SSSI NSW News – July 2019

June 30, 2019


July 2019


SEASC 2019 Update 

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:

CPD points are also on offer for professional development as per the following link:

NSW ACT Conference 2019 – Abstracts close very soon!

NSW ACT advises that abstract submissions for the 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" will close very soon. Note that abstracts are welcome from all corners within and outside the industry and we welcome submissions from SSSI members and non-members alike.

Abstracts must provide an overview of the project, research or topic to be presented, with a maximum of 300 words, and be submitted as a Microsoft Word document on the Abstract Submission Form only.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Organising Committee whereby the submission deadline is 5 July and the outcome of your submission will be advised as soon as possible.

Please use the following link: NSW ACT Conference Abstract Submission Form.docx

Please note: Accepted presenters will receive discounted registration to the conference (any accommodation or travel expenses and attendance at any satellite events, the Welcome Reception and/or the APSEA Regional Gala Dinner will be at the presenters' own expense).

Presentations should reflect or share recent experiences and are not to be sales focused.


1.     Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words.

2.     Abstracts MUST be submitted in Microsoft Word using the following link:
        NSW ACT Conference Abstract Submission Form.docx

3.     Abstracts to be emailed to:  by no later than Friday 5 July              2019.

Details associated with the Conference can be found via the following link:
Blurring Our Digital Boundaries.

Cartography and all that jazz!

There was a great rapport among members and friends who attended this event. Thanks to Hanno Klahn, SSSI NSW representative on SICC, who led the tour of the exhibition at Customs House. The group then adjourned to the RACA to continue an entertaining evening with jazz plus other music over dinner & drinks.

The Regional Committee is forming a new group around 3D/BIM which will be guided by Sisi Zlatanova.

Details for this group, including its motivation for establishment, are as follows:

  • BIM is becoming used in all construction sites, so we need to know what it is and how it can be integrated with GIS data.

  • There are many 3D developments but they are not coordinated, and are therefore difficult to exchange and keep up to date.

  • There is a need for a general-purpose 3D model (standard) to be used for interoperability purposes.

We are looking for enthusiastic researchers/professionals to to be an active part of this group for advancing geospatial/BIM towards Australian Digital Twin. Is this you? If so, simply send an email to with SSSI 3D BIM in the subject line.

APSEA 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 Special Achievement Award 

The Judging Panel generally comprises 3 members per state/territory (i.e. we would like at least six judges) preferably all of whom have had a minimum of 5 years' experience in the industry enabling them to provide expert, objective and independent opinions on the merits of the projects entered in any given year.

All decisions of the Judging Panel are final and made through a combination of online processes and technology-based discussions with a preference for at least one face-to-face or webinar-facilitated meeting. No correspondence is exchanged once the decisions are made. Information about which nominations have entered or won awards is not issued nor made public prior to the Awards Presentation. 

The Judging Panel can also confer “Highly Commended” if they consider that nomination a very close second in the judging process or merits recognition but falls outside the parameters of established or given award categories. 

In addition to specific category criteria, the Judging Panel may consider a nomination’s merit according to any other agreed or relevant benchmarks. Conversely, Judges may elect not to confer an award in any given category if they consider that none of the nominations entered in that category warrant recognition for excellence.

All Judging Panel members receive a complimentary ticket, for themselves only, to the Awards Night.

To view the Spatial Excellence Awards Information Kit, simply click on the following link:

The closing date for EOI  is Monday 15 July 2019.

Employment Opportunities

asBUILT offers a unique Scan to BIM service combining Terrestrial Laser Scanning capability with Digital Capture expertise. Our laser scanners reliably and accurately capture the built environment as it exists. asBUILT’s Digital Engineering team utilise the point cloud data to create 2D surveys, 3D models, and extract key measurements and information from the point cloud.

We are looking for a surveyor or surveying company to provide survey control for Terrestrial Laser Scanning and UAV Drone Surveys. Survey methodologies required include GNSS Static/RTK, Total Station, Levels. Registered or access to a registered surveyor would be an advantage but not required. Our office is located in Sydney, NSW.

Please contact Laurel if interested:

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