The annual AGI awards exist to recognise excellence within the UK GI industry and to help promote and foster a spirit of innovation. It is an excellent opportunity for people operating within the industry to be recognised for exceptional work that they have done.
Congratulations to the winners below for their hard and inspiring work.
Award: Innovation and Best Practice (Central Government)
Sponsored by: Compass Informatics
Winner – States of Guernsey
The submission from the Government of Guernsey related to their Housing Stock Bulletin. The Guernsey Annual Housing Stock Bulletin is published by the Policy Council of Guernsey, but draws information from multiple sources across the portfolio of Government Departments. This project’s design and delivery is made possible as a result of close working relationships within the public and private sectors of our GI community. One aspect of this project that makes it stand out above others is the level of joint working between Government departments, with each participating player making minor modifications to their own working processes for the benefit of the larger organisation. The judging panel were especially impressed by the passion for the project that was obvious throughout the submission and how geography was used to link up the many disparate government information sources, allowing data to be re-engineered into useful statistics.
Award: Innovation and Best Practice (Local Public Services)
Sponsored by: Ordnance Survey
Winners – Two entries were so similar that we have two winners, one for overall impact, one for thoroughness of approach, both leading to a great store of good practice that we all could reuse intellectually.
“Warwickshire County Council – Compass Project”
Warwickshire invested a large amount of time in assessing 44 different open source solutions and once chosen, they kept track of both savings and customer satisfaction enabling this to be a very repeatable best practice approach. They also worked to create bespoke set ups of the systems to, and we would love them to consider expanding their reasons for choosing their eventual hybrid system of open source tools.
Central and South West Wales Shared ICT Services - GIS Development Board
This shows how open data working can be taken to the next level by using a partnership and shared development approach, and we avidly await their work on open source to hopefully be open sourced for us to reuse!
Award: Innovation and Best Practice (Private Sector)
Winner – Island GIS
Award: Innovation and Best Practice (Business Case & ROI)
Sponsored by: ConsultingWhere
Winner – Thomson Ecology – Ecology Data Collection is Alive!
It has a compelling structured approach
Been successfully submitted and approved – in fact convinced the board to invest more
Shows how a better service can be provided
Describes how there can be more effective use of resources
Elevator pitch is very much to the point – describes the pain and gain
Award: Innovation and Best Practice (Charitable Status)
Sponsored by: Scisys
Winner – Geographic Information Management at the Canal & River Trust
The judges would like to present the award to Ben Mansbridge, Peter grace and Matt Shephardson of the Canal & River Trust.
The judges felt that this was a good project which had a significant impact on the back office area of the business. They used technology well and used automation to better integrate information within the trust. Techniques used were undocumented and therefore they have created some cutting edge techniques which will have applications outside of the Trust. Cost savings were made and this also released skilled personnel for other tasks within the business.
Award: AGI Student of the Year
Sponsored by: 1Spatial
Winner – Andy Bell Queen’s University Belfast
The winning paper was selected not only for the implementation of GI where before there was none, the integration and management of multiple different datasets, but also, the realisation that, though the system is a spatial tool, it should be usable for non-GI experts to use easily and without training – something that maybe GI industry have yet to fully realise. Impressively, the model is now being adopted by the Road Service of NI.
Award: INSPIRE for SMEs Award
SUPPORTED by: smeSpire
Winner – Linknode – VentusAR
Best Paper Awards
This year as well as recognising the best papers from Geocommunity ’13 we have decided to also recognise the best papers from the Showcase series of events we ran around the UK in 2013. This is in recognition of the fact that an award for excellence and innovation should not be conditional on your ability to get to Nottingham between two dates.
Award: AGI GeoCommunity Best Overall Paper
Sponsored by: Informed Solutions
Winner – Glasgow's Future Cities Demonstrator: The possibilities are endless!
Iain Langlands, Glasgow City Council
This paper was a comprehensive review of why Glasgow was awarded the Future Cities Demonstrator project, how they using the funds provided by the project to implement future cities technologies and finally an exciting and ambitious vision of where they want to take the project. Particularly impressive was the focus on the inclusion of and benefit to the citizen that is really driving the project.
Award: AGI GeoCommunity Delegates Best Paper
Using NoSQL & HTML5 libraries to rapidly generate interactive web visualisations of high-volume spatiotemporal data - Jack Harrison, Ordnance Survey
Award: AGI Showcase Event: Scotland Delegates Best Paper
Mike Saunt, Astun Technology Ltd
Award: AGI Showcase Event: South West Delegates Best Paper
Arnulf Christl, Founding member of OSGeo (unable to attend)
Award: AGI Showcase Event: London Delegates Best Paper
IM and asset management - Davin Crowley-Sweet, Network Rail
Award: AGI Showcase Event: Northern Ireland Delegates Best Paper
Development of a 3D model for Belfast - David McIlhatton, University of Ulster
Award: AGI Showcase Event: North Delegates Best Paper
The great data robbery - and what we can do about it – Robert Barr
Award: AGI Showcase Event: Cymru Delegates Best Paper
New Technologies for Visualizing Data in the Coastal Zone - Nick Holden, Oceanwise
AGI Volunteer of the Year Award:
The AGI is hugely dependent on the hard work and comitment of it's volunteers and this year we've very encouragingly been unable to choose between two outstanding candidates so... congratulations to:
Angharad Stone and Abigail Page
Past Chairs Award:
The award submission focused on Island GIS’s work with Scottish and Southern Energy on the Beauly Denny project, which involved developing a web based service which was developed to contain multiple spatial data layers. Groups of layers were customized for construction, infrastructure, ecology, archaeology, health and safety sources, issues and sensitivities, to help manage project critical communication constraints. Specifically the service considered 599 sites, 276km of access track andprovided live and up to date information to 460 people via a range of technology platforms, whenever needed.