Queensland Region News – June 2020

May 30, 2020
Chair's Report – Paul Reed

I do hope you are all beginning to feel more positive as we see the regions slowly emerge from lockdown into a "new normal" of living and doing business. I also hope you have been finding value in the webinars that have been delivered so far.

We have arrived at that time of year for membership renewals which means that you should have recently received an email to this effect. SSSI has announced two great new initiatives to thank our members for their support and encourage you to renew. These include the MemberOne program and free webinars.

The MemberOne program is an incentive for referring new members.  If you refer a colleague to SSSI and they join, you will receive a discount on your following year's membership fees.  More details will be advised soon but we encourage you to start talking about SSSI to your colleagues!

We are also pleased to advise that from 1 July 2020, all SSSI hosted webinars will be free for SSSI members.  There are some fantastic webinars already available, with more planned.  Our Queensland Land Surveying Commission is working on a practical and relevant webinar series to be released soon so I look forward to sharing the details with you on that soon.

We don't yet know when we will be able to get back to face to face events, but as soon as it is safe and practical to do so, we will arrange some opportunities for members and other to catch up, share experiences and knowledge and celebrate achievements.

We do hope you continue to value your membership with SSSI and hope you will renew soon.

Vale Keith Brazier

It is with sadness that I advise Brazier Motti founder, Keith Brazier, passed away on 20 May in Townsville.

In establishing Brazier Motti, Keith set the tone for all that was to come – a focus on professionalism, expertise, honesty and a belief in the North. Keith was rightly recognised in the survey profession as an industry leader.

Keith was instrumental in the development of the North, not only in terms of the significant developments he assisted in delivering, but also the many community Boards on which he sat championing the interests of the region. If you would like to read a little more about Keith and his life, please click here.

Our thoughts are with the Brazier family and our Brazier Motti colleagues.

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 chair.qld@sssi.org.au.

eLodgement of survey plans

Electronic Lodgement (eLodgement) of Survey Plans is now available in Queensland.

Basic Survey Plans and Secondary Interest Plans will be able to be lodged via eLodgement. Survey Plans relating to Community Title Schemes or Specified Act Developments are not included in this release and must continue to be lodged in paper.  

If you would like further general information about eLodgement please refer to the DNRME eLodgement web page. 

We are hoping to arrange a presentation on the changes from DNMRE for members soon - stay tuned!

Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards

The APSEA event, normally held at Locate, was held virtually on Thursday 28 May.  Even via video, it was a fantastic event, filled with pride and celebration of the achievements of the professionals of our industry.

This event awarded the Oceanic winners from the regional finalists of 2019. Queensland had some great wins:

  • Kent Olive from the University of Sunshine Coast was awarded Undergraduate of the Year
  • QUT won the Award for People and Community for their partnership with FrontierSI on the Virtual Reef Diver project
  • Queensland Cancer Council and QUT were a part of the team winning the JK Barrie Award and Award for Spatial Enablement for the Australian Cancer Atlas.

To see all the deserved winners from the night, please visit the APSEA website. You can also watch the virtual ceremony for free by registering here.

2020 nominations open!

Inspired by the amazing 2019 winners? Do you know someone who you believe should be recognised for their outstanding achievements, or has your organisation undertaken a great project recently? 

Nominations are now open for the individual and industry awards for 2020.  Please click here to find out more.

Geospatial Information Competition

This is a great program SSSI runs in conjuction with Destination Spatial Queensland, to promote spatial sciences to high school students across the country.

The 2019 winners, announced at the APSEA live virtual ceremony, were from Wavell State High School in Brisbane, who used spatial data to look environmental issues in a local creek. Check out more details here!

It was so inspiring to see such young people getting hands on with spatial science.

The Surveyors' Trust Intellectual Property Competition

The Surveyors’ Trust has awarded Point Share Plus an Encouragement Award during its recent Intellectual Property Award round.

Point Share Plus is an online point cloud platform launched by the PointSharePlus team in 2018. The platform was developed with the goal of making point clouds accessible for everybody in the spatial industry without the need to purchase or install expensive point analysis software.

However Nat and Majid say the greatest benefit of their platform is its sharing capabilities. “Our platform has been designed to give individuals access to large amounts of data from laser scanners and drone flights, as well as the ability to share this data across large construction teams,” said Majid.

Point cloud data is the product of 3D laser scanners and photogrammetry that capture millions of points at very high speeds, creating a 3D visual environment of the points around the objects. The platform incorporates data from lidar, 3d models and UAV images.

Anthony Schmidt, Chairman of The Surveyors’ Trust applauded Point Share Plus on its vision and commitment to the surveying industry. “We believe that five years from now this platform may well be adopted globally to benefit surveyors in all locations. It is our pleasure to work with Point Share Plus to bring this vision to life and add value to the spatial industry worldwide,” he said. Check out more here!

To become a member of The Surveyors' Trust or find out more about what they do, please click here.

Qld Conference Highlights Webinar Series

Join us for the last webinar in this series! 

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.

Other SSSI Webinars

There are heaps of other great webinars on offer from SSSI, covering a broad range of topics and speakers - click here to check them out!

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 members!

  • Cassandra O’Donnell
  • Mark Dade
  • Scott Rye
  • George Johnston
  • Darryl Willing



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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