Bachelor of Arts (Physical Geography) (part), University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia
Certificate of Technology (Surveying), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Endorsed Certificate of Technology (Survey Drafting), RMIT
KEY SKILLS / KNOWLEDGE / AREAS OF INTEREST :
- Surveying, digital mapping, spatial technologies
- Spatial data formats, Imagery formats, Database/asset system formats
- Spatial Data Management, Project management
- Geoprocessing and Spatial Analysis, Cartographic Mapping
- Google Earth technology / 3D visualisation
- 3D spatial data / CAD / BIM / Location Intelligence
- Map Projections, Geocentric Datum of Australia (GDA94)
- GIS for oil & gas pipelines
- Spatial Systems Workflow, Business process re-engineering
- Document & Records Management
- Image processing, graphics and presentation technologies
- Data Custodianship / Spatial data standards
- Spatial Metadata / ANZLIC standards / XML
- Internet/web and mobile mapping technologies
- Augmented Reality (AR)
- Web/Mobile-based information systems
- Location Technology (eg W3W, Plus Codes)
- Video and Audio Production
- Intellectual Property (IP) issues
- Australian Music Industry
- Genealogy & Family History research
Proficiency with the following software/systems:
- ArcGIS suite (ArcGIS v10+, Tools, Extensions, ArcFM, SDE, Dehko, Geodatabases)
- MapInfo software (to v11)
- Global Mapper (v13)
- Windows / Microsoft Office (advanced)
- Presentation software (PowerPoint, Prezi)
- Google systems (Earth, Maps, Picasa)
- CAD (AutoCAD, Map 3D, MicroStation)
- Image/Graphics (PhotoShop, PhotoImpact)
- Video editing (Adobe Premiere, Movavi, AVS)
- Sound / Audio Engineering (AVS)
- XML, DTD, XLS (XML web formats)
- Various database systems
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS / COMMITTEES:
Bill has been at various times a committee representative or member of the following professional
organisations and committees:
- Institution of Engineering & Mining Surveyors, Australia (IEMSA) Victorian Division
- Australasian Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (AURISA)
- Australia New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC)
- ANZLIC Advisory Committee
- ANZLIC Metadata Working Group
- Public Sector Mapping Agencies (PSMA) Board of Management member - ACT jurisdiction representative
- Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying & Mapping (ICSM)
- Cadastral Data Working Group
- Civil-Survey-Mining Industry Reference Group (IRG), advising committee to the Engineering Skills Training Board (ESTB) of Victoria
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(Nov 2012 - current)
The Bill Collins Group - GIS & Spatial Systems Consultancy, Brisbane, Australia
Position: Principal Consultant
Project work: Bill has re-commenced his consultancy business and is seeking contract project work.
In recent years, Bill has also been involved in the formulation, research, and Business Case development of business ideas into online systems,
which has encompassed the diverse areas of Augmented Reality (AR) and an innovative global music industry music information system.
Other consulting work has included Business Name ideation/re-branding and graphic design work for new business logos.
(Oct 2006 - Nov 2012)
AECOM Australia - Brisbane, Australia
Position: Principal GIS / Spatial Systems Consultant
In his role in Brisbane, Bill was involved in the administration and co-ordination of the GIS & Spatial Systems
Team, marketing and promotion of geospatial activities, project work which included spatial data management and analysis,
cartographic mapping and presentation, and the deployment and future development of new and emerging geospatial
technologies within AECOM.
Whilst at AECOM, Bill worked on many projects, including
As part of the on-going development and maintenance of the AECOM QLD spatial information system environment, Bill was responsible
for the entire re-engineering of the Corporate Spatial Data repository, including:
- Surat Basin Rail (SBR) project
- Southern Freight Rail Corridor Study (SFRCS)
- Petrie-Redcliffe Multi-modal Corridor study (Moreton Bay Rail)
- Queensland Transport Metropolitan Four-track Investigation
- Queensland Rail Electrical Network asset data capture and mapping
- Gold Coast Airport Runway Extension
- Gladstone-Fitzroy pipeline
- Toowoomba Pipeline (Wivenhoe - Cressbrook)
- Brisbane City Council (BCC) Stormwater Backflow Investigation
- BCC CitySmart Regional Carbon Sink study
- Coopers Gap Wind Farm study
- Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council Planning Scheme
- Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council Planning Scheme
- Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) 2011 Flood asset assessment study
- Defence Shoalwater Bay Training Area GIS data assessment / data management
- Major Strategic Department of Defence project (Restricted)
- QLD Transport Network Reconstruction Program (TNRP) resulting from the 2011 Queensland floods.
