Spatial Information Day 2011 was again a huge success, with attendance by over 350 delegates from all areas of the spatial sciences. It is thanks to those who participate as speakers at the day that we are able to feature the diverse and interesting presentations that we do, and those of you who have not yet shared your work in a presentation are encouraged to give it a go!
The day started out with two impressive keynote speakers. Rod Hook, Chief Executive of the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure spoke about many of the infrastructure projects in which he has been involved, and which have changed the way in which we work, travel, live, and do business in our city of Adelaide. Location based information and analysis has been an integral part of the success of each project.
Professor Barry Brook from the University of Adelaide looked at the vastly different topic of climate change and modeling, but again the theme highlighted just how important location based information is to decision making.
Concurrent sessions followed for the rest of the day, covering a range of topics, from the rescue of miners in Chile using Maptek 3D mapping technology, to cadastral surveying, to community mapping in disaster situations.
Many of the presentations are now available from the Spatial Information Day website www.spatialinformationday.org.au
This year, SIBA, the Spatial Industries Business Association, lead a stream looking at business applications of location based technology, and how spatial solutions might be utilized in new and emerging markets, such as architecture and real estate management.
The day of presentations closed with an inspirational presentation by Katie Sarah, who recently summited Mt Everest. Katie's challenges in climbing the highest peak in the world were made relevant to the audience by the closing speaker John O'Malley, Executive Director at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, who challenged the industry to think of itself in a different frame of reference, and to find new and more relevant ways in which to quantify the value of what we do and the information that we manage.
The exhibition area again attracted the leaders from around the spatial and surveying industry. The exhibition area is always a highlight of Spatial Information Day, and we thank our sponsors and exhibitors for their support and participation at the event.
Platinum sponsor: esri Australia
Gold sponsors: Tonkin Consulting, Ultimate Positioning, Aerometrex and the Government of South Australia
Silver sponsors: Position Partners, SmartNetAus and CR Kennedy
Happy Hour sponsor: Digital Globe
The South Australian Spatial Excellence Awards were held in the evening of Friday 5th August at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The annual gala event was attended by 200 guests, who enjoyed fine food and entertainment, and a fun night with colleagues and industry friends.
Band Maggie Rose, with several spatial industry professionals proving that they have musical talent on top of their spatial skills, set the tone for the night.
Ali Carle, presenter on the MIX102.3 breakfast show, was MC for the night, a new presenter for the event, and much enjoyed by all. Mentalist Nicholas Tweedy amazed with his magical abilities, and even helped some confirmed skeptics to discover their hidden psychic abilities.
The event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our people and industry in South Australia and we are very proud of all our winners and nominees. South Australia has a great record of achievement at the APSEA level, and we wish our winners all the best this year.
South Australian Winners
Undergraduate/Graduate Project Award
Valerie Lawley, University of Adelaide
Self-organisation of Regenerating Semi-arid Vegetation, Koonamore, South Australia (1926-2008)
Valerie's Honours thesis, completed at the University of Adelaide, applied modern spatial analysis techniques to historical datasets, which had little spatial analyses performed on them previously. Her research contributed to the understanding of long term vegetation dynamics in the rangelands, assisting with knowledge of factors such as vegetation recovery following grazing. This will be a key factor in tracking expected conservation gains from environmental investment, such as the proposed Protected Areas on Private Lands (DENR)
Postgraduate Research Award
Greg Lyle, University of Adelaide
I can't be green if I'm in the Red : Combining precision agriculture and remote sensing technologies for sub field and regional decision making
Increasing woody perennials is one proposed method to mitigate climate change in the agricultural landscape. For implementation to be effective, financial losses to the farmer must be minimized, while providing a measurable regional environmental benefit. Greg's PhD research, conducted at the University of Adelaide, allowed decision scenarios that are much more realistic than previously possible because it anticipated and mimicked the fine-scale decision making at the broad scale. The results identified that a mixed system of cropping in profitable areas and perennial plantings in others may be financially and environmentally desirable both at the farm and regional levels.
Young Spatial Professional of the Year
Simon is GIS Coordinator at the District Council of Mount Barker, having previously worked for a number of years in both private consulting and State Government. He has sat on the South Australian YP Committee since 2004, including as its Chair in 2007-08. Simon is currently the Chair of the National YP Committee, and is also a SSSI Board Director. He also has roles on the Consultative Council, South Australia's Regional Committee, and a number of sub-Committees. He attained his GISP-AP this year, having previously earned General Certification of the SSI. His commitment to professional development includes, undertaking a Master of Science at Carnegie Mellon University simultaneously with an MBA at AGSM, as well as organising and attending numerous SSSI CPD events. Simon has contributed to a number of key projects during his career, including in the past year, SA Water's $403 million North South Interconnection System Pipeline project, and the $550 million Mount Barker redevelopment.
