SSSI NSW News - August 2021

August 13, 2021



Hi All, our COVID challenges continue. That said we as a community continue to network online through committee meetings, webinars, mentoring meet-ups and much much more. We are resilient enough to overcome these challenges and thrive. I’d like to acknowledge the NSW Regional Committee who meet monthly and devote time in between to chasing speakers, coordinating events, awards, webinars, you name it, to make the connections across NSW stronger and our reach across the state further. Wayne Patterson is a very pro-active SSSI Board representative for NSW, a regular meeting participant and is driving the Spatial Digital Twin Special Interest Group. So we are fortunate to have lots of things ‘brewing’ in NSW.

C E L E B R A T I N G   N S W   L I V E

SSSI NSW Twilight Series and Networking Events

Unfortunately, due to the COVID lockdowns occurring across NSW many of our live events planned for the second half of the year have started to be deferred. Our August Inner West ‘Utilities’ Twilight Series catch up has been deferred until early November. We hope to proceed with the planned Illawarra Twilight Series event in early November and we are looking for dates November-March for twilight series events for Newcastle, a university-education event as well as a mobility-themed event. With things changing week-to-week all we can say is ‘watch this space’.

SSSI NSW Annual Regional Conference, APSEA Awards Dinner & Spatial Digital Twin workshop

The 14-15 October 2021 NSW Annual Regional Conference, Awards Dinner and a special Spatial Digital Twin Workshop have been deferred until 17-18 February 2022 at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel in Sydney CBD. If this event is of interest as a presenter or sponsor please get in contact as we will be coordinating further details from November. Events Manager is

S S S -D L N  - J O I N   N O W !

One of the really significant events of the month was the launch of the Space, Spatial and Surveying Diversity Leadership Network Strategy. This was introduced by an online webinar and presentation and starts the conversations for far greater recognition of an inclusive agenda in our industry going forward.  Anyone interested should look up the website and make sure they join the network (it is free!).

W E B I N A R    O F    T H E    M O N T H 

8 September 2021 – Hydrographic Survey Newcastle Port

Port of Newcastle is a major Australian trade gateway handling 4,600 ship movements and 166 million tonnes of cargo each year. With annual trade worth more than $29 billion to the NSW economy, the deepwater shipping channel is the region's critical asset. Hydrographic Surveying is integral to the safe and efficient operation of the channel with survey data supporting decision making by the Harbour Master, maintenance dredging activities and future port development. This webinar will look at technical aspects of multibeam echosounders, the survey methodology, as well as outline how hydrographic surveying assists the maintenance dredging process to maximise the loading of vessels within the port including examples from the recent flood event in March 2021.

eCPD   W E B I N A R S 

We have had a bumper year of webinars in NSW. As we are all currently in lockdown should you have missed any or wish to revisit any (from all across Australia), webinars are kept online (free to members) for 18 months after they are presented live. Please see the eCPD library.  The most recent from NSW really worth re-visiting:

"Cadastral Sensing" – Aboriginal Land Claim 3286 –2020 APSEA NSW Spatial Enablement Award

Aboriginal land claim 3286 is unique for many reasons however the rugged natural beauty of the 172-hectare site on the northern headland of Jervis Bay near the sleepy coastal town of Currarong sets it aside from your usual cadastral project.  Cadastral or boundary surveys are generally not associated with cutting edge technologies, photogrammetry, Lidar, point clouds, or data logging. This survey undertaken by NSW Government Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Crown Lands Nowra office breaks that mould. Also 2021 Winner of recent ESSI Awards – do not miss this!

Geospatial Coastal Monitoring Webinar– 2020 APSEA NSW Technical Excellence Award

Brittany Dahl (Geoplex) and Chris Drummond (UNSW Water Research Laboratory) delivered an excellent presentation on the technology and issues in developing the Gold Coast Coastal Monitoring System - the largest camera-based beach monitoring system in the world. 

Spatial Strategy for water monitoring in NSW  – 2020 APSEA NSW Environment & Sustainability Award

Spatial Vision was engaged to assist the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is engaged in several research, pilot and funded development programs which aim to review, test and implement innovative spatial and remote sensing technologies to support water resource management and compliance related functions.  

Spatial data, processing challenges and automation - a case study of Inner West Council

What does spatial and a-spatial data cover? What are some of the manual processes involved in data processing? What are some of the options in automating data processing? What are some of the spatial data challenges Urban Councils are facing? If you are interested in GIS and automation or looking for opportunities to automate some day-to-day processes this presentation will give you a sneak peek.

