RSPC News - March 2022

March 4, 2022



Welcome to the members who have recently joined SSSI

Christine Donkin, QLD
Tharani Gopalakrishnan, ACT
Edward Tsang, QLD
Cheong Yee Chan (David), OS
Bradley Redding, WA


Introducing the SSSI RSPC National Committee for 2022

  • Petra Helmholz (Chair)
  • Gypsy Bhalla
  • Amy Steiger
  • Mary-Ellen Feeney
  • Bruce Forster
  • Renee Bartolo
  • Tyson Hillyard
  • Samuel Holt
  • Jagannath Aryal
  • Chris Bellman


UPDATE ON THE 42nd asian conference on remote sensing 

A successful 42nd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing was held face-to-face and online from the 22nd to the 24th of November sponsored by Vietnam and held at the  Can Tho University, Can Tho City, Vietnam.

The Annual General meeting of the Asian Association on Remote Sensing was held during the conference, attended, via Zoom, by Dr Bruce Forster as the Australian Delegate representing the Commission on Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry, SSSI.

The meeting approved the next conference being sponsored by Mongolia to be held in Ulaanbaatar from 3 - 7 October 2022. It is hoped it will be an onsite conference.

Mongolia has hosted the Asian conference twice before in1992 and 2006, and these were very successful. For those who are thinking of attending you may consider flying to Beijing and then taking the train to Ulaanbaatar. The train trip is overnight passing near to the Great Wall and then crossing the amazing Gobi Desert. Crossing the China - Mongolian border is an experience in itself as the rail gauge changes and in the semi-dark the carriages are lifted up by large cranes with the bogeys being replaced. In the past foreign passengers were not allowed to disembark during this operation, although this may now have changed.  On the trip you may experience Mongolian traders taking goods from Beijing to Mongolia and then onto Russia who spend most of the night singing topped up with a few drinks - very friendly.
Update provided by Bruce Forster

7th Smart Data Smart Cities (SDSC) and the 17th 3D GeoInfo (JOINT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

City Futures research Institute¸ Smart Cities and Infrastructure cluster, and GRID, UNSW Sydney are excited to be hosting two international conferences, the 7th Smart Data Smart Cities (SDSC) and the 17th 3D GeoInfo in Sydney from 19-21 October 2022.

This is the first time SDSC has come to the Southern Hemisphere, the second time 3D GeoInfo has come to Australia and the first time both conferences have been organised jointly, providing a unique opportunity to show case and network with others in the fields of Smart Cities and 3D Geoinformation. 

SDSC and 3D GeoInfo will bring together Australian and international experts in City Analytics, GIS, digital twins, 3D data creation and management, ICTs, smart cities and data science, net zero cities, smart homes and transportation, 3D/4D modelling, 3D/4D immersive visualisation, blockchain technology, data privacy, crowdsourcing, disaster management systems, AI, BIM infrastructure and much more, all from leading research institutes to discuss advances in methods and applications. It provides a forum to discuss the use data and technology to plan and shape our future cities. SDSC is the annual conference of the Urban Data Management Society, which is over 40 years old. 3D GeoInfo has been organised annually since 2006 in four continents. In recent years, both conference have been supported by the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).  

The call for papers is now live, and we are seeking submissions on a range of seven themes including, but not limited to, Smart Data, Smart People, Smart Cities, Smart Digital Planning Tools, Smart Governance, Smart Environment and Smart Construction, 3D Modelling, 3D Analysis, 3D Interfaces and 3D Applications,

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit papers via ConfTool

Please note: Abstracts are due 15 march 2022. Click here for all the event details


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The freely available recording of this webinar on drones for environmental monitoring may be of interest to include: Webinar Series — Advancing Earth Observation Forum (

It is part of a series of webinars to promote the Advancing Earth Observation Australia Forum which includes the UAS4RS Conference.

Each of the more than 57,000 Earth surface images gathered by Landsat 9 since October 2021 were made available on the morning of February 10, 2022

Imagery from the newest satellite in the USGS Landsat fleet is now open and available to the world. 



SSSI is committed to delivering a lively and robust CPD program. SSSI is proud of its National Webinar Series. Showcasing national and international speakers discussing relevant topics of interest to the spatial and surveying professions. 

To see a list of all upcoming Webinars click here

You may be interested in the upcoming RSPC webinar:

Don't forget to check out what is on offer via our eCPD.

You may be interested in this viewing this recent webinar



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