The Australia and New Zealand Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information received the Asia Geospatial Leadership Award for Commercialisation of Technology at GeoSmart Asia 2017 last night in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
The Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) has undertaken an assessment of the economic value of the spatial services in NSW as there exists no regional based economic studies. The request for this assessment came from the then LPI (Land and Property Information) supported by the NSW Location Leadership Group (NSW Spatial Council which comprises representations from all NSW government departments) and the Location Intelligence Industry Advisory Committee. The last study conducted was at a macro level covering the entire country on the value of spatial information by the CRCSI in 2008. The report assesses the value of spatial information to the NSW economy in 2017 and the expected value by 2022. It also estimates the present value of benefits expected to accrue after 2022 from developments in a single digital cadastre and building information modelling (BIM) federated registries. This report draws on case studies and desktop research to estimate productivity impacts of spatial information. These estimates were combined with estimates of levels of adoption across specific industry sectors to estimate the state wide impacts. It also examines the impact of lives saved in the case of ambulance services. The findings of the report are based on direct benefits of selected case studies and are an indication of first round effects of the use of spatial information and services.
Ivana Ivánová holds an engineering and doctoral degree, both from the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, in geodesy and cartography with specialization in Geoinformatics (specialising in Cadastre). She researched and lectured at several universities – Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (2000-2007), University of Twente in The Netherlands (2007-2013) and São Paulo State University in Brazil (2014-2017).
The CRCSI is pleased to announce Chris Pettit as Director of Smart Cities, a newly created position within the CRCSI. This position will be focused on the future direction of our activities in the Built Environment, as well as coordinating the application of existing project outputs, such as RAISE and Greening the Greyfields.
To meet sustainable forest management reporting requirements, in 2010 the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) developed Australia’s only state level public land based forest inventory via the Victorian Forest Monitoring Program. As a part of the program, the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Unit of the Forest, Fire and Region Group (FFRG) in DELWP partnered with the European Forests Institute, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the CRC for Spatial Information. This collaboration developed the project: Enhancing DELWP's strategic forest monitoring and forecasting framework through the Landsat for Sustainable Forests (LandFor). On 6 June 2017, the project team hosted a seminar to present some exciting results:
Exploring collaboration opportunities in geospatial technology and policy, a panel discussion was held during a visit to New Delhi on 11 April 2017. After meeting with Shri Y. S. Chowdary Hon'ble Minister of State for Ministry of Science & Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences, the panellists, Dr. Peter Woodgate (CEO, CRCSI) Dr. Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed Ghouse (CRCSI Director-International Relations), Mr. Gregory Harvey, Trade Commissioner, Australian Trade, and Investment Commission and Dr. Swarna Subba Rao, Surveyor General of India, Survey of India discussed the India-Australia collaborative model. Geospatial Media and Communication hosted the panel discussion.
The CRCSI and NGIS Australia team won one of four Excellence in Innovation Awards at the 2017 CRC Association Conference, for their collaborative work.
Delegates from fifteen organisations attended the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Peace Program Roundtable held in Sydney on Friday 7 April, 2017 to mark World Health Day. The Roundtable was jointly hosted by the UNAA and the Australia & New Zealand Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). Among the participants were CEOs of technology companies, Directors of NGOs and academics representing the humanitarian, technology and health sectors. The Roundtable was privileged to have representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross, World Vision Australia and the Professor of Planetary Health at the University of Sydney.
Volume 1B of Earth Observation: Data, Processing and Applications is now available from the CRCSI website: http://www.crcsi.com.au/earth-observation-series. This new sub-volume, entitled Volume 1B: Data—Image Interpretation, completes the first of three volumes in this series of publications.