Access to up-to-date, reliable data is critical to improving social and economic outcomes. However, data is only useful if it can be accessed and understood. The Victorian Women’s Health Atlas was developed and launched by Women’s Health Victoria (WHV) in 2015 - in partnership with Spatial Vision - to assist in the identification of gender impacts across six priority health areas.

7 of the Best Data Visualisation Platforms

When we use the term ‘data visualisation’ it conjures up an image of charts, maps and dashboards, but it’s far more complex than this. Over the last few years, there has been steady development of cloud-hosted applications that are becoming increasingly affordable and accessible, with many built on open-source frameworks.

Spatial Vision's Values Day

Last month our entire workplace ventured offsite for a values workshop. The purpose of this was to cement our already existing values into a clear-cut statement that would reinforce our existing culture, allow us to achieve company goals and ensure that potential new employees have similar values.  It was also important that all staff could strongly recognise and associate with each of the values and principles.

Spatial Vision was recently commissioned by Emergency Management Victoria (EMV), to update the Victorian State Command Centre wall map.  The original wall map was produced by Spatial Vision back in 2004 and was starting to show its age. Fading from the sun over time and peeling off the wall meant it was no longer an effective operational product for the State Command Centre team during critical operations. 

WhaleReport Alert System

Collisions with ships are one of the most common causes of death or injury for cetaceans.  The likelihood of collisions occurring will increase as the world’s reliance on ship-based transportation of goods and people increases.  Over 180,000 vessels are on the water at any given point in time (the ones that are complying with reporting regulations) according to the marine traffic web site.

The UN World Geospatial Information Congress

I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural UN World Geospatial Information Congress earlier in November, along with new SV staff member, Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse. I was there as a representative of both Spatial Vision and in my capacity of a Director of SIBA|GITA.  Zaffar likewise was representing SV’s new Strategic Consulting area, and in his capacity as a President of SSSI.

Make Your Team Awesome

At Spatial Vision, we adopted an agile approach to the design and delivery of client projects many years ago. The sprint cycle provides regular opportunities to assess the direction of a project throughout the development lifecycle. We find this approach increases customer satisfaction as they see rapid, continuous delivery of demonstrable outputs. Furthermore, customers, developers and testers constantly interact enabling better collaboration and continuous attention to technical excellence and good design. 

As a certified GIS professional I am often asked what the letters “GISP” refer to at the end of my title.  My explanation is usually along the lines of “It means I am a certified professional, in my case a Geospatial Information System Professional” and “It also means I am accredited by an independent third-party certification body based in the US but recognised globally.”  But the response I receive back can be varied, as they seem somewhat confused as they enquire; but what does that mean and why is it important? 

Top 4 Overnight Hikes

SV Maps is a mapping company owned by Spatial Vision. We design, create and publish a range of award-winning and innovative digital and hard copy maps to assist people plan their adventures or next holiday. Darren Edwards, founder of Trail Hiking Australia, gave us some of his top overnight hikes which are easily accessible from Melbourne

Geocart 2018

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Geocart’2018 conference held in Wellington, New Zealand. Geocart is a bi-annual conference jointly organized by the New Zealand Cartographic Society and the Australian & New Zealand Map Society (ANZmaps).

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