Lisbon: Geospatial Media and Communications has conferred its annual Geospatial World Awards 2015 to outstanding professionals and organisations for developing innovative geospatial tools and products, implementing valuable policies, and applying geospatial technologies for delivering timely results in the most resource efficient manner. The annual awards were given out during the Awards Night and Gala Dinner function of Geospatial Media and Communication’s annual mega conference – Geospatial World Forum 2015.
– Geospatial Technology Company of the Year 2014: FARO
– Geospatial Systems Integration Company of the Year 2014: Trimble
– Geospatial Solutions Company of the Year 2014: AAM
– Geospatial Content Company of the Year 2014: DigitalGlobe
– Geospatial Scientist of the Year 2014: Dr. David R. Maidment, Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Chair in Civil Engineering, at University of Texas, Austin, USA
– Geospatial Business Leader of the Year 2014: Don Murray & Dale Lutz, Co-founders, Safe Software
– Geospatial Ambassador: Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist at Google
– Geospatial Institution of the Year 2014: UNIGIS International
– National Geospatial Information Agency of the Year 2014: Kadaster, The Netherlands
– Geospatial Business Hub of the Year 2014: Bonn – Geobusiness Region, Germany
The Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred to Lawrie Jordan. Founder of ERDAS and Director – ESRI, Lawrie has been among the harbingers of the application and utilisation of remote sensing in GIS with over 35 years of industry association. Lawrie has served on two blue-ribbon Defense Science Board panels which transformed the former Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) into the National Imaging & Mapping Agency (NIMA), now NGA. A recipient of U.S. Government Medal for outstanding service to the United States and also of the Department of Defense James S. Cogswell Award, the U.S. Government’s highest award for excellence in the Industrial Security Program, Lawrie has been an inspiration to young students through his lectures at CIA University’s Advanced Leadership Development Program.
For exemplary implementation of geospatial policies and programmes, excellence awards were given to:
– National Survey Authority, Oman, for establishing the 'Oman National Geodetic Datum (ONGD)' and providing a common framework which facilitates interchange of data between various geographic information applications and organisations within Oman.
– General Commission for Survey, Saudi Arabia, and ROLTA for establishing the ‘GCS –GeoPortal’, which innovatively allows multiple users to collaborate and support the disaster management agencies in the Kingdom by providing comprehensive and up-to-date datasets which are essential for emergency management and response.
– Department of Municipal Affairs Abu Dhabi (DMA), UAE, for establishing the ‘Municipal Spatial Solutions Infrastructure (MSSI), for DMA, municipal users and the general public, with application like the ‘QR-code on Site Plan.’
– The National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA), Argentina for ‘SEPA (Monitoring of Agricultural Production) Mobile Application,’ an agricultural decision support application suite for tablets and smartphones that gives free on line data on climate, meteorology, topography, soil type and vegetation conditions.
– Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Malaysia, for ‘SaveME 999 Deaf’ a mobile-client based application using internet text messaging for emergency services to be accessible and being offered nationwide to the general public for Person with Disabilities (PwD) offering accurate location identification of the emergency incident and utilising the GPS.
– Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa, and Slum Dwellers International for ‘Flamingo Crescent Informal Settlement Community Engagement/Service-Learning Project’ which assisted with community-led mapping and enumeration of the Flamingo Crescent Informal Settlement to build a GIS that assisted in basic service delivery planning through structural re-blocking.
– Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd., India, for ‘Enterprise Telecom GIS’ offering end-to-end business process implementation instead of GIS as a point solution utilising extensive integration of key IT Systems like SAP FiCo, SAP MM, SAP PM, OSS, Service Assurance, etc.
– INNOVATE UK and Glasgow City Council, UK, for ‘Future City Glasgow Program,’ providing global leadership in demonstrating how older, more established cities can be transformed into the smart cities of the future.
– Innovation in Digital Elevation Modeling was conferred to Airbus Defense and Space, Germany for their ‘WorldDEM’ made available from January 2014 for the Earth’s entire land surface, with accuracy surpassing that of any satellite-based global elevation model available today and thereby defining a new industry standard.
– Innovation in Land Cover Mapping was conferred to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), China, and the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-Information (NASG), China, for their ‘Global Land Cover Map’ covering the entire Earth’s land surface.
Source: Our correspondent