2014 NZIS excellence awards winners

By on 18 November, 2014
Motueka Sandspit Groyne Removal Monitoring Survey

The Merit Award winning Motueka Sandspit Groyne Removal Monitoring Survey – Tony Nikkel, Nikkel Surveying Ltd, Motueka.


A procurement system used by consultants working in Christchurch is featured in this year’s New Zealand Institute of Surveyors’ Gold Award of Excellence winning entry this year.

Submitted by Chris Scott, survey manager for the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT), the entry details his role during his secondment to SCIRT and the role of the wider team. Chris and his team were involved setting up and managing a procurement system for survey resources, developing technical specifications, setting up a survey and civil software infrastructure to gather, control and discern post-earthquake data.

The Silver Excellence Award was presented to Cogswell Surveys Limited in Cambridge for their entry showcasing their involvement in a successful project to underground 110KVa Transpower cables through the centre of a subdivision under construction near Cambridge.

The undergrounding of 1.3km of mains power cables provided the developers the change to design and fully utilise the land without the obstruction of large transmission towers but first it involved Transpower accepting this proposal. This success of this project should have a positive impact on future developments nationwide.

The third award, the Merit Award was received by Tony Nikkel for his Motueka Groyne Removal Monitoring survey that was conducted over the course of several years. Tony used Google Earth to captured data overlays to create visualisations and enable graphical comparisons between epochs.

The judging panel, which rigorously evaluates the awards entries, consisted of Dr Bill Robertson of Wellington, Jayne Perrin, Napier and Tim James, Auckland. The panel commented that this is the 6th year of the Award of Excellence and the Institute is again very pleased with the response. Four varied entries for the award were received this year and made interesting reading for judges.

The entries generally demonstrated significant professional responsibility, capability and innovation together with service to clients. This reflects the strong capability and versatility of NZIS members in a wide range of surveying.

Congratulations to all the award winners from the Spatial Source and Position Magazine team.

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