Auckland International Airport Ltd Title: Airport Biosecurity - Mosquito Monitoring Summary: Auckland Airport is the major connection between New Zealand and the world. Over 70 per cent of visitors enter or leave the country through the Airport, it handles over 18.5 million passengers a year and 92% of the country’s air freight by weight. Thirty international airlines from 45 international destinations serve Auckland Airport making it Australasia’s third busiest international airport, after Sydney and Melbourne. As a gateway to the country, Auckland Airport has both national and international obligations to ensure that the biosecurity interests of New Zealand and those countries to which it connects are not compromised. Unwanted pests can damage economies, environments and ways of life, mosquitoes are one such pest arriving and leaving the country with passengers and their luggage as well as with freight and freight containers. Auckland Airport have approximately 400 mosquito monitoring locations throughout terminal and cargo areas with between 100 and 200 of these sites inspected every week. In the past these inspections were carried out using printed maps, pen and paper. Seeing the need to improve processes, a new workflow was created to provide a mobile ESRI solution, the end result being a single web app leveraging ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Web Applications, Survey123 and Interoperability. This allows inspectors to navigate to the inspection location and gather all required data and images in situ. Subsequent interoperability processes email results to stakeholders and produce all reports and maps required by the business and local and national authorities. This mobile tool has dramatically changed the way we collect, process and publish GIS field data at Auckland Airport, it provides inspectors with a single map app utilising not one but multiple tools from the ESRI stack. It is now being used as a template for other field data collection projects across the Airport campus.
Land Information New Zealand Title: Wilding Conifers Information System Summary: New apps to measure success of wilding conifers control. Wilding conifers are widely recognised as the biggest threat to our environment. They invade our native landscapes, smother our native flora, evict our native animals, suck water out of catchments, and have a huge impact on our economy. It’s estimated that wilding conifers affect more than 2-million hectares of New Zealand’s landscape. The spread costs New Zealand hugely. Millions of dollars are already spent annually to stem the problem but management is complex – there are a range of communities, landowners, authorities and operators affected by this problem. > "For the first time, authorities fighting the spread of wilding conifers will have a complete picture of infestations throughout the country" - Hon. Mark Mitchell (Minister for Land Information) Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has developed the Wilding Conifer Information System (WCIS), a web-based mapping and monitoring tool, to ensure control of this invasive species is carried out in the most efficient way possible. The WCIS will underpin the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme - a partnership between LINZ, the Ministry for Primary Industries, the Department of Conservation, the New Zealand Defence Force, regional and district councils, forestry, farming and community groups. The WCIS will play an integral part in measuring the success of the programme. The tool provides for accurate and nationally consistent standards to record data about infestations and control activities. It comes complete with a mobile app for authorities to download on their devices and capture information from the field in real-time. This information will be vital at both regional and national levels when it comes to making decisions about where to prioritise funding for control. Wilding conifers are a major threat to our ecosystems, native landscapes and farms. Active management is required to tackle invasive conifers, which now affect more than two million hectares of land and are spreading at an estimated rate of five per cent a year. The mapping application can be viewed on the LINZ website.
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Trimble Title: Catalyst Summary: 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.
