The Institution of Surveyors NSW considers it imperative that it promotes surveying excellence and the contribution surveying makes to the economy and community. Our award programs seek to identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement, eminence in the practice of surveying, and conspicuous service to the profession.


NSW Excellence in Surveying
and Spatial Information Awards (EISSI) 2017

Representatives from the Association of Consulting Surveyors NSW and the Institution of Surveyors NSW have come together to organise the NSW Excellence in Surveying and Spatial Information Awards. Now in its 20th year, this awards night recognises the achievements of organisations and individuals from across the state who are engaged in the surveying and spatial information industry.

We encourage all participants to attend the Awards Night with fellow staff, clients and partners. Category winners receive a framed certificate recognising their achievement and have the opportunity to win the Sir Thomas Mitchell Award for most outstanding overall project.

There are many benefits to participating in the awards process for the 2017 EISSI Awards night, with the main being that it underlines to potential and current clients your professionalism and leadership within the industry. 

Award Nominations
Expression of interest submissions CLOSED 5pm on Friday 9 June 2017.
If you or your organisation would like to enter a nomination for these awards in any of the categories for 2017, then please review the following Information Kit and complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ form at the back of the kit or online at this link.  Nominations are due 9 June 2017.

Download the 2017 EISSI Information Kit

Award Entries
Once an Expression of Interest form has been submitted the final award submission can be completed. For the 2017 awards this process has been simplified and is now a fast, easy process.

Select the relevant category entry kit from the kits below and follow the instructions contained in the kit.  Final entries are due 10 July 2017.

Community and Sustainable Environment
Extra Dimension and Innovation
Infrastructure and Construction
Rural Cadastral Surveying and Land Titling
Surveying Project Management
Urban Cadastral Surveying and Land Titling

Any questions regarding the award entries can be directed to Jo Peh at or 02 9267 9728.

Awards Night
Date: 7pm, Saturday 16 September 2017
Location: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney
Dress: Black Tie 



Proud Sponsor of the 2017 Sir Thomas Mitchell Award



  EISSI Winners of 2016

2016 EISSI Awards Winners

Sir Thomas Mitchell Award
Neil Kennedy, Kennedy Surveying Pty Limited

Cudgen Road Tunnel Deformation Monitoring

Professional of the Year
Des Mooney

Young Professional of the Year
Phillip Nixon

University Student Project of the Year
Tim Langford

The Grant Kilpatrick TAFE Student of the Year
Justin D'Ambra

Environment and Sustainability
Neil Kennedy - Kennedy Surveying Pty Limited
Bowraville Off-River Storage Project

People and Community
Amy Steiger, Cardno NSW/ACT
Leichhardt Floodplain Risk Management Study

and Plan (FRMS&P) Interactive Web Viewer

Innovation and Commercialisation
Neil Kennedy, Kennedy Surveying Pty Limited

Cudgen Road Tunnel Deformation Monitoring

Spatial Enablement
Lyn Terrett & Wayne Larman, Australian Urban Tree Services & Iconyx - division of RapidMap
Transforming vegetation management operations

to protect Ausgrid powerlines using spatial
workflows in the field

Technical Excellence
Andrew Cummins, CMS Surveyors
Barangaroo South - Tower 2

Rural Cadastral Surveying and Land Titling
Peter Burns, Peter W. Burns Pty Limited
Complexities of Rural Subdivision: Berridale, Snowy Mountains NSW

Urban Cadastral Surveying and Land Titling
Michael Trifiro, SDG Land Development Solutions
Wentworth Point and Bennelong Bridge -

A Community Title Approach

Project Management
Steven Sampson, Burton & Field Pty Limited

“Go West Young Man”

For photos from the 2016 Excellence in Surveying and Spatial Information Awards, click here. For a video of highlights, click here.

Institution Prizes

John Haydon Cardew Prize

The John Haydon Cardew Prize is made to the author of a paper which, in the opinion of the Committee, is of great value to the surveying profession and reflects special credit on the contributor either on account of originality or any special circumstances connected with the author or the paper submitted. Papers may be submitted for the award from those presented at a general meeting of the Institution or one of its Groups, submitted to the annual Excellence Awards, or published in either 'Azimuth' or a professional surveying publication, and the competition is open to all members and students of the Institution of Surveyors NSW Inc.

James Kirkwood Curdie Prize

The James Kirkwood Curdie Prize is made for a meritorious paper by a member of the Institution of Surveyors NSW Inc. that has been presented at a General Meeting of the Institution or one of its Groups; or a professional Congress or seminar, or published in either 'Azimuth' or a professional surveying publication, on any aspect of land or resource planning, development, management or use.

Halloran Fund

The Halloran Fund is not a specific prize fund, but it can be used for a variety of purposes. For example, prizes have been awarded from this Fund in recognition of services to the profession in a particular sphere.

Honorary Fellow

Eligible persons are Fellows of The Institution of Surveyors NSW or a distinguished person (non-member). From their position they will have, or are rendering conspicuous service to the Institution in carrying out its aims, or are pre-eminent in the science of surveying, or whom the Committee wishes to honour for conspicuous service or in recognition of an outstanding achievement.

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