S.At Esri’s annual user conference, all Australian and New Zealand companies were presented with the Special Achievement in GIS awards.
The Australian Health and Welfare Institute and the North East Water utility were the Australian recipients, while the milk processor Miraka Ltd and the New Zealand police represented New Zealand.
To name just one example, North East Water implemented a mostly ready-to-use agile GIS system that was integrated into the company’s asset management system. It has improved field service productivity by enabling real-time access to geospatial data from a variety of platforms “to spatially represent data and enable improved decision-making and customer service.”
“We have the ability to perform network tracing to support reporting on Essential Services Commission metrics and import relevant data (such as Victoria cadastral data, inventory drawings, aerial photographs),” the company said.
Significant category prizes were also awarded, namely:
Award of the President: The University of Michigan was recognized as “being a model for the college community to become a true geo-university. They have established themselves as leaders in nurturing and supporting their community by implementing a large-scale, campus-wide GIS in which faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines implement GIS as an innovative tool in research, teaching, and administration. ”
Award for company GIS: The Louisville / Jefferson County Information Consortium (LOJIC) was recognized for “bringing together decision-makers to understand the interconnection of systems in their region and share data and applications in 1,300 geospatial databases. The four partners that make up LOJIC have used GIS for office applications, field work, asset management, civic engagement, emergency measures and fair and equitable real estate valuations and thus identified GIS as a critical infrastructure for their operations.
Award for a difference: Nespresso was recognized for its “commitment to ensuring quality, productivity and social and environmental sustainability in coffee procurement”. Using GIS to bring farmers, landscape, community and climate together, Nespresso worked to have a positive impact on all aspects of the business. “
“This year’s winners demonstrated how spatial technologies can transform operations and research that lead to better decisions and outcomes,” said Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri.
“We are proud to showcase the way these organizations illustrate the use of GIS for innovative data sharing, sustainable growth and social justice.”
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