An 11-month secondment to Queensland Rail (QR) saw Bill as the acting GIS Manager, responsible for management of GIS technology
and systems, co-ordination of spatial data management, and development of further technology to support GIS throughout QR.
- Dataset rationalisation and duplicate data removal
- Synthesis of existing disparate data to generate state-wide datasets (incl. Geology, Acid Sulphate Soils, Good Quality Agricultural Land)
- Assessment of corporate requirement for specific data types and datasets
- Negotiation and Development of corporate data licence agreements for:
- QLD state DCDB data - monthly updates
- 'StreetPro' base data
- QLD Government-owned SISP high-resolution imagery
- Development of an ISO 19115-compliant logical and standardised folder structure
- Development of a logical system for handling on-going dataset updates
Bill has undertaken a number of projects for the Australian Department of Defence, and holds a 'Restricted' security clearance.
(2000 - Oct 2006)
The Bill Collins Group - GIS Consultancy, Brisbane, Australia
Position: Principal Consultant
Project work: During his time as a GIS consultant in Brisbane, Bill has been involved in the
following areas of project work:
Energex Gas Network
South East Queensland Water (SEQWater)
- ArcGIS / ArcFM facilities & asset mapping
- Data input, update, and maintenance
- Data Quality and Integrity checking
- Data and System analysis, improvements, and streamlining
- Documentation of workflow and procedures
- Research for incorporation of Google Earth technology into Energex spatial systems
Maroochy Shire Council Spatial Information System (SIS) project:
- MapInfo-based mapping work
- GIS analysis, production of GIS Maps
- Expert Advice
- Data and System analysis
- Data input, update, and maintenance
- Research for incorporation of Google Earth technology into SEQWater spatial data systems
- Development and production of the 2005 'Corporate Atlas' Series (52 maps)
- Cadastral Mapping
- Technical requirements
- Tender documentation
- Contractual negotiations
- Reporting and Documentation
- Promotion of activities
- Spatial Metadata
- Development of MSC-specific metadata standards
- Development of metadata input tool
- Development of MSC metadata policy
- Design of metadata environment
- Promotion of metadata activities
- Geocentric Datum of Australia (GDA)
- Development of GDA migration strategy
- Documentation of action plans and relevant processes
- Co-ordination of GDA migration
- Documentation of all processes and outcomes
- Promotion and awareness of GDA
- Implementation of support mechanisms
- Data Custodianship
- Development of appropriate documentation
- Development of Data Custodianship Policy for MSC
- Promotion and awareness of Data Custodianship
- Implementation of Data Custodianship and Data Stewardship within Council
- Spatial Data Standards
- Development of MSC-specific spatial data standards
- Use of SDSFIE, AS/NZS, ISO, ICSM standards
- Documentation of standards
- Implementation of use of data standards
- Appropriate promotion and awareness of standards
- 'Spatial Data Register' (SDR)
- Conceptual Design
- SDR Web site design & implementation
- 'Spatial Data Register' (SDR) Database development
- ANZLIC XML metadata records development
- Data Licence Agreement & Data Supply (LADS) system
AGL gas pipeline GIS (1. Roma-Brisbane Pipeline and 2. Carpentaria Gas Pipeline)
GIS consultancy work
- Documentation and Training
- System analysis and re-engineering
- Data input, update, and maintenance
- GIS-based mapping work
- Expert advice
- Industry research
- GIS business development planning advice
(1999 to 2000)
Egis Consulting Australia, National GIS Centre of Excellence, Brisbane, Australia
Position: National GIS Manager
Egis Consulting Australia (formerly CMPS&F, now part of GHD) was one of the largest multidisciplinary
engineering/environmental companies in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
The position was responsible for:
The main GIS platform was MapInfo, and several systems have been
developed for environmental work (groundwater and leachate monitoring, contaminated site
GIS, environmental impact assessment) and gas pipelines (Carpentaria Gas Pipeline GIS, Roma to
Brisbane gas Pipeline GIS). The position demanded a thorough understanding of the systems
developed, as well as a good knowledge of environmental management concepts and oil/gas
pipeline systems requirements.
