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Trimble Wins at the 2017 NZ Spatial Excellence Awards

Trimble wins the Supreme Excellence category at the 2017 NZ Spatial Excellence Awards

An application for mobile devices that brings high accuracy measurement into the mainstream has won the highest accolade at the 2017 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards Gala Dinner held tonight at Te Marae at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.

“Trimble’s innovation, called Catalyst, allows positioning measurements to be more cost-effective and accessible to a much wider audience without compromising accuracy” says Hadyn Smith, NZSEA chair.

“Out of all the entries, this promises to have the most impact. It stood out for its immense potential for delivering survey accurate measurement solutions using widely available mobile means - its professional and public reach, therefore, cannot be underestimated” commented the award judges,

Far North District Council took out the award for Spatial Enablement with a project that provided a new way of getting involved in Council planning. The interactive mapping tool called 'Let's Plan Together' has allowed people in the Far North to become engaged in the town planning process in a new, fresh way. One of the most exciting results for the Council has been the participation of local Iwi and hapu in identifying their areas of significance.

Trevor William Hart was awarded Professional of the Year award for his significant but unassuming contributions to the spatial industry over 18 years and Kate Waterhouse, from Western Bay of Plenty District Council was a worthy candidate for the Young Professional of the Year. Her entusiasm and dedication as both a professional and volunteer in the gepospatial arena making her a high performer

The Awards have now been going for four years and “each year we are astounded by the levels of innovation, creativity, and excellence coming through” says Hadyn.

“The awards provide a crucial public forum for spatial disciplines across government, industry, research, and academia to showcase the wide-ranging benefits to New Zealand and globally, that the innovative use of geospatial information and technology brings.”

The winners in each category are now eligible for the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards that will be part of the Locate 18 conference in Adelaide, April 2018.

Several of last year’s NZSEA winners stunned the industry by going on to dominate the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards held in Sydney earlier this year. The 2017 winners are continuing with the high standard that allows us to hold our own on the world stage.

Wellington City Council’s Living Labs entry won the 2016 New Zealand Supreme and the overall APSEA award for industry excellence and the People and Community Award.

NZSEA website:

The 2017 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards Winners

2017 Supreme Excellence Award

Trimble for Catalyst

New Zealand Institute of Surveyors Environment & Sustainability Award

Land Information New Zealand for Wilding Conifers Information System

Wellington City Council Innovation & Commercialisation Award

Awarded to Trimble for Catalyst

Land Information New Zealand People & Community Award

New Zealand Cartographic Society for 2016/2017 NZ Children's Map Competition

e-Spatial award for Spatial Enablement

Far North District Council for ‘Let's Plan Together' Community Engagement in the District Planning

National Map Technical Excellence Award

Arup Jacobs Joint Venture, Auckland Light Rail Technical Advisors for

Auckland Light Rail Utilities Clash Detection Interactive Model

Spatial Industries Business Association Postgraduate Student of the Year

Euan Forsyth, University of Auckland)

New Zealand Esri User Group Undergraduate Student of the Year

Craig John MacDonell,University of Otago)

Eagle Technology Professional of the Year

Trevor William Hart

Eagle Technology Young Professional of the Year

Kate Waterhouse, Western bay of Plenty Council

New Zealand Cartographic Society Award
Wellington City Council, Sean Audain for
Resilient Wellington

Outstanding Contribution to Spatial Award
Roger Smith, Geographx.


About the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards

The New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards seek out and give recognition to the best, the high achievers, and the contributors who set the benchmarks that others will follow, becoming the role models for the next generation of the spatial profession.

The Awards are a joint venture between the spatial profession, business and government to hold annual awards for all sectors, disciplines and communities that make up the spatial industry. Each partner contributes its resources and expertise to make sure the awards reach the highest standards of excellence and independence.

NZSEA provides a stepping stone for organisations and individuals to be nominated in the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) – the only awards for the Asia Pacific region that recognise the excellent achievements of both individuals and organisations engaged in the spatial information industry.

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