Paul Harcombe receives Thornton Smith Medal


Congratulations to geomatic engineering alumnus Paul Harcombe (MGeomE 2003) , who has received the 2010 Thornton Smith Medal.

Paul was nominated unanimously for the Award through consultation with senior academic staff of the Department of Geomatics and the Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering.

Paul is the Chief Surveyor, Land and Property Management Authority, NSW and a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre of Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration. In addition to managing the NSW State Survey System, directing the NSW Spatial Strategy and holding positions on state and national committees related to surveying and spatial information he has a strong commitment to improving the public standing and profile of the surveying profession.

The Award was presented at the Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards (VSEA) Gala Dinner on 15 September 2010 in the Plaza Ballroom of the Regent Theatre.

The Thornton-Smith Medal is an annual award given by the Department of Geomatics at the Melbourne School of Engineering to a graduate considered to have made the most outstanding contribution to the engineering profession in the field of geomatics.

The medal is in commemoration of James Thornton-Smith, who began his career in the University in 1952, between 1951 and 1965 was foundation head of the Department of Surveying, and was instrumental in the development and introduction of the course for the degree of Bachelor of Surveying.

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