Phil Delaney

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The NRM Spatial Hub – Turning data into Decisions and Profit

Phil Delaney, Research Program Manager for the Built Environment Program, CRC for Spatial Information


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5 Things You Will Learn

  1. Challenges of managing land in the outback.
  2. Importance of an end user driven approach to online GIS development.
  3. Value provided through cross sector collaboration.
  4. How minimising impact to the barrier reef is helping graziers improve productivity.
  5. Opportunities to build on this technology in the future.

Target Audience

Natural Resource Management agencies Government data agencies Property owners/land managers Investors GIS companies Politicians Software developers Policy makers

Presentation Overview

No one knows their land better than a farmer, but across the Australia’s rangelands where properties can be size of a small European country, it is impossible to understand the locations of every risk or opportunity across the land. However with the continued growth of the market for cattle, pressure has never been greater on cattle and sheep graziers to maximise every opportunity to increase cattle production. Providing the right services and support to these remote properties is also an ongoing challenge for many industries. NRM Spatial Hub provides a disruptive change in grazing management, and to quote one of our existing property owners it “will change land management across the country”. For the first time property owners can create, manage, analyse and plan their on ground assets online, and also assess the effectiveness of their management decisions over time through 30 years of global satellite imagery. The NRM Hub has been an excellent example of national, cross sector collaboration to deliver new technology. The project has coordinated resources from 5 state and territory governments, the federal department of agriculture as well as Geoscience Australia, and 14 NRM agencies through the NRM Rangelands Alliance. The project was coordinated by the CRCSI, with the technical design and delivery undertaken by AAM Group. The focus on user outcomes, simplified user interface and low technical overheads has led to a swift update of this platform, as the focus has been on usability for delivering an online GIS. The project has received over 5 times the demand originally expected, and is expected to be the basis for delivering on farm decision making in to the future.


Phil is the Project Manager for the NRM Spatial Hub, and works for the CRC for Spatial Information. Phil is the Research Program Manager for the Built Environment at the CRC, however, Phil works quite broadly across programs to manage existing and upcoming CRC projects, assist in the development of new research and project opportunities, and look to assist in the uptake of various CRC initiatives in the spatial community. Phil is an accredited GIS Professional (GISP) with 10 years experience across industry, research and government. Phil has a background in GIS and imagery analysis working across a broad range of application industries, including urban planning, environmental engineering, inundation and flooding, transportation, land use change mapping, renewable energy and natural resource management. Phil was the recipient of the 2014 Young Professional of the Year award at the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards.