Rotterdam: Geospatial World conferred its Leadership Awards for the year 2012 on ten outstanding professionals and organisations who have made a significant contribution to the domain in the past year and taken the industry several notches high. The annual awards were conferred during the Awards Night and Gala Dinner function of Geospatial Media and Communication’s annual mega conference – Geospatial World Forum 2013.
The Geospatial World Leadership awards were selected from several nominations submitted by the Advisory Board Members of Geospatial World magazine and were thereafter shortlisted and chosen by a panel of judges chaired by David Schell, Founder and Chief Strategist of Open Geospatial Consortium. The panel of judges included Matt O”Connell, former CEO, GeoEye; Prof. D. R. Fraser Taylor FRSC, Director, Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, Carleton University and Aida Opoku- Mensah, Director, ICT&S&T, UN ECA.
The winners for the Leadership Award are:
-Geospatial Business Leader of the Year 2012: Raymond O”Connor, President & CEO, Topcon Positioning Systems Inc.
Raymond is recognised as the champion of surveying and positioning technologies in the world, having served in this industry for more than two decades. He has transformed Topcon into an acknowledged market leader in surveying technologies related to civil engineering, agricultural, mapping, and measurement applications.
-Geospatial Technology Company of the Year 2012: Trimble Navigation
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions includes software specific to the needs of the user. UAVs in combination with photogrammetry are an emerging technology providing an innovative platform for flexible aerial imagery acquisition. The combination of UAVs and low-altitude photogrammetry as an image collection platform opens up new opportunities for surveyors to use aerial imagery for the rapid acquisition of high-density geospatial data.
-Geospatial Content Company of the Year 2012:OpenStreetMap Foundation
The OpenStreetMap Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation supports the OpenStreetMap Project – based at OpenStreetMap.org develops, maintains and makes available, voluminous, exhaustive and constantly updated geospatial data from around the world. The OSM Project is among the world”s largest exercise at crowd-sourcing.
-Geospatial Solutions Company of the Year 2012: Critigen LLC
Critigen is a full-lifecycle spatial systems integrator driving business performance through geospatial IT solutions and managed IT services. Clients around the world hire Critigen for the depth and breadth of its experience making spatial technologies “work” for organizations of all sizes, driving location analytics through ERP, asset management and other GIS Consultants follow the Solutions Lifecycle enterprise systems integration, and enabling all types of field users with mobile geospatial information and solutions. Its global reach, top-tier partnerships and full lifecycle expertise ensure that Critigen can deliver on any client’s need with the accuracy, insight and confidence needed for success.
-Strategic Merger of the Year 2012: DigitalGlobe
The DigitalGlobe – GeoEye merger has not only strengthen the earth observation industry but has and will continue to provide a significantly larger pool of satellite resources to the geospatial community adding value to geospatial industry. This merger is another giant step that keeps with DigitalGlobe”s vision of becoming the ”indispensable source of information about our changing planet by 2020”.
-Geospatial Ambassador: Juliana Rotich
Juliana Rotich is the Executive Director at Ushahidi. She collaborated with the online community and co-founded Ushahidi which is the Swahili word for testimony. Ushahidi is a web based reporting system that utilises crowdsourced data to formulate visual map information of a crisis on a realtime basis. As a Program Director for Ushahidi she manages projects and aids in the development and testing of the Ushahidi platform. She also blogs at ”Afromusing” blog, typically with a focus on African tech and renewable energy. She is a budding African Futurist and a TED Senior Fellow.
-Lifetime Achievement: Professor Gottfried Konecny
Prof. Konecny has been associated with Photogrammetry and Geoinformation since 1945 when he began his career in the Survey Office at Troppau in Czechoslovakia. He setup the Department of Surveying Engineering at University of New Brunswick, Canada offering the first English speaking undergraduate and graduate degree program in Canada for the subjects of Surveying, Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography where he continues to be the Adjunct Professor since 1971. He then, took over as the Director of Institute for Photogrammetry and Engineering Surveys, University of Hannover, F.R. Germany, responsible for teaching, research and consulting activities since 1971.
-Geospatial Entrepreneur of the Year 2012: Melker Schorling
Mr. Melker Schörling is recognized as one of the champions of geospatial technology in the world and under his able leadership of over a decade, Hexagon has been shaping change. Hexagon Geosystems, Hexagon Metrology and Hexagon Technology have grown, both organically and inorganically. His vision, entrepreneurial skills, belief, and commitment towards strong leadership has resulted in the Hexagon group positioning itself as the largest geospatial company in the world.
-National Mapping Organisation of the Year 2012: National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and GeoInformation (NASG) China
The National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and GeoInformation (NASG), is responsible for policy, regulatory and service delivery of the country”s geospatial information. The NASG is among the first of National Mapping Organisations to take charge of rendering surveying and mapping services for the public and emergency management, and to organize and guide social services based on fundamental geographic information and data. Today when several of national mapping organizations around the world are finding it difficult to meet the ever increasing demand of geospatial information, NASG has provided a role model and live example of how to re-organise, modernise and transform a national mapping organization and continue to be leading geospatial information provider in a dynamic manner.
-Geospatial Business Hub of the Year 2012: The City of Hyderabad, India
The City of Hyderabad, India, is a global centre of information technology, for which it has also been often called Cyberabad, and it contributes to 22% of the NASSCOM”s total membership. The vision of the administrators and the policies they framed for the industrial development of Hyderabad, have very effectively boosted the growth of the geospatial industry by providing an apt business environment that has fostered some of the global geospatial technology companies like Infotech Enterprises, Avineon India, IIC Technologies, Hitachi Consulting and many more that contribute to the major share of the geospatial business in India and adding to the development of the global geospatial industry.
On the occasion, Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Geospatial Media and Communications said, “It is an honour for Geospatial World to felicitate these leading personalities and organisations with the Leadership Awards. Contributions made by them deserve the highest appreciation of the industry and Geospatial World has attempted to convey the gratitude of Geospatial Industry to these outstanding achievers by conferring these awards.”