- The co-ordination of functions of the GIS Centre of Excellence within Egis Environmental.
- Co-ordination and management of GIS nationally.
- Promotion and marketing of GIS business.
- Delivery of GIS-based projects to agreed technical and quality standards.
- Development of GIS business.
- Strategic planning of GIS activities.
Experience/project management: Major project involvements include:
- AGL gas pipeline GIS: Carpentaria Gas Pipeline (CGP) and Roma-Brisbane gas Pipeline (RBP) -
re-development and maintenance of these systems, on-going mapping work, training, GIS
support, spatial data management, updating of DCDB ownership information;
- Queensland Cement Limited (QCL) environmental management: "ManaGIS" web-based
environmental monitoring and management system - development of a web-based interface for
the ManaGIS system (an internal site management system covering all of QCL's manufacturing
and quarry sites) HTML development work, image processing, graphics, web site design.
(1997 to 1999)
ACT Land Information Centre (ACTLIC), Planning and Land Management (PALM) Group, Urban Services Department (USD), ACT Government
Position: Manager, Business Development
Duties/Responsibilities: The responsibilities for this position included:
Project involvement / project management: Projects for which Bill has been responsible (both in concept/project development and project management) have included:
- The alignment of existing surveying, mapping and spatial information products and services with customer requirements
- The development and project management of new business opportunities
- Development of products and services on the Internet, and other spatial information Internet development
- Development, update and maintenance of the ACTLIC web site
- Promotion and marketing of ACTMAP, ACTLIC products and services, developments, technology and new business opportunities.
- TPOnline: The ACT planning document (the Territory Plan) written statement and mapping system on the Internet.
The 200 TPOnline maps were produced in ACTLIC from ACTMAP data.
Winner of Silver Award at the Eleventh Government Technology Productivity Awards in March 1998.
Winner of Excellence in Mapping Sciences - Geospatial Information Award at Mapping Sciences Institute of Australia (MSIA) conference, May 1998.
- ACTMAPOnline: A world-first, this jointly-developed CSIRO/ACT Government system enabled ACTMAP data to be viewed and queried in vector format over the Internet, using a Java-based browser interface.
Winner of Excellence in Mapping Sciences - Geospatial Information Award at MSIA conference, May 1998.
- CBSonline: The Internet version of the popular map-book Canberra By Suburbs, allows users to view images of cadastral suburb maps down to individual parcel level.
Information shown includes street addresses, buildings, and featurenames, and has a 'search by street name' feature.
- The Top Secret Tour of Canberra: A project to create a web site featuring the original Fred Daly political tour of Canberra.
Using a map-based navigation system, the tour visits places and sites of historical significance and political intrigue.
Maps were produced within ACTLIC from ACTMAP data.
- PALM web site: Development, update and maintenance of the PALM web site, including: site design; background directory structure design; HTML coding; image creation; page layout, design and deployment.
- ACTLIC web site: Development, update and maintenance of the ACTLIC web site, including: site design; background directory structure design; HTML coding; image creation; page layout, design and deployment.
Information on the site includes general ACTLIC information, products and services, metadata, and ACT place names/nomenclature.
