Working as an acquisition manager for a residential property developer a few years ago, Old Boy Lachlan Spedding (2011) found himself investigating the constraint mapping on different parcels of land, which in some instances included dozens of maps. Looking at properties in different local government areas he was amazed that all systems and maps were different. He quickly discovered that much of the process of navigating these systems and finding development opportunities was inefficient and slow. The complexity of existing tools and legislation meant town planning consultants and property researchers were wasting huge amounts of time on processes and systems that could be simpler, faster, and more consistent across local government areas.

After engaging a team of experts to develop a bespoke web-based application that could handle the huge volumes of complex data, Orbmaps was born. Twelve months later, it is rapidly becoming the go-to platform for Instant Research Reporting and in so doing saves councils, property developers and town planners hundreds of hours and resources. Key features include a simplified property scanning platform, constraint risk heat mapping, instant property reports, regularly updated satellite imagery and a property management system. As a unified set of tools, up to date local and state government mapping, town planning and property information is combined into one easy search.

Recently Orbmaps were runners-up finalists in the Australian Property Institute (API) Innovation in Property awards. Lachlan says: “Innovation doesn’t require millions of dollars, only hard work!”