Adrian is a tech savvy Urban and Environmental Planning graduate based on the Gold Coast. Prior to this, Adrian was a cabinetmaker, wood machinist and solid surface fabricator for 5 years. An environmental engineering friend Varun Prakash, introduced Adrian to the intellectual concept of planning initiated the career change.
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To obtain practical experience by gaining a position within a consultancy where my skills, interests and experience are utilised and I can contribute in a team environment as well as independently. Specifically, I would like to develop more confidence and increase my knowledge in planning, GIS, remote sensing, project management and local government processes.
Mid-term goals include the establishment of an online planning directory. A centralised place to assist job seekers, employers and clients find each other and to complete a Masters of GIS and Remote Sensing at Charles Sturt University
Professional Skills & Employment Attributes
Strong written communication skills including: design and review of strategic plans, reviewing case law, feasibility studies and site analyses developed through assignment coursework at university.
Demonstrated high level of visual communication (e.g. presentations, tables, graphs, maps, posters and screencasts) at university and practicum placement developed through my interests in publishing, information technology (IT), cartography, photography, graphic and web design.
Well developed team work, time management, project management and problem solving skills gained through group projects at university and while on Practicum Placement at the TransLink Transit Authority.
Demonstrated ability and willingness to suggest improvements in collaborative workflows acquired through project work and knowledge in IT.
2008 - 2012
Bachelor of Urban & Environmental Planning – Griffith University
High Achievements ¬ Planning Systems, Urban Design, Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing.
Distinctions – Planning Practice & Law, Planning Studio, Planning Practicum, Environmental Assessment & Management and The Global Environment.
Received marks of 80% and over for assessment items, including: strategic plans, environmental impact assessments, scientific reports, survey analysis and urban design.
Representative Activities – Received a full scholarship from Griffith University for the University of Hong Kong and Griffith University 2011 Exchange Program.
Completed and participated in the 2009 Griffith Industry Mentoring Program with Gold Coast City Council.
2000 - 2004
Certificate III in Furnishing (Cabinetmaking & Wood Machining)
Achievement – Best 4th year South East Queensland Cabinetmaking Apprentice in 2004.
2011 (6 months)
Trainee Strategic Planner – TransLink
Main Duties – Researched and completed literature reviews on Travel Demand Management practices, trunk and feeder services.
Drafted new bus timetables.
Analysed public transport survey data.
Provide one-on-one IT support to team members.
Graphic design work for the Strategy & Planning team.
2012 – Present (Casual)
Postformer -T & C Postforming
Main Duties – Finishing off and laminating benchtops.
Develop and maintain a new website and advise on other IT matters.
Developed a GIS map of all the surrounding cabinetmakers to assist in building a bigger client base and help determine best delivery routes.
Customer service and drafting when required.
- Google Earth0
- Google Fusion0
- Chief Architect0
2013: TechniCity (currently enrolled) – Ohio State University
2011: Green Star Foundation Course – Green Council Building of Australia
2011: Designing Strategy for Transport (DST2011) – Transport Futures Institute & University of Queensland
2010: Learning ArcGIS Desktop – ESRI
Licences, Certificates & Cards
Current C- Class Open Queensland Driver Licence.
2012: First Aid Certificate [AFAN: 34174] – Accredited Training Company.
2011: White Card for Construction Safety [No. 1099608].
Professional Planning & Design Skills
Experienced and high performance in the use of planning, urban design and spatial software (e.g. ArcGIS, Google Fusion, Chief Architect, IDRISI and PD Online).
Demonstrated ability to produce high quality master plan designs with 3D renderings and walkthroughs.
High demonstrated ability to create maps and overlays in GIS and remote sensing.
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint).
Experienced in word processing, letter writing and dealing with telephone and email enquiries.
Typing speed approximately 55 words per minute at 98% accuracy.
Demonstrated ability to create meeting agendas and organise appointments / meetings for staff.
Experience in attending meetings, accurate in taking minutes and keeping notes using a variety of tools.
Adept at creating custom and highly visual publications for public and internal uses (using Quark).
Advanced knowledge in using Adobe Acrobat (e.g. creating web forms and dynamic documents).
Career Development & Professional Activities
2011: Presented a seminar at Griffith University on Transit Orientated Developments, integrated ticketing, multimodal active transport and public transport.
2009: Participated in the Gold Coast City Council Climate Change Summit and development of the GCCC Climate Change Strategy 2009 – 2014. Representing the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC).
2009: Participated in Power Shift (Australian Youth Climate Change Summit) in Sydney. One of two students representing and promoting Griffith University’s environmental programs.
2009: Griffith School of Environment Student Consultative Committee representative for second year planning students.
2011 – Present: Gold Coast Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG) member.
2008 – Present: Member of the Cyburbia online urban planning community.
2008 – 2012: Webmaster and member of the Planning and Environmental Griffith Students (PEGS) social group.
