curriculum vitae




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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, spatial technologies
  • Geoprocessing and Spatial Analysis, Cartographic Mapping
  • Spatial Data Management, Project management
  • Spatial data formats: Imagery/3D/LiDAR/Database/asset system formats
  • Map Projections, Geocentric Datum of Australia (GDA94)
  • Spatial Systems Workflow, Business process re-engineering
  • Document & Records Management
  • Data Custodianship / Spatial data standards
  • Spatial Metadata / ANZLIC standards / XML
  • Graphics and presentation technologies
  • Marketing and promotional material
  • Internet/web and mobile mapping technologies
  • Google Earth technology / 3D visualisation


  • 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)
  • Internet development (HTML, JavaScript, Wordpress)
  • XML, DTD, XLS (XML web formats)
  • Various database systems


  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Web/Mobile-based information systems
  • Location Technology
  • Video and Audio Production
  • Intellectual Property (IP) issues
  • Australian Music Industry
  • Genealogy & Family History research


The Bill Collins Group - GIS & Spatial Systems Consultancy, Brisbane, Australia

Position: Principal Consultant
Activities: 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.

AECOM Australia - Brisbane, Australia

Position: Principal, GIS & Spatial Systems
Activities: Administration and co-ordination of the GIS & Spatial Systems Team; Marketing and promotion of geospatial activities; Project work - spatial data management and analysis, cartographic mapping and presentation; Deployment and future development of new and emerging geospatial technologies within AECOM.
Has undertaken Department of Defence work, with a 'Restricted' level security clearance.
Some of the project work Bill was involved with has included the following:


  • Surat Basin Rail (SBR) project [examples *]
  • Southern Freight Rail Corridor Study (SFRCS) [examples *]
  • Petrie-Redcliffe Multi-modal Corridor study (Moreton Bay Rail)
  • Queensland Transport Metropolitan Four-track Investigation
  • Queensland Rail Electrical Network asset data capture and mapping
  • QLD Transport Network Reconstruction Program (TNRP) resulting from the 2011 Queensland floods.
  • 11-month secondment as GIS Manager, Queensland Rail


  • Brisbane City Council (BCC) Stormwater Backflow Investigation [examples *]
  • Gladstone-Fitzroy pipeline
  • Toowoomba Pipeline (Wivenhoe - Cressbrook)
  • Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) 2011 Flood: asset vulnerability study
  • BCC CitySmart Regional Carbon Sink study


  • Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council Planning Scheme [examples *]
  • Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council Planning Scheme
  • Gold Coast Airport Runway Extension
  • Coopers Gap Wind Farm study


  • Defence Shoalwater Bay Training Area GIS data assessment / data management
  • Major Strategic Department of Defence project (Restricted/Classified)
  • Major re-engineering of the AECOM corporate spatial data infrastructure environment / content
[examples *] = mapping produced for each of these projects (opens in new browser)

AECOM Corporate Data re-engineering:
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:

Queensland Rail secondment:
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.

The Bill Collins Group - GIS Consultancy, Brisbane, Australia

Position: Principal Consultant
Activities: Spatial systems consultant in Brisbane, involved in the following projects/systems:

Energex Gas Network:

  • 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

South East Queensland Water (Seqwater):

  • MapInfo-based mapping, GIS analysis; Data input, update, and maintenance
  • Expert Advice; Data and System analysis
  • Research for incorporation of Google Earth technology into SEQWater spatial data systems
  • Development and production of the 2005 'Corporate Atlas' Series (52 maps)
Maroochy Shire Council Spatial Information System (SIS) project:
Cadastral Mapping
  • Technical requirements; Tender documentation; Contractual negotiations
  • Reporting and Documentation; Promotion of activities
Spatial Metadata
  • Development of MSC-specific metadata standards; MSC metadata policy
  • Development of metadata input tool; Design of metadata environment
Geocentric Datum of Australia (GDA)
  • Development of GDA migration strategy; Action Plan
  • Co-ordination of GDA migration; Documentation
  • Promotion and awareness of GDA; Implementation of support mechanisms
Data Custodianship
  • Development of Data Custodianship Policy; Documentation
  • Promotion and awareness; 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

Egis Consulting Australia, National GIS Centre of Excellence, Brisbane, Australia

Position: National GIS Manager
Activities: Co-ordination and management of GIS nationally; Promotion and marketing; Delivery of GIS-based projects; Development of GIS business; Strategic planning.
Major project involvements include: AGL gas pipeline GIS: Carpentaria Gas Pipeline (CGP) and Roma-Brisbane gas Pipeline (RBP); Queensland Cement Limited (QCL) environmental management: "ManaGIS" web-based environmental monitoring/management system

ACT Land Information Centre (ACTLIC), Planning and Land Management (PALM) Group, Urban Services Department (USD), ACT Government

Position: Manager, Business Development
Duties/Responsibilities: Development/project management of new business opportunities; Promotion and Marketing of surveying, mapping and spatial information products and services; Internet and online spatial systems, web mapping, and the ACTLIC web site;

Position: A/g Manager, ACTMAP
Duties/Responsibilities: Management of human, financial, physical and technological resources; Strategic work objectives and technological development objectives; Internal and external liaison, and representation in forums Expert advice, development of policy; Workplace stability, ensuring quality, and continuous improvement

Position: ACTMAP Data Co-ordinator
Duties/Responsibilities: Management of spatial data capture for ACTMAP Staff supervision, management and training; Ensuring data integrity, both input and output; Systems and procedures development and documentation internal and external liaison, and client management

Australian Land Power

Position: Partner / Technical Manager / Consultant
Activities: 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. Types of work included: Large scale Digital cadastral mapping; Asset digitizing and data capture; Spatial data management; Systems and software development, Staff training; Water resources mapping; Survey information data management, editing, plan production, and supply.
Major Clients: Rural Water Corporation; Geelong & District Water Board; Portland Water Board; Dubbo City Council

Survey Computing Consultants (Vic) Pty Ltd
(now Geocomp Systems and Geocomp Consulting)

Position: Bureau Manager / Consultant / Survey & Engineering Draftsperson (Computer Operator)
Activities: Bureau supervision, co-ordination & management; Client liaison, hardware & software support; Large-scale cadastral mapping, data entry, computer drafting; Documentation and training, troubleshooting and problem resolution.


RMIT Technical College (TAFE) - Melbourne, Vic.
Position: Lecturer - Surveying

RMIT - Melbourne, Vic.
Position: Storeman - Studley Park Survey Annexe (part-time)

Adshead & McQuie - Melbourne, Vic.
Position: Survey Draftsperson

R.W.Barnett & Assoc - Beechworth, Vic.
Position: Field Survey Technician / Draftsperson


Keith C. Bell
VIC Surveyor-General (fmr)

Maroochy Council
Peter Ellis
SIS Program Mgr

QLD Rail
Ian Croot
Asset Systems Mgr

Peter McLean
CAD Manager

Bill Thomson
ANZ GIS Leader