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National Recognition for Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater

13 August 2013

Building upon its recent success at the Victorian iAwards (Regional category winner), the University of Ballarat (UB) has now become a Merit recipient in the Regional category of the National iAwards for its project, Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater.

VVG is an exciting initiative using interoperable technologies to combine and manage natural resources data. It utilises new ICT and high speed broadband capabilities to capture, aggregate and spatially depict Victoria's groundwater systems for public access and sustainable development and management.

The iAwards are Australia's premier technology awards and recognise the most innovative companies and leading individuals in the industry, from across the nation. 

Competing alongside a strong field of state and territory finalists, the UB team received the merit award in the Regional category which recognises rural and remote ICT solutions in e-agriculture, agribusiness or rural developments.  The iAward winners and Merit recipients were presented at a ceremony and gala dinner in Melbourne of 8 August.  VVG team members Helen Thompson, Peter Dahlhaus, and Andrew MacLeod, together with Alison Ollerenshaw attended the presentation of awards.

Reflecting upon the importance of becoming a national iAwards merit recipient, CeCC Director Helen Thompson acknowledged the hard work and commitment of the VVG project team, and its project partners, in contributing to the success and subsequent recognition of the project.

Dr Thompson also commented on the importance of the iAwards in enabling regional innovation projects, such as VVG - and fellow regional award nominees - to be showcased at State and National levels. “It has been a privilege to compete at the State and National iAwards with other significant technology projects from across Australia. Participating in the awards has enabled us to share our project’s history, its strengths and its achievements with others from across Australia. It has also given us an opportunity to learn more about the tremendous achievements of the other nominees in this and other categories”.

Dr Thompson anticipates that the attention that VVG has received through these awards will ensure that new and exciting technologies, such as those used for VVG, will continue to be expanded and developed  in the future. This success will also further elevate the University of Ballarat’s reputation as a regional leader in digital futures, knowledge management and eResearch.

Further information about the VVG project, please contact CeCC Director, Dr Helen Thompson:  or Dr Peter Dahlhaus:

The VVG portal can be accessed at:

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