SSSI Individual Awards
Eminence and Excellence Award
Winner: Steve Jacoby
Through his roles of Chair of QSIC, a Director of PSMA and General Manager, Spatial Information at DERM, Steve Jacoby has been able to bring together the 4 pillars of the spatial industry - professional, academic, business and government and has promoted the use of spatial information widely throughout government. During the recent natural disasters of flooding and cyclone damage, Steve burned the midnight oil and performed beyond the call in supporting the recovery and reconstruction efforts through provision of vital spatial information. He played a very significant part in coordinating the capture and supply of spatial information and imagery products, without which the recovery process would have been severely impeded.
Steve contributes nationally via ANZLIC and PSMA in support of the strategic direction of government spatial activities, data interoperability and reliability and the overall well-being of the spatial industry. Steve has been strongly supportive of the profession through sponsorship of the Queensland Surveying and Spatial Conference and QSEA.
Spatial Professional of the Year
Winner: Tony Bitz
Tony's career with Transport and Main Roads spans almost half a century progressing from a junior cadet to the Director of Geospatial Technologies.
For over 30 years he worked tirelessly for his professional institution to further the interests of all engineering surveyors, in particular being a leading advocate for registration of engineering surveyors by the Surveyors Board of Queensland.
Tony's vision and passion for technology innovation, professional development and customer service have provided inspiration for the ensuing generations of spatial scientists in TMR. Wherever he has served, his commitment, attitude and demeanour have enhanced the reputation of the surveying profession, and the Department, industry wide.
His work, professional and community contribution demonstrate over 50 years of service and epitomize the principles of personal development, work ethic and service to others.
Inaugural Clem Jones Medal for Tertiary Undergraduate Excellence
Winner: Clinton Caudell
Clinton's project seeks to demonstrate the potential that modern Geographic Information Systems bring to mapping traditional customary boundaries in Papua New Guinea. The research touches on anthropological issues, GIS technology and surveying in the form of land administration issues in the 35th anniversary of PNG independence. The project concludes that Visualisation using maps is not only important as a communication tool, but also as a means to analyse and understand ownership. Accurate maps produced using GIS "uncertainty boundaries" meet the current need in PNG to address issues of ownership in "disputed areas" for the purpose of creating and defining Land Groups.
Young Spatial Professional of the Year
Winner: Luke Czaban
Luke is a surveyor who has been actively involved in the Young Professionals since 2009 and currently holds the Chair position on the YP Committee. Luke has been a member of ISA/SSI/SSSI since 2000, and has attended numerous conferences and functions during that time. During his time on the YP Committee, he has been active in supporting the 2010 QSSC Conference, the 2010 MapMyTown event, and the 2011 Emerging Spatial Technologies Workshops.
Service to the Surveying and Spatial Community Award
Winner: Les Searle
Les Searle has chaired both the Northern Group and the Far North GIS Interest Group (FUNGis), and he has also served for nearly four years on the Queensland Regional Committee where he currently holds the position of Treasurer. He chaired the Queensland Surveying and Spatial Conference (QSSC) in 2010.
Les' keen interest and willing participation in all spatial activities has made him an invaluable member of the whole spatial community, where his contribution has been continuous over many years.
Education and professional Development Award
Winner: Dr Sanjeev Srivastava
Dr Sanjeev Srivastava is a lecturer in geospatial analysis at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has developed a unique approach to teaching spatial sciences and surveying to tertiary students from multi disciplinary backgrounds featuring self-paced laboratory manuals, cutting-edge spatial information technologies and project-based instructional material using local spatial data.
Dr Srivastava is a committed and experienced spatial educator who promotes the spatial profession through workshops and seminars, and supports the outreach of GIS in secondary schools and the community.