Queensland team wins three Awards

The team from Veris has won three awards at the 2020 Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) for Queensland announced today.

The individual award winners included:

  • Alistair Byrom - Professional of The Year
  • Michael Topp - Young Professional of The Year.

Veris also picked up the industry award for Technical Excellence for the Seqwater Mt Crosby Pumping Station Digital Twin.

Jimmy Duncan, Regional Manager – QLD/NT, commented, “These are outstanding and well-deserved achievements, and to take out 3 of the 6 awards in a very competitive field is phenomenal.”

More information on the Veris award winners is provided below.

Find the full list winners at the APSEA website.

Veris & Seqwater
Award for Technical Excellence

The Mt Crosby digital twin showcases a multi-skilled approach from surveyors, engineers and laser scanning specialists within the context of a broader project. The project utilised multiple capture technologies to overcome a number of physical limitations including tight underground spaces and poor air quality, seamlessly integrated with drone surveys and sub-surface radar to capture a comprehensive digital twin of the Mt Crosby Pumping Station; an important utility for Brisbane’s potable water that required significant refurbishment following the 2011 floods. The twin has since seen widespread use through renovation, safety training, community engagement, and was pivotal in monitoring the site throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michael Topp
Young Professional of the Year

Michael actively demonstrates excellence in leadership capabilities and is a bright and budding young professional. He invests heavily into the development of his peers at Veris through internal mentoring, training and development programs, playing an active role in the development of his colleagues and the business. Alongside this, Michael displays strong professional performance technically across a range of significant projects in SEQ. Michael is the Principal Surveyor on multiple projects where he utilises his depth of experience to guide each project through construction to final delivery. Michael leads the projects through strong communications with colleagues, allied professionals and clients to achieve the required outcomes. The judges all agreed he is a fantastic role model and were pleased to see his commitment to engagement with universities and other young surveyors.

Alistair Byrom
Professional of the Year

Alistair Byrom, Principal Surveyor at Veris in Brisbane, is held in the highest esteem by his peers. For over 20 years he has served on committees for ISAQ, SSI, SSSI and SIBA|GITA and in this time has supported the ongoing growth and development of the surveying profession and the spatial industry. Alistair has proven to be a vital source of knowledge for graduates and applicants seeking registration with the Surveyors Board of Queensland. He has been a constant contributor to events on a variety of topics. Alistair’s affinity with land law, as it relates to surveying, has lead him into one of his core skills, being forensic consulting. He has prepared numerous Expert Reports for the Supreme Court, Land Court and the Planning & Environment Court which demonstrate achievement and performance considered beyond the normal for consulting surveyors. The judges said his consistent contributions to the industry through his advocacy, presentations, senior representative roles and particular his efforts to unify the profession’s voice make him very worthy of recognition.

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