Ozri 2015 GIS Generations

Ozri 2015 day two plenary:

Following a jam-packed first day at Ozri, topped off by an amazing night of wining, dining and live performances from Ross ‘Daddy Cool’ Wilson and X Factor favourite Jason Heerah, many delegates were in need of a little pick-me-up.

Thankfully, MapData Services came prepared, giving everyone chilled Powerade to kick start the morning.

Re-energised and ready for what was in store for Ozri day-two, Esri Australia Professional Services Executive Manager Jeff Robinson officially opened the plenary and welcomed 2015 Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award recipient, the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to the stage.

Steve Muncaster showcased the department’s new FloodZoom intelligence platform, developed to provide timely, accurate warnings to better prepare communities for impending floods.

Next up was Tim Price, a former Australian triathlon champion, GIS professional and cycling enthusiast, who unveiled his first-of-its-kind bike safety mobile app.

The Bike Bell app works by placing a virtual geofence around a cyclist and driver – who have the app installed on their smartphones. When the virtual barrier is breached, a bike bell sound is triggered on the driver’s phone, alerting them a cyclist is nearby and they need to take evasive action. His presentation was a great example of innovation and how GIS technology can be used to create ingenious apps for public safety.

Moving on and it was open data’s time to shine. Australian Government Department of Finance Project Officer Allan Barger, together with Esri Australia’s Simon Jackson, revealed there is a wave of real innovation forming on the back of the data revolution. It was interesting to hear how the culture of innovation involves collaboration, sharing and a multi-disciplinary approach.

Visiting from the US, Esri’s Eric Wittner continued the ‘GIS generations’ theme of this year’s Ozri with an intriguing real-world demonstration on how 3D implementation can improve traditional workflows. Hearing him discuss and demonstrate the latest 3D technology developments and how he worked together with the City of Greater Geelong was truly interesting.

With the countdown to day-two’s technical streams underway, it was time for another ‘stream spruiking’ session. Derek Law, Alex Geer and Ebony Wicks returned to the stage, along with Richard Stokes and Len Olyott, for a run-through of what was on offer in the afternoon’s streams.

And with this, came the end of the Ozri plenaries. The practical technical streams and a thought-provoking Q&A session with Esri heavy weights Derek Law, Eric Wittner and Dave Byers plus ‘father of GIScience’ Michael F Goodchild closed the final day of the event.

Danielle M

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