Maptek founder and chairman Dr. Bob Johnson was recently named as an Innovation Hero by Sydney University's Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering.

Johnson has pioneered and commercialised technology that has significantly benefited the mining, engineering and surveying industries.

Maptek product technology focuses on analysing and modeling data from disparate sources to solve the problems that engineers, geologists and miners face every day.

"Vision - the art of seeing what does not exist - only comes to a reality by hard work and team effort," said Johnson after receiving the award, which was presented at the Innovation Lecture in Adelaide last week. "At Maptek we see our role as creating innovations for our mining customers, allowing them to develop their resources in a safe and efficient manner."

Professor Mike Dureau, Executive Director of the Warren Centre commented, "The recipients of the Award possess a unique vision and drive to see their products commercialised to the benefit of local and international industries."

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