Locate19 Wrap Up

April 30, 2019

Locate is over for another year! An incredible few days with more than 150 speakers, 40 exhibitors and a record breaking 900+ delegates. Thank you to all the SSSI members who attended – we hope you found it as informative and thought provoking as we did, and we hope you had the chance to catch up with colleagues old and new over the three days.


The Co-Convenors & the Organising Committee did an amazing done in putting together a program of talks from across all sectors of our industry. From plenary speakers, to concurrent sessions, panels and The Hub, there was a wealth of options for delegates to participate in.



Click here to see the full program


Organisations from across the surveying and spatial sciences profession came together in the Market Hall to demonstrate their latest technology, share their experiences and offer delegates the chance to have a chat to them about their needs. 


Gala Dinner

The Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards were held on the Tuesday evening - an outstanding opportunity to highlight the dedication and innovation of the professionals in our industry. 

The overall industry and individual winners were chosen from the 2018 State, NZ & Pacific winners and announced at the Gala Dinner, along with the winners of the 2018 Geospatial Information Competition and two special Honorary Fellowships for SSSI past presidents, Gaby van Wyk and Michael Guidici.


Professional of the Year – Elaine McAlister
(presented by Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse)

Young Professional of the Year – Nicholas Brown
(presented by Paul Digney)

Women’s Leadership – Kathryn Salm
(presented by Kerry Smythe)

Undergraduate of the Year – Scott Johnson
(presented by Franco Rea)

Postgraduate of the Year – Safoora Zaminpardaz
(presented by Richard Syme)

Educational Development - Jonathan Osborn
(presented by Lee Hellen)


Environment and Sustainability - Ethos Environmental

Innovation & Commercialisation - Decipher and NGIS Australia

People & Community - Pacific Flying Labs

Technical Excellence - Bennett + Bennett

Spatial Enablement - Land Solution Australia/Monitum

For more information on the winners, visit www.apsea.org.au

The SPECIAL AWARD winners on the evening were:

SSSI President’s Award – Stuart Minchin

SSSI Professional Eminence Award – Gary Johnston
(accepted by James Johnson)

SIBA|GITA Chairman’s Award – 3D Qld

GITA Excellence Award – AECOM

SIBA|GITA JK Barrie Award - Decipher and NGIS Australia

SIBA|GITA Dial Before You Dig Award - Telstra

The winners of the 2018 GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION COMPETITION were Lizzie and Micah from Nowra Christian College
(accepting their award from Chris Schlebusch, Chair of Destination Spatial and Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse).

For more information on the competition, and the winners, please visit www.geospatialscience.com.au/competition

Read Spatial Source’s story from the evening here.

It truly was a fantastic night of celebration, networking and fine food and drink!  Congratulations to all the worthy recipients.

We encourage you to nominate an individual or a business in your 2019 state Awards!

SSSI Presidents’ Breakfast Meeting

At Locate18 in Adelaide, an informal meeting of leaders from relevant professional associations and industry bodies was held.  It was so well received, that a more formal meeting of the group was convened at the ISNSW Conference on Australia Day this year and we are pleased to report that we continued this with an official Presidents’ Breakfast during Locate19. 

16 representatives from groups across Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN, came together for this genuine opportunity to discuss shared challenges, the future of the industry, and most importantly, ways of working together to achieve shared goals. 



Next steps

We are pleased to announce Locate20 will be held in Brisbane in April 2020. We hope to see many of you there!

In the interim, continue the conversation in 2019 and join us at:

South East Asia Survey Congress
Thu 15 – Sun 18 Aug | Darwin | www.seasc2019darwin.com.au

SSSI Victoria Summit
Fri 30 Aug | Melbourne | Contact: Su Ling Meimaris – rom.vic@sssi.org.au

Location Intelligence Forum & Exhibition (LIFE2019)
4 Sept 2019 | Optus Stadium, WA | Contact: Johanna Gastevich – rom.wa@sssi.org.au

SSSI Tasmania Conference
Fri 20 Sep | Hobart | Contact: Su Ling Meimaris – rom.tas@sssi.org.au          

SSSI NSW & ACT Conference
Wed 25 – Fri 27 Sep | Goulburn | Contact: Megan Lavender – rom.nsw@sssi.org.au

Qld Surveying & Spatial Day
Fri 11 Oct | Brisbane | Contact: Katie Le Miere – rom.qld@sssi.org.au

Spatial Information Day
Fri 25 Oct | Adelaide | Contact: Imogen Craig – rom.sa@sssi.org.au         

Back to News List