On the evening of the 1st of November 2017 our team members received two awards at the 2017 Victorian Spatial Excellence.
Professor Mark Shortis was recognised as the 2017 SIBA/SSSI Professional of the Year. SIBA is the leading association representing the spatial industry.
Over more than 3 decades, Professor Shortis has made outstanding contributions all areas of his activities, including research, teaching and service to the profession. In research, Professor Shortis has published more that 230 scholarly articles and collaborated with some of the leading research institutions in the world in his area of photogrammetry, such as the NASA Langley Research Center and CSIRO.
In teaching, Professor Shortis has helped shape the current generation of photogrammetry, spatial and surveying experts at RMIT University and The University of Melbourne, including serving as RMIT Dean of Academic Development for Science, Engineering, and Technology.
In other service to the profession, Professor Shortis has been a constant leader in Victoria and in the world, including being a founding member of SSI, a past ISV president, chairing working groups in ISPRS and FIG, and an organizer of the XXII ISPRS Congress in Melbourne, 2012.
AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
Fuels3D is a new tool for capturing information about fuel hazard in sensitive and fire-prone areas.Fuels3D combines everyday smartphone technology with the latest cloud-based 3D analytics, to generate real-time information about the level of fuel hazard.
Monitoring and quantifying the level of fuel hazard in our natural environment has critical implications for safety, biodiversity, and resilience. For example, information about fuel hazard is fundamental to understanding the success of fuel reduction interventions.Conventional approaches to monitoring fuel hazard either require high levels of human expertise and high costs (such as manual visual assessments and 3D laser-scanning) or are unsuited to small-scale assessments in canopy-covered areas (such as airborne or satellite remote sensing). In contrast, Fuels3D enables non-expert users to make accurate, low-cost, quantitative, and real-time fuel hazard assessments via their smartphone.