2018: The Year That Was
“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instil in us.” – Hal Borland
2018 is coming to a close and despite occasionally wondering how long the year had left, we have now found ourselves asking, where did the time go? It’s been a supercharged year for Team Taylors, with everyone pulling together to bring great visions to life and forge new networks, so what better time to reflect on all the wisdom the past year has brought us.
It was all systems go when March arrived, with sporting events, award ceremonies, and exhibitions aplenty. The month began with the National Surveying Consultancy Awards, held at the National Surveying Congress for 2018. The ceremony annually recognizes the ‘peak surveying consultancies’ in Australia and awards firms that can demonstrate a culture of excellence. Taylors were the proud recipients of the 2018 Large Consultancy Category for our ‘Solutions Outside the Square’ management of surveying services.
The accolades continued this month at the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) with our team taking home the GITA ANZ 2018 Excellence Award, reflecting our determination to remain the best in the business.
Keen team members also took part in the Annual Corporate Triathlon, the annual Soccer Championship hosted by DCE, and the Oxfam fundraiser walk; a favourite for many team members to push their physical limits and grow friendships beyond the office.
Additionally, the Grand Prix offered young professionals and experienced geospatial experts the opportunity to inspire young audiences at the Innovation Hub, a ‘successful industry promotion’ with representatives from Taylors, Surveying Task Force, and Kimoto present to demonstrate virtual reality, 3D reality models of Victorian landmarks, 3D scans of race-goers, and ‘eye-boggling’ virtual art courtesy of Richard Payne.
The final milestone of the month was the UDIA Congress, with the theme ‘See the Now’, it was a magnificent opportunity for all aspects of the business to come together and bring urban development to life through the use of the 3D modelling, virtual reality and even through hololens capabilities. The Congress brought inspiration to other industry professionals, young students keen to learn, experienced individuals with a keen eye for the industry and even for those who didn’t know what to expect.
This month saw shareholders, Kimoto, visit Australian shores for the annual shareholders summit. A time to come together and share ideas, visions and laughter. A strong sense of family spread throughout the Melbourne office during the week, with secondees set to stay with the Taylors team for a period of six months to learn new skills and better understand the technology being used. New friendships were made, and possibilities explored, with the summit deemed a success for healthy business relationships.
The personal milestones of the year were yet to come, with young Architectural Graduate, Mahreen Mahmud obtaining her registration as a Registered Architect. A culmination of eight years of work, study and guidance finally paid off for the studious graduate who intends to make the most of her new responsibilities.
“Moving forward, I can see myself running projects independently and go more toward the management side. I can go to site inspections, and write my own reports, I hope that I can help Taylors by being more independent and manage stakeholders and clients which in the long run will only further my expertise. When you’re the first one, you must do things differently, but for other who go through the process there is now an example for them to follow.”
We wish Mahreen all the best for her future endeavours and can’t wait to see her thrive in 2019.
We took a moment in September to recognize all of the charity efforts we had become involved in thus far, as our Indonesian representative, Thomas Smid, worked alongside Habitat for Humanity to improve the quality of life in local villages. The job at hand entailed using matterport to create virtual tours of individual dwellings due to be upgraded by the organisation. “It gave me a better understanding of the communities that Habitat focuses on.” Commented Thomas. “It is eye opening to see how many people here in Indonesia live in ‘slum’ areas, in self-built houses, and without access to clean water. Seeing life like that really made me realize to appreciate my own situation much more.
A statement from the organization following Thomas’ work stated, “You have created products that are very meaningful for our organization. We are very thankful! We are excited about the models you made, they are already 90% effective in giving the engaged experience for viewers.”
Aside from our work with Habitat for Humanity, Taylors have also made generous donations throughout the year to the Smith Family, the Cancer Council, the Buy a Bale drought relief efforts and more. Further to our donations, we are also currently sponsoring seven children across Australia, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Bangladesh through various organisations including World Vision and Plan International, as well supporting a school in the town of Koroipita, Fiji.
With spring came the return of the Global Corporate Challenge which saw over 70 members of our team putting their best foot forward to making the commitment to a healthier lifestyle for the remainder of the year. For 100 days, 11 teams of 7 tracked their steps daily and made small improvements through exercises to help with balance, focus and sleep. The full support of the Taylors team is what led to such outstanding results across the board and will no doubt continue on past the conclusion of the challenge.
The AIS Equinox also returned to Melbourne, giving our geospatial experts the chance to demonstrate the latest technology developments of benefit to the architecture space. Geospatial 3D and Technology Manager, Alastair MacColl, presented his Industry Insight on 3D Technology in the Education Hub to architects and professionals in the urban space wanting to learn how the two industries could work together seamlessly in the future.
“It was a great demonstration by a new era surveying professional of real-world applications of these innovative technologies – sharp and pointed. The clear takeway was that it’s got so much potential when delivered by the right people and will add so much value to the architectural / design community.
The event calendar was not yet finished, with a fantastic opportunity to present at Trimble Dimensions in Las Vegas. One of the most notable events of the year for surveying professionals, this presentation – led by our Infrastructure Survey General Manager, Anthony Emmerson, and Design Survey Manager, Michael Tasker – opened the doors to a new audience and gave Taylors the chance to begin making our name known at a new platform. It was a rewarding experience for all involved and certainly not one to be forgotten in a hurry.
The final sporting event of the year saw the ASCV Tennis Day trophy return to the Taylors team after a year away. The day was full of fierce competition with Taylors representatives both experienced and new to the court ready for the challenge. It was a mixed experience team who brought home the trophy, with regular attendee Paul Munoz and newcomer Matthew Laidler taking out the win!
The year couldn’t end without one more professional milestone – or two! With Surveying Graduates Raymond Li and Craig Lyons both achieving their Surveyors Licence. Their recent induction now brings the total of Taylors Licensed Surveyor team to 10, one of the biggest teams in Victoria, and has inspired them both to continue learning to reach greater heights.
“It’s a great thing for Taylors to have that many Licensed Surveyors and to also be promoting that they encourage the training for graduate surveyors, it’s quite empowering that you’re entrusted to signs plans and do the heavy lifting.”
“I’ve always looked at it as the next learning step, there are obviously bigger ambitions, but they are much further down the track. Just because you are Licensed doesn’t automatically make you an expert in the field, you’ve just proven to the industry that you can undertake tasks and follow through, it’s like a second graduation for your studies.”
And so, the year comes to an end, with new experiences all around, professional milestones for dedicated team members, and 54 new team members joining the Taylors family this year. We’re anticipating a bigger and better 2019 filled with opportunities to grow, learn and develop our knowledge.
From all of us at Taylors, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.