The Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards have been held in Melbourne, with the Victorian Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips congratulating the winners of the awards.


"The awards winners deserve congratulations for developing spatial technology solutions which not only add value to the lives of Victorians, but are also rapidly changing the face of Victorian businesses," Mr Rich-Phillips said.


Notable award winners included Victorian company Cohga, which took out three awards including the Victorian Government Award for Spatial Excellence and the Spatial Export Award for Stigfinnaren Trafikyerket – Sweden. The project allows very complex and disparate systems to be integrated and presented through a single portal, while all remotely controlled from Melbourne.


The Innovation and Commercialisation award was presented to PepperStack for NeatStreets – "Live": Connecting Government with the Community which builds on developments in social media and their connection to GIS. NeatStreets closes the gap between the community and government by providing a simple and effective means of reporting issues in the streetscape and directing those reports to the correct jurisdiction for response and resolution.


The winners were as follows:


  • Professional of the Year Award: Professor William Cartwright
  • Service to the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Community: Diane Daniels
  • Young Spatial Professional of the Year: Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse
  • Education Professional Development Award: Professor Simon Jones
  • SSSI Undergraduate Student Award: Frazer Wilson
  • SSSI Post Graduate Student Award: Sam Amirebrahimi
  • Excellence in Cadastral Surveying Award: David Monahan
  • Thornton Smith Medal: Gary Hunter
  • Environmental Sustainability: SKM – Spatial Query Tool for Environment Water Management
  • Infrastructure and Construction: Department of Sustainability and Environment – Positioning Regional Victoria
  • Innovation and Commercialisation: Pepperstack P/L - NeatStreets – "Live": Connecting Government with the Community
  • Land Titling and Development: RapidMap/Bass Coast Shire – Climate Change Future Coasts Project
  • People and Community: Cohga – Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Register
  • The Small Business Enterprise Award: Jelmap Aquatic Plants Management Information System
  • The Spatial Export Award: Cohga – Stigfinnaren for Trafikverket – Sweden
  • Spatially Enabling Government: Department of Primary Industries – The Victorian Land Use Information System
  • Victorian Government Award for Spatial Excellence: Cohga – Stigfinnaren for Trafikverket – Sweden