Group photo of APSEA award winners
Front row L-R: Melissa Harris, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Land Use Victoria, Local Infrastructure; Roger Fraser, Chief Geospatial Scientist, Land Use Victoria, Local Infrastructure; Dr Tamara van Polanen Petel, Project Manager Port Phillip Bay Coastal Hazard Assessment; Rafe Benli, Geographic Names Team Leader, Land Use Victoria, Local Infrastructure.
18 March 2021

Victoria’s exceptional spatial and surveying talent was on full display at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards held on 18 March.

The APSEA awards are the surveying and spatial industries’ night of nights and Land Use Victoria scooped some fantastic awards.

Chief Geospatial Scientist, Roger Fraser, was awarded Professional of the Year for outstanding performance and contributions to the surveying and spatial industry.

Land Use Victoria’s Acting Chief Executive, Melissa Harris, won the Women in Leadership award for being a dynamic leader of location-based intelligence and spatial services within Victoria, and Australia broadly, becoming a role model for the next generation of geospatial leaders.

Geographic Names Victoria (GNV) received the People and Community Award in recognition of their work during the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019. Throughout the year, GNV worked with a range of partners to promote the importance of Aboriginal languages and names including designing and hosting workshops, producing documentaries, sponsoring community exhibitions and events and internal initiatives such as renaming meeting rooms.

Across the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, our Forest Fire & Regions division partnered with Australia's national science agency CSIRO to use digital twin technology to visualise the impact of climate change (coastal hazards) in Port Phillip Bay. Historic and modern aerial imagery data for the digital twin was supplied by Land Use Victoria’s Vicmap team and integrated with other sources to help visualise and assess hazards across a range of future sea-level rise scenarios. This ground-breaking work picked up the Environment and Sustainability APSEA Award. Find out more here.

The Spatial Excellence Awards celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises and individuals and showcase the finest projects and most significant performance of professionals that the Surveying and Spatial Industry have to offer. They are led by peak industry bodies, Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and SIBA|GITA- Spatial Industries Business Association.

You can read all about the full set of winners on the APSEA website - the Victorian winners are now in the running for the national Asia-Pacific awards, held in late March.

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