2014 summary

Spatial Information Day 2014 was held on Friday, 29 August 2014 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.


2014 Ignite Your Career Breakfast

Thirty guests started their SID2014 day with breakfast and inspiring presentations from Zoe Bettison MP (Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Social Housing, Multicultural Affairs, Ageing, Youth and Volunteers, Member of the Executive Council), Marika Boelen (FYFE Earth Partners) and Natalie Hamood (Director of People and Culture, Department for State Development).

2014 Spatial Information Day

The objective for SID2014 was to build on the achievements of previous years conferences with the ultimate goal of supporting all members of the spatial sciences sector as they build their careers and contribute their skills to the development of economic and social prosperity across geographic and demographic boundaries. To accomplish this, this years conference agenda was designed to encourage discussion of today's many spatial challenges and issues and then to explore potential solutions, actions, policies and programs to overcome them. If SID2014 has been successful, our delegates will take all the things they have learned back to their studies, workplaces and communities where they will implement them to the benefit of their own development as well as that of their colleagues and clients.

We were delighted to welcome a total of 22 organisations in their support of SID2014 through various Sponsorship and Exhibitor Packages. These organisations made the SID2014 Exhibition an excellent opportunity for Delegates to make new contacts and renew acquaintances, to have discussions and exchange ideas, suggestions and opinions with decisions makers, practitioners and researchers from all over South Australia and across the country.

We were also very fortunate to have had a large group of well-known experts in their fields participate inSID2014. This group included Professors, Directors, Managers, Researchers, Consultants, Members of Boards and other authorities from spatial science fields as well as from municipal management, education and executive development. The direction of the conference was established early by our first Key Note Speaker, The Honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide Stephen Yarwood who made the poignant observation that while progress is widely praised, change is equally widely resisted. The benefits of challenging the status quo and applying the spatial sciences creatively were then aptly demonstrated by second Key Note Speaker, Associate Professor Lian Pin Koh, who described his application of spatial information to addressing emerging environmental and socioeconomic challenges facing tropical developing nations.

Four streams of concurrent sessions continued to inform and challenge our delegates, culminating in the final Key Note presentation, by Professor David Cropley, who offered a reminder of the innovations on which modern spatial science is founded and suggestions for how every delegate can actively increase their creative and problem-solving capacities.

Award recipients

Individual awards

Award Recipient
SASEA Postgraduate Research Award Deborah Van Gaans
Young Spatial Professional of the Year James Paull
Special Achievement Award David Tran
Spatial Professional of the Year David Harvey
2013/14 Surveying Licenses Paul Eiternick; Mark Whitford; Behzad Sadrolodabaee
JB & JW Calder Award Joe D'Aloia
Service to the Spatial Community Associate Professor David Bruce
Engineering Surveying Professional (Australasia Pacific) Certification Adam Spencer
Geographic Information Systems Professional (Asia Pacific) (GISP-AP) Certification Mary Lewitzka; Alana O'Connor

Industry awards

Award Recipient Project
Technical Excellence Alexander Symonds Applying Dimensional Control Survey methodology to Fabricate the Adelaide Oval Southern Stand
People and Community City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council Local History Story
Environment and Sustainability Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia
Spatial Enablement Department for Communities and Social Inclusion Evidence Based Management Framework & Community IQ Maps
Small Organisations 3D Surveys

Photo gallery

Photos © 2014 Iain Bond


Session name Presenter Company
[Keynote] Planning for the Transformation of Cities Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood Adelaide City Council
[Keynote] Conservation Drones Associate Professor Lian Pin Koh University of Adelaide
Tomnod Crowd Sourcing and Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Shay Har-Noy DigitalGlobe
Raw Data Now: Challenges and Opportunities Chris Rawlinson South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Unleashed and Government Open Data Alysha Thomas South Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet
Estimating the Cost of Landuse Change Ramesh Raja Segaran University of Adelaide
Semi-Automatic Urban Feature Extraction from Aerial Photogrammetry Fabrice Marre Aerometrex
Making Water Trading Easier: McLaren Vale Tamara Spencer South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS): Coastal Dunes Thomas Smyth Flinders University
Engineering Surveying Professional Certification Bernard O'Sullivan SSSI National E&MS Commission Chair
Surveying Challenges on Large Scale Infrastructure Projects John McFarlane Alexander Symonds
Executive Management and Leadership Sarah McGregor University of Adelaide
Thinking Differently: Improving Business Outcomes Natalie Francis University of South Australia
Aligning People, Projects and Strategic Priorities Gary Maguire South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
Surveying and Spatial Information Futures in Tasmania Michael Guidici Surveyor General of Tasmania
New Datum, New Complications, New Opportunities for Surveyors Craig Roberts University of New South Wales
South Australian Integrated Land Information System (SAILIS) Steve Wilden South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure Land Services Group
Open Source Technology for Asset Inspections: City of Rockingham Stormwater Drainage Paul Jupp Digital Mapping Solutions
The Evolution of the Utility GIS Platform John Bormann SA Water
Maps and the Future of Storytelling Kym Jackway Esri Australia
Engaging with the Community through Online Mapping Brendan Tully Phylloxera Board
An Ecosystem Approach to Wetland Classification: SA's Lower Lakes Jonathan Phillips South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Vegetation Corridors in Agricultural Landscapes Marcia Graetz University of Adelaide
Impact of Climatic Variables on Rice Yield in Bangladesh Iffat Ara University of Adelaide
Crop Monitoring from MODIS Satellite Imagery: Soil Water Holding Estimations Sofanit Araya University of Adelaide
BUZZSTOP: Putting a Human Interface on Spatial Data Josh Millard
On the Flight Path: Broadscale Wild Dog Aerial Baiting Kate Ellis Primary Industries and Regions SA
Cycle Instead - Get On Your Bike Adelaide Andrew Leane South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Strava Data and Cycling Routes Rob Krizman C3
Purely Cloud for Horticulture David Coombe South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
Real Time Information for Better Traffic Flow: Traffic SA Nick Weinmann South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
BIM – Managing the Business of Construction Chris Penn HYLC and Hansen Yuncken
The Evolution of 3D Scanning Guy Wallis Redstack
Spatial technology in the Australian Curriculum: Geography Malcolm McInerney Australian Geography Teachers' Assoc.
Round Pegs from Square Holes: Repurposing State Administrative Data for Health Research Neil Coffee University of South Australia
Business Intelligence and Location: A Marriage of Necessities David McDonald Pitney Bowes
More than Where: Advancements in Spatial Technology Laura Berman Esri Australia
[Keynote] Creativity, Innovation and Technology in the Spatial Sciences Professor David Cropley University of South Australia