SSSI QLD News – April 2020

March 31, 2020
Chair's Report – Paul Reed

Within a few weeks of our last message our world seems to have been turned upside down. Fortunately, most of us in the spatial industry are connected to essential services which will hopefully see surveying and spatial firms continue to operate and provide ongoing employment. Change is something many of us have learnt to adapt to however the current pandemic is bringing about rapid changes previously unseen which may end up reshaping society in lasting ways. The effects this will have on the global economy must prompt us to reevaluate our lives and workplaces and at the same time consider alternate ways to working.

SSSI is also evaluating the way in which we provide member services and maintain value for your membership. One of the focus areas is the provision of educational content via a series of webinars and in particular our conference highlights Webinar Series. Please check out the webinars in this series here

Locate21 dates announced

Locate20 was postponed in March and recently the new dates for the Brisbane conference were decided. The conference will now be held from 30 March – 1 April 2021.

In the leadup to these new dates, some of the content and speakers from this year will be used to provide a digital program. Please stay tuned as we put together!

If you have any suggestions for webinars you would like to see, or any other matters or ideas you would like us to consider, don't hesitate to contact me on

2020 Mentoring Program now open!

SSSI is continuing its industry-leading Mentoring Program in 2020 - entirely online! With many disruptions to the ways in which we all live and work, sharing our knowledge and experiences about our profession across generations is more important now than ever. The program will run from June to November, with where mentors and mentees meet to discuss given topics on a fortnightly basis, exploring a range of facets from career goal setting, leadership and emotional intelligence, networking, and more. Mentors and mentees can be expected to make approximately an eight hour time commitment over the length of the program for meetings and preparation for meetings.

The program runs in two streams: (a) undergraduate, for current students or recent graduates, and (b) graduate, for young professionals who are in the workforce and looking to step up their careers.

The feedback from previous participants has been so positive - we strongly encourage you to consider participating in this fantastic program.

To find out more, check out the YP Mentoring page on our website, register for our free online Q & A session on Tuesday 5 May or click the links below to apply now!

  • Mentee – click here to apply
  • Mentor – click here to apply

Applications close on Friday 18 May.

A message from Destination Spatial Queensland

There’s a lot that is happening in the world at the moment, and it’s upending every aspect of our day-to-day lives. With the unprecedented threat of novel coronavirus COVID-19, the good health and safety of the community is the number one priority.

That goes for our surveying and geospatial community as well.

As such, our 2020 work experience program is suspended until, at a minimum, June 30. Students who were registered for work experience in 2020 (plus respective career advisors) have been notified that the program is on-hold until further notice. The program plays such an important role in allowing students to explore surveying and geospatial science as a potential profession so we will ensure to re-engage with these students when the program is re-instated. We want to thank all of the dedicated professionals and firms who volunteered to host work experience students this year.

Likewise, we greatly appreciate the industry ambassadors who had offered to step in at career expos – these events have also been cancelled until further notice. We will keep you updated about future ways you may be able to to help promote the profession in person later in the year.

Destination Spatial will instead be focusing our attention on the digital and online marketing space. With more people online at the moment, we will be using social media, electronic newsletters and content pieces to greater effect when highlighting the opportunities that surveying offers.

We would love your support – time permitting of course! Click here to view a document explaining some of the ways you can get the word out about surveying to year 10, 11 and 12 students who will be making decisions about their future later this year, plus also how to engage primary school students using fun STEM related educational materials.

If you have any questions, thoughts or even any newsworthy surveying stories, please reach out to the marketing team via

It’s a time to support and lift up one another; we hope you and yours are healthy, well and safe.

Kind regards
DSQ Team 

Qld Conference Highlights Webinar Series

We held the first of our webinars this week, with Dale Atkinson presenting to over 80 surveyors from across the country on Native Title and the role of the Cadastral Surveyor.  If you missed it, you can purchase the recording here!

The next three webinars in the series are below.

Friday 15 May, 12pm | Register now
Dipak Paudyal | Driving towards our Digital Future – a practical Deep Learning Framework for Geospatial Applications

With significant interest in the application of Deep Learning (DL) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) across many sectors, this presentation will help understand the principles of commonly applied techniques and identify those relevant to and easily adopted for location analytics and specific geospatial applications.

This presentation will discuss one such solution: ENVI Deep Learning framework – a powerful and flexible way to run Deep Learning applications on Geospatial data.

The framework empowers users to create and train DL models using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) such as Google’s TensorFlow. The presentation will look at how the technology makes a case for practical application in vegetation mapping, agriculture, natural resources management and other areas of GIS.

Friday 12 June, 12pm | Register now
Alistair Byrom | Encroachments and Retaining Walls

This presentation is a discussion of current Queensland legislation as it relates to encroachments, trespass and improvements on or near a boundary and how the Queensland Court may approach such situations.

The Survey Mapping and Infrastructure Act 2003 establishes the survey standards, the Development Approval process under the Planning Act 2016 can, in some circumstances, dictate the position of a retaining wall  However it is the Property Law Act 1974 that defines an encroachment and offers the Court powers to grant relief in respect of an encroachment.

The Court, however, may choose an alternative approach to what may seem like a straightforward encroachment matter.  As relief to an encroachment is limited by legislation. Considering how the Court may choose to address a boundary dispute, what are a surveyor’s professional responsibilities regarding encroachments and retaining walls.

Thursday 23 July, 12pm | Register now 
Justin White | Spatial Challenges for Cooperative Vehicles: a Queensland Experience

DTMR's CAVI is designed to prepare the department for vehicles with cooperative and automated capabilities on their road network. This includes testing and trialling cooperative intelligent transport systems technologies (that is, vehicles that ‘talk’ to other vehicles, infrastructure and road operations systems) and a cooperative and highly automated vehicle (that is, one that can operate in automated mode under certain conditions).

The first of four major components of CAVI to be completed will be the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot. This Pilot will see around 500 vehicles retrofitted with C-ITS technologies, along with signalised intersections and key arterial roads and motorways.

The spatial requirements for the pilot are significant and unusual, however they also represent part of what will become the new normal for transport authorities. This presentation will provide an overview of CAVI and specifically the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot, the challenges faced in relation to positioning and spatial data, the solutions adopted, and future developments that will help solve these problems.

To purchase recordings of our past webinars, less than 1 year old, click here.
To view FREE recordings of our SSSI eCPD archive (Members Only area) click here. 


SSSI Queensland is pleased to welcome the following new or renewing members in March:

  • Scott Hayes-Stanley  
  • Kane D’Rose
  • Brendan Newell
  • Andrew Isaac
  • Aidan Joseph
  • Robert Newham
  • Douglas Menhenick
  • Adrian Pietropado
  • Stephen Lavery  
  • Nicolas Younes
  • Oliver Batemen
  • Dale Afflick                   

SSSI Qld Representatives

Paul Reed                    
Queensland Regional Chair

Angus Scown                    
Queensland SICC Chair

Dale Atkinson                   
Queensland LSC Chair

Graham Jensen                  
Qld Northern Group Chair

Andrew Jensen              
Qld Central Group Chair

Michael Topp            
Qld Young Professionals Chair

Katie Le Miere  
Queensland Regional Operations Manager    

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