I N D U S T R Y  N E W S – N S W 

Historical imagery viewer update
DCS NSW Spatial Services have updated their Historical Imagery Viewer

Learn more about GIS and BIM Integration in Infrastructure Design and Construction. 

NovaSAR-1 available for research projects
CSIRO has taken control of the Earth observation satellite NovaSAR-1 for the first time, offering Australian researchers the opportunity to use it for their projects.
Australian code of practice for autonomous craft
Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS) is consulting with industry with the aim of developing an Australian code of practice for autonomous and remotely operated airborne and watercraft vehicles. 

Skills shortage in our industry
The Australian Government has officially listed Surveyors (ANZSCO code 232212), Cartographer (232213), and Other Spatial Scientist (232214) on the skills shortage list for migration to Australia. 

NSW space research network
The University of Sydney’s Professor Stefan Williams and UTS’ Professor Robert Fitch are the co-directors of a new space research network announced by the NSW government late July.  The state government has committed $1.4 million to establish the group, which will be based at Tech Central and co-hosted by the two universities. The Tech Central precinct is also home to the NSW node of the SmartSat CRC and the new National Space Industry Hub. According to NSW jobs and investment minister Stuart Ayres, the network will build on the state’s recently released space industry development strategy. The new network will support collaboration between government and industry to deliver space-focused research outcomes and research translation for NSW, Australia and the world.

S M I C   R E P O R T

SSSI is a member of the Surveying and Mapping Industry Council of NSW (SMIC). Generally all stakeholder share information about CPD events as well as updates from the different industry segments. Stakeholder updates from the last meeting are shared below and are also available through the SMIC Newsletter and at the SMIC website -

Association of Consulting Surveyors NSW & Consulting Surveyors National (ACS)

  • The Annual Roadshow was held in May with 6 regions visited and presentations delivered by the NSW Surveyor General, LRS and the ACS Business Academy.
  • Unfortunately the National Awards have been delayed.
  • Plans are underway for the State Conference at Parliament House on 16th November.
  • Consulting Surveyors National have taken the decision to offer the Certificate IV in Surveying and Spatial Information and the Diploma of Surveying from 2022, in partnership with USQ.

Institution of Surveyors NSW (ISNSW)

  • Cadastral Workshops for BOSSI candidates are scheduled for 28-29 August through a remote learning platform.
  • A new staff member is commencing on 2 August in a Membership & Communications role.
  • The current role is moving to an Events & Training role.
  • A new platform is being introduced (later this year) to facilitate better communication with members.

NSW Surveying Taskforce

  • SMIC continues to support the efforts of the Taskforce.
  • The Taskforce will continue to address the following issues:
  1. Support for education pathways
  2. Increase the profile of surveying
  3. STEM focus in schools
  4. Diversity in Surveying

Surveyor General (SG)

  • The Office of the Surveyor General (OSG) has begun the process of updating the Surveying and Spatial Information Regulation, with a collaborative approach with stakeholders undertaken.
  • Applications for Surveyor General Approvals are now made through the new, user-friendly Customer Hub. This includes; Preservation of Survey Infrastructure (POSI) applications, Trig Station approval applications, and exemption applications.
  • SGD11 – Preservation of Survey Infrastructure GDA2020 update is underway and due for completion by the end of the year.
  • GDA2020: The focus remains on providing additional Spatial Services delivery channels in dual datums GDA94/GDA2020 (e.g. web services, incremental feed), and collaboration between agencies. We anticipate announcing new services shortly.
  • Digital Survey Plans: A discussion paper providing further details on the transition to digital survey plans will shortly be released for a six-week consultation period.
  • Board of Surveying and Spatial Information (BOSSI): Automatic Mutual Recognition for occupational licenses commenced on 1 July 2021. Land and Mining Surveyors have been granted a 12-month exemption at this stage.

S S S I   M E N T O R I N G

Finally, finishing with a couple of photos of the ultra-fun mentoring session online on 9 August. We had over 60 people online and chatting in the different break-out rooms, guided by Oscar So’s questioning. Below are  snaps of only a couple of screens of participants – there were more!  If you haven’t got involved with the SSSI Mentoring program before now I can highly recommend it as a fun, rewarding activity. Shout out to the fabulous organisers Oscar So, Donny Darmawan, Roshni Sharma,  Jason Heritage  and Mingzhe Li. Best NSW lock-down tonic ever 😊