(1996 to 1997)
ACT Land Information Centre (formerly Land Data and Systems Section), PALM, USD, ACT Government
ACTMAP is the ACT’s primary land information system, underpinning the many other data sets
used to manage Canberra’s physical infrastructure and assets including roads, buildings,
services and utilities, housing, the land tenure system and the natural environment. ACTMAP
won the prestigious "Government Technology Productivity" Gold Award in 1999, from a
submission written and presented by Bill, whilst in his role as ACTLIC Business Development
Position: A/g Manager, ACTMAP Information Management Unit
Duties/Responsibilities: Responsibilities of this position included:
- Management of the human, financial, physical and technological resources.
- Co-ordination and supervision of the unit work programs, including data co-ordination, extraction, database administration, and research & development.
- Leading and managing the work unit.
- Setting strategic work objectives and technological development objectives.
- Ensuring a safe and equitable workplace.
- Marketing and promotion of relevant digital data products and services.
- Management of the work unit to ensure a high level of customer service.
- Liaison with internal and external clients and digital data agreements.
- Providing expert advice and support to management and Executive on land information issues.
- Support of continuous improvement practices and commitment to quality.
- Representing the ACT government in various LIS/GIS-related ACT and national committees, associations and forums.
- Formulation and implementation of operational and technical policy relevant to the needs of PALM and the ACT government.
- Initiation and promotion of the development of new technologies and applications in the LIS/GIS area.
(1995 to 1996)
Land Information Office, former Department of the Environment, Land and Planning (DELP), ACT Government
Position: ACTMAP Data Co-ordinator - Technical Manager
Duties/Responsibilities: Responsibilities of this position included:
- The data management, maintenance and update of ACTMAP, the ACT's primary land information system.
- Management of a cadastral and topographic data capture sub-section in a technical LIS environment.
- Ensuring data integrity.
- Development of systems, procedures and documentation.
- Importing and extracting data in various formats.
- Solving complex data-related problems and resolving data-related policy issues.
- Liaison with staff, clients, user groups, industry and the public on LIS subjects.
- Representing the Department on relevant matters at relevant forums.
- Supervision of and management of staff and contractors.
- Management of training and development of staff.
(1990 to 1995)
Australian Land Power - Digital Survey and Mapping Bureau and Consultancy Service
Position: Partner / Technical Manager / Consultant
As founding partner and manager, the responsibilities included:
Projects covering a broad range of work were undertaken, using many different types of
software, including Liscad, Geocomp, MicroStation, AutoCAD, Genasys, and
Leica SKI GPS.
- Promotion of business.
- Project management, administration, co-ordination and conduct of surveying and mapping services.
- Cost estimation and quotations.
- Client liaison.
- Management and supervision of project teams and project work.
- Maintaining awareness of current trends in relevant LIS/GIS issues, software, hardware and data.
- Initiating research into diverse areas of digital cadastral mapping, GPS and GIS.
- Consulting in areas of computer-based surveying, digital mapping, surveying hardware and related computer equipment, and surveying, civil engineering & CAD software.
- Field survey work using GPS.
- Surveying and civil engineering data processing, supply and plan preparation and enhancement; small and large-scale mapping projects.
- Land and geographic information system data acquisition.
- Programming in QuickBASIC; data-related problem-solving; computer-based manual key entry cadastral mapping projects.
- Software- and hardware-related problem-solving.
- Internet access and software consultancy services.
- Sales and support of Internet access software and hardware.
Major projects include:
- Portland Water Board, Portland, Victoria, Australia.
- 1:500 cadastral, detail & utilities plans - 170 sheets
- Manual key entry digital cadastral compilation of 11,000 land parcels; digitizing/manual entry of utilities plans & survey marks; 1:500 map production; digital data.
- Rural Water Corporation (RWC), Victoria, Australia.
