SSSI QLD News – May 2020

April 30, 2020
Chair's Report – Paul Reed

I do hope you are all staying safe and well as this socially distant way of working and living continues.  The lifting of restrictions has finally begun and we look forward to getting back to (a new) normal soon.

With face to face events not an option for a while yet, SSSI continues to offer digital content to keep us connected as members and professionals. Our APSEA ceremony has also gone virtual and is an essential part of our industry as we continue to recognise the excellence that we have and celebrate the achievements of our members. The APSEA ceremony is taking place on Thursday 28 May - join me in supporting our Queensland finalists!

I would also like my experienced fellow professionals to consider participating in this year's mentoring program - while we have had a great response from mentees, we need a few more mentors to sign up.  It's a fantastic program, that I personally have been a part of for the past two years and I really encourage you to share your knowledge and experience. Today’s mentees will be our future colleagues and leaders. The experience is very rewarding and is structured not to take up too much of your time. See below for more details.

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 11 - 12 hour time commitment over the length of the program for meetings and preparation for meetings.

To find out more, check out the YP Mentoring page on our website or click the links below to apply now!

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

Applications close on Monday 18 May. 

Qld Conference Highlights Webinar Series

Join us for one of our next webinars in this series! 

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.


Thursday 28 May, 4.30pm | Register now

It’s time to celebrate at home or in the office with SSSI & SIBA|GITA as we host the annual Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards ceremony, announcing the oceanic winners from our 2019 season of regional awards.

The APSEAs celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises and individuals, showcasing the finest projects and most significant performance of professionals the surveying and spatial industry has to offer. 
Aptly renamed to APSEALIVE just for this year, the ceremony will be held via Zoom - there is no cost to attend however registration is required. Register now!

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 or renewing members!

  • Roy Clason 
  • Jay Slater
  • Simon McKenny
  • David Emery

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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