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Scottish SMEs recognised at AGI Awards

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment

The AGI Innovation and Best Practice Award (Private Sector) for Outstanding Achievement in Geographical Information is presented to companies pioneering new techniques or approaches, or delivering products or services that can be used as examples for other organisations.

IslandGIS

The 2013 award was presented to Island GIS, an SME based in Edinburgh, for their work with Scottish and Southern Energy on the Beauly-Denny powerline project. The company developed a web service that successfully co-ordinated multiple spatial data layers for a large number of individual sites and tracks and provided live, up to date information across a range of technology platforms for the people affected by the construction activities.

Link Node AwardThe second Scottish success was in the new smeSpire Award for raising the profile of the European smeSpire project among UK SMEs. In accordance with the objectives of the smeSpire project, the award recognises companies that successfully fulfilled the intentions of the European INSPIRE Directive to make spatial data widely accessible using internationally agreed standards and delivery mechanisms.

The award was presented to Glasgow based LinkNode for their VentusAR application – geospatial augmented reality for data access. The application uses a cutting edge combination of 3-D imagery and mobile technology to allow ordinary people and communities to visualise changes to the landscape. This is having immediate benefits in the interaction between citizens and planning developments such as windfarms, but has much wider utility in any situation that can benefit from visualisation of events – past, present and future.

Both of these awards are sponsored by GiStandards, a Scottish SME based in Hamilton that pioneers engagement with Europe through participation in a wide range of European Commission funded projects.

Categories: AGI Scotland, Awards, Events

AGI Award Success for Scotland

December 18, 2013 Leave a comment
AGI Award Winners 2013

AGI Award Winners 2013

A big congratulations to all of our Scottish winners in the 2013 AGI Awards, held recently at the historic Royal Geographical Society building in London. Despite the awful storms in Scotland on the day causing significant travel disruption, the event had a good turn-out. A range of the best papers from across the AGI event programme for 2013 were presented, followed by the awards and drinks reception.

The awards are an opportunity for members from across the AGI to submit examples of best practice for recognition, but also an opportunity for us as AGI members to celebrate achievements throughout the year and promote the benefits of geographic information through a range of projects.

In 2013, Scotland certainly demonstrated some fantastic examples of excellent work and are well recognised in the list of award winners:

  • Innovation & Best Practice (Private Sector): Island GIS (award supported by GiStandards)
  • INSPIRE for SME’s: Linknode – VentusAR (award supported by smeSpire)
  • AGI GeoCommunity Best Overall Paper: Iain Langlands, Glasgow City Council (award supported by Informed Solutions)
  • AGI Volunteer of the Year: Abigail Page (joint winner)

In addition, Mike Saunt of Astun Technology was awarded best paper from the AGI Scotland Showcase event. The full list of awards winners are available on the main AGI website.

Thank you to everyone who made submissions or supported the 2013 Awards. There will be some changes to the format in 2014 and we hope that even more members will consider putting their work forward.

Categories: AGI Scotland, Awards, Events

Awarding Excellence in GI

October 28, 2013 Leave a comment

The deadline for submissions for the AGI awards is this week (31 Oct). There is still time to enter and the nomination form is really straight forward.

Earlier this year I was delighted to be invited to attend the inaugural Holyrood ICT Connect Awards in Glasgow. Among the nominees were The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), listed in two categories for their innovative project using mobile GIS to transform their data collection methods, developed by Edinburgh based company Sigma Seven.

It was a fantastic evening and even more so as SEPA won the Connect Innovate Award. My congratulations go to all of the team involved and it was fantastic to see a geospatial project recognised at the event.

Connect ICT Awards 2013

SEPA & Sigma Seven Team – Holyrood ICT Connect Award Winners

So, why are awards valuable? We all carry out our projects in the workplace, sometimes in challenging circumstances, difficult deadlines, or resource issues. We do our projects as part of our day jobs, to support our organisations and colleagues. Thinking about them as award-worthy or industry exemplars doesn’t really come into it.

However, at the end of a successful project when you have over come hurdles and have proven the value of your team and expertise then it is time to look back and celebrate. Sharing your success with the wider community benefits us all on a number of levels.

Recognition for the importance of GI –  In difficult economic circumstances many are trying to make the case for why investment in GI is so important, including the AGI on behalf of our members. We need your stories and excellent case studies of exemplar projects to sell this to a wide audience.

Recognition for your own organisation – Being presented with a national award can demonstrate your own organisation as being forward thinking and innovative. Recognition as a company that innovates and supports the use of GI can be useful for attracting good people who want to work for you and generate valuable publicity.

Recognition for your team & individuals – Recently an AGI member told me of the increased internal profile of their team following an award nomination and the support that followed. Being recognised for an award also is a boost to your own profile (within your own organisation and externally) and continual professional development. Finally, there is the chance to take some time out of the office with your team and celebrate your achievements at the Annual Awards Event at the wonderful RGS building in London.

thinkWhere – 2012 AGI Award Winners

At the 2012 AGI Awards,  Scottish based company thinkWhere (formerly Forth Valley GIS) received the “Innovation and Achievement (Private Sector) 2012” award for their work with Millar & Bryce on the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Project (EGIP). At this year’s award ceremony, the winner of best paper from GeoCommunity, Glasgow’s Future Cities project, will be receiving an award. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have even more Scottish winners in 2013?

There are a number of award categories and I hope you will consider putting one of your own projects forward – but be quick to make sure you meet that deadline. Good luck everyone!

PS – The nominations for AGI Council also close on the same date, there is more information here and I have written a guest blog about being an AGI Council member if you want some additional information on what is involved.

Categories: AGI Scotland, Awards, Events
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