Please find below information on what is happening at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Queensland as of February 2018.
Qld Regional Chair - Roy Somerville
Past Qld Regional Committee Meeting Discussion
On the 23 January the SSSI Qld Regional Committee met. The main focus from this meeting was to ratify discussions that were held in our Planning Meeting on 4 Dec. Discussions occurred on Events, Membership, Operational Plan and SSSI Qld Governance structure.
Qld Spatial Information & Cartography Commission (SICC) Chair - Angus Scown
This years focus will be increasing value to current SICC Qld members. Initially done by a new webinar series and involvement in new ‘town group’ like meetings in South East Qld.
Past SICC Meeting Discussions
Aiming for 3 or 4 Free Webinars for SSSI members and guests to connect with current Spatial Science Students (Honors/Post Grad). The webinars will be run at lunch time with the intention that SSSI Members invite others in their org to watch in a shared meeting room.
Initial Target is Late Feb for Sunshine Coast University.
SICC is not the right place to provide feedback on Qld Globe as SICC members use Qspatial to download data or use web services.
Next Qld SICC meeting will be held in the middle of Feb. Meetings are held at lunchtime via webinar.
Qld Land Surveying Commission (LSC) Chair - Ewen Sneddon
First meeting for 2018 is being held on Tue, 6 Feb. Items for discussion are Reinstatement, Mentoring,Q&A section on Website, GNSS surveying, Liaison with SBQ,Communications in Industry, NLSC, ADAC, Digital Data readiness, Surveys on railway land and CPD.
Qld Northern Group Chair - Stephen Jess
The first 2018 town group meeting will be held soon. Currently Qld Northern Group is working on a draft of the student assistance package criteria which was discussed at our Northern Group Conference in November.
Qld Central Group Chair - Tom McDonald
At the recent Bundaberg town group it was decided to hold the next Central Group meeting in Brisbane to enable a visit to the Surveying Museum and to coincide with a sporting event that members would want to see. We are organising a Central Group Seminar for 12 May 2018 to occur before the Broncos v Eagles & Titans v Storm at Suncorp Stadium. This will also coincide well with the Brisbane Graduate Workshop being held on the 11 May 2018.
Regional Operations Manager (ROM) Report - Kelly Rischmiler
SSSI Qld / SIBA Office Move
SSSI Qld and SIBA are currently looking at new premises to co-exist within 7 kms of Brisbane CPD. Ideally with Board / Meeting / Seminar facilities and car parking so we can potentially hold some events for our members at the premises. If you know of any space available please email Kelly with the details.
SSSI Qld Planning Meeting
On the 4th December SSSI Qld held a planning meeting focused on what we are trying to achieve for 2018 and beyond. Items for discussion were:
Program of Events
The main focus was on creating an event calendar that listed key events for 2018 which would be used as the base for each year going forward so our members had a understanding of what events SSSI Qld are likely to have each year. We would then create additional topical webinars / seminars when needed for our members around this structure. Please see further details about this under Events Coming Up.
Post-Event requirements discussion
A discussion occurred on what follow up is required after an Event. A lot of promotion goes into selling an event to our members but not enough feedback is given after an event on key learning and achievements. Going forward SSSI will write a short summary of the event listing key outcomes, including any photos, for members to read. Discussion occurred on including any technical documents / recordings of presentations into a knowledge library for members and a follow up on all non-members attending the event to discuss SSSI membership.
SSSI Communications & Reporting Discussion
We discussed improving SSSI Communication so our members have more of an understanding of what SSSI is doing on their behalf. This includes all Committees and Reporting Groups to highlight achievements / goals and include any advocacy they are focused on for SSSI's members benefit. This includes an improved use of Social Media. SSSI volunteers have been doing great work behind the scenes but not enough of this great work is being promoted.
One of the biggest takeaways from our Planning Meeting was the discussion on Member Engagement. We discussed: How do we market SSSI? How do we engage newly joined members? How do we gain non-members who have attended our events? How do we keep SSSI Student Members after they have graduated?
The Northern Group and Central Group have kept Town Groups alive in their areas and it was deemed this was a good way of engaging members and assisting with all of the above questions. We are therefore working on setting up Town Groups in the Brisbane Regions as a main priority for 2018.
We are also working on setting up a Membership Committee which will welcome new members to SSSI and invite them to our Town Group Meetings, along with contacting non-member event attendees and inviting them to be Members of SSSI.
All the above items have formed our Operational Plan for 2018 and we hope to have great success this year in achieving these goals, which will in turn lead to more member engagement and satisfaction with SSSI.
Street Planning and Design Manual
Ross Gubby from IPWEAQ has recently contacted the Chair of SSSI Qld to see if SSSI would be interested in being represented on their Street Planning and Design Manual Steering Committee.
IPWEAQ has in the past published the Queensland streets document, which for many years was used as the guide to design of streets in residentual developments. Subsequently this document was updated by the “complete Streets”document. However there is now concern that Complete Streets does not adequately meet the needs of designers, particularly with respect to its suitability as a development code and design code. There are also concerns that some of its provisions are not evidence based, and that they are inconsistent with Queensland Streets.
Given that members of SSSI are heavily involved in residential developments IPWEAQ thought we may wish to be involved.
To give you some background, please find link to documents including a two page flyer, which gives a quick overview of what IPWEAQ are trying to achieve.