Content Management Systems
- mySQL / phpAdmin0
Environmental Assessment & Management
This Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been prepared for Tropical Resort Developments Pty. Ltd. and the Coordinator General (CG) for the proposed Tropical Paradise Resort (TPR) development. The purpose of this document is to determine whether to proceed with the project by considering the positive and negative aspects of TPR.This document includes an overview of the TPR development and the triggers of the EIA process in preparation for the CG’s review. Baseline conditions identify the current state of conditions at the site. Impacts are then evaluated through prediction methods, best mitigation and management practices are also regarded. The study also considers project alternatives, including no-project, location and design alternatives. It also establishes a preliminary public involvement process as part of the EIA process.DownloadsFormat: PDFSize: 3.4mbChecksum: 9a1064416af264ede81cbece71a18a26Format: PDFSize: 12.2mbChecksum: d172e4f2ecf373e3b45048060ffd14c6
Remote Sensing offers the ability to obtain information about objects, area or phenomenon without the necessity of being physically in contact with the study area. One of the key features of remote sensing is that it offers the ability to analyse spatio-temporal changes of objects, area or phenomenon over time and forms the basis of this flatsheet. Another is the ability to cover a large area which is much more practical than ground based observations.
This presentation is based on the analysis of data from two Landsat satellite images taken in 1991 and 2009, covering an area of South East Queensland / Northern New South Wales. This area has witnessed major change in the past 18 years.DownloadFormat: PDFSize: 15.5mbChecksum: 4009b597b9a9fc01fd3ed0097bfed4e4
Australian Planners & Queensland Councils Directory MapHere is a map of all the Australian planning companies and Queensland local councils. I created them by merging data from the Yellow Pages and Google Fusion tables. The purpose of creating the map was to help job seekers search for jobs around their local area. Note that the data has not been verified and cleaned completely.DownloadsAustralian Planning FirmsFormat: KML (MapInfo, ArcGIS, Google Earth) [Checksum 7a49d27a99168bf710f895412bbeb5b4]Format: CSV (Excel) [Checksum 24bdc7359a08d39a463794bd2aac3998]Format: OnlineQueensland CouncilsFormat: KML (MapInfo, ArcGIS, Google Earth) [Checksum af84e7f0ba9e510a16fc47c9460df924]Format: Online
Urban DesignThere is a shift towards growing in rather than sprawling out in Brisbane with new Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council policies in place to build attractive, sustainable, affordable and higher density developments. However, there is still a laissez-faire attitude towards building essentially the same house types of detached common plan and custom built dwellings at a density of ~15 – 20 dwellings per hectare (dph).What is needed is a rethink towards how we plan out communities, more importantly we need to sell the idea to builders, state / local governments and the general public. In current practice in Europe, densities of 30-60 dwellings per hectare are common in built up areas. So can some of the bleeding edge urban design concepts from Europe be incorporated into Australian design guidelines?DownloadsMain Poster (Information)Format: PDFSize: 5.9mbChecksum: da265ed4364632e3d27c6bc85a6322ebFormat: PDFSize: 39.5mbChecksum: 65172b292609db6040ebc9887709201dFormat: PDFSize: 35mbChecksum: 3c71c45635c0088efd95f25c5d7d6ff3
Case Law Review | Planning Practice & LawActs can be interpreted in many ways and are continually evolving overtime. These Acts of Parliament have essentially been derived by the outcomes of former cases (Auld 2009). However, some cases are also unique and no specific law can be found to fit the circumstances. Therefore, cases need to be considered on a case-by-case basis. The following review of a specific case where there were some concerns about a newly proposed ethanol plant. Shannon & Ors v. Dalby Town Council & Ors  QPEC 062.Format: PDFSize: 1.1mbChecksum: a2268cbc0f2b67403d33b22373e5a07e
Ecology ReportLippsuriviss Nature Reserve is situated approximately 45km southwest of the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Within its 1000ha enclosure, consists 50ha of native Old Growth Dry Sclerophyll Woodlands, 550ha of Regrowth Eucalypt Reforest and 200ha of Rainforest habitats, as well as human influenced ecosystems (150 ha of Hoop Pine plantation and 50ha of cleared pastured grasslands). After many years of use as grazing and cultivating land, Lippsuriviss was established for the purpose of conservation and environmental research.Small terrestrial mammals are extremely beneficial to future research and conservation efforts and have featured prominently in studies of distribution and abundance (Barnett et al. 1978 p. 277). They are well known to contribute significantly to ecosystems by maintaining the nutrient cycle as seed dispersers and pollinators (Brewer & Rejmánek 1999 p. 175).To date, there has been no research conducted of small terrestrial mammals that exist at Lippsuriviss. The Primary objective of this study is to form an accurate register of small animal species and map their distribution and abundance to assist in future research and conservation management.Format: PDFSize: 554kbChecksum: 09a666b0d83bede468ddd0f8926c2d52
OthersFormat: PPTX (PowerPoint)Size: 16.6mbChecksum: 12b12236041326bd9d00d229b0e47e85Comparisons between transportation systems here and in Hong Kong as well as information about the Hong Kong exchange program to encourage people to apply the following year.Format: PDFSize: 15.5mbChecksum: 6a41d74baa877d04b8c8073b9e1fceabFormat: PDFSize: 53.9mbChecksum: 0b47deb109474b9ba6004d39ffb9150bStrategy & Planning Achievements (Poster)Format: PDFSize: 6.7mbChecksum: 99872a11aa65ce1ba854b6582132bf33Proposed New Bus Route (GIS Map)Format: PDFSize: 1.9mbChecksum: 710f01bb45de2accc4fa8ca545fb683fSustainable E-Home Concept (Report)Format: PDFSize: 22.1mbChecksum: d0cf4f40bbff908e232331e3381f02ddPracticum Presentation (Presentation)Format: PDFsSize: 796kbChecksum: e0cd38c9f02306d607db8e840055c0d4Planning in the News (Journal)Format: PDFSize: 2.8mbChecksum: 2660bbc2b7ce39c91da8aebb37f407fc
