SSSI QLD News – February 2020

January 31, 2020
Chair's Report – Paul Reed

Welcome to a new year and a new decade!  I hope you all had a fantastic christmas and looking forward to a great 2020.


I have been busily preparing for the Locate20 Conference, which is taking place on 28 - 30 April in Brisbane.  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. 

Registration is now open and we have recently released the program for the event.  Please take the time to have a look - the Committee has put together a great program on a diverse range of relevant and interesting topics, with speakers from across Qld, Australia and the world. 

SSSI Qld Brisbane Conference

In 2020, the SSSI Queensland Regional Committee has made the decision to focus our efforts on Locate in Brisbane and as such we won't be holding a separate SEQ conference this year. We strongly encourage our surveying and spatial members not to miss the unique opportunity to attend this quality national event here in our own backyard! This year we are anticipating a record number of attendees.  Locate will provide a fantastic place to learn, network and collaborate whilst we showcase our region and the future of our industry to the rest of the nation and the world.

For those who are unable to attend Locate there will be another opportunity for you. We will be inviting all South East Queensland professionals to join the Northern and Central Groups at a Queensland conference scheduled to take place in November in the Whitsundays Region. The venue and date will be announced shortly.

Geospatial Information Competition

SSSI Queensland works with Destination Spatial to help coordinate the national Geospatial Information Competition, an opportunity for school students to get involved in spatial science.

The 2019 competition closed in December and over 70 submissions were received. Winners will be announced at Locate20.  We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank those Queensland Spatial Information & Cartography Commission (SICC) members who kindly assisted school teachers with guidance on projects.

Vale Lin Bennett

Over the break, we received the sad news that one of the stalwarts of surveying in Brisbane, Lin Bennett, passed away.  Lin, along with his brother Ted, was co-founder of Bennett + Bennett and held the title of Emeritus Surveyor from SBQ. SSSI Queensland passes on our condolences to Lin's family and colleagues. See Bennett + Bennett's website for more.

If you have any suggestions for seminars, workshops or 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

Bushfire Map-a-thon

SSSI joins the rest of the global community in mourning the loss of lives, livelihoods and communities during the recent catastrophic bush fires. We are hosting a National Bushfire Recovery Map-a-thon to assist efforts and registrations are now open.

Please note - no special skills are required to take part in the Map-a-thon - just a willingness to help the disaster recovery efforts and a computer. We’ll provide you with all of the how-to’s, as well as support along the way. Visit our website for more information.

Early Career Support Fund

The SSSI Qld Northern & Central Groups are very proud to announce the receipients of their annual round of bursaries to support surveying and spatial students and recent graduates in the regions.

Financial support will be available to attend SSSI events and/or university residential schools. The 2019 winners are:

  • Byron Aitken - Central Group
  • Ben Cook - Northern Group
  • Vaughn Golding - Northern Group
  • Rebecca Heath - Northern Group
  • Fraser Webb - Central Group
  • Mitchell Whittington - Northern Group

For more information on the deserving recipients, please click here!


In case you missed the messages from the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, GDA2020 is now implemented in Queensland.

The changes implemented over the weekend of 18–19 January 2020 make available new GDA2020 capability in a way that will not affect the availability of existing GDA94 datasets. Changes have also been successfully implemented to Survey Control data to enable the display of both GDA94 and GDA2020 information.

While these system changes have been made to allow users to test GDA2020 datasets, GDA94 will remain the official datum in Queensland and data lodged for official registers, including survey control information, should continue to be submitted in GDA94. New official spatial datasets should continue to use GDA94 until the adoption date. Any changes to data submission or creation processes will be the subject of a future notification to users closer to the full adoption date of 30 June 2020.

For more information, visit the Department's website.

Intellectual Property Competition
Last chance to enter The Surveyors’ Trust Intellectual Property Competition for your chance to be awarded $50,000!

Have you been a champion of intellectual property for surveyors or the spatial industry?

The Board of The Surveyors’ Trust are encouraging professionals and their firms to enter the inaugural Intellectual Property Award. Applications close 5pm 28 March 2020.

The successful project will have:

  • Created, identified or defined new intellectual property
  • Managed, commercialised or protected intellectual property
  • Raised awareness of surveying and spatial intellectual property

The winning company or individual will be awarded $50,000. Please visit the website for more information, terms and conditions and to enter the competition.

Manual of Digital Earth 2019

This open access book offers a summary of the development of Digital Earth over the past twenty years.

The main aspects of Digital Earth covered here include: Digital Earth platforms, remote sensing and navigation satellites, processing and visualizing geospatial information, geospatial information infrastructures, big data and cloud computing, transformation and zooming, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and social media.  Includes the Chapter: Digital Earth in Australia.

Free download here!

Event Highlights
CSR Review Forum

Over 60 surveyors in Brisbane came together on Friday 31 January to share their opinions and suggestions for the DNMRE's upcoming Cadastral Survey Requirements (CSR) Review.

Thanks to Chris Swane and the rest of the Qld Land Surveying Commission Committee for organising the event - they will now take everyone's feedback and pass it onto the DNRME.

Special thanks to Land Solution Australia, Bennett + Bennett and East Coast Surveys for putting on drinks for our thirsty participants at the end!


Events Coming Up 
Bushfire Map-a-thon

Sunday 9 February | 10am - 4pm | Register now


Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre | 28 - 30 April 2020 | Register now

DTMR GNSS Training

313 Adelaide Street, Brisbane |  Tuesday 19th May 2020 | 8.30am - 4.30pm

Transport and Main Roads is once again putting on training on Processing and adjusting GNSS Survey Control Networks using Trimble Business Center v5 in Brisbane and they are allowing externals to also register to join their staff at the event.

The program is designed to develop the required knowledge and skills in using Trimble Business Center – version: 5.00 for processing and adjusting GNSS Survey control networks from imported GNSS data files. It also includes calculating the Survey Uncertainties (SU) and estimated Positional Uncertainties (PU) from the output adjustment results of the estimated coordinates and uncertainties. 

Register here via the TMR Accelerate system - you will need to click "Other User" and create an account and then search in the calendar of events for "Trimble" to find the workshops.

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:

  • Bianca Keys    
  • Clayton Fry
  • Jason de Chastel
  • Ben Marwedel                      



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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