SICC News - September 2020

September 16, 2020


New SICC Members

We are pleased to welcome the following new members who joined last month:

Jay Carroll NSW
Hurmain Ariffin O/S
Prasadi Indrawimala QLD
Hong Tran QLD
Amelia Noel SA
Ananya Das SA
Nathan Daniels SA
Johsua Hawking TAS
Tapaleena Bhattacharjee VIC
Huiqi (Joyce) Peng WA
Prativa Kadel, NSW (student)
Sara Weir, NT (student)
Abdulwaheed Tella, OS (student)
Zoyha Nisha, OS (student)
Mungandi Nasitwitwi, QLD (student)
Yong Cai, QLD (student)
Rohani Bakhach, QLD (student)
Jasper Wong, QLD (student)
Cheryl Foggo, SA (student)
Shalini Kainthla, SA (student)
Hilson Wan, VIC (student)
William Tucker, VIC (student)
Ivan Majic, VIC (student)
Samantha Blades, VIC (student)
Mohammad Masoud Rahimi, VIC (studetn)
Jihye Shin, VIC (student)
Roozbeh Valavi, VIC (student)
Mardi Goldsworthy, VIC (student)
Eva You, VIC (student)
Helen Walpole, VIC (student)
Rohan Brown, WA (student)


SSSI Events in September

SSSI is committed to delivering a lively and robust CPD program. SSSI is proud of its National Webinar Series. Showcasing national and international speakers discussing relevant topics of interest to the spatial and surveying professions. 

To see a list of all upcoming Webinars click here

Don't forget to check out what is on offer via our eCPD 

Other Events

Events postponed:

Events still scheduled:

URISA’s GIS Pro 2020 Conference Goes Virtual

USA’s primary GIS industry professional organisation, URISA holds an annual conference called GIS Pro. Normally hosted in different state each year, the conference is going to be virtual for 2020, providing SSSI Members and opportunity to look at the topics and potentially attend an international conference from the comfort of home.

Preliminary Schedule:

  • Virtual URISA workshops will take place on September 23 & 24 and October 6 & 7.
  • Keynote addresses, breakout sessions, partner-sponsored sessions, and special interest group meetings will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (September 29-October 2).
  • A Virtual Marketplace will provide access with solutions providers
  • Networking at the Virtual "Hotel Lounge" and opportunities to connect, engage, and collaborate will be plentiful.

More information.

Other news sources for spatial professionals

Digital Twin Focus Group


“A collaborative approach across governments, industry, the research sector and the community will help realise the full benefits and best possible outcomes of a digital twin ecosystem in Australia.”  ANZLIC December 2019

The Spatial Information and Cartography Commission is focusing attention on the Digital Twin phenomena.

Many of us as spatial professionals are asked this big question “Can you set up a Digital Twin for our City?”, as if it’s just an add-on to the already under resourced GIS.  Generally, we have a fair idea of the ‘what’ and ‘why’ aspects of DT aspirations, but the ‘how’, ‘where’ and ‘when’ in our own backyard is daunting.

Of course, we have seen and read about Smart City champions such as Singapore, and Australia’s beacons like Brisbane, Woollahra and Melbourne.  But how far is this really penetrating our grass-roots decision making capacity across the country?  I believe we have some way to go before DT becomes an acquisitional transaction in budget terms – (1xDT for $x), yet that is needed for buy-in from the Local Government sector.

So what can we do to upskill and prepare our organisation to venture forward with DT as part of its Smart City portfolio?  SICC is proposing a Focus Group to muster a practical Body of Knowledge for Australia.  The Focus Group will network nationally to report progress on:

  1. Standards
  2. Business cases for funding
  3. Working examples: leaders
  4. Functionality: process management
  5. Take-up and adoption

Interested in the Focus Group – contact 


Nominations are now open for the 2020 Asia-Pacific Spacial Excellence Awards (APSEA). 

The Spatial Excellence Awards celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises and individuals and showcase the finest projects and most significant performance of professionals that the Western Australia Surveying and Spatial Industry have to offer.

Projects and individuals attaining recognition at this premier event are deemed to be truly outstanding achievers and pre-eminent in their field.

Individual award categories include:

  • Professional of the Year
  • Young Professional of the Year
  • Education Development Award
  • Postgraduate Student Award
  • Undergraduate Student Award

Industry Award Categories include:

  • Award for Spatial Enablement
  • Award for Innovation and Commercialisation
  • Award for Technical Excellence
  • Award for People and Community
  • Award for Environment and Sustainability

Nominations close Friday, 23rd October, 2020. Click here for further information on how to nominate. 

Recent News – Back Issues

Missed out on our recent news articles? Click the links below to have a read!


Angus Scown
Spatial Information & Cartography Commission

Su Ling Meimaris
Commissions & Special Interest Groups Manager

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