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Cardno shines at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards NSW-ACT

Our APAC GIS team had a successful night at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) NSW-ACT in September, where they received one industry and two individual awards for their outstanding achievements.

The Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of top spatial organisations and individuals and showcase the finest projects and most significant performance of professionals in their field.

Austen Pepper, Technical Advisor - Location Technology, received the Award for Spatial Enablement for his application of spatial tools on the Broken Hill Interactive Active Transport Plan.

The award looks to recognise products or projects in which the application of spatial information, methodology and/ or the tools has greatly improved the outcomes of a project, process or product.

Instead of presenting to our client, Broken Hill City Council, a static spreadsheet of detailed infrastructure upgrades and costs, Austen worked with the Cardno Transport Advisory team to develop an interactive dashboard to help our client visualise all recommended infrastructure upgrades and associated costs.

“Visual and interactive communication tools are changing the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry,” said Austen.

“Clients want to be engaged and interactive web-based dashboards are how we can help them achieve this.”
Amy Steiger, Liz Fulton and Austen Pepper with their APSEA Awards

Left to Right: Amy Steiger, Liz Fulton, Austen Pepper

Liz Fulton, GIS Operations Manager, received the highly commended Women’s Leadership Award where she was recognised for her contribution and the role she has played in the advancement and career development of women in the spatial industry.

Her passion for the industry is highlighted through her work as a Co-Chair of the NSW Committee for Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute and a member of the Board of the NSW Surveying and Spatial Information.

“I strive to build a successful career and maintain connections with the spatial and surveying industry whilst working for an AEC firm,” commented Liz.

“I stand firm on my beliefs of what is fair and advocate for change and ensure that we are creating opportunities for everyone to be the best they can possibly be.”

Amy Steiger, GIS Manager & RPAS Pilot, was awarded the Special Achievement award for her contribution to both the spatial industry and the wider community.

Amy has worked in GIS at Cardno for over 10 years’ managing a team of 10 and many large spatial projects. She is a strong advocate for the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) and has written articles and presented case studies to promote the use of GIS and RPA.

Outside Cardno, Amy is a long-term volunteer with the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) where she is a member of their Mapping Support Team and actively involved in her local church as a board member.

“In the last few years, I have been juggling the responsibilities of being a working professional, a supportive wife and mother,” said Amy.

“But the changes in personal life did not get in the way of my career plan. I am glad that Cardno recognises the need for a balance between work and the rest of life.”

Cardno is proud to see our staff constantly being recognised in industry events. Best of luck at the National APSEA Awards. We cannot wait to see our rising stars shine by making a difference to economic prosperity, social and environmental wellbeing.

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