positioning as a service business model the innovation changes the cost/benefit ratio to make the use and availability of high accuracy GNSS now affordable for the casual users where accurate positioning is required to support their primary job/task, opening up the use of high accuracy spatial information to a far more extensive range of users through a growing range of smartphone/tablet based applications.
Awards for Organisations
Environment & Sustainability
Proudly supported by: NZIS
Winner: Land Information New Zealand
Title: Wilding Conifers Information System
'For the first time, authorities fighting the spread of wilding conifers will have a complete picture of infestations throughout the country.'
Mark Mitchell (former Minister for Land Information)
The Wilding Conifer Information System, a web-based mapping and monitoring tool underpins the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme, a partnership between LINZ, the Ministry for Primary Industries, Department of Conservation, New Zealand Defence Force, regional and district councils, forestry, farming and community groups. The tool provides for accurate and nationally consistent standards to record data about infestations and control activities.
It comes with a mobile app for authorities to download on their devices and capture information from the field in real time. Conifers are a serious threat to ecosystems, native landscapes and farms, and it's estimated that wilding conifers affect more than 2 million hectares of New Zealand’s landscape.
Innovation & Commercialisation
Proudly Supported by: Wellington City Council
Catalyst, a breakthrough technology that puts global navigation satellite system (GNSS) capability into the hands of smartphone users won the coveted Supreme Award, as well as Innovation and Commercialisation Award. Developed by Trimble, a global leader in positioning technologies, Catalyst collects geo-location data with Trimble or third-party apps on smartphones, tablets and mobile handhelds.
People & Community
Proudly supported by: Land Information New Zealand
Winner: New Zealand Cartographic Society
Title: 2016/2017 NZ Children's Map Competition
The New Zealand Cartographic Society organised the 2016/2017 NZ Children's Map Competition, which attracted a record 250 map entries from school students all across the country. The objectives of the competition, with a theme of We Love Maps, were:
Proudly Supported by: e-Spatial
Winner: Far North District Council
Title: 'Let's Plan Together' Community Engagement in the District Planning
“Planning processes have often failed to effectively capture information important to Maori. The tangata whenua interactive map features explanations and descriptions in both te reo and English, and encourages iwi and hapu to identify places that have significance to them. Those places might be cultural and archaeological sites within their rohe, or something as simple as a road link needing an upgrade to their marae.” – Chair of the council’s Strategy Committee, Councillor Willow-Jean Prime
The council's Let's Plan Together story map combines interactive maps with easy-to-understand text, timelines and web links. It was created by council staff using ArcGIS Online technology and web mapping applications to encourage greater participation in the review of the District Plan by making it accessible to a general audience. The online ‘story mapping’ approach has been called ground-breaking by planners and is being keenly watched by other councils.
Proudly supported by: NationalMap
Winner: AJJV (Arup Jacobs Joint Venture) Auckland Light Rail Technical Advisors
Title: Auckland Light Rail Utilities Clash Detection Interactive Model
Auckland Light Rail technical advisers AJJV created a new way of understanding how a proposed infrastructure route would impact on the location of underground utilities (gas, water and electricity), reducing construction risks.
Auckland Transport is looking at light rail as part of the solution to address the worsening congestion and accessibility problems. AJJV was commissioned to create the reference design for the 29km route including 24 stations, overhead wire pole installations, depot and related infrastructure, and road realignment. This construction project is in a heavily congested corridor containing multiple utilities providing essential services to Auckland CBD.
Through an innovative approach to GIS-based technology, AJJV developed its automated clash detection process, replacing the standard, costly, manual process. The clash detection process was able to reduce 5183 clashes to 443, saving about 790 hours of engineering. An additional machine learning process that scored the assessments reduced the remaining 443 clashes by 60 per cent.
Awards for Individuals
Professional of the Year
Proudly Supported by: Eagle Technology
Winner: Trevor Hart
Trevor has supported government and industry over 18 years. As a consultant, he has been a key contributor to many successful GIS implementations throughout New Zealand. A purveyor of best practice, he has supported the activities of many New Zealand organisations, many of which have gone on to win NZSEA awards. A recent high-profile project was the implementation of the LINZ Wilding Conifers Information System.
Young Professional of the Year
Proudly Supported by: Eagle Technology
Winner: Kate Waterhouse, Western Bay of Plenty District Council
GIS analyst Kate Waterhouse is always looking to develop better ways of doing things and helping people see a different aspect of their work geospatially. She is on the executive of the NZ ESRI User Group Committee, on the Emerging Spatial Professionals Committee and an emergency management GIS committee. She was a finalist in the Excellence in GIS competition at the Esri User Conference in 2016 and attended the Esri UC in San Diego in 2017.
Postgraduate Student of the Year
Proudly Supported by: SIBA New Zealand
Winner: Euan Forsyth, University of Auckland
Euan Forsyth was recognised for his project on a residential scale walkability index (RSWI) which seeks to redefine how such indices are implemented. His master's thesis centred around building a residential scale GIS walkability index for central Auckland and critically assessing typical neighbourhood scale walkability indices.
Undergraduate Student of the Year
Proudly Supported by: New Zealand ESRI Users Group
Winner: Craig MacDonell, University of Otago
The judges were impressed by Craig's outstanding achievement and leadership in a mapping project he undertook in the last semester of his Bachelor of Science. Craig led a team of students working on a topographic survey of historic Quarantine Island/ Kamau Taurua in Otago Harbour. The team took photographs of the entire area using a Trimble UX5 drone. Craig revealed a talent in dealing with many stakeholders to address logistical, regulatory, safety, and wildlife management issues. The Quarantine Island Trust was interested in the results of the project, which would potentially help it keep track of restoration and conservation activities, such as tree planting.
The map was definitely 'the most accurate map around' of the island and gave a baseline of its state and condition – Craig's supervisor Dr Pascal Sirguey