Valocity Limited Title: Valocity Agri Summary: In just three short years, Valocity has revolutionised the entire mortgage-lending process in New Zealand through innovative technology whilst simultaneously breaking a monopoly strong-hold on the automated property valuation market. The first of its kind in New Zealand, Valocity saw a gap in the market and developed a new technology platform that combines the best of data, advanced analytics and technology to deliver customer centricity in parallel with regulatory compliance. It enables its clients, predominantly banks, to deliver on the needs of their customers at the same time as seamlessly taking care of their increased regulatory obligations. Part of its game-changing approach to delivering tailored, relevant experiences for its customers is the development of the Valocity Agri platform, which has been designed to deliver innovation and efficiency to the rural lending and valuation market. Despite agriculture being the backbone of the New Zealand economy, only limited information existed on rural properties, which had to be accessed from a number of disparate sources. Previously calculating the value, total usable land, understanding land attributes, and pulling multiple addresses within one farm together to formulate a full view was a manual process. Built in close collaboration with lenders, Valocity’s Agri platform provides a bespoke, sophisticated view of a range of data that takes all the intricacies of rural lending into consideration . The solution provides the lender with a complete ‘one-stop-shop’ of data and information on any rural property in New Zealand to assist them in their valuation and lending processes as well as world-class geospatial tools to enable layering, mapping calculations and visual overlays. Believed to be the first of its kind in the world, Valocity’s rural digital platform was launched in 2016 and pulls together the best data, advanced analytics and technology to deliver a visual mapping solution that makes it significantly easier for lenders to gain a clear view of a rural property. Previously rural lenders needed to use multiple systems to get information to assess a rural property which included mapping investigation and data sourcing, sales searching and collection, title ordering and then entering it in to their own internal system. Now Valocity’s ‘Agri’ platform provides a ‘one stop shop’ for all information required for rural valuations/lending, pulling together data from a variety of sources and serving it up in one consolidated online geospatially interactive view. Advanced interactive mapping drawing tools in the Valocity ‘Agri’ product allow distance and area to be measured on aerial or cadastral maps. This is an important part of the valuation process as it allows users to section off areas of unusable land. Up until now, this was carried out manually with varying degrees of accuracy. A number of land features can also be layered on the map to provide insights into the land’s useability including the ability to section out an unusable part of land such as forest and remove it from the total calculation. Valocity has digitised the entire valuation workflow process from end to end including online sales capture, valuation template integrated into the platform creating a new paradigm for Agri lending.
People and Community Award
Centre for Sustainability Title: Using a Geodatabase to Assess Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise in the Greater South Dunedin Community Summary: This project was designed to create a spatial tool for mapping vulnerability to sea level rise and related flooding of the greater South Dunedin community and assets. Work undertaken by the Otago Regional Council and GNS Science in recent years has identified a significant area of greater south Dunedin is currently within 1 metre of mean sea level. However, due to the complex interactions between sea level rise, local geomorphology, and hydrology, it is currently unclear where the most risk-exposed areas are with any precision. For this project, height above sea level and ponding areas were used as proxies. To identify the human and physical characteristics of this area, a geodatabase was created using ArcGIS 10.3. The geodatabase gathers information on terrain, flood hazards, ponding, seismic hazards, storm surge inundation, urban landscape, and social elements. This data derives from a wide range of sources including the local and regional council, GNS Science, the University of Otago, and Statistics New Zealand. The 136 layers support investigations into what and who is located in high risk areas, to identify vulnerable assets and infrastructure, and provide a tool for decision-makers, researchers, and general public to gain a wider understanding of sea level rise impacts. The database supports searches and layering so that, for example, all community facilities that are within areas of low social welfare and within 500mm of mean sea level can be identified. The source and quality of the data collated in the geodatabase has been described and recorded in item and layer descriptions, as well as in a handbook which is associated with the database. This ensures that other users of the geodatabase can understand and track the quality of their maps. The geodatabase is designed to be updated as improved or updated spatial data become available over time. The project's community and resilience focus led to the Esri Young Scholar award, 2017. It's success could be viewed through the immense support from the local and regional council, researchers, and the community who have embraced it as a valuable and useful tool. The interest and uptake indicates the design is fit for purpose as it was intended for use by decision makers at the local and regional council, and researchers across different departments so that the greater south Dunedin area can be understood better, and therefore create a useful, accessible adaptation plan for those who will be most impacted by the multiple hazards facing the area. Key layers of interest for the public were also used to create a Webmap so that the public could become better informed on their own position in risk.
New Zealand Cartographic Society Title: 2016/2017 NZ Children's Map Competition Summary: The New Zealand Cartographic Society organised the 2016/2017 NZ Children's Map Competition. The competition, with a theme of "We Love Maps", attracted a record 250 map entries from school students all across the country. The objectives of the competition were to:
promote children's creative representation of the world;
enhance their cartographic and spatial awareness; and
make them more conscious of their environment.
