SSSI QLD News - November 2018

October 31, 2018

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


Chair / ROM Report

Qld Regional Chair -  Paul Reed

Welcome from New Chair - Paul Reed

It is my pleasure to be elected the new SSSI Qld Chair for 2018 to 2020. 

Here is brief introduction to my background:
I was the Vice Chairman of SSSI, was a founding member of SSI and have been involved on the SSSI’s Land Surveying Commission since 2010. I became involved in the SSSI Queensland Regional Committee in the education and training commission in April 2017. I am a registered cadastral surveyor and the principal of the Redlands-based firm East Coast Surveys (Aust) Pty Ltd.

My passion is to continue to see membership growth and improved services but to also see our organisation become instrumental in providing better pathways to surveying and spatial careers. I would like to see better engagement with schools and Queensland students and in so doing raise an awareness of the relevance of the spatial profession to the younger generations.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roy Somerville, our Past SSSI Qld Chair, for his enormous effort in steering SSSI Qld for the last two years.  Over Roy's time as Chair we have seen SSSI Qld's membership grow and our many activities, events and advocacy being better highlighted.  Thank you Roy.

To view the full SSSI Qld Committee elected for 2018 to 2020 click here.

Qld Regional Operations Manager -  Kelly Rischmiller

SSSI Qld Fellows & SIBA Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner

On Friday, 30 November 2018 SSSI will be holding their SSSI Qld Fellows Dinner at Parliament House Brisbane. 

This year we will be teaming up with SIBA|GITA who will be handing out their SIBA|GITA Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The dinner is being hosted  by the Hon. Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. 

Our SSSI Qld Fellows Dinner is our opportunity to recognise the Queensland-based Fellows of SSSI, those individuals that have made a significant contribution to the Institute and to the surveying and spatial science profession.

It is also an opportunity for SIBA|GITA wto induct their inaugural Lifetime Members, acknowledging individuals who dedicated their time and effort to the advancement of the organisation. 

For more information and to register please click here.

SSSI Qld Northern Group Conference  - 8 to 9 November 2018

SSSI Qld encourage those who live in the Northern Region of Queensland to attend our upcoming Regional Conference being held this week in Townsville!  It's not too late to register, please follow link for Information and registration.


advocacy highlights

Skills for Queensland Consultation forum - South East 2018

Dr Kate Crawford and SSSI Qld Chair, Paul Reed, attended the Skills for Qld consultation Forum held at the Loganlea TAFE.

The forum allowed stakeholders to engage with government to alert them to industry needs in respect to the new VET strategy. We took part in this discussion focussing on the training that we believe could be provided for school students that may be interested in entering the Spatial industry. As with other industries, there are new and emerging industries which require new Cert qualifications. We look forward to meeting with State and local governments in the future in relation  our Schools program which we are initiating in Logan.

Critical Skills shortage Meeting 24 Oct 2018

A meeting was held by the SSSI Qld Chair, Paul Reed, and other members of the Queensland Regional Committee with Peter Murphy of the Surveyors Board at which the report by Robert McCabe Titled “Critical Skills shortage – Cadastral Surveyors” was discussed. The problems identified included the public image of the profession; difficulties in registration of graduates and possible eventual deregulation. A solution identified in the report is the possible re introduction of the Survey Practice Course. Another solution is to utilise modules of training that could be provided from tertiary institutions.

It was resolved to:

  1. Further identify the issues and problems including further statistics;

  2. To encourage better promotion of our profession;

  3. Identify Courses and training that could be provided/run to lead towards endorsements;

  4. Investigate the certification of engineering surveyors.

  5. Continued efforts to look at VET in schools as part of promotion of the Surveying and Spatial sciences.

Future meeting will include feedback from the SBQ in regard to these matters. We will await to hear feedback about the study being undertaken by ACSIS.


SSSI Qld Central Group Conference

Report by Tom McDonald, SSSI Qld Central Group Chair

Success of the Central Group Conference

Held at the Rockhampton Leagues club, the October18 to 19 conference was well attended by members and non-members. Two streams of seminars (Survey and GIS) were run, with both appreciated by attendees. The event ran with a small profit, which will be put towards our future operations and functions for members benefit.

The Chair opened the conference by reiterating the Mission and Vision of the SSSI, and its importance and necessity for us as professionals.

Thanks to Leigh Tingle and Ray Tabulo who planned and arranged the conference, and to our sponsors who supported the event.

3D Digital Cadastral Future, Rural Surveying techniques, Scanning into the future, Robotics, Scanners, Evaluation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) data, Data Integrity and Data Ethics, Satellite remote sensing helping koala habitat, and Open Source software, were just a few of the informative seminars delivered at the conference.

Following the conference, our meeting accepted three new committee members, to assist in organising the 2019 Central Group activities. Thank you to Michael Hewson (CQU Rockhampton),  Leigh Tingle (Vision Surveys Rockhampton) and Joe Sorbello (Insite SJC Bundaberg).

Update from the SSSI Qld Central Group

It has been proposed that our 2019 conference be a JOINT conference with the Northern group at Mackay.

Central Group will also sponsor a Bursary in 2019 that will offer financial assistance to (up to) four of our regional Students or YPs to attend SSSI events.

We have nominated member, Rob Baxter to seek out Engineering and Mining surveyors in the district, and invite them to be part of our organisation.

It was also suggested that we include in future conference material, a list of attendees and their contacts, which will open up lines of communication and introduction opportunities between members.

SSSI Qld Central Group Photos

To view all photos click here.


Tony Proust, President of ISNSW, gives has kindly given SSSI a recap of his thoughts after attending our SSSI Qld Conference - Spatial Innovation for Future Generations, which was held in Brisbane on 23-24 August 2018.

To read article click here.


Member Highlights

SSSI Qld would like to welcome our new members for October:

  1. Paul Savage - HC - Member

  2. Paul Cracroft-Wilson – EMSC, LSC - Member

  3. Toby Furber – LSC, EMSC - Student

  4. Duane de Nysschen - EMSC, RSPC - Member

  5. Lewis Sweet – LSC - Student

  6. Rowan Langford – LSC, EMSC - Student

  7. Dean Harmston - LSC - Student

  8. Pallawi Sapkota - LSC - Student

  9. Michael Venaglia - LSC - Student

  10. Bishal Basel - SICC - Student

  11. Joshua Egan - LSC - Student

  12. Ajay Arcot - EMSC - Member

  13. Andrew Ludlow - LSC - Student

  14. Fletcher Magill - EMSC - Student

We have many new members who are still being processed and will announce them in the coming months.


Events Coming Up 



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.


Rural Surveying Techniques, presented by Dale Atkinson, Atkinson Surveys
This recording was taken on 18 October 2018 at the SSSI Qld Central Group Conference.


Mother Nature Needs Her Daughters
Tuesday 6 November 7:30 to 9pm | Bardon | Register

Northern Group Conference

Thursday 8 – Friday 9 November | Rydges Townsville
Information and registration

Building on Your Strengths - Professional Development Series Webinar
Wednesday 28 November | Webinar
Information and registration

Young Professional Mentoring Program Graduation Evening
Thursday 29 November | YP Event
Details coming soon

SSSI Qld Fellows & SIBA Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner​
Friday 30 November | Parliament House Brisbane
Information and registration



Job Seekers

To view current job seekers click here.


To view currents jobs click here.

October News









SSSI Qld Representatives

Paul Reed                    
Queensland Regional Chair

Angus Scown                    
Queensland SICC Chair

Mandy Compton                  
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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