Community

Engaged in issues the community care about

NGIS prides itself on engagement with the community, both on a personal level with donations to charity and on a project level.

Community engagement

Volunteering days
We have an annual volunteering day, when the whole company takes time to work on a local charity. We have worked with Parkerville Children and Youth Care and in other years we have spent time working with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. In addition to this we regularly donate clothes, furniture, appliances and toys for homeless youth.

Annual student award
NGIS present the most promising GIS graduate from Curtin University with a $500 gift to encourage them in their start in the industry. Previous winners include:
2017 - Tammi Doyle
2016 - Heath Dalla-Costa
2015 - Sean Gilmore
2014 - Richelle Spry

Community sport events
Each year, NGIS take part in bike ride events that raise money for various charities. In 2015, 16 and 17 charity auctions in the office have raised thousands of dollars additional to the entrance fees that go to causes like curing Multiple Sclerosis and Rotary Club. 

Women's participation in industry
NGIS engage in Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics events. Additional to attending events with a wide array of the team, NGIS' female employees take time to visit schools to inspire young women to look at the possibilities in industry. A women in STEM approach has also been taken to National Science Week in the past too. 

GovHack
NGIS regularly attend hack-a-thon events, coaching teams of young talent to solve real world problems with available data, a weekend of time and bottomless enthusiasm. In 2016 we also sponsored GovHack, providing food for all participants. 

Projects for community

Our team care about what happens around them and NGIS' mapping skills are often used in times of crisis. See examples below of where the NGIS team have taken the initiative to donate effort when it counts for people affected by disaster. 

Cyclone Pam Crisis Map

In March 2015 Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu. With up to 150,000 of Vanuatu’s population directly affected (over 50%), the cyclone is one of the worst natural disasters to impact the pacific region. Cyclone Pam resulted in 15 fatalities and cut off 60 of the nation’s inhabited islands being from communication.

NGIS, CRCSI and DigitalGlobe donated resources to assist with the recovery effort by creating and managing the web based Cyclone Pam Crisis Map. The Crisis Map was a crucial tool for managing and coordinating the disaster response, including providing the first post cyclone imagery and population data to help aid agencies to target assistance for outer islands that had issues with both communication and access.
 

Brisbane floods imagery support

NGIS donated effort to process high resolution Nearmap imagery to give the Brisbane City Council a picture of the extent of flooding in the city following the 2011 flood events. 

You can see before and after shots of Brisbane, which show how severe flooding was all over the city. 

See flood imagery

GIS support for Banda Aceh

In 2004, thousands of high quality maps were produced and provided free of charge to agencies working on tsunami recovery projects in Indonesia. NGIS developed a comprehensive GIS database for the entire province with associated data model and metadata. We designed and implemented surveys for extensive in-field data collection. Spatial analysis and modeling were used to identify sites for re-development and agricultural suitability.  NGIS also created a spatial strategy for the region and trained people how to implement it.

NGIS provided GIS support initially to the UN Information Management Service and later to the Bureau of Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (BRR). We developed solutions to make high resolution imagery readily available to the recovery community and to integrate the many disparate databases used by the BRR. 
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