The University of Ballarat’s Centre for eCommerce and Communications has recently nominated its highly innovative and successful project, Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater (VVG), for a 2013 Regional iAward.
The iAwards are the premier technology awards that honour the finest achievements in innovation across all facets of ICT in Australia today.
The VVG project represents 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. Features of the VVG data portal include web mapping systems and sophisticated web-based tools that incorporate 3D geological, hydrogeological models and georectified historical maps.
The VVG application is the first of its kind in Australia to offers real-time visualisation of a resource that is normally invisible to the public. Consequently, the project has attracted national and international attention with peak research organisations and government bodies now partnering on the project.
The uniqueness of the VVG project and its implementation of ICT ‘solutions’ to improve groundwater data management in rural and regional Victoria makes it a strong contender for a regional iAward.
An announcement of Victorian state iAwards will be made in June 2013.
Group winners of the 2013 iAwards will compete with businesses from across the Asia Pacific region at the 2013 Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards in Hong Kong in November.