- Software & procedures evaluation; programming; staff training & liaison
- Consultancy for review and streamlining of existing computer-based survey reduction and plan production procedures in Geocomp and MicroStation
- Channel remodelling survey - digital plan production (‘Rochy20' Channel)
- Completion of 9 km of channel remodelling survey plans - plan, long sections, and cross-sections in Geocomp; computer-generated plans supplied in MicroStation
- Digital capture of asset information for the Goulburn-Murray region of Victoria - Rodney
- Digitizing of RWC channels, structures and relevant textual information from existing old imperial plans, covering an area of 2,500 sq.km
- Goulburn-Murray region of Victoria - 1:25,000 SMV digital data: linework attribute modification for flow rate
- Modification of linework from SMV 1:25,000 Intergraph digital data to reflect differential water flow rates - areal extent 2,500 sq.km
- Manual data entry of natural surface level information in the Boort region of Victoria
- Input of grid-based level information covering a large region near Boort, for salinity studies - areal coverage 500 sq.km
- Development of computer program to reformat grid data into relevant data format for transfer to MicroStation
- Plan room corporate records organisation (re-distribution to regional offices)
- Overall project management; entry of records into database system; supervision of casual staff; solving spatial distribution issues; programming in QuickBasic for transfer of records into database.
- Barwon Water (formerly the Geelong and District Water Board), Geelong, Victoria, Australia
- Manual key entry cadastral compilation for area of Bellarine Peninsula from Portarlington to St.Leonards
- Manual key entry digital cadastral compilation of 6,000 land parcels; 1:500 map production; digital data
- 1:480 Detail Plan sheets - digitizing of parcel boundary information
- Digitising of old (1880s / 1920s) 1:480 detail plans - cadastral parcel boundaries and utilities (120 sheets)
- Comparison to obtain best fit - total of 2000 land parcels; data supply
- Dubbo City Council, NSW, Australia.
- Digital data assessment and data integrity analysis of DCDB
- Evaluation and thorough data integrity testing of the Dubbo DCDB
- Problem definition; project design; analysis strategy; analysis of existing data
- Evaluation of results; recommendations for data rectification; report
- Research project - GPS for cadastral mapping, Dubbo City
- An evaluation of 'Rapid Static' and 'Stop&Go' GPS methods in the Helmert transformation control for large-scale manual key entry cadastral mapping
- Project management/liaison; field survey work; collection and reduction of data
- Analysis of data; evaluation of results; report; research paper for presentation at AURISA 92
- AMG co-ordination of cadastral data using GPS(complete GPS field survey covering the whole Dubbo City extents)
- Project management, organisation and liaison; field survey work; collection and reduction of data
- Data processing to AMG; data integrity checking; data supply
- Shell Company of Australia
- Oil Pipeline plans
- Production of up-to-date photo-mosaic alignment sheet plans covering 60 lineal kilometres of pipeline
- Digitizing of previous and current pipeline information; final film plans; data supply
- Adshead & McQuie Surveyors, Melbourne Australia
- Various projects
- Small and large Total Station survey digital data download, reduction, editing, plan production, data supply
- Extensive range of detail, level and contour survey plans for architectural and engineering use
- Survey and Mapping Victoria (SMV)
- Research project for technical paper: DCDB cadastral accuracy comparison
- Testing the relative accuracy of manual key entry cadastral information against tablet-digitized information
- Analysis of results (SMV used the results for critical evaluation of their cadastral mapping processes)
- Project was the basis for research paper "LIS cadastral data capture: accuracy versus cost"
(1987 to 1990)
Survey Computing Consultants (Vic) Pty Ltd (now Geocomp Systems and Geocomp Consulting)
Position: Bureau Manager / Consultant / Survey & Engineering Draftsperson (Computer Operator)
Management and co-ordination of bureau;
supervision and training of staff;
cost estimation and quotations;
user-group training session organisation and documentation;
office organisation and monitoring of safe work environment practices.
plan enhancement and preparation;
large-scale cadastral mapping;
software use and testing;
software installation and training;
hardware support and trouble-shooting;
The project work was varied. Major projects included:
- Manual key entry (numeric) cadastral compilation from Rye to Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula and District Water Board, Frankston, Victoria, Australia.
Project management & co-ordination; supervision of staff; manual key entry digital cadastral compilation; digital Helmert transformation onto Australian Map Grid (AMG); all relevant annotation; supply of all digital data, 1:500 plots, and comprehensive documentation with respect to discrepancies (hiates, overlaps).
