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Using Esri’s world-leading GIS technology, Hashmi’s aptly named Shout Out app enables members of the public to easily report issues including road damage, air pollution, abandoned cars and even roadkill.

Like many of his contemporaries Hashmi is driven to unleash the latest tech, coupled with inventive thinking, to combat many of the world’s most common problems.

“Shout Out takes tech – which is accessible to everyone – and transforms what is inherently a painful process into something more efficient and effective and more aligned to community expectations when it comes to connecting with public services,” he said.

Awards programs like these provide students like me with a platform to really make a name for ourselves in industries that are evolving and changing at such a rapid pace says Hashmi.

US based technology giant Esri’s global Young Scholar Award and $100 million national GIS in Schools programs aim to connect students with cutting-edge mapping technology at a time when the spatial industry is experiencing an exponential rate of growth.

A recent Global Geospatial Industry Outlook report identified the GIS technology sector world-wide to be worth a mammoth $500 billion (USD) and a key sector for the “jobs of the future” – for an estimated three generations.

It is no wonder then that tech giants like Esri are starting at the school gate when it comes to investing in programs that seek out the next Steve Jobs or Jack Dangermond. 

Skye Rodgers, Esri Australia’s GIS in Schools program manager said students as young as 12 have the opportunity to get hands-on with technology that underpins some of the most progressive governments and corporations across the globe.

“The geo-technical aptitude demonstrated by both the teachers and students we connect with on the program has me under no doubt that we will see many more Sherbaz Hashmis making a positive impact in this world,” she said.

With the 2019 Australian Esri Young Scholar Award title now his to own, Sherbaz Hashmi’s next move is to finish his Bachelor of Software Engineering and Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability.

To find out more about the Esri Young Scholar Award program or the GIS in Schools initiative visit esriaustralia.com.au/education.

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ESA’s Automated Bushfire Attack Level (AutoBal) tool has received the 2019 ‘Special Achievement Geographic Information System Award’.

AutoBal helps the ESA to understand the level of risk from bushfire to people and homes in bushfire prone areas.

In just one hour, 16,000 properties can be accurately assessed using 3D mapping of buildings, landscapes and vegetation to determine the individual risk to each home. The assessments provide detailed information to help residents understand how to prepare themselves, their families and homes for the risk of bushfire.

This first-of-its-kind technology was developed by the ESA Risk and Planning team in partnership with leading global spatial analytics provider Esri Australia.

Esri Australia Group Managing Director, Brett Bundock said the innovative spatial thinking demonstrated by groups like ACT ESA places the organisation at the leading-edge of global efforts to combat Mother Nature’s unpredictable and at times, cruel ways.

“Over the past decade, the most significant advancements in GIS have come from those charged with responsibility of preserving human life.

The Special Achievement in GIS award recognises not only the degree of innovation exercised by ACT ESA, but also the profound difference the Auto BAL tool will make to communities beyond Australia’s borders.”

“Australia’s emergency response community has every reason to be profoundly proud of the GIS team at ACT ESA.”

Receiving the accolade this week in front of over 20,000 people at Esri’s global conference in San Diego California, this award recognises an ACT ESA’s extraordinary achievement – not only in the space of predictive risk assessment, but also applied advanced location analytics.

State-of-the-art tech reducing bushfire risk for residents - YouTube

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Redefining industry standards in a radical digital overhaul of its entire network, APA  now seamlessly combines data from multiple stand-alone systems into one intelligent and collaborative platform to manage more than $20 billion of Australia’s energy resources assets, including  more than 15,000km of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines, gas processing facilities, power generation and renewable energy assets.

APA Group’s General Manager for Infrastructure Planning and Protection, Paul Maloney, explains that deploying GIS infrastructure through the veins of the organisation has brought a new industry standard for operational innovation not only to APA, but to the broader energy infrastructure industry.

“GIS technology hasn’t just enabled a smooth digital transformation, it’s triggered a gear shift that has propelled us into a whole new level of organisation-wide operational efficiency,” he said.

Mr Maloney said for APA, the Geographic Information System platform and applications has facilitated rapid and vast improvement, moving once siloed applications to streamlined processing and has linked people to key spatially referenced data – the end result is stronger, evidence-based decisions across the board.

