New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards 2016

Last night the third New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards were held at Te Papa in Wellington, with a gala dinner at Te Marae. The Minister of Land Information Louise Upston and Mayor Justin Lester were both present. The Supreme Award was taken out by Wellington City Council with their project Living Lab.

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There was a very high standard of entries in all twelve categories, with almost double the number of entrants from 2015. Judges noted that several organisations had entered the awards for the first time.

Entries ranged from those with an agricultural focus (Ravensdown; Balance) to routing solutions (Critchlow; CoreLogic in collaboration with NZTA) to environmental sustainability (Predator Free New Zealand were finalists in two categories).

Sharing New Zealand expertise overseas played a part in this year’s awards, with the Award for Export going to ThunderMaps, who impressed judges with the implementation of their location data collection and awareness apps, which are now being rolled out into European cities to keep citizens informed and safe.

Land Information New Zealand won the Technical Excellence Award for its improvements to vertical datums (ie, height information that is vital for managing water resources, assessing hazards, and carrying out large scale engineering), information that is now being used in the United States.

The supreme winner was Wellington City Council, with their entry Living Lab – a project using smart technology to make Wellington safer. Living Lab overlays sensory data such as glass breaking, screaming and anti-social behaviour on a real-time map, with the resulting alerts used to help keep people safer in the city. Judge Duane Wilkins said the project represented the ‘highest level of spatial excellence’.

Summing up the scope of the entries, Mr Deakin commented: ‘One of the enduring observations by the judges is that there really is no business problem that can’t, in some way, be solved or enhanced through a spatial solution.’

Read about each entry at http://www.nzspatialawards.org.nz/winners/finalists/.

SIBA are proud to be a foundation partner of the awards.

The Supreme Winner is now eligible for the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards that will be held as part of the 10th International Symposium on Digital Earth and Locate17 Conference, 3 - 6 April 2017, at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

 

 

The 2016 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards Winners are:

2016 Supreme Excellence Award

• Wellington City Council for Living Lab

Organisational Awards

Land Information New Zealand Environment and Sustainability Award

• Statistics New Zealand for Environment Aotearoa 2015

CoreLogic Innovation and Commercialisation Award

• Ballance Agri-Nutrients for SpreadSmart

Statistics New Zealand People and Community Award

• Wellington City Council for Living Lab

e-Spatial Spatial Enablement Award

• New Zealand Transport Agency for Spatially Enabling a Thriving New Zealand

NationalMapTM Technical Excellence Award

• National Geodetic Office, Land Information New Zealand for Improving New Zealand’s Vertical Datum

Spatial Industries Business Association Award for Export

• ThunderMaps for ThunderMaps Europe

Individual Awards

Wellington City Council Undergraduate Student of the Year Award

• Jeanette Ma

Woods Postgraduate Student of the Year Award

• Mike McConachie

New Zealand Institute of Surveyors Education & Professional Development Award

• Dr Antoni Moore, University of Otago

Eagle Technology Young Professional of the Year Award

• Kurt Janssen, Interpret Geospatial Solutions

Eagle Technology Professional of the Year Award

• Wendy Lawson, University of Canterbury

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