IPWEAQ Street Design and Planning Manual
Discussion Paper John Derbyshire - Qld Streets and Complete Streets FINAL
EPW December feature
2363 Flyer Street Planning Design Manual_01
Please contact Roy Somerville, SSSI Qld Chair, if you would like to represent SSSI on this important issue.
Qld SICC Advocacy
GISP-AP certification. Raise with national committee on state of current applicants and work on increasing value to those with the certification.
Qld LSC Advocacy
Queensland Rail Access to Rail Corridors
Ewen Sneddon (Qld LSC Chair), Roy Somerville (Qld Chair) and Paul Reed, have had a positive meeting with Railway officers regarding surveying on Railway land. They are now waiting on a written response from Queensland Rail.
Since October 2017 we are proud to say that SSSI Qld have had the following members join/re-join SSSI.
Mr Levi Schulkins - Member - Engineering & Mining Surveying and Land Surveying
Leut Benjamin Stevenson - Member - Hydrography and Land Surveying
Lila Devkota - Member Re-admission - Spatial Information & Cartography and Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry
Mr Sergio Burello - Member Re-admission - Land Surveying and Engineering & Mining Surveying
Mr Samuel Perpich - Part-Time Student - Land Surveying and Spatial Information & Cartography
Mr Mariam Seran - Student - Spatial Information & Cartography and Hydrography
Mr Edward Retimana - Member Re-admission - Engineering & Mining Surveying
Mr Christopher Welsh - Member Re-admission - Land Surveying
Mr Eric Hansen - Member Re-admission - Land Surveying
Miss Jacinta McArdle - Member Re-admission - Engineering & Mining Surveying
Mr Scott Major - Member - Engineering & Mining Surveying and Land Surveying
Mr Ben Madden-Holmes - Member Re-admission - Land Surveying
Dr Zahra Gharineiat - Member - Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry and Hydrography
Mr Andrew Jensen - Member Re-admission - Land Surveying
Dr Yan Liu - Member Re-admission - Spatial Information & Cartography
Dr Mingzhong Wang - Member - Spatial Information & Cartography and Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry
Mr Brian Forrester - Member Re-admission - Land Surveying
Mr Mark Hickey - Member Re-admission - Land Surveying and Engineering & Mining Surveying
Mr Marian Plucinski - Member - Engineering & Mining Surveying
Mr Kent Olive - Student - Spatial Information & Cartography and Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry
Mr Ben Maunder - Student - Spatial Information & Cartography and Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry
Mr Michael Hewson - Member Re-admission - Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry
Ms Jenny Arnesson - Member - Engineering & Mining Surveying
Mr Robin Anderson - Member Re-admission - Land Surveying
Mr Warren Muchna - Member - Engineering & Mining Surveying and Land Surveying
Mr Kim Rose - Member - Land Surveying and Engineering & Mining Surveying
Mr William Kirk - Member - Engineering & Mining Surveying
Mr Ian McKeague - Member - Spatial Information & Cartography
Cameron Mills - Member Re-admission - Engineering & Mining Surveying
Kenneth Pile - Member Re-admission - Land Surveying
Gareck Packer - Member Re-admission - Spatial Information & Cartography
John Morrow - Member Re-admission - Spatial Information & Cartography
Ms Janine Josey - Part-time Student - Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry and Spatial Information & Cartography
Mr Nathan Burgstaller - Part-time Student - Engineering & Mining Surveying and Land Survey
We welcome our new members and hope to continue on this great momentum in the months to come.
Events Coming Up
TONIGHT - Wed 7 - Brisbane Geospatial Network
Brisbane Geospatial Network Event
Thu 22 - Why Blockchain?- the first in a series of knowledge conversations - SIBA/GITA - Brisbane - FREE
tbc - YP Social Event
tbc - SSSI Fellows Dinner - Parliament House, Brisbane
Tue 20 - Xtreme Weather Australia Conference - Brisbane
Xtreme Weather Australia Conference
2018 SSSI Queensland Events Calendar
*Please note events / dates are subject to change and will be confirmed closer to each event.
Bill Kitson - With Great Zeal: The History of the Hydrographic Survey of the Queensland Coastline, 1861-1880
Feb/Mar tbc | Webinar
Lunchinar – Qld Globe
Wednesday 21 Mar | Webinar
Lunchinar - Community Management
Thursday 3 May | Webinar
Graduate Workshop Roadshow
Friday 11 May | Brisbane
Tuesday 15 May | Bundaberg
Wednesday 16 May | Rockhampton
Thursday 17 May | Mackay
Wednesday 23 May | Townsville
Thursday 24 May | Cairns
Central Group Seminar
Saturday 12 May | Brisbane
Qld Surveying & Spatial Conference & Qld Spatial Excellence Awards
Thursday 23 – Friday 24 August | Brisbane
Central Group Conference
Thursday 18 – Friday 19 October | Bundaberg
Northern Group Conference
Thursday 15 – Friday 16 October | Townsville
Surveyors Board Queensland - New Board Members
Potential changes to Queensland’s land clearing laws and the impact upon land owners
REGULATIONS TO CATCH UP WITH UNMANNED SURFACE VESSELS
SURVEYORS SUCCESSFULLY CHALLENGE TRADEMARK APPLICATION
SSSI Qld Representatives
Queensland Regional Chair
Queensland SICC Chair
Queensland LSC Chair
Qld Northern Group Chair
Qld Central Group Chair
Queensland Regional Operations Manager
Katie Le Miere
Queensland Administration & Events Officer