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In partnership with project lead Logan City Council and global firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, Ozius Spatial won the award for Improving Planning Processes and Practices for an innovative on-line tool to provide residents, developers, and council the ability to accurately and easily estimate the environmental costs of planning and development decisions.

According to Logan City Council and the Planning Institute of Australia, the tool will allow for a real-world assessment of costs and assist developments in reducing their environmental footprint.

Founder and Spatial Scientist, Alisa Starkey, said this innovative tool fuses advanced spatial technology and environmental science, and will ultimately assist in reducing environmental impacts and hopefully reduce the overall costs of housing developments.

“The tool will help accurately determine the funds required from development which can then be re-invested by Council back into environmental projects”, she said.

Until now it was a complex process to accurately identify the environmental offset fees, this online tool is available on Logan City Council’s website for all residents and customers.

Ozius Spatial specialises in using imagery from RPAS (drones), aircraft and satellites combined with advanced algorithms and technology to deliver land management and environmental monitoring solutions for clients.  These solutions have been implemented by customers across multiple markets including, infrastructure, agriculture, mining, and government. Ozius Spatial has also provided expert training services to users in New Zealand and Australia.

“We have only been operating for just over two years, and in that time we have used this innovative approach to environmental monitoring and assessment to analyse almost one million square kilometres of the Australian landscape.”

“We’re hoping this National award for Logan City Council really highlights the economic and environmental benefits our solutions and spatial technology in general can have for all businesses,” Starkey said.

The Logan City Council’s Online Environmental Offset Estimator won the award for Improving Planning Processes and Practices. This is a great achievement for Logan City Council as they continue to apply innovative ways to improve business practices for their customers and community alike.

The award was accepted by Cr Russell Lutton and Anthony Jones, Manager – Growth Management and Urban Design, Logan City Council.