The maps of the three winning place getters from each age category (13-15 years, 9-12 years and 6-8 years) are now displayed in the New Zealand National Library adjacent to the "Unfolding the map" Exhibition. The maps can also be viewed on the NZ Cartographic Society website. The Children's Map Competition received great support from the New Zealand spatial industry with sponsorship from:
New Zealand Geographic
Department of Conservation
Land Information New Zealand
National Library of New Zealand
Feedback from teachers and parents was that the Map Competition certainly achieved its objectives. Here is a comment from a parent whose daughter entered the 6-8 years age category - "This is a fabulous competition to bring awareness to children of maps and the world around them. Abby hasn't stopped drawing maps since she started this project. She really is enjoying it, which is cute to see. She says she can now draw New Zealand and Australia in her sleep :) She is currently playing around with maps of Antarctica. Even her younger siblings now sit down and draw maps." The first two winning place getters from each age category of the NZ Children's Map Competition were New Zealand's entries for the 2017 International Barbara Petchenik Children's Map Competition. This international competition took place in conjunction with the 2017 International Cartographic Conference held in early July 2017 in Washington D.C., United States of America. From the 34 countries that submitted entries for the International Children's Map Competition, there were 14 winners selected by the judges. Among the 14 winners there were 2 of the maps from the NZ Children's Map Competition:
"Trumps World" by 15 year old Phoebe McLean from Bishop Viard College (Porirua) was a co-winner of the inaugural Creativity Award
"Through a Child's eyes" by Rebecca Kneale and Akira McTavish-Huriwai (both 15 years old) won 2nd place in the 13-15 years age category.
The prestigious National Geographic publication showcased the winners of the 2017 International Children's Map Competition and highlighted "15-year-old Phoebe McClean of New Zealand for a clever commentary on President Trumps's policies." The maps of the 14 winners of the International Children's Map Competition (including the maps of Phoebe and Rebecca and Akira from the NZ Children's Map Competition) can be viewed at the following National Geographic item "See the Amazing Kids' Maps That Won a Global Contest"
New Zealand GIS in Conservation Title: Geoenabling Community-led Conservation in New Zealand Summary: New Zealand GIS in Conservation (GiC) is a not-for-profit charitable trust that provides geospatial assistance, advice and support to people, communities and not-for-profit organisations in the conservation sector in New Zealand. Since its inception in 2012, GiC has helped more than 50 community groups, iwi and not-for-profit organisations establish geospatial capabilities to aid the protection, restoration and monitoring of native flora & fauna within their local community. GiC plays a vital role in bridging the gap between community conservation groups and geospatial technology.
In order to promote the use and adoption of this technology, GiC provides a number of services and resources including:
Access to software-as-a-service at no cost through GiC’s hosted GIS service;
Assistance with Esri Conservation Program software grant applications for users that require their own software;
Provision of technical expertise and on-going support through the GIS volunteer program which introduces groups and organisations to skilled GIS professionals from the local geospatial industry;
Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) Scholarship: GiC became the NZ SCGIS chapter in 2012. SCGIS is a non-profit organization that assists conservationists worldwide in using GIS through communication, networking, scholarships, and training. The SCGIS scholarship is open worldwide and selects only 18 students from over 90 applications. Successful applicants receive 6-weeks introductory GIS-conservation training and attendance at the Esri International User Conference and SCGIS conference in the USA in July each year; and
Support and resources for individuals and groups through GiC's Facebook page and website, participation in community GIS training and networking events.
By working with GiC, community groups involved in conservation in their local area can quickly get started with GIS to manage their operational data, create maps and share information pertinent to their group's activities with their own volunteers, stakeholders and other conservation groups. As a result, the use of GIS by these groups is more likely to be successful in the longer term, they are more likely to recommend the use of this technology to other groups they work with, and the information and data that they collect provides an invaluable resource for other organisations that they choose to share it with. Groups such as Motutapu Restoration Trust have realised many benefits from their use of GIS such as the improved ability to collect and record the location of moth plant, an invasive weed on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf, and the ability to effectively deploy their weekend weeding volunteers in the weed hot spots thus making the best use of their volunteers time and effort. GIS volunteers that generously donate their time to support these groups also benefit from this interaction by acquiring new GIS skills, experience and knowledge. These volunteers also have the opportunity to train and mentor members of a conservation group (and sometimes other GIS volunteers) and have the personal satisfaction of positively contributing to the success of a conservation project in their local area.
