curriculum vitae


curriculum vitae


NAME: William Henry (BILL) COLLINS



P:  PO Box 10460, Adelaide Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia

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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


  • Surveying, digital mapping
  • Land/Geographic Information Systems (LIS/GIS) technologies
  • Spatial Systems expert advice
  • Geoprocessing and Spatial Analysis
  • Spatial Data Management, Project management
  • Spatial data formats, Imagery formats
  • Map Projections, Geocentric Datum of Australia (GDA94)
  • Spatial Systems Workflow, Business processes, Document & Records Management
  • Cartographic Mapping
  • Data Custodianship
  • Spatial data standards
  • Spatial Metadata / ANZLIC standards / XML
  • Image processing, graphics and presentation technologies
  • Development and production of marketing and promotional material
  • Internet and web technologies
  • GIS for oil & gas pipelines


Proficiency with the following software/systems:
  • ArcGIS suite (ArcGIS v9-10, Extensions, ArcFM, SDE, Dehko)
  • MapInfo software (to v11)
  • Global Mapper (v13)
  • Microsoft Office (to 2010)
  • Presentation software (PowerPoint, Prezi)
  • Google systems (Earth, Maps, Picasa)
  • CAD (AutoCAD Map 3D, MicroStation)
  • Image/Graphics (PhotoShop, PhotoImpact, GIMP)
  • Internet development (HTML, JavaScript)
  • XML, DTD, XLS (XML web formats)


Bill has been at various times a committee representative or member of the following professional organisations and committees:

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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 undertaking contract project work.

(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: 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.

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) Maroochy Shire Council Spatial Information System (SIS) project:

AGL gas pipeline GIS (1. Roma-Brisbane Pipeline and 2. Carpentaria Gas Pipeline)

GIS consultancy work

(1999 to 2000)
Egis Consulting Australia, National GIS Centre of Excellence, Brisbane, Australia

Position: National GIS Manager
Duties/Responsibilities: 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.

Experience/project management: Major project involvements include:

(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:
(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 Manager.

Position: A/g Manager, ACTMAP Information Management Unit
Duties/Responsibilities: Responsibilities of this position included:

(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:

(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.

Major projects include:

(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: Management and co-ordination of bureau; supervision and training of staff; cost estimation and quotations; administrative support; client liaison; user-group training session organisation and documentation; office organisation and monitoring of safe work environment practices.
Operational: Computer drafting; plan enhancement and preparation; large-scale cadastral mapping; BASIC programming; software use and testing; software support; software installation and training; hardware support and trouble-shooting; general documentation.

The project work was varied. Major projects included:


RMIT Technical College (TAFE) - Melbourne, Vic.

Position: Lecturer - Surveying
Duties/Responsibilities: 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)
Duties/Responsibilities: Responsible for surveying equipment checking and care; assisting lecturers as required; assisting students with academic enquiries.

Adshead & McQuie - Melbourne, Vic.

Position: Survey Draftsperson
Duties/Responsibilities: 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
Duties/Responsibilities: cadastral and topographic surveying; plan preparation; 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 technologies. 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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Travel to Thailand and Burma, 1989.
Travel to Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, 1991.
Travel to Tonga, 1993


Rod Menzies
ACT Chief Surveyor

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Keith C. Bell
VIC Surveyor-General

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Maroochy Council
Peter Ellis
SIS Program Mgr

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QLD Rail
Ian Croot
Asset Systems Mgr

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Peter McLean
CAD Manager

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Bill Thomson
ANZ GIS Leader

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