curriculum vitae




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, spatial technologies
  • Geoprocessing and Spatial Analysis, Cartographic Mapping
  • Spatial Data Management, Project management
  • Spatial data formats, Imagery formats, 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


  • ArcGIS suite (ArcGIS v10+, Tools, Extensions, ArcFM, SDE, Dehko, Geodatabases)
  • MapInfo software (to v11)
  • Global Mapper (v13)
  • Windows 8 / Microsoft Office 2013
  • Presentation software (PowerPoint, Prezi)
  • Google systems (Earth, Maps, Picasa)
  • CAD (AutoCAD Map 3D, MicroStation)
  • Image/Graphics (PhotoShop, PhotoImpact, GIMP)
  • Video editing systems
  • Internet development (HTML, JavaScript)
  • XML, DTD, XLS (XML web formats)
  • Various database systems


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

Position: Principal Consultant
Activities: Bill has re-commenced his consultancy business and is undertaking contract project work.

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 - 'Restricted' level.
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)
  • 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.

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

Maroochy Council
Peter Ellis
SIS Program Mgr

QLD Rail
Ian Croot
Asset Systems Mgr

Peter McLean
CAD Manager

Bill Thomson
ANZ GIS Leader