Craig MacDonell Organisation: University of Otago Summary: This nomination is for Craig MacDonell to recognize his outstanding achievement and leadership in a mapping project he undertook in the last semester of his Bachelor of Science. As part of a research-led paper on remote sensing technologies and resource mapping, Craig emerged as an exceptional leader of a team of students and a driving force behind the successful completion of the topographic survey of Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua in Dunedin. In addition, Craig exceeded expectations by characterizing the performance of surveying products derived from Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). Beyond his technical excellence, Craig revealed a talent in dealing with many stakeholders to address logistical, regulatory, safety, and wildlife management issues. This project involved multifaceted public engagement with clients and members of the community, which culminated in a public presentation where Craig received praise, as well as a feature in the Otago Daily Times
Ed Cook Summary: This nomination is for Ed Cook, in particular contributing to a final-year research project, and also to the wider university through extra-curricular involvement with the Student Volunteer Army (SVA). The research he contribued to in his last semester of a Bachelor of Science degree at Canterbury was on the spatial modelling of bioclimatic indices for a New Zealand Viticulture Region. Climate temperature data was converted into information by analysis for decision makers – done through maps created in R showing the climate profile of the region compared domestically and internationally - providing sufficient evidence in support of a viticulture region being protected by relevant legislation. Extracurricularly, Ed’s Involvement in the SVA in Christchurch as Events Manager contributed to the club returning to its highest numbers since the Christchurch earthquake. A week after his final exams, he reinvigorated the Wellington SVA in response to the the events of 14th November 2016.
Nicki Shaw Organisation: University of Otago Summary: The aim of this research was to develop an effective modelling process for the deformation of structural elements, with particular reference to the Percy Burn Viaduct, Fiordland. The viaduct is currently closed to trampers due to concerns regarding its structural integrity. The research process involved obtaining a current 3D terrestrial laser scanned point cloud and comparing it with historic scan data obtained in 2014, trialling relevant modelling software, creating accurate models of beams (structural elements) and quantifying deformation. Following this, a statistical analysis and software-accuracy experiment was performed for the final process. From the research it was concluded that mesh models created in CloudCompare were the most effective in maintaining the true shape of structural elements, and accurately detecting deformation to a millimetre level. Overall, the process will assist with restoring structural elements of the viaduct and more broadly will help spatial professionals monitor other large degrading structures
Postgraduate Student of the Year Award
Andrew Devonport Organisation: University of Canterbury Summary: Andrew’s Maters in GIS thesis was titled “The impact of secondary school enrolment schemes on school desirability, academic achievement and transport”. This thesis investigated quantified the environmental impact of students not travelling to their nearest secondary school in Christchurch. It did this by calculating the distance that could be saved if each student was allocated to their closest state school instead of where they went to. It used sophisticated geographical information system (GIS) methods to do this and ran a range of scenarios according to type of schools included or not included (state, integrated and single sex). In recognition of its quality and strengths, the work received an A grade, with one examiner commenting “This thesis has a high level of intellectual sophistication” and the other stating “Overall the thesis is an excellent and important contribution to current policy debate.”
Euan Forsyth Organisation: University of Auckland Summary: The Residential Scale Walkability Index (RSWI) seeks to redefine how walkability indices are implemented. This is achieved in two ways: first, by transforming the spatial scale of walkability indices from aggregate neighbourhoods to disaggregate individual properties; second, by creating a more flexible method that can account for different levels of physical activity amongst the population. The end result is an index that assigns a walkability value for each residence on the Auckland isthmus, at both the five and ten minute walking scales. As the RSWI does not use any neighbourhood units, it is not constrained by the inherent statistical errors introduced by these units. Furthermore, its disaggregate scale means that the RSWI methods can be reproduced at different scales across different cities, thus enabling greater comparability between cities and repeatability in methods. This repeatability in turn leads to greater refutability and, therefore, a better form of spatial science.
Young Professional of the Year Award Proudly supported by:
Josie Hawkey Summary: Josie Hawkey is an inspirational Spatial Industry leader. Josie has demonstrated a major impact through her important work with the NZDF, however, Josie has also made an unparalleled contribution in supporting her peers by volunteering hundreds of hours of her own time founding & leading the establishment of the NZ Emerging Spatial Professionals Group (NZESP). Josie is an exceptional leader representing the interests of GIS graduates in direct discussions with Government Ministers, CEOs, Directors and other employers. She has written several published articles and has fearlessly and persuasively given multiple speeches to large industry conferences to further this cause. Her efforts have produced a great deal of increased support from the industry for recent graduates. In 2017 Josie’s efforts resulted in the NZESP Committee, on behalf of all emerging spatial professionals, awarding Josie with a “Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Leadership in the Development of the National Geospatial Capability”.
Kate Waterhouse Organisation:Western Bay of Plenty District Council Summary: Over the past four and a half years since beginning my career in the spatial industry I have been working at Western Bay of Plenty District Council as a GIS Analyst after graduating from Otago University. I am always keen to develop better ways of doing things and helping people see a different aspect of their work geospatially. As a young professional I am continually striving for more, being on the executive within the NZ ESRI User Group Committee, on the Emerging Spatial Professionals Committee and most recently developing the yet to be named Emergency Management GIS committee. I was recognised for my work through being a finalist for the Excellence in GIS competition at ESRI UC in 2016 and attending the ESRI UC in San Diego during 2017. I am always encouraging the use of GIS throughout the workplace and extending my skills and contacts within the spatial industry.
Professional of the Year Award Proudly supported by:
Chris Morris Organisation: Interpret Geospatial Solutions Summary: Chris Morris is one of New Zealand’s leading geospatial professionals. He has been active in the spatial industry for 20 years, working in local government, with Esri UK and with two New Zealand GIS consultancies. He is a passionate voice for the power of spatial information to make a difference to peoples’ lives. Chris currently leads a highly successful GIS team as well as serving the profession in his role on the New Zealand Esri User Group committee. His particular passion is to enable innovation and build professionalism across the industry, and he is outstanding in his ability to mentor and encourage others. In all that he does, Chris maintains an enviable balance between his work and his young family.
Christopher Weir Organisation: Corelogic Summary: Chris Weir is a senior employee of New Zealand’s leading property and data analytics company - CoreLogic NZ, fulfilling the role of Principal Architect and Consultant. In this role Chris takes the internal and external lead on all major spatial projects. Chris’s wealth of spatial knowledge is well regarded and respected by peers and clients. He has a reputation for delivering solutions that are robust, scalable, not bound by any one technology, and fully integrate into workflows and systems. In short, Chris’s abilities ensure that client expectations can be exceeded. Chris has been a very active member of the spatial profession, evidenced by his consistent involvement with a range of organisations and committees over the last decade. Chris is a passionate believer in the profession and its future growth and CoreLogic unreservedly put Chris forward for this industry recognition.
Trevor Hart Summary: Trevor has supported government and industry over 18 years. As a consultant, he has been a key contributor to many successful GIS implementations across New Zealand. A purveyor of “Best Practice”, he has supported the activities of many NZ organisations, many of which have gone on to win NZSEA awards in previous years. A recent high-profile project was the implementation of the LINZ Wilding Conifers Information System. Quiet, unpretentious, Trevor shuns the limelight. His contribution over so many years, however, deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated.
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