SSSI QLD News – December/January 2019

November 30, 2019
Chair's Report – Paul Reed

As the year comes to a close, I find that some in our industry are not as busy as in previous years. Often December finds us with our noses to the grindstone as we try to meet those end-of-year project deadlines. This year may be a little less hectic for you, allowing time to prepare for a relaxing break over the summer!

I hope you are in the latter situation and are taking the opportunity to reflect on 2019 - everyone I talk to agrees it seems to have been an extraordinarily busy year, but a satisfying one, with some great achievements.

Here at SSSI Queensland, we have held a number of successful events, provided feedback to stakeholders on some key issues and changes to the industry. We have represented our members in a number of reference groups and at key gatherings. I hope you have felt you have benefited from being a part of our association - we are certainly proud of the Institute and the work we are doing as a community. We are continually striving to improve our offerings whilst working to drive the profession into the future.

A quick reminder once again to mark your diaries for the Locate20 Conference, happening on 28 - 30 April in Brisbane.  Registration is now open and we hope to have a draft program ready for you in the early new year! It promises to be a fantastic event and we hope to see as many of our Queensland members there as possible.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe and relaxing Christmas and I look forward to seeing you at an event in 2020.

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

SSSI Christmas Close Down

Please note the whole of SSSI will be closed from Monday 23 December to Friday 3 January inclusive.


Event Highlights
Northern Group Conference

Over 70 surveyors and spatial scientists from Mackay to Cairns came together at the Novotel Cairns Oasis to share experiences, hear from interesting and relevant speakers and enjoy the reknowned Cairns hospitality.

Attendees also had the opportunity to see the latest technology from Queensland's suppliers to the industry and listen to a fascinating talk on the mapping of the Queensland coast line from Bill Kitson at the conference dinner at the Cairns Aquarium.

Thanks to the Conference Convenors, Graham Jensen and Jemma Picco, for putting together a great program!



Qld YP Mentoring Graduation and EOY Celebration

A small group of mentees and mentors, as well as members of the Queensland Regional Committee, came together at the Regatta Hotel at the end of November to celebrate the end of the 2019 mentoring program. Mentees gave very positive feedback on their experience with the program and mentors also appreciated the opportunity to pass on some words of wisdom! Thanks so much to C.R. Kennedy for their support of the program nationally, as well kindly covering the drinks on the night.

Spatial Information & Cartography Commission News
  • The Queensland Land Use Mapping team need input from the people who use their data and applications.  Whether you have used, are using or could use this data in the future, please fill in the survey
  • QSpatial downloads now support GeoPackage. GeoPackage is an international standard from Open Geospatial Consortium. 

Events Coming Up 
SSSI YP Career Development Webinar Series: Fisherman's Bend Digital Twin

Tuesday 4 Feb 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00pm (AEDT) | Register now


Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre | 28 - 30 April 2020 | More information and registration

Next year's Locate Conference, Australia's largest surveying and spatial event, will be held in our backyard, at the Brisbane Convention Centre.  The theme is Convergence, Collaboration and Community - Towards a Stronger Economy. We will share from across industry sectors how geospatial and location technologies and practices are being used, highlighting the fundamental role they play in the building of our digital economy. 

To view 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:

  • David Rouelett          
  • Frank Sodokeh
  • Matthew Deakin      
  • Timothy Richardson
  • Majella Barnes 
  • Scott Macklyn
  • Christopher Urbanek
  • Kiran Pandey
  • Xiangji Zhou
  • Shaun Blackmore    
  • Aaron Jamieson
  • Kyle Morris   
  • Alix Welsh 
  • Byron Aitken                           



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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