Kerry Battersby is Recovery & Resilience Manager at Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland and a Project Manager at Queensland Farmers’ Federation. After Cyclone Debbie caused catastrophic damage to the Queensland horticulture industries in 2017, Kerry identified the potential of spatial technologies to be one of the tools to help production nurseries manage cyclone risk. Kerry approached Peter James at Cohga Pty Ltd and Lee Hellen at Land Solution Australia to develop a pilot spatial risk map program of Queensland nurseries, that included drone mapping of two nursery sites impacted by flooding. The pilot program has developed into a national Nursery Industry Risk Map Portal as part of a two year risk mitigation project funded by Hort Innovation using nursery industry levies and funds from the Australian Government.
Lee Hellen is the owner and founder of Land Solution Australia. A Registered Consulting Surveyor and trusted advisor to developers, asset owners, designers, builders and contractors, Lee is a seasoned spatial professional with background in broader scale survey and Aerial Mapping . Lee curates’ spatial services with technology, including drones, robotics , Cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) to precisely man-age big spatial data to solve complex problems. Lee career has spanned over two decades throughout Australia and Europe, providing consulting services to government departments, statutory authorities. Lee has recently invested in research in development in the agriculture sector to improve mapping outcomes for small to medium scale farmers using Low-cost technology for improved decision making and risk management on their farms.
Peter James is a Brisbane based professional with over 30 years in the spatial and IT industries. Peter commenced his career as a land surveyor then transitioned into the GIS industry as an early adopter and was responsible for developing a number of spatial systems for various State Governments and public enterprises. Peter currently works for Cohga, an Australian Software Company focussed on Spatial Systems Integration and development. He has a particular interest in raising the awareness of the benefits of spatial information and technology within the agriculture space and is working with the Gardens Industry and Horticulture Industry to achieve this.
Zahra Gharineiat is a senior lecturer (spatial science and positioning) at University of Southern Queensland. Zahra is a CASA certified drone pilot and has research interests and expertise in the areas of UAV-based photogrammetry and LiDAR, Remote Sensing, and climate modelling. She has been collaborating with Land Solution Australia in planning and implementing the project "Development of UAV Management, Visualization and Processing (U-MVP) Cloud Service," for which they received the Innovation Connection grant. The aim of the platform is to empower farmers to use drones to in-crease efficiency in certain aspects of the farming process from crop monitoring to planting, crop spraying, irrigation mapping, and more.