Spatial Services, Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
The Science of Where: All things Spatial – from here to there

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SUMMARY

As a spatial scientist, I am passionate about building a strong geo-spatial world that enables government officials, business leaders, researchers and communities to use spatial information on land, natural resources and infrastructure, and make informed decisions for economic growth and prosperity while protecting the environment and ecosystem. 

I draw upon the synergy of science and technology of making maps, along with my excellent design skills, information technology skills, knowledge of specialist technologies, such as GIS, photogrammetry and 3D visualisation to successfully deliver spatial systems that are robust, dependable, manageable and sustainable to facilitate decision making. I empower, motivate and assist people in delivering outstanding business outcomes by providing self-service spatial systems, cartographic data, accessible information, and support services to Queenslanders. My work, decisions, innovations and actions not only benefit thousands of Queenslanders today but also make a real positive change for Queensland’s future while protecting Queensland’s environment and resources.

BENEFIT – A description of the benefit of your work to Queensland (max 500 words)

We use geospatial science to shape our world. Spatial science is all about measuring the physical fabric of the Earth. The work of spatial scientists is pivotal to a range of industries, including town planning, transport planning, infrastructure construction, agriculture, aquaculture, property management, land management, distribution of utilities, and extraction, processing and production of energy from raw materials. With experts developing novel means of capturing, analysing, and utilising geo data, we continue to dream new ways of looking at our planet.

In 2017-18, while working at the Department of Resources (DoR), my pioneering and innovative work in generating 3D model for the Kangaroo Point - Woolloongabba area paved the way for creating accurate 3D spatial model with existing data.  This 3D Model has now been published under the Woolloongabba 360 Topic in the Queensland Globe (https://qldglobe.information.qld.gov.au/) as part of the Queensland Government’s Open Data policy. This work has also facilitated breakthrough achievements in visualising both above and below ground 3D data within Queensland Globe. I have also created the 3D Model for the Brisbane CBD and beyond to cover the Cross River Rail project area that is currently available for public viewing in Queensland Globe and has also been used to create Digital Twin prototype for South East Queensland.

As Senior Spatial Science Officer in the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), I planned, developed and implemented applications(apps) and systems that provide relevant high quality spatial information, utilising web-based GIS technologies to support, and deliver departmental outcomes. The systems provide strategic advice in developing a robust spatial information service by gaining insight into issues and analysing the available information in a critical manner. They support the needs of the department by using web mapping technologies and delivering mapping products along with business specific web mapping apps based on key policies, plans, strategies and recommendations. These spatial systems help in streamlining daily operations of department’s core business, keeping Queenslanders moving, getting from here to there physically and safely. They help in managing the infrastructure and assets, planning for future developments, infrastructure and growth. They also play a significant role in the possibility of rolling out autonomous vehicles on our roads in near future, planning for new charging stations and getting our system ready for autonomous vehicles and machines coupled with advanced AI technologies.

Currently I am working on developing an internal facing, highly secure, self-serviced, digital platform GeoPortal, the interactive mapping systems at everyone’s fingertips. This platform will improve collaboration and data sharing across the department to arrive at more responsive, rapid and accurate decisions. This platform will play a significant role in planning for State Development initiatives and projects such as Brisbane 2050, Olympics 2032, including venues, locations, infrastructure, movement of people and the delivery of services at all levels of government and multiple agencies. 

My work, decisions, innovations and actions have benefited thousands of Queenslanders over the past decade and continue to bring real positive change for Queensland’s future while protecting Queensland’s environment, ecosystems and resources. 

ROLE MODEL – Why do you think you are a good role model for women and girls aspiring to work in STEM? (max 500 words)
Getting from here to there is an adventure that each of us make every day. It could be as simple as travelling to a destination or the strategic journey of a business from start-up to leader, or our personal journey. Life is about the journey of getting from HERE to THERE. My journey as a Spatial Scientist is nothing short of an adventure. It can inspire other women, including young girls to choose a career in Spatial Science, fly from HERE to THERE with confidence, succeed in their own life and also have a fulfilling career knowing their contributions shape our world and inform decisions, making a real and positive change.

After arriving in Australia in 2007, I took a career break for family duties. 