Project management skills highlighted by the STAR methodI have performed a number of site analyses, scoping documents and feasibility and ecological studies that compliment the position. As an example, I was selected as the project manager of a multidisciplinary team where we were required to compile an Environmental Impact Assessment. I also extended my role as a project manager to deliver a public notification process and assess traffic and transport impacts. I found that the logical place to start for an EIA is to understand the existing baseline conditions.I began by identifying the lot number and site through the SRRC’s Property Development Online tool. From there I found out that the property is on the National Heritage Register and proceeded to use the Australian Heritage Database, which gave a good description of the site and environmental conditions. However, these baseline conditions were outdated.I decided to employ what I learned in my remote sensing course to perform a change detection analysis by comparing two Landsat images to see if there was any major difference from that period to now. It appeared that weathering and erosion had increased quite significantly over the last decade, which we noted in our scoping document. I also used Department of Environment & Resource Management’s Wildlife Online extract tool to assess the ecological significance of the site. Luckily, I asked one of my friends who lived in the area if he could give some local knowledge. It was stated that the area is prone to bushfires, which was an aspect we overlooked.Given the size and type of development there would be significant site traffic generation. I was able to compile a mini Traffic Impact Assessment from what I learned in my traffic and transport engineering elective to estimate the development’s traffic generation and used Traffic Census data from the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to determine the current and predicted Level of Service. Given our limited resources we could not conduct elements such as a site analysis, traffic counts and a public involvement and consultation event. However, I feel that my contribution minimised data assumptions and gave an accurate assessment of the existing state of the environment.During the 13-week project, I provided support to my fellow peers by integrating a collaborative workflow process that delivered productivity, quality assurance and good results. I designated tasks (using software called Merlin, created a detailed work plan in the form of a online Gantt chart and made amendments when needed) to individuals based on their stated interests, degree and abilities, as well as the brief requirements. As part of extending our collaborative process, I integrated a desktop cloud based solution called Dropbox. This allowed everyone in the group to be instantly notified when changes occurred to our working folder, as well as allowing others to annotate, proofread and offer suggestions.Publishing was done using Quark Express and it helped produce a very attractive and professional looking public document. We finished our final project one week in advance and were rewarded with equal highest mark in the class and more importantly as a result of working together we had strong group dynamics.
There are two protocols that Nearmap clients can use. The first is the Tiled Map Service (TMS), which you can use if your GIS application supports this (ArcGIS, Mapinfo and alike). The second service the Web Map Service (WMS) that supports most GIS applications and is only available to paid clients. I prefer the TMS protocolRead more
- July 12, 2011
Clark Labs has just announced their new IDRISI. Taiga v16 was a world away from Andes v15 with the introduction of a Land Change Modeler and Earth Trends Modeler. Selva v17 incorporates major upgrades of these two modules and also includes special tools to support REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). These are major tools forRead more
- January 12, 2012
AusPlanner was initially a personal challange to create a more useful and successful website than Australia’s planning professional body: Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) as well as making it cheaper for members and consultants to be apart of something meaningful. AusPlanner is being developed to address the need for a centralised place to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing amongRead more
- February 29, 2012
Tech startup Nearmap entered the business of aerial photography in late 2009 and in the same year received the WA Information Technology & Telecommunications Award for Innovation. Aerial photography and online mapping is not something new (e.g. Google Maps, Bing, OpenStreetMap). The innovation lies with the invention of the HyperPod camera system that can capture high quality imagery (1GB of rawRead more
- July 12, 2012
Colin JensenT & C Postforming Owner
Colin is my current employer at T & C Postforming, you can get in contact with him at T & C Postforming.
Tony HallUrban Research Program
Tony Hall was my lecture for my Urban Design elective. He is an Adjunct Professor with the Urban Research Program at Griffith University. You can contact Tony here.
Dr Leila Eslami-AndargoliRemote Sensing Lecturer at Griffith Uni
Eleanor NightingaleAirport Planning Manager at Virgin Australia
My former manager and supervisor during my practicum placement at the TransLink Transit Authority. Find her on Linkedin.
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