SSSI NSW News – August 2019

July 31, 2019


August 2019


SEASC 2019 Update 

Don't forget the South East Asia Survey Congress is fast approaching! To view the full program click here.

Thanks to SSSI local region member Peter Barratt and his partner Jessie who travelled to Sydney to handover the flag of SEASC co-host, ASEAN FLAG, which he collected in Brunei. Peter is pictured below with NSW ROM Megan at the RACA.

Key highlights of SEASC include:

  • Focus on hot topics including UAV’s, BIM, Remote Sensing, Digital Twin, Cadastral Modernisation, Positioning, Next Generation Capacity Building and Industry Diversity
  • Network with leading decision makers  from across the Asia Pacific Surveying and Geospatial sector
  • Develop your business, skills and opportunity to position your talents for a fast growing market for geospatial and surveying in Asia through technical workshops and forums
  • Develop your future leaders at our full-day Young Professionals Day.

Visit the website:

Qantas, in conjunction with our partner airlines, are offering registered attendees and travel partners special discounted airfares which are easily booked online via the dedicated booking portal, plus free membership to the Qantas Frequent Flyers Program. Joining usually costs $89.50, but SEASC 2019 attendees can join for free. 

More information here:

SEASC CPD Points allocation:​

NSW ACT Conference 2019 – Registrations open very soon!
We look forward to seeing you at NSW ACT Conference 2019, which will be on 25 September (welcome/satellite) and sessions on 26 and 27 September in Goulburn, under the theme "Blurring Our Digital Boundaries". 
Sponsorships packages remain available and all members are encouraged to review whether you know anyone who could provide support, in this way, to your Institute.
A copy of the Sponsorship Prospectus can be accessed here:
Click: SSSI-NSW-ACT-2019-Conference-Sponsorship-Proposal
Details associated with the Conference can be found via the following link:
Blurring Our Digital Boundaries.
GDA2020 Update
Thanks to Aerometrex and representative Julia Spark who sponsored the recent workshop held in conjunction with crazy camels! It was great to have Joel Haasdyk, Spatial Services GDA2020 'Guru' speak on the changes that GDA2020 is bringing, along with Tom Bernstein who also provided insight into data & datum systemic integration. 
The Spatial Services presentation summary is available here.
Additionally, Steven Garlinge, Managing Director at GEODATA KODA Australia, gave an in-depth presentation on data perspectives utilised in Real-Time Positioning for Underground Construction Robots. The Workshop was rounded out with a Q&A Panel of Joel, Tom, Steven and NSW YP of the Year Nikolaas Kostraby – who also shared his data-driven journey with us –plus the launch of the APSEAs for 2019. Thanks to all our panellists for knowledge sharing! Thanks too to BigDataEarth and Keping Chen for engaging in the spirit of the event, which enabled a number of Young Professionals to attend. And an honourable mention goes to BigDataEarth (the camel) who was a valiant 2nd as shown below along with the presentation ceremony camel style!

While 'Aero' – who as the Aerometrex camel – was a little behind in the Aerometrex Camel Racing Cup, Julia was able to present the Cup to first-time cameleer, Shannon, who enthusiastically guided 'Stumpy' to victory!  
More photos from the event will be available via a special sharing link shortly!! If you would like this link sent directly to you email: with 'GDA2020 Link Request' in the subject line.
SSSI NEW 4-part Webinar Series through Young Professionals   

Presented by YP of the Year Nicholas Brown (Geoscience Australia) & ICSM.

The SSSI Young Professionals are pleased to announce they have partnered with ICSM to present a four-part lunchtime webinar series on upgrades to the Australian Geospatial Reference System (AGRS): the collection of datums, reference frames, models, infrastructure and standards needed for accurate 4D positioning.

Part 1: Wednesday 21 August – Upgrading the Australian Geospatial Reference System 
Part 2: Monday 9 September – Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020
Part 3: Monday 21 October – Australian Terrestrial Reference Frame
Part 4: Thursday 28 November – Height: Ellipsoid, geoid, Australian Height Datum and Australian Vertical Working Surface

Click here for more information and to register – free of charge!

BIM/3D Group with Professor Sisi Zlatanova from UNSW
EOI to be part of this group are now sought from NSW & ACT members.
Please click here.
Sisi looks forward to you being part of this group for advancing geospatial/BIM towards Australian Digital Twin. If you have any queries please email
JUDGING – Expressions of interest sought
The Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards for NSW will be presented at the Gala Awards Night to be held in conjunction with the NSW ACT conference, at the Best Western Plus in Goulburn, on the evening of 26 September 2019. 

Expressions of interest are called for the Judging Panel of the Individual APSEA-NSW ACT Awards. Note that there will be individual categories for each of NSW and ACT.

Individual APSEA Award categories are:

1. SSSI Professional of the Year 
2. SSSI Young Professional of the Year 
3. SSSI Women’s Leadership Award
4. SSSI Educational Development Award
5. SSSI Postgraduate Student Award
6. SSSI Undergraduate Student Award                                                          
7. SSSI VET Student Award                                                                          
8. SSSI Special Achievement Award. 
EOIs can be put forward here (please note to include NSW or ACT with your name so we know which Award set you prefer to judge).

Entries for the awards can be made via:              
For details on the APSEAs click: 
To view the Spatial Excellence Awards Information Kit, simply click on the following link: 



5 minutes with ... jUSTIN kELL

Please give us an idea of your professional background.
I completed a Diploma in Surveying at Wollongong TAFE in 1994 and Bachelor of Surveying at Newcastle University in 1998. I was registered as a Surveyor in NSW in 2001. I was ISNSW Committee member 2006 – 2011 and SSSI ACT Committee member 2014 – 2018
Tell us what is the most enlightening project that you are or have been involved in?
The Woodlawn Bioreactor near Tarago I’ve been involved with since its inception in 1999. It’s a waste treatment facility with diverse and innovative recycling and power generation. In 2009 I was awarded the Sir Thomas Mitchell award for excellence in surveying for my involvement over that 10 year period. Currently I’m managing a 140 lot residential subdivision on land owned by the Catholic Church with a former girls' orphanage as its centrepiece. So that’s been fairly enlightening too.
What is the best thing you’ve experienced since becoming a GIS professional?
Rural land development creates opportunities to rehabilitate land that otherwise would not occur. It provides financial resources to do things that otherwise can’t be afforded. It’s also satisfying creating the opportunities and growth that community and developers enjoy from land development. [SSSI looks forward to seeing this first hand when we embrace Justin's hospitality at NSW ACT Conference in Goulburn 25–27September].
What are you most looking forward to being a part of in the next six months?
Of course the NSW ACT Conference 2019 in Goulburn in September. This is in my backyard and Goulburn has this great opportunity to show participants what we have to offer and what we’re achieving.
Okay, as a local, give us your tips for the best coffee and dining out in your area.
Mmmm, being diplomatic I’d recommend a few; we’re spoilt for choice. Greengrocer Café, The Harvest, Roses Café and Park Café
Finally, with SSSI being a national organisation, what is your favourite holiday destination?
Any Bush Heritage Australia property.
Thanks Justin and see you along with LandTeam colleagues in Goulburn in September!
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