8 June, 2022

NGIS and partners win two National APSEA awards.

The 2021 National Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEAs) saw NGIS and our partners EO Data Science and Winyama achieve two awards for our excellence in contributing to the spatial industry throughout the year. After the regional level awards, held in each state and territory in Australia, the winners for each category automatically progress to the APSEAs, usually held the following year. The Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and Spatial Industries Business Association sponsors of the ASPEAs, hosted the award ceremony was held in Canberra on Wednesday 25th May in conjunction with the conclusion of a handful of other geospatial events in the preceding days, namely Locate22 and Georabble.

Impact and innovation

The JK Barrie Award is considered the best in show. We took home the JK Barrie Award this year in recognition of our work towards development and inclusion through the Indigenous Mapping Workshop Australia.




Previous JK Barrie award wins include:

• 2014 | Pacific Island Coastal Inundation Capacity Building & Planning (People and Community)

• 2016 | Cyclone Pam Crisis Map (People and Community)

• 2018 | Decipher (Innovation and Commercialisation)

• 2021 | IMW Australia - On Demand (Workforce Development and Inclusion) 

2022 National APSEA awards 

Award for Workforce Development & Inclusion  

NGIS and Winyama for our involvement as technology enablement partners for the Indigenous Mapping Workshop Australia (IMW Australia) - On Demand. The online learning offering from IMW Australia consists of primarily First Nations learners and allies working in the land management space with 500 learners from every state and territory in Australia and over 54% women participants. The IMW Australia was foremostly an in-person training event for Indigenous people around the country to come together and learn from professionals the skills they needed to begin or continue with programs related to taking care of Country and community. With the COVID-19 pandemic came the need for an alternative solution, then the fully online, access anytime, IMW Australia  - On Demand courses were born.

The course streams include: 

  • Deadly Foundations and Management

  • Google Earth and Google Earth Pro 

  • QGIS

  • ArcGIS and ArcGIS Pro

All of the streams are targeted towards key areas and skills required to be successful in land management and mapping software. 

Award for International Partnership 

Our ongoing involvement with the Group on Earth Observations Google Earth Engine (GEO GEE) Programme, launched in 2020. The Programme was able to provide $3 million USD in product licenses and $1 million USD in technical support.  The team at EO Data Science contributed technical support to the 32 projects, based in 22 countries worldwide, including 38 Google Earth Engine training courses, assisting 680 program participants. All projects chosen to receive funding were considered for their commitment to help tackle the world's greatest challenges in climate change and disaster monitoring. 

This year's awards contribute to NGIS’ longstanding history of success at the ASPEAs in both State and National categories. Historical wins have been awarded to projects such as:  

  • TraceMark - our sustainable sourcing Software as a Service (SaaS) built in-house, with the enablement of the Google Cloud, BigQuery and Google Earth Engine teams at Google. 
  • Coastal Risk Australia - our sea level monitoring tool, built in collaboration with Frontier SI
  • ‚ÄčDecipherAg - a disruptive technology solution built by NGIS in conjunction with Decipher to give farmers more information that helps improve yield, sustainability and profitability.

Join our growing team

With these achievements, our ongoing presence as one of five global sustainability partners with Google and our shortlisted status for the Australian Financial Review’s (AFR) Sustainability Leaders list of 2022—NGIS continues to be one of the most exciting and future-focussed geospatial consultancies in Australia. We are proud of the technology partnerships we maintain, which enable us to continue devising the best technological solutions to location-specific challenges. 

If you are interested in being involved in our exciting future at NGIS, you can view our vacancies here.

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