SSSI QLD News – November 2019

October 31, 2019
Chair's Report – Paul Reed

It has been an incredibly busy time for SSSI Queensland the past month! We have held three key events - Qld Surveying & Spatial Day, the Qld Spatial Excellence Awards and the Central Group Conference.

I always enjoy meeting with our members and other professionals and I have found the topics recently presented to be highly engaging and relevant.  There is a lot to be said for face-to-face networking with industry colleagues. The opportunity to take part in these learning events is critical in these changing digital times. It is here that new professional partnerships are made, friendships created and bonds formed over shared experiences, challenges and achievements.

I hope all who attended the events have learnt something new about the latest technologies and techniques. It is important to stay up to date with latest industry developments, to understand more about the changes happening in and around our key organisations, and to hear some of the visionary ideas being shared about where our industry is headed into the future.

This month, we have the two final events for the year - the Northern Group Conference in Cairns on 21 - 22 November and an end of year celebration for members, which includes the conclusion of the 2019 YP Mentoring Program, taking place at the Regatta Hotel in Brisbane on Friday 29 November.  

Prior to the EOY Celebration, our committee is getting together to plan the events for 2020 and to discuss priorities for SSSI Queensland.  If you have any suggestions for seminars, workshops or webinars you would like to see next year, or any other matters or ideas you would like us to consider, don't hesitate to contact me on

I would also like to take this opportunity to recognise the passing of Wolfgang Thun GISP. Wolfgang has been a member of the Australian spatial industry since 1993. His expertise was in location included surveying in the Australian Army before working in local government, engineering, and start ups. He will be missed. Please keep Wolfgang’s family in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.

Event Highlights
Qld Surveying & Spatial Day

Our annual conference took place on Friday 18 October at the Brisbane Convention Centre. Over 110 surveying and spatial professionals came together learn, network and see technology displays from our valued sponsors.

We trialed a one day event this year, with multiple streams. The feedback so far has been positive on this format. We hope to set the date for next year's event soon, so keep an eye on your inbox for a save the date!




Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards - Qld

Together with the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA|GITA), we hosted the Qld APSEA Dinner on the Friday evening following the conference.  This event celebrates the outstanding achievements of both Queensland individuals and companies. 

Guests heard a great presentation from Peter Johnstone, CEO of the Clem Jones Group and sponsors of the Undergraduate Award, on Clem Jones' ground breaking work in the surveying industry and his lasting legacies.

The 2019 winners, who are now entered into the national competition which will be awarded at Locate20, were:

  • Professional of the Year - Peter Kinne
  • Undergraduate of the Year - Kent Olive
  • Award for People & Community - FrontierSI and QUT
  • Award for Spatial Enablement - Cancer Council Qld, QUT & FrontierSI
  • Award for Technical Excellence - Bennett + Bennett

Click here for more.


Central Group Conference

The 2019 Central Group Conference this year took place in Gladstone, on 31 October - 1 November.  A connected and engaged group of surveyors and spatial professionals from Hervey Bay to Mackay came together to enjoy presentations from a diverse range of speakers (including a practical workshop on reinstatement) whilst catching up over great food and drinks to share stories and current challenges and projects. 


Land Surveying News
CSR Review

The Cadastral Survey Requirements (CSR) contain the standards and guidelines for cadastral surveying in Queensland. These standards support the operation of the Land Act 1994, the Land Title Act 1994 and other land-related legislation.  Periodically this document is updated by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) reflecting changes in legislation, departmental expectations and feedback from surveyors. The Department is currently reviewing the standards with the hope of producing a consultation draft in the next few months.  Thanks to those LSC members who have contributed their thoughts on this topic - we will be collating the feedback and sending to DNRME shortly.

Survey Alerts

Do you want to stay up to date with the latest surveying information from DNRME? Click here to view any alerts you may have missed or to subscribe.

Events Coming Up 

Northern Group Conference
Novotel Oasis Cairns | Thu 21 – Fri 22 Nov | More information and to register

Join us in beautiful Cairns for the last of our Regional Conferences - speakers include representatives from Positioning Australia, the Royal Australian Navy, DNRME and more.  Tickets include two days The Conference Dinner will take place at the Cairns Aquarium with special guest speaker, the always engaging Bill Kitson.  Check out the program here!

SSSI YP & ICSM Upgrades to AGRS Webinar Series 
Thursday 28 Nov | 11.00 - 12.00pm (AEST) | More information and to register

Hear from Nicholas Brown from Geoscience Australia as he presents the final session in this series - Height: Ellipsoid, geoid, Australian Height Datum and Australian Vertical Working Surface.

Qld Member EOY Celebration & YP Mentoring Program Graduation 
Regatta Hotel | Friday 29 November | 5.00 - 7.00pm | Register now

Members are invited to join us to recognise the graduating cohort of the 2019 mentoring program whilst enjoying a drink and canapes to mark the end of a busy year!

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre | 28 - 30 April 2020 | More information

Next year's Locate Conference, Australia's largest surveying and spatial event, will be held in our backyard, at the Brisbane Convention Centre.  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. The Call for Submissions is now open, so get involved!

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. 


SSSI Queensland is pleased to welcome the following new or renewing members:

  • Adam Skapin
  • Peter Bennett
  • Kaitlyn Corbett
  • Gurpreet Kaur
  • Alistair Pascoe
  • Adam Coburn
  • Paul Clark
  • Archana Kirshore
  • Satya Singh 
  • Paul Vujcich    
  • Aayush Paul        
  • Ian Draper    
  • Nicholas Bennett    
  • Jeffrey March         



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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