January Newsletter: Australian Spatial Analytics

January 23 2023

2022 was a fantastic year for ASA and it was an honour to walk alongside so many of you. In 2022, our second year in operation, we were able to lay strong foundations so that we can continue to deliver impact through skilled award-wage employment. We also celebrated our 100th ASA team member. We’re moving quickly!

Now that 2023 is underway, we’re looking ahead. We’re in the process of broadening our human-centred data services lines, increasing the quality of our impact, fostering partnerships across industries and maintaining our commitment to innovation. It’s exciting to see the team at work.

We look forward to sharing the highlights with you each month. Keep scrolling to see what we’ve been up to in January.

Geoff Smith

January Updates

Meet our growing Cairns-based team

We proudly welcomed Cairns employee Amanda Dollery to the team and now we’re busy preparing for eight analysts to join. We’re also excited to welcome our new People Success Office James Elliot to our Brisbane office.

Embedding employees

A huge congratulations to Chris Robertson and Alex Oh who have transitioned from ASA into long-term employment. Chris is enjoying his role as IT Services Officer at Sonic Healthcare, whilst Alex has settled in as Customer Service Officer at Services Australia. You can learn more about our Talent Solutions service on our website.

Professional Development session atWavell Heights High School

ASA made an appearance at a Teacher Professional Development session at Wavell Heights High School this month. Speaking on the topic of ‘Engaging Autism Spectrum and Neurodivergent Students in our Classrooms (and Beyond!)’, it was fantastic to be a part of this conversation with today’s educators. We’re looking forward to hosting work experience students at ASA in the future.

We’ve got a new look!

Our recent growth has called for a new brand and website. Can you see? Have a look around by clicking through the menu bar up top!

Welcoming new ASA Clients

This month has seen us welcoming several new organisations and the team has been in a flurry of excitement as they get stuck in. Read more about them below.


Unlocking insights from Geo-data, Fugro is the world’s leading Geo-data specialist. Through their work, they are contributing to a safe and liveable world by delivering solutions in support of the energy transition, sustainable infrastructure and climate change adaptation. Find out more about Fugro.

Hema Maps

An Australian-based mapping and publishing company founded in 1983, Hema Maps are masterful map makers in the four-wheel driving and outdoor adventure industries.

Hema Maps required help with their road data integration. Tasks include geometry and attribution checking as well as quality checking the merged road data. Our team worked with QGIS and their in-house developed tools. Learn more about Hema Maps.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

QUT has set up an AI hub to improve conservation and land management by using cutting edge AI algorithms and ecological analytics. Using the data collected by drones or camera traps, QUT translates this into knowledge that can help save threatened species. ASA has been engaged on two projects with QUT:

Project 1:

ASA is labelling approx. 1000 images which will then be used to teach an AI program to label coral spawn in many, many more images. The wider project is aimed at using technological developments to save the Great Barrier Reef from climate change.

Project 2:

QUT has established the Conservation AI Network for the automated detection of fauna from drones and camera traps, and analysis of vegetation at local and landscape scales. With an initial focus on koalas, ASA will label images which will then be used by high-performance computing and AI technology developed by QUT.

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