SSSI QLD News - June 2018

May 31, 2018

Please find below information on what is happening at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Queensland as of June 2018.


Chair/ROM Reports

Qld Regional Chair -  Roy Somerville

It was a good month for members and there were good events held with the Central Group event, Graduate Workshop, Reinstatement Workshop and YP Event.  The Graduate workshop was a very successful day and SSSI now have a really good understanding on where Graduates are at. 
The May events have been excellent, and I wouild like to thank Katie Le Miere, our Events & Administration Officer for all her efforts. It was a credit to our SSSI Qld Staff, Katie and Kelly, for those events and a good team effort from our SSSI Qld volunteers, Ewen Sneddon, Paul Reed, Tom McDonald and Dale Atkinson too. 
The highlight for the Graduate Workship was a session on cameo of professions presented by Peter Kinne and Angus Scown which highlighted diversity in our industry. Steve Steggell and Dale Atkinson also had very good presentations. Katie Le Miere and Tom McDonald did a really good job in putting it all together.
The YP Tour of Queen's Wharf, presented by Bennett + Bennett, has also received a lot of positive feedback.  Thank you to Bennett + Bennett for showcasing their work.

Qld Land Surveying Commission (LSC) Chair - Ewen Sneddon

A successful Reinstatement seminar for less experienced Surveyors was held prior to the graduate Workshop in May. A second seminar is to be held on Thursday 7 June before the Seminar for NSW registered Surveyors. See: Reinstatement for the less experienced & NSW Cadastral Seminar QLD315 
Topics currently being discussed by the committee include, GDA2020, Lease master sketches, Using GNSS, Revising and updating the publication Restatement Principles and Practice !996 mentoring of younger surveyors, VET programs and Digital data readiness.

Qld Northern Group Chair - Stephen Jess

Our Bowen networking / GNSS event went off really well, we were hoping for 20 to 30 attendees and we got 26.
All attendees at the event that I had a chance to speak to  want it done again next year- so went off well- great content thanks to Dale Atkinson and Glenn Campbell.  I will be liaising with the Cairns Town Group to see if they want to run a similar format/content there.

Qld Central Group Chair -  Tom McDonald

Central Group Seminar

At our last conference in Hervey Bay, surveyors wanted a short and sharp conference next time.
On May 12, The Central Group ran a mini conference (9-4) at the Hotel Jen Brisbane which was attended by CQ surveyors and some from Brisbane.
Practical GNSS applications/meeting standards was the key topic that was very well presented by Jeff Pickford from DNRME. Other topics discussed included the new tree clearing laws, Qld Globe, mentoring, accuracy deliverables from Drones, to mention a few. SBQ and DNRME reports were also presented.
We look forward to our next conference in Rockhampton October 18-19.
The same venue on the Friday before, the Graduates workshop for Brisbane was well attended and appreciated by the young and not so young surveyors.

Bundarberg Career Day

Thanks to the Town Group members Graham Bent, Trevor Garrett, Martin Cole, Tom McDonald, Joe Sorbello and his Chainy, Clint, for their efforts in making the SSSI-DSQ presence a success in Bundaberg.

Hundreds of students passed the SSSI-DSQ stall, with a few direct queries. The greatest interest of the day (as featured in the local newspaper ) was for the TAFE, which featured a DRONE/UAV flying display.

Perhaps next time, we can organise a cooperative display, showing how DRONE data is used in the real world of positioning?

Graham Bent, Bundaberg Surveyor, discusses surveying as a career, to a senior school student, at the Bundaberg careers expo. May 2018

Regional Operations Manager (ROM) Report - Kelly Rischmiler

QLD News

SSSI Qld has had a very busy month in May with 9 events taking place.  ​Please view the Event Highlights listed below for news on these events.  

We were also pleased to assist Destination Spatial Queensland with SSSI Member volunteers at Qld Career Expos in the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Bundaberg. We have received wonderful feedback from students and the general public about how attending the career expos has assisted them in making decisions about their future pathways.

SSSI Qld are pleased to advise that Geoimage recently won the DigitalGlobe’s Gold Award for business achievement at the recent DigitalGlobe APAC 2018 event in Kuala Lumpur.  For more information click here.

Our main focus in the next couple of months is on the SSSI Queensland Conference 2018 and the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards 2018 - Queensland beind held in August.  We hope to see you at these events.

Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute Queensland Conference 2018

The Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute Queensland Conference 2018 (formally known as QSSC) is well underway in preparation. SSSI Qld invite you to participate in the prestigious Conference.

Being held at Brisbane City Hall from 23-24 August 2018, the SSSI Qld Conference 2018 is a unique platform for members of the surveying & spatial community to network, share ideas and learn about innovations and industry advancements. 

For further information please go to the Conference Website

Call for Abstracts/Papers - extended until 8 June 2018

Sponsorship Opportunities - available now

Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards - Queensland

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Queensland Spatial Excellence Awards will be held on Friday 24 August, at Brisbane City Hall.

The dinner is being held in conjunction with the SSSI Queensland Conference 2018, taking place over Thursday 23 - Friday 24 August in the same venue.

The awards are a great opportunity to showcase the innovative projects being undertaken by Queensland organisations and recognise individual excellence. Jointly hosted by SSSI and SIBA|GITA, the awards are open to any individual or organisation — private, public, academic or not for profit. 

The state and territory winners of a number of the categories are eligible for nomination to the prestigious national Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) that are presented at the annual Locate Conference each year.

Nominations for the 2018 Queensland Spatial Excellence Awards (QSEA18) close on 20 July 2018. 

To Nominate - click here
QSEA18 Individual Nomination Information Pack - click here.
Spatial Excellence Awards Information Kit - click here.

2017 Qld Award Winners - click here.



Northern Group Technical GNSS Seminar

The Northern Group held a sucessful seminar in beautiful Bowen over the 4 - 5 May.  Over 25 members and non-members gathered to hear technical presentations on GNSS and uncertainty from Dale Atkinson and Dr Glenn Campbell. 

Lunchinar/Webinar – Qld Globe

This webinar, presented live on Tuesday 8 May, covered the features and functions of the new Queensland Globe including:

  • Saving and sharing maps

  • Importing and exporting data

  • Adding your own data

  • Querying and filtering data

  • Topics, Layers and Places

The webinar recording is now available for FREE to all SSSI members - see ECPD on the SSSI Website.

Young Professionals: Tour of Queen's Wharf

Thursday 10 May | 5.00 - 7.00pm | Brisbane 
The event was kindly hosted by Bennett + Bennett, who have been privileged to be associated with the $3 billion Queen’s Wharf redevelopment, one of the most significant projects seen in Brisbane, let alone Australia in recent times. Bennett + Bennett were engaged to provide surveying and spatial services on behalf of Destination Brisbane Consortium.  Bennett + Bennett gave the YP Group a tour of the redevelopment site which followed with drinks at the Victory Hotel.

Reinstatement for the less experienced

Ewen Sneddon presented a Reinstatement for less experienced Surveyors seminar to 27 surveyors prior to the Graduate Workshop on Friday 11 May at the Jen Hotel in Brisbane.
The seminar covered reinstatement methodology and reinstatement logic together with comments and discussion on reinstatement examples. Ewen had undertaken or collected from other Surveyors over past years. 
Many of the participants thanked Ewen at the end of the seminar and feedback to date has rated the seminar either good or excellent.
Ewen will hold similar seminars in other centres in the coming months. See SSSI Events on website for details.

Graduate Surveyor Workshop 

Over 25 early career surveyors gathered at the Hotel Jen in Brisbane on Friday 11 May to hear presentations on the Board registration process, career development, rural  surveying and other topics. Attendees then joined with some of the Central Group members for networking drinks.

Central Group Seminar - Brisbane

Central Group members travelled south to join Brisbane colleagues for an informative seminar on Saturday 12 May.  Speakers included the Surveyors Board of Queensland and the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, as well as interesting presentations on vegetation management and mapping drones.  A few attendees then continued onto the NRL double header at Suncorp Stadium!

Demystifying SSSI membership within the Hydrographic Commission

Commander Adam Muckult and his Royal Australian Navy team hosted two hydrographic events on Tuesday 22 May at HMAS Cairns. They were both well received and we hope to run more in the future.

Lunchinar/Webinar - Community Management

This webinar was presented live on Thursday 31 May 2018 by Amanda Compton from the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines & Energy and Robert McCabe from Bennett + Bennett.

Mandy's presentation was an Introduction to Community Management Statements, the legislation behind the CMS, the documents required to lodge and register them, common requisitions and why allocations are so important to get right.