Spatial Enablement Award
Far North District Council Title: 'Let's Plan Together' Community Engagement in the District Planning Summary: "Let's Plan Together" is the chosen maxim of the Far North District Council District Planning team. The team had a desire to engage the community and to help residents understand and contribute to a 10-year review of its District Plan. The "Let’s Plan Together" storymap, which was released 3oth March 2017 was created by council staff using ArcGIS Online technology and web mapping applications. Let's Plan Together combines interactive maps with easy-to-understand text, timelines and web links. The aim is to encourage greater participation in the review of the District Plan by making the process accessible and understandable to a general audience. The online ‘story mapping’ approach has been called ground-breaking by planners and its roll-out is being keenly watched by other councils. Chair of council’s Strategy Committee, Councillor Willow-Jean Prime, says this application shines a light onto key planning processes by making them accessible and understandable to almost anyone. “The District Plan is a hugely important document for property owners, businesses, developers and all residents of the Far North. Unfortunately, by its very nature, the plan can be dry and difficult to understand for those unfamiliar with planning jargon and approaches.” Councillor Prime says Let’s Plan Together storymap application enables users to see their own town or area on a map and read what others have said about it. They can then download a report on the issues facing that location. However, she is particularly excited about the Tangata whenua Put a Pin on it! tool that is a part of the Let’s Plan Together storymap. “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.” She says it is important that everyone has an opportunity to contribute to the District Plan review. “We know that not everyone in the Far North has access to a reliable Internet connection and I would encourage those people to access Let’s Plan Together at council libraries.” The "Let's Plan Together" Project was the Runner-up for the ALGIM 2017 GIS Project of the Year. The "Let's Plan Together" Project was part of Jack Dangermond's Plenary Opening Presentation at ESRI User Conference in San Diego 2017. The "Let's Plan Together" Project was part of Plenary Opening Presentation at ESRI New Zealand User Conference in Auckland 2017. The "Let's Plan Together" Project was presented at the ESRI New Zealand User Conference 2017. The "Let's Plan together" Project has been asked for a map submission to the ESRI "Map Book" for 2018. You can find "Let’s Plan Together" by going to the web link here.
Mobility, New Zealand Police Title: Mobility Programme Summary: Geospatial information and services are seen as critical business tools within Police, as accurate capture of location information is core to almost all activities of policing today. However the operational environment with regard location information at Police in 2015 was not seen as sustainable, due to issues with data duplication, different systems each using their own different geospatial technologies, and high costs for licensing, technical support and operation of these multiple environments. Police commissioned an independent review of our spatial environment with a view to providing recommendations on the best approach to migrate to a single, consolidated environment now known as the Spatial Data Management Platform (SDMP). This project, involving Hexagon spatial technology and services from e-Spatial and Smudge was delivered as a platform in 2015, with a number of Police systems moving across to utilise SDMP as the single source of all spatial reference data. OnDuty™ New Zealand Police mobilised policing information by overlaying it on top of SDMP. The OnDuty™ mobile app and SDMP provides Police Officers for the first time the ability to view operational information spatially on their phones, viewing alerts, and helping Police Officers do risk assessments and make decisions in the field. Police respond to events using a computer-aided dispatch system. Police Officers are dispatched to locations, and then start workflows to control a situation, and gather information about an event. In the past, getting information about a location was difficult. Identifying the correct location was a challenge – especially locations not easily defined, or without addresses. Location information was written down on paper, entered into systems, with duplicates or errors entered. Retrieving location information was also hard. Communicating exactly where a Police Officer was located, and what was nearby, using voice over the radio was time consuming, and it did not provide Police Officers all the information Police had about a location. New Zealand Police changed all this through the introduction of OnDuty™, with SDMP. With the addition of location query functionality into OnDuty™, Police Officers for the first time had the ability to do their own spatial queries simply, using a map interface. Identifying the correct location became easier as SDMP implemented a master list of locations in New Zealand. Police Officers were guided towards using this master list rather than manually entering locations. Location services from SDMP such as autocomplete addresses ensured that Police Officers