The Spatial Glitterati were out in force at the 2019 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards (NZSEA) held at Te Papa in Wellington on Thursday 17 October. The annual awards, now in their 6th season, were attended by Hon Eugenie Sage, Minister for Land Information, Conservation and the Environment and Andy Foster, the newly elected Mayor of Wellington, for whom this was his first official engagement.
Abley's work was a finalist in two major award categories, including Spatial Enablement and Technical Excellence. The project nominated was our Safer Journeys Risk Assessment Tool (Mega Maps), a instrumental geospatial web application that displays multiple road risk layers in a single location to assist Road Controlling Authorities improve the safety of their road networks.
Just being nominated was a great honour and stands as a testament to the great work that the team at Abley has undertaken in collaboration with the NZ Transport Agency, and Glenn Bunting in particular.
Wellington put on a fine afternoon and attendees gathered in the spring afternoon sunshine at various bars, dressed to the nines. Mark Sainsbury was the Master of Ceremonies, who after 6 years of presenting the awards has become something of an expert in all things geospatial.
The awards are one of the few occasions where the entire geospatial community get together. Regardless of choice of GIS software or profession (surveyor or geospatial professional) this was an opportunity to network with like-minded people, and enjoy the drinks and nibbles on offer, including the highly popular bruschetta amuse-bouche.
Firstly the awards recognising specific individuals in the industry were awarded to the worthy winners, including the fabulous Claire Thurlow who has done so much to introduce GIS to schools across New Zealand. The night then moved on to the project awards, to which Dale Harris, Steve Ford, Subodh Dhakal and Chris Morris from Abley, along with Glenn Bunting from NZ Transport Agency were very honoured to be awarded the Spatial Enablement award for Mega Maps.
We were told by the judges that this was a highly contested award, but they recognised the significant impact that Mega Maps has already had at a national and also an international level.
Congratulations to Fox and Associates Ltd who won the Technical Excellence award and to all the other winners of awards. Thanks to the organisers of another exciting NZSEA event.