In 2011, I started in a temporary role as GIS Officer with the Department of Transport and Main Roads that launched my spatial science career and positively transformed my career trajectory. Since 2011, I have not only acquired relevant skills, qualifications and registrations, but progressed my career from GIS officer to Principal Spatial Analyst within a short span of time. Being a wife and a mother of two wonderful children, the journey was challenging. But my strong passion for building a geo-spatial world and being part of this innovative and dynamic industry motivated me to overcome the challenges and pursue my dreams. I have been able to deliver a few milestone projects that currently benefits thousands of Queenslanders, including the wider community, researchers and decision makers. 

I have been thrilled to put a strong emphasis on 'collaborative' effort - the guiding principle that ensures working together as a team, building and maintaining strong, joint strategic partnerships and drive service excellence. I harness the collective benefits of including all team members and subject matter experts throughout the consultation and negotiation process, use their suggestions and feedback, and facilitate ongoing improvements to our services, while promoting personal ownership and positive culture.

In my professional roles, I take ownership of my tasks, deliverables and commitments, motivate my peers to take responsibility and acknowledge their contributions in a mutually understanding and respectful manner to ensure a positive working environment and good quality customer-centric outcomes. I am always keen to learn, operate out of my comfort zone, take up new challenges, acquire new skills, work positively towards goals, hone inter-personal skills; stay committed to team and treat everyone equitably.

My personal integrity, professionalism, persistence, accountability, commitment through effective planning and work ethics have always helped me to deliver business priorities in accordance with endorsed business processes and standards. Using my drive, energy and initiative to transform ideas into action, I have been able to successfully deliver many ground-breaking projects in the field of Spatial Science while progressing my career and achieving professional goals. My career trajectory as a Spatial Scientist demonstrates that it is never too late to start a new chapter, and fly high, making me an ideal role model for women and girls aspiring to work in STEM.
 
ENGAGEMENT – Describe any STEM promotion or engagement activities that you have undertaken, including both scientific and non-scientific audiences, particularly with women and girls (maximum 500 words)

In my current and previous roles, I have always engaged with diverse stakeholders, focused on customers and solution, and dedicated to service delivery within agreed timeframes and budget. At the project onset, I initiate two-way collaborations by actively engaging with the internal and external stakeholders (often non-technical). I use these collaborations and opportunities to understand the desired outcome, stakeholder concerns and expectations while providing information and advice in a timely and non-technical manner to build stakeholders' capability. I have worked and communicated effectively with international consultants from America, Europe and Asia and collaborated with professionals across various disciplines to successfully deliver high quality projects within stipulated time frame and budget. 

I have convened and attended various meetings and workshops with clients, community groups, end users, relevant authorities and representatives from funding agencies such as World Bank, UNICEF. In these meetings, I have presented project proposals, project outcomes and research findings to a wide range of audience. I have participated and presented my innovations and milestone projects at conferences, seminars and workshops, including Queensland Spatial Science Conference, ‘The Connect’ by Bentley, Spatial Science Forum in TMR, OZRI Brisbane and BrisBIM, inspiring next generation of Spatial Scientists to pursue their dream and meaningfully contribute in the decision making process.

Following the success of my innovation on 3D Cadastre at the Department of Resources, I was invited by 2019 Innovation Arena organisers to mentor and guide applicants. I mentored two teams that included women, and both were selected through to the final sprint and showcase at The Precinct. At TMR, I have been mentoring two female colleagues for secondments in senior roles. I am also mentoring my daughter in grade 4 primary school with producing maps that meets cartographic (mapping) conventions and demonstrate ‘How Cool is Your School’, 2022 Mapping Competition organised by Dr Karen Joyce, founder of She Maps.

Currently, as a member of Survey and Spatial Science Institute’s Queensland regional committee I am hosting events specifically for women and high school students to create awareness about Spatial Science and promoting STEM as their career choice. In the past, I have delivered presentations on Spatial Science for high school students and have been able to successfully motivate some students to pursue their career in Spatial Science. I have been actively involved in promoting Destination Spatial (Qld) which is an industry body made up of representatives from different geospatial organisations. The main purpose of the promotion is “to increase the number of surveying and geospatial science professionals to advance a spatially-enabled workforce” and increase industry recognition of ‘Surveying and Geospatial Science’. I am also involved with education campaigns delivered by Destination Spatial that are targeted towards secondary students and includes career advisors, teachers, tertiary students, mature age students, upskilling students and parents. Collectively, the above promotional activities demonstrate my regular engagement with students, decision makers and the wider community in showcasing STEM, Geospatial science, as one of the most important and emerging fields of study that can shape the future of our planet.

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