spent less time entering spatial data, and more time gathering event information. Querying locations also became very simple. OnDuty™ displayed a Police Map featuring spatial information important to Police, such as property boundaries. Using the GPS location of the phone, and integration with the National Intelligence Application (NIA), a Police Officer could quickly retrieve a list of locations nearby, including alerts on locations, such as drug houses, firearms licence holders or previous incidents of family harm. Location information became easy for Police Officers to use throughout OnDuty™. Once a traffic crash location is selected by dragging, pinching and zooming a map, then a diagram of the traffic crash can be drawn directly onto of the map. This allows Police Officers to more accurately capture crash-related scene information, taking advantage of the mapping services provided by SDMP. In summary, SDMP has successfully delivered a spatial infrastructure layer for Police applications such as Traffic Crash Reporting and Query Location to utilise. The delivery of accurate, and easy to use spatial reference information has already delivered benefits to Police in terms of reducing errors and keeping our people safe.
Wellington City Council Title: Resilient Wellington Summary: Soon after midnight on 14 November 2016 Wellington was awakened by the shock waves of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The Kaikoura earthquake was one of the most complex ever recorded, with 21 faults rupturing over 180km. As the energy focus raced north, it shook Wellington, damaging buildings and waking the city. Wellington City Council had to mobilise fast to evaluate the damage and react to a rapidly changing environment. From the outset Council's geospatial capability was key to assisting the assessment, containment and resolution of risks. This took the form of:
Common Operating pictures giving the Emergency Operations Centre a unified view of the city
Geoforms and Collectors providing digital first reporting, improving the speed and accuracy of information flows from tactical responders and intelligence gatherers to strategic managers
Public Information Online Story Maps supporting the city welfare effort and providing information to tens of thousands of residents
Interagency Mapping- providing spatial awareness to other utility providers and responders to unify and respond as a city.
3D mapping - providing interactive and instinctive briefing materials for officials and elected decision makers to understand and govern.
Throughout the city response spatial technology was used to act quickly, with environmental awareness and confidence. During the emergency response phase considerable innovations were made within the Wellington City Council, including managing our spatial response in the cloud, using 3D in an emergency situation and using spatial people embedded in teams across out Emergency Operations Centre. As the emergency response transitioned into recovery, spatial has been a core capability providing continuity and assistance to council functions. During the recovery phase spatial has been key in bringing together geologists, engineers, planners, historians and others across the city to explain what happened during this event, and how the insights gained can strengthen our resilience in the future. This has taken the form of geologic models being brought into 3D and displayed against building damage to learn about geologic basin effects, historic records from the beginning of Wellington being georeferenced and used to examine former ground conditions and the intersection of planning heritage rules and geologic zones. Throughout these various processes spatial technology has allowed professions to communicate with non experts, and taken information buried in reports, brought it to life and made it part of the future of our city. The importance of spatial to the resilience of our city can be seen by its inclusion in the Wellington Resilience Strategy. This strategy charting the city's resilient future has a number of geospatial actions, and as a result of the earthquake these actions are well advanced. Overall the response and recovery from the Kaikoura earthquake has propelled spatial into the heart of Wellington City Council. There is now a wide recognition in spatial's role in our success as an agency of place. The earthquake has also brought on a new generation of spatial leaders and champions across our organisation who delivering value in activities as diverse as building inspections, community gardens and urban planning
Technical Excellence Award