Rob's presentation was on the Implementation of Mixed-use Developments – Real world examples. It discussed the creation of a typical mixed-use development (retail and residential) by registration of a volumetric subdivision and BMS, followed by the registration of a building format plan and CMS.  A more complicated example was also briefly discussed to highlight that there are limitless options as to what can be achieved to meet the demands of both the developer and property market.

The webinar recording is now available to all SSSI members - see ECPD on the SSSI Website.


Member Highlights

SSSI Qld are proud to have the following members join/re-join SSSI for May 2018. 

  1. Ms Stephanie Woodger - Member - Spatial Information & Cartography and Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry                                                      

  2. Mr Benjamin Llewellyn Rhys Blackburn - Student - Land Surveying and Engineering & Mining Surveying         

  3. Mr Matthew Gore - Student - Land Surveying

  4. Mr Dejan Urosevic - Member - Engineering & Mining Surveying and Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry      

  5. Mr Roman Doecke - Member - Engineering & Mining Surveying                       

  6. Mr John Bettson -Student - Land Surveying and Spatial Information & Cartography                                                     

  7. Mr Shaun Martin - Student -Land Surveying and Engineering & Mining Surveying                                                               

  8. Kor Ozgur Ersoy- Upgrade from Student to First Year Graduate - Land Surveying and Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry      

  9. Mr Scott Thomas Johnson - Member - Land Surveying

We welcome our new members and hope to continue on this great momentum in the months to come.


Events Coming Up 



To view recordings of our past webinars click here.


Reinstatement for the less experienced & NSW Cadastral Seminar QLD315 

Thursday 7 June - Gold Coast, Southport Sharks -  8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Two informative seminars are being held at the Gold Coast for members in the area. Attend one or both!

  1. Reinstatement for the less experienced  -  8:30am – 12.00pm - More information and to register.

  2. NSW Cadastral Seminar - 1.00pm – 5.00pm - More information and to register.

Webinar: Earth Observation Australia Whole of Community Meeting

Thursday 14 June - Webinar

Lunchinar - Easements

Tuesday 26 June | Webinar


Reinstatement for the less experienced 

Friday 20 July | 2pm – 6pm | RPS Australia, Sunshine Coast
More information & registration

Northern Group Seminar

Friday 27 July | Cairns venue tbc


Reinstatement for the less experienced 

Friday 10 August | Rockhampton venue tba 

Reinstatement for the less experienced 

Saturday 11 August | Cairns venue tba

Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute Queensland Conference 2018
"Spatial Innovation for Future Generations"

Thursday 23 – Friday 24 August | Brisbane | More information

Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards - Queensland

Friday 24 August | 6.30pm – 11.00pm | Brisbane | More information


Important News 



The UNSW has two PhD opportunities:

  1. UNSW Scientia PhD scholarship: Fusion of Earth Observation data and 3D city models

  2. UNSW Scientia PhD scholarship: Integrated System for 3D Optimisation of Construction Site Layout Planning 



SSSI welcomes the significant recognition for spatial in the budget which is positioned to create jobs and support for the Australian Spatial Industry
Hon Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources shares the government’s budget plan on investment in the global positioning system (GPS) technology through his media release.


UNSW Canberra Space and CNES have a signed a Letter of Intent for a partnership to study a breakthrough remote-sensing satellite that will be capable of monitoring the health of the coral reefs near Australia and in the South Pacific.


See DNRME Alert: Revised-Titles-Registry-Fees.pdf


See DNRME Alert: Trust-Details-Form.pdf


See DNMRE Alert: Digital-Data-Capture-Trial.pdf


Geoimage received DigitalGlobe’s Gold Award for business achievement at the recent DigitalGlobe APAC 2018 event in Kuala Lumpur.


See DNMRE Alert: Relocation-from-Landcentre-Plan-submissions-Departmental-name-change-Legal-traceability-for-EDME-1.pdf



SSSI Qld Representatives

Roy Somerville                      
Queensland Regional Chair

Angus Scown                    
Queensland SICC Chair

Ewen Sneddon                    
Queensland LSC Chair

Stephen Jess                  
Qld Northern Group Chair

Tom McDonald                  
Qld Central Group Chair

Dale Atkinson                
Qld Young Professionals Chair

Kelly Rischmiller   
Queensland Regional Operations Manager    

Katie Le Miere
Queensland Administration & Events Officer


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