SSSI QLD News - September 2018

August 31, 2018

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


Chair Report

Qld Regional Chair -  Roy Somerville

SSSI Queensland 2017/18 Highlights

On the 14 September SSSI will be holding their Annual General Meeting.  During this meeting the SSSI Annual Report for 2017/18 will be distributed to Members.  To view the SSSI Queensland 2017/18 Highlights which will be showcased in the Annual Report please click here.

Our SSSI Queensland Conference 2018

What a success it was!  Over 190 delegates were in attendance, from across the surveying and spatial sciences profession, and feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive.  I would like to thank our Conference Organising Committee for all their hard work in making the Conference happen, especially Mark Hickey (Conference Committee Chair), Katie Le Miere and Kelly Rischmiller (our SSSI Qld Staff).

I would also like to thank our Sponsors for supporting the Conference.  Without their financial support we could not make the SSSI Qld Conference 2018 as affordable to our members.  Please see:

To see more about our Conference and the Awards Night please see Event Highlights below.

The Geospatial Competion has launched

I am pleased to advise that the Geospatial Competition has now been launched.  This competition is presented by the SSSI and Destination Spatial Queensland.  It emphasises the importance of geospatial science in an increasingly complex and exciting world to Teachers and students. Closing date is 14 December 2018. For more information see:

GNSS Workshop in Cairns on Friday 21 September

I would encourage those members who are based in Cairns to attend this workshop.  This is a great chance to further skills, accrue CPD points and support the industry body. For further information click here.


advocacy highlights

The SSSI Qld has been very busy these last couple of months.  To review correspondence received and sent please click on links below:


2018 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards Queensland

Queensland's spatial and surveying professionals joined SSSI and SIBA|GITA in celebrating the achievements of individuals and businesses at a gala Awards Dinner on Friday 24 August, following the Conference.  The Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham spoke of the importance of the profession to the success of Queensland into the future, along with a special presentation to the family of Kevin Davies, the last Surveyor General of Queensland.  Attendees on the night also raised over $4000 for White Ribbon Australia.  

To view our 2018 Award Winners please click here.



SSSI Queensland Conference 2018

Over 190 people came together to attend Spatial Innovation for Future Generations, SSSI Queensland's conference for 2018.  With fantastic speakers on a diverse range of topical issues, a host of sponsors displaying the latest technology and equipment, as well as plenty of opportunities to catch up with colleagues new and old, the event was a great success.




To see more photos from our Conference click here.

Queen's Wharf Walking Tour

Following the success of the tour for Young Professionals, Bennett + Bennett kindly hosted a second walking tour of the Queen's Wharf Brisbane project.  Over 20 people attended an informative tour given by Craig Wood, followed by networking at the Victory.



Reinstatement for the less Experienced

The Reinstatement roadshow, presented by SSSI Qld Land Surveying Commission Chair, Ewen Sneddon, came to it's conclusion with small but successful workshops held in Rockhampton and Cairns.  Thanks to Vision Surveys and Brazier Motti for their valued support of the events.


Member Highlights

SSSI Qld are in the process of completing an abundance of new registrations for this Financial Year.  Since July 2018 we have had 44 new membership applications.  We will acknowledge all our new members in the October Geo Message. 


Events Coming Up 



To view recordings of our past webinars click here.


Lunchinar Series - Easements
Tuesday 11 September | 12 - 1pm | Online | Information and registration

Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors (AIMS) 2018 Conference
Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 September | Townsville | Information and registration
SSSI Members can attend at AIMS Member Prices

GNSS Workshop
Friday 21 September | Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns | Information and registration

18th Australian Space Research Conference
Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 September  | Gold Coast | Information and registration

Transforming conflict: a geographer making a difference in war zones
Tuesday 25 September 7:30 to 9pm | Sunshine Coast | Register


2 October 7:30pm to 8:30pm | University of Queensland | Register

Central Group Conference

Thursday 18 – Friday 19 October | Rockhampton Leagues Club


Northern Group Conference

Thursday 8 – Friday 9 November | Rydges Townsville

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





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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