AJJV (Arup Jacobs Joint Venture) Auckland Light Rail Technical Advisors Title: Auckland Light Rail Utilities Clash Detection Interactive Model Summary: This ground-breaking project created an entirely new way of understanding how a proposed infrastructure route would impact on the location of underground utilities (such as gas, water and electricity) reducing construction risk on an unprecedented scale. Arup and Jacobs in a joint venture (AJJV) as Technical Advisors on Auckland Light Rail created an automated clash detection process that was able to reduce 5183 clashes to 443, saving approximately 790 hours engineering - a staggering saving. Further to this, the creation of an additional machine learning process that scored the assessments, reduced the remaining 443 by 60%, improving the already significant time (and therefore cost) savings. This innovation is a game-changer and has the potential to significantly impact broader infrastructure projects in Australasia, and globally. Auckland Transport are looking at light rail as part of the solution to urgently address the worsening congestion and accessibility problems in Auckland. 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 major construction project is located in a heavily congested corridor containing multiple major utilities providing essential services to the operation of Auckland’s CBD. The project team realised early-on that it was critical to understand how the proposed route alignment may impact on the location of the underground utilities. Through an innovative approach to GIS based technology, AJJV developed an entirely new automated clash detection process, replacing the standard, costly, manual process. All existing utilities’ asset information was consolidated in various file formats and data structures into a federated asset information model where spatial interactions are analysed and potential clashes between utilities and designs evaluated and communicated, allowing them to be resolved earlier. Aside from automating this previously long-winded manual process, we took it one step further. We also applied additional analysis – using functional logic (IF, AND, OR, ELSE) to assist with how to rate or respond to the clash, answering, “Should we protect, replace, re-route?” Each risk was classified and colour-coded (Red, Amber, Green) dependant on its attributes, such as material fragility, age, asset type etc. These were automatically sorted, which again saved considerable time prioritising assets for treatment. Any features that still required manual assessment after the functional logic were then processed through a neural network. This machine learning algorithm is a form of artificial intelligence which mimics engineering decision making and thought process. This algorithm can be trained to understand the risk and treatment requirements specific to a Network Utility Owner. Combined with the functional analysis it allowed us to further reduce the amount of clashes requiring manual assessment for the project. To facilitate the viewing of clash results spatially for the project teams, we created a web map interface. The tool allows the results of the utility clash detection process to be represented visually in a universally accessible program. It became an important interface across the project team and client-side for viewing current utility clash information with the light rail design alignment. We were able to show the clash impact of any route alignment design change proposed within 3 hours, greatly improving the overall design optioneering. The level of intelligence gained by this process, in such a complex infrastructure system tends to have significant residual effects greater than the utilities scope. The entire city transport system will benefit from minimised and more efficient works periods during construction, which in turn will reduce the impact on the community and environment too. It is a true game-changer.
Cardno (NZ) Ltd Title: CentrePort Earthquake Recover - Spatial Services Summary: A magnitude 7.8 earthquake on 14 November 2016 occurred near Kaikoura. The effects of this quake were far reaching and impacted Wellington City, including the port area. Cardno were engaged by CentrePort to provide survey and monitoring services to assist with the factual assessment of damage to the port reclamation, buildings and structures across the port. The 14 November 2016 earthquake presented an extremely complex and challenging measurement scenario. The significant considerations and constraints presented included: - Tight Timeframes, particularly for the initial rapid bulk movement assessment requirement required to ensure the port returned to operations in a timely manner - Safety and access, with significant restrictions at times associated with both safety and limitation of impact on port operations - Multiple parties and differing objectives, all with their own competing timeframes and requirements - New technology implementation, with the previous boundaries and limitations of capability significantly extended to open new application opportunities - Evolving accuracy needs, starting initially with approximate bulk movement analysis and evolving through to a need for the most accurate measurement possible for future monitoring of change The highlights of Cardno's technical response to this measurement challenge included: - Rapid Deployment of Aerial Video by Remote Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) immediately (15th November) after the earthquake to capture and share the location and nature of the ejecta, as well as general site damage. - Deployment of RPAS Survey technology as a solution when access around the site was significantly restricted but where information of bulk change across the whole site was still needed. - Deployment of RPAS Asset Inspection technology to provide high resolution interactive photographic information about container crane condition. - Deployment of Terrestrial LiDAR survey technology. Culminating in visually rich and interactive analysis and data. - Implementation of a GIS based bulk data collation and