New Zealand Esri Young Scholar 2020 announced!

New Zealand Esri Young Scholar 2020 announced!

The Esri Young Scholar Award is about recognising the very best GIS students around the globe. Every year, Esri's global partners nominate at least 25 university students for excellence in relation to a GIS project. These projects include comprehensive research papers, software development, impactful maps, and apps that promote education, conservation, disaster response, and urban planning.

Bingyu Deng of Canterbury University is the winner of the NZ Esri Young Scholar Award for 2020.

To recognise this achievement, Esri have made arrangements for Bingyu to network with other young scholars from around the world during the virtual Esri User Conference 13-15 July 2020. Bingyu's work will also be displayed in the virtual Esri User Conference 2020 map gallery.

Bingyu's project entitled Fire rescue descision system using ArcGIS and BIM utiltised ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Online and the ArcGIS API for JavaScript and BIM in combination to simulate fire emergency evacuation routes and to enhance emergeny management. It enabled spatial query and escape route-planning in the 3D environment both internally and externally to a building. This resulted in simulation results that are more accurate, closer to reality and mre easily understood.

A video of the web application that Bingyu created can be viewed at

The judges would like to also highly commend Callum Smith for his project entitled Automating Aspects of the BIM Visualisation Stages & Improving Stakeholder Engagement During Engineering Design for Accelerated Infrastructure Development.

Thank you to all the other young scholars who applied for the NZ Esri Young Scholar Award in 2020. Your submissions were of the highest standard and made the judge’s job in choosing the best project very difficult.

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