Esri Australia’s national utility lead Doug van Gelder said behind the aging legacy systems powering many of this country’s utilities is a tsunami of inefficiency and operational cost.

“APA Group has shown both incredible foresight to future-proof their operation by geo-enabling their entire network, and, tremendous leadership by creating a model for digital transformation that other energy infrastructure businesses and utilities can leverage,” he said.

It is the second time in as many years an Australian based utility has taken out the prestigious global innovation award; with Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation previously recognised for their work in water conservation that has already saved over a billion litres of water for Darwin. 

The award cements APA Group’s place as not only one of the most progressive and entrepreneurial utilities in Australia but the world moreover.

To discover more about the solution transforming APA Group and other utilities across the globe, visit esriaustralia.com.au/gis-in-gas-utilities

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As part of this transformation, Icon Water has been modernising its Geospatial Information System (GIS). This has resulted in full connectivity established across the entirety of its networks, including flow direction across the sewer network. The innovative GIS approach has been recognised as a finalist for the 2019 Digital Utility Awards.

Icon Water provides water and sewerage services to households, businesses and community organisations across the ACT and surrounding region, and operates assets worth over $2.2 billion. Its network covers dams, water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants, reservoirs, water and sewage pumping stations, mains, customer connections and other related infrastructure.

Guided by its principles to build a safe, innovative and inclusive workplace while delivering sustainable value for the community and shareholders, Icon Water has successfully upgraded its GIS to its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) environment in Amazon Web Services (AWS).

This configuration provides many benefits over traditional on-premise deployments including:

  • Rapid deployment of applications
  • Flexible configurations of infrastructure and services
  • No upfront or long-term IT commitments, only pay for what you use
  • Scalable IT infrastructure to meet peak demand
  • Secure end-to-end environment

THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND THE CONNECTED CENTRAL SYSTEM

ESRI Enterprise ArcGIS has been implemented through ArcGIS for Water Standard Utility Model, Portal for ArcGIS and ArcGIS 10.4 Desktop, Server and Data Store. The combination of these technologies delivers a sustainable, long-term solution for Icon Water - key to providing the central system for asset management, customer engagement, and financial technologies and strategies.

Specifically, Portal for ArcGIS has been developed to publish web-based maps, improving customer experience, productivity and making life easier for both field and office staff.

Richard Bailey, Team Leader, Asset Information Services at Icon Water, said, "The software provides a lot more capability and flexibility to produce intuitive maps and apps that are accessible across the business.

"This includes a mobile map detailing the network assets with their full attributes and this is used by 40 field staff on a daily basis to help manage their activities. Our previous mobile map solution did not show latest information and was not user-friendly," Mr Bailey said.

"The map corrections layer is great for field crews and asset inspectors to quickly and easily record network issues and hazards as they find them, which is instantly available across the organisation, allowing updates to be carried out in the office and for other field crews to be aware of the issues."

The benefits of these applications have replaced inefficient multiple paper-based processes with automated systems. Digital data collection via web maps, 'collector' and 'Survey 123' for ArcGIS are now available to internal and external stakeholders with information captured directly into corporate systems.

THE PRACTICAL ADVANTAGES ARE ENDLESS

The software has allowed for an organisation wide, inclusive solution where employees can capture and display network errors in real time. This provides a traffic light triage as these errors are processed and avoids reporting and capturing the same network errors.

Field operations have been enhanced through real-time network outage management tools leading to improved customer service and reliability, and an increased ability to identify critical customers that will be affected such as schools, hospitals and dialysis customers.

"The mobile solutions also includes the ability to perform water network outage traces in the field. Previously, certain individuals who had specialised software on their desktop computer could only do this. Now the field crews on site can run the trace themselves and accurately assess the needs of the work," Mr Bailey said.

The platform has also allowed processing and publishing of drone survey footage; real-time spatial view of the network control system (SCADA); easy identification of meters providing sub-meter accuracy through GPS technology; and the capability to improve customer experience by easily making maps of Icon Water assets available to developers and builders.

CONTINUING ON THE TRANSFORMATION JOURNEY

Icon Water's AWS deployment leveraged these benefits to deliver a cloud-based ArcGIS solution, which enables the business to more effectively manage its assets. The Portal for ArcGIS web apps and services provide a rich, intuitive mapping solution that has increased business productivity and decisionmaking. Similarly, this has increased the company's ability to handle big data, scaling across multiple levels of volume, variety and veracity.

The platform has increased time efficiencies in providing new functionalities to align with developing business needs - in some cases transitioning from six months to as little as a week. The AWS will continue to provide the scalability needed to expand across the business as more systems are integrated with the GIS to deliver Icon Water's transformation program.

This article first appeared in Utility Magazine on 1 May, 2019.

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Leveraging Esri’s world-leading GIS technology, the map transforms ABS data into a picture that can easily be understood by the culturally-diverse 16 million+ voters enrolled to have their say in the upcoming Federal election.

Through the Discover Your Commonwealth Electoral Division map, members of the public now have the ability to gain a deeper understanding of their own electorate ahead of this weekend’s Federal election.

Users can zero in on any electorate – and instantly see official 2017 population counts and 2016 Census information including household income, housing tenure, languages spoken and Indigenous status.

Showing the big picture of Australia’s demographics and social characteristics, the map aims to help voters understand and use Census data to inform their own decisions at the polls.

Voters can now not only see the differences between electorates but can also interact with the same data that drives government social and economic policy. 

Esri Australia’s federal government specialist Tobias Schubert said by using this technology to present complex social and economic data in an accessible way, the ABS has shown that it ranks amongst the most progressive of government agencies.

“In mapping Census data, the ABS has not only painted an informative picture of patterns and trends that matter, but has also created a single-point-of-truth for the public to access valuable insights and make better-informed, evidence-based decisions,” Mr Schubert said.

“In the current age of data – with consumers showing that they are prepared to educate themselves on issues of material importance – the role of organisations like the ABS has never been so important.”

The Discover Your Electoral Division map uses data from the 2016 Census of Population & Housing, the 2017 Estimated Resident Population and the latest ABS Commonwealth Electoral Boundaries.

The map can be accessed through the ABS website: http://bit.ly/electoraldivisionmap

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Adrian Darmawan of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) has been recognised for his innovative thinking, advancing the capabilities of technology in his project – Using Drones to Assess Landslide Susceptibility and Displacement.

Focusing on how to utilise drone and GIS technology to assess factors including slope stability, rainfall and weather conditions, displacement and susceptibility of landslides, as well as accuracy of results, Mr Darmawan’s project greatly differs from traditional land assessment methods.

Looking into the safety of workers, Mr Darmawan says that whilst traditional surveying can be considered inefficient, costly and time consuming, through the use of advanced location-based analytics, his proposed new model can greatly reduce the risks for infrastructure teams by condensing the level of physical work.

“If you do it manually in the traditional surveying sense, it can be dangerous. When you are using drones you have a more holistic view of the land slide,” Mr Darmawan said.

“It was about looking at the challenge from a different perspective. We want to do things with GIS that make life work more efficiently.”

Looking forward to his future, Mr Darmawan says he looks to become an innovator in GIS technology, focusing on understanding why something exists on our planet and solving problems with an open, globally-focused mind.

“Over the past three years of study, I have realised that ArcGIS is more than just creating maps. Geospatial science is about analyzing the location, giving us the ability to assess limitations and improvements of a particular place.

“Being geospatial is more than being connected to maps, it's about trying to mitigate some of the problems the world faces.”

Following this, Esri Australia awarded Mr Darmawan the 2018 Australian Esri Young Scholars Award, allowing him to showcase his project at the world’s largest spatial technology conference – the Esri User Conference – in California last month.

Managing Director of Esri Australia and South Asia Brett Bundock said he could clearly see how Mr Darmawan drew on spatial thinking and technology to solve a real-world issue.

“Inventive spatial thinking is changing our world and the way we think. Mr Darmawan’s use of ArcGIS shows how this technology can be applied to everyday work.

“Mr Darmawan’s work demonstrates the innovation of spatial thinking. His project encompasses the forward thinking that tomorrow’s leaders need.

“With the demand for geospatial disciplines within Australian universities increasing, it is pioneering to see young people like Mr Darmawan looking to deliver advanced work for the future.

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