4 December 2017



A select group of businesses and individuals in the Queensland spatial industry were last night recognised at the SIBA|GITA Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards.

Awards for spatial innovation, people and community, women in leadership, education development, spatial enablement, spatial export, and technical excellence were given to five businesses and seven individuals.   

The Awards, run by the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA|GITA) and the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises and individuals.

Innovators with services and products related to surveying, mapping, remote sensing, geographic software, GPS technology, and location intelligence are recognised as part of the Awards.

SIBA|GITA CEO Deanna Hutchinson said that the calibre of entries speaks volumes about the Queensland spatial industry.

“I am really impressed with the level of sophistication of the projects and technology developed by these businesses, and the dedication and drive of the industry’s best professionals.

“Many people don’t understand that spatial is ‘technology in place.’ It is a valuable business planning tool, infrastructure development tool and has huge impacts on the way Australian’s live their lives,” said Deanna.

The Awards and winners include:



Award for Spatial Enablement

Winner: Cohga Pty Ltd

Project: Laying the Foundations of a 5D Strategy

**Highly Commended Awarded to: Alistair Hart, Mangoesmapping Pty Ltd, Peter Logan, Douglas Shire Council

ProjectDouglas Shire Council Lawn Mowing Tender

Award for Technical Excellence

Winner: DigitalGlobe and PSMA

ProjectMaking of Geoscape


Award for Innovation and Commercialisation

Winner: Land Solution Australia Pty Ltd

Project: Queens Wharf Brisbane

Highly Commended Awarded to: Alistair Hart, Mangoesmapping, Igor Vereninov, Emlid

ProjectEmlid ReachRS - RTK GNSS for the masses!


Award for Environment and Sustainability


Winner: Mangoesmapping Pty Ltd

Project: Gully Erosion Monitoring for Reef Health


Award for People and Community


Special Commendation: Aerometrex and Logan City Council

ProjectSpringwood - the start of South East Queensland's next CBD

Education Development Award

Stuart Phinn

Postgraduate Student Award

Rebecca Runting

Professional of the Year Award

Kevin McDougall

Service to the QLD Surveying and Spatial Sciences Community Award

Peter Swan

Special Achievement Award

Ken Melchert

Undergraduate Student Award

John Tasker

Undergraduate Student Award

Scott Archbold

Undergraduate Student Award

Leigh Tingle

Women's Leadership Award

Megan Dillon

Young Professional of the Year Award

Ben Moritz

Young Professional of the Year Award

Dale Atkinson

Previous Australian winners of the SIBA|GITA APSEA Awards have included: Kennedy Surveyors for an off-river storage project; AAM for the capture and delivery of a 3D digital map of the entire country of Singapore; CSBP Fertilisers and NGIS Australia who together created a website that delivered free vegetation analysis across the globe; and Geomatics Technologies for mapping the Trans-Australian Railway.

Winners selected from each category in each region around the nation will be announced at the SIBA|GITA APSEA Gala Awards Evening in April 2018.

To enter go to https://spatialexcellence.awardsplatform.com.

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To organise an interview with a winner or CEO Deanna Hutchinson or for more information, please contact Kathy Packenas from KP+Co on 0402 843 037 or kathy@kpandco.com.au.


The Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and the Geospatial Information and Technology Association ANZ (GITA) is the leading association representing the Spatial Industry. SIBA is committed to working with Government and Academia to build a more innovative, entrepreneurial and prosperous Australia.