Spatial experts recognised for work on Battery of the Nation

Hydroelectric dam in Tasmania (spatial)

Entura’s Spatial and Data Services Team has received top accolades at this year’s Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards for its work on Hydro Tasmania’s Battery of the Nation initiative. 

The team won the Spatial Industries Business Association and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (SIBA/GITA) Award for Spatial Enablement.

The team has been involved in Battery of the Nation since its inception, using spatial tools and technologies to support the initiative through pre-feasibility, feasibility and project design stages. 

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The team’s use of 3D maps, line-of-sight analysis, viewshed analysis, fly-throughs, LiDAR and other innovative methods and technologies has offered significant benefits to the project including the technical design of proposed project infrastructure, environmental impact assessments and stakeholder and community engagement. 

“We’re thrilled to be recognised for our spatial contribution to Battery of the Nation,” spatial and data services team lead Jody Bush said. 

“I’m very proud of our team members for their efforts and for the role we’ve played in helping the project through its various stages.

“Our work will make a tangible difference to Tasmanian communities by informing sensitive project design as well as offering insights to community members about how infrastructure will sit in the landscape and any potential impacts from different design options.”

Battery of the Nation aims to harness Tasmania’s hydropower through new pumped hydro development, optimising existing assets and redeveloping the Tarraleah hydropower scheme. Alongside further interconnection, this will enable Tasmania to play a greater role in the National Electricity Market and support Australia’s accelerating renewable energy transition. 

Battery of the Nation project director Paul Molnar commended the team on the quality and integrity of spatial input into project designs and for providing a valuable communication role in translating complex designs into easily understood visual formats for communities. 

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“This award is a testament to the quality of our people and their expertise in the industry, and we are always pleased to see our specialists recognised,” Entura managing director Tammy Chu said.

“We are proud to be supporting Battery of the Nation, which together with Project Marinus, will generate significant local and statewide community benefits, through jobs and economic growth and help transition the National Electricity Market to greater sustainability.”

The team will continue to support the Battery of the Nation project through its next stages.