management system to enable combination and overlay analysis of the varied and multiple survey data sources, from traditional survey from CAD, to high resolution LiDAR and photogrammetry data and bathymetric survey information. - Implementation of Web GIS and Google Earth products for a more interactive user interface with the rich data. - Converting a deep understanding of data quality and accuracy into reporting and outputs that ensure realistic expectations are communicated and maintained by users of Cardno deliverables. The technical achievements and excellence can be summarised by the following proof statements: - Proof that RPAS can be used as a valid alternative to traditional ground topographic survey techniques, achieving equivalent accuracy with significantly increased data coverage / resolution and auditability. The high accuracies achieved through the rigorous application of measurement principles from system design and configuration through to flight planning and implementation present a new benchmark for high accuracy RPAS survey works. - Proof that with a suitable platform and sensor, optimised configuration, detailed flight planning, precise implementation and innovative cloud-based modelling and imagery delivery tools RPAS can be used to capture high-resolution asset inspection photos, efficiently delivered to end users in an easy interactive viewer. - Further proof that 3D Terrestrial LiDAR captured by 3D Laser Scanners is the most effective and complete approach for building and structure as-builting and damage assessment. - Proof that GIS is the most effective tool for the collation and management of multiple different data sources and for the generation of rich and effective visualisation of spatial analysis.
Incremental Ltd, the University of Auckland, Statistics New Zealand Title: Workload Planning for the 2018 New Zealand Census Summary: New Zealand's next census will take place in March 2018. The census is a large field operation, with officers observing or visiting every dwelling in the country at least once. For the first time, the census will use the internet as the primary response mode, and so there will be fewer field officers walking the streets but still the same geographic area to cover. Planning census field work efficiently will be critical. Statistics New Zealand, Incremental, and the University of Auckland formed a team to build tools that plan the field work so that the right people go to the right places at the right time. Field work for the census has already started. From June 2017 to August 2017 a team of over two hundred field officers visited over 80% of dwellings in the country as part of an operation called "Address Canvassing". This operation confirms the locations of known dwellings, and identifies new ones to make sure that Statistics NZ's database of dwellings and places people live is as up-to-date as possible before the census. For some census work, the country is divided into about 53,000 areas, called "meshblocks", each containing roughly the same number of dwellings. A field officer is given a list of meshblocks to visit each day and make note of, deliver to, or visit every dwelling in each meshblock. For other work, such as following up people haven't responded after the census, work is completed "by dwelling". This is where an officer is given a list of dwellings and asked to visit each one. Whether the work is meshblock or dwelling-based, ideally:
each officer gets to work near where they live;
each officer gets a compact set of work where all the meshblocks or dwellings to visit on a day are close to each other; and
each officer gets about the same amount of work as all the others each day.
we can't always hire field officers where they are needed, so often officers must travel further than ideal to work;
the work to be done is not compact, and as operations go on, without care, there is a risk of remaining work being scattered far and wide; and
officers work at different rates and the workforce changes throughout the operation.
Our tools deal with the reality. To do so, every plan looks ahead to the end of the operation, but at the end of each day, we assess the work that has been done, and replan. Each plan is carefully designed so that we are ready for the changes: small changes in the workrate result in small changes in the plan, and the changes won't inconvenience the officers too much. All of our planning relies on geographic information - the boundaries of the meshblocks, the underlying road network and how it interacts with the meshblocks, the locations of dwellings within the meshblocks and boundaries of area units and population centres that are used define what needs to happen where as part of the census. Our work contains a number of innovations: using a road-network model while planning meshblock-based work, fast, in-memory, meshblock-to-meshblock distance calculations, and new measures for assessing which work should be done first so that what remains can be done efficiently. These planning tools have been integrated with Statistics NZ's case management system so that workloads can be pushed out to the mobile technology that Field Officers are using in the field. The field work for the census is far from over, but so far, Statistics NZ judge the project as "very successful".
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