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eCPD - What is the Australian geospatial industry, and why are YPs relevant to it?

Young Professionals

Date & Time

Sunday, 26 Dec 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This is a recording of a webinar held Friday 26 June 2020

We are thrilled to be bringing to you a monthly webinar series that empowers students, young professionals and emerging leaders of all ages to tap into their potential and find career fulfilment.

Register for this session to hear from some of the success stories in our industry about what their journeys have been like so far, the learnings they’ve had along the way, the advice they would give, and how to get that technical edge to help you add more value for your organisation and yourself.

Our speakers

Dr Nadine Alameh | CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium
Dr. Nadine Alameh serves as OGC’s Chief Executive Office (CEO), and is responsible for creating and integrating the strategic direction and business plans of the Consortium in partnership with the OGC Board, members and staff.

Dr. Alameh is a seasoned technical and business professional with a contagious passion for interoperable information exchange, technology & process innovation, and working with diverse motivated teams! Dr. Alameh is no stranger to OGC. From 2009 to 2014, she was Director, then Executive Director of OGC’s Interoperability Program, leading initiatives in various domains including earth observation, aviation, public safety and defense.

Prior to rejoining OGC in 2019, Dr. Alameh was Northrop Grumman’s Chief Architect for Innovation Strategy - Civil Solutions Division. And before that, she ran a couple of small businesses: an international business delivering information management solutions in the Aviation sector; and a consulting business focusing on addressing geospatial interoperability issues for the US federal government.

Dr. Alameh is a graduate of MIT with a PhD in Computer and Information Systems Engineering, a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Masters in City Planning – all with specialization in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse | President, SSSI
Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse holds a pivotal role as an adviser to various National and International spatial organisations. He has over 20 years of experience in client management, strategic consulting studies, business development, project management, systems review and integration for Utility Industry and Government, design, development and management of spatial databases, review data framework policies, develop spatial analyses techniques and technology including GIS applications development for major clients in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Saudi Arabia. He has led several Multi-Million Dollar National Mapping projects for State and Federal governments globally. Zaffar has published research papers focusing on GIS applications to support such areas as: spatial data infrastructure, data quality, groundwater management, water resources, rural administration; asset management; field data capture; public health management and disaster management. He is also a member of several boards and technical committees in Australia and overseas. Zaffar is member of ISO TC/211 since 2010 and contributed to the ISO 19157 Spatial Data Quality and is currently working on BIM2GIS standards. Zaffar is actively engaged with United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UNGGIM)-Geospatial Societies, Private Sector & Academic Network.

Melissa Harris | Executive Director Strategic Land Assessment & Information Deputy Chair ANZLIC
Melissa Harris is Executive Director, Strategic Land Assessment and Information, Land Use Victoria within the Local Infrastructure group of the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). She leads a team of around 270 property, surveying and geospatial professionals including Valuer-General Victoria, Surveyor-General Victoria, spatial services, government land advice and Victoria’s $45 million Digital Cadastre Modernisation program.

Melissa is also Deputy Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC). ANZLIC is the peak intergovernmental organisation providing leadership in the collection, management and use of spatial information in Australia and New Zealand.

Melissa is a town planner and has worked in state and local government for 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She recently graduated of the Victorian Major Projects Leadership Academy, where she received training in the delivery of mega-projects through Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Melissa was recognised as one of the Top 50 Women in the Victorian Public Sector for 2019.

Prof Stuart Phinn | Professor, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, President, Earth Observation Australia and Director, Remote Sensing Research Centre

Prof Stuart Phinn’s research interests are in measuring and monitoring environmental changes using earth observation data and publishing/sharing ecosystem data.He received his PhD from the University of California in 1997.

Stuart is the Chair of the Committee that produced Australian Earth Observation Community Plan – 2026, he is also a professor of Geography at the University of Queensland where he teaches remote sensing and directs the Remote Sensing Research Centre, which includes programs to support government agencies across Australia( Joint Remote Sensing Research Program) and enabling coordination across all government, industry and research groups collecting and using EO data ( Earth Observation Australia).

The majority of his work uses images collected from satellite and aircraft, in combination with field measurements, to map and monitor the Earth’s environments and how they are changing over time. This work is done in collaboration with other environmental scientists, government environmental management agencies, NGO’s and private companies. He publishes extensively with his collaborators, and currently has 185 papers in refereed international journals, 1 book, an on-line textbook, and 12 book chapters. A large part of this work also involves training the next generation of scientists and managers who effectively use remote sensing, and has graduated 38 PhD students.

Captain Adam Muckalt | Director Hydrography, Meteorology and Oceanography, Royal Australian Navy

Adam Muckalt joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 1993 and attended the Australian Defence Force Academy for studies towards a Bachelor of Science.

Graduating with a major in Oceanography, he proceeded to sea for Warfare Officer application training, then undertook specialist hydrographic survey training prior to assuming a position as the Staff Officer to the Hydrographer of Australia.

Returning to sea in 2000, Captain Muckalt assumed various positions, until 2005 when he undertook study in the UK on the Royal Navy Advanced Hydrographic Survey course where he graduated Dux. On completion Commander Muckalt commenced an exchange posting on promotion to Lieutenant Commander with the British Royal Navy. Commander Muckalt returned to Australia in 2007 and took on a variety of roles, including the leadership of a maritime task unit responsible for surveying and clearing the shipping channels in Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River after the devastating floods and assuming Command of HS Blue, conducting surveys in the Inner Great Barrier Reef, Timor Sea and Bass Strait, with deployments stretching between the South China Sea and Port Adelaide.

In June 2017, Commander Muckalt assumed responsibilities as Commander of the Australian Hydrographic Meteorological and Oceanographic Group, responsible for all aspects of Navy’s HM operations and capabilities and 2019 took on his current role.

Commander Muckalt is a passionate White Ribbon Ambassador and advocate for equity within the Defence Organisation. Professionally, he holds Australasian Certified Practicing Hydrographic Surveyor level one accreditation, is an International Maritime Organisation/International Hydrographic Bureau-recognised Category A surveyor, and was awarded a Master of Science with Distinction by the University of Plymouth (UK) in 2007 for his independent research and thesis on the South East Asian Marine Electronic Highway in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

Chris Crosby | Principal Surveyor, Anglo American 

Chris completed his Bachelor of Surveying at QUT in 2003 and was employed as a Surveyor at Jones Flint and Pike on the Sunshine Coast from 2004 to 2011. He completed his Registration with the Surveyors Board of Queensland in 2010 and later in 2012 his Endorsement as a Cadastral Surveyor. In 2012, he undertook a career move to Mine Surveying with Anglo American, completing the Opencut Mining Endorsement with SBQ in 2013.

Chris was promoted to Technical Services Coordinator at Foxleigh Mine and was also appointed as the Registered Mine Surveyor. Shortly thereafter in 2013 he managed a larger team of surveyors and drill and blast engineers at Capcoal Surface operations and in 2014 was promoted to Technical Services Superintendent for Surveying, Drill & Blast and Geotechnical across the Capcoal and Foxleigh operations. In 2015 he was promoted to Technical Services Superintendent for Medium Term Planning, Surveying, Geotechnical and Geology and also completed his Master of Mining Engineering (Mine Management).

In mid 2017, Chris transferred to Grosvenor Underground Coal Mine within Anglo American in the role of Surveying Superintendent and completed Underground Coal Mining Endorsement with the SBQ, followed by promotion in 2019 to Principal Surveyor within Anglo American’s Technical and Sustainability team overseeing mine surveying across the business’s global assets.


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This event is worth one SSSI CPD point.


Katie Le Miere

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