NSW & ACT Region News – June 2020

May 30, 2020

Regional UPDATE

As you might be aware from the renewal email all should have received recently, SSSI has announced two new initiatives to thank our members for their support and encourage you to renew: the MemberOne program and free webinars.

The MemberOne program is an incentive for referring new members.  If you refer a colleague to SSSI and they join, you will receive a discount on your following year's membership fees.  More details will be advised soon but we encourage you to start talking about SSSI membership to your colleagues!

We are also pleased to advise that from 1 July 2020, all SSSI hosted webinars will be free for current financial members.  There are some fantastic webinars already available, with more planned. Note that you can also access eCPD 'on demand' by clicking here

Thanks to all our valued members for your ongoing support and continue to stay safe and well in these times of transition!

Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards

The APSEA event, normally held at Locate, was held virtually on Thursday 28 May.  Even via video, it was a fantastic event, filled with pride and celebration of the achievements of the professionals of our industry.

This event awarded the Oceanic winners from the regional finalists of 2019. NSW had some great wins:

  • Charity Mundava from WaterNSW was awarded the Women's Leadership Award 
  • Natasha Crook won the Vocation Eductaion and Training Award which is the inaugural national presentation of this Award and
  • Narelle Underwood, NSW Surveyor-General, was given the SIBA/GITA Chair's Award for her immeasurable contribution to the profession, spatial industry, STEM advocacy and rights of inclusion.

To see all the deserved winners from the night, please visit the APSEA website. You can also watch the virtual ceremony for free by registering here.

2020 nominations open!

Inspired by the amazing 2019 winners? Do you know someone who you believe should be recognised for their outstanding achievements, or has your organisation undertaken a great project recently? 

Nominations are now open for the individual and industry awards for 2020.  Please click here to find out more.

Survey - Have your say

Have your say on how preservation of survey infrastructure is being managed in NSW

We would like to hear from surveyors in NSW on your recent experiences with organisations that form part of State Government, Local Government and Utility Asset Owners in relation to preservation of survey infrastructure. We are inviting all surveyors that undertake work in NSW to complete a short 5-10 minute ‘preservation of survey infrastructure industry pulse check’.

Results from the survey will be used by surveying industry bodies to facilitate discussions with organisations that form part of State Government, Local Government and Utility Asset Owners. The aim is to work with organisations to raise awareness, and improve processes so that if infrastructure works impact survey marks, appropriate measures are put in place to preserve the integrity of the cadastre and the State control network in NSW.

Please click here for the survey.


BOSSI Webinar Series - Audits, Amendments & Boundary Disputes and CPD & Ethics 

SSSI were pleased to present this two-part webinar series, with David Job, and the latter with Chris Moy & Lloyd Pilgrim on CPD & newly released Ethics provisions by BOSSI.

David expertly outlined the processes and procedures associated with audits and amendments as well as providing numerous examples including for boundary disputes.

Chris and Lloyd respectively presented on changes to CPD which have been approved by BOSSI and currently apply & the new Ethics regime that has been recently implemented.  There were many new examples of the ethics standards expected by BOSSI and these made for essential viewing!

If you missed the live webinar on CPD & Ethics it is available via eCPD click here

Secrets of the Plan

This webinar was well-received by those in particular in the ACT Region where the presentation was tailored for Portion and Parish plans.  These plans are a valuable piece of the puzzle that contribute to a surveyors understanding of the jigsaw of evidence utilised to redefine old boundaries. Jason Steger ably unveiled plan secrets and addressed issues on plan presentation and diagram creation.

3D Utility Mapping presented by C.R.Kennedy

Thanks to the team of Maurice Borer, Brad Keane and Philip Mill for an excellent well-rounded presentation on reducing the risk of utility strikes.  Applications for ground breaking radar technology, latest advancements in asset collection and mapping, as well as augmented reality were all covered.  Additionally there were opportunities to hear about field-to-office workflows and work through a case study of Bonython in South Australia.

This webinar was recorded and will be available via eCPD.

Looking for more webinars and CPD opportunities?: click here for new live webinars.

Need webinars in your own time?: click here for eCPD and remember to claim BOSSI CPD points you need to complete a questionnaire; to check whether your preferred webinar has a questionnaire please email: rom.nsw@sssi.org.au .

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: rom.nsw@sssi.org.au 

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