- Manual key entry (numeric) cadastral mapping, Geelong and District Water Board, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
Manual key entry digital cadastral compilation; Helmert transformation onto AMG; all relevant annotation; supply of all digital data and plots.
RMIT Technical College (TAFE) - Melbourne, Vic.
Position: Lecturer - Surveying
Lecturing in Surveying (theory & practical);
co-ordination of surveying field work, projects and assignments for 1st Year students in Associate Diploma of Surveying & Mapping Course (Surveying 1AB, Surveying 1CD).
RMIT - Melbourne, Vic.
Position: Storeman - Studley Park Survey Annexe (part-time)
Responsible for surveying equipment checking and care;
assisting lecturers as required;
assisting students with academic enquiries.
Adshead & McQuie - Melbourne, Vic.
Position: Survey Draftsperson
preparation of cadastral and topographic plans using manual drafting methods;
general plotting and drafting.
R.W.Barnett & Assoc - Beechworth, Vic.
Position: Field Survey Technician / Draftsperson
cadastral and topographic surveying;
general office work.
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Major article publications include:
Land Use Planning on the Web - published in GIS Asia-Pacific magazine, August/September 1998.
GIS and the Surveying Industry - A Victorian Perspective - published in Institution of Surveyors Australia (South Australia) Journal Tieline, December 1994.
LIS Cadastral Data Capture: Accuracy Versus Cost (co-authored with business partner Jenny Pitts) - published in Surveying Australia Journal, March 1992.
LIS - Who needs it anyway? - published in Institution of Engineering and Mining Surveyors Australia (Victoria Division) Newsletter in September 1990. Also published in Surveying Australia Journal, December 1990, and in Municipal Engineers Computer Association newsletter, 1991.
Tornado Occurrence in North-East Victoria on 22 August 1985 - special publication for Australian Bureau of Meteorology, January 1986.
Bill has regularly performed presentations at various general interest and industry-related
forums, to diverse groups and visiting overseas delegations.
These presentations cover all aspects of LIS, GIS, cadastral mapping, surveying-related
issues, spatial information systems, web-based mapping, and the use of Internet and web
Major paper presentations have included:
Online spatial systems: The geospatially-enabled ACT - Paper presented at the AURISA 98 Conference, Perth, November 1998
Temporal mapping: the use of attributes for incremental update of ACTMAP data - Paper presented at the Mapping Sciences 96 Conference, Canberra, September 1996
Incremental update of ACTMAP data - Paper presented at the GDS Users Conference, Canberra, July 1996
GIS and the Surveying Industry: A Victorian Perspective - Keynote speech given at South Australian Division of the Institution of Surveyors Australia seminar on GIS participation, Adelaide, South Australia, October 1994.
GPS - the Next Big Thing in cadastral mapping? - Paper presented at AURISA 92 (20th Australasian Conference on Urban and Regional Planning Information Systems), Gold Coast, Queensland, November 1992.
Geographic Information Systems - A televised presentation made to 50 Government representatives from Government of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, 1991
LIS Cadastral Data Capture: Accuracy Versus Cost (co-authored with Jenny Pitts) - Paper presented at the 4th South East Asian Survey Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 1991
LIS Cadastral Data Capture: Accuracy Versus Cost - Presented at the International Symposium on Spatial Database Accuracy, Melbourne, June 1991
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OVERSEAS EXPERIENCE :
Travel to Thailand and Burma, 1989.
Travel to Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, 1991.
- Liaison with business agents in Bangkok and Rangoon
- Promotion and demonstrations of software
- Assistance to employee who had recently set up computer surveying bureau in Burma.
Travel to Tonga, 1993
- Promotion of business;
- Attendance and paper presentation at 4th South East Asian Survey Congress, Kuala Lumpur
- Meetings with ILUS Land Information System staff, Singapore
- Televised presentation on Geographic Information Systems for assembly of 50 Brunei Government Departmental representatives, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
- Meetings with staff from the Tonga Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources to discuss surveying and mapping developments and opportunities in Tonga
- Promotion of business, development of business links in Tonga
- Assessment of development of LIS/GIS in Tonga on behalf of Tongan RMIT student.