IMAGIN's Geospatial Achievement Award

The IMAGIN Geospatial Achievement Award is the highest award given by IMAGIN and is presented to a member in recognition of outstanding contributions to the geospatial technology field, the IMAGIN organization and its geospatial professionals, colleagues, members and the public that it serves.

The Geospatial Achievement Award has been presented annually since 2000 as several different names:

  • "Outstanding Individual Achievement Award"  (2000-2002) 
  • "Jim Living Geospatial Achievement Award"  (2003-2014)
  • "IMAGIN Geospatial Achievement Award"  (2015-Present)

Nominations for the 2024 IMAGIN Geospatial Achievement Award are now open and nominations are due by Friday, March 1, 2024 at 5:00 pm.

2024 Geospatial Achievement Nomination Form


Barbara Saunders
Principal Supervisor
DTE Energy - Gas Data Integrity - GIS Mapping Department

IMAGIN's 2023 Geospatial Achievement Award recipient is Barbara Saunders, who has spent the majority of her career at DTE Energy modernizing records and infrastructure mapping for the natural gas utility.
View the Geospatial Achievement presentation in slide form HERE

Past Award Winners

IMAGIN Geospatial Achievement Award

Presented since 2015 - Click slide thumbnail to view presentation slides
Year Recipient Presentation or Bio
2022Carla Elenz, GIS Manager (Retired)
Michigan Army National Guard - Camp Grayling


Matt Malone, GIS Coordinator
City of Farmington Hills

View the Geospatial Achievement presentation in slide form HERE
View the Geospatial Achievement presentation recording HERE
View the 2021 IMAGIN Awards Storymap section for Geospatial Achievement HERE

2020 Ann Burns, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
 2019 Everett Root, State of Michigan Center for Shared Solutions  
 2018 Michelle Lazar, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr, & Huber
 2017 Dr. Andrew Brenner, Quantum Spatial  
 2016 Dave Frey, Frey Works, LIAA  
 2015 Scott Ambs, Jackson County GIS

Jim Living Geospatial Achievement Award

Presented by Woolpert, LLC.

Presented from 2003 to 2014, Woolpert, LLC. partnered with IMAGIN to present the Jim Living Geospatial Achievement Award
Year Recipient Presentation or Bio
2014 Frank F. Sobie, Mott Community College Click to view award presentation slides
2013 Brooks Kelley, InfoGeographics, Inc.  Click to view award presentation slides
2012 Laurie A. Spencer, Grand Traverse County
2011 Steve Aichele, US Geological Survey Coming Soon
2010 James R. Miller, Hubbell, Roth & Clark Coming Soon
2009 Charlie Bristol, Bristol Consulting Coming Soon
2008 Dr. David Lusch, Michigan State University, GIS Research & Outreach Coming Soon
2007 James Bennett, InfoGeographics, Inc.  Coming Soon
2006 Joe VanderMeulen, Land Information Access Association (LIAA) Coming Soon
2005 No Recipient Awarded
2004 John Middlestead Coming Soon
2003 Donald F. Bellanger, Bellanger Consulting Coming Soon

Outstanding Individual Achievement Award

Presented from 2000 to 2002
Year Recipient Presentation or Bio
 2002 Jim Living, Woolpert, LLC.  Click to view 2002 Achievement Award
 2001 David Shinavier, Barry County Land Information Systems Coming Soon
 2000 William Enslin, Michigan State University Center for Remote Sensing Coming Soon

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