Education and Professional Development
Bertram Ostendorf, University of Adelaide
Bertram bases his teaching at Adelaide University on the belief that our society needs spatially literate graduates in the environmental area who are able to integrate information from different areas and identify risks and uncertainties associated with knowledge gaps. Bertram encourages integrating research into the undergraduate curriculum, and supervises a large number of honours and postgraduate students. Bertram has also been highly successful in building interdisciplinary research teams, whose work is recognised both nationally and internationally.
Service to the Spatial Community
Since taking on the role of SA Regional Chair in 2009, Gary has taken the role to a new level with his commitment, service and professionalism. His work to develop the SA Sustaining Partner program has delivered excellent results to the region, and the connections he has made with industry and academia has placed SSSI at the forefront in the State. Despite his many other roles Gary is always an active contributor to the SID and SASEA organising committees, and he took on a major role in the SSC2009 conference in Adelaide, where he was instrumental in securing many event sponsors, including the platinum sponsor.
Gary has demonstrated over a long period of time his commitment to developing the next generation of the spatial community, and he is currently working to coordinate a national Spatial Education Summit.
In November Gary takes on the responsibility of the National SSSI Presidency, and we look forward to his vision and leadership in that role.
GIS Professional Asia Pacific Certification
JB & JW Calder Award
Mike commenced his surveying career in 1978 as a Survey Graduate and gained his license from the Surveyors Board of South Australia in 1982
He has been generous with both his time and expertise. Over the last 6 years he has been chairman of the Surveying Board of South Australia and has continued to mentor young graduates in this time. He has sat on the Geospatial and Environmental Management Discipline Advisory Board and he currently serves on the committee for Surveying SA (Which incorporates The Surveyors boards of SA, SSSI, SIBA and UNISA). In the past he has served as Chair and on the committee of the old Institute of Surveyors.
He has been instrumental in gaining funding for UniSA to provide the Masters in Surveying course. Recently he was involved in a study tour of Europe with UDIA. In his spare time he manages to undertake some surveying.
Small Project Award
Pyper Leaker Surveying Services
Dry Creek Railcar Depot Relocation Project
The Dry Creek Railcar Depot Relocation Project was a $150+ million project designed to move and upgrade the Service facilities of the Adelaide Railcar Depot formerly located on North Terrace, Adelaide. This project made way for the construction of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Pyper Leaker Surveying Services were engaged to provide Surveying services to facilitate the successful construction of the following components of this project:
1. Storm Water Construction
2. Wet Common Service Construction.
3. Subgrade/Capping Layer Construction.
4. Road Network Construction.
5. Dry Common Service Construction
6. Building Pad Construction
University of Adelaide and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Spatial and temporal monitoring of soil erosion risk with satellite imagery
South Australia's Strategic Plan 2007 includes a soil protection target to increase South Australia's agricultural cropping land protected from erosion by 20% from 2003 to 2014.
There is growing interest within state and federal government in the potential of remote sensing to assess soil cover at appropriate spatial and temporal resolutions.
This project, a collaboration between the University of Adelaide and DENR, worked to develop a remotely sensed image index of soil exposure across South Australia's cereal cropping regions
The project used several new techniques and made a significant contribution to the science of soil exposure monitoring.
Land Development and Planning
SA Water Treatment Plant Capacity Analysis
Tonkin Consulting and SA Water
This project, undertaken by Tonkin Consulting and SA Water involved the utilisation of population and dwelling projections for the purposes of both water supply and wastewater planning across the Greater Adelaide region.
By ensuring adequate planning and monitoring of existing infrastructure capacity Tonkin Consulting and SA water have reduced the risk of a shortage of water supply or the inability to treat wastewater in the expected volumes or to a suitable water quality.
Infrastructure and Construction
North South Interconnection System
As part of the long-term strategic plan for water in Adelaide, the SA Water Network Water Security Program aims to deliver an integrated solution for water transfer and distribution until 2050.
The WaterLink JV (a joint venture consisting of associated partners Parsons Brinckerhoff, MWH and Tonkin Consulting) was selected to deliver the infrastructure design services consultancy, operations management and control design
People and Community
South East Resource Information Centre (SERIC) and South East Natural Resources Management Board
nrmFARM2.0 is a web mapping application developed by the South East Resource Information Centre (SERIC) for the South East Natural Resources Management Board (SENRMB) and delivered through the nrmSPACE.se website. It is designed to assist landowners to effectively manage and record their farm assets.
Spatially Enabled Government
Fire Management Maps
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
As the government agency responsible for South Australia's national parks and reserves, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) undertakes fire management activities throughout the year.
Fire Management Plans use mapping to communicate proposed fire management activities to stakeholders and the public.
Once finalised, the plans underpin all fire management activities undertaken in reserves managed by DENR. They also provide the opportunity for landowners who have Heritage Agreements on their land to partner with DENR when managing bushfire risk in adjacent private conservation areas.
The next of the popular Land Surveying Commission's Boundary Definition workshop series will be held on Monday 7 November. Online registrations will be available next month.