SSSI NSW & ACT News – March 2020

February 29, 2020

Chair NEWS

A very special thanks to Liz Fulton, who recently stepped down as Co-Chair of the NSW region, with congratulations on her new global role with Cardno!  Liz will continue as a valued member of the Regional Management Committee and will particularly be involved with the NSW/ACT Conference 2020 as well as membership initiatives.

Congratulations to Mary-Ellen Feeney who is now the sole Chair of the NSW Region. There are many exciting ventures in the pipeline and Mary-Ellen, in collaboration with all RMC members, looks forward to being your effective regional voice.  Vice Chair remains as Roshni Sharma with congratulations on her new role with FrontierSI and we have welcomed new Young Professional representative Donny Darmawan who has already volunteered pre his first official meeting via the Bushfire Map-a-thon - thanks Donny!


Digital Twin Launch

On the 24 February, the Minister for Customer Service, the Hon. Victor Dominello MP launched NSW’s Spatial Digital Twin at ICC Sydney.   The minister spoke passionately about what spatial data can bring to the state of NSW and how the collaboration between government, industry and everyone will benefit the state.

The NSW Spatial Digital Twin is upgrading the existing two-dimensional environment creating a digital real-world model of our cities and communities which will facilitate better planning, design and modelling for NSW’s future needs.

Wayne Patterson, Director Spatial Operations, Spatial Services NSW, (and SSSI NSW Director) provided a demonstration of the platform and spoke of an ecosystem of data, platforms and government agreements that let us work across agencies, industries and the community.

Wayne Patterson, demonstrating NSW Spatial Digital Twin.

Support for this event was overwhelming across all tiers of government, industry and from the people of NSW. 

The launch was well represented by SSSI with President Dr. Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse along with other state and national representatives in attendance.

President Dr. Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, Mary-Ellen Feeney, Roshni Sharma and  Robert Campbell

For more information and access to the NSW Spatial Digital Twin and NSW Spatial Collaboration Portal please visit their website.

If you missed the formal proceedings on the day or were unable to attend, please click here for the recording of the event.

Thanks to Robert Campbell, SICC RMC representative & SICC VP, for these insights.

Upcoming Events

International Women's Day Webinar: Spatial Ecology and Climate Change

11 March | 12.30pm - 1.30pm | Register now 

Dr Marji Puotinen, Spatial Ecological Data Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, is a geographer with expertise in geographic information science (GIS) and an ecological focus, appled in academic, government and professional settings over many years in the USA and Australia. After a decade as an academic (teaching GIS) and 4 years as a private consultant, she began work as an Ecological/Spatial Data Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in 2015. 

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Marji will talk to us about her work in the spatial industry in coastal and marine research, highlighting the importance of spatial data, tools, methodologies and perspectives to understand: 1) how key habitats are under threat from climate change and  2) to ensure conservation efforts get maximum value for cost.

Wollongong Geospatial Discussion Group

Thanks to Ian Jackson, the first meeting of this Geospatial Discussion Group will be held on the evening of Tuesday 10t March 2020 at 6.00pm in the Lobby Bar of the Novotel Northbeach Wollongong.

The group will discuss speakers and topics of interest and everybody is welcome. For further information email: 

ACT Twilight Seminar

Wednesday 18 March | Dame Pattie Menzies House | 5.30pm | Registration here

The Office of Surveyor-General and Land Information iis hosting an update on the changes to surveying legisation.

Event Highlights

Bushfire Map-a-thon

Thanks to everyone who attended in person or joined in online during SSSI's Bushfire Recovery Map-a-thon that ran on Sunday 9 February.  The response was overwhleming with participants Australia-wide as well as internationally. Due to overwhelming interest, another map-a-thon is planned for later in the year.

ACT & ISNSW Joint Rural cadastral seminar

Thanks to all SSSI and ISNSW members who participated in this joint seminar on February 12.  

Deputy Surveyor-General of the ACT, Greg Ledwidge, expressed his thanks to Joanne Hawkes and Julie Fairman for all their help in making the event happen, and also to Leigh Finlay - ISNSW President - along with Tom Casey - the stellar guest speaker for travelling so far to contribute to the event.

It was a great example of how SSSI can work with ISNSW to assist regional survey candidates and provide valuable learning to regional registered surveyors.  Definitely an event to be repeated!

If you are adding this event to your CPD record, including for BOSSI CPD points, the code is: SSSINSW2252 (3.5 CAD & 0.5 SP).


Locate20 Conference is taking place on 28 - 30 April in Brisbane.  The theme is Convergence, Collaboration and Community - Towards a Stronger Economy. We will share from across industry sectors how geospatial and location technologies and practices are being used, highlighting the fundamental role they play in the building of our digital economy. 

Registration is open and the recently released program for the event is currently being assessed for CPD points both SSSI & BOSSI.


If you have queries regarding your re-registration for professional purposes or concerns regarding your CPD, including on a Commission basis or if you have any feedback for SSSI, have a query or need help, please connect via: 

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