GWF2014: Geospatial World Awards 2014 honours the best of the industry

GWF2014: Geospatial World Awards 2014 honours the best of the industry


Geneva: At the Geospatial World Awards 2014, Geospatial Media and Communications honoured the best works and minds of the industry by conferring 14 excellence awards, 10 leadership awards, 5 policy awards and 8 innovation awards.

The awards jury, comprised of Prof. Fraser Taylor, Distinguished Research Professor at Carleton University; Aida Opoku Mensah, Director, ICT, Science and Technology Division at the United Nations; Matt O'Connell, President of MOC Partners; Prof. Henk Scholten, CEO of Geodan and Scientific Director of the SPINlab at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; and David Schell, Chairman of the Open Geospatial Consortium.

And the winners are:

Excellence Awards


Name of Project


e-Pest Surveillance and Advisory System


NATHAN Risk Suite


COMCOL Platform: ICT for Social Accountability in Ghana

Public Safety

Safe City Monitoring System

Disaster Monitoring

Incident Command GIS System for Improved Disaster Relief and Emergency Rescue

Environment Monitoring

Rural Environmental Cadastre – CAR

Law Enforcement

Green Wave Operation – Indicator of future deforestation in the Amazon


Person trip Data Browser and Space-Time visualiser

Environment Monitoring

Noise Watch mobile app

Business Intelligence

GNAF in 2013

Infrastructure Management

3D modelisation for the Transports Publics Genevois

Infrastructure Planning

LINZ – Data Service

Cadastral Survey



Western China Mapping

Geospatial World Innovation Awards were given for technological innovations in the domain which are resulting in better product deliveries and in delivering results in the most resource efficient manner. The awards not only honoured the implementing agency or organisation but also the developer of the required technology; thereby, encouraging investment and development of the geospatial Industry.

Innovation Awards


Name of the Project



Automatic Generalisation of Topographic Maps’

Kadaster, The Netherlands

Mobile Mapping

Georeferenced 360o video

Horus View & Explore B.V. , The Netherlands

LiDAR Mapping Systems


RIEGL LMS Gmbh, Austria

Big Data

Dutch Satellite Data Portal

Netherlands Space Office

Astrium Services, GEO-Information Division





Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging

‘CZMIL: Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory

US Army Corps of Engineers


Optech, Inc. USA


GEOSS Brokering Framework

National Research Council, Italy

3D Terrestrial LiDAR Scanner

Laser Scanner Focus3D X 330

FARO Technologies Inc, Germany

The Leadership Awards for the year 2013 were conferred by Geospatial World, the Premier Geospatial Industry Magazine, to 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.

Leadership Awards


Attendee with Designation

Geospatial Technology Company 2013: Snowflake Software

Ian Painter, CEO, Snoflake Software and Peter Woodsford MBE

Geospatial Content Company 2013: Planet Labs Inc.

Josh Alban

Planet Labs

VP, Business Development

Geospatial Solutions Company 2013: eLEAF

Ad Bastiaansen, Co-founder eLEAF and Chair, Waterwatch Foundation

Geospatial Strategic Merger 2013: Telenav – sKobbler

Steve Coast

Geospatial Business Hub: Gavle and Gavleborg Region, Sweden

Johan Bang


Therese Öhman


Future Position X

National Geospatial Information Agency 2013

Vincent Hoong, Chief Executive, Singapore Land Authority

Geospatial Business Leader 2013

Bryn Fosburgh, Vice President, Trimble Navigation Ltd.

Geospatial Entrepreneur 2013

Steve Coast., Founder OSM and CloudMade.

Geospatial Ambassador

Geoff Zeiss, former Director Autodesk and founder of Between the Poles.

Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Carl Reed, CTO, OGC

The Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred to Dr. Carl Reed. Dr. Reed has been associated with geospatial industry for more than three decades and has provided leadership in multiple capacities. Early in his career, Dr. Reed designed and implemented the first fully interactive vector based GIS, the Map Overlay and Statistical System (MOSS). As early as 1977, he was the lead engineer and software developer in the design and development of GenaMap, the world's first interactive UNIX based commercial GIS. Dr. Reed has and continues to play a decisive role in framing the future of the geospatial industry through his membership and presence on a vast number of governmental and corporate bodies, where his singular aim is the development of the geospatial industry.

The Geospatial World Policy Awards were presented to organisations for exemplary formulation and implementation of geospatial policies which directly or indirectly encourage the geospatial industry.

Policy Awards

Name of the Project


4th Rwanda Population & Housing Census

National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda

Land Administration, Valuation and Information

Management System (LAVIMS

Ministry of Housing and Lands, Mauritius



3D Ethics Charter

3D Ethics Charter Committee, Switzerland

‘Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM)’

DOST, Philippines


National Engineering Center,

University of the Philippines – Diliman Network and Centres of Excellence

for Geomedia in Education and Training’

European Commission

European Centre of Excellence, Salzburg


European Association of Geographers

The awards were conferred during the Awards Night and Gala Dinner function of Geospatial World Forum 2014.